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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Dahamma Re:clockspeed really? (338 comments)

Well, CISC machines are generally RISC on the inside, but yes, blindly comparing clock-rates is almost always inappropriate.

Yes, obviously anyone who knows anything about CPU architectures already knows that, but the relevant semantics is that x86 is CISC to the compiler, which is really the relevant bit.

9 hours ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

Dahamma Re:Visible douchebag (116 comments)

Yeah, but looking at Wilkinson's photo, his douchiness quotient may not be far behind. Their combined daily hair product emissions alone could probably power a small town.

One overprivileged hipster screws another. Oh, the humanity! And it's so sad to see, since in another world they could have been bros, sharing some PBRs on a Sunday morning at the beer garden while talking over each other about their new iPhone apps.

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Dahamma Re:Performance (283 comments)

There is definitely something about intuiting manual shifts (or blipping downshifts) by the sound of the engine alone or mastering the art of the shift/gas/brake/clutch on twisting roads with only two feet for the 3 pedals.

If you are *racing* (and VERY few people really actually do this) sure, it's all about speed and handling, who cares how you get it. But as you said for most auto "enthusiasts" it's about *driving*. Really, most of the fun is in the learning, same with many hobbies - if you just want to "be perfect", you can let a computer decide your next chess move, play the baseline on your keyboard, or shift for you. But what's the point?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Dahamma Re:Performance (283 comments)

No, electric will NOT "win" (where win is become the predominant form of vehicle propulsion) with performance. Electric will be an awesome but tiny niche with performance.

Electric will win with price, utility, and reliability, just like all car models that "win" ie. are hugely popular (e.g. the Prius). Once electric cars start winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, can be purchased for $30k and can get ~300 miles per charge and go cross country in a few days, I think absolutely they will win...

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Dahamma Re:Read speed limit signs (283 comments)

Reminds me of a high school drivers ed session years back (I was sitting in the back seat):

teacher: "What's the speed limit on this road?"
student: "64?"
teacher: "64!? This is Route 64 you nitwit! Well, at least we didn't take Route 83. Or I-355!"

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Dahamma Re:Cell (338 comments)

It's a reasonably modern ATI GPU, and it can be used as a "compute shader".

Though of course GPU compute functions are pretty complex to do, and they directly take away from graphics functions. I'm guessing Ubisoft's claim that the platforms are CPU bound does not really mean they are not using as much of the GPU as they can - otherwise seems a little disingenuous that they are also limiting the rendering resolution to 900p.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Dahamma Re:Hey Ubisoft, maybe you should stop shitting on (338 comments)

Windows would run just fine on a Pentium computer with a decent amount of RAM. Try running a java applet on it, though, and you may as well go for a long coffee break...

Hah. No.

Windows 7+ does a shit-ton of graphic eye candy and multi-threaded background tasks, etc. Without a couple of reasonable (not Pentium) cores and a decent GPU it's unusable. The extra RAM just keeps it from crashing entirely.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Dahamma Re:clock speed is not the right comparison (338 comments)

Maybe you didn't target your game properly.

Many Nintendo games run in 1080p and 60 frames/second on the Wii U which is much less powerful...because Nintendo makes that their target when deciding how much AI and graphics detail to put on the screen at once.

Ugh, give me a break. If everyone targeted their games to "Nintendo standards" instead of games actually trying to push the envelope with performance and features, Mario, Pokemon, and their ilk would have taken over the world by now.

And I have developed for the Wii U. Compared to the XB360/XB1/PS3/PS4 It's a HORRIBLE platform with a worse OS. It still requires cooperative multitasking (hello Yield()!) which if custom-designed for the platform form the start would be fine, but it makes porting later from a *real* platform that actually sells games a PITA. If you wondered why the Wii U is not getting the quality ports of the other platforms - it's because Nintendo's development tools and OS are stuck in 1995.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Dahamma Re:clockspeed really? (338 comments)

Yeah, it is helpful to call it a PPC because that was the basic architecture that the OS and main app ran on.

And in terms of the PS3 Cell/SPUs, it was an even bigger architecture change, of course.

But the point is: the fact that the PS3 PPU/SPU and the XB360 CPU ran at twice the clock speed of the PS4/XB1 X86 cores is totally irrelevant, since they are completely different architectures. The point of RISC is it runs simpler instructions in fewer cycles at a higher clock rate. Which of course means any clock rate comparison with a CISC architecture is mostly irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

True - that and actually having a personality capable of working with others. Interviews are 1/2 proving your competence and 1/2 proving you can work with your interviewers. Based on said /. commenters' posts, no way in hell I'd hire them ;)

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

Except the point of this article is most of the time it's fairly useless and doesn't result in them getting a *career* in said research. So they did research, but they were a STUDENT, not a RESEARCHER.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

Easily. Before bonuses and options. I keep seeing all of this whining on /. this week about how SW engineers are under appreciated and underpaid, but in the Bay Area right now, there is a huge shortage and salaries and bonuses are getting almost ridiculous (especially how many horrible programmers I see getting paid as much as they are as well).

