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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

rcht148 Re:Midrange? (114 comments)

I never said that I'm using 4k.
After your response I think my original comment might make me look like a resolution whore.
My point was NOT that the card should be labeled low end because of 4k. Rather, it should be labeled high end.
I play at 1920x1080 resolution. So from my perspective, the card is high end.
It's just that cards get labeled based on series (like Nvidia x60 series is mid-end) which is primarily based on price.
When there are graphics cards available from $30-3000, the low, mid and high end will be different based on a person's usage and perspective.

My point was that for vast majority of people (according to Steam Hardware survey: > 98%) who would be gaming at 1920x1080 or less, this card would be high end.
(Note to self: Well done on conveying exactly opposite of what you are trying to say without using sarcasm, negation or typos)

about two weeks ago

NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

rcht148 Midrange? (114 comments)

I think the 'range' depends on what resolution you are playing at..
For 3840x2160 - Low end
For 2560x1440 - 'Midrange'
For 1920x1080 - High end

about two weeks ago

Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

rcht148 Re:Airline anaolgy is incorrect (448 comments)

I think what the article is trying to say is that in general we (as consumers) will be at loss even if we want just few extras but not everything.

So say probably you don't want to pay $60 for cable. They may provide a cheap option for $20 which includes free and local channels. However (say in your case) when you add 'true' science channels + HBO + AMC + Showtime (or similar), you'll reach $50 or so. So you'll pay a very similar price losing out 100+ channels. You may not want those channels but those channels are handy when you have friends/relatives (w/kids) over. Primarily the argument is that we won't gain much (if anything).

From the article: "People who once could not afford to visit family members across the country may now be able to find bare-bone tickets within reach."
I think these changes are targeted to cord cutters more than current cable customers. I'm a cord cutter but recently I moved to Comcast's Internet+HBO (includes free and local channels) plan. I'm missing few channels like Comedy Central but I'm ok with streaming from www.comedycentral.com

about three weeks ago

Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

rcht148 Re:Microsoft's 1990's business plan. (162 comments)

I would like to believe you. I really really want to but what's the guarantee?
The adoption of Win 8.x is still quite low. After Steam announced SteamOS, we have seen few companies port their gaming engine to Linux and some hardware manufacturers have started giving some standing to Linux (not saying equal to Windows). Microsoft is at a low right now and 'embracing' seems like a business need more than just a change of heart. How do you know that it won't 'extinguish' cross platform support when it defeats the competitive options.
This is like we had a bad tyrant and we suffered tremendously under this tyrant and it took a DoJ anti-trust lawsuit and a very long amount of time to see meaningful competition in this space again. Now the tyrant is back saying pretty please.
My reply is simple: Fool me once...

about 3 months ago

Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

rcht148 Re:Why not KDE (403 comments)

Linux noobs generally do NOT use Debian.
They start with ubuntu or some of it's derivative like Mint.
On a personal note, I use Linux Mint as my primary OS and recommend it to any noob who asks me on how to start using Linux. I have no qualms admitting myself as a Linux noob :)

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

rcht148 Linux fanboys ftw (727 comments)

We Are the Linux fanboys.
You Will be Assimilated.
Resistance is Futile.

- Linux fanboy :)

about 5 months ago

Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

rcht148 Right time now! (71 comments)

Ok to reject the Comcast/TWC merger now...

about 6 months ago

Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

rcht148 Re:Seriously, an iphone? (143 comments)

Didn't say that there is no exposure at all. Just wanted to say that there are bigger targets out there compared to an iphone.

about 7 months ago

Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

rcht148 Seriously, an iphone? (143 comments)

How much work do you do on an iphone that would be a threat to national security?
I thought something like Windows makes more sense.

about 7 months ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

rcht148 Re:Overreaction (265 comments)

How so?
In our cities today, this is already true. There are areas where prices are very high and poorer people can't afford to buy houses there. The same thing would apply for this 'dome city' too.

The article says "may be free to wander through by day, but they will surely find no residence there"; just like our current divide of richer areas vs poorer areas.

Then the article says "It won't be long before there will be those who will be desperate to get inside; and it means an authority will be established to decide who can, and who can't."
Why do you need that? Free market economy will control the prices of housing in the dome just like our current housing rates as per school district lines or proximity to other valuable services.

