top OCZ Launches Vector Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD, First All In-House Design
I have anecdotal evidence to offer as well. I've had a 120gb vertex 2 for two years as my primary desktops primary hard drive which gets used daily. Never had a problem with it, still runs great.
about a year and a half ago
top Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming
The solution to this is simple. Start out with a very small "officially supported" range of systems, such as the latest ubuntu install, default installation, with a small range of graphics cards, and a small range of motherboards or even specific computer models from various brands. Everyone else has binaries or source available to them, but support is up to the community.
about a year and a half ago
top Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra
I got it, I just chose not to ack your bad joke.
top Why Non-Coders Shouldn't Write Code
There is a difference between saying "an inexperienced coder shouldn't experiment and learn code", and saying "an inexperienced coder shouldn't write production code for a software company that distributes software to clients in mission critical production environments that has to be supported and maintained"
top The Passing of the Personal Computer Era
I disagree with your using "intended for use by one person" as a key defining point of PC. The revolution of the PC was that the physical size had come down enough to where it was plausible to have one in a personal space such as a home, opposed to a space such as a business or university, and did not need to connect to a mainframe to function. Much like the early days of the TV, you would have one per household, not one per person.
The phrase you need to be concluding on is "general purpose computer". Tablets and Smartphones are, by design, NOT general purpose computers. The companies making and selling them do not want you to use them as you would use a PC. They want you to consume media, which they can charge you more money for, and then share that media with others so that they can in turn charge them as well.
PC is not redefined based on how people use their PC. Just because the majority of the people today who own a PC only use it for browsing webpages, listening to music, and watching video does not mean that any device that can do these things is now a PC.
top The Passing of the Personal Computer Era
Not only this, but the biggest improvement to overall responsiveness of a machine right now is an SSD. If you purchased or built your computer 1-2 years ago and are looking for a significant speed boost, all you need to do is buy an SSD, not an entirely new computer or even a new motherboard and cpu. I doubt their methods to track purchased PCs even include hardware sales that could indicate home-built computers, and are only tracking numbers from the larger pre-built companies like apple, dell, hp, toshiba, etc..
top Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE
Can anyone explain why KDE was able to squeeze out better performance than XFCE?
I am not familiar with the defaults for Ubuntu's XFCE package, so I am unsure if they have some kind of composting engine configured that would be slowing it down. I was quite shocked to see that they found KDE to land higher benchmarks than XFCE.
top QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks
I'm a bit confused about how a hash would help. I assume that all information except for the salt would be plainly visible on the bill, or else there would be no way to confirm the contents of the hash are correct. If you had a reasonable collection of bills with all of this visible information then you should be able to derive the salt eventually. At that point there is nothing stopping a counterfeiter from producing passable qr codes on their bills. I have my doubts about the salt remaining secret for even that long, as any device made to verify the qr codes would have to have the salt embedded in it somewhere, waiting for hacker eyes to reveal it.
top How Does the Tiny Waterbear Survive In Outer Space?
Is it so hard to imagine that these things could have been formed on another planet, or even a non-planetary celestial object such as an asteroid, which then traveled near earth while carrying these critters,before breaking apart causing fragments to land on earth? After thousands of years of life on earth evolution caused them to lose some of their space-rigidity which is why they now only fare a 60% chance of survival. Perhaps their survival has little bearing on the duration of their space travel; it could be like hdd failings, where if an hdd makes it past a certain point in usage then it's probability of premature failure is slim. Thoe 60% that survived may have been able to survive 100 days.
top Recent Apple Java Update Doesn't Fix Critical Java Flaw Claims Researcher
The bug described in
CVE-2012-4681 affects Java SE 7. OS X uses Java SE 6. It would be a little weird if they patched Java SE 6 for a bug that doesn't exist in Java SE 6.
top Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children
Just playing Devil's Advocate here, but couldn't God divinely cause a mutation in a specific direction which would then work itself out in evolution to become a dominant trait? Or even that God created the evolution process and let it run, similarly to how a software programmer writes a function and calls it?
top CPUs Do Affect Gaming Performance, After All
Frames per second in video games are not all about what you can see. The FPS that a game plays at is in direct relation to input delay. A game that runs at 30fps is going to have twice as much input delay as a game that runs at 60fps, and 4 times the delay of a game that runs at 120fps. In highly competitive multiplayer games having an additional 20ms delay on all of your inputs compared to an opponent can make a difference.
top Minneapolis Police Catalog License Plates and Location Data
Can I put a camera on my front yard that records license plates, and then feed that into a computer system that creates similar logs?.
Can I put a camera on the roof of my business to do this?
Can Starbucks or McDonalds put a camera on top of every store location and track vehicles nationwide?
top Linux Users Banned From
Diablo III Servers
What if the library didn't serve beer, but had a section dedicated to people who wanted to bring their own beer. But one beer company decided that even though the library lets you drink the beer in there, they don't want you drinking THEIR beer in a library. So if Blizzard catches you drinking their beer in a Linux environment, they are going to ban you from playing Diablo 3.
top Paul Vixie: 100,000 DSL Modems May Lose Their DNS On July 9
From FBI PDF
What Does DNSChanger Do to My Computer?
DNSChanger malware causes a computer to use rogue DNS servers in one of two ways. First, it changes the computer’s DNS server settings to replace the ISP’s good DNS servers with rogue DNS servers operated by the criminal. Second, it attempts to access devices on the victim’s small office/home office (SOHO) network that run a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server (eg. a router or home gateway). The malware attempts to access these devices using common default usernames and passwords and, if successful, changes the DNS servers these devices use from the ISP’s good DNS servers to rogue DNS servers operated by the criminals. This is a change that may impact all computers on the SOHO network, even if those computers are not infected with the malware.
top FBI Caught On Camera Returning Seized Server
It would be more like this:
You go into 7-11, pay for a frozen burrito, then proceed to the customer-use microwave to warm up your afternoon treat. While you wait for your snack to warm up: 2 FBI agents walk into the store, identify themselves to the manager, walk over to the microwave (with your burrito in it), unplug it, walk out the door with it, and drive away.
Now you're thinking, hey those 2 guys just stole a microwave and my burrito. In reality they had a warrant to seize the microwave and its contents, and properly identified themselves to the establishment housing the microwave.
top Bethesda Announces
Elder Scrolls MMO
Despite everyone's gripes about the MMO genre, Bethesda makes quality games, and I believe they will make a quality MMO.
Whenever I play a Bethesda game I never feel like im grinding, I'm always immersed in the story and the environment around me. I don't feel like I'm trying to rush to the end. I'm more interested in the story and the adventure that goes along with it. MMO lately have been missing this immersion (for me at least). They may be full of story but it doesn't touch or interest me, and it seems like it was all thrown together haphazardly for quest filler. (Although SWTOR suffered from the opposite problem. The game was 100% story with lackluster gameplay that made me cringe.) Most of the time it feels like the quests were not designed around the story, but rather the story was designed around the quests (and just how much story can you pump into a "kill 10 bears" quest). I for one am hopeful that Bethesda will breath new life into an over-saturated MMO market and I am looking forward to enjoying the genre once again.
top End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare
Try DosBox. The game IS 16 years old after all. Even in XP it may have needed to be set for win95 compatibility.
top Apple Unveils New iPad
In a marketing world where consumers want the product with "the most Gs" you don't describe graphics with performance metrics.
top Embryonic Stem Cell Retinal Implants Seem Safe, So Far
Without a doubt we are harvesting people to get embryonic stem cells.
These embryos (not fetuses) would be destroyed if not donated to science.
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