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Apple

Submission + - Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: More bad news comes from Apple's iDevice manufacturing partner Foxconn that is sure to ruffle the feathers of Apple fans. From the story:

Factory workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are complaining of overcrowded buses, poor food and a lack of water and have threatened to strike unless the issues are resolved by May 3. According to a report by Brazil's Tech Guru (Google Translation), over 2,500 Foxconn employees have complained about conditions at the factory. Workers reportedly met last Monday to raise the concerns and have given the company 10 days to address them.


Intel

Submission + - The Decay of the Atom Processor (pcper.com)

Phopojijo writes: "It is easy to pass judgment on the netbook form factor but the problem was always its processing ability — the form factor just inherited the blame by association. Low-voltage adaptations of mainstream architectures will soon collide against ARM and leave low-power x86 architectures with no legitimate room to exist: “Intel is likely to continue on with Atom in computers, but only because it will be easy to offer the fruits of its smartphone endeavors in desktop and laptop PCs. There’s no particular reason for Intel to kill it but – in regards to laptops and desktops – there’s no reason for Intel to make it better.”"
AMD

Submission + - AMD Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 Pitcairn GPUs Tested

Vigile writes: AMD continues to push forward with the new 28nm process GPUs and completes the 7000-series family with the Pitcairn-based Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and HD 7850 cards. The HD 7870 has 1280 stream processors while the HD 7850 has 1024 SPs, both cards have 256-bit memory buses that run at 1200 MHz. As the name implies, the HD 7870 runs at 1000 MHz and is priced at $350 squaring up perfectly with the GTX 570 from NVIDIA and is able to outperform it while using 80 fewer watts of power. The HD 7850 will sell for $250 and simply blows past the GTX 560 Ti again using 50 fewer watts in the process. There are full reviews available at PC Perspective, Tech Report, HardOCP and HotHardware, but it looks like AMD might have a graphics card worth upgrading to.
Data Storage

Submission + - NAND Flash Memory - A Future Not So Bleak After All (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "A recent story that foretold the death of the solid state drive market by 2024 has been making the rounds and the hardware community has been discussing its ramifications. The basic claim was latency increases and error rates would cause its demise but an editorial over at PC Perspective counters that the researchers are ignoring simple improvements in SSD design including write combining, wear leveling, data compression and even bit drift compensation. Latency increases can even be countered by the increased parallelism of additional dies though the paper in question artificially creates a fixed die count for its research. While there are still hurdles for SSDs going forward there have always been those that claim in the end is near — just ask Moore's Law."
AMD

Submission + - AMD Radeon HD 7950 Bests NVIDIA GTX 580 (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Last month AMD released the world's fastest single GPU in the form of the Radeon HD 7970 and now they have another product based on the same GPU technology. The new HD 7950 is based on the Tahiti GPU but has 1,792 stream processors rather than the 2,048 of its larger brother but still maintains the absolutely massive 3GB frame buffer. Performance testing done over at PC Perspective shows that the deltas between the two cards range from 15-20% depending on the game though more importantly the new HD 7950 stays ahead of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 while having a $50 lower MSRP. With features like triple display outputs, lower power consumption than the competition thanks to the new 28nm process and a lot of overclocking headroom, the $449 Radeon HD 7950 could be a great option for high-end gamers if they stay in stock."
Intel

Submission + - Does Intel's Ultrabook Initiative Hurt Consumers? (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Nothing was more obvious from this year's CES than Intel's desire to push the Ultrabook platform. We saw announcements from Lenovo, HP, ASUS, Dell and many others all touting the benefits of the thin and light platform, some focused on style and some focused on features. An editorial over at PC Perspective posits that the Ultrabook platform, being pushed heavily by Intel's marketing dollars, may not be the best thing for consumers. The author points to current generation products that lack performance compared to larger notebooks, have fewer expansion ports for consumers that use a laptop as their only computer and the somewhat flimsy construction of Ultrabooks that actually hit Intel's targeted price points."
United States

Submission + - Pentagon drafts kids to build drones and robots (extremetech.com) 1

MrSeb writes: "In a world where warfare is fast becoming fielded by remote controlled and autonomous robots, innovation is the key to victory. The most technologically advanced superpower can see more, plan better, and attack from farther away than its inferior adversaries. What better to revolutionize the drone and robotics industry but the brilliant minds of our children? That’s what DARPA and the Defense Department’s research and development arm, thinks too. The Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach initiative, part of the Adaptive Vehicle Make project, is slated to reach a thousand schools in and out of the country, roping in the brightest minds to develop robotics and advance technology in new and interesting ways. Funded by the Department of Defense, the program comes with a steep cost: The DoD wants unlimited rights to everything the students build. It sounds almost like something Orson Scott Card would dream up..."

Comment Re:The actual damages... (Score 1) 647

The original owner is potentially deprived of compensation for the service of providing the copy to you.

Of course notice how that is still not theft, and how I mentioned potentially. But the original owner is potentially deprived of that.

Of course then we need to get into whether the copy would have been made or the content would have been outright ignored without piracy... and whether the act of pirating the content will push the pirate to purchase content (s)he would otherwise have not purchased. Etc. etc. etc.

So you're not entirely correct... but anti-piracy groups are much much moreso not correct. Just google "Monty Python 23000%" or "comic 4chan watches sales soar" for examples of how piracy leads to sales which otherwise would have not occurred... and "Ubisoft Piracy and the death of reason" for an example of how a lack of piracy and methods used to control piracy HURT revenue.

Hey, eventually one day people may realize... control does not scale with revenue... and you often need to sacrifice one for the other... and to stop blaming the lack of the latter on the perceived lack of the former -- rather the superabundance of the former.

Comment Re:Conspiracy! (Score 1) 82

Nah... it sounds like Apple just was complacent and didn't care about patching a vulnerability that they knew about because they felt their engineer was better utilized for some other task.

Because that's how it always is for Apple. Security when we get around to it.
Intel

Submission + - Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Tested (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Intel is taking the wraps off of the Core i7-3960X processor, the new high-end enthusiast part based on the Sandy Bridge-E architecture. Very similar to the currently existing parts, SNB-E moves from a quad-core design up to six cores while removing the integrated graphics. Other changes include a move to a 15MB L3 shared cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express (with unofficial PCIE 3.0 support) and a new quad-channel memory controller supporting speeds of 1600 MHz and capacities of 64GB. The new Extreme Edition part definitely takes the performance crown for consumer processors based on PC Perspective's testing while introducing a new socket (LGA2011) and a new chipset (X79) but will only be offered in two somewhat expensive options immediately (i7-3930K and i7-3960X) coming in at $555 and $990 respectively."
AMD

Submission + - ASUS MARS II is New Fastest Graphics Card (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "It seems that every year some graphics card vendor steps up its game and produces a card that puts the others to shame. While AMD and NVIDIA pushed out the HD 6990 and GTX 590 earlier in the year, ASUS has designed another dual-GPU offering dubbed the "MARS II" that combines two true GTX 580 cores for a 25% boost in gaming performance over either previous bests. As you might expect in PC Perspective's testing of the new card the power draw is incredibly high but the temperature and noise is kept minimal thanks to a custom cooler built for the task. Oh and that price — how does $1300 sound?"

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