top AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming
My Radeon 6850 runs TF2 great on the OSS drivers. This is where things are headed, and if AMD keeps it up then Nvidia will have catching up to do. We're nearing the point where you can buy a graphics card, plug it in, and it "just works." The main issue is that it could take months for the bleeding edge to make it into the latest kernel, so brand new GPUs could be problematic. More to the point, in a few years an AMD APU might be both "good enough" for gaming, and also "just work." On Linux. That's saying something.
top Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
Vinyl can't be made artificially "loud," by killing the dynamic range of the volume, because that procedure causes the record to jump. CDs can be made "loud." Thus, in today's "loud" age, it doesn't surprise me that brand new vinyl sounds better on good speakers.
about a month and a half ago
top Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications
Unfortunately for us, it's not just denying access to information, but mandating access to our own information. What has yet to be tested is what legally happens when you generate a random file and send it to someone. If asked, how can you prove it's not an encrypted file? There is no key that can be used to unlock it!
about a month and a half ago
top Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?
subsidiary in China had not been not making a profit
So it made a profit?
top Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech
Everything went up after the meltdown. You could have put money in just about anything and done likewise... which is exactly what the ultra-wealthy did. Since the ultra-wealthy could afford to take the risk and not sell when things were low, they could then swoop in with cash and buy up things real cheap. If you're poor, you probably weren't able to do so. This phenomenon has contributed to the increasing wealth disparity in the United States. Congrats on not being poor.
top Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration
This is what a mega-corporation can afford to do when it doesn't pay taxes.
top I expect to be conventionally alive ...
"I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice."
--CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Morganlink 3D-Vision Interview
top French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children
Watch out - alcohol can really hit your framerate
top Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk
Until quite recently, spider silk had the highest tensile strength of any substance known to man, and the name silksteel pays homage to the arachnid for good reason.
-- Comissioner Pravin Lal
,"U.N. Scientific Survey"
top New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails
If Snowden was able to download so many documents that weren't his, you can bet that he was able to make a backup of his own e-mail. Will this be the same pattern where the NSA coughs up a lie and then finds themselves soundly contradicted a few months later?
top The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise
How is there simultaneously a supply crunch and drop in prices? If there is a crunch, then prices will be raised until demand drops to an appropriate level, or more capacity will be built... unless major market distortions are in play which disrupt this relationship. I don't get it.
top Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Good: Plug phone into dock, phone interface disappears, desktop interface comes up. Unplug phone, and it reverts. You carry all your files with you. You go to a dumb monitor + keyboard + mouse anywhere and *poof* you have your desktop with you, and it's online because your phone has data. Yeah, it'll be a bit slow - so don't do heavy number crunching and you're fine. And they'll need to make it
impossible to run phone apps in desktop mode or vice versa. Some things must be disallowed (although crafty software could intelligently flip between the two).
Bad: phone has desktop interface; or desktop has phone interface.
Which will it be?
top Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten
This is a big step towards re-writing history. It begins with ignoring it, or by actively hiding it. I give it 1 year before we hear of attempts by politicians to cover embarrasing stories that are relevant information to the public, or before corporations hide unpleasant past events such as oil spills (corporations are people too, these days). True, search engines aren't the sole gateways to information, but nowadays people assume that if something isn't found on the first search results page it's probably not important.
top Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass
"Because of the manner in which the NSA conducts upstream collection"
whole point! You can't say that troublesome methodology is OK because it's the methodology they chose... Circular reasoning at its best.
top Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches
This might really hurt Russia. The Soviet Union struggled to stay apace with technology, and Russia has too since the collapse of the USSR. Space technology was one area where Russia could make money and truly claim to be among the best. If they're not careful this might kill off one of their few chances for profitable exports in the world economy.
top F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
I've mostly given up mass media. If we can find something else to entertain ourselves without funneling money into the pockets of Greed then maybe something will change.
top Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player
A fork of Amarok.
top I expect to retire ...
That's exactly why we have Social Security - it forces people to put aside money so that, no matter what, they have something by retirement.
top Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate
George Orwell does a great job of discussing the ideas of the depression era with respect to the consequences of increased mechanization of labor. In many respects not much has changed. Highly recommended reading:
top Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes
Point taken. However, if he was less self-centered and money-grubbing then yes he could. Bill Gates just took a big hit to his reputation (in my book), and if it weren't for his support of anti-malarial and other research he wouldn't have much to show for.
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