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Comment Re:How about competition on price? (Score 1) 123

But how many of those single threaded apps are rigged? After al if I shoot your horse when it starts out the gate my horse will "win the race" even if its a nag on its last legs, doesn't mean my nag was better or yours worse, just means the race was rigged.

Look up "Intel cripples compiler" and next time you run into a single threaded program that jumps way up on an Intel CPU? WRITE THE COMPANY, you'd be surprised how many of them have not heard about Intel rigging their compiler and when its pointed out will be happy to offer an AMD64 compiled with GCC. Once you compare the same program compiled with GCC you'll find its less than 20% on the high end and often single digits on the low and midrange.

So do some checking, see for yourself. And the benchmarks BTW are 100% rigged, they receive large checks in the form of Intel ad dollars and won't use anything but ICC and therefor are totally worthless for judging squat anymore. The only place where benches work anymore are on the GPU side but just like "Windows isn't done until Lotus won't run" I'm sure Intel is hard at work trying to figure out a way for ICC code to cripple any non Intel GPU and when the day comes they find it? You'll find the Intel HD6k suddenly "stomps" the latest from nvidia and AMD...its rigged, its a scam, look up the tests for yourself and see.

I do agree on bulldozer though, which is why I stuck with Phenom II until the better Piledriver units came out. Bulldozer was a server chip that the former CEO tried to shove down the throats of the populace because he fired most of the engineers on the consumer side to get a stock bounce. Luckily he's gone now and the new guy hired back one of the leads on Athlon64 so the new chips should be a lot better but as long as ICC is pulling a quack.exe you can't trust the numbers, you have to find out what compiler was used for the code.

Comment Re:Units sold or already out? (Score 1) 511

Not to mention how many of those first gen iPhones and iPads are already rotting in a drawer somewhere because they won't run the latest and greatest and are therefor worthless to their owner?

The Apple fans can mod me down but working here at the shop i talk to a LOT of iPhone and iPad owners and ya know what? A hell of a lot of the appeal is to be seen with it, its fashion like Air Jordans. notice that the only other thing folks line up days in advance for ARE the Air sneakers because like the Jordans its just not hip to have last years model.

Anyway what these articles always fail to mention is whether they are counting devices sold or devices still being used because when we are talking mobile? We are talking disposable. Between my cousins and my aunt there is 5 first and second gen iPhones sitting in sock drawers because they aren't hip, between me and dad there is another 4 Android 1 and 2 phones, in a way its a lot like the PC during the Mhz wars where what you used last year is on the trash heap this year. With Windows its the opposite, that 2K7 C2Q will do everything a 2014 Core i7 will do so there is no reason to replace every other year like with the phones.

Comment Re:Transcode (Score 1) 37

Uhhh...where is he gonna get a phone that will actually play the resulting 64kbps Vorbis? Like it or not while most phones will play MP3 from what I've seen very few will play Vorbis and while most phones have hardware MP3 decode to cut down on battery usage Vorbis is strictly CPU decode which will end up costing more in battery life.

I'd say he'd be better off encoding to 128kbps MP3 or simply investing in a bigger microSD, not like you can't get those cheap nowadays.

Comment Re:but, but, racism and diversity is strength! (Score 5, Insightful) 271

Why is this not modded up? The only ones that believe in free trade and multiculturalism anymore are the 1%ers and politically correct, the rest of us can plainly see the only "trade' is the importing of slaves and the exporting of misery.

In my own area not only is the local college shutting down the programming courses (because only a fool would go 60K+ in debt to compete with someone who paid peanuts for theirs in India) but construction USED to be a good job for those that weren't able to go to college, now? you can go by any job site and yell "immigra!" and watch them scatter like deer. oh and if they take a header from a scaffold YOU PAY for their medical bills as they are dropped off by the nearest ER with a "tough luck Paco".

I've been all over the flyover states and have seen first hand what "free trade" has gotten us, its gotten us abandoned factories, boarded up buildings, and for many areas the only "jobs" are applying for government handouts and flipping burgers. To quote George Carlin "You know why they call it The American Dream? because you have to be asleep to believe in it"

Comment Re:Am I the only one who wants a *CPU*? (Score 1) 123

What made you think they don't? They have multiple CPUs that are just CPUs including the best CPUs under $110 according to Tom's Hardware. I have built several with both and can say they are nice chips, in fact I've started using the FX 4 and FX 6 pretty exclusive now that the Phenom IIs have thinned out.

That said your best steal on a "quad" would be the Athlon X3 455, it looks like nearly all of those were perfectly good Propus quads with just a core disabled and they can be had for crazy cheap. There is even several dealers on eBay selling "pre-unlocked" 455s where its been tested and guaranteed to unlock for less than $50 shipped, can't beat that.

