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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

default luser Non-exclusive big-name videos = internet graveyard (162 comments)

I agree that you have to start at the bottom and build a community if you want to build a solid following. Big name titles mean people will stop in, and forget the place even exists once the video is done playing. I know I did that for years with anything aside from Youtube.

Not only are they aiming at the wrong end of the spectrum here , the non-exclusive video hosting means that nobody will bother linking to their copy versus the Youtube version. They're both free to watch, but Youtube has the advantage of name and platform support. Why would you make your blog or Facebook post of a video *less accessible* to your readers when Youtube is more widely available as a native app on cheaper mobile devices?

about three weeks ago

Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

default luser Downside: Austin is a boom/bust island in an ocean (285 comments)

It's too small a city to be widely diversified in terms of tech providers, so whenever a bubble or recession hits, the city takes a dive. There's nothing else within commuting distance with similar tech options (Dallas and Houston are too far, and San Antonio is mostly medical).

I grew up in Austin in the 80s and 90s and watched things first-hand: first there was the mid 80s (1985-86) semiconductor bust (component makers were out-competed by Japan). Fifteen years later there was the Dot Com crash (gutted Dell, as well as dozens of smaller web startups headquartered in the city). Every time the market bust, it was 2+ years before jobs reappeared, making it a dangerous place to call home.

If you want to live there, go on ahead - just make a nestegg your first priority (and take the cost of that into account when you are pricing out the city).

about a month ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

default luser Re:Kinda funny (392 comments)

Except this time there's no chance they will be prosecuted, so they're fine.

First, we're not in the same situation as the 1990s. Netscape was vulnerable because they had been lucky to have a serviceable product in the right place at the right time. But Netscape wanted to be MORE, so in a very short space of time they added Email, News, HTML Editor, Conference, and Calendar and re-branded the thing Communicator. These added bloat and instability, making them an easy target for the speedy and stable IE 5.0. Microsoft proved they had the better engineers and management and leveraged the tie-in to make the industry upend itself, and that's why they were taken to court.

Today Google has 66% of the market, and is not losing share to Bing - Bing is simply eating away at the other search engines. So Bing, even 10 years form now, is unlikely to gain more than 33% of the market, meaning a massive upending is nowhere in sight. That means Google has more to worry about from any court action.

Also, every other competitor plays the lock-in game! Google insists you use their tools/services if you want access to the Play store, Youtube and regular OS updates. Amazon locks Prime streaming to Fire devices. Microsoft and Amazon are facing an uphill battle supporting their own forks of Android because of this: they have to improve the value of their own services in any way they can.

about a month and a half ago

FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

default luser Re:Screen is the limiting factor (101 comments)

Yes, but is it significant? I thought the screen was the limiting factor, and the help file for that just says "reduce the backlight brightness".

Yes it is, if you were paying attention Intel's Haswell managed to increase "light use" battery life (spends most of the time idle) by 50% just by reducing the idle power drawn by the processor and platform.

If the processor had that much battery life impact when doing NOTHING, you can imagine it's of major importance to keep it idle as much as humanly possible.

about 2 months ago

Linksys Routers Exploited By "TheMoon"

default luser Agreed on Buffalo (134 comments)

My HighPower N300 Gigabit DD-WRT has been completely stable to the point that I forget it's there. And if it wasn't, as the name implies I could fix any issues by upgrading to DD-WRT (this is a supported and warrantied mode).

This has been a fantastic experience, and it just makes we wonder why people persist in buying Linksys just for their name. Everyone has known for years that they are utter shit, but they keep buying the things!

about 2 months ago

Fancy Yourself a Tycoon? OpenTTD 1.4.0 On Its Way

default luser the noai really kills the game (106 comments)

The decision long ago to not support a default ai means you are at the mercy of the community. This means that each ai available (you have to download them sight-unseen if you want to play single player) ranges in quality from crap to passable. Each one was lovely crafted until their creator got bored, so you can imagine that many of them don't support later added features like load/save, which are essential to long-running games.

The ais are also typically balanced to blow you out of the water in temperate medium difficulty but then fall when you go north/south and up the difficulty. For years NoCAB has been the ONLY ai to even come close in exotic locals, and development on that beauty has been dead since 2009.

Every year I download and try out.the latest ai versions and am disappointed. Then I play a round with NoCAB for old times sake and forget about it for another year.

about 3 months ago

Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

default luser Re:Branding / Covering Your Job (160 comments)

I believe you two are talking about different sorts of noise.

