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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

JohnnyBigodes Re:FPS TOO LOW!! (111 comments)

I get your point, but nobody's interested in playing Quake 1 any more :). Generally speaking, with the recent/upcoming graphics-intensive games, when you're set to a reasonably high resolution and the pretties up, you'll have a hard time maintaining a steady 50+ FPS in the middle of an intense firefight. Which is exactly the moment when you need it the most, even if anywhere else you get 100 FPS. The lows are what you want to avoid.

Besides, the whole point of burning $550 on a top-of-the-line graphics card is the expectation of a performance level of X, and, well, you're going to feel ripped off when you find out that your store-bought $550 card, unlike the review sample, performs just slightly above the $400-ish one.

about a year ago
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RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'

JohnnyBigodes Bad title. (166 comments)

Fix the title please. Jim Marshall based his designs on Fender amps (basically "hotrodding" them). He didn't invent them. Having said that, I have no wish to diminish the impact of the Marshall amps, much the contrary. Music wouldn't be the same today without him/them.

more than 2 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:"Great leap forward" (344 comments)

No, not really.

MySQL has the concept of storage engines, in which, for every table type you create, you pick which storage engine you want to use: MyISAM, InnoDB, etc. That will determine what features one gets. However, most people don't even bother reading a single bit and get a knee-jerk reaction because the default type is the old MyISAM. Granted, it shouldn't be the default anymore, but still... bliss is only one click away for changing the table type.

InnoDB is the second most-common storage engine (the first being the old/kludgy MyISAM) and is ACID-compliant, supports foreign keys, etc. The only thing it lacks is full-text support which is only available on MyISAM tables, but that can be worked around of relatively easily.

There are also other storage engines available, some free, some commercial, and some that enable some neat tricks (like the Blackhole storage engine for replication purposes).

more than 3 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:"Great leap forward" (344 comments)

You bring up a good point there, and I won't try to dismiss it as it's certainly valid. Misfired releases, so to speak, have hurt MySQL in recent history and created division even in its own community.

I'm just trying to shake down these age-old misconceptions that no longer have any base in reality :) (no foreign keys! no transaactions! no ACID!).

more than 4 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:"Great leap forward" (344 comments)

I could see your point if MySQL weren't being used in some high-profile instances. However, even that isn't the case anymore. For instance, Google has submitted quite some patches of its own to MySQL.

See MySQL's case studies here: http://www.mysql.com/why-mysql/case-studies/

Disclaimer: I am not in any way related to MySQL as more than a web developer. I'm even contemplating a move to PostgreSQL somewhere down the road due to the recent Oracle shenanigans. But nowadays, it is a pretty good product.

more than 4 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:Firebird is better (344 comments)

Dude, this is Slashdot. For many of the "old timers" here (and a good portion of the new-timers), PHP is still a toy language, MySQL doesn't even have transactions, and Windows 95 is horrible. For the rest of the world, times have changed.

more than 4 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:Meh (344 comments)

You have to specifically create the tables with a non-standard SQL code to get them to use the right database backend to get foreign key support.

The what to the who, now? Dude, if you're using MySQL and you have issues because you can't get past the default storage engine, I can't wait to see what happens when you have to do actual work.

more than 4 years ago
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PostgreSQL 9.0 Released

JohnnyBigodes Re:"Great leap forward" (344 comments)

It's not 2000 anymore. 99% of the problems people have historically with MySQL are simply not present in recent production versions. PostgreSQL and MySQL roughly have feature parity nowadays, Stop treating MySQL as if it's some toy. WikiVS has a good, up-to-date comparison: http://www.wikivs.com/wiki/MySQL_vs_PostgreSQL

I also find it amusing that an AC below complains about "how many storage engines"? Whoosh, that's the sound of the point flying over his head.

By the way, I'm not dissing PostgreSQL in any way, I think it's great. But it's about time some meaningless mantras stop being chanted.

more than 4 years ago
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Fastest Graphics Ever, Asus ARES Rips Benchmarks

JohnnyBigodes Re:Am I a cheap bastard? (208 comments)

I'm sorry? "there's not practical difference between 24fps and 60fps"?

Few people will be able to tell motion above 60fps, sure, but up to that point any human can and will notice the difference. Ever wondered why a movie's motion will look completely different that the motion of your standard news / soap opera / etc? That's the 24-to-30fps difference alone.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the CAPTCHA Approach Is Doomed

JohnnyBigodes Re:After three tries (522 comments)

... and then watch as you lose your biggest contract because you just banned the whole of company X due to John_Doe inside their building having a spambot-infected machine.

more than 5 years ago
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Four X25-E Extreme SSDs Combined In Hardware RAID

JohnnyBigodes Re:What was the target for this test??? (228 comments)

Look in the later pages of the review. There's a bit of everything. There are IOMeter benches there, with very enligthening results.

more than 5 years ago
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AIX On the Desktop Is Getting the Boot

JohnnyBigodes Re:Breaking news! (366 comments)

Conquering the world :D

Seriously, I'm sure they would come up with something. And I would be okay with BG3 not following BG2 in terms of story. NWN was nice but it wasn't really a sequel IMO. Little actual roleplaying, and the main campaign was short and kinda weak. Personal opinion anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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AIX On the Desktop Is Getting the Boot

JohnnyBigodes Breaking news! (366 comments)

Just in! "Geek wonders why product X that he loves to hack but is only used by 0.0000001% of the market is going the way of the dodo". Film at 11!

Hey, for example, I wanted Baldur's Gate 3 too :( (yes, I know that Stardock's founder wants to renew some old franchises).

more than 5 years ago

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Improving the PC as a gaming platform: the hardware

JohnnyBigodes JohnnyBigodes writes  |  about 2 years ago

JohnnyBigodes writes "PC gaming still has a few warts, and lack the ease-of-use of consoles, first and foremost when it comes to buying the hardware. And as they say, recognizing and admitting a problem is the first step in solving it. So here are some ideas for improving the platform, ranging from having revival of the 90s-era MPC specification, to better model numbering on behalf of manufacturers.
What does the Slashdot crowd think?"

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Budget graphics cards: $100 buys you good stuff!

JohnnyBigodes JohnnyBigodes writes  |  about 6 years ago

JohnnyBigodes (609498) writes "Just how much money should you spend on a graphics card? The latest models for under 100 bucks might surprise you with their potency, both in games and HD video playback. The Tech Report has lined up eight cards, ranging from $60 to $170, to see where the values are. Among the new highlights on this price range are the Radeon 4670, and the GeForce 9600 GSO and 9500GT. Spoiler: yes, nowadays you *can* get away with spending $100 on your graphics card and get really good performance out of it."
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Intel Atom / VIA Nano - Compared & benched

JohnnyBigodes JohnnyBigodes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JohnnyBigodes (609498) writes "With the current age's increasing focus in low-power, good-enough-performance architectures, the Tech Report takes a good look at Intel's Atom and VIA's Nano architectures and test platforms (mobo+CPU), detailing their intents and purposes, making comparisons, and providing performance and power draw benchmarks along the way. The skinny? Low-power desktops are here to stay."
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