Comment Re:Best choice for 4 out of 5 desktop users (Score 2, Insightful) 123

Sorry but I call bullshit as the ONLY way you can compare a dual to a quad is if frankly you aren't even stressing the dual. If all you are doing is web surfing or watching videos? Then sure but by that argument a C2D will serve you just as well. If on the other hand you have more than 2 tabs on Chrome or are using any other SMP supporting software you WILL notice a difference between a dual core and a quad, I don't care who makes what.

And before you trot out the usual benchmarks it might do well to remember that thanks to most if not all of them using ICC they are as rigged as quack.exe and to this very day any code compiled with ICC will be crippled and there is no way to stop it, all Intel does in later releases is tell you its rigged, that is all. Why Intel didn't get an antitrust for this I don't know, other than the DOJ is toothless because this is NO different than "Windows isn't done until lotus won't run" as in both cases you are dealing with a market leader using dirty tactics to rig the market against competition. Go down that page and see what happened when they changed the CPUID of a Via chip (the only chip you can softmod the CPUID) from "Centaur Hauls" to "Genuine Intel" because when they did that? Tada, the "Intel Via" suddenly scored 30% higher on the benchmarks with the ONLY change being the CPUID.

Try running your own tests using programs compiled with GCC and I think you'll find there is MAYBE 20% - 30% difference on the high end and much lower once you get to the i5 and below. Personally after finding out about the compiler rigging, the bribing of the OEMs and the killing of the Nvidia chipsets I stopped carrying Intel and my customers couldn't be happier with the performance. I urge all of those that believe in a free market to not support market rigging and stay away from Intel. Chips like these only make it that much easier IMHO.

Comment Re:Here's hoping... (Score 1) 188

I've been using WMP 12 myself and it works but ya know what? I miss Winamp. It always had the best skins, nice EQ, it was just a sweet little player. And man would that thing run on anything, I had an old Celeron 733Mhz stuffed full of drives at the shop I used to use for a dedicated Winamp player, it was always well behaved.

But after V5 I started moving away and soon after I did I remember reading an article by one of the original founders on why he quit and I'll never forget it as it was like "Oh so THAT is why its going to crap!" He said "I knew when we were in trouble was when all AOL would do is talk about "the service" (AOL Dialup), no matter what we said it was every conversation...how were we gonna push the service? What were we gonna do to bring more users to the service? It was ALL they cared about and I was never able to get them to see that winamp users had no desire to use AOL dialup".

So here is wishing them nothing but the best but I do have one question....how in the heck are they gonna make money in the era of free media players bundled into everything? The only ways I can think of I shudder at the thought,either spamming it with ads or crippling the hell out of the player and then charge you to uncripple it, and if either is the case maybe it'd have been better off dead. The last thing I want to see is Winamp get crippled and spammed for a few years before slinking off and dying.

Comment Re:Looked into it for a friend's build (Score 1) 123

What games? Because I just built a kit using one of the APUs (this one if you want to check it out) and its playing World Of Warplanes just fine. Also Bioshock I & II, TF2,Burnout Paradise, and a half a dozen more I can't recall at 3AM.

So unless you are trying to go 4K which you shouldn't be doing with a "budget gaming rig" then I seriously doubt your friend will have a bit of trouble out of one of these APUs. And the nicest part? He can always go hybrid crossfire or add a discrete later and with a price THAT low? he can add more RAM, maybe a SSD to go with the HDD and still come in under budget. Give them another look, go type the name of the APU into YouTube and see what games real users are playing and what the framerates are, you'll probably be surprised.

One word of advice though, from someone that has an APU in his laptop...buy the fastest RAM that the board will take, as unlike a regular system where it doesn't matter as much with an APU it DOES matter. I went from 1066 to 1333 and it gave me a good 20% framerate increase, so get the fast RAM, its only a couple bucks diff anyway.

Comment Re:How about competition on price? (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Oh it wasn't just TFA, look above and below you and see how every single post that said anything positive about AMD was downmodded. Not just one, or two, EVERY SINGLE ONE. If that doesn't prove that the mod system is completely broken here? Then honestly I don't know what does.

But watch how quick they burn this...AMD has the "bang for the buck" sown up, nowhere can you get a quad CPU with a graphics chip capable of BF4 in the Intel camp for less than triple that, nowhere at all.

Oh and before the fanboys trot out any benchmarks? might help you to know they are as rigged as "quack.exe" was back in the day as Intel's compilers put out crippled code that it is 100% IMPOSSIBLE to disable, and guess what compiler is used by most if not all the major benchmark suites? You guessed it. Try running a real world test with programs compiled with GCC or even AMD's compiler (as AMD doesn't "return the favor" and rig their compiler, in fact they hand out the code so you can see what it does for yourself) and you'll find nearly all the tests come within less than 20% of each other and the only ones they manage to pull away to a whole 30%? The top o' the line i7. 300% price increase for less than 30% real world performance difference...sorry but the bang for the buck is still with big red.

