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Intel Rolling Out 800Gbps Cables This Year

Deathspawner Re:Improvements for more modest uses? (101 comments)

I thought 10Gbps Ethernet would have trickled down to some home usage by now.

I'm with you. It drives me nuts that nothing better than 1Gbps has come along yet. Heck, I'd be thrilled with 5Gbps... it doesn't -have- to be 10Gbps.

about 9 months ago
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Google's Second Generation Nexus 7 Benchmarks

Deathspawner Re:well gosh (205 comments)

That's the right decision.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Devices In Stores, Opens Up App Payments

Deathspawner Re:Spain? (57 comments)

It's an $88 USD offering, so that might be the point. Spain users might be able to latch onto it quicker than o thers.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

Deathspawner Re:Free but only partially useful solution (253 comments)

Right, but the number of people that run FDE or even FLE are small. Good point on the wireless though. I guess you'd just have to hope that someone would plug it into a wired connection :S

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

Deathspawner Re:Free but only partially useful solution (253 comments)

That's a good point. If setup as a cron job though, it'd still execute as soon as the login screen is reached. The thief might not be able to get in, but the IP would have already been sent to the remote host. The lack of effective encryption would indeed suck, however.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

Deathspawner Free but only partially useful solution (253 comments)

Writing a bash script that automatically sends the laptop's current outbound IP address to a remote file is one idea. That would at least help you figure out to some degree there the laptop has been used from. It'd require law enforcement to go further than that, though...

about a year and a half ago
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Former Valve Hardware Designer was 'Stabbed in the Back'

Deathspawner Ouch. (2 comments)

That doesn't surprise me too much. On the upside, the fact that Valve gave her and her co-worker free reign with their AR project should make her just a wee bit less bitter. Especially if it happens to become a success.

about a year and a half ago
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Children as young as 5 to learn programming and algorithms in teaching overhaul

Deathspawner Good to see (1 comments)

I think this is great, and wish something like it existed when I went to school. Kids are like sponges, so soaking up that knowledge so early on could really benefit them later on - not just with coding knowledge, but problem-solving as well.

about a year and a half ago
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Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

Deathspawner Bring it on (1 comments)

It's unbelievable how overdue this is. I'd LOVE to be able to use my phone outside and actually not have to squint and find some magical angle (I am not flexible enough for it either).

about a year and a half ago
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Doug Engelbart Passes Away

Deathspawner RIP, good sir. (124 comments)

Thanks for all of your contributions to our computing.

about a year and a half ago
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Opinion: Apple Should Have Gone With Intel Instead of TSMC

Deathspawner Re:Poor premise (229 comments)

When was it they last did that? During the PowerPC > Intel era?

about a year and a half ago
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LibreOffice Calc Set To Get GPU Powered Boost From AMD

Deathspawner I like it (211 comments)

It's times like this when I wish I actually had a need for such a thing. If LibreOffice ever allowed me to create prettier graphs like Word does, I'd consider moving on over. As much as Microsoft is hated on around here, Office is pretty damned polished (that isn't to say there are no problems... there are still many that drive me bonkers, but they are software features, not performance and the like).

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re:No, it is proof that... (543 comments)

Err, I'm ignorant + a Microsoft hater because I think Microsoft is in the wrong because it didn't clue me into a super-useful menu hidden in the OS? If I misread you, apologies. I've been using W8 since launch. It's not perfect, but I don't hate on things for the sake of it.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (543 comments)

I don't understand that logic. It seems counter-intuitive to randomly hit Win+ every letter on a screen just to finally see what does what you want, versus looking at a guide. Something like Ctrl + Tab to open up the All Apps screen inside of the Start Screen is hardly common sense.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re:Waitwhat? (543 comments)

Well said!

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (543 comments)

Here lies the problem: Microsoft doesn't make it easy to find these keyboard shortcuts. I mean - are they even listed in the OS itself at all? Or just some random Microsoft website?

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (543 comments)

The fact that almost no one knows about this menu is foolish... and a hint to what Microsoft has done wrong. I only found out about that menu because of tutorial software that ASUS ships on its Win8 notebooks.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Deathspawner Re: Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (543 comments)

The steps are identical, I agree. You could do both blindfolded and wind up with the same result.

about a year and a half ago

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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store is Full of Scamware and It Doesn't Seem to Care

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about 4 months ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Windows 8 brought a lot to the table, with one of its most major features being its app store. However, it's not a feature that Microsoft seems too intent on keeping clean. As it is today, the store is completely littered with misleading apps and outright scamware. The unfortunate thing is that to find any of it, all you have to do is simply open the store and peruse the main sections. Not so surprisingly, no Microsoft software seems to be affected by this, but many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost, or will lead the user to download a third-party installer. It's only a matter of time before malware sneaks its way in, if it's not there already."
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Microsoft to Finally Pull the Plug on Windows RT

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about 4 months ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that his company will be working to combine all Windows versions into a unified release by next year."
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DreamWorks' Kid-targeted DreamTab Becomes First Intel-powered Tablet

