* Posts by Jimbo in Thailand

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Jimbo in Thailand

Compared to the previous layout it sucks...

Your previous layout was easy on the eyes, very efficiently organized so a pleasure to peruse. This new sophomoric layout is TOO WHITE and hurts my eyes. The new layout is also extremely inefficient and appears disorganized. Did I mention it's really inefficient? Then there are the incredibly annoying mouseover popup images on the top nav bar. It would help if you would add a mouseover event delay so we can actually choose to see what images you have for us, or not. Finally, bring back the top 5 headline news, etc. carousel, but this time make it larger hence easier to navigate... and make it work for Android devices as it never worked on my SG Note 2.

Based on all these negative comments I've just read you've got some fast fixin' to do... and pronto!

Good luck!

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Jimbo in Thailand
WTF?

What The F...?!

I love HDR photography, but this seems like a totally different kettle of fish so I wish they would give it a different name. HDR photography combines multiple exposures taken with different exposure settings to eliminate overly bright washed out areas and to remove/lessen extremely dark shadows. The idea is to provide more visible detail throughout the image so it actually tends to reduce the extreme light/dark range. One aspect of HDR photography, if not used sparingly, results in very unrealistic, quite surreal images. Hopefully this new video technology will not result in similarly surrealistic results.

We'll just have to see how this develops but I'm not looking forward to getting blinded by bright sunlight coming from my TV even it it appears more realistic. It seems like they should instead be concentrating on displaying more colors accurately if they want to improve the viewing experience, but that's just my opinion at this early stage.

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eBay planning massive job cuts following PayPal split – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

Interesting that you disagree with me AC but sorry to learn of your ebay ills. As primarily a buyer I've been shafted by the same system you complain about as a seller. One example is when a Powerseller shipped me a not only cheaper model Dell/Nvidia video card instead of the model I purchased for my laptop, but it was defective as well. When I installed it, a 2nd-hand part, it displayed tons of graphic anomalies, but I was at least able to verify it was indeed a lower end Nvidia model. I did return the part and after reviewing the seller's feedback found that he had been substituting cheaper parts to others so promptly left negative feedback. He in turn left negative feedback for me, lying about the whole transaction. This was just before ebay changed that policy. Not only did ebay refuse to remove the only negative feedback I've ever received, I checked later and found that they had even removed my negative feedback for that unscrupulous seller. How did he get a way with it? He had massive sales.

I've been ripped off on other transactions. One seller remarked a 2GB SD memory card as a 32GB, back when 32GB cards were the upper end. When I installed it it even reported 32GB. When I attempted to load it with about 20GB of mp3 files when it reached 2GB it completely locked up my computer. After rebooting and checking the card it showed 2GB capacity. During that period he sold a gazillion of them for a much lower price than normal, a red flag that I missed, obviously. Ebay/Paypal refused to refund my money until I returned the item to the seller in China, no less, when the seller was masquerading as a seller out of California. It would have cost me about as much for the return shipping as I paid for it since they required that it be returned with tracking and insurance, etc. so I just had to eat that one instead of throwing good money after bad.

I've had other sellers misrepresent items in their descriptions and I've had to eat those too. And when you look at how nearly impossible it is to contact a seller these days it certainly means to me that buyers are the step-children on ebay. Donahue actually gives sellers the option to refuse questions from buyers. WTF?!

In addition you can no longer report excessive shipping charges. It's also nearly impossible to report misrepresented items. Everything is buried under layers and layers of pointless menus that have almost zero usable options.

I do agree with you about the fees. I was actually a Powerseller for a few months when I was liquidating assets back in the US in preparation for moving to Thailand. Luckily, that was years ago and the fees were still reasonable.

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Jimbo in Thailand

This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

I've been a fairly active ebay buyer and occasional seller for almost 13 years now. Since choosing to become an expat 10+ years ago ebay has been a lifeline for stuff I either can't get here or is simply way too expensive due to Thailand's ultra-corrupt monopoly distribution system. I'll save that rant for another day.

OK, during my decade long expat odyssey I've steadily observed ebay heading for the sewer (nice euphemism, eh?). Of course greed is the reason and current CEO John Donahue has proven himself to be a completely clueless effing greedy moron. He obviously rode the short bus to CEO school. In a nutshell, via his policies, he has proven himself time and time again to be 100% pro seller and 100% anti buyer at all costs. The dumb f*ck doesn't realize that without buyers there ain't gonna be NO ebay.

I confess I never thought much of Meg Whitman when she was CEO of ebay (and think even less of her post-ebay), but compared to John Donahue, she was a freakin' Einstein, and the ebay experience under her watch was actually a lot of fun. And with the low ebay fees back then prices were much better.. Ahhh, those were the good ol' days when you could actually have decent communications between buyers and sellers to make the right buying decision. Of course Donahue has almost completely finished implementing his policy of ZERO communications between buyers and sellers. The stupid pecker-head doesn't realize that good communication is what made ebay what it was. He's also completely forgotten how important a positive 'ebay experience' was/is to ebay's success.

I have many other gripes but will stop here as this is turning into a tome. Suffice it to say that, if it were legal, and I was in the same room with that dumbass extraordinaire, aka John Donahue, I would put my right foot so far up his ass/arse that he could taste my friggin' shoestrings!

/end rant

Sigh... if only there was a decent alternative to ebay.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

"Rebuttal: Apollo 4, 5, and 6. Three unmanned flights that included the CM."

LOL...You're completely missing the point JP. NASA has already been there - done that - and has the teeshirt to prove it. Waaay back in the 1960s NASA was just spreading its wings and each new mission was unique and previously never done before.That's certainly not the case here in the 21st century. Yes, Orion space program is indeed regressive and is simply a sham. It was born from previous ultra-wasteful pork barrel projects that were cancelled. It just has a new name, that's all.

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Jimbo in Thailand

Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

I'm an old fart who clearly remembers the birth of the space race way back in 1957. The single event that changed our world forever occurred when Russia successfully launched Sputnik 1, the world's very first satellite into orbit. America was completely caught off guard and thus the space race was born. The name Sputnik immediately went viral overnight. Soon, unmanned, then manned, orbital missions followed, again led by Russia. The space race was moving forward at breakneck speeds. JFK's throwing down the gauntlet speech in 1962 proclaiming that America would put a man on the moon in that decade, and did, was a fantastic period of amazing technological achievements by brilliant scientists and engineers and designers using archaic 'slip sticks' (slide rules) and drafting tables. Not only were there no personal computers in those days, there were no electronic handheld calculators. In spite of these challenges NASA did indeed put a man on the moon by 1969. OK, back to the future...

FFS, now I almost feel like Sherman, and we've slipped into Mr. Peabody's WABAC time machine and crash landed back in the early 1960s again. So in this, the 21st century, with ever more powerful super computers and advanced technology we're back to using 1960ish space capsules perched on top of incredibly expensive disposable rockets AND having to fish the soggy space capsules out of the salty brine again. WTF?! It's almost 2015 and we're suddenly back to square 1 again. I just can't believe how absurd this whole mess is.

