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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

kungfuj35u5 Now the real question is (116 comments)

When if ever will 10gigE be affordable. Is the asic design on those switches really that insane?

about 7 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

kungfuj35u5 but 4k TVs could be what (271 comments)

sells the steam box, as most non console games can be driven at any arbitrary resolution supported by your display. Sure textures may be crappy at that scale, but texture filtering and up sampling can go a decent way there.

1 year,21 days
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Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

kungfuj35u5 Re:FireFox - the browser for people who want less. (224 comments)

This fact is especially interesting when you look at the V8 source code, a lot of which makes use of SIMD by either inline asm or separate asm files for things like jpeg rendering. A lot of this is pulled from libjpeg turbo and other libraries, but there is a fair bit of that going on.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

kungfuj35u5 Re:Dear Computer Programmers: Why do this? (224 comments)

Solaris "solved" the 32 / 64 bit issue the same way OS X did: a 64 bit kernel with an entirely 32 bit userland. OS X doesn't do this anymore but OpenSolaris did for quite a while. I haven't checked if this is still the case in the most recent OpenIndianas. So the seamlessness that you are referring to is simply a matter of adopting one as opposed to the other. This also limits the total address space for any given process to be the 4 GB limit. This can be problematic for something like a CAD or 3D rendering package, in which consuming 5 or 6 GB even with just memory mapped IO is the norm.

And for what it's worth, all the people saying that chrome is 32 bit only, that is likely the case only for windows:

file /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/chrome /usr/lib64/chromium-browser/chrome: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.16, stripped

Even with all of the asm included in the chromium source code it can still be built cleanly as 64 bit. Of course the same can be said about the Linux versions of Firefox, I suppose. I too am baffled why 64 bit windows support is this complicated. When developing for Windows I find all sorts of weirdness between their 64 bit and 32 bit compilers. I found the 64 bit C compiler strict about where declaring string buffers (had to be at the beginning or it wouldn't compile). The 32 bit compiler of the same version of Visual C compiled and ran the code just fine.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Blog Announces Dates For Steam Linux External Beta

kungfuj35u5 Re:Linux != Ubuntu (183 comments)

Yeah and somehow products only officially supported with redhat rpms don't work on Slackware and the likes... /s
Ubuntu is close enough, ABI compatibility and packed shared libs are all we really need to ensure it works on another distro.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

kungfuj35u5 Is Ubuntu broke? (646 comments)

Why do they need more revenue, isn't Mark Shuttleworth a multimillionaire still? I thought he was about philanthropy not profits. Why couldn't they just generate ad revenue from their web page or their built in Ubuntu One music store or something? This just seems wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

kungfuj35u5 Re:This is truly saddening... (635 comments)

Following up here's just one example of one of his comments from a 1997 .plan file:

Linux
I consider linux the second most important platform after win32 for id. From a biz standpoint it would be ludicrous to place it even on par with mac or os/2, but for our types of games that are designed to be hacked, linux has a big plus: the highest hacker to user ratio of any os. I don't personally develop on linux, because I do my unixy things with NEXTSTEP, but I have a lot of technical respect for it.

What happened to you, John?

more than 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

kungfuj35u5 This is truly saddening... (635 comments)

for me to see my childhood hero throw FUD about market viability for my platform. John Carmack was once an open minded individual who cared about technical feats and versatility in the engine (read some of his former .plan files about comments to the portability of the OpenGL API and his efforts to port to other ISAs). This is the same man who once witnessed the leak of the quake source code, saw that a user had submitted fixes and made it compile for Linux, and then later went on to publish that user's same work as the official Id copy.

John Carmack used to be a man of principle and not cater to tempestuous marketing. With all of his influence now he says this garbage that has the potential to destroy the momentum that Valve has been generating toward a formerly unsuccessful effort? Developing games for Linux, even if it isn't a marketable success it will be a technical success and a step forward for games. When software development firms can work this closely with hardware developers and inspect EVERY piece of the stack games have the potential for more efficient hardware utilization and smoother effects.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

kungfuj35u5 who cares? (432 comments)

For day to day operations does it really matter? I do not find a person's dress code at all reflects their abilities and I am damn sure not distracted by what someone wears. Then again I am looking at code all day, not people.

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Delivers Speed Boost With USB Attached SCSI Protocol

kungfuj35u5 This will never catch on if... (93 comments)

Asus doesn't inexpensively license the technology to other board oems. Not sure how much of this is software and how much is hardware, but if there is a special USB-SCSI command set that is separate from plain SCSI then they will need to be open and supporting on that front for all OS's as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

kungfuj35u5 Re:Kill Patents (498 comments)

You're just now coming to this conclusion?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Bars Site That Converts YouTube Songs Into MP3s

kungfuj35u5 hardly seems worth it (177 comments)

considering the absurd amount of compression applied to the video during upload. Seems like transcoding between at least two different lossy codecs after applying already pretty conservative compression parameters.

more than 2 years ago
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C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

kungfuj35u5 Re:Buffer overflow (611 comments)

Correction that should be write, not right.

more than 2 years ago
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C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

kungfuj35u5 Re:Buffer overflow (611 comments)

Premature optimization does not refer to hacked sloppy solutions as much as it does illegible and neglible counter intuitive code practices that account for little to no gain. You should only be trying to squeeze out fewer microseconds when the program calls for it. It is a widely known rule of thumb to first right things clearly and perhaps even naively, profile and then optimize when the performance is not within acceptable range.

more than 2 years ago
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MPAA Chief Dodd Hints At Talks To Revive SOPA

kungfuj35u5 If that language doesn't (279 comments)

Spit out plain and simple bribed legislation I don't know what does.

more than 2 years ago
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After 60 Years, Tape Reinserts Itself

kungfuj35u5 I'll wait a bit (312 comments)

Tape has always been a increasingly attractive solution to my backup needs, and certainly better than bdrs. However until I am in a scenario where I need to perform a full restoration from tape I will wait this one out. Backup zpools and simple rsyncs I have done but dealing with all the potential mechanical and electromagnetic mishaps of tapes I have no experience with. I have read some of the main criticisms of that backup media are the failures during the reads and writes.

more than 2 years ago
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99.8% Security For Real-World Public Keys

kungfuj35u5 Re:Where is this finger pointing? (108 comments)

Pretty sure this is the debian bug where the relevant packages for whatever reason decided to use a static number for the rng seed. There is an xkcd which pokes fun at this.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

kungfuj35u5 OS X backdoor doesn't seem as likely (582 comments)

as most of OS X's core functionality is open source. It's possible for them to hide something in the quartz engine or something, but backdoors in the open source code would have to make it make it past many more eyeballs. The OpenBSD incident of a supposed "backdoor" (can't remember if it was actually verified or not) wasn't a backdoor but simply a purposeful vulnerability to a side channel attack.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

kungfuj35u5 Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (798 comments)

As a mac user, I disagree with this. Apple added in a quick search feature into osx not so long ago, and I use it all the time. There's a big difference between typing a precise command into a terminal, and simply typing a few letters from an app name and hitting return as soon as you see the icon pop up. Apple has always been ahead of the game on search. You can search from basically any file browser, including when you're opening a file. Unity has its problems, but I suspect that as time goes on you'll learn to love this feature.

You mean like tab completion?

more than 3 years ago

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