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    Philadelphia Passes Ban on Cashless Stores; Amazon Go Plans Said to Be in Jeopardy

    No not everybody can, for various legal reasons. And amongst those that legally can have a card there are those that are uncapable of understanding/using it correctly. So why not prevent this kind? You say it's a business decision, but that's not exactly true: We're discussing discrimination...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    Did you actually read the proposed bill? 1. It does not apply to every company, but a select few (big) ones. 2. It does not apply to companies that are outspokenly affiliated to some political or religious agenda. 3. There are still quite a few types of "statements" that the senator doesn't...
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    Philadelphia Passes Ban on Cashless Stores; Amazon Go Plans Said to Be in Jeopardy

    In my mind it's a matter of discrimination. You could just as well have businesses that won't sell to blind people, or those in wheel chairs, or Jews, or Democrats, or... You think that's fine too?
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    YouTuber Discovers Unreleased NES WCW Wrestling Game

    "... he's going to release the ROM to the public..." And Nintendo's response to that?
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    Windows 10 Will Uninstall Incompatible Updates

    Windows "updates" that are so bad that they prevent Windows from starting (the kind of problem fixed by this new feature) are rare, in my experience. The bigger problem is when third party software suddenly doesn't work as a result of a (quietly installed) Windows update.
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    Passively Cooling the Intel i9-9900K

    For me that video is a nice review of the heatsink...
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    Philadelphia Passes Ban on Cashless Stores; Amazon Go Plans Said to Be in Jeopardy

    From a Swedish perspective I'd support a law like this, provided it's accompanied with matching banking laws. The use of cash is extremely low, and an increasing portion of stores don't accept any form of cash. If you go to the bank and want to insert cash (>$50) to boost your account you better...
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    MSI Gaming Monitor Stops a Stray Bullet (and Still Works)

    "... the monitor still works, but MSI is sending him a replacement anyway." Of course MSI won't let him keep this gem! That monitor will probably get on display at MSI's sales HQ (or similar).
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    Microsoft Announces DX12 Support for Windows 7

    Isn't that the whole thing? Since W7 is about to go EoL MS doesn't loose any migration. Isn't it also easier (and thus cheaper) to program DX11? I got the impression that DX12 "allows" (requires) the programmer to make hardware specific optimizations to get even better performance.
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    Boeing 787-9 Twin Jet Dreamliner Hits Top Speed of 801 MPH

    Not in Krizby's example that I was referring to. Yes, and that's because with a change in pitch you initially trade speed for altitude. If the objective is to change speed while maintaining altitude you first change the power setting and then adjust the pitch to compensate for the change in lift.
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    Intel Gen11 Reportedly Takes iGPU Performance to Another Level

    To me there's too little info to make a clear cut opinion, yet: * What happened to Gen10? * Is Gen11 to be used in desktop or laptop CPUs? Perhaps both? * What's the power consumption? * Is it the top end or mid range model that's been tested? * When will it be available, and at what cost? The...
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    Boeing 787-9 Twin Jet Dreamliner Hits Top Speed of 801 MPH

    Given that the speed of sound under water is about 1,500 m/s (3,350 mph) I'd say no, not really...
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    Boeing 787-9 Twin Jet Dreamliner Hits Top Speed of 801 MPH

    You clearly underestimate the flight characteristics of rocks... If you lose aerodynamic lift you go ballistic, continuing at the same speed horizontally while beginning a gravitational descent. Add engines that provide some lift and speed to the rock and it will fly quite nicely...
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    Boeing 787-9 Twin Jet Dreamliner Hits Top Speed of 801 MPH

    That's not a 100% certainty... A DC8 has supposedly gone supersonic once in a test flight and survived. Not recommended though, because the transsonic a can really cause havoc.
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    Millions of Sensitive Swedish Medical Calls Leak Out

    There's a real storm brewing in Sweden now, caused by this. The (accidental) publication of sensitive data is (probably) a violation against several laws, and the authority of data protection will look deeply into the matter. Computer Sweden, the magazine that originally found this out, has...
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    Analyst: NVIDIA Lied about Its Cryptocurrency Earnings to Avoid Stock Crash

    As I've understood it the idea is that Nvidia (in their book keeping) took the difference and used it to cover the losses made after the cryto craze was over. (Nvidia "didn't produce more GPUs than they could sell", you know...) That way one can claim that viewed over the entire year the numbers...
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    Tesla Rival Nio Causes Traffic Jam as Software Upgrade Incapacitates Smart Car

    But it does let you out, ... unless the doors are locked... That's a good question! From Chinese comments: "One claimed five steps and two confirmations were need for the software upgrade to start. “What does the maker need to do for everyone to be satisfied?” the user asked." Obviously it...
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    What happened to Steam's First Early Access Games?

    From a consumer's point of view my experience is that Early Access typically gives you an okay game at a low price. I typically enter late in the Early Access and don't bother whether it reaches "release" status or not. KSP, for example, didn't seem any different in version 1.1 vs 0.9, From the...
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    AMD Cinebench Benchmark Demo at CES 2019 Buries the Current Intel Lineup

    One major difference is that Intel's roadmap has seen some major changes along the way. Given how long they've been working with their 10nm design it's not impossible that it will be monolithic, and thus obsolete, when launched.
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    AMD Cinebench Benchmark Demo at CES 2019 Buries the Current Intel Lineup

    I'd rather think that since Intel's been increasing their IPC for so long they're now at the point of diminishing returns. I don't expect anything significant there until they take a leap away from the Core architecture.
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    Can You Detect When Ray Tracing Is Turned On?