I always felt like NASA lost the plot decades ago when it promptly abandoned human space exploration way back in 1972 after the (mostly) successful Apollo moon missions and instead concentrated on Earth-orbiting missions resulting in the long running Space Shuttle program. Sure much was learned, but at the cost of not advancing human space exploration.

So now we have the ridiculous Orion program. What an effing joke! We have had the technology to go to Mars decades ago - post Apollo. This can only mean that NASA seems to be employing the same quality of brainless twits, aka, 'scientists', that have infested the medical research 'industry'... you know... the ones who haven't found a cure for anything in the last 50 years. But...hey... they have mastered the art of treating, not curing illnesses, so you and I pay and pay and pay and... OOPS, that's a rant for another day.

OK, here are some interesting tidbits about Orion:

1. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts were deliberately left off the flight to test the heat shield, parachutes, jettisoning components, and on-board computers before committing a crew. As a result, instead of standard seats, cockpit displays, and life-support equipment, the craft was filled with sentimental toys and memorabilia..." OMG, how can anyone respond to this line of thinking? So they didn't think it was important to test the life-support equipment in actual flight conditions. This is effing beyond insane... unless they're not really planning on launching any manned missions!

2. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts may fly on the Orion by 2021." OUCH, so there won't be a manned mission until 2021 at the earliest?! The destination hasn't even been decided yet. [rolls eyes]

3. Here's the biggy... From qz.com:

"The US government has a spacecraft again—but don’t believe the Mars hype"

"The problem is that Orion is neither fish nor fowl: It was originally conceived as part of a program to replace the Space Shuttle as a transportation to low-earth orbit, but that program was cancelled for cost-overruns and replaced with commercial contracts. Orion was revamped as a vehicle for exploration beyond low-earth orbit, but it actually isn’t big enough to allow people to make the three-year trip to Mars—that will require an additional craft, the as-yet-undesigned habitation module. Then there’s the issue of building a lander to get everything down to the surface of the red planet."

"This spacecraft has cost $60 billion to develop so far and likely won’t fly again until 2018."

"And even if Orion is the spacecraft that will take people to Mars, that won’t happen for 20 years. Why then use technology that is decades old, and rockets that are even older?"

"That’s why [former NASA deputy administrator Lori] Garver have been critical of this project, which she says is more about placating contractors and members of Congress than accomplishing scientific goals."

OK, the bottom line for all you younger guys and gals out there who think this Orion program is so wonderful, we older folks, who were around to witness the absolutely extraordinary space programs of the 1960s-1970s, just shake our heads as we know it for what it really is... a gazillion dollar pork barrel project, courtesy of American taxpayers.

[quadruple facepalm]

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Jimbo in Thailand
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Yotaphone's 2 faces... A very cool concept! Also a GREAT BIG THANKS to those who stay on topic!

I think adding a separate e-ink display is very innovative considering it vastly extends battery life and actually provides true readability outdoors. My SG Note 2's 'super-duper' AMOLED display, in spite of Samsung's outrageous claims, is absolute shite outside, bright sun or not.

Regarding the battery, Imagine if the Yotaphone designers had opted for a 3500-4500mAh battery. That would have been fantastic, even if ...OMG... it meant the phone would be slightly thicker. This obsession of smartphone manufacturers one-upping each other by releasing even thinner more anorexic devices when there is no longer a tangible benefit is... errr... ummm... wearing a bit thin.

Finally, for those of you who get sidetracked so easily by politics, geographical locations, etc., ... PLEASE STAY ON TOPIC!!!! After all, this article was specifically about an innovative new product. Also, The Register is primarily a purveyor of tech related news/opinions, etc. There are plenty of political forums out there in the nether regions of the tubes to vent your pent-up political frustrations.

Thanks!

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: It used to be the case...

"Now they [US police officers] s̶e̶e̶m̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶r̶e̶s̶t̶ [choose to SHOOT TO KILL] people [FIRST] and manufacture their case later..."

There, fixed it for ya DG!

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: Kim dot Blob is nothing if not inconsistent

"Kim dot Blob" ROTFLMAO!!! Oh, that fits him to a tee! He's so rotund and full of hot air I'm guessing a team has to tether him to mooring masts whenever he's outside, a la airships, just to keep him from floating away. LOL, maybe that's why the NZ government considers him a flight risk! Haha!

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Jimbo in Thailand

OMG... A little restraint please...

FFS, this is a teaser for a movie that's still in production and won't be released for another year!!! I've read so much anti-this and anti-that about this title already and it's not even finished. FFS please stop this BS speculation. When the flick is finally released then everyone can express their opinions. Until then, naysayers please SHUT THE FUCK UP!

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: WTF

Yes DougS I DO HAVE THE NERVE to complain as I certainly don't like, want, or appreciate 'walled gardens' or I would have just bought an Iphone. It's obvious that you don't understand that rooting simply gives the user 'administrator' type permissions (a la M$ Windows) that we should have had anyway. And it doesn't just apply to Samsung as Google throws in a ton of crapware in Android as well.

Also, when I upgraded my Note 2 with Samsung's genuine 4.1.2 version, via Kies, the upgrade simply reset/unrooted it, i.e., didn't brick the phone. I just had to root it again and badda-boom badda-bing back in the saddle again. Also, the phone was under warranty when I first rooted it so didn't want to install a "generic Android" version. It's a simple task to unroot the phone and reset the upgrade counter should I need warranty repair.

Let me ask you a question DougS? Do you use EVERY app included with your smartphone? No? I didn't think so. Obviously Samsung has to provide a wide range of apps/features/etc. to try to entice as many buyers as possible. Does it make sense for you or I or anyone to keep those apps, many of which are running in the background shortening battery life, when we have no intention of ever using them?

Unlike some people, I do happen to like Samsung's TouchWiz interface with the Note 2 or I would have snagged a.custom Android ROM from XDA-Developers or Cyanogen, etc. like I've done in the past.

Do yourself a favor in the future DougS... and leave the attitude at home. Have a nice day.

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Jimbo in Thailand
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It's not just bloatware. Samsung forgot that we have a choice...

I, too, was literally shocked and not 'awed' when I discovered all the bloatware on my then brand new Note 2 a couple of years ago. I was even more shocked to find this crap was running continuously in the background gobbling up precious CPU cycles thus killing battery life. The first thing I did was root the phone and install Super SU, ROM Toolbox Pro, and BusyBox. After rooting, ROM Toolbox Pro allows deleting or freezing (a really outstanding option) those sh1tty Samsung bloatware apps. It took me a while but I finally had a lean and mean running original Samsung Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Android version with much extended battery life.... this in spite of Samsung.

Speaking of Samsung bloatware has anyone bothered to read their Old Testament length EULA? I didn't either. I immediately deleted every Samsung app I could and froze the rest.

Now then, when Jelly Bean 4.1.2 became available I tried to download it from Samsung... OUCH... not gonna happen as i immediately got an error message that said my phone was customized and upgrades were now verboten. WTF?!

The other big FAIL was that Samsung's version of Android didn't allow storing apps, etc. on the removable mSD card. Since Android takes up so much room on the internal 16GB memory this is ridiculous. I found a hack, a script, that somehow swaps the memory location of the external card with the internal memory 'card' thus fooling the system. After installing the script my Note 2 reported 64GB internal memory and 16GB external memory. That script is still working today.

