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Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named After Him

auld_wyrm Re:Whisky not Whiskey (30 comments)

Don't feel bad, someone has to condition the barrels before they can be properly used.

about a year ago

YouTube, Now In Text Mode!

auld_wyrm Re:Really? (102 comments)

But the big question is whether this new high def text still uses flash or if it takes advantage of HTML5 2.0, unless of course you're in France.

A year of achievements already?

more than 4 years ago

Prehistoric Gene Reawakened To Battle HIV

auld_wyrm Re:Prehistoric? (360 comments)

Simmons!?! Is that you?

more than 5 years ago

Murdoch Says, "We'll Charge For All Our Sites"

auld_wyrm Re:Bye, bye. (881 comments)

For the most part though aren't the majority of news stories, whether they hook to the left or swing to the right, simply a complete reprint of an Associate Press story? Local news is best grabbed via a local paper level, they will provide much more comprehensive stories than a large news media empire; the large media empire really hasn't the space or time to cover small local interest stories. Those local newspapers are struggling, but haven't died as they provide a unique service to their own particular communities. That assumes that they haven't been digested by a large media entity.

That local paper provides a unique service that I cannot acquire elsewhere. The larger media for the most part do not. The same story is available from a large variety of services, the only difference being a slightly different cut and paste editing job. The investment of that large media empire is their subscription to the AP and the time it took to cut and paste the story into their own paper. I am happy to pay to access local news because it is a unique service.

If those media empires decided to provide a unique service, like say reintroducing that severely endangered animal, the Investigative Reporter, who will not only tell you what is happening, but also the events which lead to it happening and how those events were able to occur, plus how this might affect future events; then I might just change my mind and pay for content. As it stands right now, I'll get my country/world level news for free (apart from watching ads on every available piece of space around said news) via RSS and websites that give me cut and paste AP stories for free.

It would also help sway me if their grammar was better than mine.

more than 5 years ago

Giant Spiders Invade Australian Outback Town

auld_wyrm Re:I for one... (373 comments)

It's a joke, you dim bulb.

Jesus, try to tell a joke and some nerd has to analyze it to death.

Oh and great, Oz has more landmass. As soon as you have a major export other than funny accents and bananas, send us a note.

I hear they are having a special on arachnids too.

more than 5 years ago

When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

auld_wyrm Re:The Odds (Re:Deliberately causing panic) (604 comments)

I remain very agnostic about how bad this sine flu will be, though.

I'm sure the infection rate will have it's peaks and valleys.

more than 5 years ago

Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

auld_wyrm Re:Hahaha, good one. (1124 comments)

If the US pulled out of Iraq...

You do know that's not really an effective form of contraception.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

auld_wyrm Re:Slashdot achievements (1582 comments)

Think someone will have to then report you for using the Hot Coffee mod.

Now, would that be a +1 mod or a -1 mod?

more than 5 years ago

Stretching Before Exercising Weakens Muscles

auld_wyrm Obligatory (339 comments)

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

more than 5 years ago



OCZ acquires Indilinx; but it's not monogamous

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "The fabless SSD controller manufacturer Indilinx has been acquired by one time DRAM mogul now turned solid state storage leader, OCZ. It seems that OCZ won't be quitting it's Vertex relationship nor will Indilinx stop it's partnership with other vendors, which should lead to a rich and possibly diverse lineage. This obviously has nothing to do with the recent drop in price of the 240GB Vertex 2."
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ASUS starts off CES 2010 with a Bang

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

auld_wyrm (634053) writes "In what will likely be the first of several new sets of product announcements from ASUS at this year's CES, we have some of the first images of the new ASUS ROG G73Jh gaming notebook and the collaborative effort between the ASUS and Bang & Olufsen, the NX90Jq with a 18.4-in 1080p and special B&O speakers. Check out what the high end notebook market is shaping up like for 2010!"
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Live Blogging from Intel Developer Forum Keynotes

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  about 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "For the Intel Developer Forum we'll be covering the primary keynotes where we expect details of Intel's Nehalem architecture and products to be announced and more information on Larrabee and the GPU coming soon from the blue giant. We'll also be live blogging any non-NDA technical sessions we have throughout the week; these are traditionally much in-depth and as such the notes will likely be used for a full write up at a later time."
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nVIDIA does beleive in Ray Tracing

