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Submission + - Intel Demos Next Gen Haswell GT-3 Graphics and Clover Trail Power Consumption (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Representatives from Intel at CES were touting the low power characteristics of their current Clover Trail Atom processors that are featured in a number of Windows 8 tablets. Intel apparently is on a mission to rebut the notion that ARM-based processors are more power efficient. In one demo, Intel wired up a number of sensors to the batteries on a quartet of tablets to monitor power consumption in real-time. Two of the tablets (a Samsung ATIV and Dell XPS 10) were built around Qualcomm Krait-based SoCs, one (a Microsoft Surface RT) featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, and there was an Acer W510 built on Intel’s Clover Trail Atom. The demo showed the Tegra 3 Surface RT tablet clearly consuming the most the power, with the Clover Trail and Krait-based systems much more tightly grouped. The Clover Trail-based tablet was consuming the least power within the particular Youtube HD video workload shown. In another demo, Intel had a blind taste test of sorts, with two systems set up side by side, running Dirt 3 in DX11 mode at the same image quality settings. One system featured an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, while the other was powered by an Intel Haswell-based Core processor with integrated GT-3 graphics. Haswell’s GT-3 graphics engine reportedly offers 2X the performance of Ivy Bridge HD 4000 graphics, along with additional features. In the demo, both machines easily produced smooth frame rates and shared nearly indistinguishable image quality."

Comment You don't need NASA... (Score 1) 64

Having participated in FIRST myself during my high school years, our team was lead by a local University, 2 engineers from a locally based (but still large enough to be middling on the Fortune 500 list...) company, and in my first year, we won the championship in the early 2000s, and have since then won a few more times after I left.
It's an amazingly fun experience, and besides, as a HS student, this should be more of a learning experience for you. It's great to see the whole engineering process, from problem definition to solution implementation... including some of the work-place drama that goes on >_>

Comment Re:That will last about five minutes (Score 1) 90

Going to have to call bullshit on that. Potatoes arrived in Europe from the "New World", then planted in the US from plants brought over from Europe. Irish potato famine destroyed one breed, but not others. If they were genetically identical, no species would've been safe, but that's obviously not the case.

Comment Re:Let the public education (Score 1) 488

Other than your sarcasm not entirely helping your argument, I don't really disagree with you on most of your points, except maybe this one:

Here's a hint: to do your job. If you believed that placement in a special education classroom was necessary, then your job was to demonstrate that that placement is necessary, not to railroad the parents. If the placement was necessary, it could surely survive some scrutiny from "a lawyer" during an assessment or IEP meeting. Rumor has it that school districts and Departments of Education even employ their own laywers versed in IDEA.

How would you go about demonstrating that the placement was necessary? And do you really believe that just because you've provided evidence of such necessity, the parent's won't threaten to sue regardless, wasting massive amounts of money? From what I can gather in Loughla's post, he/she teaches in a small community, and so their school department may not have the funds to mount a proper legal defense, especially seeing how the autistic student's parents were willing to spend the money to hire a lawyer from quite far away. The whole point of these legal threats may just be to say "i can waste a lot of your money", as to dissuade any real action, even if the reason was legitimate... because let's face it, frivolous law suites are not at all rare in this country.

Comment Re:On the flip side (Score 1) 463

There was this brief clip i caught on TV years ago that made this exact point. It was something about steroids, and one of the guys that was promoting its use said "Don't worry, the stuff's all natural", to which another guy replied "So what? Heroin is all natural!"

Comment Re:Warranty? (Score 1) 529

Well... if you've got some fixtures that seems to burn through light bulbs faster than normal, then maybe it's not the light bulb's fault? And if that is any indication of an average household's (electrical) current stability, maybe the lack of a 5 year warranty is somewhat justified. Seriously, you can't fault the manufacturer of the product if you're providing bad running conditions.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department