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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Creepy Re:Waffle much? (159 comments)

It shows the transition - OpenGL has been a second class citizen for ATI/AMD for years and now is first class. With the PS4 using their chip and OpenGL they finally have a good reason to have extremely good OpenGL performance and dedicate development time to it, but I still remember when they wouldn't even support extensions.

nVidia has always had OpenGL as a first class citizen (for different reasons - CAD, then PS3, now mobile and Linux GRID arrays such as the one I use with VMWare VMs for GPU support).

about a week ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

Creepy Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (441 comments)

The Koch brothers don't need to buy scientists - they bought climate denying politicians. The Republicans then put climate deniers in every environment and science role (and if you don't believe me, look it up yourself - just recently they added anti-science/climate denier Ted Cruz to head NASA and have had a climate denier running the EPA since late last year). I'm not saying jump two feet into cutting all emissions like some nuts on the left, but just give science an effing chance and see if it affects anything. These guys just outright deny it is and can happen.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Creepy Re: Any experienced teacher already deals with thi (388 comments)

I also grew up in that era and basically with no instruction a few of us learned to write BASIC, then decided that was too slow and moved to assembly language. Not long after that we were cracking software. To say our knowledge was far beyond that of the teachers is an understatement, but you are correct in that those of us that did have that knowledge were few. Still, I went to advanced computer camp one summer and the instructor was laughably years behind my brother and I in skills.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Creepy Re:Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

The shutdown was accelerated due to Fukushima and forced reopening several coal plants and building several more. Even worse, many of these were lignite coal, which is the tar sands of coal (polluting and the worst energy for volume).

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Creepy Re:Renewable energy ist cheaper! (166 comments)

Some fission products such as strontium 90 are pretty radioactive (and short lived). Transuranics from partially burned (non-fast) reactions also can be very radioactive and short lived, but most are alpha emitters, so your dead skin will block that (don't eat or breathe them, though). The actual fuel (uranium, at least) you could carry around in your bare hands, but most people don't because non-oxidized uranium reacts with water (so if you marred the uranium oxide coating and touched the uranium, water from your hand may cause the uranium to catch fire). On the positive side, many of the fission byproducts have uses (like medical devices) and are separated from the waste, so yeah, most of the stuff in the casks is pretty benign.

about two weeks ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Creepy Re:There is a difference. (589 comments)

Yeah, I imagine they were going to hack AMC and rig the film projector to overheat and explode, setting off the thermonuclear warhead it was attached to by the secret CIA program to hide nukes under film projectors.

Well, they did specifically say they were going to blow up every theater, not hack them. Almost certainly an idle threat unless North Korea has planted thousands of sleeper agents and activates them to do such a strike.

As for having unencrypted docs all over, I've seen that, even at corp levels - once you're behind the firewall, everything is unencrypted unless sending between sites or sending a secure mail such as to HR (our HR system requires it).

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Creepy Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

Not to mention the stuff Obama is lifting is already so easy to circumvent it is relatively pointless. I've met numerous divers that have gone to Cuba via Mexico or Canada and Cozumel is filled with shops selling Cuban cigars, probably exclusively targeting Americans. Even during the Cold War I had a friend that visited Russia to study Russian architecture and brought back Cuban cigars (and they didn't bother to check where the cigars came from because he visited Russia... also they were much better back then - the subsidies helped immensely).

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Creepy Re:I wonder if... (435 comments)

True - my uncle lives in Florida and says most of them vote republican on the abortion issue alone (i.e. Catholic church influence) even if their dirt poor and on food stamps and the republicans tend to take those programs away. He's glad they do, as well, because it lets him keep more money. For reference, this is a very rich uncle and he can probably afford significantly higher taxes (which are all on investments these days - he retired a multimillionaire when he was 54 or 55, so he could spend more time doing things he loves, like traveling the world).

about a month ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Creepy Re:I quite doubt that the GPLv2 goes to court here (173 comments)

GPLv2 has a lot of gray areas, though. It can be used internally by a company without releasing source, it seems to apply to plugins but I've been explicitly told by GPLv3 authors that it does not when GPLv3 was in review, etc. Honestly, I disagree with the GPLv3 authors - a plugin is still a dynamically linked library and I honestly believe that you could use it maliciously to try and infect GPLv3 in commercial software (but I also think it would be thrown out in court). Since GPLv2 is equally ambiguous on plugins, it may also apply to that one, as well.

about a month ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Creepy Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

That doesn't equate to great tasting coffees, though they are better than most (if not all) of the canned stuff.

