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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

parlancex Re:That's a garbage lawsuit (286 comments)

- so every second line consists of pixels from previous frames, but those are still pixels that are not the same as the ones in the current frame, the output has all of the 1920x1080 pixels in it, it's not like 2 lines of pixels are just 1 line stretched vertically. Technically Sony should win this.

That's a bit disingenuous. Could they render at 320x240 and stretch to fill so the output resolution is still technically 1080p and still advertise "1080p" support?

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

parlancex Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

I didn't say anything about trying harder. What I said was there is a reason minimum jobs pay minimum wage. I understand if that's all your capable of, and it's great that there is a place for people of lesser capability in the workforce. My main point was that minimum wage jobs pay minimum wage for reasons that are easy to understand.

If you have the skills and experience and responsibility of a teenager, or an illiterate foreign worker, or a disabled person, you should realize first and foremost that you aren't contributing to society as much as many others who don't make minimum wage. Cherry-picking examples of privileged people who might make more than minimum wage without making a fair contribution is simply a red herring. You and you alone don't contribute enough to society to earn the privilege of having a private residence. You don't contribute enough to eat out and afford luxury items. Nobody owes you those things.

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

parlancex Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

I'll bite. The other side of this is that as an adult you probably shouldn't be working a minimum wage job. Minimum wage jobs can be done by and often ARE done by young teenagers, the illiterate, folks with severe disabilities, etc. Minimum wage jobs pay minimum wage because they require no skills, training, or responsibility. If you're an adult who desperately desires having their own apartment exclusively you need to contribute more to society than one of the aforementioned.

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

parlancex The Cloud and Net Neutrality (409 comments)

There's never been a better time to get into the cloud! Get all your data into your favorites service(s) just in time for your ISP to hold it hostage from your cloud service providers.

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

parlancex Re:In Academic Projects (435 comments)

I wrote a project that was parsing text files that were several hundred megs in size, containing large numbers of floating point numbers in text in a reasonably complex structure. This all needed to be parsed and converted into simple data structures for processing. The initial version using STL streams for parsing and text manipulation was about 500 times slower than crawling bytes with switch statements and using standard C number parsing functions. 500.

about 6 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

parlancex Re:Uproar? (146 comments)

He was then immediately arrested for perjury.

about 6 months ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

parlancex Re:Good. (104 comments)

Sure. I'd agree with that.

What I wouldn't agree with however would be blood-seeking legislation that does not carefully factor in the disparity in the actions taken by computers and their owners. There's a reasonable debate to be had about responsibility and negligence, but proving beyond reasonable doubt that the attack was actually perpetrated by Mr. Roger B. Jones, with intent, is much harder than proving an attack originated from an IPv4 block assigned to his ISP, and possibly allocated by DHCP at that time to a modem currently registered an account owned by Mr. Roger B. Jones. My worry is that the courts probably won't care, and that's a dangerous path and I'd dare you to throw the first stone.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

parlancex Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (386 comments)

This sounds preferable to giving the government an interest free loan for the amount of my refund for the duration of up to a year, each and every year.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

parlancex Re:Not MITM (572 comments)

Well that's all semantics isn't it? The reality is that in many countries regulations prevent snooping of traffic to websites related to health or banking, so your company can write whatever policy it likes, it is still explicitly illegal activity.

about 8 months ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

parlancex Re:Huh? (371 comments)

Garbage collection creates a different class of problems, namely that the performance characteristics of your program become non-deterministic. This is a Big Deal for certain classes of applications such as video games and in particular HFT. Would you like to be the person explaining why the GC caused your program to stall at an inopportune time for 50ms and lost somebody a few million bucks?

about a year ago
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MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

parlancex Re:Come on now (250 comments)

Then I suggest to go ask an engineer or scientist that does not see the internet as arcane magic. It's nowhere near as complicated as you appear to think.

Exactly! I plug my Internet cable into my Internet box and it's there on my screen. What's more to know?

about a year ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

parlancex Re:I can get an entire laptop for that cost (160 comments)

If by 90% of today's games you mean 90% of today's facebook games, then yes, I suppose ;). But seriously, are games less technically demanding than they were 10 years ago? Yes. Are you really going to have that much fun trying to play actual modern 3D games on medium low detail settings, no AA, low resolution, at ~30 fps? You might, obviously a lot of people wouldn't, myself included.

about a year and a half ago
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Offers 2,304 Cores For $650

parlancex Re:Still slower than AMD (160 comments)

Well, kind of... or not really... not in the traditional sense. I can't speak for AMD but in Nvidia architectures those 2000+ "cores" are clumped into very wide (32+) groups which all share a single instruction decoder and all the parts that go around that. Are they really individual "cores" if they all have to execute the exact the exact same instruction in lockstep?

about a year and a half ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

parlancex Re:HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

I'm afraid you're still an idiot, because "the stuff that turns the driver into a product" should still also be no greater than a few MB tops, even with stupid sounds, images and animations included for the printer status.

about a year and a half ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

parlancex Re:HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

Here I go feeding the trolls...

So just so I can get this right, a printer driver is so complex a feat of engineering it is analogous to a skyscraper? A printer driver takes input data in the form of text, fonts, and images, formatting, and translates it into a format compatible with the printer in question. Entire operating systems have been written in less than 1/10th the size of some of HP's modern shipping print drivers. I never said it has to be 254 bytes, but the current level of bloat is absolutely insane and I have no idea how they even reach it. Do you know how many lines of C++ code 500MB compiled and compressed is actually equivalent to? Billions. Literally billions. I just want to understand; Do you actually believe it takes a billion lines of code to transform input document data into a format readable by a laser printer?

about a year and a half ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

parlancex Re:HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

Then you should be impressed. If you seriously are a developer who writes printer software for HP you are bad and you should feel bad.

about a year and a half ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

parlancex Re:HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

Why, yes I am! I've written home-brew Xbox games that included graphics and animations, sounds and music(<10MB), and reasonably complicated network software that runs as a service on many of my servers at work (<100KB). I've dabbled in writing demo code as well writing a complex synthesizer with DSP effects and tons of music content in 64kb.

If you're actually defending the need to ship printer drivers literally over 500MB I would really love to hear your logic.

about a year and a half ago
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Interactive Raycaster For the Commodore 64 Under 256 Bytes

parlancex HP Printer Driver Developers Take Note (143 comments)

The next time you churn your next 500MB printer driver think about programs like this. Think long and hard.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Details Next-Gen Kaveri APU's Shared Memory Architecture

parlancex Re:Where's the fine print? (128 comments)

Sigh. Here I go feeding the trolls.

I'm not sure what point you're trying to make here, since MY main point in the rest of this topic was that modern GPUs are mostly limited by memory bandwidth, which makes the development in TFA pretty pointless. You're right! 32GB/s isn't enough to make the most of the computing resources available on a modern GPU! That was my point; How exactly would the GPU accessing main memory directly help? The fastest system RAM currently available in consumer markets in the fastest possible configuration can barely reach 30GB/s. In order for GPUs to confer a computional advantage they need to be doing heavy lifting on GDDR RAM which could deliver over 160GB/s on cards that are over 4 years old.

about a year and a half ago

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