18 posts • joined Thursday 3rd November 2011 11:17 GMT
I don't get it
The very best of the sample crashes once a week? I have three PCs running pretty much 24/7. Two have never crashed, and the other only does so when I do something that would be expected to be risky, such as trying to get old games working. What the hell are these people doing with their computers?
"The feature was created last week"
On Feb 21st apparently. One day before, Cracked published this:
"MeRAM has the potential to succeed NAND flash"
Except you only just reported that phase-change RAM is already being shipped in real devices. Perhaps you meant to say that MeRAM has the potential to succeed NAND's successor?
Twice as fast?
So still shit then. Let us know when it's more like 100 times faster and no longer significantly slower than just visiting the regular site in a browser.
Re: Is it me or is this a statistics fail by Lewis?
Exactly the point I was going to make. The 8Gt/yr increase has been occurring over a period of 8 years (that this study looked at). That means the total increase was at least 64Gt, quite a lot larger than the 6Gt error on each point and easily enough to see a clear trend.
The problem with the "budget" telco
Is that it's not actually budget at all. They've always had a poor reputation for service, but got away with it because they actually were the cheap choice. But now their crappy, slow, unreliable, capped broadband costs the same as a much more reliable, much faster, uncapped fibre connection from BT or Virgin. When your only selling point is price, it's hardly a surprise that raising prices to be the same as everyone else isn't going to have great results.
I really hope he's taking the piss
A message is sent from A to B. Calling them Alice and Bob is basically just a bit of fun, to make things less dry and a bit more human and relatable. Eve is the interceptor because sometimes there can be a C and D that you need to leave space for. While changing them to different letters wouldn't exactly be the end of the world, changing them so that they share the same letter actually would be. How are you supposed to make sense of a scenario where S sends R a message but it's intercepted by R?
You can get a Transformer Infinity with double the storage for the same price. You'll need to order it from the US, but mine still arrived in 3 days so that's not exactly a big deal. The Nexus and Kindle Fire work because they're actually cheaper. Why the hell would anyone waste their money on this thing?
"The dock part of the Infinity partnership is very similar to those that ship with the lesser Transformers though they are not interchangeable."
Not even slightly true. Firstly, it's been made clear since well before release that the Infinity is compatible with the Prime dock (although not others). Secondly, the reason for this is now clear since there is, in fact, only one dock. The dock for the TF700 is exactly the same TF201 dock as for the previous models. They've changed the name on the box, but the model numbers are exactly the same and they didn't even update the manual, which only mentions the Transformer Prime, not the Infinity.
As for price, yes, it's seriously overpriced in the UK. Just order from amazon.com instead of .co.uk and you can get it for close to half the price (you need to make sure to order from a reseller though, since Amazon themselves refuse to ship to other countries. I've found EXcaliberPC very fast and reliable). Unfortunately you're forced to use the ASUS charger even though it's just a USB cable so you'll need a US to UK adaptor, but as long as you can manage to find one for less than around £200 (I think mine cost £2) you'll still come out ahead.
It's also worth bearing in mind that although the Prime is sold along with the dock, the Infinity requires you to buy them separately. So while the Prime costs £500 for tablet and dock, the Infinity is £600 for just the tablet. If you buy in the UK, that will probably mean an extra £150 for the dock (tablet is $599 in the US while dock is $150 at full price).
"However, I do rather expect this to be improved upon as Amazon surely has an iTunes-style music downloads plan for its portable devices."
Given that the mp3 player hasn't changed in the 5 years since the first Kindle was released, I wouldn't get your hopes up too much there. Plus consider that with virtually no storage and no SD slot, it would be completely useless as a media player anyway. It's there because they can, not because they actually plan on doing anything with it.
$249 = £159
Delivery will cost a little more, but once again it's far cheaper to order from the US than to buy in the UK.
It never ceases to amaze me
just how incredibly retarded people can be.
"Mike Dickinson, Micro Systemation’s marketing director, explained that his clients didn't want the capabilities of the technology to be common knowledge."
"...so we posted it on YouTube and then published an article about it in one of the most famous magazines in the world."
Yep, certainly no geniuses involved here.
"I get the impression that games developers write primarily for the consoles and then port across an equivalent-ish version to the PC. And consoles are less powerful than a high-end PC + Graphics Card, so are games really making use of the power available in these cards? Correct me if I'm wrong."
Yep, you're wrong. It seems to be a popular myth that PC gaming is dying, but there are still plenty of games developed specifically for PC, along with an awful lot more that are developed for all platforms at the same time rather than just being ported later. Plus, even the worst ports usually have much, much better graphics on the PC version, even though their interface often ends up sucking donkey balls.
It's also worth bearing in mind that the current generation of consoles is obsolete and will likely be replaced within a couple of years (sooner for the Wii, but it's not really worth talking about hardware for that). Not only will that mean PCs need to keep working to stay ahead, but this sort of new technology is exactly the sort of thing that future consoles will be built out of. Remember, pretty much all improvements in computing have been made incrementally, and without the constant push for more powerful PCs, consoles would never be able to improve either.
Slightly more on topic - from the Nvidia GTX580 website linked:
"Swift. Stealthy. Deadly."
I think my money will go to AMD, since at least their hardware doesn't seem to be threatening to kill me.
You mean this quad core Tegra 3:
Using 1/3 the power doesn't sound like it should really be much of a problem for battery life.
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"So as unfortunate as the iOS vulnerability is, it's worth remembering that what Miller is able to achieve with InstaStock is essentially what has been possible on Android handsets for more than a year."
And iOS 4.3 has been around for... about a year, including beta. Just because Miller is the first to tell anyone about it doesn't mean the vulnerability wasn't there before.
I think it's more...
"Look what we can occasionally do by accident when we're actually trying to do something else." For the Wii, that accident happened to be in their favour, but a look at their current financials and things like the mess of the 3DS it's pretty clear that's not always the case.
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