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Comment TechReport Review is Favorable (Score 2) 240 Conclusion: "If time is money for your work, and your work can take advantages of lots of threads, the i7-6950X is the fastest high-end desktop CPU we've ever tested, full stop. If you don't need all of its cores and threads, however, the Core i7-7700K arguably delivers the best gaming performance on the market for about a fifth of the price. Intel's Extreme Edition CPUs have never been good values, but the i7-6950X takes the definition of "halo product" to eye-watering new heights. If the return-on-investment calculations work out for you, though, the i7-6950X is an amazing chip."

Comment HUBSAN X4 H107C-HD Quadcopter with 2MP Video Camer (Score 1) 116

The best cheap camera drone currently is the HUBSAN X4 H107C-HD Quadcopter with 2MP Video Camera. For only $65, you get a quadcopter that shoots 720p video and can fly for 7 minutes per charge both indoors and out. It's a great way to learn how to fly a quadcopter and you won't get upset if you destroy it learning how to fly. You can even order it from B&H Photo

Comment Re:Just give me 1200P (Score 1) 286

You can drive the Asus PQ321 / Sharp PN-K321 at 3840x2160 with two HDMI ports or one DisplayPort. If your graphics card supports DisplayPort 1.1, then it can only drive the monitors at 3840x2160 30Hz. If your graphics card supports the latest DisplayPort 1.2, then you can drive the monitors at 60Hz if you are willing to configure it as if it were two 1920x2160 60Hz monitors side-by-side.

Comment Sharp PN-K321 will disappoint (Score 1) 286

The Asus PQ321 appears to be the same IGZO monitor as the Sharp PN-K321. I purchased the Sharp PN-K321 last week and found it had less dynamic range / contrast than the Dell 3011 it replaced, which meant that pictures and movies looked better on the Dell than on the Sharp despite the higher resolution of the Sharp. And it was very difficult to configure all my applications to display text at the desired size. Regardless of how I set it up, some fonts in some applications were either too small or too large. I returned it yesterday, and I wouldn't be surprised if many others meet the same disappointing fate. The only application I can think of is where you need resolution and are willing to give up contrast / dynamic range. Maybe it's good for displaying maps?

New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System 132

An anonymous reader writes "A recent addition to Linux's impressive selection of file systems is Ceph, a distributed file system that incorporates replication and fault tolerance while maintaining POSIX compatibility. Explore the architecture of Ceph and learn how it provides fault tolerance and simplifies the management of massive amounts of data."

Valve Provides Details On Left 4 Dead Survival Pack DLC 62

A post on the Left 4 Dead blog shares details of the Survival Pack downloadable content due out next week. It will be free, and available for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game. "Our goals for Survival Mode are to deliver a mode of play distinct from Campaign or Versus, have games that regularly last under ten minutes, and emphasize competition with team play through leaderboards. Survival Mode draws on the planning and communication aspects of a successful Finale or Crescendo event, while taking it to another level. It rapidly hits a fever pitch that only a well coordinated team will be able to successfully survive. ... Given the extreme pace of Survival Mode, the number of zombies killed in a single round often outnumbers an entire campaign."

Comment Large organizations don't care about efficiency (Score 2, Insightful) 268

"The Other Half of 'Artists Ship'" presumes that large organizations are motivated by efficiency and effectiveness. This presumption completely misunderstands large organizations. Large organizations come to exist because they have tapped into a large reliable long-term cash stream that can survive their collective incompetence. With their organizational funding assured, all that is left to do is to divy up the organizational spoils amongst the employees, management, and shareholders. And then the key determinant success in such an organization becomes not to be blamed for making a mistake. No employee will get blamed for inadvertently excluding a superior vendor from an acquisition process; most likely no one in his/her organization will even know it happened. They can get blamed for having too lax an acquisition process, however. No employee will be blamed for having too much testing or too much project management or too many software quality checks. They can get blamed for releasing defective software onto a production system without sufficient checks. So the internal goals of the organizational actors are perfectly reflected in the external behavior of the organization. More checks means less blame for mistakes; fewer checks means more blame. With the organizational cash stream assured, less blame means more promotions and greater compensation.

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982