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Comment It uses a Marvell controller, not Intel controller (Score 1) 197

Having been a somewhat early adopter of SSDs, I got bitten a couple of time by the JMicron bug

Everything I've read so far suggests that if you are buying SSDs you want to go with Intel.

Note that this new Intel SSD is the first Intel-branded SSD that uses a non-Intel controller. It uses the same Marvell controller used in the well-regarded Crucial RealSSD C300.

I've also read about Intel's great combo of performance and robustness, but that reputation is mostly a result of Intel's controllers. JMicron, a manufacturer of SSD controllers, got its buggy reputation from early JMicron-based SSDs. Marvell's controller performance has been proven in many reviews, but Intel's "endorsement" gives me more confidence in Marvell's reliability and robustness.

Comment Re:I've been hoping for such a thing (Score 1) 221

I think that I'm going to switch to either a Nexus 2 phone or a Nokia N900, then buy a prepaid contract with AT&T or Tmobile.

In case you haven't heard, Dell recently dropped the price of their unlocked 5-inch Streak to $400 and updated its OS to Android 2.2 Froyo (updated review with photos and video here).

I personally like the larger screen for "tablet" stuff, even though I might look like a dork holding a "large" phone against my ear for phone calls.

Comment Re:Thanks Apple! (Score 1) 212

UnknowingFool (672806) writes:

Apple said in February 2007 that they would offer DRM free music if allowed. EMI allowed them in May 2007.

Yahoo Music chief Dave Goldberg said in February 2006 (at the Music 2.0 conference) that the music companies should sell DRM-free music: "Rights management restrictions have created a barrier for consumers, he said, making it a hurdle to transfer music to portable devices, and creating incompatibility between music services and MP3 players."

Bill Gates also expressed his problems with the state of music DRM in December 2006 in an informal Q&A discussing the Mix Conference: "People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then."

Actions speak louder than words I guess. Amazon didn't offer it until January 2008. So technically Apple was the first to offer DRM-free music.

"Technically," eMusic and Amie Street offered DRM-free music way before Apple, but I understand why we aren't counting them in this thread.

However, Yahoo Music acted ("experimented," actually) by offering Jessica Simpson's "A Public Affair" as a DRM-free MP3 file in July 2006, offred an entire Jesse McCartney album in September 2006, and a Norah Jones single in December 2006.

All this before Steve Jobs made his "bold" statement in Febraury 2007.

That dispels your theory that Amazon was the leader.

Interestigly, Amazon was rumored to be considering an MP3-only music download store in January 2007 (at the latest), before Steve Jobs made his statement.

Comment Re:Popcornhour Networked Media Players are the Bes (Score 1) 403

Popcornhour is was ahead of the game. The model C200 networked media player will play back any file format and has provision for a local hard drive or blue ray drive.

The C-200 supports NFS, SMB, FTP, and multiple streaming protocols.

This looks like what I'd like -- do you ever have it play DVDs from ISOs over SMB shares, and does it do it OK without barfing/freezing/etc?

Another option you might want to look at is Patriot's $99 Box Office Media Player. I don't have one, but I just read about it in Anandtech's new Apple TV review as an alternative that "will play virtually everything you have, regardless of container or format."

The specs page lists support for UPnP streaming and "[MPEG-2] MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/TS/TP/M2TS", but this avsforum post indicates it might meet your needs. From the post:

  • "Will not see any of my .iso or .mkv when using the UPnP feature, but sees all when using the "NET" feature (SMB share)."
  • "Handles DVD .iso very well, menu functionality is retained for those that have it."

Comment Re:The missing piece (Score 1) 303

There is such a carrier in the US. T-Mobile offers the same plan at $20 less per month and no contract when you just ask for a SIM.

Here's a link to T-Mobile's "Individual Plans" showing the no-contract, no-subsidy discounts:

Yes, that's a $20 discount per month for a talk/text/data plan. However, T-Mobile's cheapest talk/text/data plan seems $10 more expensive ($80 with contract, $60 without contract) compared to other carriers (e.g. Sprint's $70/mo with contract).

This is why I purchased my Nexus One from Google up front instead of the T-Mobile and Google deal with reduced pricing.

What I like about an unsubsidized Nexus One is the option to only buy a calling plan and just use Wi-fi for the other functions (like an iPod Touch). Subsidized smartphones require you to have a $30 per month data plan, but the Nexus One would allow me to buy data only when I need it, right?

Comment Re:I see a lot of denial in this post (Score 1) 917

This whole press conference was weird, including the errors in the slides he was showing...

