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Comment Re:50 Watts, huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 53

So, does the sound system consume 50 watts of power in operation, or is it capable of converting 50 watts of power into sound?

Uncle Doug explains it pretty well.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

TLDW... Input 1k signal. Plug amp into a load with a known resistance. Turn up volume till it is max volume distortion free. Measure voltage to the load. P=V^2/R. This will give you RMS output.

Comment Re:512TB of address space means nothing (Score 2) 125

Most high end GPU cards available have 8Gb, a large number of budget versions settle for 4Gb, and only a few offer 16Gb. Marketing this as a stand out point is iffy.

What you will find is that most cards have only a fraction of their RAM as addressable, so a 16GB card either 4 or 8 gigs addressable. The increase to 512GB is a godsend to AI researchers and other fields with large datasets.

Comment Re:First rule of journalism. (Score 1) 240

If the article ends with a question mark, the answer is "No". Because if they had evidence to say it, they would have just put a period.

The articles linked end with periods. The headline ends with a clickbait, troll, sensationalist shit-up-the-internet question. Ars used to be better than that.

Comment Re:Still optimized for Intel (Score 1) 143

I find it astounding that an i7 2600 laptop running at 2.2 ghz can outperform an AMD 8350 at 4.4 ghz at Handbreak.

This likely has more to do with the compiler optimizations (and other optimizations) of libav 12.

I 'think' this is loaded as an external library, you you may wish to attempt to DL the source and compile with AMD centric optimizations and see what happens.

Comment Blame Tesla! (Score 0) 162

We need to blame Tesla, and not the stupid laws (that we voted for the representatives that voted for). Please Elon, fix our collective stupidity by breaking the law., instead of having us voters fix the stupid laws we've enacted. This way, we get to blame some rich white dude when things go wrong, which is much better than taking responsibility for ourselves.

Comment Re:Make updating easier (Score 4, Insightful) 181

How many motherboards, routers, webcams, and other devices did I go through that stopped working after applying a firmware update following the instructions given by the manufacturer?

Even worse, after bricking a device and requesting support, you're asked the insulting question, "What issue were you trying to resolve by updating the firmware?", as if you've been doing something wrong and tampering with the device causing it to fail.

Any not-horrible tech vendors out there that you would recommend?

Comment hundreds of security and privacy experts (Score 3, Informative) 40

"hundreds of security and privacy experts"

Is it me, or does anyone else have difficulty believing that statement. I work for an F500 doing financial transactions and running the backend for home security companies worldwide... And I don't think we have "hundreds of security and privacy experts".

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