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AMD Licenses 64-bit Processor Design From ARM

ppc_digger Re:AMD might stand a chance (213 comments)

Note the article says ARM *server* processors. In that market, GPUs are totally irrelevant, power usage is secondary to performance, and price of the CPU is a distant third.

Power usage translates directly into heat, so if you have a CPU that takes 10x less power you can cram 10x more of them onto the same server.

about 2 years ago
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IETF Starts Work On Next-Generation HTTP Standards

ppc_digger Re:yay? (82 comments)

That's exactly what SRV records are for. They first made MX records for email. Then they realized that other services need special records too, and added the service-independent SRV record.

about 2 years ago
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X11 7.7 Released, Brings Multi-Touch Input

ppc_digger Re:Direct video access? (128 comments)

Unfortunately this means every write to the display now has to go via the kernel instead of going direct.

No, if you mmap() the framebuffer you (as in the application) write directly to video memory (of course, what you say is true if the application uses lseek() and write() instead, but why would it?). The reason it's slower is because drivers make the GPU do all the heavy lifting. The only abstract thing about the Linux framebuffer is that you don't have to map the memory yourself, the kernel drivers do it for you.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

ppc_digger Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

Where did you get all that? All I did was make a joke on Larry's behalf.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

ppc_digger Re:Zero Because: (280 comments)

if it isn't ZFS, its only temporary.

Larry Ellison would be proud.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android

ppc_digger Re:Toy (206 comments)

If this board had a few spare GPIO pins brought out to a header there really wouldn't be a reason for Pi to exist at this point.

Except that it costs twice as much and draws more power, so it you don't need all the extra functionality it's a waste of money and electricity.

Not that I'm saying it's not needed. There probably will be a larger, more expensive version of the Raspberry Pi.

more than 2 years ago
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Update On Wayland and X11 Support

ppc_digger Re:Wayland vs X (315 comments)

x11vnc is not limited to X. It can also remote control a console session on a Linux framebuffer device, and a few other things. Also, from TFA:

- Jesse has been playing around a bit with some remote Wayland support using libvncserver. He's apparently had some success with this and expects to push some code upstream soon.

So there are already people working on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Build the World's First Community-Funded CPU ASIC

ppc_digger Re:Isn't SPARC open source? (140 comments)

Fujitsu never implemented OpenSPARC. They developed the SPARC64 themselves, and the UltraSPARCs in their machines are manufactured by Oracle.

more than 3 years ago
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Humoralistically, I lean toward ...

ppc_digger Re:Humoralistically, I lean toward ... (114 comments)

Not necessarily. These character codes are valid (and correct) in other 8-bit encodings, too (including the majority of ISO-8859). The headers specify UTF-8, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

ppc_digger Re:How long does it last? (603 comments)

unless you create an infrastructure that regulates how many vehicles can charge at any one time

Like a limited number of refueling stations? If recharging only takes six minutes and needs special equipment (thick cables, giant power transformers, etc.), people probably won't charge their cars at home.

more than 3 years ago
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The Future of OpenSolaris Revealed

ppc_digger Re:And... (342 comments)

Not true. The GPL includes a patent license. By releasing the code under it, Oracle gave everyone the right to use their patents freely.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook, Zynga Sign Long-Term Virtual Currency Deal

ppc_digger Re:Worse than DRM. Much worse. (124 comments)

The difference is that with all the things you mentioned, you know the expected lifespan when you pay for them. When you buy a game, you don't expect it to stop working 5 years later, when the company that made it goes out of business.

more than 4 years ago
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This Is Apple's Next iPhone

ppc_digger Re:Still too big (492 comments)

Phone electronics are already small enough. Most of a smartphone's power usage is its screen, and most of its weight is its battery. Shrinking the screen will lower the phone's power consumption, thus allowing for a smaller battery.

more than 4 years ago
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Popular Science Frees Its 137-Year Archives

ppc_digger Re:Kudos to them (135 comments)

If it were in the public domain, someone would have collected it and put it online. Google Books comes to mind.

more than 4 years ago
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By Latest Count, 95% of Email Is Spam

ppc_digger Re:Micropayments again (198 comments)

4) The assumption that spammers would have a hard time spamming because they would have trouble keeping their servers reachable is false.

Sure, but then the servers couldn't be botnets, so you would know where the are and could take them down or block them.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Mars Rover Spirit May Move Forward By Spinning Its Wheels

ppc_digger Re:Heh (175 comments)

And what is that external source on Earth? Meteors maybe? Of course you exhale the exact same amount. Unless, of course, you put on fat in the process.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Mars Rover Spirit May Move Forward By Spinning Its Wheels

ppc_digger Re:Heh (175 comments)

Who said anything about perpetual motion? Humans consume carbon and oxygen, creating carbon dioxide. Plants split that carbon dioxide back into carbon and oxygen, using ultra-violet light.

It's all just like on Earth, except using a nuclear reactor as a power source instead of the sun.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Mars Rover Spirit May Move Forward By Spinning Its Wheels

ppc_digger Re:Heh (175 comments)

Did you even read my post? Vegetation grown by nuclear-powered artificial light provides food and oxygen, and a water recycling system provides that (assuming you start with enough).

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Fails To Deliver On Windows 7 Boot Camp Promise

ppc_digger Re:Virtualbox (279 comments)

You forget the most important part of Boot Camp: the BIOS emulation layer that allows Windows to boot.

Macs could dual-boot long before Boot Camp came along.

more than 4 years ago

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