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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

flowerp This is not patent trolling. (110 comments)

nVidia holds a lot of patents in the fields of graphics technology - it is a major player in this field and to date has a large market share in the desktop amd mobile GPU market. This is absolutely no patent trolling.

It's just the usual insane patent wars among major players in technology. I highly doubt this will go to court. There will just be a quiet agreement among the parties involved before this escalates too much.

about a month and a half ago

Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

flowerp I bought one of these for Litecoin mining (76 comments)

I made a test order of one of these products for evaluating whether they are any good for mining. The 4 GB video RAM on the card and the supposed graphics chip on the card would have made a very good deal.

But it became apparent immediately that this was an outdated Fermi gerneration chip, despite the card being recognized as a GTX 660 by the driver. The card ended up on my scrap heap because it was useless for my purpose (high power consumption and low performance)

At the time I assumed it was some kind of OEM product (relabeling older chips under newer product names is very common in the GPU business). But the investigation of the c't magazine seem to indicate that there is some VBIOS tampering going on and that this is not happening with nVidia's blessing at all.

I'll be following the story closely to see what the outcome of this clusterfuck will be.

about 2 months ago

Improved Image Quality For HMDs Like Oculus Rift

flowerp tesselate polygons, then warp in vertex shader ? (55 comments)


Can't one just subdivide (tesselate) polygons that appear relatively large in screen space so that they consist of many small polygons, with a few pixels each? This would allow for doing the barrel distortion entirely in the vertex shader with no ray tracing being required. The challenge is to perform the dynamic tesselation without requiring a constant updating of the geometry (vertex buffers) on the GPU.
Maybe newer APIs like DirectX10 or 11 would support this dynamic tesselation approach in hardware.

about a year ago

Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

flowerp payouts come later (226 comments)

Look at what they did with Android. Seemed like a crazy project at first, but now they're essentially owning the market for mobile operating systems.

So let them do their unfocused things, because some of them will pay out big later.

about a year ago

Indiana University Dedicates Biggest College-Owned Supercomputer

flowerp Re:Not many with only 676 GPU nodes (83 comments)

Bitcoin is now dominated by FPGA and ASIC miners (dedicated hardware), most GPU farms have moved on to litecoin.

about a year and a half ago

DARPA Seeks To Secure Data With Electronics That Dissolve On Command

flowerp They should ask Boeing (163 comments)

I heard Boeing has some batteries that meet these requirements.

about a year and a half ago

Einstein@Home Set To Break Petaflops Barrier

flowerp 1000.2 TFLOPS reached! (96 comments)

I added two nVidia GTX 260 and one nVidia GT 240 card to Einstein @ Home , and voila this morning's stats show:

Page last updated 3 Jan 2013 8:50:02 UTC
Floating point speed (from recent average credit of all users) 1000.2 TFLOPS

For a BOINC novice it can be quite daunting to figure out how to make it use all GPUs and not accept any CPU-only work units. Editing some XML files in some data directory isn't exactly user friendly.

about 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

flowerp Re:too specialized on a single protocol? (357 comments)

I did not miss anything here.

If I send a video stream as a sequence of UDP or RTP packets, clumping together to perform some kind of forward error correction is perfectly possible and reasonable.

When you invent some kind of solution to prevent packet loss on wireless links, it should apply to all kinds of IP traffic and not single one protocol.

about 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

flowerp Re:This only works end to end (357 comments)

And in case you want to read about the changes they made to TCP, here's the paper:

The paper mentioned in the summary only does a performance evaluation for this TCP
dialect, but is light on details.

about 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

flowerp This only works end to end (357 comments)

This is why I think this will not catch on easily. You can't just put a new router with their coding functionality into your home and expect this to work. It also needs support from the server hosting the content you want to acces.

The way they designed their system is end to end. Meaning that the internet server has to run a modified TCP stack and the client system (alternatively your router inbetween) also has to understand this modified TCP dialect.

The chance of millions of Internet servers changing to a (likely) patented, proprietary version of TCP is ZERO.

This is why this idea will fail.


about 2 years ago

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

flowerp Re:Cool (190 comments)

[ ] you know what "socialist" means
[x] you don't

more than 4 years ago

Black Duck Eggs and Other Secrets of Chinese Hacks

flowerp The article draws weird conclusions. (220 comments)

My wife has no problems buying black eggs of any kind in asia stores in Germany. Oh, and black eggs can be mailed long distance, it's fermented and thereby preserved food.

And you really can't conclude from the menu of a chinese restaurant what's going or not going on behind the scenes. I call bullshit on this one. No corporate espionage ring would need to use a "safe house" or "safe restaurant" for that matter to drop off secret information or to secretly meet. It's the information age, dummies!

more than 4 years ago

The Science of Avatar

flowerp TFA is full of flaws itself (275 comments)

First, Pandora does have an oxygen atmosphere, or how else could you explain the burning torch that Jake Sully lights up in self-defense against the wulf-like creatures at night?

Second, the floating mountains are explained by assuming that the rock is made up of superconducting material ("Unobtainium") and that the flux they keep talking about is actually a strong magnetic field. Superconductors tend to hover in magnetic fields, you know.

more than 4 years ago

TwIP - An IP Stack In a Tweet

flowerp Relevance check please (81 comments)

Shit doesn't smell like roses when it is made to fits into a tweet or is in any other way related to Twitter.

more than 5 years ago

Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Complete

flowerp Flight simulator users rejoice! (207 comments)

Getting an accurate world elevation map essentially for free is really cool. Previously you had to get one of the commercial scenery DVDs that would set you back at least $50.

After all, having realistic mointain terrain makes flying much nicer and recognizing land features will be much easier. Then map some Sat terrain on top, for example with the Tileproxy application and everything will look just real.

more than 5 years ago

China To Run Out of IPv4 Addresses In 830 Days

flowerp Don't worry... (619 comments)

the LHC will end it quicker than that. They estimate some 90 days until they've got their repairs done ;)

about 6 years ago


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