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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Calibax Re:Deserved (90 comments)

That is true, but nVidia's outreach engineers have a history of checking code that regresses performance on competitor hardware. See what this Value developer has to say about "Vendor A":
Vendor A is also jokingly known as the "Graphics Mafia". Be very careful if a dev from Vendor A gets embedded into your team. These guys are serious business.

So, you are suggesting that game studios let vendors check in code totally unreviewed? I worked at a company that had two engineers from Nvidia and 3 from AMD - none of them had the ability to check in code, although they did have access to our sources.

The Nvidia engineers were top notch, knew their products, knew how to get performance from their products, and would be unhappy if we didn't take notice of what they said. The AMD people were OK, but just not in the same league as the Nvidia people. Which was best for us? The Nvidia guys improved our product for both their customers and AMD customers. The AMD people would only look at AMD specific code and provided way less assistance. I'd go with the Nvidia guys any day - they were indeed serious, hard working engineers, one with a ph.d., the other with a masters.

And the best you can suggest for fiddling is a benchmark from 13 years ago? That several lifetimes in graphics technology - go look at any 2001 game. As I recall, both Nvidia and ATI (as it was then) tweaked benchmarks to favor their product around that time and were found out. However, modern graphics benchmarks make it difficult for any manufacturer to corrupt the results.

3 days ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Calibax Re:Deserved (90 comments)

How, exactly, can Nvidia make games run poorly on other hardware? They don't write the games. Both AMD and Nvidia have extensive outreach programs to developers and make engineers available to game studios, and obviously those engineers will make suggestions on how to improve game performance on their hardware. But I doubt that game studio staff would be willing to cripple their games on either platform at the behest of Nvidia or AMD engineers.

Would you like to provide citations that they bribe sites? And how would that hurt game performance? How can using certain benchmarks (as you suggest) make games run slower on other hardware? And even if they did, are you saying that sites would accept Nvidia's suggestions and ignore AMD suggestions?

AMD fanboy much?

3 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Calibax Is this legal? (700 comments)

A component manufacturer is unhappy that someone else is using his product id so he puts code in a driver that sets the product id to zero. This prevents the fake component being recognized by his driver or any other driver. The license for the driver explicitly states that using the driver with a fake component may irretrievably damage the component.

If the component manufacturer doesn't want the fake product to work with his driver he can code his driver to ignore the fake. Modifying the product id to brick the component is another matter entirely.

This doesn't hurt the people who created the fake, or even the people who purchased the fake and used them in their manufacturing. It only hurts end users who have done nothing except purchase a product in retail channels. Deliberately destroying equipment because it uses a fake component goes to a whole new level of nastiness.

about a month ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Calibax The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

It really is insulting to give a Nobel prize for an improvement to a revolutionary idea, and ignore the person who did the original work. Without Holonyak's original work there would be no basis for the improvement.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Calibax +1 for this comment (610 comments)

It took me all of 5 seconds to hide the album in iTunes. All gone, I'll never see it again (unless I choose to unhide it).

Such a hardship.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Calibax Tinkering not required for simples cases (238 comments)

I agree. If you don't mind tinkering, pfSense is the way to go

I agree that pfSense is a great solution but I disagree about the tinkering . pfSense fits well in the mantra of "simple things can be done simply but complex things are possible". It needs little tinkering if you have a reasonably standard setup - say an internet connection plus a local network. It has decent defaults.

If you have a more complex setup (I have a LAN interface, a DMZ, a guest network, and a VPN interface as well as several additional software packages) then some tinkering will be needed.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Calibax pfSense is a winner (238 comments)

I have pfSense running on a Soekris net6501 for my home network firewall. I have set up OpenVPN - configuration took only a few minutes and it has worked perfectly.

The Soekris Net6501 is more than sufficient for my needs but pfSense scales well and will run on many types of hardware. When I was testing it I ran pfSense as a VM without any problems - in retrospect I should have left it that way permanently.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Calibax Re:So.. (110 comments)

This isn't patent trolling. nVidia literally invented the GPU and much shader technology back in the 1990s. A lot of graphic stuff now considered basic was developed and patented by nVidia.

