top Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
Honestly, I haven't found a good laptop that doesn't burn up. My experience HP, Compaq, Dell's have all had thermal issues. Worse yet, thermal issues that result in broken solder with the GPU or chipset or both. Have you ever turned on a laptop with nothing on the screen but blackness? Very common issue, even with Clevo based laptops. Resulting in me needing to use heat reflow with liquid flux.
I took every gaming cooling trick out of my bag, cause once you fixed the broken solder you have to prevent it from happening again. First I sanded the surface that touches the CPU and GPU flat as possible. Yes it's a lapping. Then I use black emery rouge compound with a dremel to get it smoother. Then some high quality non conductive thermal paste along with premium thermal pads like Fujipoly where needed. It makes a difference and non of my laptops go above 70C even under gaming.
The cooling in modern laptops aren't evolving as fast as the thermal output of these devices. Heat pipes aren't cutting it, and laptops should have started using water cooling. Yes, water cooling. Modern laptops use one or two heat pipes to cool the system where a simple water block would do a far better job. Desktop air coolers though use many heatpipes to keep the CPUs cool, while the GPU's enjoy wasting a PCI-E slot for its air cooler. With so many sealed water cooling desktop solutions, nobody bothered to make a laptop version?
top Raspberry Pi In Space
"Oooh! Ooh! Hi hi hi hi hi. Where we going? Where we going? Hey. Lady. Where we going? Where we going? Let's go to space!"
about a month and a half ago
top Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
GM doesn't need to worry about Tesla. They have their own problems. All their cars look like Tonka toys and have the build quality of a Chinese iPhone knock off. They all use Vauxhall/Opel engines which are those stupid Ecotec engines. On the other hand their Corvette/Camaro's are awesome and with v8's can get nearly 30 MPG. Why hasn't any of that tech came down to their 4's which they decided to stick into nearly every car?
Can we just get back those Quad 4 engines? Why does a modern Ecotoc need 2.5L to produce the same power of a 2.3L Quad 4 W41 from 1990?
top Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth
It's been said that the sun might have a brown dwarf that orbits it. Seven light years isn't that far off.
top Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?
The biggest flaw with Windows is it's reliance on antivirus. No matter what computer system I install Windows onto, the antivirus software makes it slow. In some cases the antivirus software is worse than the virus itself.
Just use Linux. Not that nobody writes viruses for Linux, but your chances of getting one is slim. Also distros like Unbuntu/Mint/etc tend to update more then the OS itself. Update Manager will update Java, Firefox, Flash, and everything in between. Windows needs background programs to update the software in your computer, which is why so many vulnerabilities are left exposed in Windows machines.
top Microsoft Surface Drowning?
Probably is the Surface Pro is meant to be a laptop replacement while having tablet functionality. But as it turns out people are learning that tablets are intrinsically useless. But the Surface Pro suffers because of it's price. It's starting price of $800 gives you a Core i3 with 64GB of storage. This Acer laptop is also $800 but gives you a Core i7 with 1TB storage and a real graphics card made by Nvidia, cause you'll never know when Microsoft will actually bring their Halo games over to Windows. Why would you get a Surface Pro 3?
top Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
I've been holding onto this phone for years and there's no replacement for it in sight. Photon Q is the best qwerty phone but it's only for Verizon. You could solder your own sim card slot but it won't get 3g/4g on T-Mobile.
top Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
I was in the market for a qwerty phone myself and the F3Q seemed like the best one in the market besides the Photon Q and Droid 4, but those phones only work on Verizon I never rely on the software that comes with the phone, but what the community provides on XDA-Developers. If hardly anyone owns those phones, then don't expect too many roms. Then you're stuck with a dysfunctional phone.
Right now you have to stick with popular phones like Samsung Galaxy S2/S3/S4 and etc. Mainly because the community there is just thriving. I'm sticking with MyTouch4G Slide which is essentially dead with the community. People have moved on.
top Frigid Brown Dwarf Found Only 7.2 Light-Years Away
Could it be the Nemesis Star that orbits the Sun from far away, and maybe responsible for periodic extinctions here on earth? Probably not.
top Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger
Why wouldn't they?
top Video Games As Propaganda
I figured that out a long time ago. It seems that a lot of modern games and movies that are aimed at potential solders, seems to include a lot about American armies and how bad ass they are. If you've seen the Transformer movies, they were able to somehow involve the US army. As if that's the only army in the world.
Forget it, I'm playing Skyrim.
top Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?
There's a lot of things people have to understand before assuming the inevitable world of ultra portable computing comes in to take over the computing world. Everything is not as it seems, and companies don't want you to see it any other way.
When was the last time you saw someone with a tablet? When was the last time you saw someone with a tablet that wasn't from Apple? The iPad maybe selling well, but not other tablets. HP gave up cause their tablets weren't selling, and BestBuy wanted HP to take them back. In fact, from what I understand is that only Apple has had successful sales of tablets. Everyone else is still trying to wonder why their tablets aren't flying off the self. This means that only Apples tablets are selling, and probably due to it just being an Apple product.
The ultra portable laptops are a result of people not needing the processing power of modern PCs, but why is that? About 10 years ago we really didn't need anything more then 1Ghz for web surfing, email, and word processing. Today, that hasn't changed. What did change is the gaming industry. When the Xbox 360 and PS3 took PC gaming away, so did the need for fast hardware. Most people game on their tablets, as most people did on their PCs. The difference is that no PC game today needs the latest and greatest hardware. If anything, you could use a PC from 4 years ago and still play games just fine.