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "While Intel's had a slight piece of the Android pie already thanks to its use in select smartphones in Europe, the upcoming kid-targeted DreamWorks DreamTab becomes the first tablet to make use of Intel's hardware. And, this is no cut-down SoC as a kids' tablet would imply. In use will be Intel's quad-core Z3740, able to peak at 1.86GHz. Of course, there's a lot more than just the hardware that makes this an interesting tablet. With DreamWorks behind it, the DreamTab could very-well become the hottest kid-target tablet ever."
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Steam User Spends Thousands to Craft Level 1,000 Snow Globe Badge

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "If there's one thing Valve knows how to do well, it's make money, but sometimes, its methods are a little unusual, or unexpected. Take for example, its trading cards, which allows users to purchase virtual cards off of others to craft badges which increase their Steam level. Valve first made good use of this mechanic during last summer's sale, but with the holiday one just past, it's proven that it doesn't care how many cards people buy — even if the total spent runs into the thousands.

What made the badges for this holiday sale quite a bit different than last summer's is that they could be crafted seemingly forever. One user who goes by the name of PalmDesert took that fact to heart, and crafted the same badge a staggering 1,000 times — something that Techgage estimates cost the user about $1,500. Further, the same user crafted a level 100 foil version of the badge, which would have cost over $2,000.

One thing's clear, as menial as a digital item might appear, if it's being sold, someone will buy it."
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Apple's Newest Mac Pro Costs Less than DIY PC Build - Thanks to AMD

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Word’s out that Apple’s latest Mac Pro costs less than an equal-configured do-it-yourself PC, but as Techgage has discovered, there's more than meets the eye in this particular case. While it might seem at first that Apple has loosened up on its famed "Apple Tax", the reason the company's latest Mac Pro costs less than the DIY equivalent owes its thanks to AMD. The reason? The $3,200 GPUs required for a DIY 1:1 build cost just ~$750 to those who purchase one of the latest Mac Pros."
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WD Releases Breakthrough Black2 Drive, Combining an SSD and HDD

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  1 year,27 days

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "WD has today announced its breakthrough Black2 drive, one that combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB mechanical drive — all within a 2.5-inch frame. The benefits here are obvious: Users of regular-sized notebooks can now have the best of both worlds, while those looking to build smaller desktop PCs can shave some room by sticking to a one small single drive solution. As Techgage notes, however, Black2 does carry with it some severe limitations. For starters, it cannot be used as a caching drive. Further, it's exclusive for Windows, as a bit of software is required to unlock the mechanical portion of the drive. Given the fact that a 120GB SSD and 4TB 3.5-inch desktop HDD can be had for about the same $300 pricepoint, WD is clearly targeting Black2 entirely at Windows notebook users."
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Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Blue Light Of Death, Offers Tips

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Following-up to a story reported on Slashdot yesterday of a "Blue Light of Death" that's been plaguing some PlayStation 4 owners, we now not only have confirmation that the problem exists, but are also being given some troubleshooting tips.

In the event of the BLOD being caused by a hardware issue, Sony primarily recommends double-checking all connections to make sure that no problems exist there, while it's also suggested that taking the top off of the console to get a look at the hard drive is worth doing. As a last resort, users are given a way to boot into the console's Safe Mode in order to adjust a variety of settings there — including the all-important 'Restore factory defaults'."

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NVIDIA Announces Surrund 4K, Breaks Through 10K Pixels Wide

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "At a press event held in Montreal, Canada, NVIDIA announced the latest update to its Surround multi-display technology. While it will require a ridiculous amount of graphics horsepower, the company has touted compatibility with 4K displays, resulting in a resolution of 11520×2160, effctively 1080p x 12. Prepare to open that wallet wide."
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EU Committee Votes to Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "The EU has been known to make a lot of odd decisions when it comes to tech, but one committee's latest vote is one that most people will likely agree with: Standardized smartphone chargers. If passed, this decision would cut down on never having the right charger handy, but as far as the EU is concerned, this is all about a reduction of waste. The initial vote went down on Thursday, and given its market saturation, it seems likely that micro USB would be the target standard. Now, it's a matter of waiting on the EU Parliament to make its vote."
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Ignore or Don't Care About ESRB Ratings

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Grand Theft Auto V has proven itself to be GOTY material, and has even managed to break a sales record already. But aside from that, the game has also become one of the most "adult" oriented games ever released, with torture, drug use and sex prevalent not long after beginning the game. Many would believe that such things would deter most parents from picking the game up for their young children — but not so. In an anonymous editorial at Kotaku written by a video game store employee, it's being said that out of the ~1,000 copies sold in the first week, at least 10% of them went to parents accompanied by a child. Clearly, this could be interpreted as a problem. Techgage adds that this is one of the biggest problems facing gaming today. In one breath, many parents criticize video games for being so violent, and in the next, they're saying "thanks" at the counter after picking up these very games for their kids. While ESRB ratings and other warnings about violent games for kids have good reason to exist, there are still many who ignore them, aren't aware to them, or simply don't care about their warnings."
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Valve Announces Family Sharing on Steam, Can Include Friends

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Valve has today announced its next attempt at a console-killer with “Family Sharing”, a feature that will allow you to share your Steam library with family, and close friends. This almost seems too good to be true, and while there are caveats, this is going to be huge, and Valve knows it. As Techgage notes, with it you can share nearly your entire Steam library with family or friends, allowing them to earn their own achievements, and have their own saved games. Given the mammoth collection of games available on Steam, the fact that this feature is becoming a reality is almost as interesting as the feature itself."
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Have MMOs Become Too Easy?

