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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Z80a Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (155 comments)

Interessing.
I was thinking the Atlhon that was the 29k.

2 days ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Z80a Re:isn't x86 RISC by now? (155 comments)

As far i'm aware since the pentium pro line, the intel CPUs are RISCs with translation layers and AMD been on this boat since the original athlon.

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

Z80a Re:Just buy a CRT (163 comments)

I personally prefer the NTSC filters over those hqx filters because it breaks the "blockyness" without creating weird "vectorlike" artifacts, also it looks more authentic.

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

Z80a Re:"Better Graphics" (163 comments)

You most likely can use a raspi to generate an snes compliant snes framebuffer and copy it with the snes DMA just like the super FX chip does.
But you will be limited to 20 fps due being all you can copy during the vblank period.

3 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Z80a Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

Zuckerberg is not a problem to your old money theory, as well, the rest of the "upper class" is probably just riding the money the other people "lucked into" in the past.

Unless he fucks up somehow, his whole lineage will live off this same money, and well, it will became old money just like the rest.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Z80a Linux will never be on the desktop, never. (726 comments)

It will take over every single other machine on the planet, from cars to celphones, to pace makers, to microwaves to game consoles to everything.. except the desktop.
Even 100 years from now, when the linux powered skynet coordinate the uclinux 6502 powered terminators to finish off the last of the human resistance, those terminators will still use windows on their desktop computers.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Z80a Re:Sigh (738 comments)

Then why not banning systematic barrage of hate directed at a particular kind of people instead of specifically women?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Z80a Who defines whats trolling exactly? (382 comments)

I seen some places fall apart due the userbase corrupting the moderation with their own visions of "troll" and "wrong", and turning the site into pretty much a dystopian place full of rules, where you could be banned for a simple misspell or disagreeing with the mass.
This may sound like "the ideal place" at first, but the harsh limits make the place very boring very quickly.

The ideal scenario is a place where trolling don't work, the ol good "don't feed the trolls", or a place that ridicularize em effectively when just ignoring don't work anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

Z80a Re:HL3? (97 comments)

Then how the "Non IBM"-PC worked at all?
It was exactly a "bunch of random companies schlocking together COTS hardware to meet a standard and getting nothing in return" competing against closed boxes like the Amiga, ST,mac... and while they didn't as far i know used Subsidy, they were pretty much fully verticalized companies that had no way to compete against in price at least at the beginning.

A more modern example would be the Android, where its again a bunch of chinese manufacturers following an standard and having no subsidy whatsoever.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

Z80a Re:HL3? (97 comments)

And this is exactly why you and me are using a 3 Ghz commodore Amigas, right?

about three weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Z80a Re:Myths are socially hilarious (198 comments)

Even if there was any sort of "magical or supernatural event", it would end being just some regular but unknown physics property or some smart use of the existing laws.

about 2 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Z80a Re: Pron (194 comments)

It would not.
But nothing stops google to going even lower, like let's say 300BPS.

about 4 months ago
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The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

Z80a Re:so (122 comments)

The "evil" is most likely simply creating a gigantic programmer and user base of the unreal engine, so they can shift a lot of the indie and big games to use their engine instead of lets say crytech.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Z80a Re:Nostalgia (208 comments)

You probably can pull that off with compressed music in a lossy format like OGG and a CED disc:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
If the CED is able to keep a image quality at least comparable to the VHS, you can use an ARVID solution to store data on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
At the 325 KB/s mode, you can store up around 1.1 GB of data per side of the CED, or 2.2 GB total, thus allowing you to store 1000 songs of up to 2.2MB of size.

about 4 months ago
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Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming

Z80a Re:virtual sex - what else? (72 comments)

I'm pretty sure at least 30% of usage from this device for this purpose will include one or more ponies.

about 4 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Z80a Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (245 comments)

Those games you cited are developed with the gameplay in mind first and graphics/storytelling later.
Your typical "AAA console game" sacrifices everything for more visual fidelity and storytelling, even if its a pointless exercise due the lack of power of the consoles as was pointed out.

"It will be the prettier game of the console X/Y" so they say, but to reach that, a lot of noninteractive cutscenes, invisible walls to streamline the level and focus the assets on the memory in a small confined corridor and even some gameplay mechanics to force the player to walk to specific corners where the game looks prettier.

To not mention the endless QTEs that are meant to pretend the player is playing the game when actually just watching another cutscene he can fail.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Z80a Re:Basic Electronics (737 comments)

On a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial future, if you get ANY sort of computer, it will be either manufactured out of scavenged transistors or components too old to be fried by EMPs like 6502 CPUs, microcontrollers etc..
So, not even close to the required computing power to waste with inneficient interpreted languages.
Except basic of course.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Z80a Re:Medical doctor (737 comments)

Or could just make some nasty eletric traps and surveilance system to outsmart the invaders.

about 5 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Z80a Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (245 comments)

Consoles are the dominant force in the industry for EA like games, aka big budgeted graphical powerhouses with very limited gameplays.
But those are slowly going the way of the caddilacs because they're getting too expensive to make and are not exactly something you can describe as good games.
So yes, in an EA point of view, infact PC is dying as it is stopping to buy EA games.

about 5 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

Z80a What if.. (381 comments)

Copyright was something untransferable and automatically assigned to everyone that is directly responsible for the creation of the content in first place?

about 5 months ago

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