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Submission + - Western Digital Ships Monster 12 Terabyte HGST Ultrastar He12 Hard Drive (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Western Digital announced it has begun shipping its massive 12TB HGST Ultrastar He12 hard drive today, the first ever helium sealed HDD to hit the market. The drive has a total of eight 1.5TB platters, offering massive areal density and it could deliver the faster 7200RPM HDD performance as well, at 243MB/s reads and 255MB/s writes sustained. WD's HelioSeal technology seals helium in the drive to enhance performance and endurance with thinner platters and allowing more of them as a result.The He12 comes in both SATA 6Gbps and SAS 12Gbps flavors, and sport a stout 256MB cache. HGST says access times hover around 4.16ms on average with seek times around 8ms. Other features include the ability to instantly secure erase the drive to redeploy it elsewhere and the option for self-encryption, along with an MTBF (meantime between failure) rating of 2.5 million hours. Pricing has not been set for the He12, but the He10 typically costs around ~$470 USD, so the He12 will likely land around $550 to $600 or so.

Comment Re:Fail policy; fact checking is usually biased (Score 1) 117

This is simply another fail policy; fact checking of late has be shown to to be biased.

Of course it has. And Hilary Clinton is a Reptoid from the Hollow Earth and Donald Trump has been negotiating with gray aliens for the cure to cancer. Do not believe the people who tell you these are not facts. They're biased.

Submission + - Intel Launches Optane Memory That Makes Standard Hard Drives Perform Like SSDs (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel has officially launched its Optane Memory line of Solid State Drives today, lifting embargo on performance benchmark results as well. Optane Memory is designed to accelerate the storage subsystem on compatible machines, to improve transfer speeds and reduce latency. It is among the first products to leverage 3D XPoint memory technology that was co-developed by Intel and Micron, offering many of the same properties as NAND flash memory, but with higher endurance and certain performance characteristics that are similar to DRAM. The SSD can be paired to the boot drive in a system, regardless of the capacity or drive type, though Optane Memory will most commonly be linked to slower hard drives. Optane Memory is used as a high-speed repository as usage patterns on the hard drive are monitored and the most frequently accessed bits of data are copied from the boot drive to the Optane SSD. Since the SSD is used as a cache, it is not presented to the end-user as a separate volume and works transparently in the background. Paired with an inexpensive SATA hard drive, general system performance is more in line with an NVMe SSD. In benchmark testing, Intel Optane Memory delivers a dramatic lift on overall system performance. Boot times, application load time, file searches, and overall system responsiveness are improved significantly. Setting up Intel Optane Memory is also quick and easy with "set it and forget it" type of solution. Optane Memory modules will hit retail this week in 16GB and 32GB capacities, at $44 and $77, respectively.

Submission + - Benchmarks Show Galaxy S8 With Snapdragon 835 Is A Much Faster Android Handset (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Samsung recently launched the Galaxy S8 series of Android smartphones to much fanfare but only recently did the handsets begin to arrive in market for testing and review. Though the high-polish styling of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ may or may not appeal to you, few would argue with its claims of significant performance gains and improved battery life. As it turns out, in deep-dive testing and benchmarking, the Galaxy S8 series is significantly faster than any other Android handset on the market currently, especially when it comes to graphics and gaming workloads. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor on board the GS8 is currently a Samsung exclusive, though it's expected to arrive in other handsets later this year. The Adreno 540 graphics engine on board the new Snapdragon chip is roughly 25% faster than the previous generation 820/821 series, though the chip is only about 10 percent faster in standard CPU-intensive tasks. Regardless, these are appreciable gains, especially in light of the fact that the new Galaxy S8 also has much better battery life than the previous generation Galaxy S7 series. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (5.8-inch) and Galaxy S8+ (6.2-inch) are expected to arrive at retail this week and though pricing is carrier-dependent, list for roughly $720 and $850 respectively, off contract.

Submission + - AMD Launches Higher Performance Radeon RX 580 And RX 570 Polaris Graphics Cards (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: In preparation for the impending launch of AMD's next-generation Vega GPU architecture, which will eventually reside at the top of the company's graphics product stack, the company unveiled a refresh of its mainstream graphics card line-up with more-powerful Polaris-based GPUs. The new AMD Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 are built around AMD's Polaris 20 GPU, which is an updated revision of Polaris 10. The Radeon RX 580 features 36 Compute Units, with a total of 2,304 shader processors and boost / base GPU clocks of 1340MHz and 1257MHz, respectively, along with 8GB of GDDR5 over a 256-bit interface. The Radeon RX 580 offers up a total of 6.17 TFLOPs of compute performance with up to 256GB/s of peak memory bandwidth. Though based on the same chip, the Radeon RX 570 has only 32 active CUs and 2048 shader processors. Boost and base reference clocks are 1244MHz and 1168MHz, respectively with 4GB of GDDR5 memory also connected over a 256-bit interface. At reference clocks, the peak compute performance of the Radeon RX 570 is 5.1TFLOPs with 224GB/s of memory bandwidth. In the benchmarks, the AMD Radeon RX 580 clearly outpaced AMD's previous gen Radeon RX 480, and was faster than an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Founder's Edition card more often than not. It was more evenly matched with factory-overclocked OEM GeForce GTX 1060 cards, however. Expected retail price points are around $245 and $175 for 8GB Radeon RX 580 and 4GB RX 570s cards, though more affordable options will also be available.

