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    Apple to release first ARM Mac without Intel processor in next 18 months

    That sounds kind of, well, idiotic to me. If you think that Windows, which runs the most desktops in the world, that underlies the second largest cloud is "an utter piece of unreliable shit," that implies you really don't know what you are talking about. So you can understand where the...
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    Apple to release first ARM Mac without Intel processor in next 18 months

    Some of these are old people, many are young new people. Also the reason they should change in our case is twofold: 1) In engineering, software doesn't run on the Mac. I mean some does, but maybe 20% or so. Most is either Windows and Linux or just Windows. So use the platform that supports the...
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    Apple to release first ARM Mac without Intel processor in next 18 months

    Eh, yes and no. For a lot of people it seems to be a fashion/identity thing. They want to use a Mac, even when one is manifestly not the right solution. They'll jump through hoops up to and including running a VM so they can run the programs they need (and now having two separate OSes and...
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    Xbox X Series further specs revealed

    No, there's the question of a FLOP doing what. What I mean is we have long since left the realm of having nothing but general purpose execution units, which execute all instructions in precisely the same cycle count. Now we have lots of specialized units for various tasks. When they quote their...
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    Xbox X Series further specs revealed

    If they do backward compatibility to older consoles, it will almost certainly be with emulation. It would be 100% possible to emulate the PS3 on PS5 hardware. I mean look at the Xbox 360 emulator on the Xbox One. It isn't easy, you need some talented people to write the code but it turns out...
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    Xbox X Series further specs revealed

    I mean, that is a bit of a nothing number as how you count a FLOP varies a whole lot... However it does sound like it has big power coming. Not only on the GPU front, but CPU as well which is good as more than a couple console games get limited by CPU performance. The question though, will be...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    It's mostly just getting a new TV, not because they actually cared about 4k. These days, all but small and very inexpensive TVs just are 4k. You buy a 55" TV (the most popular size) and you are hard pressed to find one that isn't 4k. Even a bargain basement Chinese government brand (Hisense is...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    Yes and no. Yes it will almost certainly be a 4k Blu0ray player, I mean the Xbox 1 X is so you imagine the next gen will be as well. However that doesn't mean it really is that good a value. Reason is that 4k Blu-rays are just not very popular. The movie industry is dumb and charges quite a bit...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    Also what people are missing is this is NOT about what you can build for an equal price, NOT about how much money people have, etc. It is all about what people are willing to pay for a console. That is where the companies are worried about a price at $500 or above. Doesn't matter if people could...
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    Are the AMD drivers really that bad?

    So I can't say for home use as I've been an nVidia guy for a long time, but for professional use, ya there are some issues. I don't think it is as bad as fanboys make it out to be, but it is a problem and enough to sway what we buy for a lot of things. In particular there are three things we've...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    Ya well... they aren't telling the whole story here. The DRAM on SSDs isn't so much for caching data. They do that (though not always, on enterprise systems drive cache may be turned off for various reasons) but the big reason is caching the page map. The biggest thing an SSD controller does...
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    Activision Blizzard Pulls Out of NVIDIA GeForce Now Game Streaming Service

    Well both parts are a problem for streaming services. The first is a problem because you have to have a studio that will make such a game that is willing to go exclusive with you. So far, there aren't any of those. It would be a risk for the studio so unless they are owned by the company doing...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    It's not really a matter of absolute value, but what consumers are willing to pay. There are just mental blocks people have for certain products at certain price limits and $600 seems to be an amount that people just don't want to pay for a game console. Some of them are the very same people who...
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    Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts

    Even then it didn't sell particularly well. Goes double given the utter dominance of the PS2, which always helps (people often stick with the same brand they have). It's price wasn't the only reason for it, but it sure was a factor. There is just only so much many people will pay for a game...
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    Activision Blizzard Pulls Out of NVIDIA GeForce Now Game Streaming Service

    VR is another example of something that people rushed in to en masse and as of yet, it remains to be seen if it'll take off. So far it has been very niche. 3D movies/TV are an even better example: While you may think it is cool (and you aren't the only one) most people don't, they don't like the...
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    Activision Blizzard Pulls Out of NVIDIA GeForce Now Game Streaming Service

    That's not necessarily so. Execs are very prone to chasing the "next big thing" often without proper analysis of if it will be the next big thing. So you will see companies rush on to a bandwagon, only to abandon it later. Good example from gaming? Motion control. The Wii came out and was very...
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    Yet another new Atari VCS update...

