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    AMD Benefitting from its Diminutive Size says CEO

    The book Thinner by Stephen King was fairly good and a good comparison of AMD's trajectory. I doubt AMD will be able to put its problems into a pie, but will effectively get to the same inevitability as the book did. :D
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    Kaby Lake Pentium Processors Get Hyper-Threading

    It's even more naïve to assume that Intel knows AMD CPU performance before there's even silicon made, because that's what I was pointing out.
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    Kaby Lake Pentium Processors Get Hyper-Threading

    Who knows? AMD hasn't even given a launch date for Ryzen, and details of lower end products are still completely unknown (no clock speed, cache sizes, release dates, whether or not SMT will be enabled on all models, etc). CPUs can have various specs and prices tweaked to improve...
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    Robots WILL Kill Us All

    I'm re-programming a T-800 right now. You want a robot arms race? I'll give you a robot arms race!
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    Best Buy Geeksquad Informants for FBI?

    inb4crazy conspiracies Oops, too late.
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    First Nokia-Branded Smartphone Is Exclusive To China

    It's not bad for the price ~US$250. The specs are decent for its class: Snapdragon 430 w/8 A53 cores and Adreno 505 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, 5.5" 1080p LCD, Gorilla Glass 3, Nougat and all the usual features on a modern smartphone.
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    Windows XP Hard To Kill, Continues To Gain Market Share

    I don't get this view. What exactly should MS update? The NT kernel has continued evolving, and the UI has been tweaked, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Support in the core OS is added as needed to support newer hardware. That is the update: the OS evolves. XP was a mess...
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    Windows XP Hard To Kill, Continues To Gain Market Share

    I think this is just measurement noise. The percentages each month are made by sampling, and corrections using various weighting. The largest markets for XP usage are in Asia, and the trend of switching from PCs to phones could be throwing off some assumptions. I like NetMarketShare numbers...
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    MacBook Pro Saves Man’s Life After By Blocking A Bullet

    It's probably useful to mention the model since many people know that MacBooks use metal cases, and it makes understanding how a laptop can stop a bullet easier. I know this Samsung laptop I'm using right now would have contributed to the shrapnel in my body if I were wearing a backpack with it...
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    The Desktop CPU Isn’t Dead, It Just Needs A Swift Kick In The Butt

    That's not a problem with laziness, but with how much things can be made to run in parallel (see Amdahl's Law), and also how easy it is to make code closer to bug-free. Making things needlessly complex to extract another 5% in performance isn't worth it from a development standpoint. The bigger...
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    2016 Sees Internet Explorer Usage Collapse, Chrome Surge

    Is the proud ownership of MS stock not good enough for you? :p I actually looked up the last IDC numbers and the biggest seller for Windows tablet by far is the convertible Lenovo Yoga series. The most popular accessory for Surface tablets is the type cover. People are basically buying these...
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    AMD: Zen CPU Architecture Expected To Last Four Years

    I read that earlier. It's strange that AMD isn't planning on any shrinks in that time. GLF/Samsung's "14nm" process is a finfet process close to 20nm planar process geometry. IOW, it's going to be lapped by other advances multiple times by 2021. That assumes AMD keeps on schedule and delivers...
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    Star Trek Fan Film Isn't Protected By Fair Use, Rules US Judge

    From the Stanford fair use page: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/four-factors/ It's going to be a complicated and expensive case, and moving forward will almost certainly cause Axanar to drop out and settle. Since Paramount had somewhat permissive guidelines for fan films...
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    2016 Sees Internet Explorer Usage Collapse, Chrome Surge

    There is also demand for floppy disks and green screen TTL monitors, but that ignores its relative importance in the whole market for storage and screens. :p The biggest use of Windows tablets and 2 in 1s is not as "tablets" with the crappy touch UI and apps from MS's failure of a Windows app...
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    2016 Sees Internet Explorer Usage Collapse, Chrome Surge

    Edge is just a symptom of MS's bigger problems: a delusion that Windows is an in-demand tablet/mobile OS.
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    This Is Project Neon, The Upgrade For Windows 10’s Design

    It looks like crap, even compared to Android or iOS running on a tablet. When did MS forget it makes a desktop/laptop OS?
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    Tim Cook's Pay Down $1.5M In 2016 After Missing Performance Goals

    Apple really needs to get it together. Their phone sales are still fine, considering the generally cheaper competition, but everything else has problems.
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    Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

    Yeah, I posted a thread about this product in the Intel forum before I saw this thread, comparing it to the compute stick. :p The reason Intel is making this product is due to problems with the Compute Stick (which never caught on as well as similar Android devices), and how those can be solved...
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    Here's How Long You Would Last In A Zombie Apocalypse

    It's not a real study, as the name of the journal reveals: "Journal of Physics Special Topics An undergraduate physics journal". It's a class project from one group of students. Back when I was in school I wished I could have done physics papers that were only 2 pages long and had the help of...
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    Intel Unveils Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized Compute Platform

    I remember the small PDAs that fit in a PC Card/PCMCIA slot. Unrelated. edit: I think those were called REX. If compatible slots become common, this could make ultra portable PC computing possible.
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    Fire Department Faces $73K Fee From Verizon To Move Phone Cable

    That doesn't seem to be the problem. What seems to be the big unknown is: "To meet the fire department’s specifications,..." Either Verizon is playing dumb and trying to rip off the fire department, or there are specifications that aren't as simple as moving a pair of wires across the street.
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    So what do you think of Intel's Compute Card?