The bottom line is I had to spend waaaay too much time trying to get around Samsung crapola. I'm not likely to do that again. So like I've mentioned in previous recent rants here at the Reg, Samsung had better wake up and soon as there are just too many affordable choices on the horizon. Yes, we do have a choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

Jimbo in Thailand

It's too freakin' thin... and other gripes

Nice waaaay-over-the-top hi-res display that will gobble up extra resources while taxing the battery more for no real benefit... but hey... it does give the owner bragging rights, eh? Personally, I simply don't like these paper thin phones as not comfortable to grasp. I still find my Note 2 with its 64GB mSD card and 6500mAH extended 'fat' battery does everything well and I typically only have to recharge it every 4-5 days so no need to upgrade for a while.

Another gripe is Samsung's premium pricing (for those of us who don't get subsidized pricing from our cell tower overlords). Thankfully, that trend can't last much longer with 'new' competitors like Huawei, Oppo, and OnePlus, among others, nipping at Samsung's heels with similar features, quality, and much lower prices. I was considering the Note 3 LTE model with its 4k video shooter but will wait until my Note 2 dies again (mainboard sh1t the bed last time - after the warranty had expired, naturally). Hopefully, by that time there will be more compelling choices out there.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4... meh... (Too bad there's not a Reg icon for that!)

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Google Glass: Even the people who stand to MAKE MONEY from it hate the techno-specs

Jimbo in Thailand

It's the damn camera...

I've mentioned this before but gotta say it again... Go_ogle definitely screwed up by including a camera. Almost all of the anti-Google-Glass fervor for this otherwise interesting device is due to the inclusion of the 3rd eye. None of us want to be photographed or videoed up close and personal WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE or CONSENT. Obviously not only will many "Glassholes" abuse the feature but just think of all the perverts out there.

Amazingly the solution to the massive backlash is just too simple. All the boffins at the Chocolate Factory have to do to calm the fears of the great unwashed masses is to release a new version without this heinous spy feature. Of course, since Go_ogle's raison d'etre is to track all of our activities 24/7 that probably won't happen.

But there is such irony here. Just think about it for a second. We are all concerned with Glassholes spying on us but, in fact, the Glassholes themselves are really the intended targets. After all, each time they switch on the device they are being continuously tracked by Go_ogle. But when they switch on the camera... OMG... it allows Go_ogle to monitor them in a much more personal way because they can see what the Glasshole sees. Obviously that's why Google included the camera in the first place. It's damn scary when you think about it.

Google - The great Trojan Horse of the 21st century. And all this time we thought they were proudly proclaiming their mission to be: "DO NO EVIL". Sadly, we didn't listen correctly. In fact, they were saying they "DO KNOW EVIL". Run and hide!

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: No better

I couldn't agree more Khaptain. Thank you for breaking the ice. The totally unjustified pejorative terms "homophobe and homophobic" are nowhere to be found in my dictionary. Let's get one thing straight: Normal heterosexual males and females are NOT the ones afflicted with (or who simply choose) abnormal same-sex sexual behavior so we have no fear whatsoever of gays. In fact, I feel sorry for gays because it must be a very difficult existence always trying to be something you're not.

Before the flames begin just consider this one 'minor' biological reality: Homosexuals can not MAKE BABIES together... END OF! When homosexual couples can NATURALLY make babies together I'll then eat my words. The bottom line is since gay Homo sapiens can NOT accomplish this impossible feat I shall consider the loud obnoxious gay demographic to be heterophobic, which they indeed are. The rest of the gay community that doesn't try to force us to accept their lifestyle choice I'll just sympathize with.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Jimbo in Thailand

Samsung... I can understand the sales plunge

Here in Thailand Samsung has enjoyed huge market share post-Nokia's heyday but things are changing fast with new less-expensive models from Oppo and Huawei, among others, that are good quality on par with Samsung, Sony, and HTC. There are also a gazillion cheap Chinese knockoffs that keep getting better every year.

The Android market is indeed getting saturated, even here. What's worse for the smartphone market here is monopoly pricing and the fact that Thai mobile phone companies don't subsidize phones by locking you into long term contracts. If the OnePlus One actually goes on sale here (or anywhere for that matter) for the current promotional pricing it will be wildly popular with the Thais.

I've got an SG Note 2 I bought a couple of years ago and love it but pretty sure I'll try another brand when the time comes as mine developed the heinous no-connect wifi bug shortly after the warranty expired. Not only that a few months ago I had to replace the system mainboard as after a few months of worsening battery life it began severely overheating - not the battery BTW as I had also replaced it.

I'm definitely not impressed with the build quality of this Samsung phone, but I may have just gotten a crappy one. Since replacing the system board it works like new so am very happy with it for now. Still, when the time comes I'm sure I'll be able to find a good quality but less expensive alternative that still has all the whistles and bells. Yep, Samsung and the other top-tier Android brands had better make some changes or get ready for the fall.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...

For the life of me I can't ever remember reading about even one single successful contribution/idea/decision that Steve Ballmer made while CEO at Microsoft. I did read that M$ revenue increased during his tenure "in the corner office" but was that because of Ballmer or in spite of him? [scratching my head] Instead Ballmer always appeared to be just a big stupid cartoonish buffoon who road to 'fame' on Bill Gates' coattales. I can certainly understand why Bill Gates is fed up with the chair-throwing goofball. OTOH Ballmer is laughing all the way to the bank. Go figure.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

Jimbo in Thailand
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Best of luck!

Hate to see you move on Rick as I've enjoyed your many articles. I'm a hipster myself and try to keep my hand in playing guitar but have done a couple of small gigs playing bass way back when to help some buddies out. I muddled through with basic bass lines. Luckily, nobody seemed to notice since my buddies were so talented. Gotta admit it was great fun.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

Jimbo in Thailand
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WARNING - Plantronics headphones are low quality garbage!

I've purchased two Plantronics headphones, one a wired set of stereo earbuds and the other their, at the time, flagship Backbeat 903+ stereo Bluetooth model. The sound quality of the former was so bad I just tossed them into a drawer and haven't seen them since. The 903+, though slightly adjustable, was so poorly designed that it never fit very well so the sound quality suffered unless I walked around holding them in place over my ears. Also after only a couple of weeks both of the tiny rubber volume control switch covers/caps fell off somewhere and that was the end of that.

Plantronics... utter and complete sh1te! Please don't waste your money like I did.

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Review: HTC One

Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: Vote with your wallet... I did!

@Al Taylor - Actually you clearly did "attempted to justify the absence of a microSD card slot or a removable battery." And this statement: "There are all too obvious reasons why HTC decided to follow the route it has, none of which I suspect has anything to do with saving money." OH PUH-LEASE!!! That really shows your ignorance when it comes to manufacturing. Let's talk about the microSD card slot first.

There can only be two possible reasons for a manufacturer leaving out the ubiquitous microSD card slot:

1. To SAVE manufacturing costs. It's real easy to understand that manufacturers do everything imaginable to increase their profit margins. Why can't you see that?

