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Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB TLC NAND Drives Tested 156

MojoKid writes "Samsung has been aggressively bolstering its solid state drive line-up for the last couple of years. While some of Samsung's earlier drives may not have particularly stood-out versus the competition at the time, the company's more recent 830 series and 840 series of solid state drives have been solid, both in terms of value and overall performance. Samsung's latest consumer-class solid state drives is the just-announced 840 EVO series of products. As the name suggests, the SSD 840 EVO series of drives is an evolution of the Samsung 840 series. These drives use the latest TLC NAND Flash to come out of Samsung's fab, along with an updated controller, and also feature some interesting software called RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of IO Data) that can significantly impact performance. Samsung's new SSD 840 EVO series SSDs performed well throughout a battery of benchmarks, whether using synthetic benchmarks, trace-based tests, or highly-compressible or incompressible data. At around $.76 to $.65 per GB, they're competitively priced, relatively speaking, as well."

Comment Less heat generation and quieter (Score 1) 591

Unless I'm playing games or otherwise hammering the CPU or graphics, I'd like my laptop to be cool and virtually silent. Generally day to day laptop usage doesn't really need the power of the processors they usually have, instead either automatically running the processor very underclocked and with unnecessary cores switched off, or having a second, low power processor and only turn on the high power processor when needed. Similarly with the graphics system. As a side effect, this should extend battery life, but that is less of a concern to me as I don't often have mine off the mains power.

Comment DVD, but... (Score 1) 409

While I voted "DVD", what I don't enjoy are the "anti-piracy" statements/videos or adverts that you can't skip though. If I had decent enough internet I'd probably go for streaming (but from what I've seen, often legal streaming will be interrupted by adverts, which is one reason that I tend to prefer DVDs over TV).

Comment Thanks (Score 1) 1521

Like so many here will no doubt be doing, I just wanted to say 'thanks'. Slashdot was not only my favourite source of news for many years, but also Slash (the 0.3-pre tarball!) was my introduction to coding in Perl, and out of that I built my career. So my sincere thanks for all you did here, and I hope you enjoy whatever you do next.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 897

We currently have petrol at £1.40 per litre in the UK, which is over $10/gallon. Our prices have been over $5/gallon for maybe 20 years or more. We still have single-occupant SUVs all over the place, in fact they're on the increase.

Submission + - Firefox Overtakes IE Usage In Europe (statcounter.com)

krou writes: According to StatCounter, the month of December saw the first time where IE usage in Europe was knocked off the top spot by Firefox. Firefox usage sat at 38.11%, with IE sitting at 37.52%. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, stated that "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share." Google Chrome was in 3rd place with 14.58% of market share.

Submission + - Coffee spill diverts United Airlines flight (cnn.com) 1

PolygamousRanchKid writes: A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to Toronto this week after the pilot dumped a cup of coffee on the plane's communication's equipment. The unwanted liquid triggered a series of emergency codes, including one for a hijacking, according to Transport Canada, the agency that regulates transportation in Canada.

Submission + - UK Government launches "Your Freedom" website (newstatesman.com)

Firefalcon writes: The UK Government today launched the "Your Freedom" website, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, to "identify laws that should be repealed" (read more on the BBC).

In a recent tweet, Police State UK pointed out an article in the New Statesman which appeals for people to call on the Government to repeal the ill thought out Digital Economy Act that was rushed through Parliament without sufficient scrutiny.

While part of the Act is regarding the digital TV switchover, other sections allow for users to be restricted or disconnected from the Internet at the behest of copyright owners, which goes against the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" that has been in place since the Magna Carta.

Comment Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 796

"Bank to bank transfers are also widely available and free of charge." While I completely agree with moving away from cheques to electronic payment, bank transfers are not free to all UK account holders - particularly some business accounts - this is why an IT support company I sometimes do work for pays me by cheque, as the fee to transfer by BACS from his account makes it less cost effective.

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