    Only in Atari's mind :P
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    VMware Updates per-CPU Pricing Model

    Nah, they have 16 core bundles for many products. You have to remember that Microsoft is all over the place with licensing and it is super complicated.
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    VMware Updates per-CPU Pricing Model

    Sigh. More companies keep pulling this shit. Microsoft did it too. Back in the day they were "A socket is a socket is a socket" and all licensing costs were per socket. Multi-core chips were the same as single core and they leaned on certified vendors to do the same... Now? Oh ya, you'd better...
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    EU votes to have universal mobile device power adapters

    Ya well a few issues with that: 1) Just because you do it first, doesn't mean that newer standards aren't better. USB-C allows for things that lightning doesn't, such as direct connection to HDMI/DP/Thunderbolt (lightning has to go through an adapter that uses lossy compression because of the...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    Probably. Usually if there's an option for media companies to be stupid and evil, they are. Another issue is I just think it isn't that popular, most computer gamers seem to be either headphone people or just "whatever crap speaker" people. You don't meet a lot that like good surround...
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    Unity engine 2019.3 is available

    Unity has really gotten their shit together these days. It used to have a lot of problem, it wasn't just that crapware was released using it, legit games had plenty of issues too. Audio stuttering was a big one it had early on. However in recent years, they really have made it pretty solid.
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    S/PDIF is for sure easier to deal with. I really wish they'd expand the standard to support higher channel counts. It is physically capable of it, the optical format that it uses is the same as ADAT lightpipe which does 8 channels of 48kHz 24-bit audio, but consumer gear will only do 2 channel...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    Something to be wary of is that bass management often doesn't work with the 7.1 inputs, though often pass right through to the preamp. All the bass management, and other audio processing, is done digitally in modern receivers and they don't normally have an ADC on the multi-channel input so it...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    Not disagreeing with that price point. My system is quite a bit more expensive than that, just saying that I really do find surround on speakers to be quite awesome with many games, better than good headphones. However I fully understand it isn't for everyone and there's no way I'd advocate most...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    Ya but it is awful nice when you do have it :). Maybe because of consoles a lot of games have pretty competent surround these days and it just sounds better over a good speaker setup. I'll agree it is a pain to get all set up, but I do love it so.
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    They certainly can be useful for that. If you want to get in to a field, or back in to a field, it is a way you can show "Hey I know something about this and take some initiative to learn!" Now that doesn't mean you get the right cert and you instantly land a high level job, you are still going...
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    I mean you can argue what the time table should be, just telling you how ANSI works with regards to certs. Continuing education and renewal is required if you want ANSI accreditation, and the government requires ANSI accreditation if your cert is going to be accepted. It's the same situation...
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    But if it isn't required... then we are back to my "what happens when a shady company does something" scenario? Do we just say "Well that sucks, but too bad for you, shady companies get to do what they want and if they cause you harm doing it, too bad"? See when licensing is required, then if a...
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    Understand I'm saying what is happening, regardless of if you like it or not. The DoD standards are a thing and they apply to a lot of jobs, government and private sector. That is how these things start. However there's also an issue with the idea of just not requiring licensure or...
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    No, it is slowly becoming a thing that more places require, and eventually I suspect IT will be a licensed profession that will need it. I mean you wouldn't go to a doctor that wasn't certified and accredited, you wouldn't fly on a plane with a pilot that wasn't certified, heck you wouldn't hire...
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    comptia opposes right to repair bill

    That's actually a good thing. The reason they did that is to be ANSI accredited. IT is slowly growing up as a profession and in professions that have certification and licensure, the certifications have to meet certain standards. One of those is the concept of continuing education. You don't get...
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    Wasteland Remastered

    Also for anyone not aware, inXile is run by Brian Fargo, one of the co-designers of Wasteland. So it isn't just a studio doing a remake, it is one of the OGs who wrote the thing in the first place :)
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    Number of Switch vs. Wii games launched over first 3 years

    It is because they allow indy titles to be ported to the digital store. Now this is good and bad. The good is that it means you get some real quality titles that were for the PC but will run fine on handheld hardware. This includes both new titles, and some titles that have been out on PC for a...
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    Gamers hate the Epic Game Store but spent $680 million there anyway.

    Yes, including me. I can, however, point out general trends I see in the community.
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    Gamers hate the Epic Game Store but spent $680 million there anyway.

    Gamers as a whole seem to be some of the whiniest but least committed people out there. I see a lot of hate and angry for things the game industry does from people, but rarely are they willing to back any of that up with the simple action of voting with their wallet. I remember that shit from...
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    RTX 3xxx performance speculation

    I think it is part nostalgia/rose coloured glasses in that people tend to remember the good things in the past and forget the bad. I also think part of it is whatever we have now, we notice the problems with and thus if something doesn't have those particular problems, it can look better because...
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    Anyone give up on PC Surround sound and just go stereo? Any regrets?

    The Focusrite Scarlett Solo has balanced TRS outputs and supports up to 192kHz. Not sure what it costs in Canada, but lists for $110 in the US. Focusrite generally does a pretty good job with their audio interfaces, in my experience (I have a first generation 6i6).
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    Micro LED TV mass production in 2023

    Maybe though they may have to moderate the brightness to keep them from burning in. Remember that burn in is a problem with any emissive display, and LEDs are no exception. One way to moderate the effects of that is to not operate at peak brightness. So even if the display was capable of, say...
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    Wi-Fi 6E Standard For 6 GHz

    It shouldn't be much less range than 5GHz. The upper 5GHz band is actually around 5.8GHz, and the new 6GHz stuff will be in the 5.9-7.1GHz area. So higher frequency, and thus less penetration, but not a lot. It isn't like 60GHz WiFi which is technically a thing (802.11ad) but nobody uses because...
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