Thesaurus Day Shortbread

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  1. techPowerUp!: Socket pin burnout returns to haunt LGA1155?
  2. Donanim Haber: AMD quad-core Fusion Llano faster than Core i3-540 (in Turkish)
  3. Fudzilla: OLPC ARM version is faster than Intel’s
  4. X-bit labs: AMD intros new version of Radeon HD 6970 with $279 price-point

    and AMD plans to enable sales of GPGPU applications using its drivers

  5. Guru3D Forums: AMD Catalyst 8.810.0 beta Windows 7 / Vista x64 / x86
  6. Ars Technica: Sony dealt blow in PS3 hacking case over jurisdiction question
  7. Shacknews reports Call of Duty: Black Ops ‘First Strike‘ DLC teased


Thesaurus Day

  1. Ars Technica on 25 years of IETF: Setting standards without kings or votes

    and pure cyberwar? Not gonna happen

  2. TorrentFreak reports ACS:Law try to drop file-sharing cases, fail to appear in court
  3. Boing Boing: Canadians, 2 weeks left to tell Parliament

    how you feel about the Canadian DMCA

  4. Facebook Developer Blog on platform updates: New

    user object fields, Edge.remove Event & more

  5. Nokia pulls plug on free music in most markets
  6. ThinkComputers covers CES 2011: Cooler Master and MSI

Hardware news

  1. Notebook Italia on Asus Eee PC Sirocco (in Italian)
  2. SemiAccurate: AMD’s Bulldozer ‘Orochi’ wafer pictured
  3. Expreview: Transcend upgrades its 2.5″ SSDs with new controllers
  4. VR-Zone: Zalman unveils ZM-VE200 HDD / SSD enclosure
  5. Softpedia: Plextor PX-L611U is a portable DVD writer with LightScribe
  6. C|Net: SanDisk claims 45MB/sec write speeds for new SDHC
  7. Yanko Design: USB drive has another electrifying side
  8. Fudzilla: Gigabyte to have two overclocked GTX 560 Ti cards
  9. TC Magazine: Lantic develops GeForce GT 430 with 2GB of memory

    and Asus re-announces the PA246Q P-IPS professional monitor

  10. PreCentral: hp to deliver flexible display prototypes to army this year (thanks dpaus)
  11. C|Net: Using LCD projectors for… mind control?
  12. TC Magazine: SilverStone offering limited edition white Raven 2 Evolution PC case

    and SilverStone Fortress FT03 chassis to become available this month

  13. Dealzon’s deals: $100 coupon for hp Elite Desktops $999+, $450 coupon for

    15.6” Lenovo IdeaPad Y560p i7 2nd gen, $475 off 13.1” hp Envy 13-1130NR

    w/ external DVD, and $200 off 40” Samsung LN40C530 LCD TV

Mobile

  1. DSLReports: WiMax 2 preps for 2012 launch
  2. Fudzilla reports Nvidia denies Tegra 2 yield issue

    and TI OMAP 4430 has 40Mpoligons / second

  3. DigiTimes: Tablet PC demand may cause notebook panel prices to rise in 2Q11

    and rush to produce tablet PCs may cause component shortages and

    Pegatron is expected to ship 12 – 15 million CDMA iPhones in 2011

  4. Ars Technica: Detailing the expected hardware changes for the iPad and iPhone
  5. Fudzilla: MSI’s WindPad 100W detailed
  6. Video: Glasses-free 3D using iOS accelerometer and camera – TUAW
  7. TC Magazine: Samsung Star II promises a ‘superior’ social networking experience
  8. Ars Technica: Android update study finds HTC, Motorola have best track record
  9. 9 to 5 Mac: Developer stats say 90% of iOS device users run iOS 4.x
  10. Disney Mobile’s smartphone launches in February only in Japan (in Japanese)
  11. Huff Post: 14-year old’s ‘Bubble Ball‘ app knocks ‘Angry Birds’ out of top spot

