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Comment Re:Just GBE everywhere! (Score 1) 557

No, not Cat6. Gigabit Ethernet only needs Cat5e

802.3ab specifies operation at 1000Mbps up to 100 meters over UTP with CAT5 as the minimum, not CAT5e. For a particular installation you may have other needs, but the standard doesn't require anything above CAT5.

You shouldn't be putting in either for a new installation though.

Comment Re:Where is my high speed LAN? (Score 4, Informative) 179

Are you running a corporate lan off the (10g) segment?
if not why the F*ck do u need 10g @ home??

At home, my desktop PC, my Mac Mini, my MBPr, and my NAS all have storage devices that are 3x-10x the speed of 1GbE.
I regularly push around dozens to hundreds of GB at a time.
This isn't anything fancy, just standard consumer equipment I'm running. 1GbE is the limiting factor in any transfer.

Comment Re:Where is my high speed LAN? (Score 5, Interesting) 179

I don't know about other operating systems, but If you connect two or more Macs together with Thunderbolt, you get a virtual ethernet interface (just like you did with FireWire).
Great if you have two Macs with fast storage, but for everything else, I'm waiting for a 10GbE Thunderbolt adapters to come down in price.

Comment Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

bumping a HDD or RAM on a shiny new MacBook Pro is nothing that a decent soldering iron and top-grade solder can't help you accomplish

How exactly is a soldering iron going to help you upgrade the RAM?
On the non-retina MBP, it's in a normal SO-DIMM socket. Don't need anything besides a screwdriver.
On the retina MBP, it's going to be all BGA chips, and no iron, no matter how decent, is going to help you there.

Comment Processor (Score 1) 53

equivalent of a 486DX2

Really? You couldn't just give the actual CPU?

All high level application computing is done on a Sparc LX class portable computer manufactured by RDI Computer Corporation. See Figure 2. Key components of this computer are a 50MHz MicroSparc CPU, 32 MB's of RAM, 970 MB's of hard disk space, and a 1024x768 active matrix LCD display. (For comparison, this processor is about equivalent to a 486DX2/66 using Spec ratings as a guide.) The laptop contains an optional Peripheral Expansion Unit which is equipped with two SBUS slots and space for additional hard disk drives. The two SBUS slots contain a Datacell color video digitizer and a Performance Computer Company quad serial port expansion unit. The laptop runs SunOS 4.1.x.

Comment Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

Why would a hypothetical 8k iMac have Intel graphics? Only the two base models of the 1920x1080 21.5" iMac have that.
Every other model (including all options for the currently-shipping 5k iMac) has a discrete GPU (underpowered as it may be) with dedicated VRAM (undersized as it may be).

Comment Re:Enlighten me please (Score 4, Informative) 450

Bigger issue: You can't drive an external display and charge at the same time. Eventually you'll run out of power and have to unplug your monitor to recharge.

Why not? Apple's HDMI adapter has another USB-C jack that lets you charge the laptop.
This adapter should have been in the box instead of as an $80 addon, IMO.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 502

Not a great test. 8 years out of date, and they're putting the SB X-Fi against more expensive (the Lynx22 was $600) studio-quality interface cards.
Also this at the end:

Sound Blaster X-Fi - The built-in band limiting at 24KHz and rising noise floor above that make the card useless for wide-frequency testing. However, it had the best distortion performance and very low spurious signals on both inputs and outputs. This should probably be the best sounding card of the bunch.

Poor frequency response (outside normal hearing range) but otherwise good.

Comment Re:Found several... (Score 2) 176

The cheapest available option on the Kickstarter is 75GBP, or about $120 USD.
Here's a bare 10.1" 1366x768 for $89
There's also a 7" 1280x800 display with enclosure, VGA input, etc. for $129 shipped, although it's currently out of stock
I don't see how this is really bringing anything new or cheaper to the table. If they could get this manufactured and sold for a retail price of $50, that would be much more interesting, IMO.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.