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ACA Health Exchange Contractors Have History of Security Failures

kc8apf Re:Isn't this universal? (144 comments)

The US has no official national language. By your logic, everyone in the US should learn and the government should only conduct business in the various Native American languages.

about 10 months ago

PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

kc8apf Re:Jobs Told IBM and Sony Where to Stick Cell (457 comments)

Having been part of the team that evaluated practically every processor being considered for Apple products from 2003-2009, Cell wasn't used because it sucks as a general purpose processor. The SPUs are interesting but you need to completely rewrite algorithms to use them effectively. While porting to Intel wasn't exactly easy (mostly due to the endian switch), it didn't involve rewriting every compute-heavy algorithm from scratch. Intel also had a roadmap while Cell was a point design.

about a year ago

Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore

kc8apf Re:In related news (460 comments)

It's interesting that the question implies that Linux is leading the charge in defining new APIs. Everything listed has a FreeBSD equivalent that predates the linux version:

cgroups -> jails
udev -> devfs
fanotify, timerfd, signalfd -> kqueue

Of course, the Linux developers decided to reinvent them all making compatibility impossible. I guess you could argue that the Linux versions offer some extra features over the FreeBSD versions, but from a user and developer perspective, the FreeBSD versions seem more complete and stable (see jails vs cgroups).

more than 3 years ago

CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music On Podcasts

kc8apf Re:Is this legal? (148 comments)

The grandparent never said it did. They simply stated that it certainly is illegal in the USA and suggested it may be in Canada as well.

more than 3 years ago

Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?

kc8apf Re:BT is blind to geography (591 comments)

CDNs are designed to minimize latency which also happens to minimize distance (and generally cost as well) to the end user. BT _could_ do something similar by measuring latency of requests and preferring peers that have low latency. CDNs just do it all upfront and manually.

more than 3 years ago

Bittorrent To Replace Standard Downloads?

kc8apf Re:Faster? (591 comments)

That really only scales up so far. It's actually quite difficult to saturate a 1gbps, let alone a 10gbps or 100gbps, link with a single stream. Multiple streams work around some of the problems and allow the full link to be used.

more than 3 years ago

Software Theft a Problem For Actual Thieves, Too

kc8apf Re:Surprised? (152 comments)

Except that a century ago, stealing blueprints actually deprived the owner of something tangible. It was actually theft.

more than 3 years ago

Software Theft a Problem For Actual Thieves, Too

kc8apf Re:Yeah, right (152 comments)

Not if we are in the USA, the photos are taken from a public place (the street), and they are only for personal use.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

kc8apf Re:I'm all for it (832 comments)

Only if that patch includes new functionality or content and the company is publicly traded.

more than 3 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

kc8apf Re:Tough (870 comments)

Actually, the USA has no official language.

more than 3 years ago

Open-Source 2D, 3D Drivers For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series

kc8apf Re:Mac OS X (245 comments)

Intellectual property from other companies generally has to be stripped from the code base and those algorithms reimplemented in a different way. Yes, technically those other companies could open-source their code, but generally they don't. Sadly, that intellectual property is almost always used to get high performance.

about 4 years ago

Pizza Lovers Suffer Data Breach From Hell

kc8apf Re:Hell Pizza = Pizza in CA (164 comments)

IMHO, Cicero's Pizza in San Jose has probably the best NY-style pizza outside of NY.

more than 3 years ago

Fastest Graphics Ever, Asus ARES Rips Benchmarks

kc8apf Re:IO limited? (208 comments)

Typically for graphics cards, the only data sent over PCIe is texture data, vertex lists, and commands. The bulk of the operations done by the card are running the commands over the vertex lists while bringing in texture data. The commands are almost always a multi-pass or pipeline so each vertex will be used in computations more than once. The result is the pushed to the monitor, not the PCIe. So, yes, in general, a graphics card will have more FLOPs than I/O bandwidth.

more than 4 years ago

A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

kc8apf Re:It's not "trade" (973 comments)

Seems like we already have: top speed limiters, safety scissors, plastic butter knives....

more than 4 years ago

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

kc8apf Re:Sounds familiar. (571 comments)

People who will try to cause fear and injury aren't new. There hasn't been any proof that all this legislation and fear mongering around curiosity has actually made us any safer. We live in an inherently dangerous world. It's time to realize that we can't baby-proof it. Then we can get back to doing research, having odd hobbies, and being generally curious without fear of being accosted.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Sleep Proxy Lowers PC Energy Use

kc8apf Re:So they broke it, and made it theirs. (163 comments)

Perhaps you should actually read up on the technology (link are already in other comments) and realize that the sleep proxy service handles some requests without waking the machine. For something like a ping, it doesn't wake the machine, but instead the proxy responds to the ping directly. Same for service advertisements. It only wakes the machine when the proxy can't handle the request on the machine's behalf.

So yeah, it does solve the problem. Now you've proven that not only are you unable to perform basic research, but that you ignore the facts presented and continue claim something entirely refuted by the facts.

more than 4 years ago

Is the 4th Yellow Pixel of Sharp Quattron Hype?

kc8apf Re:Not necessarily fake (511 comments)

If you've ever had a display calibrated, you'd know that even the existing RGB color space can't be completely recreated with existing RGB-based displays. The problem is in the inability of LEDs or LCD or plasma panels to produce light uniformly in the three color channels. If you can add a 4th channel that lets the RGB color space be more accurately produced by the display, then you will see an improvement. It won't make the source any better, but the output generated by the display for that input will be better.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Just Says Yes To iPhone Smoking Game

kc8apf Re:There's a rejected app for that! (192 comments)

You carefully document the costs to buy a mac, but assume that an Android developer would already have some computer. That's not a fair comparison. The cost of the machine should be prorated based on additional uses. Thus, the Mac will still cost more than the already owned machine, but it isn't free.

more than 4 years ago


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