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    Diablo 4's Release Date...

    Blizzard gets a lot of hate online, and I hate contributing to that chatter, but I have to say... A decade (or more) ago, Blizzard took forever releasing games because they wanted to deliver a high quality game. Usually the wait was worth it. These days? They still take just as long to release...
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    Fry's Electronics: 20% Off In-Store on Saturdays

    I was there a few months ago. I wouldn't call it dead and empty yet, but it was definitely on the decline. I hear Micro Center, which is only a few minutes down the road here, has taken a lot of business from Fry's.
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    Uber Eats eating restaurant profits.

    The problem is, these "sharing economy" delivery businesses aren't profitable and never will be. It's why they do things like take a cut from the restaurant and skim driver tips. A truly "honest" delivery platform would have to charge something like $10/order to stay in the black.
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    Intel 7nm ambitions are...lofty

    It's been said here many times, but "Intel can't even get to 10nm, no way they can get to 7nm" isn't how semiconductor processing works. Intel's 10nm process is a multi-patterning process based on traditional immersion lithography, which has been the source of most of their woes. They did this...
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    Google created an iMessage like messaging system called "Chat".

    Oh, Google, how the tables have turned. Back to catching up to Apple, but in a half-assed way that makes sure they can still snoop on you.
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    Google Suspends Transfers of Technology with Huawei

    Tech journalists are acting like this is the end for Huawei, but aren’t they just going to fork Android, build their own ecosystem, and keep going? They’re the largest cell phone company in the world. If they fork Android, their version will become the de facto standard overnight...
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    Anandtech: Intel Details Manufacturing through 2023: 7nm, 7+, 7++, with Next Gen Packaging

    Intel’s 10 nm process is very different from their 7 nm process. Their 10 nm is a multi-patterning process (I think it’s SAQP), but their 7 nm process is a single-patterning process (with EUV). They’ve already been working on their EUV tech concurrently with their SAQP tech.
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    Quakecon 2019 registration is open!

    Any inside scoop on whether Intel's newest rep will be there?
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    Memory Prices Are Coming Back Down to Earth

    "Coming Back Down to Earth" is really a terrible way to look at it. Yes, DDR4 finally costs the same it did at launch. A better way to look at things: DDR4 is four year old tech and still selling for the same price it did at launch, thanks to market manipulation.
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    Android Facial Recognition Cracked With 3D Printed Heads

    It's this the same software that could be fooled with a printed photo of the user? Really making progress here, Google...
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    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB Edition is a winner for power users

    Are you certain the "real deal" is posted? Your screenshot shows it's based on version 1809, which is the release that was pulled from mainstream Windows 10...
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    Android Security Updates are Now Mandatory

    All true, along with another point: That 5S isn't just getting bug fixes, but also performance improvements. My iPhone 6 is running so well that I've once again deferred upgrading. The prospect of spending a thousand dollars on a device that will be running abandonware in 2 years is just crazy...
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    DHS Seizes Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries from Independent Repair Expert

    [H] is a little slow on this story... Rossmann has already admitted that these were indeed counterfeit batteries. Congrats to CBP on a job well done!!
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    Apple Special Event (Sept 12 2018)

    I'll grant it's a lower resolution screen, but I don't view any media on my phone so I don't really care if it's a lower resolution. I'm not sure where you're coming from on the price. Phones in general cost too much nowadays, but that's nothing specific to the XR.
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    Apple Special Event (Sept 12 2018)

    The XR looks like a really nice mid-range compromise. My wife and I are both on very old phones, so we'll probably grab the XR next time someone does a BOGO offer.
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    These Are the Websites Your Clean-Install Windows PC Connects to by Itself

    Candy Crush is still installed. Automatically. And it phones home. Says all that needs to be said.
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    Defense Distributed Wins Major Court Case

    The government's argument relied on the premise that data to build a gun is the same as the gun itself, and therefore "exporting gun data" = "exporting a gun." 100% bullshit. Very glad this came to the right outcome.
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    Facebook Patent Application for Software That Detects Emotion and Gives You a Mask

    This is a patent application, not an issued patent. It was filed in December, 2016, and the application was published yesterday. The application is currently under final rejection at the USPTO.
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    Comcast Says it Isn't Throttling Heavy Internet Users Anymore

    Why are people making this a net neutrality issue? Comcast's post-2008 practice was perfectly legal under the net neutrality rules.
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    Net Neutrality Is Really, Officially Dead on Monday

