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

Posted by Soulskill
from the stores-like-a-storage-device dept.
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

by Firefalcon (#43373033) Attached to: If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...
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

by Firefalcon (#39369863) Attached to: What Is Your Favorite Way of Watching a Movie
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).
Firefox

+ - Firefox Overtakes IE Usage In Europe->

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) 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."
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Idle

+ - Coffee spill diverts United Airlines flight-> 1

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) 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."
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Government

+ - UK Government launches "Your Freedom" website->

Submitted by Firefalcon
Firefalcon (7323) 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."

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Comment: Re:Good Riddance (Score 1) 796

by Firefalcon (#30471408) Attached to: UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018
"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.
Government

UK Wants To Phase Out Checks By 2018 796

Posted by samzenpus
from the cash-or-credit dept.
The board of the UK Payments Council has set a date to phase out checks in a bid to encourage the advance of other forms of payment. They added, however, that the target of Oct. 2018 would only be realized if adequate alternatives are developed. "The goal is to ensure that by 2018 there is no scenario where customers, individuals or businesses, still need to use a cheque. The board will be especially concerned that the needs of elderly and vulnerable people are met," the Payments Council said in a statement.

Comment: Might be because of ebaydesc.com iframe? (Score 1) 362

by Firefalcon (#29404037) Attached to: eBay Denies New Design Is Broken, Blames Users
If looks like item descriptions now load in an iframe from ebaydesc.com, so this may break in browsers with any blocking of iframes or content from external domains. However, as I haven't used eBay in a while, I can't be sure if this is new or something they've done for a while in the old design too...
Privacy

Sensor To Monitor TV Watchers Demoed At Cable Labs 302

Posted by kdawson
from the audience-has-reached-critical-mass dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Cable operators at the semi-annual CableLab's Innovation Showcase have informally voted as best new product a gizmo that can determine how many people are watching a TV. Developed by Israeli company PrimeSense, the product lets digital devices see a 3-D view of the world (the images look like something from thermal imaging). In other words, that cable set-top box will know whether three people are sitting on the sofa watching TV and how many are adults vs. children. Do we really need cable and/or video service operators knowing this? It all happens via a chip that resides in a camera that plugs into the set-top box."
Space

White Knight Two Unveiled 144

Posted by kdawson
from the call-me-EVE dept.
xanthos writes "Sir Richard Branson was at the annual Experimental Aircraft Assoc Fly-in to show off EVE (previously known as White Knight Two), the launch vehicle for Virgin Galactic's commercial space operation. Test flights for the vehicle are slated for next year with the first paying passengers going up in 2011. What surprised me was the following from the article: 'So many people have signed up already, Whitehorn said, that the company has collected $40 million in deposits with orders to build five spaceships to meet the demand.' Will this mean that the $200k price tag may be dropping?"
Software

How Wolfram Alpha's Copyright Claims Could Change Software 258

Posted by timothy
from the my-patent-app-will-involve-prayer-wheels-and-combinatorics dept.
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister suggests that Wolfram Research's claim to copyright of results returned by the Wolfram Alpha engine could have significant ramifications for the software industry. 'While software companies routinely retain sole ownership of their software and license it to users, Wolfram Research has taken the additional step of claiming ownership of the output of the software itself,' McAllister writes, pointing out that it is 'at least theoretically possible to copyright works generated by machines.' And, under current copyright law, if any Wolfram claim to authorship of the output of its engine is upheld, by extension the same rules will apply to other information services in similar cases as well. In other words, 'If unique presentations based on software-based manipulation of mundane data are copyrightable, who retains what rights to the resulting works?'"
Earth

Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released 791

Posted by kdawson
from the inconvenient-images dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Obama administration has released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice, following a declassification request by the National Academy of Sciences. The images feature a 1m resolution, and scientists who have had to base climate models on 15m- or 30m-resolution photos are rejoicing. The photos, kept classified by the Bush administration, show the impact of global warming in the Arctic and the retreat of glaciers in Washington and Alaska."

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