And I'm far less of a snob with coffee than with beer - I will actually drink Keurig or canned coffee but I need to add cream. For black I prefer beans roasted 5 days or less before use and burr ground, with grind type as per the style of coffee (Turkish, espresso, french press, drip). Yes, home roasted. Unlike beer, home roasting has saved me a fortune after the initial expense, too ($~130 for 20# bags and $300 for the roaster offset the cost of buying beans at $14-18 a pop in 2 years).

about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Creepy SMB jet airliner (244 comments)

The Steve Miller band stumped me for years with "big old jet airliner," though I had no idea what he was saying. My best guess was Jeb O'Brian, whoever that was.

In my 20s I spent a LOT of time listening to and writing down lyrics for my cover band and finally figured that one out (and no, I didn't have the album, in fact, I rarely had the albums, thank you very much - not really my favorite music, but I played it).

about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Creepy Re:In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Bay-bee (244 comments)

Not really - that is the actual lyrics, a record exec or something like that couldn't understand them and thus the song name.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Creepy Re:Sony needs to invest in their IT (170 comments)

They didn't specify the attack, but a DDoS attack (part of this group's MO) is notoriously difficult to counter because it relies on the lack of security of the user community rather than the company itself. They use, say, a half million computer bot network to flood the target servers with requests. While you can theoretically block request flooding, sheer numbers can still overwhelm systems.

about a month and a half ago
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Ralph H. Baer, a Father of Video Gaming, Dies At 92

Creepy Re:The Magnavox Odyssey (47 comments)

Can't recall gameplay, but most major sports had games (football, baseball, basketball, hockey). I also remember the color overlays for the TV. My age was in the single digits when I played this console, so I don't remember much (and certainly don't remember when it came out - played it maybe mid-to-late 1970s).

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Creepy Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Not to mention the forced prison labor market. Felons get to learn "valuable skills" (for third world countries) and make products to sell at full value while getting paid a pittance. Refuse to work? No problem, 3 months in solitary will cure that, or you'll just go nuts. Really, the prison system is just slavery by another name.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Creepy Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

It may be possible to intern with a company first to prove you are a changed person, but yeah, hard to break in, especially with any established company. There is an effort to "ban the box," but until that takes root, employers will ask if you have a criminal past.

  Another option would be to try contracting. My brother's contracting company (electrical engineering) requires a proven skill set, but I doubt if they do any background checks. The hard part, of course, is proving you've got the skills (they hire extremely skilled workers in a very narrow category of electrical engineering). I know another company that does web design and they occasionally hire contractors, as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Creepy This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8.1 (91 comments)

On the forums and from personal experience I can tell you there is a crash bug with Windows 8.1 64 bit with nVidia cards during cutscenes where framerates drop to near zero. Worst thing about it is it's random. I wasn't able to reproduce it with Windows 7 64 bit also with an nVidia card (albeit older laptop card).

Fortunately, I was reading the forums and there are fixes coming. They know about nVidia framerate problems, random sound dropouts (in fact, they are looking for 60+ hour saves that have this problem) and many of the crashes.

about 2 months ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Creepy Re:What a shock (409 comments)

Yeah, Cs-137 is definitely something to worry about at least in the short-to-medium term, because it is water soluble and both a beta and gamma emitter (meaning exposure and ingestion are a factor), but risk depends on how much exposure you get. It also should be about half of what it initially was, since its half life is around 30 years. Some of the longer lived (miilions of years) particles are not something you really need to worry much about - you get worse stuff from natural gas (radon in particular) and probably higher concentrations from coal (fly ash contains lots of uranium and thorium in particulate form released into the air - in solid form these two are not particularly dangerous since the skin is a very good at absorbing alpha and beta).