2. To try to force the buyer into using their respective Cloud-based media storage services. Both Microsoft and Google have been playing this same anti-consumer game with their mobile phones and have lost market share to Samsung as a result.

I would love to hear what you think is a valid reason why a manufacturer, after years of including these ubiquitous memory card slots, suddenly stops the practice.

OK, on to the 'welded-in' battery issue. It wouldn't matter if manufacturers actually designed their phones around a decent-sized battery as sooner or later that battery is going to require replacing. And unfortunately, with manufacturers vying for the top spot of providing the thinnest phones on the planet the resultant tiny batteries will require daily recharges, or even more frequently. My previous smartphone, a way ahead of its time (2009) ultra-thin Toshiba TG01, featuring a 4 1/8" LCD and 1Ghz CPU was fatally wounded from the gitgo with its miniscule 1000mAh battery that required recharging about every 4 hours. Sadly, an otherwise incredible phone was brought to its knees by an inadequate battery, just for thinnest-mobile-phone-at-the-time bragging rights. At least the battery wasn't 'welded' in.

OK, 'welded-in' batteries have another major flaw. Frequent recharging has the undesirable effect of reducing the service life of the phone by a huge factor. This is because lithium based batteries only have a lifespan of about 500 recharge cycles. It follows that a phone requiring frequent recharging compared with a phone that requires recharging only once per week, or much longer my case, will suffer a much shorter useable lifespan. And when that tiny little battery finally gives up the ghost the phone either goes into the trash bin or the owner has to incur a huge cost and lost time to ship the phone off for another 'welded-in' battery. Shiny aluminum phone cases, or not, the practice sucks. It's also a severely anti-Green practice. How many more mobile phones will end up in landfills prematurely just because the battery died? The bottom line is there is absolutely NO GOOD REASON for manufacturers to not provide easily replaceable batteries.

So like I said in my original post, I like HTC phones as I've had great experiences with there 8525 in the past. That said my HTC had a microSD card slot and a removable battery. Sadly HTC will continue to lose market share until or unless they correct this poor marketing/engineering/manufacturing decision. It's also very sad that you and a few others choose to stick your fingers in your ears and sing, "la la la la la la la" when others, such as myself and many other commenters, point out this major failing of HTC. The reality is that the majority of us won't stand for this no mSD card slot and 'welded-in' battery nonsense. And yes, I voted with my wallet.

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Jimbo in Thailand
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Re: Vote with your wallet... I did!

AC, you obviously haven't seen, or handled, a Note 2 with a 6500mAh battery or you wouldn't make such blatantly ridiculous comments. My phone is a whopping 6mm thicker than stock, and only along the lower 2/3 of the phone's length. The upper 1/3, where the camera is located, is stock thickness. The Note 2 is large enough that the extra 6mm hardly looks out of place. In fact, the extra thickness actually makes holding the big Note 2 much easier. My N2 is also not significantly heavier than stock. And, no, it's not a freakin' car battery, for Christ's sake.

To each his own. I just recharged my N2 again last night. As usual, it was the first time in over two weeks. Even though it was down to 4% charge remaining I still had to force the issue to get it fully discharged by turning on BT and Wi-Fi AND playing a looped HD video for over an hour before it finally shut itself off! Now that it's got a full recharge I'll have another 2+ weeks before recharging again. It's all good. Enjoy your HTC.

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Jimbo in Thailand
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Vote with your wallet... I did!

I have to admit it's nauseating to read a fawning 'review' like this one that attempts to justify missing desirable functionality on a premium priced device when there was/is no good reason for HTC to take that tack. If I didn't know better I would swear that Steve Jobs was back on top of the dirt again, but this time as the Patron 'Saint' of HTC, mesmerizing his new cult. HOW SAD it is to see all the new lemmings buying into this crappola!

The real issue here is that HTC has deemed it more worthy to save a few pennies of manufacturing costs by leaving off the MicroSD card slot and by welding the battery in place than by putting the customer first. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever since HTC has, during recent years, lost mass quantities of market share to crApple and Samsung. Anyone with half an ounce of brainiac upstairs would think HTC would do everything possible to gain back some of that market share. Putting off potential/returning customers by removing important features is definitely not the way to achieve that goal.

Let me say I'm a former HTC phone owner (8525 Hermes/Tytn2) and loved it's great quality and robustness. So when it came time to buy a new phone I looked at HTC first. To put it mildly, I was more than pissed to see them leave off those important features. Instead, I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and couldn't be more happy. Of course, my N2 has a new 64GB mSD card stuffed with music, audiobooks, and ebooks AND sports a 6500mAh 'fat' battery kit. Try as I might I can't run that 'fat' battery down in less than a week and typically get two weeks of moderate use, and even longer for light use. And I don't need no stinkin' USB thumb drives or external battery packs! I truly feel sorry for all the lemmings who feel like it's acceptable to have to carry around extra peripherals to make up for missing functionality purposefully left out to save a little money.

Like I said, vote with your wallet if you despise this kind of shit as much as I do.

<-- Oh yeah... mine's the coat with the loaded Note 2 in the pocket.

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Nokia puts Symbian out to pasture ... why not release it into the wild?

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Nokia... Nothing new, still a massive FAIL on OS selection/support!!!

Back around 2008 I bought a shiny new N800 Internet tablet. It was truly ahead of its time and appeared to be a very full-featured desirable device. It still looks like new and works like new today. Had Nokia included a sim card slot it would have been a very impressive smart phone years ahead of the competition with its 4.13" 480x800 screen with 226 ppi pixel density, stereo speakers, built-in webcam, wi-fi, BT, Flash, dual SD card slots, and on and on.

The N800's Achilles' heal was its Maemo OS. Well, actually it wasn't that Maemo was so bad, it's that Nokia never really supported it. The majority of Maemo applications were done by hobbyist programmers and the results were unpolished unfinished buggy apps. Since then Nokia has just flitted back and forth like a wayward pinball never fully supporting any OS. It's no surprise they've nosedived. Not only Maemo, but Meego and Symbian are victims. Well, the suckers that bought them, like me, are the true victims. Add to that the poor employees who have been laid off as a result of Nokia's continuing lame inept incompetent [fill in the blank] 'leadership'.

/end rant

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GPS trigger will light LOHAN's fire

Jimbo in Thailand
Alert

GPS to trigger LOHAN's rocket motor... Are you sure?

GPS is notoriously inconsistent for reporting Earth-surface-based altitude measurements. It has to do with the inherent error in measuring an extreme vertical distance below the GPS satellites. From Wikipedia the average altitude of GPS satellites is 384,403 kilometres (238,857 mi). I can't imagine that the GPS error would be reduced much at LOHAN's ignite-rocket altitude. I'm not sure what your allowable error-of-altitude measurement is but hope you guys at least take a look at this potential pitfall.

Good luck!

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Bulgarian airbag saves Russian in knife attack

Jimbo in Thailand
Coat

Let me get this straight...

"A Moscow woman emerged pretty much unscathed from a vicious knife attack... ...after the blade wedged in one of her silicone breast implants."

Hmmm...since she "emerged pretty much unscathed" then she was obviously wearing the breast implant as an accessory outside of her bra, purse, briefcase <you fill in the blank> such that the knife didn't slice into her breast first??!! Gee, what's wrong with this friggin' picture?!

