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Comment Re:Agreed... but there's more. (Score 1) 510

Ignorant people measure the worth of technology by the number of features.

In design theory and practice, a major way make products better is by taking things away.

To stick with the car theme, take the Bugatti Veyron. Possibly the most expensive, fastest road car out there. And yet... no radio.

Really? http://www.sybarites.org/2007/05/burmester-sound-system-in-bugatti-veyron/

Comment Re:Hooray for freedom (Score 1) 747

Better yet, run your own servers to serve up your content, a la Steam. Ensure that unlike P2P, download speeds are always fast, and in these days of shrinking bandwidth caps, you don't cost your customer more bits than necessary.

Make it reasonably priced and *MORE* convenient than the illegal stuff.

Comment Re:It's in their best interests (Score 1) 661

Anyone who has *any* clue at all will only be confused by random product codes for only as long as it takes to type that product code into the google/wikipedia search box. In google you most likely won't even have to click a link - the short summary will have the specs. Additionally, there are guaranteed to be links among the first few leading to reviews and comparisons to other CPUs. The 'research' involved in CPU shopping is not involved at all.

And as for people who go out and buy a computer without knowing a core from a hard drive, and don't enlist the aid of someone knowledgeable (salesmen don't count), they generally buy by price anyway and won't be using it as a gaming rig so the innards are largely irrelevant.

Comment Re:User experience trumps (Score 1) 661

You might not care who makes the turbofan for the plane you're flying in, but I'm sure the airline did their homework to figure out which engine manufacturer suited their needs the best. And while *you* may not care about what kind of engine is in your truck, many do, which is why a hemi is specifically advertised as such.

Comment Re:Silence (Score 1) 155

"Thus the fan aren't working at constant speed, but are varying their speed to constantly find the perfect balance between silence and avoiding the card catching fire under the load."

And that's the problem with NVIDIA cards. The fan stays at 40% until the card is near overheating, and only then will the fan jump into 100% "oh shit" mode. And to change this behaviour you need a 3rd party util because what NVIDIA provides (a driver addon) is broken, and has been for as long as I've been using the latest NVIDIA card.

Comment Re:A little more info from the story (Score 1) 155

It's pretty pathetic for NVIDIA to write drivers that require the use of 3rd party utils to achieve sane fan behaviour. The GTX260 I bought was the first video card that I'd bought that required such a massive cooling solution, and I thought that since the cooling hardware seemed fairly capable, the software wouldn't be a problem.

Imagine my surprise that, by default, the fan is set to run at 40% without *ANY* ramping, and only jumps to 100% when the card reaches ~85C - when it's basically overheating. Thanks NVIDIA but I'd rather live with a bit of noise from higher fan speeds than turn my case into an oven.

You can download an addition to the NVIDIA drivers that allows you to manually set the fan duty cycle (which works), load profiles with alternate fan duty cycle % depending on temp (which works, badly, because the profile loading locks the comp for a second, and this isn't fun when you're playing a game), and set a fan ramping profile with a graphical curve (which has never worked, and since it's been 2 years, I can only assume never will)

Why they can't fix this is beyond me - RivaTuner is capable of directly reprogramming the fan controller, and is trivial to set up to smoothly ramp (without any CPU load) the fan speed in response to GPU temp. 40% at 40C and 100% at 65C. On demanding games I usually top out at ~61C and 80% fan speed. Sure it's a bit noisy, but that's always been the price of good cooling (barring some exotic expensive solutions).

Comment Re:Get real (Score 1) 421

Yay, IPV6. Unfortunately, as a Canadian, for the 1st 10 years of having broadband, I had no limits and paid $30/month. 2 years ago I started paying $40 for unlimited. Now, for the same price, suddenly I have a 50GB/month cap. So I would assume that to coincide with a protocol upgrade, I'll get to pay $60/month and get a 10GB cap. By the time I hit retirement age I'll be paying $300/month for having an active connection, plus $5/MB starting from the first byte transferred. Thank you Bell/Rogers/Telus and their chums at the CRTC.

Comment Re:Science Fiction? (Score 1) 782

"Except The Pianist, or City of Lost Children, or any Harry Potter film"

Pianist budget: 35M City of Lost Children budget: 18M. Hardly large budget films. As for the Potter films, if they were original screenplays, you would be right. Unfortunately the plot IS predictable in that the profitability of said plot was established through the huge book sales.

Comment Re:Creative destruction (Score 2, Informative) 324

there's 100's of offers out there from super low rates to high rates with interest FREE periods and everything in between

I've had a CC for about 10 years now and i think i've only ever paid $50 in interest and about $1000 in annual fees, and considering a CC is an unsecured loan i think that's amazingly cheap.

That's a lot of annual fees! I've had CCs for 13 years now, and have paid maybe $20 in interest and $0 in annual fees. I have, however, received several hundred dollars from various 'reward' CCs plus I've used the extended warranty coverage provided by many cards. CCs have saved me a nice sum over the years.

This is the only appropriate way to use CCs IMO. You already pay a ~2% credit card tax when you purchase anything in retail, since the retailer has to pay that percentage to the CC company for the privilege of accepting those cards.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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