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AMD To Open-Source Its Linux Execution & Compilation Stack

whatajoke Re:That's only the OpenCL stuff, right? (81 comments)

I didn't see any mention of opening the 3D graphics drivers or video acceleration.

AMD GPU have had open specifications for a long time now. The OpenCL backend based on llvm was recently committed by an AMD developer. Phoronix has been tracking these developments rather well. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA5MTk

This LLVM back-end for R600g has been one of the items that AMD's open-source team has been working on for several months. In early December was when the R600g LLVM back-end was published. This LLVM implementation is needed for OpenCL on Radeon hardware, among other purposes.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested

whatajoke Wrong commentry (3 comments)

but can't hold a candle to it for standard compute workloads

Very wrong. In the Cinebench 3D rendering test, Trinity beats a much costlier Intel processor. Only a separate discrete video card pull another costly Intel processor slightly ahead.
For the same cost, Trinity compute performance is way better in the Cinebench test.

more than 2 years ago
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Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

whatajoke A Scanner Darkly (252 comments)

"Now, you will notice," the Lions Club host said, "that you can barely see this individual, who is seated directly to my right, because he is wearing what is called a scramble suit, which is the exact same suit he wears--and in fact must wear--during certain parts, in fact most, of his daily activities of law enforcement. Later he will explain why."
The audience, which mirrored the qualities of the host in every possible way, regarded the individual in his scramble suit.
"This man," the host declared, "whom we will call Fred, because this is the code name under which he reports the information he gathers, once within the scramble suit, cannot be identified by voice, or by even technological voiceprint, or by appearance. He looks, does he not, like a vague blur and nothing more? Am I right?" He let loose a great smile. His audience, appreciating that this was indeed funny, did a little smiling on their own.

more than 3 years ago
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Astronomers Develop Method For Detecting Faint Exoplanets

whatajoke Re:Intersting patterns in the glass (30 comments)

From chapter 2 of call of cthulhu :

They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky.

more than 4 years ago
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Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant

whatajoke Re:Remain Calm! (496 comments)

I mean, we could always trust the Russians to work in our best interests. Also, they were never sneaky about anything. Always truthful and honest, them Russians.

WTF? What retarded country do you belong to? Russians recently defended a massacre in south Ossetia by a US backed puppet Georgian government.

And Iran only threatened to wipe The West off the map, starting with Israel, with any means at their disposal. And that they could make a nuclear bomb if they wanted to, because it was a right granted to them from Allah.

US and UK are directly responsible for sabotaging a democratic coutry's chosen government. They actually wiped out an entire nation's will to govern itself.

Not to mention that they're playing the North Korean game of "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" / "let's talk" / "we're not talking to you anymore" with the UN. Remember what North Korea has now after a few years of that? Ah, yes, The Bomb.

Brazil got results out of Iran with no more than a week of negotiation. And then USA still kept rattling the sword over the deal. Yeah, that is exactly like North Korea.

And all this in the hands of a fanatic regime, intent on spreading Islam through force, feared and hated even by most other Islamic nations, all the while being one of the most horrible human-rights violators of our time.

China commits far more human rights violations. Guess which one the MSM mentions the most.

But there's nothing to fear. They're not after the bomb. They say they are, but there's nothing to worry about. It's just a nuclear power plant.

Fine, please disarm the only country in history of mankind to have used the nuclear bomb on civilian population, and actually considered using it again during the Korean war.

more than 4 years ago
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Gestures With Multitouch In Ubuntu 10.10

whatajoke Re:It's just a toy (185 comments)

Done. It rocks. Sorry for offtopic post though.

more than 4 years ago
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Gestures With Multitouch In Ubuntu 10.10

whatajoke Re:It's just a toy (185 comments)

On an N900 with a proper physical keyboard, you're in good shape after several hours of typing.

I have a n900. I can heartily affirm that its keyboard is just made for common lisp + emacs. C/C++ have many special characters for which you have to pop up a virtual keyboard. But common lisp has all needed characters in just the right place in n900's keyboard. Only the quasi quote charater is missing, which is a small tradeoff to make for programming while walking around the house. Offsets the sedentary lifestyle a little.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle Sues Google For Infringing Java Patents

whatajoke Re:documenting it on http://en.swpat.org (510 comments)

This is pure FUD.
Nokia n900 has the complete openjdk available on it. You can use it without paying or licensing Sun/Oracle.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks

whatajoke Re:More outsourcing... (1088 comments)

And then pakistanis hand off 10 small nuclear bombs and all tech to make more to the said taliban + ISI.

more than 4 years ago
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How Star Trek Artists Imagined the iPad... 23 Years Later

whatajoke This belongs in the apple section. (324 comments)

I haven't removed apple section from my preferences to see the shitfest spreading into other sections. Please keep apple stories in Apple section.

more than 4 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

whatajoke For all those quibbling about lift capacity ... (973 comments)

Check out Project orion
I am sure it can be made even more risk free in terms of radiation spread ( which is already very small), and it absolutely can get us to mars or launch heavy stuff for constructing O'Neil cylinders. And with a large enough space vehicle/station, asteriod belt can practically provide all the material we need for making more orion crafts.

more than 4 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

whatajoke Re:Die. (973 comments)

What's wrong with dying? We all do it sooner or later as individuals. Why should the race last forever?

