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Comment Really? (Score 1) 120

"Beats NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 580 by just a hair."

You don't say. Must not have factored in Nvidia's history of selling and shipping GPUs that were known to be defective and then conspiring with the purchasers to hide this fact from the users until after their warranties ran out.

If they had, this new GPU would out perform Nvidia's by huge leaps and bounds.

6150 Go. Look it up.

Comment Re:Such an option is going to cause panic... (Score 2) 507

"Such an option is going to cause panic..." but not enough, not in the right places.

While blackouts in protest are a noble gesture, I fear that it will not be significant enough. Certainly if it only lasts for one day. If they really serious in wanting to send a message in no uncertain terms to Washington, the big dot com CONTENT providers need to partner with the major SERVICE providers.

Like has been mentioned, it should be tiered and last over several days. Start at Zero Hour with Google and Facebook going dark. Six hours later more sites go dark. At Z+18, ISPs should start throttling the backbones. At Z+24, start shutting down the backbones. By Z+36, only the most critical infrastructure communications should be allowed to have traffic.

If Congress is going to let their bad policy making decisions be steered by corrupt and greedy corporations that refuse to embrace the new paradigm of online content, corporations who would rather cripple the greatest content delivery system ever conceived... they need a blunt wake up call from those who really control it. Show them who REALLY is in charge.

Comment Re:32 GB in my Mac Pro (Score 1) 543

Agreed. 90%+ of your everyday users fall into that category and probably around half of them don't even really need the upgrade. It just seems to be the knee jerk response buzz word. Strangely, the knee-jerk reaction happens to be the correct one in this case. Slow computer? More RAM. With just a bit of optimization however, that need for more RAM would vanish.

With that said though, I did precisely that in my aptly called userland laptop. I received it in the Nvidia lawsuit settlement and it was at the lowest of the low end. It came loaded with 2GB and seemed adequate for the mundane; email, internet and office...

However, for $50, I was able to quadruple the memory to 8GB (the max for this model). Now, the performance is amazing, especially for a crackerjack prize laptop. I can run what I already could better, run things that I couldn't before and even turn on some of the more blingy features in Win7.

As an aside, I learned a few things. Laptop builders have the habit of loading memory that functions, not the fastest the board is capable of supporting. I learned that this was not the case in mine, it was loaded with the 10600 it was capable of supporting. The memory I got was the MicroCenter "store brand" from A-Data and that also the same brand that the laptop came with as well.

Also, with shared graphics, I intended to turn up the amount "partitioned" for the graphics. I'm know that there is a function that will allow you to manually scale it, but I discovered that either Win7 or the graphics driver detected the new RAM and auto scaled the shared memory for me, so I left it alone.

Comment Re:Gliese 581d in the 'Goldilocks Zone' (Score 1) 451

Thank you. I had to go half way down the comments page to find someone who actually read the paper.

They haven't confirmed squat. The article title here and on the source is another case of media sensationalism. Modeling gets you bupkis. It has only shown that it MIGHT be possible, ASSUMING that it has a thick CO2 atmosphere. It could be a rock ball for all we know.

Get the direct image of the planet and do the spectral analysis. Then and only then can we even come close to 'confirming' anything.


Comment Re:300,000 years to get there (Score 2) 451

My understanding as to why we are no longer evolving is that the Human population is so greatly out-bred. That is to say, the population is too large for slight genetic variations to assert themselves. Variations are quickly 'lost' in the background noise.

Your point on stimuli is valid though, but I propose that there could be a different set of stimuli entirely. A small 'closed loop' population, a scientifically 'inbred' population, (not the other form of inbred) could foster the genetic variations to take hold. They could be selective for smaller stature and better adapted for reduced/limited nutrition.

That's just a guess, there could be other factors as well.


Submission + - Nvidia drops the 6150 ball. Again.

TheRedShirt writes: Nvidia seems to be dodging its legal settlement responsibility by issuing replacement laptops that don't meet the settlement requirements by issuing replacements that don't live up to the settlement terms of "like or similar kind and like or similar value."