I don't see how this is any different from our current rich/poor housing divide.

about 7 months ago

4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

rcht148 Re:Get a TV (186 comments)

Makes me wonder if Seiki can afford to give 65" 4k TV for $1059, (Deal at Amazon right now: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi...) why can't the other big name brands (Sony/LG/Samsung) have 65" 4k TV sets at even double that price (say $2100).

about 7 months ago

Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

rcht148 Re:Thankful for the FOSS drivers on older hardware (134 comments)

I second this.
I installed Linux Mint 17 recently and first went with the AMD proprietary fglrx drivers.
Overall any video (file playback or gaming) would always be choppy and jittery.

I decided to give the open source radeon drivers a shot. The performance is much better. All the choppiness/jittery is gone.
I may have lost some fps but it was completely worth it.

about 8 months ago

Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

rcht148 Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

It is a shame the next update still won't have the promised start menu.

I think it makes complete business sense NOT to give start menu to Windows 8.x users.
If they did give it to a Windows 8.x user like me for free, I would lose a major incentive to buy an upgrade to Windows 9.
Not saying that start menu will be the only change in Win 9 but the start menu guarantees that I will be upgrading.

about 8 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

rcht148 Internet has given me a faith! (1037 comments)

On the contrary, internet has given me a faith: Science

about 10 months ago

Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

rcht148 GLaDOS (212 comments)

Pro-tip: Read this story in the voice of GLaDOS to make it much more fun.

about a year ago

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

rcht148 Re:I'm for it. (351 comments)

Long time reader. First post..

I may be a little naive but I have started supporting Steam wholeheartedly for one and one reason only.

Games for Linux.

I don't believe that Valve is doing this for the benefit of the Linux community out of some goodness in the heart. They may be doing this for whatever hidden agenda that they have. Future steam box is Linux based or Windows is becoming more closed or whatever.

There are more games on Linux now than before and it appears (at least from what I can foresee) that more games will come to Linux in the near future. Thanks to Steam for this.

You can't be fighting everyone. You need to pick and choose your battles.

about 2 years ago



Is there any scenario where violating net neutrality acceptable?

rcht148 rcht148 writes  |  about 5 months ago

rcht148 (2872453) writes "Ever since I heard about T-Mobile's 'Music Freedom' announcement, I have been asking myself this question. If you're unaware of it, T-Mobile recently announced that music streaming from some services (Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify and some others) will NOT be counted against the customers 4G LTE data cap. I love T-Mobile for the much needed shake-up to the wireless industry that they provided and thanks to them my wireless bill has gone down by almost 40%. In lay man terms this promo sounds great because you get more for your data (Your 2GB 4G LTE plan now means 2GB 4G LTE + music streaming from some providers*). I can't seem to accept this as an engineer. It violates the definition of net neutrality. So, I've been asking myself the broader question, in what scenario does a net neutrality violation become acceptable? If you're a net neutrality supporter do you find this service acceptable?"

The Truth on OpenGL Driver Quality

rcht148 rcht148 writes  |  about 9 months ago

rcht148 (2872453) writes "Rich Geldreich (game/graphics programmer) has made a blog post on the quality of different OpenGL Drivers. Using anonymous titles (Vendor A: Nvidia; Vendor B: AMD; Vendor C: Intel), he plots the landscape of game development using OpenGL. Vendor A, jovially known as 'Graphics Mafia' concentrates heavily on performance but won't share it's specifications thus blocking any open source driver implementations as much as possible. Vendor B has the most flaky drivers. They have good technical know-how on OpenGL but due to an extremely small team (money woes), they have shoddy drivers. Vendor C is extremely rich. It had not taken graphics seriously until a few years ago. They support open source specifications/drivers wholeheartedly but it will be few years before their drivers come to par with market standards. He concludes that using OpenGL is extremely difficult and without the blessings of these vendors, it's near impossible to ship a major gaming title."
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AT&T reportedly considering $40 billion DirecTV acquisition

rcht148 rcht148 writes  |  about 9 months ago

rcht148 (2872453) writes "If the idea of Comcast buying out Time Warner Cable to become the largest cable company in America wasn't enough to make you worry about media consolidation, news tonight from the Wall Street Journal just might. Reportedly, AT&T has approached DirecTV to begin "possible acquisition" talks, a deal that the WSJ says could be worth over $40 billion. If it were to happen, it would give the combined company something on the order of 26 million TV subscribers, making it second only to the hypothetical Comcast/TWC combination of 30 million."
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