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Intel's New Core I7-990X Extreme Edition Tested

ascendant Re:magic marker? (149 comments)

Intel CPUs are almost always more tolerant of heat than that. 95-105C is closer to their thermal auto-off switch in reality.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Intros 310 Series Mini SSDs

ascendant Re:Windows (122 comments)

This has been a feature since microsoft introduced NTFS. Which is long before vista.

about 4 years ago

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

ascendant Subject. (478 comments)

...first post? There must be a mistake.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

ascendant Re:Should be automatic (370 comments)

The plan you're talking about is called "Prepaid," FYI.

more than 4 years ago

Blizzard Previews Revamped Battle.net

ascendant Re:arg... (188 comments)

I'm sure if you press F5 fast enough it'll eventually load.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Publishes Open-Source "ATI Evergreen" Driver

ascendant Re:So what does it do? (159 comments)

Except that the situation with nVidia = good and ATi = bad has existed for more than 1.5 years in the past, and will likely continue.

The funny thing is that your analogy is irrelevant anyway because generally you replace video cards between 1 and 2 years anyway. You can pick nvidia now and have good drivers, and in 1.5 years if ATi has good drivers you can switch then. Candy now and forever.

Unless you don't use them for gaming, in which case both brands and driver variants (ATi, nVidia, binary and OSS) all work fine and it doesn't matter which one you pick.

more than 4 years ago

DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo

ascendant Re:Power efficiency (201 comments)

Oh, god, why?

Why would you care? Why does it even matter, compared to GPU load vs idle power consumption? Are you one of those terminally retarded morons that plays nex-gen games on a laptop with the graphics settings all the way up on battery?

And, for a desktop, why power usage of DX11 vs DX9 enter into your buying decisions at all? You already know the computer is going to suck tons of power while rendering. The only thing that matters is how much power it draws when it's not being used.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

ascendant Re:Replace? (332 comments)

No prob.
I'm sorry it took so long to do the convincing, and for the language.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

ascendant Re:Replace? (332 comments)

First of all, good job replying to my flamebait.

You're a big man, you called me a fagot! Wow! Did it bother you to get called out?

Called out, wait, what?

Get out a bit more and you'll find more people actually do get bugged by this because they don't limit their computing to a box on a table.

Ignoring your first implication, I've never heard any of this.
Why? Because people don't actually care. It's just you. Additionally, are you implying that laptops use different USB receptacles than desktops? I have news for you: they're all Type A, and USB Type A is not a confusing port.

But we should just lay down and let the manufactures make us all just buy yet another useless connecter except when we want to do what computer are great at and maybe communicate.

Trying to read around your mangling of the English language, I beleve that you are implying that there is something that can stop manufacturers from making pointlessly proprietary ports. Enlighten us as to your plan, then.
Oh, that's right, all you know how to do is bitch and moan.

Great solution you have there; add more dongles.

I'd ask you to fail harder, but I don't think you can.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

ascendant Re:Replace? (332 comments)

The connectors on the case, or the I/O plate, you helpless faggot. Literally nothing will stop manufacturers from making their own randomly shaped shit.

If you are one of the eight people in the world that is truly bothered by this, you can go buy a pack of adapters on eBay for $0.49 USD.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

ascendant Re:Replace? (332 comments)

Except that no, you're wrong.

Why have you so quickly forgotten USB?

Mice: used to be serial or ps/2; now: USB.
Keyboards: serial, ps/2, AT; now: USB.
External CD drives: used to be SCSI or whatever; now: USB.
External HDDs, the same, even if some enthusiasts also use eSATA.

And I'll bet you have nothing at all to say about the hundreds of other little thing that use USB. Phones, flash drives, webcams, tv tuners, wifi, ethernet, bluetooth, and SO MANY MORE things I can't even remember much less have seen before.

USB promised to "replace the multitudinous connector types with a single connector" and succeeded.

more than 5 years ago

The World's First Four-screen Laptop

ascendant Re:That's a laptop? (134 comments)

The hell are you talking about?
It clearly says the touchscreens are OLED. Where is this 1996 coming from?

more than 5 years ago

IE8 Beats Other Browsers In Laptop Battery Life

ascendant Re:But what is the justification? (263 comments)

I wouldn't worry about this test if I were you.
You will obviously use any justification to keep using Safari over any other browser.

