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Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: a Programmer's Comparison

ifrag Re:Debugger (543 comments)

Not really, and the article neatly avoids this issue by not even mentioning the word "debug" once.

about a year ago

Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

ifrag Re:Yes they can (497 comments)

Microsoft can make cheap consumer mice if that's what it takes to survive.

And what, hope to compete with Logitech? Even the Xbox is pretty far down on the revenue list.

Though I suppose there are levels of survival [Microsoft] are prepared to accept if it ever came down to it.

about a year ago

NetBSD 6.1 Has Shipped

ifrag Re:I want to love BSD (105 comments)

If you need a certain package and it doesn't exist or isn't well supported with a certain OS then that OS is dead to you regardless of all its other virtues.

If you don't have access to source, all major BSD's have support for running linux binaries. Can be a bit of work to setup but I've used it successfully for a few things.

about a year ago

Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

ifrag Re:Always on = !on (592 comments)

Once again with the false assumption that every game on steam is only using steam's DRM system.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Angers Mac Users With Silent Shutdown of Java 7

ifrag Re:Good for them. (451 comments)

I only realize a computer doesn't have Java installed when I try to start Minecraft.

about a year and a half ago

Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

ifrag Re:It's the same for Blizzard. (386 comments)

Steam will play in offline mode.

The degree of "play" will depend on the exact title you are using on Steam. For example, some Ubisoft games you'd be out of luck with for offline.

It would be nice if Steam started to play hard with those companies and mandate Steam's DRM only if the game was to be offered on Steam.

about a year and a half ago

How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas

ifrag Re:Pirates have other countermeasures too. (307 comments)

The interesting thing about that is the quality has not really dropped by much, not enough to really complain about. I suppose it's due to more use of VBR and multi-pass encoding. I tried to set that stuff up once, it's a pain and (at the time) had a lot more bugs. I suppose it's finally getting a bit more usable.

about a year and a half ago

Cisco Rumored To Be Selling Linksys

ifrag Re:Good move. (180 comments)

May depend on the model, I had a WRT54G

I'm talking about BEFS... generation hardware, pre-WRT. I think by the time WRT rolled around they finally started to fix some of their garbage.

about 2 years ago

Cisco Rumored To Be Selling Linksys

ifrag Re:Good move. (180 comments)

Linksys pre-acquisition made perfectly serviceable home user grade hardware.

This was demonstrably false in earlier Linksys "router" hardware. The first "router" I used from Linksys required bi-weekly reboots to function at all. None of the firmware updates improved this, and some releases even made it worse.

Perhaps the quality has improved in later models, I wasn't willing to give it a second chance.

about 2 years ago

AMD Radeon Performance Preview On Linux 3.8

ifrag Re:If you don't yet have one ... (112 comments)

Maybe it is the PNY brand? Who knows.

I'll throw in my one minor data point on this, my current video card is a PNY GTX 680 and I've had no issues with this card so far. Doesn't say anything about their production as a whole, but they are capable of making at least 1 functional card. My first few NVidia cards were BFG, which I did have some minor issues with, then I moved on to ASUS before this recent PNY upgrade and those ASUS were pretty good as well.

about 2 years ago

Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank

ifrag Re:Gamepad not Playstation Controller (232 comments)

Unless you happen to be playing Gradius 3, where the code causes the ship to blow up. Based on the design here, that also seems the most likely.

(Note : The code will work using the top flapper L/R buttons on the game, giving near max power-ups)

about 2 years ago

But Can It Run Crysis 3?

ifrag Re:There was a Crysis 2? (182 comments)

PC gaming should be using ray-tracing by now, all these 1000 core GPU's and multi-card [solutions] should be able to process ray tracing calculations, yet there are no ray traced games out showing that there has been little innovation in PC gaming for the last 10 years.

No, wrong, Carmack has explained the issues involved with ray-tracing at least a dozen times. But clearly since you've worked out a better solution, maybe you should sell it and get rich?

about 2 years ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

ifrag Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

Enthusiasts have bloody hands from all the little solder points cutting into the skin.

I've had a couple computer cases which I would get cuts from every time I did any serious work on. The cases were OK overall, as long as you didn't open them, just too many sharp spots in too many places. Fortunately my newest cases are a bit better, I don't think I've got bloody from any recent selections.

They think about matching memory chips

This is basically how anyone buys RAM these days.

Maybe a pair of video cards with multiple monitors.

I have given up on SLI, just not worth it. One high end card and basically everything runs at max settings anyway (maybe 1 notch down on AA, whatever) with far less trouble.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

ifrag Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

You say you hate crapware and yet you're running Vista?

Out of date Microsoft hate. A fully updated Vista install with current drivers is roughly equivalent to Windows 7 these days.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive

ifrag Re:Let's hope Steam on Linux gathers... steam (553 comments)

Well, for one you don't get the MFC libraries in the express versions. That's probably one of the most significant ones if you are dealing with anything that uses it.

Going forward it's probably not such a huge issue since Microsoft has been trying to transition away from it. I'm not sure what the differences are as far as the new Windows RT in express. I think they are trying to push people into making Metro apps, so the express of 2012 might be geared for just that.

about 2 years ago

$50,000 Zero-Day Exploit Evades Adobe's Sandbox, Say Russian Analysts

ifrag Re:not yet been able to verify the zero-day claims (56 comments)

Those purchasing it (assuming that anyone actually has) are probably interested in getting some use out of it. Anyone looking to preserve value in their investment will want as few eyes looking at this as possible.

about 2 years ago

Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

ifrag Re:Full of microsoft (471 comments)

Have you seen how big the Metro Solitaire app is? When I checked app disk use it was something over 100MB! Yeah granted it does have a few different game types including freecell, but that disk consumption for just a simple app is absurd. Minesweeper was similarly huge, over 100MB again there.

Maybe everything is statically linked or something, I just don't see where they managed to burn all that space. Raw bitmap cards maybe? You'd almost have to work to make it that bloated either way.

about 2 years ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

ifrag Re:no more donuts for Gabe... (768 comments)

and pull about 60fps on average. 63fps/57fps.. neither of those is going to make any difference

Unless you have a 120Hz monitor, the 63fps thing literally is not going to help at all if you can keep up with a 60Hz VSYNC locked.

WoT really isn't all that optimized of a graphics engine though, I am running GTX 680 @ 120Hz and it still only pushes like 80 fps tops anyway.

about 2 years ago

The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

ifrag Re:But eclipse is terrible at navigation (586 comments)

but it certainly encourages the use of libraries one doesn't really understand

Depending on how obvious and well designed the library is, just seeing the function and parameters in auto-complete might be enough to go on and could even produce workable code if you are lucky.

Of course this will be influenced by how well assumptions about the behavior line up with actual use, hopefully if it's similar to a number of other libraries it will offer up functionality with about the same results. If not, then it could lead some obscure bug which will be difficult to find if everyone uses the same set of assumptions or until someone with intimate knowledge happens to take a look at it.

Also, this is really what I'd like to see in a programming reference book, just a quick outline and typical use cases and then a listing of possible pitfalls in using it. The books we used in school were not really at all geared toward the quick reference style I'd like to have on hand now.

about 2 years ago


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