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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

xt Re:Now (291 comments)

That should be CPU stays under 65oC and GPU stays under 80oC...

about a year ago
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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

xt Re:Now (291 comments)

My recipe for a gaming PC was a SilverStone Fortress FT03-Mini, a Be Quiet SFX 300W PSU, an Asrock H61 mini ITX MB, an i5-2400 with a Scythe Kozuti, an MSI GTX660 Twin Frozr, 8GB of RAM and an SSD. All fans are set to their lowest speed.

It's silent, almost inaudible when not gaming and produces a muted sound when under full load, like an AC unit. I share the office with my wife and I can game wearing headsets while she studies and she doesn't mind. Temperatures under full load are OK as well, CPU 65oC and GPU 80oC with a room temperature ~25oC. Small, noiseless and good looking. The case costs a mint though.

about a year ago
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Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

xt Re:MIPS never went away, but why? (122 comments)

Hilarity ensues...

By comparing the results from benchmark software with different code bases for desktop and mobile processors that happen to use the same term (CPUMarks) for results...

1 year,7 days
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Microsoft Seeks Patent On 'Quieting Mobile Devices'

xt Re:Parenting much? (71 comments)

A sci-fi writer did write a short story about teddy bear robo-nannies shaping up future adults, back in 1965. Take a look at Harry Harrison's I always do what teddy says.

about a year ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

xt Re:New Mac Pro is old news... (464 comments)

Apple has its strengths, but it is firstly a design company and then an engineering one, where it makes sense for its products and no one else makes something that fits. Function always follows form, the G4 Cube is a nice example and perhaps even the new Mac Pro will prove my point once it's available and tested.

Combine that with excellent marketing (eg do recall the backpedaling on the significance of unavailable features once competition has them, shows they are useful and Apple finally makes them available) and the ability to ride trends as they start and define them (eg smartphones existed long before the iPhone and failed, but Apple was the first to correctly evaluate the then current state of technology and market demand) and you have Apple.

As far as technology goes, I agree with the other Anonymous Coward; if you get outside the consumer space, Apple isn't as innovative as it appears within. My example might not be the best, but I believe it does serve to show my point even in the consumer space; small size, excellent finish, comparable idea of cooling method, available at least a year before Apple's product. It cannot be your idea of similar because it has to follow PC component standards (like Mini-ITX for the motherboard), while Apple can just go custom. That's an advantage Apple enjoys due to its target market, but it isn't innovative by itself.

about a year ago
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Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

xt New Mac Pro is old news... (464 comments)

Let me introduce you to the SilverStone Fortress Mini. I have one under my desk, it takes standard components, screams quality, uses the same cooling principle and is near silent. Apple does not innovate nearly as much as some people think, but is quite adept at creating arquably valuable closed ecosystems, both hardware and software.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Little Boxes Around the Edge of the Data Center?

xt Re:HP Proliant MicroServer N40L (320 comments)

It does have a remote access card you can put in, take a look at its manual or a review. I have one N36L installed with this card in a closet back home and it makes one hell of a Proxmox VE machine.

about 2 years ago
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Doubts Over Intel's WiMAX Service Pricing Claim

xt Real life experience with WiMAX (69 comments)

I am typing this through a WiMAX connection in Greece, so let me clarify a couple of things...

The technology itself is proven and works, both for data and VoIP. You do need to have a proper backbone though; it just doesn't scale to use WiMAX everywhere. A better idea is to use Ethernet microwave links for the backbone and WiMAX stations locally. If you couple this with a multiservice access node (MSAN) you can service remote areas that have local copper lines installed, but lack a proper backbone (eg fiber is too expensive to install and maintain in a mountain side). Right now, this is the killer application for this technology, as this is how it sells itself with most countrys' incumbent telecommunications providers.

The range is just fine, we have tested successfully with distances up to 30Km. Mind you, this is line of sight, the first generation (called fixed WiMAX) is not very good in urban conditions, but for semi-urban and rural areas it performs as advertised. The second generation (called mobile WiMAX) is supposed to give as 2G penetration and coverage, but I have not played around with it yet. This is also supposed to be the killer application for the second generation; broadband everywhere, even on the go.

The available spectrum is limited, but proper planning goes a long way. I can't get too specific, but in our trials we have been quite limited with spectrum with no real problems.

I don't see prices to be dirt cheap though; licensed spectrum costs money. On the other hand, stations and terminals are getting cheaper all the time. I think that WiMAX services' cost will follow the same general trend; slightly more expensive that the equivalent fixed line broadband at first, getting cheaper as it catches on.

more than 6 years ago

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Tractor beams are getting closer, sort of

xt xt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

xt (225814) writes "A recently submitted paper in arXiv claims that by using Bessel beams it is theoretically possible to pull particles towards the light source, opening up new avenues for optical micromanipulation (the direction of the force is size dependent, so it could be used for particle sorting). There is also a simpler article translated in English (original article in Greek)."
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German scientists create 'super-photon'

xt xt writes  |  more than 3 years ago

xt (225814) writes "A team of physicists, lead by the University of Bonn's Martin Weitz, have managed to create a Bose-Einstein condensate (detailed explanation here) out of photons, previously thought to be impossible. The research was published in the journal Nature and has possible applications on solar energy technology and shortwave lasers, which would be well-suited to the manufacture of computer chips as the process uses lasers to etch logic circuits onto semiconductor materials. Seems like Moore's law is safe again!"
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Boltzmann equation solved, the new way

xt xt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xt (225814) writes "The Boltzmann equation is old news. What's news is that the 140 year old equation has been solved, using mathematical techniques from the fields of partial differential equations and harmonic analysis, some as new as five years old. This solution provides a new understanding of the effects due to grazing collisions, when neighboring molecules just glance off one another rather than collide head on. We may not understand the theory, but we'll sure love the applications!"
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xt xt writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xt (225814) writes "If you think Vista is just a visually glorified version of XP, not worthy of your money, rejoice; using the free Vista Transformation Pack, you can transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista! The project has no ties with Microsoft. It's a clever hack, replacing various resources and files to achieve the Vista look. Details and downloads at the project's forum and various other sites!"

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