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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

nonsequitor Performance vs Closed source driver? (143 comments)

Kudos to the Nouveau team for reaching this exciting milestone!

If they tested side by side with the closed source driver from Nvidia, where does this put them in terms of performance?

How long until an average user will chose the nouveau driver over the closed source driver, if said user doesn't care about licensing or building from source, but is looking for out of the box performance? Where does that put them in comparison with the Nvidia driver on Windows?

Personally, this project is not very relevant to me since I have no qualms about using the closed source driver which is good enough for my purposes, but I'm not a gamer. I really hope someone like Valve is sponsoring this development because it sounds like a lot of tedious, hard work to be doing pro bono.

about 1 month ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

nonsequitor Re:A boon for Parallel Construction (461 comments)

I think this is exactly what is happening when a criminal "butt dials" 911 or the sheriff who hears them discuss their plans in their entirety. I think that there must be some system in place that flags the phone user to the NSA, who when listening to their activated mic after hacking their phone, connects them to 911 automatically when they determine an active crime is being discussed. Or as in this case, the NSA calls the DEA who execute some parallel construction when they think the package is in transit.

Pre-Snowden this would be called a conspiracy theory, now it actually sounds fairly reasonable.

about 3 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

It's more than just that, a lot of the keys are a different shape too. I still get lots of #'s when going for enter even after 9 months here. Gotta train new muscle memory. Fortunately, learning the QWERTZ layout hasn't degraded my ability to type on a QWERTY keyboard in the slightest.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

I replaced it with a Samsung Galaxy S which is now running CyanogenMod, no regrets here.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

You're comparing 20+ year old hardware not being able to run the latest software, to 2 year old hardware not being able to run the latest software and I'm the idiot? I was late to buy the iPhone 3G, does that mean it's okay for Apple to stop providing updates less than 18 months later??

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

My late 2006 2nd generation intel Macbook Pro cannot be upgraded to Mavericks. I'm not making this up just to spite the Apple fanboys, I got an error message when I was attempting the upgrade. That's hardly leaping to conclusions..
And the iPhone 3G hardly runs iOS 4, since it causes the phone which worked fine before the update to drop 1 in 5 calls. And it certainly cannot be upgraded beyond that point meaning it does not receive anymore security updates.

In short, I would have to be a fool to continue using my iPhone 3G for anything important like online banking. And by extension, I would be a fool to buy more Apple products given their propensity to force users to buy newer hardware if they want to be able to receive security patches.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

When was the last time iOS 4 recieved a security update? Additionally, if you actually had an iPhone 3G you would know that upgrading to iOS 4 basically rendered it useless even though it was technically possible.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

I needed to buy a laptop with a German keyboard since I now work in Germany and need practice with the new layout (it's more than just Z & Y reversed if you code for a living). Switching to Windows 7 is what I did with that laptop but that's not what the article is about. It's about updating OS X, not Windows, who's trolling now?

By the time I realized iOS 4 had borked my phone, CyanogenMod was an option for Android.

It's not about more "Software Updates", it's about adequate security for devices I use for online banking.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

Only for a very limited definition of run. I had dropped calls increase to about 1 in 5 and the software made the phone run sluggish. It cannot be upgraded beyond that and upgrading to that point is a mistake if you actually like to use your phone.

You are all calling me a troll, but I don't like being extorted into hardware upgrades due to lack of continued support for older hardware.

about 6 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

nonsequitor Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

When my iPhone 3G could not be upgraded to iOS4, I switched to andriod for security concerns.
Then my 2 generation intel Macbook Pro was too old to upgrade to Mavericks, so I bought a Lenovo.
I'm seeing a pattern here. I will not buy Apple anymore as a result of their withholding security updates from older and perfectly functional hardware. My response is not to buy a newer model, but to switch away from Apple products.
I initially switched to Apple because I liked their hardware and as a developer I wanted to experience a variety of OS's. Seeing how they abandon products only a few years old has left a sour taste in my mouth, I'm done buying Apple products, I've learned my lesson.

about 6 months ago
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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

nonsequitor Re: In other Breaking News... (159 comments)

What article did you read? The article linked in the summary says physical access to the CAN network was required for this hack. They said other researchers had hacked the car over Bluetooth, but not the researchers in the article.

about 9 months ago
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Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

nonsequitor In other Breaking News... (159 comments)

In other breaking news, cutting the brake lines of cars can prevent them from operating correctly. Somebody issue a recall, quick!