There is his called reproduction that you seem to be unaware of. Ask any parent, and they will tell you that a part of them lives on through their children. It is very common to find mannerisms and body language being passed down from parent to child.

more than 4 years ago
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Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

whatajoke Re:I submit this possibility (973 comments)

What if Earth isn't the first human colony, and these disasters have merely wiped out the evidence of our migration...

I am more comfortable being a descendant of some ape, than a bunch of hairdressers or telephone cleaners.

more than 4 years ago
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Tor Developer Detained At US Border, Pressed On Wikileaks

whatajoke Re:We are at war (637 comments)

If you are an american, then osama bin laden has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

more than 4 years ago
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US Gov't Orders 73,000 Private Websites Offline

whatajoke Re:Too Slow, Slashdot (536 comments)

The authorities ordered BurstNet to take the server offline for what appeared to be very, very serious violations.

Does it mean that authorities had a warrant from a judge? If they did, then I don't see what the hullo bullo is about. If they did not have a warrant and still were able to shut down the web site, then democracy in USA is screwed.

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Accounting — How Harry Potter Loses Money

whatajoke Re:Not a new trick (447 comments)

Replying to undo funny moderation :|

more than 4 years ago
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A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts

whatajoke Re:Hypocrasy (237 comments)

The US nuclear arsenal has an unbelievable amount of safeguards and fail-safes - procedural, physical, and technical.

Really?
The Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Omaha quietly decided to set the “locks” to all zeros in order to circumvent this safeguard. During the early to mid-1970s, during my stint as a Minuteman launch officer, they still had not been changed. Our launch checklist in fact instructed us, the firing crew, to double-check the locking panel in our underground launch bunker to ensure that no digits other than zero had been inadvertently dialed into the panel. SAC remained far less concerned about unauthorized launches than about the potential of these safeguards to interfere with the implementation of wartime launch orders. And so the “secret unlock code” during the height of the nuclear crises of the Cold War remained constant at OOOOOOOO.
From here

more than 4 years ago
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A Look Back At Bombing the Van Allen Belts

whatajoke Re:Hypocrasy (237 comments)

The Bush administration was played like a fiddle by Al Qaeda.

No. Both Bush administration and Al qaeda played americans like a fiddle.

more than 4 years ago

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Electronic voting machine hacker arrested in India

whatajoke whatajoke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whatajoke (1625715) writes "Hari Prasad, a security researcher in India who had demostrated the vulnerability of Electronic voting machines (EVM) used in all elections in India, was arrested by the Police on charges of stealing an electronic voting machine. The election commission of India has maintained that EVM are non hackeable. The election commission had previously provided access to the device to the security researchers for a day and asked for a hack in only that time."
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Debate on power users within Reddit.com

whatajoke whatajoke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whatajoke (1625715) writes "After the community shakedown (or not) of digg's power users, reddit.com seems to be going through the same phase right now. A "power" user nicked saydrah has been outed in this post as a social marketer and spam link promoter. Reposts on reddit.com's front page, as well as in subtopics have people debating how to go forward from here. Some have proposed preventing moderators from getting karma within their subreddits, while many others are calling for an ban on the offending power users. It will be interesting to see how reddit.com handles this compared to digg.com"
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Why boys are turning into girls

whatajoke whatajoke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

whatajoke (1625715) writes "The government of Denmark unveiled official research showing that two-year-old children are at risk from a bewildering array of gender-bending chemicals in such everyday items as waterproof clothes, rubber boots, bed linen, food, nappies, sunscreen lotion and moisturising cream. A picture is emerging of ubiquitous chemical contamination driving down sperm counts and feminising male children all over the developed world. And anti-pollution measures and regulations are falling far short of getting to grips with it.

WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund), which commissioned the older research, warned that the chemicals were so widespread that 'there is very little, if anything, individuals can do to prevent contamination of themselves and their families.'"

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"Nasty Old People" debuts on The Pirate Bay

whatajoke whatajoke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

whatajoke (1625715) writes "Filmmaker Hanna Sköld has debuted her first feature film Nasty old people on The Pirate Bay. Hanna Sköld initially took out a 10,000 Euros loan to make the movie, and has collected 1500 Euros in online donations already. With 16000+ downloads, the torrent is still going strong, and the downloaders have contributed subtitles in French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian."
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