You don't know just HOW weird it was until you've seen/heard the video/song that Apple played at the press conference as Steve took the stage:

If you don't want to click a YouTube link, it's a cringe-worthy song by a self-described "huge, huge Apple fan". The Engadget live blog commented on how weird that moment was ("Oh my." "Wow."), but you really need to see and hear it to get the full brain-shrinking experience.

Comment Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 917

And according to a Business Insider story, the Wall Street Journal also has a story (with an anonymous source) that makes similar claims:
  • "Apple engineers were aware of the risks associated with the new antenna design as early as a year ago, but Chief Executive Steve Jobs liked the design so much that Apple went ahead with its development, said another person familiar with the matter."

So I guess both Bloomberg and the WSJ have anonymous sources who are full of shit.

Comment Re:How does it compare to other phones? (Score 3, Informative) 507

ironically, CR still rates it HIGHER than any other smart phone for the US market!"

TFA linked to in the summary (I know, nobody reads it) explains it better than that snarky blog post:

  • "The iPhone scored high, in part because it sports the sharpest display and best video camera we've seen on any phone, and even outshines its high-scoring predecessors with improved battery life and such new features as a front-facing camera for video chats and a built-in gyroscope that turns the phone into a super-responsive game controller. But Apple needs to come up with a permanent--and free--fix for the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone 4." (emphasis added)

Comment Re:NV has it made until... (Score 1) 197

ATi's numbering has been pretty easy to follow lately.

I agree, but the key word is lately. I despised product names like Radeon X600 (based on Radeon 9600) and Radeon 9200 (based on Radeon 8500).

The first number is the series, this tells you the basics in terms of features, process, and so on. 5 series are DX11 40nm parts, 4 series are DX 10.1 40nm parts, etc.

Still mostly true. My heart broke a little when I read about Mobility Radeon HD 5165/5145, which are DX 10.1 parts.

Comment Re:Mess (Score 1) 204

Nvidia GPU, Flash 10.1. That's why it didn't suck.

ATI GPUs are unsupported right now, Intel GPUs never will be, for Flash 10.1 acceleration.

I think your info might be outdated. In early betas, recent NVIDIA GPUs had the best support, but support for ATI and Intel GPUs were added and improved with every beta and release candidate.

The final version of Flash 10.1 (for Windows) supports hardware acceleration for ATI Radeon HD 3000, 4000, and 5000 series.. It also supports Intel GMA 4000 series (e.g. G45 chipset), HD Graphics, and GMA 500.


Comment Re:no such word on the HP Slate running WebOS (Score 1) 178

Microsoft now owns and controls the netbook segment and they are doing a good job at killing it off. More specifically, they dictate what screen size a "netbook" has, what the maxium processor size can be and other specifics which pin the device down.

This claim is more than a year and a half out-of-date. Before September 2008, cheaper "netbook pricing" for Windows XP Home limited the screen size to 10.2", hard drive to 80GB, RAM to 1GB, and CPU to single-core. In September 2008, MS updated the screen limit ot 14.1" and hard drive to 160GB.

Besides, Windows 7 Starter has gradually replaced Windows XP Home as the most popular pre-loaded netbook OS. Also, as another replier mentioned, Intel sets hardware limits for Atom netbooks, probably because they don't want to cannibalize sales of higher margin Core-based processors.

Comment Re:For a price of course (Score 1) 240

My biggest complaint is the market's price fixing on text messages. There is no way in hell that unlimited texting warrants a $30 price tag when the iPhone comes with a $30 unlimited data plan. Yes, you can play FPS, stream music, videos, browse the web, etc, but those 8 digit text messages are somehow made separate and charged at the same price?

If you include Sprint in "the market," then the price of text messages (when you have a data plan) is not "fixed." Sprint's $30 data plan (which does seem to be price-fixed) includes unlimited text messages. Too bad they don't have the "coolest" phones right now.

Comment Re:-1, Don't Care? (Score 1) 184

In case you haven't heard about the "fake" IMAX uproar...

If you plan to see the 3D IMAX version (seems worth it for this movie), make sure you know whether or not you're getting the huge 72-foot version or the "just a slightly bigger than normal" version (called "IMAX Digital"). Both versions cost extra, but many unwitting customers have been feeling ripped off by the smaller "IMAX Digital" version.

A local (to me) example: the Metreon in San Francisco is showing Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience on its huge "real" IMAX screen. Just across the Bay Bridge, AMC Bay Street is showing Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience on its smaller "fake" IMAX screen. Note that AMC will sell you tickets online, but they don't clearly indicate which IMAX version is being used.

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