Comment Re:9.1 (Score 1) 1009

What they should do is frankly what Google and Apple figured out years ago which is have ONE OS for the desktop and ONE OS for the mobile!

But lets just cut the bull and speak truth, okay? We ALL know what this was, this was the Sweaty Monkey trying to do a "EEE" like in the old days only Ballmer is so out of touch he didn't realize Windows? just ain't that big a draw anymore. I mean sure your business and PC gamers use it, but Joe and Jane? they don't even know what an OS IS, much less what is running on a particular device. All they know is they can get a tablet for $60 at the local minimart and hey! My phone contacts and stuff carry over when I sign in, sweet!

I think the pundits are right, either Gates steps up to the plate and takes over as CEO or he gets off the pot and steps down, him and ballmer can't keep "making suggestions" while standing behind the scenes anymore, this ain't 1997 and that shit ain't gonna cut it.

Comment Re:How about competition on price? (Score 2, Insightful) 123

Actually they are usually on the order of HALF what the Intel chips cost, for example an AMD quad will run you around $89-$99 whereas the entry quad from Intel runs right at $200.From the looks of it the quad A8-7600 is running at $120 which or a quad with decent graphics performance? Is a steal.

This is why I still build and sell exclusively AMD units as the "bang for the buck" just can't be beat. I have a friend that mainly plays older flight sims with a few mainstream titles and when he comes by the shop next month to get a kit? If i can find this put in a decent kit I'll be happy to recommend it. After all if it can play BF4 at 1080P it'll have no problem playing his games on his 720P set while still giving him plenty for his video streaming and office apps.

Of course the dirty little secret that neither AMD or Intel want to talk about is that if your PC is less than 7 years old its probably overpowered for what you do IF you are Joe and Jane Average. After all 7 years ago I was selling Phenom I quads with 4Gb of RAM and 400Gb HDDs and for Joe and Jane Average? That unit will spend most of its life idling because they simply can't come up with enough useful work to max out the cores. Heck even we gamers don't have to upgrade like we used to, my two boys and I all play FPS yet our 4 year old AMD X6s and the youngest's X4 have no problem playing the latest games when paired with an HD7750 or HD7790. Of course we aren't trying to play BF4 on 4K widescreens but ya know what? Most desktops here are 1600x900, a few 1080p and at those resolutions it plays the latest games just fine.

But for those people with the first gen Athlon X2s or even worse, the Pentium D like my friend has? I would have ZERO problem recommending this chip, it'll give you a quad CPU and decent graphics OOTB and you can always add a discrete down the line. A win/win in my book.

Comment Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (Score 1) 383

O rly? I use the cableco's VoIP? No cap. Vonage? Cap. I use Windows, updates don't count against the cap, Linux or OSX? Cap. I use their PPV? No cap. netflix? Cap.

Sorry but THE ENTIRE REASON that anybody started talking about NN was the ISPs WERE ALREADY BONING US and walling of as much as they could. More and more of the USA now has caps and if you were to bother to look just a liiiiittle bit closer? they ALL punish you for not using THEIR services.

Comment Re:See what happens when leftists are in Charge? (Score 1, Insightful) 383

Sadly there is NO left or right wing in the USSA anymore and hasn't been for several decades. What we have is "pro media fascists" and "pro wall street fascists" and that is it, the so-called "left" is just as fascist as the right the ONLY difference is one is pro media cartel while the other leans more towards Wall street. Oh and one gets a really big stiffie when they can kick a poor person, but that's really it.

As the late great Bill Hicks put it over 20 years ago "I think the puppet on the left shares MY beliefs, well i think the puppet on the right has MY interests at heart...hey wait a minute, there is one guy working both puppets!"

Comment Re:Sounds safe (Score 1) 134

Not to mention a site like Demonoid attracts members of the P2P community and is thus a VERY good target for a honeypot.

With joining a swarm they ONLY get those that use that particular swarm,whereas with a honeypot they get the trackers, those that use the forums, those that upload, its a one stop shop for FBI raids and lawsuits and so is a much better score than just hitting the swarms.

Comment Re: That's nice, but... (Score 1) 144

How is it racist? Are you no longer allowed to see anything if someone is now a "protected class" because its "racist" to bust them, even when they broadcast their crimes to the fricking world for all to see?

You might want to look up " Muslim child trafficking ring busted UK" and see how they were allowed to keep selling little kids for years because "They are Muslim and it would be racist to bust them" because THAT is what your politically correct bullshit gets you dumbass.

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