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Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by SteWhite (#48437233) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Just two 980's in SLI, but your figures only take into account the power consumed at their rated TDP - overclock them and add in an overclocked CPU too and 700W isn't out of reach by any means, when you add in all the drives, fans etc.. and the monitor of course.

That is pretty cheap though - got anything like as cheap in the UK?

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by SteWhite (#48434419) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Have you checked the maximum output of that $150 UPS in W?

I don't know what the power consumption of your PC is like, but a quick bit of research found that the cheapest UPS I could buy that can cope with my PC (700W or so under load) is around £400, that's about $627.

Obviously that PC cost more than $500, but given that power disruptions in my area occur maybe once in a decade or so, I'll stick with a simple surge protector.

Comment: Re:The relevant part (Score 2) 560

by SteWhite (#47325199) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Exactly - another key sentence in there is:

"In the Commonwealth's view, the defendant's act of decryption would not communicate facts of a testimonial nature to the government beyond what the defendant already has admitted to investigators. As such, the Commonwealth continues, the defendant's act of decryption does not trigger Fifth Amendment protection."

So if he had not admitted anything already and had refused to decrypt, the ruling may have been different.

Comment: Amazon already censoring their ebook catalogue (Score 1) 548

Way back in 2011, Amazon already started censoring what they choose to sell - it was reported right here on SlashDot.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/05/15/0254250/amazon-removes-yaoi-manga-titles-from-kindle-store

Since then, I boycotted them. Looks like another bunch of companies just made the list.

Windows

What's Keeping You On Windows? 1880

Posted by samzenpus
from the old-slippers dept.
tearmeapart writes "It may be time again for another discussion/flamewar on the reasons why a lot of us are (still) using Microsoft. The last big discussion on Slashdot was close to 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since then: Windows XP and 7 have proven to be stable (and memories of Windows ME are mostly gone.) There are many more distributions for Linux, especially commercial options. Distributions like Ubuntu and CentOS have made GNU/Linux more friendly. Options for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. have grown. Apple and their products have changed considerably, though their philosophy hasn't. Microsoft Silverlight came and is on the way out. Wine and solutions like Transgaming have matured. So... why are a lot of us still using Windows? What would it take for us to switch?"

Comment: Processor power throttling? (Score 2, Interesting) 835

by SteWhite (#26571777) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

I scanned through the comments and didn't see this mentioned yet, so...

Check if the processor speed is being throttled. I once saw a laptop that seems to have the symptoms you described - everything going slow, processes taking lots of CPU time.

It turned out something was wrong with the power management and it was keeping the CPU at the minimum speed permanently. Setting the power profile to "Always On" fixed it for a while, but then it started again, so I disabled the processor power management features in the BIOS.

The post didn't mention if this is a laptop or desktop, but even modern desktop CPUs have lots of power states. Worth a look.

BattleBots & ESPN Strike TV Deal 120

Posted by Zonk
from the hope-the-hosts-are-good dept.
NMajik writes "Although BattleBots has been largely removed from the public eye since episodes stopped airing years ago, a new deal has recently been struck with ESPN to return combat robots to the living room. Episodes will be broadcast as a series on ESPNU and ESPN2 after filmed at the competition in June 2008. This is the first notable progress towards televised combat robotics in years."
AMD

First R600 Review - The Radeon HD 2900XT 157

Posted by Zonk
from the tech-drool dept.
mrneutron2004 writes "Tweaktown seems to have the first review out of the gate on AMD's flagship R600 core. 'Our focus today is solely on the HD 2900 XT 512MB GDDR-3 graphics card – it is the first GPU with a fast 512-bit memory interface but what does this mean for performance? ... After taking a look at the GPU and the card from PowerColor as well as some new Ruby DX10 screenshots, we will move onto the benchmarks and compare the red hot flaming Radeon monster against Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTX along with the former ATI GPU king, the Radeon X1950 XTX."

Vista Gets Official Release Dates 394

Posted by samzenpus
from the this-weeks-dates dept.
SlinkySausage writes "Five years, three months and five days after Windows XP made its debut, Microsoft will usher its next-generation OS onto the stage. Microsoft has set November 30 as the release date for Vista (and Office 2007) to business customers and January 30, 2007 as the date for the official launch to consumers and The World At Large."

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