    Yay! The FCC is supposed to regulate internet technology itself, not antitrust issues that are related to the internet. That is the FTC's job.
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    Bird Hunting is the new Pokemon Go for Fun and Profit

    It's the same as people boasting about how much they make with Uber: These big numbers are usually one data point wildly inflated by the Friday night drunk crowd. You don't make that much the other 95% of the week.
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    Maybe Cellphones are Causing Brain Tumors After All

    Good thing I never actually use my phone to talk.
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    Broadcom Takeover of Qualcomm Blocked By Trump

    The problem is that the wireless space has been heavily consolidated in the last decade. The Federal Government is very concerned that further consolidation would leave China with an advantage in 5G R&D.
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    T-Mobile Sued for Crypto Loss on Port-Out Scam

    2FA is great, and SMS is better than nothing, but these stories are getting more common. Scammers just call the cell phone companies until they find an untrained rep who ports the number without verifying the account PIN.
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    iPhone Users WIll Be Able to Turn Off Performance Throttling

    This is a classic case of "It's not about the crime, it's about the cover-up." It is apparent at this point that the iPhone 6/s battery is too small and prone to defects. Apple should have fessed up and issued a product recall. Hiding their sins with software hacks was an awful idea. They...
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    SEC Warnings about Bitcoin and Israel Mulls Pulling Cryptocurrency Stocks

    No kidding. The problem, if you wish to call it that, is people see the slick interface on GDAX and think it's just another market. Very few normies realize they are trading in the wild west...
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    Apple Being Sued for Slowing Down Older iPhones

    Not going to happen. Removable batteries aren't waterproof, add bulk, and are more expensive to manufacture. The entire industry is abandoning them. Give it up. The 90s are over.
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    Apple Being Sued for Slowing Down Older iPhones

    That being said, I would appreciate this a lot more if it was a configurable feature. They already have a "low power" mode that's an on-off switch, it seems to me that it would be easy to add these features to that mode.
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    Apple Being Sued for Slowing Down Older iPhones

    I'm curious to know whether Apple did this to: (1) make the battery appear to last longer for the subjective user experience; or (2) avoid an objective technical problem such as damage to components. If it's the former, I could see this lawsuit gaining some steam...
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    Kids Not Getting Enough Sleep Because of Smart Phones

    My kids are getting a flip-phone when they're about 10. That's it. They can buy their own iPhone if they want one.
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    Microsoft Is Bringing the IntelliMouse Explorer Back

    Boy, this thread is a throwback. These were good mice, but I think intervening technology has topped them. I replaced mine with a MX518 (also now extinct) and have stayed on the Logitech train since.
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    John Carmack Says He’s Better at Optimizing than GPU Driver Programmers

    GPU driver teams don't want to work with you, as they're deathly afraid of keeping their competitive secrets airtight. Their solution is to embed someone in your team to handle everything.
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    John Carmack Says He’s Better at Optimizing than GPU Driver Programmers

    The problem in this industry is that most game engine programmers are pretty awful at their job. So awful that GPU driver developers frequently take it on themselves to inject performance fixes at runtime. This is why new games frequently need a new driver before they run well. I lost the link...
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    Amazon Devising Methods to Deliver Packages in Your Home or Car's Trunk

    Time is far more valuable than money. I do Kroger's ClickList, and it's worth every penny of the $5.
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    AMD is the Buster Douglas of Tech

    Let's be fair now. Buster Douglas only notched one win. AMD is up to a whopping two wins after Ryzen. I'm glad they finally are back in the game, but let's be honest: that company has been riding the same Athlon 64 high since 2005.
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    KGI: TrueDepth Camera Gives Apple 2.5 Year Lead over Android Competitors

    The 3edgy5me tech folks here may be shitting all over smiley poop emojis because they think it's dumb, but guess what...most of Apple's customers just want smiley poop emojis. I'm sure they'll feel incredibly guilty for their perversion of technology, while crying themselves to sleep on their...
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    The Nintendo Switch Version of Doom Is Locked at 30fps, 720p

    I think this is more a testament to how good of a job id Software did with programming for Doom. If only all games performed this well...
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    The iOS 11 Thread

    How's performance on the iPhone 6? I'm waiting until I hear more before upgrading my aging phone. Learned my lesson on iOS 7 with the iPhone 4...
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    W3C Abandons Consensus, Standardizes DRM with 58.4% Support

    It's not about preventing, it's about delaying. If they can delay the content from hitting pirate sites by a week or two, they consider that a win.