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Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 86

I just purchased a heatsink for my new system and decided to go with air after looking at frostytech charts. These liquid cooling units cost as much as, if not more, than the high end air coolers and don't cool better. But of course that depends on where you look. I think HardForum has better results for the liquid coolers. If you have the space for a high end air cooler you're better off with it in my opinion. Either go air or get a real liquid cooling setup.

Comment Re:I'm not sure why this is modded funny (Score 1) 297

The Touch is called the "iPod Touch". The iPod is STILL the fashionable portable music player. I can't remember the last time I saw someone working out with a media device that didn't have an apple on it. And if I were to mention a SanDisk product to most of my friends and coworkers they would give me a funny look. Just look at the list of best selling MP3 players on Amazon. You'll see a lot of iPods and down the list you'll start seeing SanDisk and extremely cheap devices like Coby.

Comment Re:If Opera implemented other things right,I'd use (Score 1) 301

When was the last time you used a new version of Opera?

Treestyle tab: I don't think it will show a tree, but you can put your tabs on the left or right side
Small menu: My Opera UI has a Menu button at the top left and tabs to the right of it. There is no Windows title bar (ie it looks like Chrome)
Stop/Reload button: It is a single button

There are a lot of things you can do in Opera if you take a few minutes to look at the options but it seems a lot of people just see the default layout and run away. For the longest time I couldn't stand having my tabs at the top of the screen because I had been using Opera for so long with them at the bottom. I couldn't get Firefox or IE to replicate Opera's tab handling but I could customize it quite a bit in Opera.

Here's a screenshot of the top left corner of Opera on my system:

Comment Re:Poor choice of verb. (Score 1) 248

$40 for that really isn't that bad. Anyone who knows how to do would never pay for someone else but for the average consumer who just knows how to open IE and go to it's worth it. How long would it take you to do that on a system that has been running for months without updating or cleaning? Of course they probably won't babysit the PC during the updates but it would be on the bench for a while. Of course paying the Geek Squad to do anything is stupid but the price for that service seems fine if it's done properly.

Think about the preventative maintenance you pay to have done on your car (assuming you don't know how to do it yourself.) Are those mechanics conniving as well? Services cost money and you have to decide if it's worth your time to do it yourself or pay a fee to have someone take care of it for you.

Comment Re:...Or an arms race (Score 1) 646

I strongly disagree with your statement about dual core Atoms. I wouldn't even want to use one with dual 5890s. While GPUs take up a lot of the responsibility in gaming the CPU is still very important. In one test I see on a hardware review site a 1.8GHz quad core Phenom barely reached 1280x800 with medium settings in Far Cry 2.

Comment Re:where did they get their numbers from? (Score 1) 116

While a lot of Americans are limited to less than 4Mbps upload there are plenty of people in other countries (and even a lot in the US) who have faster connections. I personally have a 100Mbps (up and down) connection in Japan. I have seen above 90Mbps both ways in real world tests to an FTP the US. A lot of European countries have higher speeds and anyone on FiOS would have decent speeds at least. I'm sure they're also including bandwidth from servers which are infected and have access to high bandwidth connections. I wouldn't doubt that number but I'd like to see how they came up with it.

Comment Re:I tried it out earlier (Score 1) 274

The tab bar can be placed on the top, bottom, left, and right. This has been available for many versions. When I started using Opera it defaulted to the bottom so when they changed it in 6 or 7 I just put the tab bar back at the bottom. I'm not sure why but it bugs me to have the tab bar at the top in Opera but I deal with it in Chrome.

Comment Re:Headup display (Score 1) 186

Have you ever flown a plane or even seen what the cockpits look like on military aircraft? When you're flying a plane you generally have PLENTY of time to look around outside or inside. Sure, a fighter pilot wouldn't be looking down at his screens while dogfighting or refueling but there's plenty of time to do so. Here's an example of a cockpit: F-22 Cockpit If they weren't supposed to look down why would they give them all those lovely displays? The HUDs on newer aircraft can show quite a bit but they won't show you everything.

Comment Re:Too cubed (Score 1) 412

I wouldn't say that. Does it really have any competitors? I don't consider anything that requires a data connection a competitor. I just hope this causes others to say "we can do better than that!" so we have better options.

Comment Re:Cost & Speed (Score 1) 497

A few minutes to destroy 100 hard drives? I didn't see much for details about the construction of the destroyer but it looks like a simple hydraulic automotive jack. If you've ever used one you'd know it's not a simple pull of a lever and you have a destroyed drive. It will take lots of pumping. I'm fortunate enough to have a very nice degauser at work which can do drive after drive and I believe it takes less than 30 seconds per drive (could be up to a's been a while since I've used it.) We have gone through hundreds of drives at once before and it took longer to fill out the destruction forms than to degauss the drive. The only reason to use something like this "deformer" is cost.

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