Comment Re:Apple ][+ (Score 1) 857

Same. Only mine was later upgraded with a 16KB RAM card (for a total of 64KB, like the later //e), a Mockingboard sound card, an 80-column text board, and I even did a little hack where I connected a line from the shift key to one of the paddle buttons on the motherboard, so that you could use the shift key like it was meant to be used in AppleWriter.

Comment Re:"Oh crap, other browsers beat us at our own tes (Score 1) 88

The fact that you said "one of the best" instead of "the best" is the point here. Any company that makes a benchmark (or other test) for a product they make never intends for a competitor to come out as #1.

Dumb. Chrome goes through Canary, Developer, and Beta channels before the general public ever sees a new build. You can use Octane on any of those. By your reckoning, of course no version of Chrome ever comes out behind. But what actually happens is the benchmark score bounces up and down with ongoing development of the engine.

Submission + - 8 Year-Old Learns To Drive Watching YouTube Vids, Takes Sister To McDonalds (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: An 8 year-old East Palestine, Ohio boy had a craving for a McDonalds cheesburger recently and took it upon himself to drive both he and his 4 year old sister in the family van to the golden arches, all by himself. Apparently the kid does not have an Uber account, but who needs one when you have access to YouTube? The video streaming site that is home to practically every kind of video under the sun is where this young man learned how to drive. The Ohio boy had to stand on its tiptoes just to jam the keys in the ignition. He was then off and running in the family van. Getting to his lunch destination involved making a right turn and going through four intersections. Remarkably, the kid avoided any collisions and stopped at every traffic signal. When the two arrived a their destination, employees at the drive-through first thought it was a prank but then decided to call the police when they realized there were no adults in the vehicle.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

You know ... I suppose one thing from my POV is that I can't remember ever staying at a hotel where I liked the room so much that I consciously booked the same hotel again, next time I was in town. And if I do repeat stays (ugggh, Las Vegas) it's usually because I have to stay at that hotel for reasons of proximity, and being made to stay there doesn't make me feel like their "honored guest" or anything. I guess I've just never bought into that culture of "premium service" at hotels. To me, my room's mostly there to sleep in, watch TV, and hold my travel bag while I'm away.

Comment Re:Lowest price - shittiest room (Score 1) 140

But if I booked my travel with a site like Expedia (as per the topic), you already have all that information. No need to "enter it from scratch." It's always there on the computer when I show up at the front desk. A little hand-waving and they hand me my keys.

Yeah, the "by the hour" hotels you stay at don't ask for or keep any info, but have you ever checked into a Marriott?

I can't count how many hotels I've checked into using aggregate services like the ones described. Never once have I seen the poor, quivering guy at the front desk have to take down my personal details with a quill pen, and I've never had to fill them out either.

Comment Re:If you are coding around a performance benchmar (Score 2) 88

That Google feels the need to retire Octane over this is almost unbelievable... there must be some ulterior motivation.

Why that assumption? Google explained its reasons quite clearly:

Investigations into the execution profile of running Octane versus loading common websites (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Wikipedia) revealed that the benchmark doesn’t exercise V8’s parser or the browser loading stack the way real-world code does. Moreover, the style of Octane’s JavaScript doesn’t match the idioms and patterns employed by most modern frameworks and libraries (not to mention transpiled code or newer ES2015+ language features). This means that using Octane to measure V8 performance didn’t capture important use cases for the modern web, such as loading frameworks quickly, supporting large applications with new patterns of state management, or ensuring that ES2015+ features are as fast as their ES5 equivalents.

In addition, we began to notice that JavaScript optimizations which eked out higher Octane scores often had a detrimental effect on real-world scenarios.

If you think about the above, consider also that every JavaScript engine in use today that I can think of is open source. That means the projects accept contributions from independent developers all over the world. Many of those developers may be submitting patches designed to improve the performance of the engine. It may even be that most of the patches are designed to improve performance. But if the "proof" that the patches increase performance is the Octane benchmark suite, and the Octane suite doesn't model real-world web scenarios, then some of those performance "enhancements" may actually decrease real-world performance.

Google is retiring the benchmark suite so that good-intentioned open source developers will not be able to use it as a proof point for why their patches improve performance, when in fact they don't.

P.S. It seems one other group is disappointed that the benchmark is going away, though, and that's Chromebook fans. They've been using Octane to benchmark the performance of hardware from different vendors running the same version of Chrome OS. That still seems like a legit use case to me.

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