In any case, radiation is a vague term, since it depends on type of emitter, half life, and type of exposure (i.e.skin, lungs, stomach) as for how dangerous it is. Generally, long half life=lower risk, which is why potassium isn't a big deal to have in our bodies despite being radioactive.

about 2 months ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Creepy Re:Mildly off-topic, but... (138 comments)

Highly radioactive usually has more to do with faster decay rate. As for how dangerous, it depends on the emitter and how it is absorbed. As for how much energy, it depends on substance, if it is fissile (at least for energy producing), and its neutron efficiency. Thorium, uranium, and plutonium generate more neutrons than they consume and thus can be used for a sustainable nuclear reaction. If it isn't one of those three, it probably isn't desirable - Protactinium, for example, has a huge cross section and absorbs neutrons slowing the reaction, so in a reactor it is usually desirable to pull it out, wait for it to decay to Uranium, and toss it back in (but this is a proliferation concern :P ).

Alpha - Ok for skin exposure, bad in stomach, lungs, or other tissues
Beta - relatively OK for skin exposure, bad in stomach lungs or other tissues (but not as bad as certain alpha emitters, I believe)
Gamma - pass through organics, bad for them.

For instance, Polonium is a fast alpha emitter. Skin is very good at protecting against alpha emitters, so you could wear gloves and handle it (to avoid any chance of dermal absorption). You, however, in no way want to ingest it - in the lungs and tissues it wreaks havoc and can kill in days (which is why Polonium was used to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident). Beta emitters are mostly absorbed by the skin, but penetrate deeper than alpha emitters. Gamma emitters go through most everything except heavy metals like lead, so it is recommended that you get as little exposure to these as possible (either inside you or outside).

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Mozilla turns 10!

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Creepy (93888) writes "According to Mozilla.org, Mozilla has officially turned 10 today.

March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. It's the date the first Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source license and a governing body for the project — the Mozilla Organization — began its public work. It's always been known in Mozilla parlance as "3/31." We'll be celebrating Mozilla's 10 year anniversary throughout 2008.
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Journals

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I realized today that it had been over a year since my last journal entry, so here's a new one. I'm still busy, I still work on computers and do OSS dev in my spare time (mostly computer graphics-sorts of projects). I've recently been tinkering with geometry shaders, but I'm still "feeling around" for how powerful they can be, and I'm mainly interested in using them for surface curvature correction (yes, I have weird hobbies...)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have no new stuff to report. Nothing fun at all - get a life and read somebody else's journal ;)

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Oblivion... underwhelmed?

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Am I the only one that is underwhelmed by Oblivion?

The game is fairly pretty on my high end GPU (shadows are seriously broken - the backface shows), but it plays like Morrowind and you have to maximize your skills to actually play it at any reasonable difficulty, unlike Morrowind, which I find pretty lame. By the time I figured that out, I was already 15 hours into the game and not willing to restart, so I had to seriously drop the difficulty slider. To make matters worse, a good sneaky character does ok in 1 on 1 non-scripted situations, but when you get 2 or 3 or 4 on 1 situations, well, you can't backstab them all and you get pummeled in light armor. At this point, the game seems to be great for all out fighters and all out mages, but mixed classes will have a tough time unless you specifically target three skills each level and don't touch any others (which is hard to do because walk is so slow that I always have run on and gain acrobatics). Anyhow, enough venting - think I'll program on my own game for a while.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, it was time to add something new. My outside blog is where I post most stuff like this, but in the interest of semi-anonymity, I usually don't talk about anything outside of slashdot here. Makes for a boring log, tho.

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I do actually come here...

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm worse at checking this thing than I am my web site, which is to say that I'm not good at it. I think I have too many journals.

If you have anything to say to me, say it here and maybe I'll notice :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So some people modded me down for an offtopic post marked Off Topic in the subject where there was a thread on some guy's incorrect sig... twice.

Like they were expecting an on-topic post :P

Sigh - yeah, I know, Slashdot says keep posts on topic, which I usually do, but hey - in context to what? I was on topic in context of the other guy's post :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I found it odd that in the past month I've received mod points 3 times, and hadn't been given any in about 4 months... and none of my recent posts have modded either way and I only meta-moderated once.

Bizarre.

Ah well, better go spend the latest batch.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  about 11 years ago

On this day, I consecrate my journal.

I'm not exactly sure why, but it needed to be done - and it certainly is more entertaining than watching Install Shield installing components of another product I have to have tested by the Monday before last.

Yawn. I hate working overtime weekends on boring projects. Well, enough yammering, the install is done. Back to work.

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