These are probably legitimate patents that other companies are using without a license. One of the reasons that Intel graphics technology is still far behind is that they are coming late to the graphics game and have a patent minefield to avoid. It looks like Qualcomm and Samsung decided to ignore the minefield and hope that they didn't step on a patent mine - or at least not step on one that would be noticed by nVidia.

about 3 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Calibax Predictable (457 comments)

1. Place immature people (of any physical age) in an anonymous, no consequences environment.
2. Give them the ability to address people whom they would never have the opportunity to approach outside of a virtual environment.
3. Supply a conduit such as Twitter or Facebook or email that requires very little effort compared to writing and mailing a physical letter.

The result is completely predictable.

about 3 months ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

Calibax It's all about the costs (120 comments)

Automobile companies make a large number of vehicles - both GM and Toyota make around 10 million per year. Saving just one dollar on each vehicle adds millions to the company profits.

Something as simple as the extra wiring to create multiple data busses in the vehicle could add a couple of dollars to the vehicle cost. The auto makers will not do it unless it is mandated (either by law or their legal department fearing lawsuits) or they see some sort of a competitive advantage (somewhat unlikely) or there's a PR disaster.

about 3 months ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

Calibax Re:False. (52 comments)

nVidia makes the chips and very recently a couple of reference designs and retail tablets. They don't make the OS and other software.

As you pointed out, Google (not nVidia) removed support for CL rendering to push their own product. I'm sure nVidia was unhappy about that as it removed one of their competitive advantages.

With the Tegra K1, nVidia is pointing out (quite rightly) that their hardware supports a bunch of new things. nVidia's literature describes the Jetson-TK1 as a development kit, not a product. It is made available so that people can write software that supports the features in the hardware

I completely fail to see where nVidia has been dishonest in this.

about 4 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Calibax Re:Most of us have some weakness (267 comments)

Neat test. I worked hard on it but only managed a Total Error Score of 236.

I already knew I was color vision challenged. My mother became suspicious when I was playing with crayons and I colored a fire engine green and the grass brown. That's why my wife picks the colors for my clothes and sorts my socks so I don't accidentally wear a non-matching pair - which has happened a few times.

about 4 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Calibax Darwin Award Contestant? (406 comments)

It's pretty clear that this is merely a failed attempt to win a Darwin Award. Perhaps he needs to try the same thing on a windy road.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Calibax Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

There is nothing to stop my neighbors from doing installing solar also - and several have.

Do householders thank their neighbors for the break they get on their mortgage interest that allows them to afford their houses?
Do the various fossil fuel industries thank every tax payer for the huge subsidies that they receive?
Do farmers thank everyone for their subsidies that permits them to grow crops like tobacco that kill tax payers?

Governments have always promoted certain types of behavior with subsidies and tax breaks. There's nothing wrong in going along with their wishes if it benefits you also.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Calibax Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

Out of curiosity, what was the pre-subsidy and tax incentive cost, or alternatively what were those subsidies/taxes?

The installation is rated at 8.9 kW DC (7.5 kW AC) and the total cost was $65,000. I received a check from the state of California for $29,000 and a tax credit of $5,000. So my out-of-pocket cost was $31,000 . All numbers rounded and in 2003 dollars.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Calibax Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

Will home insurance cover these panels in the event of hail and wind damage?

I don't know. I didn't think to ask as I haven't ever seen a hail storm here and we don't get very high winds. However, chemically strengthened glass is used for the panels so they are less likely to be damaged compared to float glass. The panels are solidly anchored to the rafters and the roof is metal tiles so they aren't likely to blow away.

I did check that everything is covered for theft or fire damage as the inverters were quite expensive back then.

about 4 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Calibax Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

Solar energy provides all the electricity for my house, and has done so since 2003. Not a single electricity bill since that time.