Just ignore this and all other benchmarks and you will continue to be happy.

more than 5 years ago

Drop in P2P Traffic Attributed to Traffic Shaping

ascendant Re:Too much of a hassle (251 comments)

I love how you think that this is a new thing.
For any and all types of P2P, especially the illegal kind, this has always been the case. And for all types of P2P, all the people that use it actually have the attention span and patience to filter out the garbage. I myself don't even notice it, it's completely natural.
It's only your fault that you can't figure out how to use the system.

more than 5 years ago

First Fully Programmable Gesture-Recognition Glove, Cheap

ascendant Re:Why no wireless? (77 comments)

Batteries are heavy.
Figure out why they didn't make one part of the glove yourself.

more than 5 years ago

Some Overheating 3GS iPhones Glow Pink

ascendant Re:Obviously (364 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Ten Applications That Changed Computing

ascendant Re:Internet Explorer (437 comments)

surely the user agent switcher works?

more than 5 years ago

Build an $800 Gaming PC

ascendant Re:I Just Don't Get It... (296 comments)

You were lied to.
Additionally, you are attributing vastly more responsibility to your CPU for the performance of all of these games. Why don't you underclock your CPU and see how much effect it has on your framerates? Yes, even to 2GHz and below.

The HD 3870 was released in October 2007, Fallout 3 was released in November 2008. Those other games, around the same time. Barely a year apart, those games were designed to run on those exact games: not the 4870 which was released barely months before.

On top of that, the 3870 was almost the top of the line card for the 3000 series. It's no surprise that it can handle those games. The people that develop them are not stupid. They do not expect people to buy a new graphics card just to play their game. It will run on the cards released not even a year ago, and it will run well. Expecting it not to is foolishness.


more than 5 years ago

Options For a Laptop With a Broken Screen?

ascendant Re:Fix it yourself. (544 comments)

I don't recommend clicking on that link.
It's rather broken and quite unhealthy for your browser.
At least Firefox. NoScript will prevent it from maxing out a core, though. A remarkable number of errors...
Posting anon because I modded the comment down.

more than 5 years ago



Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World

ascendant ascendant writes  |  about 7 years ago

ascendant writes "Wired has an interesting read on the philosophy behind the behavior of the group of people known as "griefers".

Pwnage, zerging, phat lewts — online gaming has birthed a rich lexicon. But none, perhaps, deserves our attention as much as the notion of the griefer. They are corpse campers, noob baiters, kill stealers, ninja looters. Their work is complete when the victims log off in a huff.
In short,

"Nothing on the Internet is so serious it can't be laughed at, and that nothing is so laughable as people who think otherwise."

Link to Original Source

Rival malware gangs wage turf war

ascendant ascendant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ascendant writes "The Register has a story up about two malware groups are fighting for turf and control over each other's bots.

Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a turf war between rival criminal enterprises connected to two of the most sophisticated malware toolkits in current use.But rather than clashing over who gets to skim money off a garbage collection contract or a major construction project, the cyber criminals are battling to own tens of thousands of compromised computers.
One trojan in the MPack attack kit is now removing a worm distributed by another group, who sat up and responded- DDoSing the server that the trojan uses to update itself.

Could this mean that there just aren't enough new suckers out there, and the scammers finally have to start fighting over the gullible set that's already been identified?"

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Holy shit what a wonderful idea

ascendant ascendant writes  |  more than 7 years ago Originally posted by Cyno01 on Monday July 30, @09:56PM

As a career choice. People who want to be in politics are probably the last people you want in charge. I say we double the pay for every single elected position in the country, halve the term periods, and appoint people (meeting certain criteria, 25 years old, HS diploma, US citizen) to every single position based on a lottery system at whatever level (local, state, federal) the position is for. Power corrupts, absolutely, and those seeking power are probably already corrupt. Things would be a lot more effective if average people whose friends and neighbors have a vested interest in whats going on were in power. And with shorter term limits, even if someone terrible got appointed, they wouldnt be there for long enough to do all the much damage. Not to mention they would probably focus more on the job at hand. How much time do politicos spend on their re-election campaigns vs actual work?

The only problems I see with this is people get shoved back out too fast at half-terms. Too fast to get to know new people and work with them well, and may adversely affect long-term projects. And obviously some positions simply require experience.
Something else too, can't remember.

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