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    posted a message on Laptops


    Just to put things in perspective, someone around here (I believe it was fm87) was able to get over 100FPS on an HD2000 (or 2500, can't remember which - the point is that they both suck).


    That was an older version of the game at a lower resolution it was also on a desktop. Laptops have to worry about heat so they downclock often off their turbos.

    The GPU also does not matter very much when it comes to MC as long as it supports the OpenGL versions and has semi speedy access to RAM it is fine.

    FMs test IIRC was with a core 2 quad and a non release edition of the game.

    Also if you are willing to have FPS drops most anything can do a good FPS while looking at something.
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    posted a message on Laptops

    His laptop is Windows 7 64-bit. I imagine that this is all just a result of bad optimization. The A10 mobile *should* be able to get 60+ FPS on max, but it could be better, or could be worse.


    What A10 is it Llano Trinity Richland Kaveri? What version of Minecraft the older versions run better then the current one.

    Just because you think it should does not mean it will.

    That is a richland A10 that was recomended that laptop should be fine the average FPS should be near 50fps or so with it hitting 60 with not a lot going on.
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    posted a message on Laptops

    I saw that and edited my post hours ago, don't know how you still got that quote.


    I hit quote and ended up getting up did not get some until later and finished my post.

    To reply to the new post

    "You can't benchmark Minecraft. My brother's A10 laptop maxes Minecraft at 60FPS easily."

    I did and can. No evidence of that and what do you define as maxing what operating system what version?
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    posted a message on Laptops

    That's on Linux, which is not at all relevant...


    It is on windows too read the whole deal.

    It should be a guideline newer richland and Kaveri A10s will get better performance. Walking around you can see pretty good FPS but going around on a Minecart in a grounded forest is pushing it.
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    posted a message on Kind of disappointing. (Kaveri)
    Why did they change the resolution and game quality at the same time? You don't change 2 variables at a time when you test things.
    At 1080p on medium settings the A8 does better then the A10s in the same power envelope.


    Same story in Tomb Raider


    Not widely used but anything that makes my Civ5 experience better is a good thing.




    Performance per watt is greatly improved. I can see AMD selling a lot of them in lower powered cheaper steamboxes.
    Especially when you consider their Linux performance is comparable to Windows 8.1.
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_a10kaveri_linwin&num=2

    Consumes less power produces less heat and has better performance in games. The compute performance is a massive improvement.
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    posted a message on CDs Vs. Download Vs. Vinyl
    Give me lossless for archive reasons, then give me .ogg encoded with vorbis for storing on anything. For me it sounds the same at slightly smaller file sizes and shaving off even a small amount across what is current 25GB worth is nice. Because it is often hard to get music online in an original lossless format this means I own quite a few CDs.
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    posted a message on I don't under stand this...
    Quote from BC_Programming


    A Farmer will not know how to farm better if they take a CS course. The computers used in the previous example on a farm (which is almost entirely fictitious, we don't have robots combines and tractors on typical farms), don't run a conventional OS and a farmer is not going to be better at their Job by having learned to be a crack Java coder.



    I realize this is such a small part of your post but I felt I would address it. Humans are still required to handle turning and really any maneuvering beyond keeping it going straight. I really can't comment on world wide availability we worked with John Deere during some early roll out in this area and have been using these semi automated systems sense about 2009.

    Also the conversation really has not been about programming. More of this is what a computer is and using Microsoft office, how to type ect.
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    posted a message on I don't under stand this...
    Quote from Govna

    No they aren't.


    You would be hard pressed to find any job in just about any country and especially in the more industrialization nations that does not involve having basic computer knowledge.

    Most farming is highly automated at this point. Tractors and combines can pilot them selves keeping them in a straight line on a row. When spraying each nozzle can report to the computer its output to make sure and get the most even spread. If some nozzles happen to go over an area already sprayed they can be shutoff.Even ignoring that part of it keeping track of seed pricing to know when to sell. To keep spreadsheets of costs and income.

    Lets say a Librarian well all book systems are automated keeping track of patrons automated. Need to have a basic working knowledge of computers to do that. Before we moved systems I had to teach the Librarian how to rebuild a raid array not exactly hard. Why because she had the chance to use basic computers in her education.

