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Comment Careful with 1080 though (Score 1) 726

Because consoles don't usually render at it. Most games on current consoles render at 1600x900 or 1280x720, usually at 30fps and are then scaled to whatever screen you have. So setting a target of 1080p60 for a PC to be like a console is not accurate for most games. They have a few that are like that, but not many.

Comment Well for hipster tech writers (Score 1) 726

It isn't necessarily zero sum, since what they will own is a Mac laptop. While you can play some basic games on that, you'd need a second system to do any real gaming.

The logical argument of "Well just get a PC and use it for games and writing," is lost on them. I mean how could you NOT have a trendy Mac laptop? It is just unthinkable!

Comment Though to be fair (Score 3, Informative) 145

That is unlimited data at 2G speeds (around 100kbps usually), 2GB of data at 4G speeds. I love T-Mobile and have been a customer for quite some time but it isn't unlimited data in the sense many people would expect. On their base $50 plan you get as high a speed as the network can support for the first 2GB of data, then they throttle it down to a slower speed.

If you want unlimited (barring abuse, if you go too nuts they still might throttle) high speed data that is another $45/month.

Their base plan is the best plan going though. Really these days I think many people will find 2GB more than sufficient since WiFi is everywhere.

Comment It would, actually (Score 5, Interesting) 73

Undersea cables are interesting beasts. When you look at them they are MASSIVE and so you figure there are a lot of pairs. Nope. 4-8 usually. All the rest is shielding and power. The big limiting factor size and cost wise is the amplifiers. You have to have a bunch of optical amplifiers in-line with the cable, and those have to be powered from the shore. Obviously each channel needs its own amplification so in the case of 6 pairs that's 12 amps. You then need a set of 12 amps periodically along the cable.Every few hundred km or so.

Hence, undersea cables are small in count when laid. Very different form land. If you hook up a building, fuck it you probably lay 144 fibers minimum because that's a small sized bundle. However for those long-haul undersea connection, it is just a few fibers per massive line.

Comment Which is why you need some good storage (Score 2) 36

If you are doing IT for an enterprise, get stats like this to go to management and show them why you need storage with snapshots and backups to alternate storage. Ya it costs to get a good setup, and it takes some IT time to administer, but all it takes is one of these and it has paid for itself.

We got hit with cryptolocker back in the day, the Dean opened it and it proceeded to go and encrypt the entire administration share he had access to. However we didn't pay shit, I went in to the management console, rolled back to an earlier snapshot, and we were good. Minimal disruption. Even had it somehow been able to blast the snapshots (users don't have write access to them so I can't see a way) we could have pulled data from tape that was at most a couple days old.

There's other reasons to do this too, of course, but this is a big one that is very visible these days, and so worth it.

Comment Power and heat largely (Score 2) 133

Dunno if you've ever played with overclocking but the relation between speed increases past a chip['s normal limits and heat increases are not linear. So if you don't need/want the extra power, it is not a good idea to run your card harder than needed, particularly since those fans can get noisy when they spin up.

Support and stability are another reason. If a company rates a chip to a given level, they'll support/replace it there. Past that, maybe there's problems, maybe there's failures.

There can be a difference between what you normally design for and what something can actually do. Like my processor is spec'd to 140 watts TDP. What that means is Intel certifies that at standard operating frequency and voltage it will never dissipate more than that amount of heat, so if my thermal solution can handle that, I'm good. However the chip itself can survive more power, if there's a good enough solution. I can push it past that limit, if I want. If I do though, it is on me with regards to cooling and stability. If the chip messes up, they won't replace it.

Comment Ummm... (Score 1) 133

What kind of money do you think those review sites make per review? It is going to be a real problem staying in business if every review is predicated on being able to purchase one (or more) of a piece of high end hardware that can cost in the real of $700 in this particular case. It might be a nice idea to think they'd do it out of the goodness of their hearts and just spend their own money to help people but that isn't how things work. They need to get paid and they all have to cope with the rise of adblockers dropping revenue. So ya, review samples are pretty important.

Also in some cases samples are sent prior to public launch, so reviewers have to to get their review ready for when the public can purchase the hardware, so they don't need to sit around waiting for a review or go in blind. These things take time to do right, getting them hardware early is the only way to make that happen.

If you have a solution where people can still get the hardware early enough time to meet release day reviews and can do it cheaply enough to be able to pay their people to work on reviews for a living, I'd love to hear it. However the reality is I don't think there's a way.

Comment That aside (Score 5, Insightful) 155

It was a valid lawsuit. I could see hating on someone if they were funding a long, drug out, suit with lots of delay tactics over nothing to try and force a settlement or bankrupt the other side. However the Hogan suit went to trial, and Hogan won in short order.

I don't see anything bad with someone funding a legitimate suit.

Comment Re:No shit (Score 1) 482

Advancements in car safety are great. When you look at the stats on car deaths despite number of miles drive per year going up, death rate just keeps dropping. It isn't because people are better drivers, but because we've managed to build in so many safety features in to cars. I love it.

I'd never heard of that 911 feature until your post. Something like that is wonderful because it means even if you are completely incapacitated EMS is summoned quickly.