For those unfamiliar with the tale of the 6150 woes, users of mobile computers that contained the Nvidia mGPU 6150 Go GPU were suffering from an inordinate failure rate... That is to say in a nutshell, that they would all invariably fail eventually. Nvidia discovered that the chip was defective after it was shipped and not only did they fail to recall the existing chips that had shipped to their partners, they continued to ship a known defective chip. These chips are/were in use by HP, Dell and even Apple. Full list here:


Mid year 2008, Nvidia has gone on record saying that:

"Certain notebook configurations with GPUs and MCPs manufactured with a certain die/packaging material set are failing in the field at higher than normal rates..."


It has been discovered that Hewlett Packard also knew of this defect as early as November 2007, who also continued to ship, sell and not recall computers that contained defective GPUs :


A "fix" that was submitted to HP was in the form of a BIOS update that runs the cooler fan constantly in a poor attempt to keep the overheating GPU cool. There have also been allegations that this was an attempt to push the failure outside the warranty period in order to dodge costly repairs and replacements. Not to mention the fact that research indicates that this BIOS update had a higher than usual "Brick Rate."

Needless to say, Nvidia got taken to court under a class action lawsuit for consumer protection in the state of California and chose to settle out of court.

Fast forward to December 20th, 2010. Nvidia settled and the package passed the fairness hearing and was approved by the Honorable Judge James Ware. The settlement provides for Dell and Apple users to receive reimbursements for repairs and free repairs and for HP users to receive reimbursements for repairs and replacements for the defective computers. At the settlement website, the replacement remedy is worded as:

"...for a replacement HP notebook computer with one similar in kind and value if you bought a subject HP notebook computer..."

In the approved settlement documents, this is worded as:

"...Therefore, a replacement computer of like or similar kind and equal or similar value will be provided to the consumer at Nvidia's expense. The parties will meet and confer in good faith and agree on a suitable replacement of like or similar kind or equal or similar value..."

However, Nvidia has utterly failed this, because the chosen model for replacement is the Compaq Presario CQ50 family of laptops for all replacements. Preliminary research indicates that all of the sub-set models in the CQ50 family fall far short of being equal and/or similar. Especially when customers who have an affected model with a 17 inch screen and dual HDD's when all CQ50's have 15.4 inch screens and single HDD's. The CQ50 series is an older bargain model that has been discontinued for quite some time and it is quite possible that they are refurbished units.

So, Nvidia has thrown it's users under the bus. Again.
In the parlance of the Internet: Epic Fail.

As of the date of writing this, those who filed early on January 13th, when the claims period opened, have not had their claims approved yet.

Further reading:

Settlement information:
Compaq Presario CQ50 family list and information:

Submission + - Smart system lets spent rockets land on a ship (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The logistics sound ambitious but an eye-catching patent made public today defines an intelligent boat that would be sent out on the ocean to catch spent rockets that have delivered payloads to space and are returning to Earth.

The patent was presented by Blue Origin, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' privately-funded aerospace firm. The main idea behind the system is to make it less costly to retrieve and ultimately reuse spent rocket boosters.


Submission + - Lab Wars: Are Gamers Safer Drivers? (motorauthority.com)

thecarchik writes: Racing video games: we all play them, many of us love them. They give us an outlet for the days when we can't get to an actual track, and, for the better simulations, can even help us hone our edge in the off-season. But do they really make us better drivers as some say, or do they make us more dangerous on real-life tarmac? Two studies go head-to-head on the issue.

Submission + - Wired personalises covers with subscribers' data (wired.co.uk)

Lanxon writes: Wired magazine in the UK printed private data of many of its subscribers on their new issue's covers. But not by accident. The move was to make personalised covers for a number of its subscribers, by using information about each given subscriber the magazine's editors dug up on them from around the internet. The reason: to highlight the current state of online privacy. The magazine's editor explains the reasons and technicalities behind the initiative, which is already causing a stir among UK media.

Comment Re:Statistics, statistics (Score 1) 401

The vast majority of Windows desktops are still running the 32-bit version of Windows XP, and that's not going to change until businesses decide they have a compelling reason to upgrade.

And my guess is that'll happen when they stop supporting XP P3 - which if my memory serves correct is 2014? Can someone back me up on that?

