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Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 1) 406

It's an Atom, just one that's been rebaged to a Celeron. The performance is absolutely terrible and even a cheap i3 would beat it hands-down! It's a shame Intel have diluted their product range like this as it leads to confusion (as you've demonstrated).

Dual-core Pentiums and Celerons (in the vein of those since the Wolfdale days) are still made, of course, and these days are merely cut-down i3s. The Atom-based Pentium and Celerons are a relatively new invention and the easy way to spot them is to see whether they're advertised as quad-core or not; quad-core Pentiums and Celerons are just beefier Atoms.

Comment Warmest December on record in the UK (Score 1) 256

The weather event of 2015 for me, being in the UK, was the way December was absurdly warm... breaking the record going back to 1659, in fact.

The most amazing thing was that it wasn't broken by a small amount, either; the old record was 8.1C and the new record is 9.7C. I daresay I'll never see anything like that again in my lifetime!

Submission + - UK to ban "unbreakable" encryption (telegraph.co.uk) 1

Retron writes: The Telegraph reports that the UK Government is going to ban companies from offering "unbreakable" encryption, effectively requiring a backdoor in products from the likes of Google and Apple. The reasons given are that they don't want the likes of terrorists and paedophiles to communicate in places the Police can't reach.

Given that Apple especially makes a big fuss of their encryption standards, will they really cave in to the Government's demands? Will the population support the moves? And why is there no mention of Tor or VPNs?

Comment Re:I Wish (Score 2) 99

They do, the i7-5960X is a consumer, unlocked i7 chip. Loads of cache, no integrated graphics and a whacking great price because there's zero competition.

(Of course, the X99 chips are only Haswell, but as the IPC improvements are minimal with Skylake they're still worth considering - especially the 6-core i7-5820K, which is actually cheaper than the new quad-core Skylake i7 here in the UK. The X99 chips are essentially Xeons with some bits turned off and overclocking enabled. They have vt-d enabled, amongst other things).

Comment It's really not much fun... (Score 1) 307

...scrabbling around with a torch to get into your car (and check tyres etc before setting off for work) when it's pitch black because the council's turned off the street light right outside your house!

Thankfully Kent County Council have decided to restore night-time lighting by using LED lamps, so this winter won't be a stumble-fest.

(On rural roads it makes sense, although they tend not to be lit in the first place. For residential areas though I'm far from convinced it's a good idea, especially as they're still left on in the evening - KCC's switching to LED means that longer term it'll cost the same as the half-lighting that goes on now).

Comment It's already been done... (Score 1) 394

...by British Airways (BA).

BA's business class uses (heavily patented) ying-yang seating in order to cram in extra passengers - it has 8 abreast in its 777s, for example (2-4-2), whereas most competitors have 6 abreast (2-2-2) or even 4 abreast (1-2-1). As a result BA is doing very well for itself in terms of profits!

Comment Re:Good! (Score 3, Informative) 25

Sounds like a bargain in comparison to UK provider charges. Although Three offers "Feel at Home" free roaming in some places, in places where it doesn't (eg Canada), you'll pay $896 per 100MB. And no, that isn't a typo!

Calling a UK number. £1.40 per minute.
Calling a Canadian number. £1.40 per minute.
Texts to UK. 35p per text.
Texting a Canadian number. 35p per text.
Receiving calls from any number. 99p per minute.
Receiving texts from any number. Free.
Using internet and data. £6 per MB.
Using voicemail. £1.40 per minute.


Comment The reverse is already true... (Score 3, Informative) 25

Seems eminently sensible to me.

Here in the UK Three already allows you to use your contracted minutes and data allowance in some countries, including in the USA, at no extra cost.


I'll be making heavy use of it in a couple of months when I'm heading to Seattle (and Alaska), it'll be far more convenient than buying a local SIM as I did last time I was in the USA.

I'm quite surprised that there aren't already similar agreements for people from the States visiting Europe.

Comment Smashing! (Score 5, Informative) 32


The lesson here is that people who own a cool, overclockable GPU in a gaming laptop may want to overclock it. Goodness knows what came over them when they removed it, but at least they've seen sense now.

FWIW, the GM204 chip runs cool and is easy to overclock. I overclocked my 980M from 1,038 MHz (core), 1,253 MHz (RAM) to 1,228 MHz (core), 1,373 MHz (RAM) and received an 8% boost in my 3DMark scores. The GPU temperature didn't go above 70C either.

It makes a noticeable difference playing games at 3K, which is the native resolution of the panel.

For those who are unaware btw, if the chip gets too hot it'll simply downclock until it reaches a stable temperature. In some brands of laptop that happens at stock speeds, whereas others (such as the Clevo I have) have plenty of headroom. It's not the sort of thing that's going to lead to warranty repairs.

Comment Re:Overclock on a laptop? BBQ! (Score 1) 138

The cheap and nasty Acer will throttle when it gets to 70C, overclocked or not.

The water outside here isn't frozen. I'm in the southeast of the UK, where we've had a generally mild, largely snowless winter - it's 8C as I write this, for example. Not that that matters, as most of us have central heating and the temperature indoors won't be anywhere near as cold as it is outside!

The 2nd-gen Maxwell chips are known to run cool and overclock well, be they laptop or desktop form (in fact, it's the same silicon - just with a few bits lopped off and a lower stock speed for mobile). A cynic would say they're removing overclocking as it'll impact on their plans to release slightly faster versions of the same chip later this year...

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