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Comment Benchmark (Score 3, Insightful) 61

To be honest, they are so many product lines and SKUs out there these days that the only thing I do is search for the passmark rating and make sure it isn't a total dog and that it's at least a little bit better then what I used to have. Is there a better approach? For my desktop / hyper-v server I'm still running a 5 year old i7-2600k (passmark 8504) and don't really see any need to replace it. My laptop is running an i7-2620m (passmark 3811) and it seems fine to.

Comment Pleasantly Surprised (Score 1) 230

I'm a day, 42 with daughters 13 and 11. I'm one of those casual gamers that everyone despises. My days of tripped out PCs are long behind me and I get a little COD action from time to time. I had an XBOX 360 until it died and then a couple PS3s and a Wii. My girls loved all the games on the Wii along with Mindcraft and Little Big Planet on the PS3. After years of not buying a Wii U because I heard it sucked, I went ahead and picked one up for Christmas. At the same time I retired an older Westinghouse 47" LCD and replaced it with a newer Sharp 60" LCD. I was pleasantly surprised and we've had countless nights of playing Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. I keep an eye out at the used game store and picked up a few more titles. I can see there is little content but for what little price we paid I feel like this was a good, fun purchase. I can't say I've seen much reason to go to a PS4 or Xbox 1 so I guess we'll keep this around for a few more years until something really advance. (4K would be a requirement) comes along.

Submission + - Dirty Secrets Of The IT industry 1

snydeq writes: IT pros blow the whistle on the less-than-white lies and dark sides of the tech business, in Dan Tynan's 'Dirty Secrets of the IT Industry': 'Do sys admins wield power far beyond the CIO's worst nightmares? Are IT employees routinely walking off with company equipment? Can the data you store in the cloud really disappear in an instant? Are you paying far too much for tech support? ... IT pros usually know where the bodies are buried. Sometimes that's because they're the ones holding the shovel.'

Submission + - HP Claims Blu-ray, DVD and CD Drive Makers Engaged in Price Fixing for Years (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: HP has filed a lawsuit against seven makers of optical disk drive technology, claiming the companies engaged in widespread price fixing in order to drive up the cost of Blu-ray, DVD and CD drives for PC and peripheral equipment makers. The suit was filed Thursday at the district court in Houston against Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, NEC, TEAC and Quanta Storage. The lawsuit claims the conspiracy to drive up prices took place from at least Jan. 1, 2004 through Jan. 1, 2010, when "almost all forms of home entertainment and data storage were on optical discs" and the companies controlled 90% of the optical disk market. HP alleges the companies used industry events, such as CES, as cover to communicate competitive information and hammer out anticompetitive agreements.

Comment Common Practice (Score 1) 154

They aren't supporting XP, they are supporting Chrome on XP. I don't see how this is so shocking as software companies have long done this. We develop applications that are expected to work on XP / 2003 through Windows 8.1 and it wasn't really that long ago we were still targeting Windows 2000. It constrains some of your choices and increases your testing surface but if the business thinks there is money to be made going after a customer segment, we do it.

Comment Re:Licensing (Score 1) 230

The solution to that is to not buy such software. If it is not free or simply licensed, just do not use it.

... tell that to my boss.

Simply buying less software doesn't solve the problem. I work in a development environment where sdk's, runtimes, libraries and so on that we don't "buy" are the hardest technologies to keep track of in terms of license compliance.

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Google Street View Shoots the Same Woman 43 Times 106

Geoffrey.landis writes "Terry Southgate discovered that his wife Wendy appears on the Google Street View of his neighborhood not once or twice but a whopping 43 times. From the article: 'It seems as if the Street View car simply followed the same route as Wendy and Trixie. However, Wendy was a little suspicious that the car was doing something on the "tricksie" side. Several of the Street View shots show Wendy looking with some concern towards the car that was, well, to put it politely, crawling along the curb. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," Wendy told the Sun.' The next best thing to being a movie star — a Street View star!"
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Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."
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Palm Pre and WebOS Get Native Gaming 49

rboatright writes "WebOS developers have been waiting, and with the 1.3.5 release, Palm's open source page suddenly listed SDL. Members of the WebOS internals team took that as a challenge and within 24 hours had a working port of Doom running in SDL on the Pre, in a webOS card. 48 hours later, they not only had Quake running, but had found in the latest LunaSysMgr the requirements to launch a native app from the webOS app launcher from an icon just like any other app. At the same time, the team demonstrated openGL apps running. With full native code support, with I/O available via SDL, developers now have a preview into Palm's future intent with regard to native code SDK's, and a hint of what's coming."

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