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Comment Re:Casual vs serious users (Score 2) 68

I bought a Transformer Prime, really just on a whim, I just wanted to play with a tablet. I was honestly worried that it would end up just collecting dust, but it turns out I use it all the time. It's almost always on the coffee table, and when we have guests over, it invariably gets passed around the group as people look up random facts, or showing people Youtube videos. One thing that has become really popular at my house, is using Youtube in Chrome to remote control the youtube app on the PS3 on the big screen TV. Passing around a laptop is awkward, and no one really wants to hand someone else their phone. But passing around a tablet just *feels right*. And of course, when alone, relaxing on the couch with a tablet is quite addicting.

Comment Re:An Acceptable Risk (Score 1) 206

Ya, its the 5 gallon bucket effect. A small child is much more likely to die in a 5 gallon bucket with a few inches of water in it than many of the scary local news stories like cell phone radiation and power lines. Its the things that kill few people, but can't me mitigated by individuals that freak people out.

Comment An Acceptable Risk (Score 1) 206

Especially when you look at the loss of life and property caused by other natural phenomenon. If sinkholes in Florida are such a problem that we question the rationality of building homes there, then surely no one should live in Southern California where loss of life and property are several orders of magnitude higher than that caused by Florida sinkholes due to wild fires and earthquakes.

Comment Re:Intel BIOS (Score 1) 467

I heard that they're getting out of the socketed CPU biz. All CPUs will be soldered directly to the board....but I had not heard they were planning on ceasing production all together. If true, I will be very sad.

I used to feel the same as you about bios updates....don't do it unless its broken, but Intel has the process so silky smooth now, its just standard practice for me to update the bios on any Intel board that I work on. Don't do much individual desktop work anymore, but it still happens occasionally.

Comment Intel BIOS (Score 1) 467

I have never had a problem since switching to using only Intel boards with Intel bios. The upgrade process usually goes quite well (I've probably flashed 100 or so Intel boards over the past 3 or 4 years) and if there is ever a problem, it automatically rolls the changes back. Out of that 100 or so bios flashes, 0 have been bricked. That being said, when it comes to consumer grade boards, especially when they're out of warranty, I just assume I'm on my own and if something like that happens, its off to EBay or Craigslist.

Comment 1995 era computer vs. 2000 era computer (Score 1) 159

Imagine trying to pair a graphics card from 2000 with a cpu from 1995. Not only would the 1995 CPU be wed to a motherboard with no AGP slot, but the real world benchmark of a 133 MHz Pentium Vs a 1 GHz Pentium III was HUGE. The clock speed alone was nearly 8x greater, not to mention the greatly improved instruction sets...and FSB improvements. I honestly thought that by now, there would have been some sort of "killer app" that would have really put the pressure back on the desktop, to where the average person would really *need* that Core i7 over the i3, but to the average user, it doesn't make a bit of difference. Even to me, my 4 year old Q9400 paired with DDR2 800 is still more than adequate driving 3 1920x1200 monitors and massive multitasking. It even handles the occasional gaming weekend quite well, as well as ripping HD video content. Not to mention today's video cards still physically fit in my PCI slots!

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