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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

Tarkhein Re:WTF?!?!?! (347 comments)

Their Sandforce Vertex drives (Vertex 2 and 3) yes. Their Marvell chip with Indilinx firmware Vertex 4 has much lower return rates on par with Intel/Samsung/Crucial.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel 335 Series SSD Equipped With 20-nm NAND

Tarkhein Re:help me understand! (135 comments)

Did you just conveniently ignore the context of my post? The 'speed' I was referring to is the high latency, low IOPS of multiple drives in RAID0 (as compared to an SSD). Sequential throughput might be similar, but there are other benchmarks in which hard drives are inferior.

about 2 years ago
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Intel 335 Series SSD Equipped With 20-nm NAND

Tarkhein Re:help me understand! (135 comments)

SSDs are not about speed, that's just a side effect of their true nature. The reason you use SSDs is because of their low latency (and high IOPS).

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

Tarkhein Re:How about actually shipping them? (178 comments)

Interesting. In my case, RS 'offered' the Rasberry Pi a month earlier than element14, so I jumped at the chance despite the 11 week despatch time warning. Later, this was delayed an additional 5 weeks, probably due to this RAM upgrade. Even now, RS warn a 6 week lead time between order and despatch, whereas element14 is 1-2 working days.

about 2 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced

Tarkhein Re:Endgame (128 comments)

They do still need to fine-tune that code though as I sometimes found I was fighting mobs several levels higher than my effective level even though my real level was much higher than the mobs.

They really don't. Most enemies are at or higher than your effective level and it's supposed to be like that. This becomes an issue when you are soloing and can't kill them fast enough before respawning becomes an issue. But if you want to solo, you really need to pick a damage class instead of a support class. That said, what they need to do is prevent enemies from 'crossing' their intended zone.

Downscaled to level 5, I faced a level 7 veteran which is possible, with some difficulty. Retreating to get more ground and give time to recharge skills, I crossed a region boundary, downscaling me to level 3, and the veteran one-shotted me when it caught up. To add insult to injury, the enemy was a pig.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

Tarkhein Re:And they wonder why people pirate (473 comments)

if I have to go click on every. single. link with NO way to open new tabs in your client?

In that mode, Steam is just a browser that automatically logs into your account. Just switch to your normal browser, log in and now you can browse and buy with multiple tabs. It's not exactly elegant but it's what we have to make do with until Valve decide to integrate multiple tabs.

more than 2 years ago
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Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

Tarkhein Re:Damn! (150 comments)

Might this be the MMO that does away with standing right before the enemy, slashing your ten foot two-handed sword diagonally and freaking missing

Guild Wars already has the auto-hit you're describing... you don't have to wait for Guild Wars 2.

more than 3 years ago

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