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

So you are saying the problem isn't subsidizing grad students, it's overpaying the faculty ;)

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Dahamma Yes, costs differ based on government subsidies! (346 comments)

Sweden subsidizes their Internet access with high taxes: it's cheaper in Sweden than the US.

US subsidizes gas prices and/or has unusually low gas taxes: gasoline in US is $3.50/gallon vs $8.00 in Sweden. Not to mention the cars themselves are 25%-100% more depending on tariffs/luxury taxes.

Also, the average 6-pack is $12+ in Sweden! Oh, the humanity...

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Dahamma Re:At will employment != Right to work (742 comments)

You are correct that it's an "at will employment" issue, but the OP is also correct that with at will employment you are better off terminating someone for no cause than a cause that is not provably accurate. If you give a reason but can't prove it - or even worse, your reason can be proved wrong - you have opened up yourself to a wrongful termination lawsuit regardless of "protected class" (though that would make it even stronger).

As the (attorney) lecturer for the class on employment law that I took said: "this is an at will employment state: the employee or employer can terminate employment at will with or without reason. And the exceptions make up 98% of the law."

In this case, firing someone for an undisclosed email sent by Comcast that "summarizes" an interaction that the employee believes is incorrect completely opens them up to a lawsuit. And a lawsuit would definitely force disclosure of the email, so if his side of the story is accurate it could be interesting...

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

PhD != researcher. PhD is just a degree. *Good* PhDs could still become high paid engineers (or industry researchers) or mediocre-paid college faculty. *Bad* PhDs might not become either.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:I'm confused, shortage or glut (283 comments)

Actually, that's exactly what HAS happened. Software engineering starting salaries have jumped dramatically in recent years. Shit, in the SF Bay Area smart grads can make $80-100k or more right out of college. It's one of the highest paid fields for a *qualified* new college grad (that said, just like PhDs, apparently, there are a lot of really unqualified CS NCGs who really need to find another field).

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:Always been a challenge (283 comments)

Having been a postdoc and also having been lucky enough to land a faculty position I don't see that this is a new problem at all.

Their point is it that it's gotten WORSE. A constant surplus is one thing (and could be manageable) but an increasing surplus can in fact make it a whole new problem. Something is messing with traditional supply and demand. Rate of change increasing, you know, dx/dy and all that? Or maybe economics and math wasn't your PhD focus ;)

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Dahamma Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

It's simply much easier to get a PhD these days

The real question isn't about whether it's easier to *get* a PhD, it's why it's easier to get a PhD *paid for*. It's 5 extra years of education, usually paid for with a grant from *somewhere*. I guess you could consider of the last couple years a fairly low-paid lab tech and/or TA with a lot of education - but maybe the university systems should stop spending so much money on subsidizing PhDs that will never go anywhere and start figuring out how to make top-rate undergraduate education cost less than $50k a year...

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Dahamma Re:Much of the failure was in explaining... (336 comments)

Hmmm... As to women, you're talking about the religious evangelicals. That faction is their own distinct kettle of fish.

No, unfortunately for moderate Republicans they are not only in the same kettle, they are running the kettle. Apparently a large majority of Congressional Republicans and apparently about half of the Supreme Court conservatives is of that "faction".

Cite something they did. I dare you.

I'm not going to bother citing since it's so trivial to search, but you can look up a whole bunch of voting regulations intended to suppress minority voting while pretending to address a completely non-existent "voter fraud issue". And there have been leaked political memos, etc talking about how it will reduce minority turn out in some districts, so it's pointless to try to argue otherwise.

Also, opposing affirmative action in education. Clearly there is a debate on the topic, but there is no question the intent was to give a boost to a population which had been denied the same opportunities white males have had in college education. I think everyone hopes that will become unnecessary in the future but a couple of centuries of social and financial discrimination can't just be fixed in a couple decades.

Also, he LGBT community is clearly in the same position African Americans were in the 50s-60s, and being treated just as badly by conservatives. It's pretty clear once the old ones die off the more tolerant next generation will be more accepting, though. It's already happening, luckily, and my guess is gay rights will be a non-issue in 10-20 years. Doesn't mean Republicans haven't been fighting it as much as they can...

And as for both minorities and immigrants - 221 members of the House Republicans voted to defund the DREAM Act and work to deport aliens who were babies when brought into to the US illegally, and often didn't even know they were not citizens. Crack down on illegal immigration when it happens, I agree, but don't kick people out who didn't even know they were illegal and have been here since before they could speak any language, let alone their *native* English...

about two weeks ago

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