Software

  1. TUAW: Mac OS X 10.6.6 introduces subtle changes to Boot Camp
  2. AppleInsider: Apple’s App Store on pace to surpass total iTunes music sales by March
  3. Download Squad: Passmark OSFMount mounts CD,

    DVD, DD images, and VMWare virtual discs

  4. OMG Ubuntu: Play Angry Birds under Wine on Linux
  5. Microsoft makes CRM Online 2011 available worldwide
  6. Ars Technica: Making music in Linux and beyond
  7. TC Magazine: EVGA Precision 2.0.2 released, comes with tweaks, an alarm system
  8. PowerStrip 3.89 build 672 final
  9. TeamViewer 6.0 build 10124
  10. Opera 11.01 snapshot with several crash fixes

Gaming

  1. Bowling: Infinity Ward will “not rely solely on platform security: after PS3 crack
  2. Ballmer: “Xbox isn’t a gaming console
  3. PCWorld: Lenovo video games console for China delayed
  4. Shacknews: Dawn of War II – Retribution multiplayer beta detailed

    and Gran Turismo Anywhere launching next month

  5. GameInformer on the technology behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  6. Joystiq: Portal 2 on PS3 features cross-platform chat, multiplayer, and a free Steam copy
  7. Big Download: Some older Intel & AMD processors won’t run EVE Online starting Tuesday
  8. Massively: Second Life competitor Blue Mars drops PC development for Apple’s iOS
  9. Battlefield 2142 1.51 beta patch extended
  10. VentureBeat: Zynga’s CityVille grows to 100 million users in 43 days
  11. IGN has Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – Taskmaster introduction trailer
  12. Beyond Unreal reports Cliff B tweaks PC gamers over MIA Bulletstorm PC demo
  13. PC Gamer’s Portal 2 preview
  14. TechSpot on the most anticipated games of 2011
  15. Ars Technica on the NES Advantage – God’s own controller

Systems and storage

  1. MissingRemote posts beginner’s guide to controlling your HTPC
  2. KitGuru’s Dell Vostro 130 review
  3. LostCircuits on Intel’s SandyBridge II HD Gfx, Open GL, and AVX performance
  4. SPCR’s Sandy Bridge part 3: Gigabyte P67A-UD4 & Intel DP67BG P67
  5. ProClockers review Asus P8H67-M EVO
  6. Hexus.net reviews Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3
  7. PureOC’s ASRock P67 3-way motherboards roundup
  8. HT4U’s Intel H67 and P67 chipsets performance report (in German)
  9. Futurelooks reviews Zotac H55ITX-C-E mini-ITX motherboard
  10. TWL reviews 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP Green
  11. TUAW’s hands-on with the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini SSD
  12. Legit Reviews on 32GB Patriot Xporter XT Rage USB 2.0 flash drive

Multimedia

  1. Hardware Canucks review EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked
  2. t-break’s Zotac GTX 570 Amp! Edition review
  3. TweakTown reviews HIS HD 6970 2GB Turbo
  4. OCC reviews Asus EAH6870 DirectCU
  5. Hexus.net reviews KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 1GB Razor single-slot
  6. TechReviewSource on Nikon Coolpix S8100
  7. bit-tech reviews Creative SB X-Fi Titanium
  8. Hardware Secrets reviews Thermaltake Challenger Pro keyboard
  9. Benchmark Reviews on VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth keyboard
  10. Rbmods on Zowie Celeritas gaming keyboard

Cases and cooling

  1. PC Perspective reviews Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 case
  2. ocaholic’s Lian Li PC-X2000FB case review
  3. X-bit labs’ 120mm fans roundup part I: 1350 RPM or lower rotation speed
  4. Overclockers Online’s Noctua NH-C14 heatsink and fan review
  5. Funky Kit reviews Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler
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    • spigzone
    • 9 years ago

    Thesaurus … album, atlas, bestseller, bible, booklet, brochure, codex, compendium, copy, dictionary, dissertation, edition, encyclopedia, essay, fiction, folio, handbook, hardcover, leaflet, lexicon, magazine, manual, monograph, nonfiction, novel, octavo, offprint, omnibus, opus, opuscule, pamphlet, paperback, periodical, portfolio, preprint, primer, publication, quarto, reader, reprint, roll, scroll, softcover, speller, text, textbook, thesaurus, tome, tract, treatise, vade mecum, volume, work, writing

