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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

electrosoccertux Re:Remember his personal video reviews? (135 comments)

It won't be going anywhere. They have a warchest of magnificent journalists. 80% of the articles I've read in the last 2 years were not written by Anand. His underlings have the same passion for excellence that made the site great.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

electrosoccertux Re:Slightly pro-Intel reviews (135 comments)

They've actually been one of the fairest reviewers of AMD that I've seen. Consistently choosing non-Intel-optimized benchmarks. It's one of the reasons I kept going to them. I actually think it was a bit unfair to ditch the 640x480 game tests. In 4 years, I want to know how well my game is going to perform when the CPU can't keep up.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

electrosoccertux Re:accurate, thorough reporting? (135 comments)

Ok, I guess, as long as it is not an Apple product. If it is, then all that is thrown out of the window and the product is deemed "great" and worth the extra cost. This is most obvious in the smartphone sections. For example you can read the "android user on an iPhone 5S" article, and he lists all those important limitations of iOS that would definitely turn any Android user away, but says they are "temporary" and inexplicably concludes that iOS is not a worse experience. Similarly, supposedly they would test all important smartphone releases, however they review each iphone multiple times (seriously, check it out), then some popular Androids and that's it. They missed things like the N9, which was probably the best phone when it came out (as I had an iPhone, an Android and a N9 at the time), and don't try anything that could appear too price competitive to Apple devices (like Xiaomi). The Mac/Macbook etc reviews are similarly biased, the site seems to be in awe of Apple and everything they make. As an owner of a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, 3 iPhones (all company provided) and the experience with them and all Apple products in our company, I am not similarly awed (I could write long stories here).

So, yeah, Anandtech, while it is not as good as it used to be, it is probably still (one of) the best (although for PSUs and an alternative take on GPUs you should look at HardOCP), but be wary of the Apple bias.

but it -is- worth the extra cost.

I don't care what you think, a $150 billion liquid cash savings account is proof that they're doing something right.
1. marketing
2. flawless design
3. fantastically controlled experience

I don't use one, probably never will, but I'm not an idiot with 1/4" thick bifocals that can't see what makes it a good phone for most of the population. Every time I touch one I'm happy to use it.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

electrosoccertux Re:Really hope the spirit lives on (135 comments)

I looked into that once years ago, it seemed totally overrated. I scratched my head after that and promptly forgot about HOCP for the 3rd time.

yesterday
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

electrosoccertux Re:Really hope the spirit lives on (135 comments)

Toms Hardware has horribly flawed journalism and testing methods, splits articles into 10 pages for ads when 3 would do (if anand did the same it would be a 100 page review)

AC is equating Tom's Hardware quality with the quality of an average MySpace page.

yesterday
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

electrosoccertux sad (149 comments)

can parent be modded funny not insightful? Insightful is too depressing...

Do unto others...

2 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

electrosoccertux Re:Switched double speed half capacity, realistic? (315 comments)

Yes. I'm really handwaving something I vaguely remember, but the worst MLC drives fail at 1000 writes to a byte. It gets worse on lower nodes (20nm, quicker failure), but the nice thing is there is a little extra space added to compensate for that. Once you hit 3% failures, it's time for a new drive-- you'll begin losing the rest quickly.
There is wear leveling used but that's a touch problem to solve perfectly. I think 2000-3000 writes is about normal.

SLC drives much higher. I don't recall. You'd have to google.
Intel has the best flash controller by far however-- it's the only one that reliably survive random power failures without data corruption or loss.

3 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

electrosoccertux Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (315 comments)

at those capacities why can't they just make a floppy disk drive? it would be more reliable than a hard disk and cheaper to manufacture. If they made it small enough, it could fit inside a shirt pocket?

5 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

electrosoccertux Re:Switched double speed half capacity, realistic? (315 comments)

As you mention, 15k SAS drives are going to be rapidly undercut by SSDs. The price difference is no longer 10x or 20x when looking at cost/gigabyte, the price difference is now only 2-3x.

Pay 2x-3x the amount for a SSD of the same size as the 15k SAS, and you gain 50x improvement in your IOPS. For workloads where that matters, it's an easy choice to make now. As soon as you say something like "we'll short-stroke some 15k RPM SAS drives" - you should be considering enterprise level SSD instead. Less spindles needed, less power needed, and huge performance gains.

The only downside of SSDs is that write-endurance. A 600GB SSD can only handle about 120TB of writes over its lifespan (give or take 20-50% depending on the controller, technology, etc). The question is - are you really writing more then 60GB/day to the drive (in which case it will wear out in 5 years).

And more importantly... will you care if it wears out in 4-5 years? That you could handle the same workload using fewer spindles and less power likely pays for itself, including replacing the drives every 4-5 years.

I don't know what you're talking about. You can definitely write more than 120TB/600GB=240 times to the same bits.

5 days ago
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

electrosoccertux made more sense for google (fiber) (59 comments)

made more sense for google to own. Watching twitch I've run into issues with the comcast bandwidth cap. We're in one of the trial markets 300GB/month and $10/50GB after that, 3 overages allowed/12 month period no charges.

I presume they took a look at the legal side of it and realized they're just one step away from the Fair Use at "play" here being a little too fair for the game producers...

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

electrosoccertux 2015 (727 comments)

Year of Linus Torvalds on the desktop???

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

electrosoccertux Re:Stupid (561 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with you. These are valid points. And you should have the right to hire the best person for the position.
But this is life.

about three weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

electrosoccertux Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Guys I'm not disagreeing with you. These are valid points. And you should have the right to hire the best person for the position.
But this is life.

about three weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

electrosoccertux Re:Government selection of connector technoglogy. (191 comments)

Also, if you have the Purple Dildo shaped connector and try to pass through airport security screening, you may have an interesting afternoon...

Fight Club

Narrator: Was it ticking?
Airport Security Officer: Actually, throwers don't worry about ticking 'cause modern bombs don't tick.
Narrator: Sorry, throwers?
Airport Security Officer: Baggage handlers. But when a suitcase vibrates, then the throwers gotta call the police.
Narrator: My suitcase was vibrating?
Airport Security Officer: Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor. But every once in a while [looks around, leans in conspiratorially] it's a dildo. [leans back] Of course, it's company policy never to imply ownership in the event of a dildo. We have to use the indefinite article, "a dildo", never *your* dildo.
Narrator: I don't own a dildo!

about three weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

electrosoccertux Re: What for? (191 comments)

you left off the best one, the magsafe plug that gets sucked into the port when you just dangle the power cable near it

also, you'll catch flag for bringing up Thunderbolt

about three weeks ago

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