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XBox (Games)

New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise 176

Posted by Soulskill
from the slices-dices-etc dept.
Vigile writes "Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox 360 S console at E3 this month, and without delay the new machine has been dissected and tested. The most dramatic change is the move to a single-chip CPU/GPU hybrid processor that is apparently being built on the 45nm process technology from GlobalFoundries, AMD's spun-off production facilities. With the inclusion of the new processor, the Xbox 360 S uses much less power (about 30-40%) compared to previous generation machines, and also turns out to be much quieter as a result of a single, larger fan. This article has photographic evidence of the teardown, with comparisons between this Valhalla platform and the older Falcon system, along with videos of the reconstruction process and noise comparisons." The new console also takes measures to protect itself from overheating, so RRoDs shouldn't be a problem with this revision.

Comment: Re:I have a similar problem with gmail (Score 1) 332

by Rasit (#32409420) Attached to: Where Do You Go When Google Locks You Out?

The periods don't get stripped out, but you can add them (and probably remove them) wherever you like and they'll still get sent to the correct account. If someone has the account, then no one can register another account called because gmail views them as the same.

Gmail silently ignores the periods in addresses, this means that these addresses all leads to the same mailbox.

Comment: Re:Difficulty In Using (Score 1) 891

by Rasit (#29398355) Attached to: Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

Because it is so clear on Microsoft website which of the four editions includes Remote Desktop functionality.

I hope you are sarcastic. It took me 5 second to find it.

  1. Hit ctrl + f
  2. Type "remote"
  3. read the text in the mouseover.
  4. Look at the chart

They really can't make it any easier to find.


Samsung Papyrus E-Book Reader, Coming Soon 145

Posted by timothy
from the 5th-mover-disadvantage dept.
kanewm writes with a snippet from Portable-Ebook-Reader.NET: "Samsung's new, highly portable e-book reader, dubbed 'Papyrus,' will be available in Korea in June 2009 and in the UK and North America sometime later (likely within several months)." As the site notes, though, this lacks some features of the Kindle, the obvious choice for comparison in the American market.

Opting Out Increases Spam? 481

Posted by timothy
from the damned-either-way dept.
J. L. Tympanum writes "I used to ignore spam but recently I have been using the opt-out feature. Now I get more spam than ever, especially of the Nigerian scam (and related) types. The latter has gone from almost none to several a day. Was I a fool for opting out? Is my email address being harvested when I opt out? Has anybody had similar experience?"
Role Playing (Games)

A Look At the Final Fantasy XIII Demo, Early Analysis 103

Posted by Soulskill
from the slowly-but-surely dept.
A demo for the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan this week, and people have had a chance to try it out and report back. In fact, video footage of the demo in its entirety was streamed and then posted on YouTube shortly after finding its way into customers' hands. Eurogamer got a chance to give the demo a test-drive, and they had this to say: "The characters are likeable — Lightning for her mysteriousness, the members of NORA for their banter and camaraderie — the setting is compelling, and the whole thing is as sumptuous visually as you'd expect of a next-generation Square-Enix title. The plot's the only thing that I couldn't get a definite feel for from the demo, beyond the basic set-up of an oppressive regime, a resistance fighting against it and a character with mysterious powers brought to aid them in a twist of fate. But forty minutes with Final Fantasy XIII have left me with nothing but anticipation for what else it has in store."

Comment: Re:law enforcement back door (Score 2, Interesting) 685

by Rasit (#27134515) Attached to: Norton Users Worried By PIFTS.exe, Stonewalling By Symantec
People are claiming this is a analysis of PIFTS.exe. I have no way to verify that this really is the norton PIFTS.exe so keep that in mind.

Changes security settings of Internet Explorer: This system alteration could seriously affect safety surfing the World Wide Web.


Performs File Modification and Destruction: The executable modifies and destructs files which are not temporary.


Performs Registry Activities: The executable reads and modifies register values. It also creates and monitors register keys.



+ - Benchmarking CSS Selectors

Submitted by Kickboy
Kickboy (913888) writes "These days in the JavaScript world, everything is about accessing and manipulating the DOM (Document Object Model). The most powerful tool available to modern JS developers are CSS Selectors. Today, every popular JavaScript Library and modern browser has it's own implimentation of accessing elements on a page using advanced CSS3 selectors, but which is most efficient? With that question in mind, I have developed an advanced CSS Selector benchmarking tool. This tool uses the latest versions of all the popular JavaScript Libraries; including jQuery, ProtoType, mooTools, Dojo, and YUI. Users who run a test on this site can submit their results to be included in the website's overall stats. By tracking the different results for libraries on many different browsers and computer configurations, we can produce an accurate map of the most efficient JavaScript Libraries and Browsers. Try the test yourself..."

Comment: Re:Simpsons? (Score 2, Funny) 293

by Rasit (#26665683) Attached to: Alaskans Prepare For Volcanic Eruption

I'm pretty sure the goggles tag is a reference to the simpsons. I'm wondering if that episode is famous enough to warrant a meme or if its just because it was the one they showed last night.

The googles, they do nothing! = 239,000 results.
The goggles do nothing = 325,000 results.

I think that it qualifies to be called a internet meme.

Comment: Re:I enjoy at least 1 Belkin product (Score 2, Interesting) 137

by Rasit (#26528605) Attached to: Belkin's President Apologizes For Faked Reviews

When I got mine, I thought the LCD would be useless, but it turns out to be the best part in practice.

Same thing here.

When I broke my G15 I figured I might as well satisfy my do-it-myself itch it and build a detachable miniature lcd display with some basic winamp/media controls.

Just being able to see my mail inbox count or the last lines from PuTTy (perfect during long scripts) while having a fullscreen app running is wonderful.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS