Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. The Hill: After defeat of Senate cybersecurity bill, Obama weighs executive-order option
  2. Ars Technica: Is Surface Microsoft’s concession

    that Windows 8 isn’t really cut out for tablets?

  3. Star Wars 1313 dev: Graphics will be “indistinguishable from reality” in ten years
  4. X-bit labs: Do graphics cards need 4GB of memory? –

    EVGA GTX 670 4GB Superclocked+

  5. iMore: Apple to roll out new dock connector across entire iOS product lineup this fall
  6. Ars Technica: OpenGL celebrates its 20th birthday with two new versions
  7. We Got Life: Microsoft GM accidentally confirms the next Xbox
  8. Gizmodo on the beautiful video game that drives NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover


  1. Ars Technica’s op-ed: Obama and Romney need to weigh in on net neutrality
  2. Reuters: New games, cost cuts may push Activision shares up 50%: Barron’s
  3. Fudzilla: TSMC to invest $1.4 billion in ASML

    and Intel standardizes SSD specs for ultrabooks

  4. Ars Technica: MPAA “embedding is infringement” theory rejected by court
  5. TechSpot on automating the web using IFTTT
  6. Ars staffers exposed—their home office setups
  7. The latest episode of The Ben Heck Show
  8. BCCHardware podcast
  9. Dealzon’s deals: $500 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Y580 i7-3610QM / GeForce

    GTX 660M, $20 coupon for 15.6″ hp dv6z-7000 AMD A6-4400M, $50

    coupon for Dell Vostro 470 i7-3770 PC, and $210 off 23″ Samsung 2ms

    LED monitor


  1. DigiTimes: HTC to launch 5″ smartphone in September-October, say sources

    and Nvidia lands orders for at least 3 million Tegra 3 chips for Nexus 7

  2. Engadget: YouTube app removed from iOS 6 but not

    iOS 5 and older; Google working on a standalone version

  3. VR-Zone: GameKlip clips PS3 controller to Android phone
  4. BCCHardware’s Android app pick – Flipboard

Software and gaming

  1. Scribbles and Snaps on Linux tools for serious photographers
  2. VirtualBox 4.2 Beta 1 released
  3. Ars Technica on the surprising, stealthy rebirth of the American arcade
  4. PC Perspective’s QuakeCon 2012: Day 3 coverage
  5. Battle.net: Character profiles now available for Diablo III
  6. Hooked Gamers preview Guild Wars 2
  7. TweakTown’s New Super Mario Brothers 2 review (3DS)

Systems and storage

  1. TechReviewSource on Vizio Thin+Light CT14
  2. PureOC reviews Sapphire Pure Platinum Z77/K
  3. Techgage reviews Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
  4. Hardware Secrets on Gigabyte’s Z77X-UP4 TH
  5. ThinkComputers reviews 8GB Samsung MV-3V4G3D DDR3-1600 memory kit
  6. NikKTech’s 3-way DDR3 SODIMM comparison
  7. Tech ARP pits Western Digital VelociRaptors vs. solid state drives
  8. TweakTown reviews 256GB Crucial m4 mSATA SSD
  9. Tbreak’s 500GB Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt review
  10. Benchmark Reviews on Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2


  1. Guru3D’s Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 SOC review
  2. HardwareLook reviews HIS HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB
  3. TweakTown reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB OC
  4. Phoronix: Apple Thunderbolt display presents problems for Linux
  5. Tbreak on the resolutionary wars
  6. Hardware.Info’s Sony Bravia HX750 review
  7. Hardware Heaven’s Gigabyte SkyVision wireless HD video sync review
  8. TestFreaks review Fujifilm FinePix Z900EXR camera
  9. Rbmods on GX Gaming’s mouse
  10. Techreaction reviews NZXT Avatar S mouse
  11. PureOC reviews Das Keyboard Model S Professional

Power, case, and cooling

  1. Hardware.Info, KitGuru, ocaholic & techPowerUp! review Corsair AX1200i PSU
  2. KitGuru reviews Xilence Interceptor Pro case
  3. ProClockers review BitFenix Recon fan controller
Comments closed
    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “Ars Technica’s op-ed: Obama and Romney need to weigh in on net neutrality”

    I’m sure they are… privately, with the highest bidder.

    Is there anyone left with any serious money who is in favor of net neutrality? I once would have thought companies like Google and Apple would be solidly in favor of net neutrality, but with the whole cell phone situation, I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore. It seems to me that ultimately the people who benefit most are the “little guys”, and the little guys don’t have the kind of access to politicians (aka money) to affect his.

    That Ars Technica op-ed is positively adorable in its belief that public opinion will matter, or that the public has an opinion on this at all.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Net “Neutrality” was essentially a government takeover of the net, much like SOPA. The basic concept is nice, but most of these bills have back door surprises snuck in. The public doesn’t trust congress to pass an honest bill, so you aren’t going to get them to rally them behind it. It’s much like the saying if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

      We already have a pretty neutral internet, and the less regulation of it there is, the better. No need for new rules.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    “DigiTimes: HTC to launch 5″ smartphone in September-October”

    Damn, I can only imagine what the battery life on this must be…This will need a massive battery.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Just look at a Samsung Note

        • gmskking
        • 7 years ago

        Right, but twice the resolution and Adreno 320.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      the one series was already abysmal. if my phone battery is dead by lunch i’m 🙁

    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Ars staffers exposed—their home office setups[/quote<] [i<]One[/i<] Ars staffer doesn't use a Mac. Just one. That's unbelievable!

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      I work in IT/Web Development in New York and among my peer group pretty much everyone owns at least one Apple computer.

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah seriously, how dare Ars allow one of the unwashed heathens into their midst!

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      It absolutely shows in their reporting.

      news.com you won’t ever find their front page devoid of Apple. It was amusing reading them during the rise of Android and how conflicted they were in their reporting.

    • nico1982
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]iMore: Apple to roll out new dock connector across entire iOS product lineup this fall[/quote<] I suppose that after everyone has already all the adapters he needs, you have to find new ways to sell them :jokingly:

    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Star Wars 1313 dev: Graphics will be "indistinguishable from reality" in ten years[/quote<] Real time graphics? I can tell the difference between the best done CG movies, rendered with giant render farms over several days/weeks. They can be done very well, possibly giving an illusion to the average Joe in the future, but, you will always be able to tell the difference.

      • stdRaichu
      • 7 years ago

      Whilst I’d hesitate to use the word “always” (that’s a very long time, after all), we’ve been hearing this for as long as CGI have been mainstream. So far content hasn’t met up with expectations, and even the best teams of artists and animators standing atop their 4096-node render farm are *still* scrabbling about on the bottom of the uncanny valley. If anything, I would say professional CGI houses are at least 10yrs away from being able to animate people with a sufficent degree of verisimilitude, and I’d expect computer games to be at least another 10yrs behind that.

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      The Uncanny Valley he underestimates…

      I think we will [i<][b<]*eventually*[/b<][/i<] get there, but the kind of total investment is going to be more than anyone thinks it will be. EDIT: to look at this more, rendering is only part of the puzzle. If you want lifelike renderings, you also need humanlike movements, which will likely double all the work to make CGI indistinguishable from reality.

        • Mightyflapjack
        • 7 years ago

        It won’t be humans that make that leap. Detailed computer analysis of existing video will be used to generate a near limitless catalog of various movements, lighting effects, etc.

        Will we notice that the smile we just saw was the exact same smile as Chandler on Friends? Not likely…

        It would be cool if a particular animation became so over-used as to gain the same recognition as the “Wilhelm Scream” is in audio.

          • superjawes
          • 7 years ago

          That computer analysis could be flawed, though. One aspect is…okay, kinda easy, but that has to match with everything else. Smiling distorts the entire face, and that distortion is different depending on facial features.

          And on top of that, humans make thousands of micro adjustments without even thinking about it, and with thousands of possible “nodes” where movement can come from, you’re going to have to go really deep in order to replicate it well. The whole point of the Uncanny Valley is that everything nonhuman sticks out like a sore thumb. Even if you can copy video, you would have to handle an extreme number of data points in order to make sure that the animation doesn’t look forced and unnatural, because that will just look creepy.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      There were several scenes in TinTin I couldn’t tell.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        You should really take a look away from the tv screen then one day. You will find that things will not only look like super highres but have a more realistic look to them.

    • bjm
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Ars Technica: Is Surface Microsoft's concession that Windows 8 isn't really cut out for tablets?[/quote<] This is the difficulty Microsoft is facing. They risk alienating the both the I-love-touch-and-hate-traditional-input crowd and also the I-love-traditional-and-hate-touch-input crowd. For an example of the latter, simply take a look at the comments section of any Windows 8 news item on this site. Peter Bright's article is interesting in that it discusses from the position of the former, one that is not often discussed. I'm personally in the middle, as I prefer to have both methods of input. It remains to be seen if the market will choose the same way, as there really is no other device which even attempts to combine the two until Surface and other Windows 8 devices come out.

      • Rand
      • 7 years ago

      I’m not at all certain it even appeals to the crowd that wants both means of input, regardless of which input your using you have to make sacrifices.
      The desktop is slightly stripped and you have to use a touch UI with a mouse regularly. Yet on the touch side, lots of functionality is simply unavailable in Metro and you have to jump to the desktop… which is horrible with touch.

      If I have to make a sacrifice with both mouse and touch to use Windows 8 then I see no reason to bother with it, I can use Windows 7 for mouse and Android for touch. It’s not in one device, which is a distinct weakness but at least I’m getting a more fully functional UI in exchange. I’ll make the tradeoff of one extra device for more functionality any day.

      I’d love to see more x86 Android tablets. Give me that and I can install Win7 myself and happily dual boot and get a great mobile experience.
      Desktop obviously would stick with Win7 as touch adds no value for me there.

      Sadly Windows 8 could have been great and could have offered both a fully featured touch and mouse UI that allowed the user to operate exclusively in one environment or the other, or both as suited their needs. Instead with have an ugly mix that’s not appealing at all on either front.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        “I’m not at all certain it even appeals to the crowd that wants both means of input, regardless of which input your using you have to make sacrifices.”

        This seems quite possibly correct, yet it didn’t have to be this way.

        I could imagine a device that dynamically switches interfaces depending on whether it’s docked to a keyboard+mouse. When not docked, it defaults to the touch interface with little to no hint of a KB+mouse world. When docked, it defaults to a traditional PC interface, with little to no hint of a touch world.

        When I first heard about the general approach MS was taking with Win8, I assumed that’s what they would do, and that it would be a very interesting contrast to the Apple approach. But alas, it would appear MS followed a different, more muddled path.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Asus transformer?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    II. Me: Is Ars Technica really not cut out to publish tech articles?

      • Chandalen
      • 7 years ago

      If it’s Peter Bright (aka DrPizza) then yes. I’ve disliked his posting/attitude/editorials for over a decade. ArsT really has lost a lot of what made it the best place to be back in the early 2000’s. System guides being one of those, and which brought me here incidentally.

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        Funny, I too used to be annoyed by him but he really knows his UI/Microsoft/computing sh*t and I find him one of the last people I respect there.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      Why do you say that? Ars hasn’t really targeted a readership like TR’s in a very long time, and I think that’s wise.

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