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Comment The PC's been dying for 25 years (Score 1) 498

Or at least I've been seeing these headlines for that long. Guess what? Still here, and not going anywhere. Tablets, phones, etc, are CONSUMPTION devices for information and media. People still need PCs to make things. Or even type long emails. Seriously, try typing a couple of paragraphs on a tablet, it's torture. If I have to send an email for work and it'll be longer than a quick note or reply I wait until I get to my desk to do it instead of trying my patience on my tablet.

Comment Re:AMD has (Score 4, Interesting) 91

> in practice takes roughly 10 years for the savings to materialize... and by then, you've already swapped your CPU 3 times

Actually these days, not so much. I've got an i5 2500K that I bought in early 2011 in my home workstation, and I have no plans to replace it any time soon. My general rule is that I won't replace a processor unless it's both old and I will get around twice the performance of the old one. Looking at what I'd replace it with if I was to build the same machine today - an i5 6600K - there's just no point. I'd get about a 50% boost over what I have, and what I have is already more processor than I need for just about anything I do with the exception of gaming. And for that the money is better spent on a new video card, and that's what I do replace every 2-3 years.

In the past with Moore's Law that was around every 2 years, but Intel's been stagnant on progress for so long, they're now running ads like this:


Oooo... up to 28% better performance than a 3 year old part! And all you need to do is replace your chip, motherboard and probably RAM. Pass. Instead of spending $600 on all that I'll just drop $200 on last year's hot high end video card.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

It is possible to get the best of both worlds. I picked up some inexpensive but solid August headphones on Amazon last year for $50. They are wireless but also have a jack to plug in a 3.5mm plug to make them wired, which I use when I fly. The battery lasts at least a week of my normal use on the train as well so it's not like I need to charge it often.

Comment Re:Have WOZ come back and make good macs (Score 1) 336

Sailor? I'm talking about the guys who designed and built the ship. You can have the best captain and crew in the known universe but they're useless as tits on a mule if they're sitting on logs on a beach staring at an empty dock.

> Don't be jealous because someone else makes more money than you. You sound like one of those feminists who got a degree in Women's Studies yet complains that there's a paucity of women in STEM.

Awfully judge-y aren't we? You sound like one of those salestwats who used to sit in the cubicles across the hall whining about my group not working fast enough to push the next rev out before the end of quarter and you might miss your bonuses. While we worked 12-14 hour days for weeks on end and didn't get bonuses.

> Why don't you go do what Tim Cook does?

Hey, that's a great idea. Every single person in the world should go do what Tim Cook does and do nothing else. Surely that will never be a problem as all those products he sells just magically come into existence and replicate themselves, then transport themselves to packaging and to stores! Brilliant!

Comment Re:The future is now. (Score 1) 201

> 4 tons of lead is relatively cheap if you buy it as scrap.

Yes, but it's not being bought as scrap, it's being bought as part of batteries.

As for the racking, you'd need a lot of racks. These would do:


But fitting 15 batteries per rack @170 lbs each, we're looking at 12 60" racks. I'll take a couple of powerwalls instead, thanks.

Comment Re:The future is now. (Score 1) 201

> Basically it does not matter if the battery pack for my house weighs 500kg or 10 tonnes

Sure it does. You think 4 tons of lead is cheap? Not to mention all of the racking and support structure you're going to need to build to properly house that much battery capacity in an easily maintainable fashion? Or were you just planning on covering your basement floor with dozens of lead acid batteries? Got a proper ventilation system for that if you're not using sealed cells?

Comment Re:Desktops aren't dead (Score 4, Insightful) 240

That's not really what the "question" in the article was implying though. I completely agree that desktops are going to be a thing for ages to come yet (and I have 2), but the question was lazily trying to point out that performance increases on the desktop are seemingly coming to a halt for newer chips. This isn't really a surprise for me, as I've got a 5 year old i5 2500K in my home machine that is keeping pace with even the newer games just fine as long as I spend a couple hundred bucks every 2-3 years on a new video card. Same at the office. We went to assess our 3 year upgrade cycle for workstations and realized we'd only get a 20-25% boost in peak processing power by spending our full per-person budget on new machines and instead decided to keep what we have, switch all boot OS drives to SSD, max out the RAM and get 32" monitors and we STILL have money left over.

I'm not sure if AMD's got anything in the pipeline that can shake things up, but if they do, this is their chance (again).

Comment Re:Welcome (Score 1) 161

That's a terrible analogy. When you go to a restaurant you only "own" the food on your plate and your body gets rid of it a few hours later. A TV isn't a single serving electronic you have around for a few hours.

More like you bought a car so maybe you should be able to do with it as you please, and even have the right to repair it yourself?

Comment Re:We have locked up our IP so fans will buy even (Score 1) 105

But this isn't Atari 2600 graphics.... It's a Tegra X1, which was quite frankly beating the piss out of cheap Intel onboard graphics in desktops the same year it was released. Nintendo's consoles also cost considerably less than the competition and part of that is the price of the hardware because they use mature hardware that can be had cheap instead of bleeding edge tech that they'll pay a prince's ransom on and maybe even lose money on each console sold until the tech moves lower in the food chain, like Sony did last time around. Sony lost money on each PS3 sold for 4 YEARS. And if you look at Sony The Company as a whole right now, that probably wasn't a great idea in the long run. Nintendo doesn't want to be in a position of burning money like that.

Comment Re:Fleet vehicles FTW (Score 1) 635

I think some people will still own self-driving cars, but the percentage is going to be waaaaay lower than current ownership stats. I myself have a car that I bought when I lived at a house that I'm still paying off, but now I live right next to very effective mass transit. Between payments, insurance, maintenance and (occasional) fillups, I am paying about $600 a month for a car I drive maybe 1-2 hours (actual behind the wheel time) a week on the weekend. If there was a self driving car service that cost $20 a month to subscribe and then $10/hr thereafter for actual use, I'd sell my car and jump on that like a lawyer at a plane crash.

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