When I was in grad school, the viz researchers had an Open Suse system with 4 workstation class ATI cards that they used for Blender (real-time stereo vision and and as a render farm). They always swore by ATI. I'm a server jockey and a code monkey and Nvidia's CUDA libraries have a lot more support for offloading processing intensive tasks. I'm not really a gamer or a designer, for me the graphics card is more like a math coprocessor than anything else.
Really glad to hear that! I haven't been keeping up with the kernel development as much as I used to. Like you I'm stuck with Nvidia's proprietary garbage where even compiling the driver with DKMS enabled is a crapshoot, it's annoying having to recompile my video driver every time I make a kernel adjustment. Looks like I'm AMD bound on my next hardware refresh!
Still too little too late for me. I used to keep a single virtual machine for running the occasional Windows only application. Now I'm at the point where I will not run anything that isn't open source (video card drivers being an annoying exception).
Do you want the terrorists to win? They're everywhere, and they despise us for our freedoms and whatnot. I can't walk down the damned street without getting 3 Jihads and a Fatwa placed on my head. If anything the NSA is showing far too much restraint. I propose that we will not secure until every home is equipped with televisions capable of showing agents what's going on in the homes of every American.
To truly combat terrorism we must also combat our own language. English is far too nimble of a language, it enables us to form abstract thought and frame our worldview in whichever context we feel is right at the time. I believe a new language is in order...a new way of speaking. With this Newspeak (I like that!) it will be impossible to form unpatriotic thoughts, thus removing the shackles of ethics from our government, allowing them to finally decimate Eastasia, with whom we've always been at war.
Since 2001, the U.S. government has used the boogeyman of 'terrorism' to justify any number of human rights atrocities and unprecedented spying upon its own citizens. I used to find it ironic that they told us that the terrorists hated us for our freedoms, now I see it as a brilliant stratagem! If we have no more freedoms, the terrorists won't hate us and will stop trying to kill us (despite the fact that you're statistically 4 times more likely to be struck by lightening than hurt in a terrorist attack).
Netflix does an amazing job with video compression, however the crux of the matter is that none of this would have been possible if the country was still on dial-up. Data transfer is like a goldfish (stick with me on this one), it tends to fill up to expand its environment.
The problem is that the advertised speed is megabit while our operating systems use Mebibytes [2^20] (compared to the Megabytes [10^6] of hard drive manufacturers). Your 35Mbps connection is about 4.5 MiBps. That is enough to stream a reasonably HD movie from Netflix, but if you have somebody else in the house wanting to stream, play an online game, or browse in a snappy matter you'll be out of luck. I have 50 Mbps service with Charter and am actually pretty pleased with it. But saying that you'll never peg a high-speed connection is just showing a lack of imagination.
Personally, I think this is a long time coming. When I was a younger man I used to pop little white pills like candy, until I started hallucinating that ghosts were chasing me. Later in life I was involved in underground street fights until I got my face bashed in by an Asian girl with gigantic thighs. And the final tragedy...me and a bunch of friends got together to collect a bunch of crystals to help save the world. I don't mind telling you, if it weren't for the copious amount of phoenix down that we had, it would have been much worse. Stop violent video games now!
I'm not a constitutional lawyer, but in my mind the U.S. Constitution doesn't grant natural rights but recognizes them. As in they're inherent. The 4th Amendment not being recognized outside of our borders is as troubling as the 13th Amendment not being recognized beyond the border.
Based on all of the "LOLs", "ROFLMAOs", etc I think you should get upstairs quick! Your mom is no doubt done making your lunchtime sandwich (no doubt with the crusts cut off!). After that take a few hours to finish that blasted Kirk/Spock slash-fic. These things don't write themselves.