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Comment It's already been done... (Score 1) 394 394 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 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 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 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) 138 138

FWIW, the sort of laptops for which this is an issue (ie high-end gaming laptops) typically have graphics cards on MXM modules, they're designed to be upgradeable to the latest and greatest.

The *price* of those modules, however, means it's not something most owners will ever do...

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

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...

Comment Re:Overclock on a laptop? BBQ! (Score 2) 138 138

The 980M in my Clevo P650SG overclocks by 125MHz with ease - and it won't even hit 70C while playing games in that overclocked state either. When you're playing at 3K (there's also a 4K screen available), that extra 125MHz makes a noticeable difference.

Removal of overclocking from the drivers is irritating at best.

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