    It's basically a flat compute stick. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-card/intel-compute-card.html When Intel introduced it, they said it will work with processors up to 6W, which includes not just Atoms, but also some decent performance Y-class processors (3.3GHz, 2c/4t)...
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    Intel Claims i7-7700 "Up to 20% better performance" then i7-6700

    Yeah, that's just misleading then. Whoever put together the retail marketing did a bad. I wondering how there can be an accurate, if using overly favorable comparisons in the press kit, and something like that. I used to work for a large computer manufacturer in the 90s, and there were two...
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    i3-7350K is official

    The memory controllers are in the CPU, and it looks like Kaby Lake desktop processors can use either DDR4 or DDR3L memory. Some 100 series boards unofficially support DDR3 1.5/1.65v memory, although it's unknown if that will work with Kaby Lake. First one to kill a KBL CPU with 1.65v memory...
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    Intel Claims i7-7700 "Up to 20% better performance" then i7-6700

    I can't find this claim in the Intel marketing materials for Kaby Lake. https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/7th-gen-intel-core/ Intel doesn't even compare i7 7700 to i7 6700 performance in any of those materials. Searching for the keywords (intel i7 7700 i6 6700 20% faster sysmark 2014) comes...
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    Fisher-Price Makes Exercise Bike For Kids With Tablet Holder

    I'm surprised it doesn't have a motor to run itself, plus 12oz can and french fry holders built in. 'MURICA
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    Mass Effect 2 Standard Edition Free on Origin

    I just added it for free a minute ago, so it seems to be back now. https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house
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    Lawsuit: Snapchat Showed Investors False User Statistics

    What a Richard Hendricks move.
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    i3-7350K is official

    https://ark.intel.com/products/97527/Intel-Core-i3-7350K-Processor-4M-Cache-4_20-GHz That's very close to the price of some older quad core unlocked i5 models if you can find them new.
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    New LG OLED TVs Are Only 2.6mm Thick

    Yeah, plus there's probably a power brick. With decent (hidden) cable management and some holes made in the wall to hold the soundbar and power source, this could be an ultra slick display.
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    Anti-Surveillance Clothing Hide Wearers From Facial Recognition

    :p Mirror's Edge might have got that concept from the old Philip K. Dick book "A Scanner Darkly" written in the 1970s. This scramble suit is from the movie version released around 10 years ago:
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    “Rogue One” Reviewed: Is It Time To Abandon The “Star Wars” Franchise?

    I know how to save the franchise: all female reboot of ANH, including the droids. Right, right? :D Also, Rogue One should hit $800 million at the world-wide box office by the end of today, less than 3 weeks after release. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=daily&id=starwars2016.htm
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    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Capable Of Running Full Windows 10

    :p The demo MS and Qualcomm made clearly show it was running an ARM build of Windows 10 on a Snapdragon 820 processor. I'm not sure what this "leaked" nonsense is since it contains information that contradicts information in the official demo MS posted. IOW, the 835 is not the "first" ARM...
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    Microsoft No Longer Selling Lumia Windows Phones

    I don't see the point of that. Clearly an Android-based Lumia line would have fared better since Windows Phone failed hard and I can't imagine how Android could do worse. Android doesn't really fit in with the "Windows Everywhere" strategy, and it's not clear what benefits MS could bring to...
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    Windows 10 now losing marketshare, Windows 7 gaining

    Another month, another data point: https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&qpcustomb=0&qptimeframe=M&qpsp=205&qpnp=11 Since the increases are so small, it's hard to separate out the gains from measurement noise. In December: Win7* +1.17% Win10* +0.64% Win8...
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    Microsoft No Longer Selling Lumia Windows Phones

    Why didn't MS just save time and effort by literally burning $8 billion in cash? At least that could have served a useful function by heating the headquarters building for a little while. Exhibit A $1 billion in $100 bills: Change it to $20s, and you'd have 40x more mass to burn to equal...
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    20 of the Worst PC Setups

    You had me at the shopping cart desk, and how did I miss the ironing board desk trend of 2016?
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    Amazon Alexa May Be A Witness To Murder

    Megalith reposts news all weekend. Just roll with it. :p
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    Consumer Reports Stands By MacBook Pro Battery Test Findings

    It's not just Consumer Reports noticing the battery problems. It's also being reported in Apple's own support forum, like this one about a month before the CR test: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7755374?start=0&tstart=0 Separate, but other odd battery issues on Touchbar models...
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    Microsoft Bringing New “Game Mode” To Windows 10 For Enhanced PC Gaming Experience

    MS has told at least 2 sites that asked about it that it had nothing to announce at the time. I posted in the other forum about this. MS just doesn't spring new features on developers, especially a feature like a new operating mode. A "Windows 10 Game Mode" would be well documented by now if it...
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