64 bit isn't too far off. As a developer you'd be better off getting a copy soon and work on merging your projects over to work on 64 bit now, rather than wait for crunch time.

Yup, April 8th, 2014.

I think that in many cases though, that the "compelling reason" may be sooner for some due to issues with their own system. I have a secondary machine that I "inherited" that was poorly maintained. I attempted to install SP3 a while back and it failed for some reason I can't recall why. I can't be bothered with reinstalling because it is only a secondary system and it isn't worth the effort.

However, I think that the state of this machine may be indicative of many computers currently in use by "John Q. Everyday Citizen." I may be over generalizing with that, but it seems apparent to me that the well informed and able users are in the minority. I have the feeling that the end of SP2 support tomorrow and not the 2014 end for SP3 will be the large scale death knell for XP.

I think that by and large, the majority of those users (ie those less able) still using XP will feel compelled to upgrade. Probably by the end of the year, I'd wager.

Comment Re:They died in the great flood (Score 1) 154

http://img389.imageshack.us/f/sciencevfaith20yp6ds3.png/ 'nuff said. What blows me away is how severely they contradict themselves in their own faith. From the Book of Revelations, Ch. 22, Vs. 18-19 (NIV): I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. This isn't some obscure verse that is little talked about, It is in the closing if the New Testament, in the Book of Revelations, the cornerstone of the Modern Christian Faith in the Second Coming and The End Times. YET, there are currently SEVENTEEN modern translations of the Bible... and each one paraphrases the above verses a little bit differently. That issue is so bad, that when quoting the Bible in print, for clarity you need to reference the translation it came from. http://bible.cc/revelation/22-18.htm Additionally, the Bible has gone through many translations changes, revisions, additions and edits over several thousand years. Largely based on political influences. Eg: why is the Book of Tobit only found in the Catholic Bible? Why does the Bible end with The Book of Revelations according to John and not Peter? What happened to The Gospel of Thomas? What of the legendary book suposed to have PRECEDED The Book of Genesis, co-authored by an Angel? Languages have changed SO much in the past 2-3 thousand years that things have been badly lost in translation. This just doesn't wash with Rev.22-18/19. Followed to the letter, the Old Testament should have never been translated from ancient proto-Hebrew and the New Testament should not have been translated from Aramaic and Latin. How do they reconcile these facts? They don't. It is more or less ignored, or decried as an attempt to undermine the faith. Hey bro, I'm not trying to undermine anything, I'm only pointing out what's there in the book and in the history of it. Not only do they ignore the Scientific Method in the Sciences, it is ignored internally for the faith as well. The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Gospel of Judas and the Nag Hammadi Library are some examples. Again, decried as an attempt to undermine the faith. Yeah, sure. That is what the authors were thinking 2000 years ago when those passages were penned. Recent evidence also suggests that the betrayal of Jesus by Judas was planned between the two and intentional, not really a betrayal. This translation error seems to have occurred about 2000 years ago when translating a Gospel from Aramaic to Greek. Many American Christian Fundamentalists want to say that the Constitution of the United States is not an interpretable document, that it is meant to be taken as it is written. Yet the Bible is open for all forms of interpretation. Pick a standard and stick to it people. All anti-science ignorance and rhetoric aside, I cannot take them seriously when they can't even get and keep their own faith in order.

Comment Re:14k buys a lot of film. (Score 1) 347

"Because film doesn't have infinite resolution. You can only fit so many of those silver halide crystals on a bit of film, and that limits how much "data" can be stored in the frame." True, but a thought that I had the other day was that with the application of nanotech techniques in the manufacturing processes, the silver halide crystals could be made increasingly smaller and effectively increase the "data rate" and the resolution of the film. Some quick research tells me that during the exposure process, there needs to be four contiguous atoms of silver in order to render a "pixel" and the approximate atomic size indicates that there is the theoretical potential for 16 pixels per square nanometer and 160MP in one sq cm. (Ag=Ag bond is about 250PM, 8*8 grid = 1 sq NM, 64 atoms/4 atoms per pixel; * 10000000 for 1sq cm) Bear in mind that this calculation is "dirty" math with estimates and I don't really know what I am talking about, so I am probably wrong. :)

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