I believe GP was referring to SIGNAL noise on the USB line playing havoc with his RS-232 adapter. It does not mean that the laptop FAN is loud. It's also not certain that you would have issues with normal USB devices, give what a corner case RS-232 adapters are.

about 3 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

default luser Digital distrbution is the key difference (511 comments)

In the bad old days of Betamax, if your local video store did not have what you wanted, you didn't get it. And shelf space was at a premium, so if a movie was carried at all, it was more likely to be VHS.

Today Apple's digital distribution of content solves that problem. They've proven that they can make a massive profit off a small segment of the market, and that their customer base is loyal enough to keep on trucking (much like loyal Betamax users only switched due to lack of content).

So yes, while it's an accurate connection between iOS and Betamax on the surface, it's a completely different world today. Apple will command a smaller-and-smaller share of the mobile market, but it will reach a certain percentage and stay there.

about 3 months ago

NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

default luser Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

A transmitter with an eight mile range would be extremely easy to detect.

I have to disagree with this. You could hide in the noise if you used Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum. It's not perfect at preventing direction finding, but it's very hard for your average enthusiast to track.

about 3 months ago

Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

default luser Re:So, can it play Crysis at full framerates, or.. (219 comments)

Well a 486 with a larger cache pretty much WAS the Pentium I dude.

Not quite.

The Pentium had dual integer pipes (with some limitations), and a fully-pipelined FPU unit with full hardware support for FP add/mult/div. Double the bus width (to help feed the thirsty FPU and dual int pipes). Branch prediction (4 state). Really, the larger, better-architected cache were on the low-order of importance.

The 486 had just one fully-pipelined integer unit, and a limited NON-PIPLEINED FPU. The FPU hardware was cut-down compared to the 80387 it replaced (due to limitations imposed by the desired die size). This was more than made up for by the removal of the communication overhead between the two chips (15+ cycles on 386/387), and higher clock speeds. So overall performance increased over the 80387, but it was absolutely DESTROYED by the Pentium FPU.

about 3 months ago

NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 Tested, Fastest Android 4.3 Slate Under $200

default luser Re:Slashvertisement Alert!! (107 comments)

It's not a "nice:" tablet, it's a cut-rate excuse to get Tegra 4 in the news. If they had properly outfitted this thing, it would be the same price as the Nexus 7 2013 model (and exactly the same performance, which a shittier screen).

Any tablet that ships in this day-and-age with just 1GB of ram is not "nice." You just try and load more than 4 tabs in your web browser before running out of ram. And while benchmarks don't tend to care about memory capacity, it will certainly make a difference in games (which is the primary focus of this SoC).

about 4 months ago

Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

default luser Re: sata is slower than thunderblot 2 (234 comments)

Yup, Anand made the observation here that 4k @ 60Hz = over 14 Gbps of bandwidth. Since Thunderbolt 2 is not actually any faster than version 1, (just allows channel bonding), 20Gbps is a real limit! And you only get three of those.

So if you want to run 4K you have a measly 400MB/s available on a channel, which means you will need to dedicate 1 of the three per-display. And the HDMI port is attached to the third channel, which means you'll have almost nothing left when running triple display!

Apple's insistence on combining DisplayPort with Thunderbolt has come back to bite them in the ass. The very REASON the industry developed DisplayPort 1.2 (and soon 2.0) is because they need MORE BANDWIDTH! And on any other SANE architecture, the display outputs are all provided by the graphics card, instead of wasting bandwidth being shuttled across the PCIe bus to fight for bandwidth with what should have been a dedicated storage bus!


about 4 months ago

King James Programming

default luser Reminds me of a classic from The Daily WTF: (184 comments)

The Neural Network that creates prose!

The pig go.
Go is to the fountain.
The pig put foot. Grunt.
Foot in what? ketchup.

The dove fly.
Fly is in sky.
The dove drop something.
The something on the pig.

The pig disgusting. The pig rattle.
Rattle with dove.
The dove angry.
The pig leave.

The dove produce.
Produce is chicken wing.
With wing bark.
No Quack.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

default luser Re:Websites are public places. (562 comments)

That and the placing of full responsibility upon those you caught tends to give them more reason to rat out their friends (they usually know at least one of the other perpetrators).

They can spread the restitution costs if they implicate others, and possibly get a more lenient jail sentence. Going easy on them will just give them all the more reason to keep their stupid mouth shut.

about 4 months ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

default luser Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (726 comments)

The book Starship Troopers was *not* critically attached to the concept of mobile infantry suits, it was simply there to hook the anti-social young adults attracted to Sci-Fi books in the 1950s. If Heinlein had written it more like a popularity contest, it would have (1) felt more like real war, something the kids were trying desperately to escape, and (2) it would have felt more like high school, something the kids were trying desperately to escape.