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale. RayScale was a startup based out of the University of Utah and has built a hybrid renderer that merges the two techniques — all of the reflections in the image they showed were indeed done with ray tracing alone. NVIDIA's stance on merging traditional rasterization and ray tracing techniques has become much more transparent."
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A three way will cost you a bit more

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "Want to brag about doing something that none of your friends have? nVIDIA offers you the chance with support for 3 way SLI on 680i based boards; as long as you have enough places to stick them and a big enough wallet. Running a game at 2560*1600 with all the bells and whistles on may not improve the story line much, but the pretty sparkles and explosions should be enough to distract you ... just like George Lucas' theory. Feast your eyes on the explicit pictures over at PC Perspective."

Physics powered rumour mill

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm (634053) writes "You've probably read all sorts of headlines claiming that AMD is just about poised to purchase Ageia and lock nVIDIA out of easy access to physics processing. This will create some sort of three headed Intel killer than can produce General Purpose Graphics and Physics processing units, and shrink their dies, TDP and energy requirements and have water that looks totally realistic, all at the same time. Guess what; no GPGPPU for you,, at least not in the near future."
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The road to Nehalem

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm (634053) writes "It doesn't seem all that long ago that Intel's move from the P4 NetBurst architecture to the Core Architecture was what we were looking forward to, and now we are anticipating Intel's next major architecture shift to Nehalem. The move an integrated memory controller and new interconnect aren't gimmes though and Intel is going to have to prove the architecture can work and be accepted at the same level Core has been. As the other major player in the CPU world knows, better technology doesn't always equal better products.

Check out Intel's road map for 2008."

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The fastest processor you can't run

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "Intel is trying to push the news of AMD's Barcelona launch out of the headlines with the release of the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770, a 3.20 GHz CPU that runs on a 1600 MHz front-side bus. It is the fastest consumer level processor that has come out, but don't plan on running it anytime soon. It's ~$1200 price tag, and the lack of any motherboards that support a 1600MHz FSB will stop this unneeded answer to Barcelona from appearing in enthusiast's PCs for Christmas. Still, the benchmarks from this powerful CPU are something awesome to behold."

DX10, on the bus or under the tires?

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "DirectX 10 has been the only thing that Microsoft has offered PC gamers with Vista OS. Frame rates are increasing with the release of new drivers that came out after the hardware and the games that on the shelves. Now with both the hardware and software available we can determine whether AMD's or NVIDIA's most recent generation of graphics processors is best suited for DX10 gaming in single and dual GPU setups. The results that PC Perspective have compiled on the currently available DX10 games might surprise you, unless you expected AMD's cards to break down and cry like a Little Sister who just lost her Big Daddy."
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Benchmarks on the Skulltrail

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "Billed as "More performance than humans should be allowed to have", Intel's Skulltrail system was demoed at the IDF. It had a pair of 771-pin Yorkfield processors, 4GB of FB-DIMM memory, a motherboard based on Intel's Seaburg chipset and two NVIDIA G80 graphics cards, and it managed to score 17006 points in 3DMark06. Too much performance? You be the judge; when you can get your hands on it."
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XFX nForce 680i SLI, with Penryn support

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  about 7 years ago

auld_wyrm (634053) writes ""The only feature missing is support for DDR3 memory which several of the P35 motherboards we have tested use. There is no doubt that DDR3 will be faster than DDR2 at some point, but for now, the performance differences aren't very big but the price differences are! DDR3 is still very hard to find and when you do locate it, be prepared to pay a premium. So, maybe having the 680i chipset with DDR2 support isn't so bad after all.""
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AMD Analyst Day - Barcelona, Fusion and Beyond

auld_wyrm auld_wyrm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

auld_wyrm writes "The CrossFire slide could be easily overlooked, but enthusiasts should pay attention! There are four GPUs in the middle there for a reason; quad-GPU configurations are coming, either for graphics, physics or GPGPU computing. AMD even took the time to mention the RD790 chipset as well as the upcoming system utility for the platform to enable overclocking and tweaking.""
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