Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nothing makes hardware fetishists madly speculate about new technology than a fuzzy picture like this one. As we discussed on this weeks PCPer Podcast, there appears to be appears to be 32 cores paired with 32 vector processing units although it is hard to be exact. That the picture isn't clear is not the only problem, new architecture can bring significant changes to the structures on the die and the only tools we have are to compare them to previous generations, like the P2 tha
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC. We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire. They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera. DigiTimes also feels they have
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Dawn of War II first came out, we heard all about the new take on RTS that it provided, along with the inclusion of Boss battles. We saw a lot of performance data on the game, with most of the cards that were current at the time being tested. Since then, both AMD and nVIDIA have been churning out cards at an incredible pace, with a new generation of cards having never seen a benchmark of DoW II performance.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Against all advice, be it legal, political or otherwise, France has decided to implement it's 3-strikes law against copyright infringers.
Call it "Creation et Internet," or "Loi Olivennes" or HADOPI, this law makes it punishable to not 'secure your internet connection', for public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites and don't even mention file sharing. The third strike, after an email and registered letter is the disconnection of your ISP account for 3 months to a year, to let you have time to think about how horrible you have been.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:
"Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal."
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a high end gaming mouse for your office PC might be amusing, but it really isn't necessary. Likewise, picking up an incredibly fancy wireless keyboard to run your HTPC is not ideal either. I-ROCKS RF-6572A 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse are a much wiser choice. Solid wireless performance with enough channels to ensure you encounter no interference and a nice neat design are this combos qualities. The mouse has five buttons, you won't be forced to give
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom. At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200. They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10. There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset. If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice. They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag. DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues. When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it. Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting. A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots. It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is.