    To me the only relevant question would be: Which setting provides the best gaming experience? Looking at/for specific details just to tell the difference isn't something you do while gaming. Agreed. The implementation in BF is by no means perfect, and (some) later games will do it better...
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    Games Industry Asks WHO to Hold Fire on "Gaming Disorder"

    I think that's true for just about every new psychological disorder, and has been since the dawn of time. What do you think of treatments against female "hysteria"? What about the treatment of "shell shock"?
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    AMD Cinebench Benchmark Demo at CES 2019 Buries the Current Intel Lineup

    There were actually a couple of videos posted leading up to CES. It really starts with the one about chiplets, posted half a year ago (2018-06-30). Will be interesting to see how Navi compares in terms of price/performance and power/performance. Nvidia might not be able to keep the crown for...
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    NVIDIA Unlikely to Help Retailers Cut Excess Mainstream GPU Pricing

    Seriously? The retailers only have the ability to inflate prices, not to reduce them. As I've understood it: Nvidia sells (mostly) GPUs only, to AIB partners at a price with a significant profit margin. The partners produce cards with these GPUs, adding to the price. The cards are then sold...
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    AMD Previews 7nm Ryzen CPUs at CES

    Prediction is difficult when you don't know how far to push the frequency and IPC gain. Back in my day the CPU (IBM 486SLC2) didn't even need a heatsink... 4-core chiplet should be read as 8-core with (at least) four cores disabled. Only one type of chiplet is printed, and then it's all a matter...
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    Intel Introduces New 9th Gen Desktop Processors

    Depends on your definition of "good die". With the IGP you get a relatively large portion of dies with eight working cores and damaged IGP. Without the IGP more dies will turn out with a damaged core.
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    Intel Introduces New 9th Gen Desktop Processors

    Read any of the reveiws posted for the CPUs with IGP. None of the one's I've seen make use of the IGP so thermals will be as is. The real question is how much worse the thermals is if you actually do use the IGP...?
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    Intel Introduces New 9th Gen Desktop Processors

    That's a future possibility, if the versions with IGP are to be as good as removed from the market. As for now I think there's a heap of chips binned as "defective IGP" just waiting to be released for sale.
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    Jersey City Cops Use Fake Amazon Boxes and Doorbell Cameras to Catch Thieves

    Is it safe to assume that in the US nobody bothers to lock their cars or home doors either...? I avoid home deliveries as much as I can, unless it's something small enough to get in the mailbox. Instead the typical pick-up location is either of my two nearest conveniance stores, open 7 a.m. to...
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    DICE Apologizes to Battlefield V Players for Dumbing Down the Game

    ... which is why I stay away from this type of games. There really should be some type of player ranking system and matching so that players will only have to meet other players of similar rank. (Optional to enter a game for higher ranks.)
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    Denuvo Fails Again: Just Cause 4 Cracked in Just a Day

    Not if it's anywhere near how the movie industry does it: When they talk about the production cost of a movie, that number includes the marketing cost. (Typically about 50% for a Hollywood production.) If the 20x is correct (which I doubt) that means the budget for a M$20 game is M$19 marketing...
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    AdoredTV Discusses the Recent AMD Ryzen and Radeon 3000 Series Leaks

    You think that's "slightly"!? Given that it's just going from Zen to Zen2 it's a major increase! Has Intel even been able to get that far in the last five or more generations of Core? Most probably not. Interesting thought... Technically I think you're on to something. The limiting factor would...
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    AdoredTV Discusses the Recent AMD Ryzen and Radeon 3000 Series Leaks

    Imagine somebody two years ago telling you that if you purchased a budget motherboard with AMD chipset released a few months later, it would only support CPUs with no more than 12 cores. Would you've considered that a limitation? Yes, that seems like a real issue resulting in new price hikes and...
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    Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking Review @ [H]

    If this is a review I miss comparisons to the i7-9700K (the benefit of two more cores) and the Ryzen 5 2600X (which is AMD's best opposition featuring twice as many threads at a bit lower clocks). Depends on what games you play. An increasing portion of new games make good use of eight threads...
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    Fallout 76 No Longer Has Its Frame Rate Tied to the Physics Engine

    Assuming that FO76 is a testbed for the multiplayer part of (a more FO4-like) FO5 (that will use the same game engine), do you still think frame locking can/should be absent with no additional problems?
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    Fallout 76 No Longer Has Its Frame Rate Tied to the Physics Engine

    It's obviously worked just fine in all the previous single player games they've launched. The main problem is that they've re-used a game engine tailored for just single player, and has had little to no regard for all the requirements of multi-player that aren't there for single-player. There's...
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    NVIDIA Gives the Bird to All RTX Early Adopters

    I was thinking in the same line. ... but who would want the original Space Invaders with the code simply "translated" to a modern OS? The original game got it's slow initial speed and gradual speed-up as a result of the slow CPU used. Today's CPUs are about 1,000 times faster, so the mass of...
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    US has the Most Expensive Mobile Data Plans in the World

    The report clearly has its limitations: It's only about 4G costs. Presented pricing are the median values, so 50% of local options are cheaper. Nothing about area coverage. Nothing about what else is included. I use the provider that has the very best area cover locally (and nationally). Still...
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    Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Reviewed, 95-Watt TDP Results

    I think the exact wording used by Intel was closer to: "... unable to handle the power demanded by six-core CPUs..." (as opposed to the previous up to four cores). This next leap from six to eight cores should logically produce the same added demand for more power and consequential outcry...
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    Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Reviewed, 95-Watt TDP Results

    Also reviews of the CPU get screwed up when the performance at "stock" settings differ significantly based on what motherboard is used. That's where this common denominator in the form of the official TDP has its place. From there it's possible to compare and see which motherboard step away the...