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Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?

jedidiah Re:nVidia Consumer Card (51 comments)

Get back under your bridge... troll.

2 hours ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

jedidiah Re:Just for fun (175 comments)

If the technique weren't different, there would be no reason for the industry to astroturf over it. There would be no motivation for them to use you as a corporate tool.

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

jedidiah Re:Uh...no (277 comments)

The idea that the markets for every other concievable consumer product should be turned into the PC upgrade treadmill from the 90s is hardly a selling point.

That bullsh*t isn't even tolerable on PCs now anymore.

People got tired of it. I doubt anyone wants a return of that crap.

Much like the music industry, video needs format churn to fuel unsustainable growth.

yesterday
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

jedidiah Re:Nope (277 comments)

The industry already has a problem convincing people that they need HD. A lot of people don't have the enthusiast sorts of setups where it would really matter. Or rather, most people don't.

A lot of people are skipping 3D too.

The industry got fat off of a forced technology switch. They were on the gravy train for awhile and don't want to go back. It never occured to them that they were experiencing an unsustainable bubble.

Now they want to throw all sorts of nonsense at us in a desperate attempt to keep the gravy train rolling.

yesterday
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

jedidiah Re:Nope (277 comments)

Anyone with a space where they can mount a projector will be in a decent enough position to see an improvement with 4K.

Everyone else, not so much.

yesterday
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

jedidiah Re:Nope (277 comments)

4K probably needs a media format to get off the ground. The extra bandwidth required for a 4K broadcast is probably a problem for most cable systems. The extra bandwidth required for streaming will VERY likely be a problem.

Streaming already has to make severe compromises as is.

Although most people probably don't have viewing setups that would benefit from 4K. Many don't have setups that benefit from BD even.

yesterday
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

jedidiah Re:Yea, POSIX complaint (161 comments)

No it isn't. As a Unix MacOS is pretty unrecognizable once you scratch the surface. It's not really a Unix. It's just that the "certification" is so low level that it allows for a level of inconsistency that no Apple fanboy would tolerate (unless it's an Apple product).

Really MacOS is only a Unix for marketing purposes. It's not something that Apple (or the cult) actually wants exposed to the masses. It's just something to tick off the checklist and to point to when Windows and Linux users snicker.

"No. We're not really the product that panders to morons. It's a Unix and everything."

The argument is not stupid. A lot of us actually use multiple Unixen and view the notion that MacOS is one too to be laughable.

yesterday
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

jedidiah Re:But is that what people are actually doing? (161 comments)

> Why do that? Chromebook is already running Linux,

CUPS.

I don't have any interest in every little thing I do on my home network being tied to the Google collective. The same arguments for leaving ChromeOS can be applied equally to removing it and replacing it with Linux.

yesterday
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Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

jedidiah Re:Pedantic, but... (161 comments)

The term Linux becomes a problem as soon as there is a different user land bolted on top of it. Once Android became popular, the problem of conflating GNU with Linux finally became more than just an academic exercise.

GNU tools were popular before the rise of Linux. They were popular even on non-Unix operating systems. That's the nature of something you are free to recompile anywhere.

The fact that something is Linux/but-not-GNU matters when you try to do something with it not supported but commonplace with Linux/that-is-actually-GNU.

That's kind of what this whole article is about: those of us that get disgusted with ChromeOS and install a proper Linux.

yesterday
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

jedidiah Re:sounds complicated (120 comments)

No. It's much easier to just start up Steam.

Ditto for dusting off something like Sim City 3000, Kohan, or CivCTP.

yesterday
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

jedidiah Re:Why do Windows programs just run? (120 comments)

> "fully supported" laptop without any binary blob

You lost me right there. You're already on a religious crusade here. Getting it to work is clearly a distant goal for you. So anything else you have to say on the matter is somewhat suspect.

yesterday
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

jedidiah Re:Who wrote the original (410 comments)

Dark Horse adapted the Star Wars 1st draft script into a comic miniseries. It really does put things into perspective.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

jedidiah Re:Good news (410 comments)

> I agree. IMO the complaints about the prequels were fueled primarily by nostalgia about the original movies

It's useful to note that The Phantom Menace managed to NOT win the Oscar for special effects that year. It's especially glaring when you're standing in the theater at ILM looking over at R2-D2 wondering why it's not on their little list. It's absence is conspicuous.

It wasn't on that list because The Matrix got the Oscar that year.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

jedidiah Re:Good news (410 comments)

Bullsh*t.

I remember the original release of Star Wars. It had a wide appeal even to non-child audiences. While it was a somewhat "childish" concept, Lucas did not treat it in childish manner.

I knew adults that liked Star Wars as much as I did. One couple I knew even had some of the original action figures on display in their living room.

That's in stark contrast to the prequels that managed to bomb with my own kid.

Pandering to kids is ultimately selling them short. It's also likely to annoy adults in the audience. Trying to pretend you understand the mind of kids is likely folly. Just having fun yourself is probably a lot easier and more effective.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

jedidiah Re:Weaksauce (111 comments)

You lost me at "used".

2 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

jedidiah Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (304 comments)

Net neutrality is a band aid on a bullet wound that is monopolies.

Net neutrality would not be necessary if government already addressed the problem of monopolies that have already been declared illegal and contrary to the public interest for over 100 years now.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

jedidiah Re:Yes (297 comments)

Buy dough? That has to be just about the dumbest possible argument against coding from scratch you possibly could have come up with. ...especially considering this audience.

3 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

jedidiah Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

> PSS: I doubt it really matters if the ground you're standing on has been "finally tested" when at that point you'll be an ex-student standing in the street, expelled.

It depends. It depends on what social class you belong to and how much access you have to legal representation.

3 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

jedidiah Re:Insert Subject Here (261 comments)

I know of at least one company that views bodies as disposable and interchangeable. They may fire a bunch of people during a lull only to try and hire back some more in the future. It's still a layoff even if it seems abusive and short sighted.

I even know the guy responsible for making those decisions in that particular company. I tend to refer to him as 2-Bobs to others as he's essentially the 2 Bobs.

Seems like it would be simpler to avoid the whole layoff+rehire scenario but clearly Company X thinks otherwise.

Definitely makes me want to avoid Company X.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

jedidiah Re:Half-assed trade schools (200 comments)

That's the way it started. It's only recently that the Ivory Tower types have gotten pretentious about the situation.

Very few people, even "rich" people, can spend money without considering what they are going to get for that.

4 days ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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