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Submission + - User reports searing-hot iPad, melted cord (techreport.com) 3

J. Dzhugashvili writes: A member of the Tech Report forums reports that his iPad's charging cord literally melted in the middle of the night, and the iPad it was connected to became searing hot—hot enough that the user dropped it and caused some damage. Melted charger cables and searing-hot (or combusting) batteries are nothing new, and they've led to mass battery recalls in the past. After getting in touch with Apple, however, the user was simply told he was responsible for damaging the device by dropping it, and that the iPad was out of warranty for having jailbroken software installed.

Submission + - Today's GPUs compared from the value angle (techreport.com)

J. Dzhugashvili writes: Reviews of new graphics cards are a dime a dozen, but you don't see many that factor price into the equation. That's just what The Tech Report did in its latest piece, which ranks today's latest and greatest graphics cards and multi-GPU configurations from $150 to $1500 based on how much performance they provide for your dollar. The results may surprise you: TR found that GeForce 9600 GT SLI dual-card configs offer singularly good value, even taking into account the usual caveats of multi-GPU setups. The results also show Nvidia beating rival AMD cards senseless from the value perspective, both in single- and multi-GPU tests.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.