Friday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. C|Net: Judge says Apple’s ‘smoking crack‘ with giant witness list
  2. Valve’s Gabe Newell doesn’t mince words about Windows 8 on GT.TV
  3. Warren Spector: Hey Carmack, Sweeney, stop rendering and start making believable AI
  4. C|Net: Lenovo dings Microsoft Surface: We’ll provide better hardware
  5. SlashGear: Android malware level triples in Q2 2012
  6. Guru3D’s Radeon HD 7950 with Boost vs. GeForce GTX 660 Ti review
  7. Mozilla’s Firefox for Windows 8 Metro status update
  8. Skype for Metro leaks, Neowin goes hands-on


Friday

  1. WSJ: Apple retail chief admits staffing mistake
  2. X-bit labs: IBM to take over designer of high-performance solid-state storage solutions
  3. VR-Zone: Kingston intros HyperX Predator series memory
  4. Gizmodo: Carbonized Li-On batteries can charge 100 times quicker
  5. PCPer’s podcast #214
  6. Buy Nvidia’s GTX 660 Ti from NCIX and Newegg and get Borderlands 2 for free
  7. Dealzon’s deals: $100 coupon for 17.3″ Dell Inspiron i7-3612QM, $70 off 15.6″

    Acer Aspire AMD A6-3420M, $100 coupon for 13.3″ Sony Vaio S i5-3210M /

    GeForce GT 640M, and $20 coupon for Dell Inspiron 620 Pentium desktop

Mobile

  1. Mail Online: First pictures of Apple’s new mini connector for iPad mini and iPhone 5 leaked
  2. TNW: Google says Maps for Android now allows choice

    of specific public transit mode, 1M stop schedules mapped

Software and gaming

  1. Threatpost: Adobe patches critical Flash bug, releases massive Reader update
  2. Infosecurity: Adobe’s patches for Windows and OS X expose Linux
  3. MS Word Blog: Getting hands-on with the new Word
  4. Phoronix: Intel graphics hits high point with Linux 3.6 kernel

    and Linux is a lemon on the Retina MacBook Pro

  5. The new Steam Community is coming soon
  6. OCMS shows how to refurbish a PSP
  7. TF2 Mann vs. Machine FAQ

Systems and storage

  1. ocaholic’s Asus Maximus V Formula review
  2. Hardware.Info’s Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH review
  3. ocaholic reviews 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1600MHz CL8 kit
  4. OCC’s 128GB Kingston SSDNow V200 review

Multimedia

  1. TechSpot’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti review
  2. Tbreak reviews Zotac GTX 660 Ti AMP! & Asus GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP
  3. Futurelooks on Nvidia GTX 660 Ti cards from EVGA, Gigabyte & MSI
  4. TweakTown overclocks MSI’s GTX 660 Ti Power Edition 2GB
  5. Neoseeker reviews EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC 2GB
  6. PureOC and X-bit labs review Zotach GTX 660 Ti AMP! Edition
  7. Technic3D’s Gainward GeForce GTX 660 Ti Phantom review (in German)
  8. Techgage reviews Gigabyte Force M9 ICE wireless mouse
Comments closed
    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    “Warren Spector: Hey Carmack, Sweeney, stop rendering and start making believable AI ”

    I’m not really a gamer and I don’t know these people, but this DID catch my attention. AI may still the weakest link, even after all these years.

    I also think the rush of recent years to online multiplayer has become a bit of a crutch for game makers; some of them think they don’t have to bother developing AI, or worse yet, they don’t even develop single-player games.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    Thank you warren spector. You’ve just stated what I’ve wanted for a decade now.

    Focus on the AI and you’ll blow away everything else candy.

      • kroker
      • 7 years ago

      While AI should get more focus, why should Carmack and Sweeney in particular be the ones to do it? Engines and graphics are their specialty, that’s what they enjoy and do best. Should Steven Hawking focus on curing cancer / solving other world problems because that’s more useful to us than theoretical physics?

        • Goty
        • 7 years ago

        *obligatory post about physics being the basis of all other sciences*

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          *obligatory post about engineering being the basis of everything in the Real World*

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            *obligatory post about YOUR MOM*

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            You troll better than I do

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        The have influence over their industry.
        They like a challenge?

        Carmack HAS to be bored with what he does at this point.