      • SonicSilicon
      • 9 years ago

      It’s a bit odd that list is missing the only real synonym for thesaurus — synonymicon.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    “I-Ward will “not rely solely on platform security” after PS3 crack”

    Not a good road for them to go down. Annoying copy protection measures, like registration keys and online activation, are why a lot of people quit PC gaming for consoles in the first place.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Building a GPGPU app store into its driver is a smart move for AMD. Now they need to work on GPGPU [i<]performance[/i<].

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      An appstore in a [i<]driver[/i<]? And people complain about Microsoft adding bloat to an OS?

    • willmore
    • 9 years ago

    [b<]TWL reviews 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP Green[/b<] Don't bother reading this. These guys run a few off the shelf tests and clearly don't understand what they're doing. Wait until someone who knows their stuff reviews it. The review only took as many pages as it did (not many) because they seem to have formatted it to fit a netbooks screen. Maybe an iPad.

    • chuckula
    • 9 years ago

    Quad core llano that won’t be available to buy until probably August of 2011 beats a lower end dual-core i3 that was released early in 2010… I would hope so for AMD’s sake.
    I really want to see hard numbers for Llano’s GPU. It will be faster than Sandy Bridge, but for everyone expecting some kind of miraculous advantage, I wouldn’t hold your breath. The reason is memory bandwidth. During the Anandtech review, they found that even the SB graphics cores are bandwidth constrained, and Llano will face the same bottlenecks, and will likely do so with an inferior memory controller to boot.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Going through the turkish-english translation was a bit painful, but to me it seemed to say that it beat i3-530 (not a surprise – quadcore vs. dualcore), but got beaten by Athlon II X4 640! And Llano is in 32nm!

      I don’t know what to make of that.. I was thinking Llano would compete with Sandy Bridge, with better graphics and competitive CPU performance (thanks to high clocks from 32nm SOI). Looks like CPU performance just isn’t there…

      Maybe it doesn’t matter, though – Llano is probably aimed at midrange gamers, so both the CPU and GPU are adequate. I’m just not sure how large that market would be…

        • Althernai
        • 9 years ago

        It would be pretty surprising if it lost to an Athlon II X4 640 — I guess they took the thermal budget from the die shrink and gave most of it to the GPU. At the rate this is going, we will continue to have Intel dual-cores soundly beating AMD quad-cores in laptops.

        If the performance is that bad, here is the key question regarding Llano quad-cores: will they have some version of Turbo Boost? The current “Phenom II” laptop quad-cores don’t have it and combined with the low clock speeds, this actually manages to push them into a realm where some games are CPU-bound (hard to believe, but I saw a test of this with a Mobility Radeon 5650 and a P920). The Thuban Phenoms have Turbo Core so hopefully AMD manages to propagate that down to Llano.

          • khands
          • 9 years ago

          I don’t see this working at all if this is the performance they’re getting out of Llano.

            • FuturePastNow
            • 9 years ago

            I’m not going to try to make sense of Turkish, but bear in mind that whatever they tested is probably very early silicon and clocked lower than a production CPU will be. I also have a feeling that AMD will be marketing Llano mainly as a mobile processor, so it will be facing slower competition.

            However, I fear you are all correct. Llano is a previous gen core (10.5) and it will severely outclassed when it launches. It is an interim product, a placeholder until AMD can attach a GPU to Bulldozer cores, and will be soon forgotten.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            The article says the information is coming from “Official documents” from AMD. Also, the article quotes TDP numbers 65W for dual-core and 95W for quad-core – these are most certainly desktop versions.

            But, then again, the article might just be FUD, who knows… the performance looks suspiciously bad, I’m not sure if I can trust this info.