    It was not until 2008 that an ISP was finally move in to provide any type of internet service that was not dial up that home users could afford. The only two places before that with a non dial up connection was the local school and the public library.

    I consider both schools and libraries key in the education especially in a rural area that did not get proper internet until the past 4 years. If it was not for the school having a computer and the public library I would not have had access to the internet and a home computer until about 2006-2007.
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    posted a message on Does the xkcd Password generator generate good passwords.
    Quote from slango20

    windows uses unicode passwords, I use the greek character mu (Alt-2, 3 0)


    In this specific case we are talking about web servers the XKCD comic.
    Most windows domains implement a lock out after a point of password guesses so brute forcing does not work in the same way.
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    posted a message on Does the xkcd Password generator generate good passwords.
    Quote from Gangsir

    Yes, as an ASCII character would extend the size of the dictionary it has to search. Personally i think using a character from a uncommon language, (such as Greek) would exorbitantly increase the safety. Would also be easier to remember than a ASCII character.


    I have rarely seen password fields that accept Unicode. Almost all with allow any ASCII character.
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    posted a message on Does the xkcd Password generator generate good passwords.
    To expand on my earlier point. Sure a random assortment of ASCII symbols letters numbers at 20 digits is more secure then a 20 digit passphrase. This is ignoring the human aspect especially in enterprise set ups users tend to just write their passwords down and stick it to the monitor if it is hard.

    They enable long easy to remember passwords. They also tend to be easier to type in on a smartphone or anything with a nonphysical keyboard.
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    posted a message on Does the xkcd Password generator generate good passwords.
    Quote from kevin3213

    Use a long string of numbers and letters(upper and lower case) if you wanna be really secure and don't store your passwords digitally, get a damn notebook

    Using a bunchofwordslikethis is probably easily subject to dictionary attacks


    This leads to shorter passwords because remembering 8 or so 12 digit passwords is crazy keeping a physical list of all your passwords is not exactly secure.

    This is a very basic look at it and there is a whole other ways to find passwords.

    This is a fairly typical 8 digit password someone might use.

    Ah8ERRaS

    This is a passphrase someone might use.

    manyrabbitsflyinglargeaircraft


    For the first number there is 62 possible combinations per one character of length.
    So there is a max of 218340105584896 combinations it could be.
    It has 34.9 bits of entropy.

    How about a dictionary hack on the passphrase.

    "A 1995 study shows that junior-high students would be able to recognize the meanings of about 10,000-12,000 words, while for college students this number grows up to about 12,000-17,000 and for elderly adults up to about 17,000-21,000 or more."
    http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Vocabulary

    So lets assume this word list has 21,000 of the most common English words.

    The total number of possible guesses there could be in a 5 word dictionary phrase are.
    4084101000000000000000
    That is 71.79 bits of entropy this is considerably harder to crack then the above 8 letter password.
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    posted a message on I don't under stand this...
    Actually you can there are dozens of lightweight Linux distros that can run on less then 64MB of ram. Should you install it probably not. Pentium 4s are being thrown out by schools and other places in the thousands. Over the summer we trashed at least 400 machines with 2GB of ram and a Pentium4.
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    posted a message on Does the xkcd Password generator generate good passwords.
    Pass phrases actually aren't a bad idea sure a dictionary hack could eventually get it. Toss a ASCII character in there at the end and the chance of that password every being cracked this way not going to happen. If they get the hashes of the passwords by stealing the database that is a whole other problem.

    I think a better question is what awful set up is allowing 1000 guesses a second. A captcha should appear after 5 guesses with a wait timer past 10 guesses.
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    posted a message on Grievances from PPNS Forum
    I have had no issue with the moderation of PPNS clearly the mods are biased and love the Communists on the forum.

    PPNS is full of a lot of small jabs and insults and it is partly due to the forums focus on such charged issues. Not to excuse the users at all though it is still possible to approach the topics with reason. A problem I often see is the opposition especially in the threads dealing with human sexuality one side gets called immoral or their actions unethical so the attacked party sees it as free range to spout off insults. The solution to any of this is not in the hands of the moderators but in the hands of the users. For all the problems the section has the debates there tend to be better then any other forum I have seen geared towards debates of alternating opinion.
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