If you want your work to be popular, you target what your audience wants to hear, not what you think is cool. Heinlein did the right thing in his time targeting introverts, and Paul Verhoeven did the right thing making PEOPLE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS (and not technology/effects) the initial focus.

It would have been much harder to entice general movie audiences with a character who is a somewhat anti-social "god made by technology." Imagine selling people on a movie where Loki is the hero instead of Thor - Thor himself is already a tougher sell than most comic book heroes, and if you used Loki instead it would be impossible!

The story works surprisingly well without the mobile suits, and it NEEDED to if it was ever going to be put on film.

about 5 months ago

Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

default luser Re:Welcome to the rest of the world (312 comments)

...and how does region locking play in to that? Best I can tell, you could prevent multiplayer piracy without locking people out of the game in central ohio because you think their located in London for some idiot reason.

Region locking allows them to sell the game for different prices to different regions. YES, you pay more for video games then someone in Nigeria does - get over yourself!

Also, the biggest benefit you get from region locking is the ability to do a staggered release. This is CRITICAL for a primarily multiplayer title BF4, because they don't have to deal with the server load spikes (and associated technical support peaks) you get with a simultaneous release. Or have you already forgotten what happened when Rockstar let everyone rush online at the same time?

This is a BUG - the players here were supposed to be included with the rest of the US block, but were not. But this is a bug that will fix itself, and rather quickly - they will not die from waiting another day.

about 6 months ago

AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

default luser Re:ATI drivers (212 comments)

Interesting. I'm surprised that they managed to pull that off over a PCI bus.

They were able to do it because the PowerVR chip processed a tile-at-once and only wrote the final rendered frame over PCI. Since you never have to read the frame buffer for more complex multi-pass effects (unlike all other cards at the time), you could get by with PCI throughput. The card had local memory to store textures and the scene draw ordering buffer.

Out of curiosity, did the PowerVR cards manage to behave well in that regard, or could you induce situations where firing up the 3d cratered throughput on any IDE/ethernet/whatever peripherals on the same PCI bus, or where frames dropped all over the place because your IDE controller decided that something needed to Get Written NOW, and grabbed mastery of the bus at the wrong moment?

This was a problem experienced on ALL early video cards, thanks to the mess that was early PCI busmastering. Most people just ignored it, just like tearing. The only time you really cared was if the video card caused your sound to stutter.

about 6 months ago

AMD's Radeon R9 290X Launched, Faster Than GeForce GTX 780 For Roughly $100 Less

default luser Re:Faster than the nVidia GTX TITAN for $400 less (157 comments)

AMD designed this chip for maximum performance in minimum die space. They managed to cram Titan-level performance in 435mm^2. That's including a 512-bit memory bus AND 64 ROPs, so they're not exactly cutting corners!

The Titan uses a 551mm^2 die-size, and although some of that is fused-off, the majority of the difference is because Nvidia designed it wide and slow for power first, performance second. This is because the part was targeted first-and-foremost at professionals, where performance/watt and cooler noise is actually a concern.

By prioritizing die space over efficiency, AMD were able to offer their card at the $550 launch price-point. AMD is betting that hardcore enthusiasts won't care about power, especially when the card destroys the Titan at 4k resolutions. I guarantee you Nvidia could not make a profit at the same price, and that's why their reaction part (GTX 780 Ti) will be priced at $650.

You can't expect companies to work miracles when all they have is the same old 28mn process. You can emphasize efficiency or die size, but you can't do both!

about 6 months ago


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Touch Typing

default luser default luser writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What is it with the entire geek culture and touch typing? It seems these days that if you don't have at least 8 fingers on the keyboard, and a whopping speed of 60+ wpm as a minimum, you automatically do not qualify as a geek. I mean, people toss out bonus geek points if you know how to switch between QWERTY and Dvorak on the fly.

What are we, geeks, or one giant clique centered on convincing everyone else that they are worthless unless they type with one standard posture and position?

This is sickening, really. I have never learned how to type "properly." That is to say, I HAVE taken classes and even tried a couple typing tutors, but the end result has been unchanged. I still to this day type everything with two fingers.

Now, you might say, how do I get anything done with that horrible interface? You have to realize that people, even untrained, can make their bodies do exceptional things. For those of you who gaze in awe of a man who can pump out 120 wpm with his hands in perfect touch-typing position, I offer you an alternative tidbit of amazement:

I have typed this entire post to this point with my two little fingers in under 3.5 minutes.

END TEST. Three errors corrected (~99% accuracy).

Who says that there is only one "right" way to do a task?

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