This is not news, a CAN bus is viewed by the industry in the same way as analog wiring in the car, physically vulnerable. It's an issue when the side view mirror actuators are on the CAN bus, and thieves can open the door and start the engine with this technique. However, this research is stating the obvious for anyone in the know. Next thing you know, one of these researchers will find a copy of the J1939 protocol standard used by the automotive industry and discover what the CAN messages mean without fuzzing the problem space.

If someone found an On Star exploit that allowed a hacker to remotely accomplish these things on the CAN bus, then it would be news, this is not.

about 9 months ago
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LulzSec's Raynaldo Rivera, a.k.a. 'neuron,' Gets One-Year Prison Term

nonsequitor Re:$600,000 (105 comments)

Unlike student loans, this debt can be cancelled out by declaring bankruptcy. He will lose everything he has first though, assuming he doesn't have assets valued at $600k

about a year ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

nonsequitor Re:WA - voted by mail 2 weeks ago (821 comments)

I voted 2 weeks ago as well. I hear WA is expected to have a voter turnout exceeding 85%. I hope other states adopt this approach, it is certainly the most democratic and fair approach to elections I've seen so far, since every voter has weeks to go through the literature sent about all the candidates. And no one has to skip work to vote, so it doesn't disenfranchise the poor.

There's still the option of going to an actual polling place, like I did 4 years when voting for president, but I much prefer voting by mail.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

nonsequitor Re:why are the options close together? (398 comments)

Why use a touch screen at all? They should have just made the screens have bezel keys along the sides like an ATM.

about a year and a half ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

nonsequitor Re:Patent Law? (255 comments)

Also not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure defend it or lose it just applies to trademarks.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

nonsequitor Re:How Much Would What Cost? (383 comments)

There are still fixed costs to maintaining a server even if the software is free. A git or SVN server won't store it's own backups offsite. Our Engineering department still gets charged by our IT department for hosting for wikis, source control, etc, even though the software running on the server is 'free', it doesn't deploy and maintain itself.

about 2 years ago
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Ancient Egyptian Tech May Be Key To Printing 3D Ceramics

nonsequitor Better for printing weapons? (138 comments)

Seems like this might make a better gun than a reprap.

about 2 years ago
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Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

nonsequitor Re:Engineering was always a better bet.. (630 comments)

I'm quite happy with my Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences. Basically a CS degree from the college of Engineering at my University. I now do real time embedded programming for vehicle control systems. Lots of physics at the system level, keeps me engaged. All the V&V work gets tedious, but I wouldn't want to be the cause of someone dying because it was too tedious to write unit tests.

FYI, the National Society of Professional Engineers is adding a Software Engineering classification for 2013. Not for the feint of heart, as a professional, you assume a good deal of liability for the projects you're involved with.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Create Short-term Memories In Rat Brains

nonsequitor Re:Putting Tin Foil hat on.... (114 comments)

Yes, they know that the plaques impair brain function by inference, they don't understand how, because no one knows what a memory is. Face it, we know a lot about the physical structure of the brain, but we don't really know how it works. Asserting that we understand the process of memory because we know a few things about a disease linked to memory is false equivalence. It's equally disingenuous to suggest that knowing more about how memories are formed, stored, and accessed would have no practical benefit when trying to understand and treat diseases which affect memory.

about 2 years ago

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