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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Shinobi Re:*drool* (179 comments)

And yet again you make an erronous assumption. Many non-geeks do those things for HOBBIES, and only have one computer(and maybe a tablet...)

Which means that they do those hobbies on their personal computer.

3 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Shinobi Re:*drool* (179 comments)

"When will CPU ever matter for gaming, unless your running some terribly-written Java game?"

When you have a game that does a lot of AI stuff? Sins of a Solar Empire and the Total War series both tend to hit the CPU quite hard when your fleets/armies become large....

To the point of "Don't zoom in, just let the fleet autoattack...." yet you zoom in anyway, and get 120 FPS thanks to the GPU, but no units doing anything except in a slideshow, due to the CPU being hogged... Of course, I probably shouldn't have enough carriers/drone hosts for 300+ fighter and bomber squadrons..... Nor should my opponent....

3 days ago
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Shinobi Re:*drool* (179 comments)

"Speed brings nothing to table in personal computing anymore (outside of gaming and i'm not and have been a gamer)."

That is just so stupid. Personal computing is not just about gaming or browsing or a bit of coding.

Many non-geeks do things that require way more computer horsepower than geeks do. Like 3D, video/movie, heavy graphics editing, music and the list just goes on.

3 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Shinobi Re:Different situation (167 comments)

Actually, the Copper did allow you to sidestep hardware limitations too. Hardware-wise you were limited to a maximum of 12-bit palette, but the Copper effectively let you get, IIRC, 18-bit palette.

Also, there were plenty of tricks to get NTSC Amigas to play PAL demos, and vice versa.

4 days ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Shinobi EU statistics irrelevant for this survey (216 comments)

The statistic for EU as a whole is irrelevant, since the EU is not a country(for the moment at least, though they are working on making it one).

4 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Shinobi Re:Artifact colors (167 comments)

Then you also had the Amiga with its copper that allowed you to play all kinds of tricks to give you more colours, such as recomputing a new palette every line etc.

5 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Shinobi Re:Size (126 comments)

Between 12 and 14 minutes for me, based on what I usually get

5 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Shinobi Re:Size (126 comments)

8 gigs? Eh, it downloads while I go and make a cup of tea and a sandwich

about a week ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Shinobi Re:Kardashev scale (80 comments)

Don't forget that the genestealers arrive a fair bit earlier!

about two weeks ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

Shinobi Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Based on my experience, due to having learned from the FDIV bug experience, Intel much more readily acknowledge errors than AMD does. There are still some issues where AMD engineers are stonewalling us in regards to cache coherency in NUMA mode, causing major stalls forcing us to have to reset state. (And these are issues that Cray/Silicon Graphics solved in the 90's already...)

about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Shinobi Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

"Or from each other. Get an AWACS bird in the air with a data connection to nearby fighters (the Eurofighters, recent MIGs, F-22s and modern F/A18 variants IIRC), fighters chattering amongst themselves (can cover a target from multiple angles, harder to jam, think the Eurofighters already do this, no idea about others), and basically radar stealth becomes a pipe dream against any hi-tech opponent."

AJ 37 Viggen had datalink capability in the 70's already, which is just one example of how old that capability is. As for your other example, fighters linked between each other, I think JAS 39 Gripen was the first plane in service to have that capability, 8 planes being able to link together IIRC, though seriously downgraded when in NATO compatible configuration, due to how utterly shitty Link 16 is in comparison.

about three weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Shinobi Re:harddrive speed (110 comments)

That depends ENTIRELY on what game. SWTOR is highly dependant on the HD. Loading into fleet on a normal HD can take a few minutes. Use a SSD, and it takes 30s. And CPU barely registers a blip until you actually fully get into the game.

about three weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:Heh, slave to the rythm.... (135 comments)

Yeah, I have clients worldwide too, comes with being a specialist. And yes, I do prefer email. However, sometimes calls are preferable, such as conference calls. But I make a point of having everyone be on time, if someone is late, I start the meeting without them. I also keep a detailed plan for the meeting, and strict minutes of it.

The worst thing is when you work with other software developers who don't keep track of such things, or even deliberately try to sabotage such things. There's an idiotic macho culture among many software developers in regards to Agile, working hours that makes them look retarded and gullible, and if you propose that they form a guild or union to avoid being taken advantage of, they prefer being taken advantage of. And that's far more prevalent in north american culture: "Hey, big employer, feel free to take advantage of me, all I will do is whine anonymously, and even then I'll just help maintain a situation where you can keep taking advantage of me"

about 1 month ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

Working like that only leads to health problems(both bodily and mentally), and only helps to foster a retarded culture.

It also leads to more errors and lower quality. And the quality of your work matters more.

about 1 month ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Shinobi Re:partly as a result, work culture is also haphaz (135 comments)

That's because here in Sweden at least, we learned from childhood to work in groups, including presentations etc, though that has changed a lot now that we've adopted more international methods. Aka, downgraded our education...

For example, when I was a kid, we had student councils in school, from age 10, where each class has 1 or 2 representatives, who then report to the rest of the class at the weekly class meetings etc. It was also a good way to teach students about democracy.

As for the difference between US and nordic culture in regards to meetings, time keeping etc, I do notice that a lot in my freelancing. US clients are more likely to call at completely idiotic times(like calling at 19:00 their local time, meaning it's middle of the night/really early morning for me), and as you say, less coordinated with materials at meetings etc.

about 1 month ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Shinobi Re:Ikea evil? (207 comments)

You forget the entitlement issues some geeks have: They are allowed to do what they want, and others should just have to conform to them, all while they demand that others should obey their pet licenses/trademarks/copyright.

The whole thing smacks of a bit of organisational ID theft: they use the IKEA logo, the IKEA graphical design etc as closely as possible, to draw in people, in an attempt to profit from it with the advertising.

about 3 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Shinobi Re:Confusion? Really? (207 comments)

Adds traffic to the store? Riiiiiiight... Your geek-ego is overinflated... If it even does increase the traffic to IKEA, it's probably measured in something like 0.0001%

about 3 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

Shinobi Re:yuck epresso (192 comments)

Heh, that sounds like the coffee made in Sweden or Finland.

It's always funny to see people from around europe and north america try to drink coffee as made in Sweden or Finland, while Swedes and Finns generally regard coffee made by anyone else as too watery.

When I was in Kosovo, with the Swedish KFOR unit, we had some people from the US 502nd PIR come over to to our PX/café to try our coffee, and most of them had to thin it out to drink it, they weren't used to having it that strong. And they didn't believe us when we told them that it was not a special military brewing, but instead just ordinary brewing as most swedes who drink coffee would appreciate it.

Common complaints from tourists is that even McDonalds and Starbucks coffee in Sweden is way too strong.

about 3 months ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Shinobi Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (183 comments)

Why look there only?

Look at all the software hiding behind various licenses that include clauses to try and escape responsibility?

Many EULA's from corps such as Microsoft and Adobe for example. Then there's Open Source licenses such as GPL and BSD.

That's actually an interesting engineering ethics issue: Can you, as a licensed software engineer, in good conscience release software under any license with such clauses, without totally violating your responsibilities and duties as an engineer?

My personal take on it is that no, you can't. Hence, I work as a freelancer, which means I can refuse contracts that would cause such a violation, or leave a project which institutes changes that would cause such a violation. All my contracts have clauses which clearly outline what my responsibilities are as a software engineer, including whistleblowing on unsafe practices.

about 4 months ago

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