If you build it, they will come. Make applications that need processing power, and you'll see people coming back to desktop PCs. I'd also have to wonder why we aren't building our own laptops? Their modular just like desktop PCs, but nobody has made a standard to build a laptop around. You know, like ATX for motherboards and cases in desktops.
top 4 Cores? 6 Cores? Do You Care?
I'd be more exited if applications took advantage of the cores. Would be nice if Firefox used more then 1 core. Would be nice if World of Warcraft used more then 1 core. I know WoW uses the second core for sound, but that doesn't count.
So many games, and so many applications should really use these cores, but they're not. We even have OpenCL which should make this easier, but nobody is using it.
top Turkey Has Reportedly Banned Google
If anyone wants to know how screwed up that country is, just ask any Greek, as they've been enslaved by them for 300+ years. They're trying to join Europe to gain the Euro, but Greece won't let them. Turkey was a country that cut off your hand for stealing. That was their version of a mistermeaner.
They haven't gone a long way from their past. In my book they're just as bad as North Korea, but America doesn't mind because Turkey helps them out in the middle east.
top Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme
Doesn't anyone realize that AT&T did this in the correct sequence? First they raised the price of canceling from AT&T, if you're a smart phone user, which was June 1st. Now, they changed their data plans, which would obviously have pissed off smart phone users. What do pissed off customers do? They switch providers.
Customers can't switch because they'll have to pay $300+ for the cancellation fee. They probably won't switch because if you already have a unlimited data plan, it's still unlimited from what I understand. So this just makes new customers run away. I'm a T-Mobile user and I was thinking about switching, until all this bull crap started happening.
The Government should really stop this crap with all cell phone providers, as it's unfair to customers. Can't buy a smart phone, without being required to get a data plan. Canceling will cost an absurd amount of money. How can cell phone companies be competitive, when all they're doing is locking people into their service and changing contracts in order to suck more money away from customers?
top Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme
There's just so much wrong going on with what they said.
#1 Electricity isn't data bandwidth. AT&T uses deviant methods to get people to use this data plan. They do this by forcing smart phones to come with a data plan, and even disabling wifi or just removing wifi from their phones, like the LG Arena. On top of it all, the GPS devices have no option for Offline-GPS, so that you can store the map data on your phones SD card instead of getting it through the network. When was the last time that the electric company ever forced you to use their service? You can plug devices into generators or cars.
#2 Data bandwidth isn't like a dam or a nuclear power plant, so why are we comparing it to electricity? Why not compare it to cable modems, FIOS, or DSL where it is unlimited? I doubt Verizon's FIOS is using more resources then a Verizon cell phone plan, especially if you consider that cell phone data plans exist on already established cell phone networks, like DSL does. So how is it a burden for any of these carriers?
#3 This crap happened to AOL, and that didn't work. I remember when my AOL bill was hundreds of dollars, because it was easy to go over.
#4 Isn't anyone afraid this might limit the internet? Rather then improving their infrastructure, they rather charge us more for far less? We could have had live streaming media with our portable devices, or online gaming with them.
I would like to have a smart phone without a data plan. I get free wifi hot spots from Optimum Online, so why the hell do I need a data plan? Plus, the wifi hot spots is unlimited data. I had to buy my smart phone off ebay just to avoid the monthly cost of the data plan. I wouldn't mind these new changes if I had the option to avoid the data plan when buying a smart phone.
top iPad Is Destroying Netbook Sales
Hey, look what someone got from the kid that lost that protype iPhone. It's the next iPad.
top One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010
I thought American Idolt was the reason why TV died. Yes, it's dead.
If you look at American idol from IMDB, it has terrible ratings. You wonder why, when you have people that sing songs that were sung better by the original artist. It's freaking karaoke.
Some of the best songs were sung by worse singers then American Idol.
top One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010
I wanna stop my TV service because there's no real TV. Everything they have is complete junk today. I was born in the 80's, like most smart people, and I can't bare to watch the dribble they have today. I loved to watch Megas XLR, and that's gone. They brought back the gayest sequel to Knight Rider in 2008, and it made me wanna find a black Firebird and drive away the suffering it caused. What ever happened to Anime? When American TV sucks, at least you can always fall back onto Anime. I loved watching Drawn Together and that's canceled too. All that's left is Adult Swim, and their stuff is getting retarded. Only Aqua Teen Hunger Force is worth watching. Nowadays I enjoy waiting for the next episode of RedVSBlue and whatever James Rofle makes. All internet based!
top The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive
The reason this problem exists is because software isn't evolving at the same rate as hardware. You can use a computer that's 10 years old and still do all the things that you need to do today. The only exception is gaming, and content creation like movies, music, and other such art.
The problem is that there's very few software developers that are on a pay roll. That and DRM prevents what software can do on your PC. You can't edit videos and put music in it from your favorite band without getting attacked. You can't have a HTPC that streams Live HDTV HBO special to your iPhone without jumping through loop holes. If all you're allowed to do is surf the web and use a word processor, then why the hell do we ever need anything made in the past 10 years?
Oh and computer games. With Xbox 360 and PS3 forcing developers to make games for their consoles first, PCs can't take advantage of their hardware. BTW, PC gaming has been pushing consumers to own more advanced hardware just to play games. Yet, the biggest game that does that today is World of Warcraft. A game that's over 5 years old.
Take away IP/DRM restrictions and produce games that could only run on powerful PCs and suddenly people give a shit about owning better PC hardware, especially desktops.
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