- Ah, that's her coat with the fake jiggly booby in the pocket...and the huge knife cut!

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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

Jimbo in Thailand
Facepalm

Hmmm...so crApple follows the rest of us into HELL!

Anyone involved in the design, creation, and adoption of the absolutely abysmal micro USB interface should be summarily lined up and sent post haste to meet their maker(s). I just bought a phone with this disgusting inferior interface and my first burning question was WHY??????????? This POS design is a huge step backwards. The mini USB interface is much more robust and with its trapezoid shape a breeze to plug in properly. At first I wasn't sure which way to plug in the damned micro USB plug because the port on my phone looks roughly symmetrical. Add to that the heart of the micro USB port is a dainty little silicon connector tab that is begging to be snapped off if someone tries to insert the plug improperly. Talk about retrogressive.

And what happened to the 'Green' rhetoric championing standardizing charging ports to the ubiquitous mini USB? Obviously that worked well but now there is another new 'standard' with no benefit at all that I can see. I do remember somewhere that manufacturers pushed for the change to allow slimmer devices, but just compare the two interfaces side by side and it's easy to see that dog just don't hunt as there just can't be any measurable benefit since the mini USB port is already tiny. And soon the landfills will be full of superior mini USB chargers and accessories. What a freakin' waste!!!

That crApple is adopting this putrid interface with an adapter is the only redeeming aspect of this cesspool of de-innovation. Welcome to the party crApple!

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Chinese fuzz bust faux iPhone racket

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

re: a man called "Dong"?

Actually, Dong and Wang are their last names. Dong's first name is Ding and Wang's first name is Long...or vice versa?

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OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Sad that the concept of privacy...

...is rapidly heading for the tar pits. Funny...I never suspected that GPS, the most accurate and helpful navigation tool out there, would ever be used against us, the users. I'm sure the original GPS system designers are shocked that marketers have perverted its intended use.

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New flash RAM tech promises 99% energy drop

Jimbo in Thailand
Devil

Of course this new develop...

...brings up the inevitable question...How long before the jackasses at Rambus file suit for patent infringement?!

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FCC's net-neut rules now official

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Hmmm...so 'reasonable' discrimination is OK??!!

"Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic."

And how is it that this only applies to "fixed broadband providers"? Of course the mobile Internet providers get a free ride to provide tiered access with corresponding higher fees for being higher on the food chain. And who determines whether network traffic is "lawful"? Why did they even waste their time drafting this ridiculous bullsh*t?! Net Neutrality my ARSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Schmidt ducks antitrust questions lobbed from Congress

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

And don't forget...

...how irrelevant Google search results are becoming. I've mentioned this before but just type in <any consumer product> Review and instead of listings of reviews, the results are almost always resellers. I've noticed this heinous trend getting much worse during the past year. Not only that but many of the results are completely unrelated to my search criteria as in completely different product links shown, etc. etc....WTF??!!

Do no evil...yeah, right!!! The proof is how can any corporation be trusted that has contracts with the US government's NSA, maybe even the CIA, and only God knows who else? It's only a matter of time before Schmidt's outfit crosses a line they can't bullshit their way out of...only a matter of time.

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Video CAPTCHAs target cyberbaddies

Jimbo in Thailand
Facepalm

@null, a great big AAAA-MEEE-YUN!!! (i.e. - I agree whole heartedly)

CAPTCHAS have gotten so incredibly ridiculous these days I really wonder who they're actually targeting. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds them very offensive. There has to be a better way to keep the bots at bay.

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Italian boffins to robo-grapple space junk

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

Brace yourself for the real solution...

There's no need for grappling hooks and propellent packs... no sir. All that's required are some pre-cut strips of Duct tape, and a stack of fresh US dollar bills in various denominations loaded into a dispenser aboard the robotic satellite. Upon rendezvous a single one dollar bill is affixed to the small size unwanted space junk with a Duct tape strip (sticks to anything) then it's on to the next chunk of space debris. Larger chunks will require larger denominations. The sinking dollar will do the rest.

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IBM yanks chain on 'Blue Waters' super

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

The real reason they cancelled it...

...It can't play Crysis!

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DIY aerial drone monitors Wi-Fi, GSM networks

Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

This WASP can't fly!

While this thing might be able to theoretically sniff out Wi-Fi and cellular traffic there's only one problem...it can't actually fly...at least not well enough or high enough or far enough to meet the mission requirements. Here's why.

The proportions of the model are completely wrong, i.e, tiny wing, big boxy fuselage, lack of aerodynamic shape, and the mandatory massive batteries required to power the electric motor and all the "500 separate components for hacking wireless networks...", etc., etc.

Hmmm...and how much bite is that little fixed pitch propeller going to have at 4 miles up in thinner air? Even if by some miracle this thing could somehow reach 22,000 ft. altitude, how is it possible for it to loiter for the required ~5 hours sniffing passwords since this 'bug' incorporates the worst possible flight configuration for the job, i.e., a high wing loading jet style wing with boxy fuselage shape that require constant thrust from the electric motor just to maintain altitude? Ain't gonna happen!

It gets worse. Unless things have changed dramatically since I was flying RC models, a typical model airplane radio only has an approximate two mile range, but that's not the only problem. It may only take someone 30 minutes to learn to fly it (yeah, right), but unless that 'pilot' has telescopic vision he will lose sight of this 'bug' by the time it reaches 5000 ft altitude. And civilian radio control models suffer dramatically from electronic interference with on-board electronic gear the farther the plane flies from the transmitter. Youtube has some hilarious examples of live on-board video interfering with the pilot's control inputs causing the model to go out of control. To get around that this thing would have to have a much more robust on-board flight control system including video and more than likely GPS navigation to locate and/or report each target's lat/lon position. This would add more complexity and even more unwanted weight.

The bottom line is this is just fiction people, simply fiction. These guys should stick with what they're good at.

- Paris knows this thing could never make it to the mile high club...

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Canuck ultralight pilot drops in on strip club

Jimbo in Thailand

Of course it was an emergency...

As the pilot approached that club from above he began to feel a slight stiffness in his control..err...umm...joystick. For safety reasons he had to make an immediate landing to have the 'problem' attended to. Yeah, that's it...for safety reasons. I'm sure his flight home was relaxed with a nice soft landing.

-Paris is crying because she couldn't be there to work out the stiffness herself.

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Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

@Fred

NO! It's not perfectly reasonable. I'm talking about content posted on the World Wide Web, not local UK programming. Fred, you do know what 'World Wide Web' stands for don't you? I would never expect to receive local BBC TV ad based programming here in the Land of Smiles, but that's not always the case. The US networks are even worse, even occasionally censoring news stories outside the country, which I've documented. Some people try to justify it by claiming that corporate censorship is OK because of 'contractual obligations'. All I can tell you is that censorship is censorship, whether government imposted or corporate.

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Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

Ironic move by the BBC since...

...I can confirm that the BBC censors some online content, no matter how benign, to foreign IP addresses, such as here in Thailand. Maybe the BBC "deciders" (pardon the Bushism) are just emulating their media-mafia cronies across the big pond in the United States of Corporatism.

