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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

neokushan Re:A highly relevant comment from the previous pos (262 comments)

Comments like the one linked are a great read, but without ANY sourcing what so ever, it's hard to take it seriously.

Certainly, Nvidia is more than happy to donate engineers and code that favours nvidia hardware (as well as the hardware itself) in return for some branding and an exchange of cash, but to claim that it deliberately gimps older or competing hardware seems beyond the realm of likelihood. IF such a thing was happening, there'd be easy ways of proving it and lawsuits would be flying around pretty quickly. Furthermore, ultimately the performance difference in games between similar competing cards is all in line. You get a bit of variance per title, but it's not like 80% difference here, it's a few frames, single-digit percentages.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

neokushan Re:Too little, too late (525 comments)

They've addressed the "why aren't you opening up all components?" part by saying this is just the start and that they'll be releasing more when they're in a better state for other platforms.

Sure, this could be an empty promise but just a few years ago people wouldn't have ever considered that Microsoft would open source any major .net components, let alone the core and with full Linux/OSX support.

Considering that Winforms is very dependant on the underlying Win32 components of windows, it does stand to reason that it'll be one of the hardest things to port over to other platforms so just this once, we can probably give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt.

about two weeks ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

neokushan Re:Well... no. (126 comments)

Because you're not going to try scamming everyone out of a £million, but rather you're going to contactlessly skim everyone for a more realistic sum - say £250 (I think most, if not all, cards here have at least that limit and often much higher).

In fact, you set up a coffee stand and charge £2 per cup. Instinctively people swipe their card, think they're paying £2 but is actually £200. It'll likely take days before anyone even notices and in that time you could have scammed tens of thousands.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

neokushan Re:More secure than cards (150 comments)

Depends on the cards you speak of. The kind used in EMV chip cards (Credit/Debit mostly outside the US for now), which are also contactless, can be had for about £3 a pop, probably less in bulk.

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

neokushan Re:The good news (700 comments)

Well yeah, but the person who sold them that counterfeit chip must have known it was counterfeit. The manufacturer of said chip definitely knew.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

neokushan Re:The good news (700 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just saying the focus seems to be on FTDI when really the issue is much larger.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

neokushan Re:The good news (700 comments)

What about the intent to use/sell counterfeit chips? While I don't agree with FTDI's tactic, they're not the only bad guy here by a long shot.

about a month ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

neokushan Re:Why still 32bit builds? (554 comments)

I agree with this, they said Vista would be the last 32bit Windows OS, then 7, then 8 and now apparently 10.

However I suppose they're trying to kill off 8 as quickly as possible. Everyone on 8 and 8.1 is getting upgraded to 10, so it may as well be 8.2 and I'm guessing that Microsoft would rather keep their updates in sync than half half of their userbase on 8 and the other half on 10.

about 2 months ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

neokushan Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Don't allow password recovery.

That is absolutely not a solution. That's braindead idiocy at best. The result is that people will use one password for everything and probably write it down in a few places because if they forget it, they're fucked. Yes, people do that anyway but not allowing a password reset makes the situation much worse.

If your problem is with that "one key system", then perhaps you need to secure that "one key system" better. Twofactor auth on email hardens that single point and makes it very difficult to compromise. If an attacker is still able to compromise it, then I'd wager they'd be able to compromise those other systems anyway.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

neokushan Re:News at 11 (136 comments)

640KM range probably would be enough for anyone.

about 6 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

neokushan Re:So now we're trusting blogs face value? (142 comments)

In fairness, it's no more unreliable than the 500million+ lines of code, claim. And somehow much more believable.

about 6 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Re:Encryption (220 comments)

With encryption without authentication, many people will assume they gain some security when they are not.

Not at all. It would appear to the user like any non-TLS site does today - standard address bar, no padlock, nothing. What goes on in the background doesn't matter as far as the user is concerned. In fact, I'd be surprised if many users have even considered that their data is being sent plaintext on the majority of sites. Changing the background to be encrypted would be a good way to block a lot of passive surveillance without making users feel as though their entire online doings are protected without the padlock.

about 5 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Re:Encryption (220 comments)

You've confused encryption with authentication. It doesn't need to be authenticated, the idea is to stop drive-by starbucks script kiddies, mass surveillance. Targeted attacks will always be an issue, even with strong, well auth'd encryption.

about 5 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Encryption (220 comments)

I hope that whatever HTTP2.0 ends up being enforces encryption by default.

about 6 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

neokushan Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

Choosing not to include some feature in your product is exercising your freedom

Likewise, Choosing TO include some feature in your product is exercising your freedom. What's the issue?