            • Althernai
            • 9 years ago

            [quote<]The article says the information is coming from "Official documents" from AMD. Also, the article quotes TDP numbers 65W for dual-core and 95W for quad-core - these are most certainly desktop versions.[/quote<] In that case, being worse than the Athlon II X4 640 is not even remotely plausible. It's basically a die shrink of that CPU and you don't have the thermal restrictions inherent in laptops. Maybe something got lost in translation or whoever wrote this was misinformed.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Llano is aimed at the budget and mainstream home and business PC market. It would be fair to compare to equivalent Intel parts which would include the Core i3 series. Since Intel as yet to release a Sandy Bridge Core i3, there can’t be a comparison yet.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        I think the fair comparison [i<]is[/i<] Llano vs. SB i3, since they'll both be out around the same time. If the results in the article above are correct, the only selling point for Llano is the IGP capable of midrange gaming. Businesses couldn't care less... they will most likely go with dual-core SBs (with all the embedded encryption, secure this&that, remote management and all other marketing crap). What Llano could do is redefine the mainstream midrange gaming market. I'm thinking right now that market is pretty small (gamers tend to go for more powerful discrete graphics, and most other mainstream users don't play games much). But, Llano could invite people to the gaming market that have been turned off by $200-$300 graphics cards in the past.

          • jdaven
          • 9 years ago

          I’m just saying that SB i3 isn’t out yet so AMD could not release internal numbers comparing its product to as of yet unreleased Intel product. This information was probably generated months ago and is just now making its way to the web.

          When the hardware is released in the future, of course it will be compared to current and probably past gen hardware.

          BTW, business like integration, compactness from said integration and price. As far as all the other marketing crap you listed, both AMD and Intel will have basically overlapping feature sets. Not 100% mind you, but very close. The only big difference is IPC and only us computer nerds care about that. 🙂

          If the integrated graphics reach 56xx levels of performance on the high end as the article suggests, this will be pretty cool for light to yesteryear games. An APU that consumes 65-95W would fit very well in a very small mini-ITX case.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            I could play Oblivion with that! 😛

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    that ARM based OLPC being faster than intel’s atom based running linux news sure is a kick in the groin for intel. Basically it’s saying: “you are a dinosaur” “move your filthy x86 $%& out of my lawn” “you know what? I’m moving to YOUR turf! and I will prevail”

    this stuff sure looks capable
    [url<]http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a15.php[/url<]

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, the OLPC CTO says ARM-based laptop is faster than an Intel-based one (without elaborating).

      I wonder if Intel CTO would say Intel-based laptop is faster than an ARM-based one..?

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      I’d like to point out that noone at OLPC said that. For those in the TL;DR camp, the gentleman from OLPC said that the 5W (AMD Geode based) OLPC is slower than the 4W (VIA C7) based design which is slower than the 2W (Marvel Armada 610) based design.

      He also adds “but not by much”. Which probably means it’s better on some thing and not on others.

      Noone in the video said anything about Intel nor Atom.

      Anyone who thinks that an OLPC would be beter served by having an Atom chip signifigantly misunderstands their mission. The level of performance of the previous designs has been completely adequate to serve their goals. All work since then has been to *decrease power consumption at the same performance level*.

      Power availability in their target areas is a much larger factor of success for their mission than being 50% faster. Once the device can fulfill the needs of their target usage, anything faster is a waste. If it costs more power, then it’s a horrible waste.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    looking forward to llano. I still don’t see sandy bridge’s gpu as being satisfactory. I wouldn’t buy one, cause I’d be killed, but I can see plenty of people wanting them. they need to get this much performance into a 10 hour system. Then we can talk….

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      Just make the notebook skin from solarcells, continuous charging anywhere 😉 (not anytime though)

      Edit – and I bet it would turn into a fad just like the carbon fiber look lol

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      I’m looking forward to dozer. Let’s hope it doesnt have no TLB bug like the Phen1 did, however it is a completely new and different architecture from K10/10.5 so I guess it will only get better with time.

      Actually I’m looking forward to see the 120GB sandforce drives drop to 180$ CND…….still waiting.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        25nm flash chips are going to be almost as magical as iPhone5

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