BCC TV apps...serendipity my arse...at least to those of us with 'alien' IP addresses!

Paris? She's crying because she can't decide which of the two most heinous blights orchestrated against the great unwashed masses is worse, Corporatism or Zionism.

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US Supremes deal death blow to class action lawsuits

Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

Sadly, it's certainly not surprising...

...since the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, is made up 100% of political appointees masquerating as the cream of the of the black robed crop. Sure they're supposed to be vetted by the Congress, but even most of those idiots are bought and paid for corporate stooges, so no unbiased confirmations are even remotely possible. Don't forget the US Supreme Court is the same cutthroat backstabbing group that set the US on the road to ruin way back in 1896 when it first gave US corporations 'person' rights during the court case Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad. In 2010 they again showed their true allegiance to corporations when they voted to allow unlimited corporate political spending to further sway elections and completely make a mockery of a citizen's vote.

When are people going to realize it's REALLY time for Change We Can Believe In (not to be confused with Obama's outright 2008 campaign lies)?!!

Paris laments, "Why can't we just skip a step and send all political appointees & corporate stooges to Hell right now? After all, they're eventually going there anyway...why wait?"

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Feds defend Twitter dragnet on WikiLeaks supporters

Jimbo in Thailand
Alert

The US Federal Government is nuts

Of course they can justify any and all attacks against Wikileaks staff. While I certainly don't agree with everything Wikileaks released, or even the manner in which they did some of it, I admit it needed to be done. Why? To show Americans how secretive the US government has become so hopefully positive change can happen through revelation. Here's a quote from: http://www.fas.org/irp/official.html that lists the US intelligence agencies, although it admits the huge list is not complete:

"In addition to the sixteen agencies which formally comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community, it also includes selected tactical military intelligence and security organizations, as well as those responsible for security responses to transnational threats, to include terrorism, cyber warfare and computer security, covert employment of weapons of mass destruction, narcotics trafficking, and international organized crime.It is not complete!"

Does any nation really need 20+ intelligence agencies??!! It seems to me the CIA and NSA must not be doing their jobs. With bureacracy the way it is, I can only imagine how inefficient 20+ separate intelligence agencies must be and the total hidden costs to taxpayers. And they certainly were clueless on Sept 11th, 2001, weren't they? And why were none of the 20+ agencies talking to Israel's Mossad? It's been proven Mossad knew in advance of the impending attack on the World Trade Center towers, but that's another story. One only has to ask himself/herself: What are 20+ US intelligence agencies really up to? With so many agencies available monitoring everything and everybody under the sun, why didn't they know that Wikileaks had the info in time to prevent the releases of said documents?

Obviously all 20+ intelligence agencies were caught with their pants down and the Feds have been trying everything possible, including the 'dragnet' approach, to locate and punish Wikileaks staff using every possible excuse they can dream up to cover their own incompetence. And I'm not an Assange fanboi because the one country he refuses to release documents on is Israel. It's already been reported that he has over a 100 Israel related documents. The fact that he continues to protect the Zionist state from most certainly unflattering or embarrassing revelations speaks volumes.

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AMD gases up Bulldozers for Intel push back

Jimbo in Thailand
Pint

@AC & @Wallyb132 & @?

Thanks guys for bringing up some excellent technical points. I realize parallel processing requires a different approach and technique. All I'll say about that is speed is speed. If the end result is that multipliers accelerate the process from sub 1 Ghz speeds to between 3~4 Ghz as opposed to 880 Mhz max for AMD and 1534 Mhz max for Nvidia's flagship then so be it. It obviously is effective. My point is that GPU architecture is archaic. We're talking immense die sizes even with die shrinks around or approaching the 32nm range and still requiring 300~400 watts peak power and disposal of the corresponding heat those watts generate. If it takes 3 billion transistors to provide acceptable high end graphics performance from these friggin' beasts then they've not been innovating like the CPU industry has and a completely new approach is called for. When I look at even the latest flagship video cards, they're still enormous monsters. I was really hoping that AMD was going to redefine the architecture blending CPU/GPU functionality with Fusion. I hope they do.

As far as AMD outclassing Nvidia during recent years, that wasn't much of an accomplishment. Jen-Hsun Huang seemed to have completely lost his mind for a time. I actually thought he was ready for the rubber room based on his incredibly nonsensical actions. After all, he was caught red handed renaming 8xxx video cards to 9xxx with the same old chips. He apparently also couldn't make a successful DX 10 card when M$ introduced it and effectively sabotaged that API by crying to M$ to detune it. Then there was the 8xxx/9xxx series bump material fiasco. But suddenly it appears he's changed Nvidia's focus to smart phones, tablets, etc. with Fermi. I still no longer trust the bugger, but he is showing some innovation and recognizes that a new market is exploding, unlike AMD under Dirk Meyer.

I stand by my previous statement that AMD has suffered immensely under poor management. They've been late to the game now in every endeavor for years. And under Dirk Meyer's blinders they missed out completely on the rise of netbook, smart phone, and tablet markets. No wonder the board sh*tcanned him. He may have been an excellent engineer, but he was obviously asleep at the wheel directing the company. If AMD has made some improvements to ATI's original GPU architecture that's great, but I've seen nothing earth shattering in GPU evolution in years. From the 1990's to around 2005 it seemed like there were new advancements galore. Since then what have we seen that is actually new? Oh yeah, more shaders and faster memory yielding incremental speed increases...yawn...yawn. And of course, that's at the expense of high power and high temperature penalties. At least you do get free space heater benefits for those folks in the cold regions.

As far as Intel goes, and just like you, AC, I've been impressed with their products and will continue to use them until AMD has a compelling alternative. That said, I will never forget the underhanded crap Intel did to AMD and I despise them for taking that low road. I used to be an AMD fanboi during the Athlon K7 heydey and it has pained me to see them fall and stay so far behind Intel; maybe that's why I'm so hard on them. Like I said, we need AMD to keep Intel moving (can't use the work 'honest', now can I?). Had it not been for AMD we would probably still be chugging along on Intel 16 Mhz 286/386 CPUs with separate math coprocessors. Yes, I would love to see AMD take the lead again.

There's another factor that we haven't touched on. The handwriting is already on the wall for these dinosaurs. The PC gaming industry is getting closer to flatlining every day since the advent of gaming consoles, tablets, smart phones, and even netbooks to a tiny extent. Fewer people really need these behemoth graphics cards anymore except for hardcore gamers and professionals doing CAD, video production, or any other commercial, etc. graphics intensive tasks. Personally, I hate to see it, but it is what it is.

Whether you guys agree with me about technical points, or not, I think you have to agree that, overall, there has been no new SIGNIFICANT innovations in GPU development for years. I do feel that is going to change soon, but not for the PC. No, the smart phone, tablet, etc. battery operated multimedia devices will drive that innovation. It's already being done with Fermi and hopefully a version of Fusion can play a part. If we're lucky, maybe some of that innovation will find it's way back to the PC. One thing is certain, whoever manages to provide the best battery life while providing outstanding graphics without a heat penalty will reign supreme. And that's something sorely missing in the PC world!