Comment No shit (Score 3, Insightful) 482

And before someone starts complaining about "But we didn't used to have cellphones!" no we didn't, now we do: It's called progress. One thing that has helped emergency response times quite a bit in high income nations is the proliferation of mobile phones. When something happens emergency services can be notified in seconds, and get the response rolling that much faster.

Happened when I was in a car accident. I was dazed for maybe 20-30 seconds, then got my phone out and called for help. They had fire responders on scene in under 2 minutes, police 30 seconds later and EMS in about 4. In that case, it didn't matter, everyone was fine other than bruises, but had there been something serious, it is much more likely it could have been dealt with. The only reason the response was so fast was that it was in a populated area, and that I was able to call for help almost immediately.

To me it seems like the concert issue is one of acceptable behaviour, not the phones themselves. It is using them in inappropriate ways. Well the answer there isn't "take them away" or "lock them up" it is to let people know what is and isn't allowed, and to enforce that by removing people if necessary. People can learn, it turns out, and most can understand what rules apply to what social situation and obey them. There are those that can't and you have to deal with them, but you do it on an individual basis not by something like this.

Comment Ummm.... What? (Score 1) 48

The TDP/performance of the latest nVidia cards is nothing short of amazing. It is the best we've ever seen out of any company. They've been doing some serious optimization on the performance/watt front and it has payed off bigtime. Combine that with a smaller process and these are great.

If you mean total power draw... Well ya. Here's thing the with all GPUs: They introduce the big parts first, and make the smaller parts based on them. The small GPUs are just big GPUs with a lot of the units cut off. So it makes sense to first introduce the big, high end, units where you can charge a lot per unit and make up some of your fixed costs in making the new architecture (which is billions). Then you spend your time doing the engineering to make the lower power parts.

It has been this way forever pretty much. So ya, the 1080 and 1070 are high power. That's their segment. Wait for the 1060 or 1050 or 1040 which will probably be along some time later. Those will be the lower power units that do less, but use less.

It would not make sense for nVidia to develop a whole new architecture and then make their first product using it a sub $100 card for small computers, it makes sense to make the first product a $600+ behemoth that they can get big margins on.

Comment Not only that, but you don't forget (Score 2) 210

I mean sure the skills get rusty, you forget specifics, but if you've learned fundamentally how to code, how to think like a computer, that doesn't go away. It is the kind of fundamental knowledge that more or less always sticks around.

I don't code, I dislike it and I'm not great at it. I do systems and network administration. However, I learned how to code as a kid. Did some BASIC of a number of varieties, some C++, some scripting etc. Guess what? When it comes down to it and something comes up, which it does occasionally, and I have to look at some code and see what is going on or work on a simple program, I can make it happen. It all comes back pretty fast. No, I don't generate elegant code quickly like someone who does it for a living does, but I don't sit around going "I have no idea what is going on! This is all so confusing!"

Goes double for if it is something you are actually good at (I was never good at coding, even when I did it somewhat often).

This all sounds like a load of crap.

Comment Re:Sierra with Siri (Score 2) 249

I don't mean with a google search, I mean for users. What I want is the ability to have an easy comparison system for how out of date something is. If the current version is 10 and you are on version 5, or if the current version is 2015 and you are on version 2002, I have an easy way to demonstrate how behind it is and thus help them understand why an upgrade is a good idea.

For someone who's doing it as a job, as I am, it doesn't really matter. I can remember the progression, and the rough time of release, without a lot of issue. The problem is lay users and understanding how things have progressed and trying to sell them on that fact.

Comment Re:Sierra with Siri (Score 4, Interesting) 249

I always wanted to choke MS's marketing group with their version names. There are, in my opinion, two acceptable methods of naming a product that continues to get new version:

1) Version numbers. You can have just one number or number.number whatever you like. You decide how to increment them. What matters is that you are consistent, and that the number is easy to find.

2) Version year. When you release a product it is named via whatever year it is released. Doesn't matter how much changed, it gets the release year in its name.

Either one works well for quickly mentally comparing how out of date something is, as well as being able to impress that on users. But it needs to stay consistent or it gets all confusing. You can't go numbers to years and back or things get all fucked up.

The XP and Vista crap is just totally stupid. Fuck off with that. How do I compare "Vista" to "XP"? They are both meaningless terms. It's as bad as Eclipse. No guys, I do NOT know the order of the Jovian moons, please just publish the version number and/or year clearly.

Comment Ya that's not going to happen (Score 4, Insightful) 249

Apple is moving desktop Macs in the "consumer electronics toy" direction. They have been for some time now. Their focus has been on gewgaws, not fundamentals for a good bit. This is not the company you want to stick with for desktop computing if that's what you care about. They are the company for people who have the attitude of a computer being a disposable device they don't care much about: You get the one you like the looks of, don't worry a whole lot about the technical stuff, and use it until it breaks or you decide you like the looks of a new one better.

If low level stuff and long-term support is what interests you, then you want to look at Linux or Windows. Yes really, Windows, Microsoft makes fundamental improvements to their OS quite often, and they are usually good. Either way while all OSes have fluff you don't care about and will keep getting it, Windows and the vast majority of Linux distros also spend plenty of time on the under-the-hood part.

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