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Comment Re:AMD multi-display problems (Score 5, Interesting) 148

I've got 5 monitors connected to 2 ATI cards (Linux + Xinerama).

The most interesting artefact I've seen is some apps can corrupt the cursor so the pointer is a little bit of random memory contents. But only on some monitors. Move it to another monitor and it may come back, move it to the original monitor and it dies again.

There must be some really fun bugs in their drivers that rear their heads with massive setups.

I actually get this exact same problem on my Windows 7 desktop (3 monitors). The primary display cursor will sometimes have fragments of the cursor graphics or loading animation displayed but moving the cursor across each screens fast and back again can sometimes resolve it. Interesting that its a problem on both platforms.

Comment Re:Awful (Score 1) 951

Windows isn't going to be just using trackpads for touch input. Apple knew that the traditional GUI was inefficient so they made iOS just for their mobile products as a result. If you used Lion with a touch screen you would still suffer the issues common with Windows 7. Their new implementation of spaces would work pretty well for touch devices though as it can be application specific like on iOS.

Why in the world would you use MS Office if you only need the functions that are on the home ribbon?

The ribbon gets in the way of power users, which is why most of the reaction is negative here. Windows is supposed to be for work, and they are turning into the computerized version of No Child Left Behind.

There are other tabs for the ribbon, common tasks used such as font selection, alignment etc. are only in the main tab. The other tabs cover the other tasks used based on what you're trying to do. Could you elaborate exactly what features power users are missing / harder to access?

Comment Re:Awful (Score 1) 951

You have to remember also that Microsoft are making Windows 8 more practical for tablet devices. The main reason that they are going for the ribbon interface is because it is far easier to use with touch input whereas context menus are harder to use unless you have a large screen surface. Many dislike the ribbon interface but if you use it for a bit most users do find it better for commonly accessed tools.

Comment Re:Processor damage, really? (Score 4, Informative) 155

Spot on. My 8600GT started overheating in my laptop and while it survived, my CPU was hitting 105C and would shut down randomly and required the processor, motherboard and many other components to be replaced (the heat ruined the life of the battery). The GPU was holding out at the temperatures fine but because of the heat pipe it was connected to, it was cooking the CPU in the process.

Comment You pick the DBMS that works for you (Score 1) 381

Most RDBMS implementations on the web are generally only used to store data and perform very basic queries such as get and store operations. Personally I don't really see the issue of using one for a web applications since they are proven to work well and with the right design and caching solution are more than capable of handling a popular website such as Digg or Facebook. The only real issue with these sites is to prevent bottlenecks you would generally need to throw more hardware at it than may be necessary (although memory is very cheap these days so its a non-issue for most companies).

Memcached has shown to really help solve many performance issues for relational databases since the database won't constantly perform complex queries to grab data, it will just pull the result from a hashed index stored in memory. MemcachedDB http://memcachedb.org/memcachedb-guide-1.0.pdf is looking very promising to use to get rid of a RDBMS all together for certain data such as user sessions since it focuses on performance rather than functionality. Even then I think it all really boils down to choosing the right tool for the job, if there's data that you know is going to be a performance bottleneck in the database, you look for more creative solutions to store and process that data. There's nothing stopping you from running two or more different types of databases for the task at hand.

Comment Subscriptions need to cover all News Corp sites (Score 1) 549

I also read The Age daily. If Murdoch has his way and starts charging for his news content online I just can't see the value of paying for it. The site is already riddled with ads and don't get me started on the video advertisements that play automatically when you read some articles. If we all have to pay for a subscription to get news from News Corp websites they wouldn't even consider dropping advertisements on the pages since it provides extra revenue. Like you pointed out, they definitely need to start look at making their websites have more value rather than just allowing users to read articles otherwise people are just going to jump to the next news outlet that has similar articles for free. Even then I would be hard pressed to sign up to a subscription if I can get my news elsewhere for free if they make the subscriptions only for a single site. If they made the subscriptions to cover all their news sites and make an interface like Google News to view all their articles from their news outlets, I might be tempted to pay for it then.

Comment Re:Hacking is hacking isn't it? (Score 4, Informative) 294

The BBC got in trouble when they took control of a botnet for one of their technology shows: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/mar/12/bbc-botnet-legality-questioned. While this research was performed in the US, I think they must have broken a law somewhere. I don't see how grabbing personal info obtained illegally for the sake of research, even if they didn't infect the computers originally, makes it permissible under US law.

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