Yes, Firefox is bundling in code to handle DRM, but you are never forced to use it. Firefox itself is not becoming DRM'd, in reality it's not entirely different to including proprietary CODEC support - you're free to use it if you want and free to ignore it if you don't want to use it. Ultimately, giving users a choice is the most freedom.

about 6 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

neokushan Re:Debuggers (294 comments)

How else are people supposed to learn? Stepping through code line-by-line is an excellent way to learn what your code is actually doing. Everyone has to start somewhere. If someone has decades of experience and still works like this, then I have to ask why they're in that position? Who put them there? Why haven't they had performance reviews that highlight this weakness?

It seems that far too many rockstar developers can't fathom that not everyone knows absolutely every facet of development.

about 6 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

neokushan Re:Only the great Master of Paper can save AMD (345 comments)

I do wonder what the future has in store for the humble CPU. With a huge market shift towards tablets and phones in the consumer area, where power savings are more important than raw oomph, as well as a similar shift in a good portion of the server market, are we starting to reach an era of CPU's being "good enough" for most people and performance to begin stagnating?

Hopefully some good competition between AMD and Intel will keep things fresh and fast.

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

For someone banging on about security, this statement is laughable:

A plugin would add no vulnerabilities.

Flash is a plugin.

about 6 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

So what you're saying is, Flash is a stupid idea because people have to install it, but a browser addon is a better idea because people have to install it.

about 6 months ago

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Broadcom open-sources GPU driver for the Raspberry PI

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neokushan writes "The BCM2835 used in the Raspberry Pi is the first ARM-based multimedia SoC with fully-functional, vendor-provided (as opposed to partial, reverse engineered) fully open-source drivers, and that Broadcom is the first vendor to open their mobile GPU drivers up in this way."
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Ask Slashdot: Best Help Authoring Tool for a small

neokushan neokushan writes  |  about 3 years ago

neokushan (932374) writes "The Company I work for has recently, at my behest, decided it was time to update the documentation for their software. The problem is, the documentation is so out of date and inconsistent that it needs a complete rewrite. Ideally, we could do with a Help Authoring Tool, but the company isn't large enough to justify the spend on something like Adobe RoboHelp. Sadly, FOSS solutions are extremely lacking. What does everyone else use? Are there any cheap, or better yet, free HATs out there worth using? How do they compare to the likes of Robohelp?"
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PS3 hacker discusses homebrew, petitions Sony

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "Famed PS3 hacker KaKoRoTo recently released what he calls the "humble homebrew collection" as a way of petitioning Sony to open the PS3 up to homebrew developers (http://humblehomebrew.com/). Now, in an interview, he discusses the future of homebrew, hacking and the recent targeting of the Playstation Network."
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"Humble Homebrew Collection" petitions Sony

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "The Humble Homebrew Collection is an initiative that aims to convince Sony to provide us with a legitimate and official way to create homebrew applications for the consoles that we own.

        We are providing you with a free homebrew game that aims to be polished and look professionally made which includes 33 very good and addictive puzzle games. We've tried to make this homebrew games collection as good as possible so that even the anti-homebrew purists will be jealous of it.

        Homebrew does not equal piracy, and this is proof of it. These games are all free and are released under the MIT license."

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Google's new movie rental service is blocked if yo

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "Google announced their service at Google I/O earlier this month, along with their music streaming service. The service allows users to rent movies to their android devices straight from the Android market. As it transpires, Google specifically locks out users of rooted devices for copy protection reasons."
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The turbulant times of the PlayStation 3

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan (932374) writes "It has now been over 3 weeks since the PlayStation Network was taken down by Sony due to a hacker incursion that has made headlines worldwide. The loss of personal data, the potential leak of credit card data, the lack of security and seemingly slow response from Sony has gamers, developers and privacy experts alike all calling for blood.

There's talk of developers abandoning Sony's platform entirely due to losing a lot of revenue and retailers aren't exactly making a case for consumers to stick with the PS3 as opposed to the competition.

Factor in that the Xperia Play doesn't seem to be shifting games and things are looking pretty bad for Sony. Is this the end of the PlayStation 3? Can Sony recover from this any time soon, if at all? Well, if any company can come back from the brink, it's Sony — and history will show you why."

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Sony Encourages Linux on their Phones

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "It's no secret that Sony has been in the news a lot lately. From the PSN downtime, with the identity theft issue that comes with it, to the numerous court cases launched to try and quell the PS3 hacking Scene.

It may come as a surprise to many, then, that Sony's mobile smartphone division has taken an almost polar-opposite approach — they're actively encouraging developers to create, modify and install customised Linux kernels into their latest lineup of phones, including the Xperia Play, the device that was once known as "The Playstation Phone"."

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