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "A couple of weeks ago, former World of Warcraft developer Mark Kern asked the question most old-school MMO gamers have been thinking for a while: have MMOs become too easy? He makes a couple of great points, ultimately stating that progression is far too quick, and reaching the max level is the "only sense of accomplishment" nowadays. As Mark is no longer with Blizzard, he isn't afraid to speak up about his concerns, and even goes on to state that with WoW, Blizzard "killed a genre". Techgage expands heavily on Mark's comments and gives specific examples of how MMOs have become easier than ever, and asks whether or not the MMO of old is bound to make a return."
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A Look at Addonics' Portable Encryption System: CipherUSB

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Few would deny that data encryption is important, and it's especially true in the enterprise. However, like many other security measures in business, it's easy to overlook truly effective solutions due to their complexity and lacking ease-of-use (read: those that require training). Addonics' CipherUSB aims to rid this problem by allowing users to carry around a simple USB flash drive that stores the appropriate keys. Plugged in, encrypted files on the machine become accessible. Perhaps the most intriguing part: it can be used to encrypt external storage as well, which plugs directly into the device. If you want to get really fancy, you can even team two CipherUSBs together, requiring both to be used to unlock files. However, as cool as the CipherUSB is, it does carry with it a couple of caveats, which Techgage covers in its review."
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And the Winner of Next-Gen is: PlayStation 4 (Unless Microsoft Fixes Things)

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "With both Microsoft and Sony having laid everything out on the table at E3, there’s no better time than the present to peruse it all and see which one comes out ahead. If you've loaded up a Web browser lately, you likely already know the answer. Techgage takes a look at the highlights of the next-gen consoles, and the numerous downfalls that could easily be fixed."
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WD Announces "Se" Enterprise HDDs, Destined for "Bulk Storage" Environments

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "WD has today announced a third addition to its current enterprise hard drive lineup: "Se". The target of this series is "bulk storage" environments, including NAS and scale-out architectures. The reason these drives are notable is because they share a lot in common with the companies high-end Re series, but cost far less (between $70 and $80 depending on density). As Techgage discovered, the series is well-worth looking into whether you're a home user or in charge of a datacenter."
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The Often Overlooked Downsides of Our Apps Moving to the Cloud

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Whether you like it or not, companies have proven that they want our heads in the cloud. Adobe’s recent move to shift its entire Creative Suite there and make it subscription-only solidifies that fact. While there are some downsides to this movement that are blatantly obvious, the biggest devil may be hiding quietly in the details. Techgage explores these oft-overlooked downsides."
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Windows Activation Still a Piece of Junk After All These Years

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Deathspawner (1037894) writes "There's little that's more frustrating than being a legal customer and getting screwed over by the company you're supporting. If there's a perfect example of this, it's with Microsoft's OS and its millions of customers that have had to ring its tech support lines for activation help. Recently, a Techgage writer got bit by an issue with Windows 8 — caused by Microsoft itself — and wasn't even able to call to fix it. Microsoft has two problems to solve here: it needs online chat support (like most large companies in 2013) and it definitely needs an activation system that doesn't make things difficult for its legal customers on a too-regular basis."
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In Defense of Six Strikes

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about 2 years ago

Deathspawner writes "It's been well-established all over the Web that the just-implemented "Six Strikes" system (or CAS, for "Copyright Alert System") is bad... horrible, worthy of death to those who created it. But let's take a deep breath for a moment. Can Six Strikes actually be a good thing for consumers? Techgage believes so. While the scheme isn't perfect (far from it), one of the biggest benefits from this system is that it introduces a proxy, and any persecution you might have easily faced prior to Six Strikes is delayed under the new program. Wouldn't you rather receive a warning from your ISP than be sent a bill or legal threat by the RIAA/MPAA?"
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Intel Dishes On What Makes H.265 Worth Waiting For

Deathspawner Deathspawner writes  |  about 2 years ago

Deathspawner writes "It might be a while before we see H.265 ("HEVC") deployed to consumer products — or even to encoder's hands — but according to Intel, it's a codec that's well worth waiting for. Techgage recently had a chat with those at Intel who are deeply intwined in the H.265 development process, and it's given a couple of reasons why it's superior to H.264. More efficient compression algorithms (which sample from larger block sizes) and per-frame multi-threading (decode and encode) top the list. While it seemed unlikely that H.265 could live up to its promises of cutting the bit-rate of 1080p content by 50% and still retain the same IQ, Intel is willing to back those claims up."
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