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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Atmchicago But the Open Source drivers are good (159 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago

Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Atmchicago Loudness wars (433 comments)

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

Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Atmchicago Re:Brian Reynolds is a time traveler (379 comments)

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

Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

Atmchicago had not been not (57 comments)

subsidiary in China had not been not making a profit

So it made a profit?

about 2 months ago

Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

Atmchicago Re:INTC stock, a happy story (91 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

Atmchicago No taxes (89 comments)

This is what a mega-corporation can afford to do when it doesn't pay taxes.

about 2 months ago

I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Atmchicago Longevity vaccine (187 comments)

"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

about 3 months ago

Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Atmchicago Silksteel alloys (82 comments)

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"

about 3 months ago

New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Atmchicago Snowden probably took copies with him (200 comments)

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?

about 4 months ago

The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

Atmchicago Both a supply crunch and falling prices? (249 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Atmchicago Maybe... (322 comments)

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?

about 6 months ago

Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

Atmchicago Who controls the past controls the future... (64 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Atmchicago Circular reasoning (170 comments)

"Because of the manner in which the NSA conducts upstream collection"

That's the whole point! You can't say that troublesome methodology is OK because it's the methodology they chose... Circular reasoning at its best.

about 7 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Atmchicago Exports for a struggling economy (522 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Atmchicago Even better... (410 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago

I expect to retire ...

Atmchicago Re:Too poor (341 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago

Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Atmchicago Re:Neutrality (335 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago


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