You guys have a nice day!

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Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

@ThomH...sorry dude...you're just way off track!

From AMD's website, their flagship single chip graphics card, the 6970, has a max Engine Clock of up to 880 Mhz. Here's the link: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-radeon-hd-6000/hd-6970/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6970-overview.aspx

From Nvidia's website, their flagship single chip card, the GTX 580, does have a Processor Clock of 1544 MHz, but is limited to a Graphics Clock of only 772 MHz. The link: http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us.html

When I mention cores, I'm not talking about CUDA cores, which is sort of the equivalent of adding more on-die memory cache to a CPU, I'm talking about complete multi-chip GPU's on one die. There are still no multi-core complete GPU chips sharing the same die to date. This is because current single GPU die sizes are HUGE, expensive to make due to low yields because of the HUGE die size, require HUGE amounts of electrical current and produce HUGE amounts of heat. To get around this, both AMD and Nvidia resort to adding two separate GPU chips to a graphics card resulting in double power consumption and corresponding amounts of unwanted heat. If you really want to cause brownouts in your neighborhood just add two of these dual chip 'solutions' in SLI mode.

Both companies are indeed still flogging ancient GPU chip architectures by simply adding more 'cores' and just faster memory. Had they gotten off of their dead arses years ago, you would see technological advancements similar to CPU chips have made, such as 2-4-6 cores running at 3-4 Ghz speeds and sipping a fraction of the juice required to run a single chip single flagship video card and running very cool as well. And soon we'll have 8-12-16 core CPUs. The fact that AMD hasn't improved on ATI's now ancient architecture at all speaks volumes about AMD's piss poor leadership and direction. Nvidia, unfortuately, has followed AMD's lead.

I hope that clears it up for you Sparky.

Cheers...

- Paris is crying because archaic GPU architecture is contributing to global warming.

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Jimbo in Thailand
Alert

@AC & @Cheesy... You both have valid points...

...but I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Here's why.

Way back in 2000 AMD was executing extremely well, beating Intel to the 1 Ghz punch with the Athlon (K7), while Intel was woefully behind. Intel apparently rushed the Pentium III 1.13 Ghz CPU to market to counter the excellent performing Athlon 1Ghz processor with its super low latency high speed on-die memory controller. Unfortunately for Intel, the PIII architecture proved to be unable to run sucessfully at that speed and the 1.13Ghz CPU was immediately recalled.

Intel continued to make mistakes by abandoning the PIII architecture altogether for the deep pipeline Pentium 4. Yes, the P4 never performed as expected and ran as hot as Haides. To be fair, P4 was designed to achieve 5 Ghz plus speeds as competition encroached, which was the reason for the deep pipeline. However, excessive heat prevented P4 from ever reaching anywhere near that threshold. It was what Intel did next when they realized that AMD was going to take the CPU performance crown away from them that you both have expressed some valid points.

Intel did indeed decide to take the low road. Intel pulled out all the stops to try to keep Athlon from coming to market by threatening and bribing virtually every manufacturer in the PC market it did business with worldwide, even the motherboard manufacturers. So here we had an excellent new CPU architecture, but no motherboards to install it in. I know. I was one of those waiting for the motherboards to hit the market. I remember that some of the manufacturers got around that by selling 'white box' unbranded motherboards. It took years for the depth of Intel's disgusting and unprofessional monopolistic anti-competitive practices to surface. Japan and the EU both found Intel guilty and fined them, but not nearly enough, in my opinion. Back in the US, Intel got a slight slap on the wrists and eventually had to pay AMD some mad money.

It's true that AMD lost an immense amount of income from the loss of sales due to Intel. But even still, once motherboard manufacturers stepped up to the plate, AMD did incredibly well, in spite of Intel's best efforts to thwart it. The problem was that AMD enjoyed the performance crown way too long and subesequently sat on their arses while Intel developed the excellent Pentium M (Core) line of CPUs that regained the lead from AMD and Intel hasn't had to look back since.

I personally feel that Intel should have been slapped down substantially for taking such a cowardly way of trying to exterminate AMD to compensate for falling behind in the market. OTOH, AMD hasn't executed well in years, even though they enjoyed supreme success with the Athlon K7 architecture for a long time. This was, again, in spite of Intel's best efforts. AMD's Opterons kept them up even after the architecture began to get stale. AMD not only killed their own lead in CPU performance and marketshare, but have also managed to kill an excellent GPU competitor, i.e., ATI. I wonder how much more advanced the state of GPU development would be had AMD not purchased ATI and competition with Nvidia had allowed to proceed as usual. It just boggles the mind that GPU architecture is still in the sub 1 Ghz, single core days of yore.

The bottom line is Intel, with its seemingly unlimited R&D spending, has indeed been producing excellent products since the P4 fiasco and has no reason to stoop to such disgusting tactics as before. I'm sure had AMD had not been cheated out of so much income that it obviously would have had more money to invest in R&D and possibly bring new technology to market faster. The big question is, would it have made much difference since AMD, having suffered years of incompetent leadership, has been more like a rudderless ship? As an example, both Bulldozer and Fusion have been in development for a long long long time. At least they're both due to be released this year. I wish AMD much luck as competition in the marketplace benefits us all.

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Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Yes, their search algorithm is shiite! Has this happened to you?

Try searching for a review of any consumer product. In the old days...let's say at least a year ago, the search results would actually include several legitimate product review links to choose from. Since then, the Google Empire building engine instead mostly displays a list of sites claiming to have reviews but are in fact just reseller sites that have snuck in the search keyword "review". As we all know, the boys at Mountain View are incredibly talented and I can't believe they're either not directly behind this crap or don't fully embrace these bait and switch tactics for the additional revenue it brings in.

The bottom line is these increasingly irrelevant search results are getting more frustrating while comparable alternative search engines are nowhere to be found...Yahoo? Bing? Yeah...right.

It's now time for a new search competitor, let's call him David, to arrive on the scene to take on the Google Goliath. What say you?

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'Personal Air Vehicle' VTOL jump-copter in key flight test

Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

@A.C. - No reason to panic...unlike helicopters, autogyros are inherently stable

Every phase of flight in a gyroplane is an autorotation, not just landing, since the rotor blades are not directly powered during flight, but rather rotate like a pinwheel in a breeze. The main engine, via thrust from its propeller, pushes the rotor blades through the air creating lift. Because there is no torque to deal with as with the driven rotors of helicopters, a gyroplane is extremely easy to fly. A gyroplane flies much like a highly manueverable fixed wing aircraft, although much more stable due to the gyroscopic effect caused by the spinning rotor blades.

The exception in this case is the jump takeoff mode, which is a one shot deal to get right because the rotor blades have a finite amount of rotational inertia stored from being pre-spun to flight speed by the small auxilliary engine. Igor Benson developed a prototype jump-takeoff version of his popular B-8 gyrocopter back in the 1970s and I observed him from a short distance perform a jump takeoff at a small airshow back in the late 1970s. While he performed it expertly, the look on his face revealed that he was concentrating 100%. Once he made it through to the forward airspeed phase, a matter of only a couple of seconds max and maybe 5-6 feet off the ground, he disengaged his two auxilliary rotor blade engines then lowered the nose slightly to gain airspeed quickly and zoomed off as normal. I'm sure this gyroplane will react similarly during jump takeoff mode and cause a similar 'pucker factor' for the pilot. After the transition to forward flight is achieved this gyroplane should be extremely easy to fly because of the inherent stability of autogyros.

