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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Nvidias Meltdown? (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "Most discussions about GPU manufacturers end up devolving into "my GPU kicks your GPU's butt in Crysis" rants. However, GPU manufacturers are large corporations with wide ranging product mixes and market strategies. Being the best at Crysis is not enough in the real world of profit margins and channel partnerships to keep things afloat. We think nVidia is in trouble. Big trouble. Are we seeing doom where there isn't any?

Data Storage

Submission + - Eagle Consus M-Series SATA to USB External Storage (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "External storage devices are not only ubiquitous these days, they're down right popular. It can be said that the external storage market is by far the fastest growing market in storage today. With storage requirements skyrocketing at an unprecedented rate these days, along with the huge growth in the mobile PC market, external storage devices have become a practical necessity for the power user. Western Digital and Seagate pretty much dominate the retail sector in prebuilt external storage devices, but there are a plethora of smaller players vying for your dollar in this sector as well. For those in the know, it's not overly complicated to simply buy an external case for $20-30 and slap a desktop or notebook drive in to save a buck or two. But the convenience and build quality of these inexpensive alternatives are quite frankly all over the map. Wouldn't it be nice to simply be able to slide a drive in and go without any installation hassle? That's the idea behind Eagle's Consus line of external storage systems. http://www.fastsilicon.com/storage-reviews/eagle-consus-m-series-sata-to-usb-external-storage-review.html"

Submission + - Charter Cable To Replace Ads For Customers (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "Reports are running rampant across the web today regarding Charter Communications , one of the nations largest cable broadband companies, and a new tactic they're deploying to make money from your internet usage. In some markets customers are recieving an email stating that they will be part of a new service, where Charter replaces advertising in web pages with advertising deemed "more relevant". http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/charter-cable-to-replace-ads-for-customers.html"

Submission + - EA/Bioware Drop Mass Effect PC DRM (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "In a shocking display of clarity and reason, EA and Bioware have made an official announcement that they have decided to drop the draconian every ten day activation fiasco they were intending for PC titles Mass Effect and Spore. Whether this is a reaction to the out of control firestorm this issue became last week , or EA/Bioware growing a collective brain within the last week we cannot say for certain. It is however, a welcome return to sanity and customer centric thinking within EA/Bioware, and one we applaud them for. An excerpt from Bioware's official statement...

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few days on how the security requirements for Mass Effect for PC will work. BioWare, a division of EA, wants to let fans know that Mass Effect will not require 10- day periodic re-authentication.


The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Mass Effect PC - Is Piracy The Better Choice? (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "Though by no means the most draconian of DRM schemes to date, a bit of a firestorm is brewing over the DRM infested activation system coming with the PC release of Bioware's Mass Effect.

Mass Effect PC will require an online connected activation courtesy of SecureRom servers every ten days. Apparently, for forever. Now, while it's clear Bioware and EA will go out of it's way to insure they avoid the activation debacle that hounded releases like Bioshock, it is also clear that when you purchase games these days you're not actually buying a consumable product that you "own" in the sense that you own a towel or a pair of shoes.


Submission + - MSNBC Needs An MS Office License (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "Just when you think the Pennsylvania Primary is the news of the hour, out of left field comes this. I was sitting watching MSNBC's Live feed of the Primary today, and during a commercial break I got to see MSNBC's feed PC being outed for having a bad MS Office license. http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/msnbc-needs-an-ms-office-license.html"

Submission + - FyreTV IPTV Set Top Box Review (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "We covered the AVN launch of this new IPTV product, FyreTV, back in January , when it garnered as much press as other devices launched next door at CES during the same week. Now that this product is finally in beta testing, we have been able to obtain FyreTV's hardware, and are here today to give you a bit of a glimpse at IPTV's future. Granted, this one revolves specifically around pornographic video content, but if you make the effort to set aside whatever your individual thoughts on the subject matter might be (assuming they are bad), you can see that this new service is perhaps a template or model for what may be our digital future when it comes to video content.


Submission + - Microsoft Makes Move To Buy Yahoo (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "Though details are still somewhat sketchy, it looks like the persistent rumor of Microsoft devouring Yahoo is getting some teeth. 44 Billion Dollars worth of teeth. Expect more news on this as it breaks, as the details currently are somewhat lacking, but consider this move a serious play in the battle for net supremacy with Google.

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