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Comment Re:MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 1) 153 153

The other absolutely amazing thing they introduced in Windows 95 was the shortcut.

By forcing people to use them, you allowed any combination of multiple links to the same file in any location on your system. It made it so much easier for people to accept a concept like the Start Menu, while the actual programs were stored elsewhere.

It also had the upside of not making it easy to delete or lose files when clicking on or dragging items in the GUI.

Comment Re:no hardocp? (Score 1) 72 72

Yup, I always ignore Hothardware submissions. I'd mod you up, but they expired yesterday :(

[H]ardOCP has much better methods and much more thorough tests, since they actually try to find the best settings each video card can use. Techreport is also pretty good.

Hothardware used to be good about 10 years ago, but they lost their insight and depth.

Comment Re:Soon this will be impossible (Score 1) 229 229

Yes, but the point here is, they don't need our help to build "more efficient" supercomputers. If you design your chips to go wide and slow, you can build an efficient architecture on older process nodes. These are wide vector machines just like Intel is shipping; you can determine this from the claimed 140.8 GFLOPs:

1.1 Billion clocks * 2 FPU vector units * 16 cores * 4 instructions/vector unit = 140.8 GFLOPS. Not as wide as the 512-bit vector units in the latest Knights Landing, but really not that far behind.

Since the cost of the processors is invariably out-shined by the cost of the interconnect, which doesn't benefit as much from process shrinks, it's not such an issue dealing with the extra cost of large die processors. So the question is: if China already has supercomputer technology good enough to compete with the world, why can't we make a fast buck selling them more?

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

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) 204 204

This.

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) 204 204

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 77

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) 149 149

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) 332 332

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) 222 222

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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

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) 720 720

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) 108 108

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.

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