How do I know this? While I was taking flying lessons to get my pilot's license for fixed wing aircraft back in the late 1970s I taught myself to fly a little single seat Benson B-8M gyrocopter and I flew it for years, along with a variety of other fixed wing aircraft. It was absolutely the most fun flying machine I've ever had the pleasure of piloting. I would much rather be at the controls of a gyroplane when the main engine quits than a fixed wing aircraft. Both will glide, but the gyroplane has the ability to land at very nearly zero forward airspeed and cannot ever stall. Because of this you can successfully 'dead stick' land it just about anywhere because you just don't need much room. A tiny parking lot or field will suffice; even someone's front or back yard will do in a pinch. You certainly can't say that about any typical fixed wing aircraft. And emergency engine out landings in a helicopter are the most difficult to execute successfully as there just isn't much margin of error.

All that said, I'm really not sure of the purpose of this design except as maybe a proof of concept. It may be able to perform a jump takeoff but will still require a clear area ahead to transition to forward flight and build up enough forward airspeed to clear obstacles in its path. Also, had they incorporated short wings and low drag in flight storage of the rotor blades during high speed flight it would make much more sense. It also boggles the mind why they didn't incorporate a flex cable drive from the main engine to spin up the rotor blades thus eliminating a complete auxiliary drive engine system. The flex cable idea was a common option way back when and I fitted one to my gyro and it performed flawlessly. It has the ability to transmit much more torque to spin up the rotors than some tiny auxiliary engine. And I've used both.

- Paris, because she knows how to achieve maximum lift under any circumstances!

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No court order against PlayStation hackers for now

Jimbo in Thailand
Paris Hilton

It's not only PS3 DRM lawsuits where Sony fails

I recently bought a bunch of new cheapo DVDs from Big Lots, a discount retailer, while I was back in the US recently. Two of these DVDs wouldn't even play using Windows Media Player. Instead, I got an error message saying there was a problem with DRM and I needed to download new drivers. WTF??!! Looking at the back of the DVD I wasn't surprised to see Sony Pictures logo. Also, one of the DVDs, Vantage Point, listed as a bonus a digital copy of the movie in .wmv format that could be copied to the hard drive and played without the DVD being present. That's the reason I bought that particular DVD. Of course you first had to enter the code provided with the DVD. No worries. Did it play? Absolutely NOT! It said the time limit had expired. Time limit? Again...WTF??!! I found a toll free phone number on the DVD and immediately called Sony Pictures's customer service to complain. After the poor schmuck listened to me raging about Sony and their heinous over the top DRM for a few painful minutes, he admitted, "We get customers complaining about this all the time." To be fair he was actually a nice guy but had no solution to my DRM problem. He also said once the digital copy time limit had expired there was no way to extend it. Of course, I was able to play the DVDs using other media players, but that's not the point. DRM preventing any media player from playing legal media is reprehensible, especially the most common media player out there. Was M$ also involved in this DRM fiasco. YOU BETCHA!

It's so sad. Sony used to be an excellent company with incredible products, but today they should be avoided. Sooner or later they'll get the message that customers just aren't going to put up with their DRM, lawsuits, and proprietary Memory Stick shit! EPIC EFFING FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Paris shedding tears remembering long ago when Sony was the best.

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Steve Ballmer at 11: A Microsoft power play too far?

Jimbo in Thailand
Thumb Down

Ballmer has proven himself to be an effing buffoon time & time again

That Microsoft is doing well is...in spite of Ballmer, not because of him. As someone already pointed out, where would M$ be today had they been under competent leadership? Ballmer's long history of having eyes wide shut to emerging trends and the many incomprehensible misfires on product developments leaves no doubt as to his incompetence. The real question is when will Microsoft's board finally wise up and boot this effing moron??!!

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Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Third world America...HERE WE COME!

Yes, the US education & immigration systems are indeed broken, but by letting in more immigrants to study within the same broken education sytem will magically solve the problem? Yeah right!!! What the HELL has that effing idiot Chambers been smoking??!!!

Chambers is right about one thing. The US does suffer immensely from a counterproductive immigration policy, just not the way his tiny brain can comprehend. The long standing US immigration policy has on one hand discriminated against qualified applicants from most countries while allowing 20 million mostly uneducated illegal aliens to just cross the border and become a huge burden to America's infrastructure in every possible way. None of these individuals' backgrounds are checked so what we really have is an influx of murderers, rapists, homicidal maniacs and drug dealers among the masses. Many never pay taxes so America's infrastructure has been steadily declining as a result. And the recently adopted oh so politically correct term by the BS American press now refers to these illegals as "undocumented immigrants". That term is a HUGE slap in the face to all legal immigrants who tolerate the long beaucratic process to work, study, or become naturalized American citizens.

Also, crime rates have skyrocketed across the US as a result. There is now evidence of Hispanic gang activity in all US cities where illegal populations are established including my hometown, a moderate size city in the Southeast. And, the Mexican drug cartels have extablished major distribution points throughout the US including, again, my hometown.

Healthcare costs have also spiraled out of control in part because hospitals can't turn away these illegals so the costs of their free healthcare is passed on to everyone else. These same illegals refuse to assimilate into the American culture. Over the years so many have refused to learn to speak English that now America is not only becoming bilingual, but a country where in the future English will be the second language. Go to any of the large builders' supply stores, such as Lowes or Home depot and 99% of the packaging has Spanish and English. Some packages even have Spanish presented first with English listed second! Ironic that English has singularly become the world's universal language, but is losing ground to Spanish within America's own borders.

People who think like this moron Chamber is exactly what's wrong with America today. The really sad part is that no one is doing anything to change America's self-destructive course. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have done anything except contribute to the problem. Why? The wealthy Republican segment of American society has long enjoyed the cheap Hispanic labor while the insane liberal philosophy of welcoming with open arms the illegals no matter the cost has been to the detriment of America's future. Are the corporations helping? Not on your life. Not only do they outsource American jobs at every opportunity and with zero tax penalties that their bought and paid for stooges in Washington D.C. provided with favorable legislation, they usurp precious university assets including faculty and graduate students for their own research at a fraction of the cost if performed outside the university arena. This most certainly has a negative effect on the quality of education. In addition, universities are more interested in pressuring the faculty to write and present papers to their peers and publishing books than teaching their students.

The bottom line is that America has indeed lost or given away virtually every advantage it once enjoyed including leading technology, manufacturing expertise, and education. It's only a matter of time before it becomes a third world country. Just a matter of time.

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Thomas, you poor iMbecilic iTard! Exactly what do you think Steve "The Son of Satan" Jobs has to do with Firefox add-ons other than trying to block them from you iDiotic iFanbois???!!!

Now be a good lad and go have a nice tall glass of Kool-Aid. You can even put it on my tab.

...now which pocket did I leave my airline ticket & Repo Men guide in? I've got to go repossess a kidney!

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