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Comment Re:16GB RAM and GCC optimization (Score -1, Flamebait) 357

Oh dear God, another ignorant Gentoo ricer.

I've been using Gentoo for about 10 years now. You really need to learn before opening your mouth. Please refer to Gentoo's GCC Optimization Guide. Especially pay VERY close attention to two very important parts:


"In 3.x, -O3 has been shown to lead to marginally faster execution times over -O2, but this is no longer the case with gcc 4.x. Compiling all your packages with -O3 will result in larger binaries that require more memory, and will significantly increase the odds of compilation failure or unexpected program behavior (including errors). The downsides outweigh the benefits; remember the principle of diminishing returns. Using -O3 is not recommended for gcc 4.x."

(emphasis Gentoo's, not mine)


"Some users boast about even better performance obtained by using -O4, -O9, and so on, but the reality is that -O levels higher than 3 have no effect. The compiler may accept CFLAGS like -O4, but it actually doesn't do anything with them. It only performs the optimizations for -O3, nothing more.

Need more proof? Examine the gcc source code:

Code Listing 3.1: -O source code

if (optimize >= 3)
flag_inline_functions = 1;
flag_unswitch_loops = 1;
flag_gcse_after_reload = 1;
/* Allow even more virtual operators. */
set_param_value ("max-aliased-vops", 1000);
set_param_value ("avg-aliased-vops", 3);

As you can see, any value higher than 3 is treated as just -O3."

Read this stuff. It actually is kinda important...

/me rolls his eyes.


Comment Re:Inaudible to people, perhaps.. (Score 1) 186

Heh. No it's not. "Um, excuse me, get that microphone out of my face."


So they have little gnomes inside the quarterback's helmets so their voice can be picked up calling plays ON THE FIELD to be broadcast on TV? Cool. I gotta order me a couple microphone holding mini-gnomes. Maybe I could finally find out the things my wife tells her mom...


Comment Re:Data plan limits are a scam (Score 1) 202

Unless you're with Sprint. Here's my plan:

Plan Includes:

* Everything Data Share Plan
* Line 1: $129.99 Minimum Monthly Charge
* Line 2:$0 Monthly Charge
* Lines 3-5: $19.99 Monthly Charge
* 1500 Shared Anytime Minutes
* Unlimited Any Mobile, Anytime
* Total Equipment Protection
* Unl Data/Msg/Amer Roam/Sprint Nav
* Nationwide Long Distance Included
* Unlimited Night & Weekend Mins. Included
* Nights: M-Th 7pm-7am Wknd: F 7pm-M 7am
* Caller ID
* Call Waiting
* Three-Way Calling
* Voicemail

$155.80 a month for three phones with full unlimited everything, early evening start, unlimited mobile to mobile (*ANY* carrier), unlimited data - and that also includes roaming. Hard to beat!


Comment Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (Score 1) 224

something will need to be done against those ugly, overloaded, panels. From where one needs to drop sub-panels with sub-menus, because the total, primary, real estate is just the screen width.


Ummm... you are aware that the panels can be marked to auto-hide so they don't take up your real estate and you don't even have to see them then, right?



College To Save Money By Switching Email Font 306

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has come up with an unusual way of saving money: changing their email font. The school expects to use 30% less ink by switching from Arial to Century Gothic. From the article: "Diane Blohowiak is the school's director of computing. She says the new font uses about 30 percent less ink than the previous one. That could add up to real savings, since the cost of printer ink works out to about $10,000 per gallon. Blohowiak says the decision is part of the school's five-year plan to go green. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio it's great that a change that's eco-friendly also saves money."

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