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Topic: Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:38:19 PM(UTC)

The Polaris Slingshot competes with another 3-wheeler - the Can-Am (Bombardier Transportation) Roadster. Though based on motorcycle parts, the two front wheels means it requires only a regular drivers' license to own or operate (not a motorcycle license or operators' endorsement) AND it also gets motorcycle-type MPG. Great for couples (even greater for singles), but suckish for families with kids.

Topic: Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versu[censored]ard Audio   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 6:16:21 AM(UTC)

If you are referring to the PCI-Express version (Fata1ity Professional), it is roughly identical to the base Sound Blaster Z (and includes the identical software bundle and uses the same driver); my own factory-refurbished version even includes the same beamforming microphone included with the Sound Blaster Z/Zx/ZxR. The Fata1ity Pro replaced a PCI bus X-Fi low-profile XtremeGamer, which has a rather problematical addressing flaw at the 4 GB level - therefore problematical for x64 OSes (from anyone). The Fata1ity Professional - like the Z that succeeded it - will work in ANY PCI-Express slot - including that often-ignored x1 slot above the first x16 slot (which is where mine sits in my ASUS P5G41-M LX2, a mATX motherboard with the Intel G41 chipset). Also. both solutions work with SteamOS (they are detected as Intel HD Audio devices - which is proper) and any Linux distribution that supports Intel HD Audio.

Topic: Russia Industry And Trade Ministry To Replace Untrusted Intel And AMD Processors With Their Own ARM   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:45:10 PM(UTC)

That IS the usual "excuse" for nationalism - it's fear of being embargoed; doesn't matter if it is computer chips or corn chips or potato chips. (Why have embargoes been a "cause for war" since before the birth of the original Roman Empire?) Russia is ALREADY being slapped with several sanctions - however, that doesn't surprise Putin or his cabal - remember, they have previous experience with them from the Cold War. And there are plenty of countries (or corporations, or even groups of people) who would love nothing better than to screw around with the "powers that be" for whatever reason - mostly because of grudges.

Topic: EA Alienates Again, Dungeon Keeper Mobile Nothing but a Money Grab   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:58:43 AM(UTC)

In other words, how DARE EA follow the same model that everyone else is. If you hate the model so much, stick to games that are totally free and not published by for-profit organizations or companies, as they are the ONLY ones that can do what you want them to do.

Topic: Tesla Team Finishes World Record Model S Cross-Country Road Rally In 76.5 Hours   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 3:02:49 PM(UTC)

This is a three-way proof of concept, actually - in addition to being a monster coup for the Model S itself.

1. No gas? An electric vehicle that can cross the country (and do it in road-legal condition) is unheard-of.

2. Remember - the Supercharger Network is still growing; that it can support LA-NY, and as is, is a testament to the viability of the network itself. (That it's utterly of zero cost to Model S owners? Priceless. However, do they have driver-fueling centers (for things like munchies, coffee, etc.)?)

3. Then there is that it was done during the WINTER. And this winter has been anything but mild. There aren't that many traditionally-fuelled vehicles that could have made that trip, and in the same time-period. (Take THIS, Fiat-Chrysler.)

Topic: Foxconn Considers Opening a Display Factory on U.S. Soil   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 5:41:42 PM(UTC)

It's to defend against protectionism - which is proving to be a favorite political ploy, and not just in the US. Also, the likely target is an existing, but mothballed, TV plant that was previously owned by Sony.

Topic: Intel Announces Bay Trail Power NUC Tiny PC Starting At $128   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:48:38 PM(UTC)

This will likely replace the existing Celeron-driven NUC - http://www.newegg.com/Pr...px?Item=N82E16856102004. And with a large enough SATA HDD (such as this one - http://www.newegg.com/Pr...x?Item=N82E16822178420), it could most certainly be a micro-productivity - not gaming - box, running a Linux distribution or even Windows 8.1 - therefore, not even close to pushing it. (You could park it alongside a console or STB, using a spare HDMI-in, and hang any wireless USB keyboard and mouse of your choice off it.)

Topic: Online Backup Services Company Backblaze Rates Hard Drive Reliability, Hitachi and WD On Top   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:34:14 PM(UTC)

What's really impressive is Hitachi Global Storage USED to be IBM Global Storage (of DeskStar/DeathStar fame). Samsung's rating has improved due to their SSDs; their platter drives, while not bad, are not in the class of WD or Hitachi. Seagate, on the other hand, are still in the basement.

Topic: Intel and IDC Predict Stronger PC Sales in 2014 But Slow SSD Adoption Could Limit Growth   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 11:53:19 AM(UTC)

Please - what it's really about is price, price, price. Tablets (especially Android tablets) are cheap, cheap, cheap (in most cases $300USD or local equivalent) or less - that is two-thirds the price of any new portable (netbook or notebook). IF WindowsRT tablets had the specs Android tablets can get away with, Microsoft would have been laughed out of the building; those that have TRIED to spec out RT tablets on the cheap have been *rewarded* with crappy sales (which is why Acer and ASUS are bailing on RT - RT demands better hardware). RT tablets, on the other hand, are priced way too close to Windows 8 portables - when the price difference is that narrow, and that minor (by comparison) difference gets you all the software that you run on Windows 7 today, why buy RT? (Double the bad news for RT, then; it can't be as cheap on the hardware end as Android AND the result is priced too close to x32/x64 to be worth it.)

Topic: The End of an Era, Intel Exits Motherboard Market   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:42:05 AM(UTC)

It won't matter one bit for the CPU business.  Motherboards and Intel are like peripherals (keyboards, mice, webcams, etc.) at Microsoft - standards, not value leaders.   There are plenty of motherboard manufacturers - most of which offer minimal, at most, value-add to their Intel chipsets.  (In most cases, the value-add is in the firmware or maybe accessory chips - not the chipset itself.)  In fact, look at the Big Three in terms of motherboard manufacture simply in terms of motherboards that swallow Intel LGA1150 CPUs - ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI.  Each differentiates itself from the others in a different area.  If you look at the value and mainstream of each, they are, in fact, more alike than not.  Because there are plenty of folks to carry that reference standard (especially MSI and, surprisingly, ASUS), Intel feels quite comfortable exiting what has honestly been a low-margin business for them.  (As has been pointed out, not many folks even buy Intel-branded motherboards.)