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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

mad_minstrel Re:That's nice, but... (419 comments)

N00b question: Can't you just compare the hashes of the shipped binaries and the ones you compiled from the sources you're reviewing to check that they match?

about 4 months ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

mad_minstrel Re:Amazing (276 comments)

There's a bunch of different criteria you might use, such as how much they play, how many games they buy or how much money they spend, but I would define as gamers people who self-identify as gamers. I strongly doubt all the women in that data consider themselves gamers.

about 4 months ago
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Blender Foundation's Sintel video taken down on Youtube for copyright violation

mad_minstrel Right when the BF's trying to fund Gooseberry too! (2 comments)

Taking down someone else's past work right when they're trying to get funding for their next project? Absolutely abhorrent behavior by Sony. If you want to help the BF dogfood Blender on an actual feature film project, you can pledge on gooseberry.blender.org. All of the film's production files will be open sourced after it's done :)

about 9 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

mad_minstrel Re:Will it blend? (501 comments)

That's a rather inaccurate statement. Apple has declared they'd work with the Blender devs to get the Cycles OpenCL render backend to compile at all on AMD's dodgy OpenCL compiler implementation. The Cycles OpenCL backend has been working fine with both Nvidia and Intel OpenCL compilers for over two years now, but it has never worked on AMD. AMD has been in contact with Blender devs for a long time, but so far they haven't managed to improve the compiler situation at all. No extraordinary effort is going on to optimize Blender in general that would not benefit Blender users on all platforms.

about a year ago
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Helping the FBI Track You

mad_minstrel Re:Is it just me... (193 comments)

I read it thrice and still can't figure it out. Like what? Wifi? Bluetooth?? How is the use or non-use of wires relevant at all?

more than 3 years ago
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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Takes Spherical Panoramas

mad_minstrel Re:HDR? (140 comments)

I actually meant half precision 16-bit float per channel. More is always nice, but the kind of sensors you can put 36 of in a throw ball are not precise enough anyway. And you're just going to be using this for lighting anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Throwable 36-Camera Ball Takes Spherical Panoramas

mad_minstrel HDR? (140 comments)

As long as this takes HDR photos, this would be immensely useful for 3d graphics work. And no, I don't mean the useless bad-HDR-lookalike postprocessing found in phones. I mean real, honest to goodness 16-bit, not-viewable-on-most-screens HDR.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox Advises Users To Disable McAfee Plugin

mad_minstrel Re:The best solution for Firefox stability problem (213 comments)

Actually, I was curious so I did it. 1.8 GB. Worked fine if slightly sluggish in the Tab Groups view. Now somebody try the same thing with Chrome.

more than 3 years ago
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Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

mad_minstrel Re:Don't trust applications, ever (508 comments)

Making the user responsible? That's ridiculous. When you're running a business it doesn't matter that Jane the receptionist is "responsible" for accidentally leaking out your next year's product designs, by that point the damage is done. You want an OS and security procedures that make her incapable of doing any damage to your company.

more than 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

mad_minstrel Re:Don't they do this every couple of years? (403 comments)

Monitor switching is a nice idea, but it also doesn't work because it disallows any drag-and-drop actions. Like dragging a layer from one monitor to another. And if I am to keep my tools on my primary monitor, I'd like them nicely organized so that they don't waste so much space. Single window mode does some of that. Actually, what I'd really like is customizable tool shelves where I can put my often-used tools from various windows and contexts and just turn everything else off most of the time. But I guess that's just too radical a concept for GIMP (and Photoshop too).

more than 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

mad_minstrel Re:Working on the right features, I see (403 comments)

You're missing cases where you have data other than an actual image that you want to manipulate. Like a heightmap.

more than 3 years ago
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The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

mad_minstrel Re:Don't they do this every couple of years? (403 comments)

I have two monitors too and moving tools to the second one doesn't work for a single reason - you have to reach your tools with your pointer. Now, as long as you don't mind waving your mouse-arm like a madman every two seconds it's ok. But as soon as you pick up your stylus you're faced with the hard choice of either squeezing your two monitors into your tablet's space, effectively dividing its useful surface area by a factor of about 2.5 to 4, or confining the cursor to one of the monitors, in which case you can't reach your tools with your stylus. It means that for any tablet-wielding professional multi-window mode is mostly useless. Effective UI hiding and workspace organization is vastly preferable.

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Enjoys Retail-Wide Sales Spike After Price Cut

mad_minstrel Re:PS3 now costs as much as a midrange BF3video ca (167 comments)

The PS3 is a horrible choice for a HTPC replacement. It won't let you update your codecs, it won't play .mkv, it doesn't support subtitles, it doesn't let you record anything, the only way to get anything on it is via the slow-as-molasses USB2 connection or via lan (but it won't be much faster because the hard drive is a slow 2.5-incher) and you have to buy a remote seperately (which you can't replace with a universal one - bluetooth).

more than 3 years ago
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Crysis 2 Update a Perfect Case of Wasted Polygons

mad_minstrel Well duh. (159 comments)

Of course there's going to be a lot of flat surfaces... After all the artists have been told to make them with a lot of flat surfaces so that they don't need too many polygons on the non-DX11 platforms.... If you want to see artwork that uses tessellation well, you have to tell artists to make some.

more than 3 years ago
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Sub-Centimeter Positioning Coming To Mobile Phones

mad_minstrel SPHERES (70 comments)

I wonder if NASA are using this tech in their SPHERES thingies.

more than 3 years ago
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When Software Offends

mad_minstrel Re:What does the software *do*? (467 comments)

Yes, because everybody else names their products simply and descriptively. Names like Windows, Linux, Firefox, Grub, Blender, Bullet, Ogre, Xbox, Google, Twitter, Python, Excel and Azure leave you with no doubt in your mind whatsoever about the function of the product.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

mad_minstrel Re:Commercial databases (509 comments)

But aren't the differences relatively minor? Is there really so much that MySQL can do that Oracle can't? Can't these differences be resolved just by tweaking the queries?

more than 3 years ago
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Carmack: Mobile Gaming To Surpass Current Consoles

mad_minstrel Re:And that will be brilliant (119 comments)

Actually, I wouldn't mind one. My current one barely does 8 with just browsing the web and probably less while playing games, which is why I never play them.

more than 3 years ago
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Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland

mad_minstrel Re:The real question (139 comments)

I don't know about the US but where I live there is such a thing as a periodic maintenance checkup. They could make sensor checks and software updates mandatory. And the software can always transmit its year/version along with the data so that our car can disregard any data from outdated systems. But it's all moot until there's law that says car makers are not responsible for any crashes the software causes - because they won't ever dare sell you an automated car otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

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