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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Tough Love Re:But does it matter any more? (130 comments)

The oems can fight back, but are they? All of them? If the answer is no, even for some of them, there are still Sherman act violations. FYI, the touchstone test for Sherman act: "is market power being exercised?"

7 hours ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Tough Love Re:But does it matter any more? (130 comments)

it follows that the most popular PC OS would also be relevant

Only if the DoJ continues to look the other way in the face of continuing flagrant Sherman act violations in the form of secret exclusionary agreements with OEMS and the like. Microsoft never made it on merit...

Speaking of which, it's about time for another massive fine from the Eurocrat direction, wouldn't you say?

yesterday
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Tough Love Re:But does it matter any more? (130 comments)

...most people still have PCs. Including the one I am typing on right now.

I too am typing on a PC, but it is not running Windows.

yesterday
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Tough Love Re:But does it matter any more? (130 comments)

Is Windows really relevant anymore?

Of course Windows is still relevent, it remains the authoritative source of Windows reboot sounds.

yesterday
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Tough Love Re: DirectX is obsolete (130 comments)

You have a kid? Your phones are used for gaming. You never ever play a game yourself? You're the only one. I suppose you never email or browse with them either :)

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Tough Love Re:Modula-3 FTW! (468 comments)

Java is famously crappy and sluggish for GUIs too, and barely tolerable for web. As a rule of thumb, whatever you are running on your server will run about 20-30% faster if you recode it from Java to C++. First hand experience speaking here, and you will find multiple confirmations out there. Java is just a pig, with its jitting, memory hogging, heavyweight thread locks, etc, etc.

Mind you, Java performs better than Python or Ruby so at least there is that. But never labour under the illusion that Java can compete with C++ or C in terms of throughput, latency or memory footprint. You code in Java so you can use cheaper programmers, that's it. Otherwise, if you can afford it, you do the job properly in C++.

yesterday
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Tough Love Re: DirectX is obsolete (130 comments)

Opengl has not been used in games for a long time now.

That is wildly wrong. One billion Android handsets running OpenGL ES make you are about as wrong as it gets.

yesterday
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Tough Love Re:DirectX is obsolete (130 comments)

Microsoft has basically run out of solutions. Their best strategy now is to sink as slowly as possible.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Tough Love Re:Modula-3 FTW! (468 comments)

Why do you need native compilation? Java's runtime optimization and hot spot compiler are just as good.

No they aren't, when did you last check?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Tough Love Re:Modula-3 FTW! (468 comments)

What is intuitive about 1/2 == 0?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Tough Love Re:nVidia w/ binary driver works (103 comments)

Not only that, but even when it does work it tends to break on dist-upgrade (or yum equivalent). Needs fiddling. Life is too short for that, that's the kind of crap I binned Windows for. Plus, the binary block tends to do things its own way whether or not that plays nicely with other components, not being subject to peer review and all.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Tough Love Re:nVidia Consumer Card (103 comments)

I own a laptop with an ATi graphics chipset and their drivers are absolute garbage. Their Linux driver causes visual artifacts all the time on a composited GUI, and the machine to crashes on shutdown one out of 5 times with fglrx dumping core causing the machine to never shut off (and potentially turn my laptop bag into a toaster oven x_x). I guess I'm going to return to the open source radeon drivers now that I can scratch my gaming itch on the desktop.

Your report just screams "I'm running an ancient kernel and distribution with an early, dodgy compositor." Try upgrading to current and report your results. To prove you're not a troll, post a bit of the oops message if you get a crash on an up to date system.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

Tough Love Re:nVidia w/ binary driver works (103 comments)

if newer Ubuntu doesn't support older nVidia drivers, how is that nVidia's fault?

Because the driver is binary and the card specs are closed?

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Tough Love Re:I won't notice (326 comments)

Actually, I can be adequately entertained with a ukulele, I don't strictly need a TV at all. But if I watch video, good quality video equipment pleases me, just as good quality sound equipment does. This is orthogonal to any content quality issues.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Tough Love Re:I won't notice (326 comments)

The different between 1080 and 4K is stupidly obvious on any 60" TV, and readily apparent to connoisseurs on much smaller displays in the same way that the difference between a consumer speaker and a studio monitor is obvious to any sound technician even if it may be completely missed in favor of bass boost etc by the average consumer. If you care about image quality, you care about 4K. If you think your boom box sounds pretty damn good playing Lady Gaga then you will probably be happy with 1080p for quite some time, or standard DVD for that matter.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Tough Love Re:I won't notice (326 comments)

Well, if Sony and their idiot partners had not made such an absolute hash of the Blu ray experience by excessive DRM, offensive warnings that can't be skipped and crass shovelware loading of endless previews that are opt out (and sometimes, randomly either can't be fast forwarded or can't be skipped) and super slow clumsy content menus due to the braindamaged Java tie then consumers might actually care about the next Blu Ray standard. But Sony did make a hash of it and delivered an experience that makes you want to throw a shoe at the TV every time. The kick in the face that just keeps kicking. Sorry, no more crappy optical disks rubbing my face in whatever a content provider wants to rub my face in. Solid state, hard disk or streaming for me, Blu Ray can fuck off and die, and so can Sony.

2 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Tough Love Re: COBOL (382 comments)

It is more than a little impressive how successful some people can be at deluding themselves into believing that efficiency does not matter, even when it does. GP is a typical example. A common manager belief: "I must be brilliant because I got promoted into this position of managing lots of devs, so every little ass fart of an idea that I hold dear must be right". In any case, an engineer who dares to disillusion/correct tends to do so at the risk of their career prospects. Or maybe they would be happier and richer getting out of that shop anyway.

3 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Tough Love Re:COBOL (382 comments)

That's why the chinese made a proverb for it

5 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Tough Love Re:COBOL (382 comments)

Easy solution: if you dont' want exceptions because you are implementing hard real time stuff, then don't use exceptions then. In c++, if you compile with exceptions disabled then there is no overhead whatsoever. You would probably also have to avoid D's standard library.

There is nothing unusual about this (and I wonder why I need to explain it to you). The Linux kernel is programmed like that: there are standard libraries defined for C, but kernel code doesn't use them, because they do things like malloc that are unacceptable in kernel.

Frog. Well.

5 days ago

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