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Comment: Re:"Flash Module" != "SSD" (Score 1) 204

by default luser (#49325229) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Essentially, PCIe is a darn sight faster than SATA, so when you hook up a flash drive to it, it goes at ludicrous speeds.

I see you've been reading the press release.

Do you believe ever piece of BS you read in PR? There's a buttload of crap where that one came from. It's the salesman's job to sell you fancy NEW MOAR BETTER CRAP, so I guess if it's working, he's gonna keep his job :D

Comment: Re:Misleading story title... (Score 1) 204

by default luser (#49325111) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance


And along those same lines, there's not a normal user on earth who can tell the difference between an SATA 6 drive, and the same drive running off PCIe. There's enough 4k I/O operations bandwidth on either interface to satisfy any desktop or light workstation user, but Samsung will tell you proudly how much faster the exact same drive controller and flash hooked up by PCIe!

But the industry has nowhere else to grow except lower prices for higher capacity, so we're all making the transition to M.2 and NVMe JUST TO BLOAT WORTHLESS BENCHMARKS!

Instead of letting NVMe be the thing of servers and high-end workstations, EVERYBODY GETS multi-Gigabit block transfers!

Pretty soon the things will be faster than ram at block transfers, but still too high a latency to actually replace it. But what use is that to anyone, when you're still limited bb the rest of your system that has to process the data?

Comment: Re:As a recent buyer of a mid-2014 MBP (Score 2) 204

by default luser (#49324963) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Basiclly, this is just a bulk transfer rate benchmark of the SSD.

Like most other SSDs, the fastest ones will not actually result in quicker real-world performance, because your brain cannot see the files load on screen any faster.

Enjoy your overpowered 4x PCIe crap. I'll be just fine here with my SATA6 SSD I've had for four years.

Comment: Re:Intel chip better than Qualcomm? (Score 3, Interesting) 77

by default luser (#49262875) Attached to: Intel Will Reportedly Land Apple As a Modem Chip Customer

Exactly, people din't care about peak LTE speeds going over some insane 300 MBps level. As long as they can get a few MBps to load a webpage as fast as their moble processor (and limited ram) can handle it, they don't care about super-high speeds.

This is why Mediatek became a thing with nothing but 3G parts in China, and it's the same reason why Mediatek's (and Intel, and Samsung) early 4G entry to the market rings the death knell for Qualcomm.

That's why they have introduced the Snapdragon 410 - 4 Cortex A53 processors, a passable GPU with 720p support, and 150Mbps LTE! All selling at a bargain price competitive with all the other entry-level parts.

LTE is not a premium feature anymore, so unless Qualcomm comes up with some other must-have technology, they're going to have to transform their business to work better with commodity margins, or else do like everyone else and start making their own phones?

Comment: Re:ha (Score 1) 149

by default luser (#49051615) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia

The reason they could make this happen is because the EU passed a stupid law that says all cars have to be recycled. Before that happened, old cars were taken to the scrapyard to get payment for the salvageable parts, but now people have to pay a hundred quid (according to Clarkson) to have them recycled.

Hence, a sudden infusion of cars that would have otherwise been scrapped. It has no real-world bearing on th e cost of rail versus car transport, just an inconvenient problem created by the meddling EU.

Comment: Re:There's more to it than that (Score 1) 332

by default luser (#48894319) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

But the thing that really kills any interest from me is that the article author expects that will continue to use 4:2:0 Chroma Subsampling. That to me makes the new increased colorspace worthless, as you won't actually be able to see any of it (small chroma resolution).

I remember being astounded that the original Blu-Ray spec carried-over the 4:2:0 from DVD, and once-again this mess will be propagated further. The smart move would be an upgrade to 4:2:2, which is supported by many high-end camera formats, and looks considerably better.

Comment: Guess you forgot F-22 Interceptor for the Genesis (Score 1) 222

And it's predecessor, LHX Attack Chopper. Two games that managed full filled-polygon 3D engines on just a 68000 processor (AFAIK there is no coprocesor in the cartridge).

While most ground targets were just boxes, the plane models were surprisingly detailed. Star Fox the first 3D game on consoles? Hah, I was playing F-22 for years before Star Fox came along :D

Comment: Get a Fractal Design Node 304 (Score 1) 720

by default luser (#48489051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

This case has the best airflow I have ever seen in a MiniITX case that isn't ten feet tall, with three fan settings. The front has two 92mm fans, and the rear has one 140mm exhaust. It cools processor plus graphics card well even on low, and you can't hear anything from further than 3 inches away.

Just add an Intel Core processor, a video card in the GTX 750 Ti range, and you'll have a capable gaming system with silence.

Comment: Re:all (Score 1) 108

by default luser (#48197141) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Turn on Power Save mode and turn off Wifi? Check to see if you have any CPU-heavy applications, and force-quit them while not in-use?

Also, the amount of power used depends entirely on how powerful a signal you are getting. For example, my Galaxy S4 typically uses 30-35% battery per-day at normal home/work day, but this last weekend I went up to the middle of nowhere, PA. The house barely got 3G at one bar, and because of the shit signal my phone was down to 30% every night. If your place of work is inside a large building, it can play havoc on your signal.

Comment: Re:Yes yes yes (Score 1) 405

They are "undervalued" in your eyes. In reality, they get no value because there is no more growth. This is evidenced by the increase in base unemployment since the early 1990s.


While other countries have employment ups and downs, Japan's population has been on a downward spiral because there is no more real growth. Since the 1980s, manufacturing has moved to Korea and China, and there's not enough of a service and tech industry to cover the loss.

So yeah, for the last 20 years those people who have jobs are treated well, and the young people get the finger. Same thing is beginning to happen here in the United States, although not as massive a movement. The Japanese companies are going to either adapt, or crater and then be reborn as fast-and-lean pension-less workhouses like the US.

Comment: Re:How much! (Score 1) 405

This only carries for simple stuff like clothing, furniture, dishware and other branded crap. Anything with a visible tie to the team (prominent logo), not too gaudy, and some basic functionality understandable by the average idiot is a guaranteed sale.

Most people won't buy anything as complicated as a Surface just because they see the NFL players using them. There's no SIMPLE need that the Surface satisfies, and the then it's also rather expensive, and thanks to poor naming and late to market, it's lost in a sea of tablets/convertibles. There's also no actual NFL branding on the device, just product placement; so as soon as they see it, most people just automatically think it's an iPad anyway.

Anything complex to use is best not sold directly to the NFL audience. I mean, nobody went out to buy Motorola radio headsets (or even their cell phones) just because they saw them them every week for 13 years on the NFL sidelines, but they sure as hell buy the team-branded warmups that everyone is wearing. Electronics sponsorship for the NFL is more about letting everyone know your company still exists, not about pushing specific products - much like putting your name on a stadium.

Comment: There's more to it than just that (Score 2) 65

by default luser (#47560515) Attached to: $299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

You have to want a better streaming experience than Valve's Steam already offers for free (and you can buy a Windows Tablet for the same price, and Valve is expected to support Android and iOS soon). You can use whatever system and whatever video card you want to stream the game to and from - even go wired ethernet to get around the inevitable problems you get streaming games over wireless.

If you go Shield, the tablet price is just the beginning: you have to have a mid-range GeForce card purchased in at least the last 2 years ($120+ if you don't already have one), the controller + stand ($100), and of course a suitable dual-band router runs at least $70 (most people use the crap one that came with their internet install).

In all, you could be on the hook for anywhere from $400 all the way up to $600. That's getting DANGEROUSLY close to the same price as an entry-level gaming PC, so again the need just doesn't present itself there.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce