How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
I don't know about others, but most of my friends run 3+ yo computers and laptops based on Sandy Bridge.
This CPU architecture was so good, or maybe Intel stopped innovating in the absence of competition, so today, more than three years later, I have zero urge to upgrade my PC. The only updates that I've made are: I updated my GPU a year ago and installed NVIDIA Kepler. Also, initially I had just four gigs of RAM in 2x2GB configuration and now I have sixteen gigs in 4x4GB configuration. Everything else is from 2011.
I remember ten years ago, when you didn't update your computer at least once every two year, it became horribly outdated, slow and just unpleasant to use.
Which desktop environment do you like the best?
I prefer KDE, but not what KDE4/5/plasma are.
I still use KDE 3.5.10, the sanest, the most customizable, and the most convenient KDE that has ever existed. XFCE is my second favourite (the only sane option in new distros).
Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business
We can now totally forget about Nokia phones running Android or any other alternative OS - and no matter what people say or how much they dislike Windows Phone, Nokia's hardware is still excellent - it could have been a perfect match for Android, Firefox OS, Ubuntu OS, etc.
You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1
Game developers surely won't be convinced as most people still run (and will keep on running) the greatest common divisor which is Windows 7.
So I believe very few games will have features unique to DirectX >= 11.1. It just doesn't make sense to invest your money into something most people will be unable to use.
Brazilian Schoolchildren Tagged By Computer Chips
Why has this been modded funny?
Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?
That is where I want room-temperature superconductors first of all.
100% computational efficiency, 0% heat release, no fans/ventilators/etc, almost completely quite computer (except for rotational HDDs and PSUs).
Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft
As it often happens on /. the summary is not correct.
In the linked article: "Bing's freshness -- search quality in terms of freshness -- is at least on par with Google" and "Shum believes that Bing has finally reached a point where it can compete with Google on a technical level".
Google still indexes a lot more websites (enter some rare keywords and Google will give you up to five times more results than Bing), and it allows quoted queries which sometimes allow you to find information much much faster.
AMD: What Went Wrong?
I've read at least twice that throughout its latest history (the last ten years) AMD managed to create only two new CPU architectures, K8 and Bulldozer.
All AMD CPUs between K8 and Bulldozer are more or less the same design, and that fact alone explains that even Phenom2 CPUs offer modest improvement in IPC and power consumption over original Athlon64 CPUs which were released over 8 (!) years ago. All these CPUs share the same functional blocks, the same cache hierarchy, the same number of core blocks, etc.
Meanwhile during this time Intel has gone through Merom, Conroe, Wolfdale, Kentsfield, Arrandale, Clarkdale, Lynnfield ... the list goes on and on. Every 2-3 years Intel offers some radical improvements which made Intel the king of the hill since the advent of the Core 2 architecture.
Also we have to bear in mind that Intel's R&D's budget equals AMD's entire revenue, and since the x86 architecture is one of the most complicated computing architectures (at least from what I've heard), maybe the fact that AMD is always trailing Intel CPUs is that AMD just lacks resources to innovate and invent (actually resources are there but senior managers in AMD have indiscreet bonuses and salaries which means they don't have as many talented engineers as e.g. Intel can easily afford).
Do you like your cell phone?
"I like my phone, but it's really outdated, so I will soon buy a new one".
Where does your electricity come from?
I cannot vote because in my region we have coal & fuel oil power plants, dams (renewable power) and I bet some of electricity I get is supplied by nuclear power plants.
On the scale of ratios I surmise most of my electricity is supplied by dam powerhouses (I see a major European river outside of my window).
Intel Offers Protection Plan For Overclockers
I've read several times that Intel CPUs cost a little over $30 to manufacture, so don't think of Intel as Maecenas. Of course, they are lowering their profits by doing this, but they also give a lot more people the incentive and opportunity to overclock without fearing consequences like burnt $1000 CPUs.
I am, at present, from the place of my birth ...
- < 1% of the circumference of Earth = < ~400km (~250 miles)
- 1 to 3% of the circumference of Earth = ~400km (~250 miles) - ~1200km (~750 miles)
- 4 to 10% of the circumference of Earth = ~1600km (~1000miles) - ~4000km (~2500miles), e.g. Mexico - Canada
- 11 to 25% of the circumference of Earth = ~4400km (~2740miles) - ~10,000km (~6225miles), e.g. US - Moscow distance
- 26 to 50% of the circumference of Earth = ~10400km (~6474miles) - ~20000km (12450miles), e.g. Australia - USA
Hard Drive Prices Slide As Thai Flood Aftermath Subsides
I wonder why Seagate chose to slash their warranty even though its plants weren't affected by the floods.
Cloned Drug-Sniffing Dogs Prove Successful In South Korea
A few years ago I read that cloned animals have the same age as their originals (right from the birth), thus cloning even middle aged animals becomes less attractive financially as clones have a substantially short(er) life span.
Is this fact still valid?
I typically run Windows ...
I typically run Fedora Linux, but I dual boot into Windows XP to play games..
Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?
I wonder how soon we will see the posts asking how to recover information from IDE drives - most modern motherboards lack this interface and in a few years IDE will be entirely abandoned (at least in the consumer oriented market).
Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal Using Only a Beer Can
My relatives live in the countryside and Internet access speed via a GSM network is abysmal (I'm talking solely about G2/Edge traffic) - around 4-6KB/sec vs theoretical limit of ~14KB/sec. Also access is very intermittent.
Is there a simple working solution (like the one outlined in this article) of boosting GSM connectivity for a 3G modem (which, alas, works only in 2G mode, since 3G masts are too far away).
Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany
Now, according to Apple's lawyers, if you ever worked for Apple, then your subsequent inventions for other companies may also very well belong to Apple:
In amongst the ITC court papers in the recent HTC versus Apple spat is an argument which claims that Andy Rubin got inspiration for Android framework while working at Apple, hence infringing an Apple API patent.
This means that Android started at Apple, just by virtue of the fact that one of its former employees happened to have invented it. If this logic was applied, it would mean that it did not matter where an employee worked in their life all their inventions would be legally owned by the first company they worked for.
The Register Hacked
If cannot live without The Register, put into your hosts file
these two lines:
And the summary of the article is apparently wrong, someone stole/hacked into TheRegister DNS zone, TheRegister www servers are intact.
I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...
... multiplies as mad and definitely has a split personality disorder.
He has already voted almost 5000 times.
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