          • SonicSilicon
          • 7 years ago

          Carmack works on rockets, as well, plus is rather excited about the prospects of proper V.R. headsets. I severely doubt he has time to be bored with what graphics and engine coding he does now.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, well, if it means anything, our product has the most awesome AI in it’s field, and the customers complains about…. the inadequacy of our eye candy.

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t = you just can’t win (where ‘win’ is defined as ‘pleasing all the people all the time’, not the Charlie Sheen definition)

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]WSJ: Apple retail chief admits staffing mistake[/quote<] I thought, as a rule, that TR didn't make links to content requiring a paid subscription?

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      there have been a few WSJ links recently. idk if something has changed or not.

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        Maybe Ron has a subscription and just doesn’t realize that the rest of us peons can’t read what he’s linking to?

      • nanoflower
      • 7 years ago

      Try this link: [url<]http://www.mactrast.com/2012/08/apple-rumors-of-retail-cuts-were-misleading-changes-are-being-reversed/[/url<]

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        Thanks!

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “WSJ: Apple retail chief admits staffing mistake”

    Holy F.

    If Steve jobs were alive, this guy would not be.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.C|Net: Judge says Apple's 'smoking crack' with giant witness list [/quote<] Seriously, what is with the time limits and 'paperwork' disputes... I just don't understand HOW you can limit these things when all it does it give almost unanimous grounds for either party to appeal the decision on the basis of justice being thwarted due to time & paperwork limitations. Yes I can understand not wanting the lawsuit to go on for YEARS, but honestly a couple more weeks worth of court wouldn't have hurt anyone except Apple and Samsung in lawyers fees. It's just weird. I really don't care about this lawsuit as I don't believe in the patent system (as it currently stands) anyway, but these frivilous limitations seem weird to a non-lawyer (engineer).

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      “but honestly a couple more weeks worth of court wouldn’t have hurt anyone except Apple and Samsung in lawyers fees.”

      Don’t forget the poor jury! They aren’t getting paid lawyer fees.

      • thor84no
      • 7 years ago

      You don’t “believe” in the patent system? I’m afraid it’s real son. Poor, but real.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      The courts are bottlenecked. You don’t get infinite amounts of time to do whatever you want. Not that Koh is likely to ever rule against Apple based on her past.

      It’ll likely be better for Samsung if it goes to appeal (and is accepted) anyway.

      Given both companies shenanigans I can understand why she’s fed up. Things you don’t want to do in court: annoy the judge, bring in last minute evidence, play games with staff, and all that Perry Mason style hucksterism. Lawyers have too much leeway as it is. Look at the farce that was SCO.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        “annoy the judge”

        On the face of it, that would seem to make sense. But I’m getting the impression that it just doesn’t matter at all. At worst, the lawyer might get hit with a small fine, that they will most likely pass on to their clients (who will be happy to pay, so long as they win).

        Remember, this trial is decided by the jury , not the judge.

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          A judge can put you in jail for contempt and they will never be disbarred for it even if it was completely unreasonable. (I should have noted that this is pretty extreme example but I wanted to illustrate how much power judges have).

          Jury decisions can easily be vacated. It all depends on the judge.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Judge says Apple's 'smoking crack' with giant witness list[/quote<] OMG!! She's penetrating the RDF! Ignore that man behind the curtain, judge!!

        • grantmeaname
        • 7 years ago

        Lucy Koh is not a man.

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          I was going to -1 you for missing the obvious Wizard of Oz reference, but Dorothy said not to be such a Wicked Old Witch so early in the day. Then I realized I was looking at the wrong pronoun anyway. I’d -1 myself if I could, but since I can’t, I hope some kind soul will help me out.

          EDIT: Ah, thank you, kind stranger!

        • Beelzebubba9
        • 7 years ago

        I like how this:

        [quote=”Judge Lucy Koh”<] "You want me to do an order on 75 pages tonight? When, unless you're smoking crack, you know that these witnesses are not going to be called?" [/quote<] Said to Apple's lawyers in court turns in to 'LOL JUDGE SAID APPLE WAS ON CRACK RDF LOL'.

      • grantmeaname
      • 7 years ago

      Both companies had already filed for appeal before that incident even occurred. Koh’s case literally couldn’t matter less.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 7 years ago

        You do realize that an appeal is not a retrial right? They can *lead* to a retrial under extremely narrow circumstances (judicial incompetence or bias for instance) but generally it is due to points of law that were perhaps mistakenly overlooked (or ignoring precedents) rather than issues of fact which are drawn at trial.

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