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Comment: selling data (Score 4, Insightful) 116 116

Most people within core mass market demographics don't realize or care how much data they send, so defaults are important economically. If the financial motivations are in the wrong place, the wrong decision will be made for invested parties. I don't know of any business that is successful and doesn't exploit this general sort of opportunity. It paints Ubuntu as a villain, but its more business as usual and isn't unique to Ubuntu.

+ - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6 6

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

Comment: Re:doesn't look like much now, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 160 160

I recall the same experience... Prior to seeing Wolfenstein3D, I had graduated from Intellivision to the Nintendo NES, and that constituted my main gaming exposure, other than some early versions of Flight Simulator. Wolfenstein3D blew me away with the graphics possible on a computer, and I probably jumped out of my seat a number of times as the immersion was like nothing I'd seen before. A lot of games with impressive graphics since then, but nothing like that first impression... Kind of a cool experience, yields a different sort of appreciation I think compared to that of younger gamers who have a more modern sense of graphics expectations.

+ - EVGA Adds GeForce GTX 670 To Nvidia Graphics Lineup

I.M.O.G. writes: "Filling the gap between mid-range graphics cards around the $250 mark and high-end excess that costs upward of $500, EVGA has added a $420 GeForce GTX 670 to NVIDIA's stable of graphics cards. Based on the company's latest GK104 GPU, this GTX 670 offers equivalent performance to the flagship GTX 680 with similar power consumption and a cheaper price tag. The value proposition is strong with this one, although as the Overclockers review points out, the temperatures on this run a touch on the warmer side."

+ - Why Is Ivy Bridge Hot?

I.M.O.G. writes: "PC enthusiasts with Ivy Bridge engineering samples, and reviewers at large have come to the consensus that Ivy Bridge is a slightly warmer chip than it should be. An investigation from Overclockers.com found common thermal paste between the CPU die and the Integrated Heat Spreader by removing the IHS of an Ivy Bridge Core processor. Typically on modern Intel processors the IHS is soldered to the die enabling more effective heat transfer."

Comment: Re:Let me get this straight... (Score 5, Informative) 200 200

For people familiar with Intel's Tick-Tock cadence - this should not come as much surprise. Some people may have gotten caught up in marketing and expected more, but this is a "Tick" which brings a process shrink, power savings, and a modest performance increase. It is just about delivering that, though perhaps on the softer side of things.

Sandy Bridge was a Tock - a BIG performance improvement. Haswell should be a Tock - a BIG performance improvement.

On the tick, they set more modest performance goals, and focus on getting the process shrink right and tuning things up. On the tock, they should knock our socks off. So maybe Ivy Bridge is disappointing, but perhaps familiarity with their product development strategy helps to manage expectations

Comment: Review Roundup (Score 5, Informative) 200 200

A roundup of reviews from the usual major sites as well as others not mentioned in the summary above: Overclockers Review, Anandtech Review, Anandtech Undervolting/Overclocking, HardwareSecrets, Bit-tech, PCPer, Tweaktown, Hard OCP, The Inquirer, Techspot, Computer Shopper, Tom's Hardware, ExtremeTech, PC Mag, Overclockers Club, and Guru 3d

+ - Intel Launches Ivy Bridge Desktop CPUs

I.M.O.G. writes: "Intel continues its tick-tock cadence today, releasing their Ivy Bridge architecture bringing their process to 22nm and introducing their tri-gate transistor design. In a process shrink of this nature, clock for clock performance increases are typically moderate over previous architectures. In most all benchmarks, Ivy Bridge is scoring between 3-5% better than Sandy Bridge when compared at the same clock speeds."

Comment: Other Reviews (Score 2) 281 281

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+ - AMD's New Flagship HD 7970 Tested->

I.M.O.G. writes: "Today AMD officially introduces their newest flagship GPU, the Radeon HD 7970. This one takes the single GPU performance crown back from Nvidia's last generation GTX580. It manages to best AMD's latest dual GPU 6990, and independent test results are publishing with full details at top tier review sites now."
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+ - AMD FX CPU Reviews->

I.M.O.G. writes: "Today AMD lifted embargo on their most recent desktop AMD FX architecture, code named Bulldozer, whose CPU frequency record Slashdot recently covered. The fruition of 6 years of AMD R&D, this new chip architecture is the most significant news out of AMD since the Phenom II made its debut. The chips are available now in all major retail outlets and top tier hardware sites have published the first Bulldozer reviews already. Without spoiling the news, expect a mixed bag of opinions."
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