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Comment: They'll go down eventually (Score 3, Insightful) 249

by mr_flea (#31898180) Attached to: Why Aren't SSD Prices Going Down?
They'll go down eventually if you give it time. SSDs are now just getting popular. Larger LCDs are finally affordable now, and how many years did that take? They just need more time to get the manufacturing procedure and the like down. I'm sure advances in SSD manufacturing will bring them down in price eventually. Just be patient.

Comment: Re:Why OSX? (Score 1) 244

by mr_flea (#31275050) Attached to: Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit
I think you're reading too far into this... just because they're using Webkit doesn't mean that they're suddenly going to roll out everything for Mac. Google Chrome uses Webkit, but I'm sure many would argue it's focused on Windows. I think they're just trying to escape IE. (Which is probably something forced upon them, as I hear that certain European versions of Windows might not have IE at all, which I would assume breaks anything trying to use it.)
Data Storage

Quality Concerns For Kingston microSD Cards 149

Posted by Soulskill
from the amazing-detective-work dept.
Andrew "bunnie" Huang, whom we've discussed before for his book on Xbox hacking and development of the Chumby, has made an interesting blog post about problems he's found with Kingston microSD cards. He first encountered a batch of bad cards during production of the ChumbyOne, and found Kingston initially unhelpful when trying to get them replaced. After noticing some unusual markings on the chips, he decided to investigate for himself, comparing the ID data and dissolving the cards' casings with nitric acid to take a look inside. He found that each of his Kingston-branded samples actually had a Toshiba/SanDisk memory chip inside, and that the batch of low-quality cards he received may not be as uncommon as he thought. "Significantly, Kingston is revealed as simply a vendor that re-marks other people's chips in its own packaging. Every Kingston card surprisingly had a SanDisk/Toshiba memory chip inside, and the only variance or 'value add' that could be found is in the selection of the controller chip. ... This tells me that Kingston must be crushed when it comes to margin, which may explain why irregular cards are finding their way into their supply chain. Kingston is also probably more willing to talk to smaller accounts like me because as a channel brand they can't compete against OEMs like Sandisk or Samsung for the biggest contracts from the likes of Nokia or RIMM. Effectively, Kingston is just a channel trader and is probably seen by SanDisk/Toshiba as a demand buffer for their production output. I also wouldn't be surprised if SanDisk/Toshiba was selling Kingston 'A-' grade parts, i.e., parts with slightly more defective sectors, but otherwise perfectly serviceable. As a result, Kingston plays a significant and important role in stabilizing microSD card prices and improving fab margins, but at some risk to their own brand image."

Comment: Re:Multithreading (Score 2, Interesting) 252

by mr_flea (#30780860) Attached to: Firefox 3.7 Dropped In Favor of Feature Updates
AdBlock for Chrome still loads the ads, it just hides them immediately. AdBlock for Firefox actually prevents ads from loading. This is due to the fact that Firefox has what's called a 'content policy' that allows AdBlock to prevent things from loading, while Chrome has no such alternative.

Comment: Re:Pagefile (Score 1) 362

by mr_flea (#30780270) Attached to: The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:
Instead of setting the page file size limit to 0, you can disable it completely. I've done this on my laptop, which has 4GB of memory. Since I don't run a host of incredibly memory-intensive programs, it works out fine. Also, I get more usable space on my tiny drive (due to there not being a pagefile laying around.)

Cliff Click's Crash Course In Modern Hardware 249

Posted by timothy
from the first-there-were-the-dinosaurs dept.
Lord Straxus writes "In this presentation (video) from the JVM Languages Summit 2009, Cliff Click talks about why it's almost impossible to tell what an x86 chip is really doing to your code due to all of the crazy kung-fu and ninjitsu it does to your code while it's running. This talk is an excellent drill-down into the internals of the x86 chip, and it's a great way to get an understanding of what really goes on down at the hardware and why certain types of applications run so much faster than other types of applications. Dr. Cliff really knows his stuff!"

LHC Has First Collisions After Years of Waiting 324

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the no-black-holes-or-gateways-to-hell-yet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Only four days after the first attempt to send a particle beam around the LHC, we have arrived at the point when all four experiments got their first real collisions from the machine. This was met by celebrations and champagne, as people have been waiting years and years for this moment. It is a testament to the engineering of the machine that collisions were reached already, so few days after restarting. The LHC had already demonstrated ca 10h stable beams, and now also stable beams in both directions at the same time. In the coming weeks, we need only wait for increased intensity and the first attempts at acceleration."

Comment: Re:weight, too (Score 1) 297

by mr_flea (#29004281) Attached to: Is Intel Killing 12-Inch Displays On Netbooks?
I completely agree about the weight. Anything over 5 pounds starts to be inconvenient. This laptop is just under 4 pounds, which keeps it relatively easy to carry.

Battery life, on the other hand, is rather disappointing on here. I usually get about 3 hours, possibly 4 (partially due to the age of the battery, but it also didn't last that long to begin with). I will definitely be looking for longer battery life in my next laptop purchase. Unfortunately, I really need the power, so netbooks are out of the question.

This one's actually got a 1024x768 screen, too, but there was a higher-resolution option that I didn't buy because I'm a fool.

Comment: 12" too large? (Score 3, Insightful) 297

by mr_flea (#29003965) Attached to: Is Intel Killing 12-Inch Displays On Netbooks?
Isn't the point of netbooks to be small and light? 12" screens start to defeat that; I wouldn't doubt that most netbook purchasers prefer 10" screens (of course, any smaller than that and the keyboard gets pretty cramped). If you're going to get a 12" machine, you might as well make the jump to a full notebook...

I'm actually on a 12" laptop right now, and love it very much.

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