I installed 48 panels on my roof and I run the air conditioning, washing machine, electric dryer, dishwasher, and everything else electric from the roof panels. We do have gas heating and a gas range. I have a modern thermostat and I set the low point to 72 degrees and the high point to 76 degrees and let the system figure out how to keep the house in that range. I leave it set that way all through the year.

In the the year before installing the panels I spent $2800 on electricity, and prices have gone up considerably since then. The costs of the installation (after California state subsidy and tax incentives) was $31,000 so I've fully recovered the installations costs. I expect the panels to continue producing all the electricity I need for the next 20 to 30 years.

about 4 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Calibax Secret, my ass (390 comments)

Mapp Biopharmaceutical have been publishing articles about their ebola research in scientific journals since 2011. They seem to be a very secretive at all.

Maybe CNN thinks it's a secret because it hasn't been covered in the mainstream press - TMZ and Entertainment Weekly have completely ignored the company.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Calibax Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

That's not what I remember. There were no small format hard drives in 1976. Hard disks were the size of a refrigerator or larger. The first hard disk that was not designed for a large mainframe wasn't available until 1980, and that was only 5MB. I begged my boss to buy one but he refused because of the cost (roughly one month of my salary at that time).

By the time CP/M 3 came out in 1983 there were several small format hard disks, but there was no standard interface. Each disk manufacturer created their own interface and drivers. There was no certainty that a hard disk that ran on an IBM PC-AT would run on a Commodore 128 - it depended on what systems and OSes the manufacturer was willing to support. Many manufacturers would only support IBM PCs with MS-DOS. Others emulated multiple floppies and used the CP/M USER command to switch between up to 16 separate emulated floppies on the disk, so the effective maximum size of a hard disk was 16 times the maximum floppy size supported by a manufacturer.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Calibax Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

Blame the IBM PC sales explosion. The original IBM PC in 1981 used the 8-bit ISA bus designed by IBM. The S-100 bus was dead by the time that IBM introduced the 16-bit ISA-AT bus in 1984.

about 4 months ago

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NVIDIA sues Qualcomm and Samsung seeking to ban import of Samsung phones

Calibax Calibax writes  |  about 3 months ago

Calibax (151875) writes "NVIDIA has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the ITC and in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing. NVIDIA is seeking damages and a ban on US import of a raft of devices with Snapdragon and Exynos processors until there is an agreement on licensing."
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Parallels Update Installs Unrelated Deamon Without Permission

Calibax Calibax writes  |  about a year ago

Calibax (151875) writes "Parallels recently released version 9 of Parallels Desktop, their popular hypervisor application for Mac. They also released a new product named Parallels Access that offers access to Windows applications from an iPad for $80 per year. Access has received less than stellar reviews.

When a user upgrades Parallels Desktop, he is asked if he wants a free six month subscription to Parallels Access. Even if he says no, the product is installed on his system and the application is started each time the system is rebooted. It is installed with ancillary files scattered around several directories in the system and Parallels has not supplied an uninstaller or listed the steps to fully uninstall the application, despite a number of requests.

In other words, Parallels has decided it's a good idea to silently install a difficult to remove deamon application on the system, even if the user has explicitly stated they do not want it. They have not provided an uninstaller or a list of files installed or instructions on how to remove the application files. These are scattered to at least four Mac OS X OS system level directories."
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Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejud

Calibax Calibax writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Calibax (151875) writes "A recent study by a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults and that low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice."
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88 Year Old Scientist Hassled by DEA

Calibax Calibax writes  |  about 3 years ago

Calibax (151875) writes "30 years ago Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by hand in his garage, stores it in his backyard shed and sells it for $6.50.

Recently, the DEA has been hassling him because his product uses crystalline iodine. He has been refused a license to purchase the iodine because it can be used in the production of crystal meth, and as a result he is now out of business.

A DEA spokesman describes this as "collateral damage" not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals."

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