Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Business Insider: hp earnings in line, lowers guidance slightly (thanks dpaus)
  2. Ars Technica: In closing arguments, Apple

    lawyer tells Samsung: “Make your own phones

  3. X-bit labs: AMD may release first Opteron “Abu Dhabi” server chips next

    month and next-generation Ethernet to support 1TB/s speeds by 2015

  4. Hardware Canucks: PowerColor to launch dual-GPU HD 7990 very soon?
  5. BBC News: LG releases ‘world’s biggset‘ ultra-definition TV
  6. RPS: Valve’s Abrash on virtual reality, wearable computing
  7. Eurogamer: EA says stereoscopic 3D “isn’t a major factor

    as tech fails to turn up at Sony press conferences

  8. A message from Diablo III’s Jay Wilson


Thursday

  1. Reuters: Seagate Technology in deal to buy Solyndra plant: source
  2. Bloomberg: Yahoo! beats Google, Microsoft in alumni becoming CEOs: report
  3. BCCHardware podcast
  4. TweakTown posts Lian Li factory tour video
  5. NCIX’s Back2School Sale part II
  6. Newegg’s multi-category clearance
  7. Dealzon’s deals: $250 off 17.3″ Toshiba S870 i7-3610QM / Radeon HD

    7670M, $462 coupon for 17.3″ 1080p hp dv7t i7-3610QM / GeForce

    GT 630M, $250 off 14″ Samsung Series 5 AMD A10-4655M, and

    $250 off 240GB SanDisk Extreme 2.5″ SSD

Mobile

  1. OCMS reviews Zagg Invisible Shield screen protector
  2. Techgage reviews CrazyQuest for iOS

Software and gaming

  1. Ars Technica: Password hints easily extracted from Windows 7, 8
  2. VirtualBox 4.1.20 released
  3. X-bit labs: Next-generation video game consoles

    to reinvigorate gaming, says game publisher

  4. BioWare Blog announces Operation: Alloy
  5. ocaholic plays XCOM Enemy Unknown
  6. Diablo III hotfixes – updated 8/22

Systems and storage

  1. Hardware Heaven reviews Lenovo IdeaPad U410 ultrabook
  2. TechReviewSource on 11″ Apple MacBook Air (mid-2012)
  3. ProClockers review Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
  4. Legit Reviews on 8GB Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz memory kit
  5. TWL reviews 8GB G.Skill Trident-X 2400MHz CL10 dual-channel kit
  6. Hardware.Info reviews 256GB AData XPG SX910 SSD

Multimedia, power, case & cooling

  1. X-bit labs review MSI N680GTX Lightning 2GB
  2. TweakTown on Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Vapor-X OC with Boost
  3. KitGuru’s AMD HD 7770 & HD 7750 cards roundup: Sapphire, XFX, and HIS
  4. Teachreaction reviews Corsair Vengeance 2000 7.1 wireless headset
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews Roccat Savu mouse
  6. Examiner.com reviews Logitech G600 mouse
  7. ocaholic reviews 1200W OCZ Silencer MK III PSU
  8. Benchmark Reviews on SilverStone Sugo SG08 mini-ITX case
  9. Neoseeker reviews Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU cooler
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    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    The whole thing with Jay Wilson smacks of sour grapes and something akin to regret. From way in the beginning of development up to even now, he’s carried this aura of arrogance and self-righteous that’s pronounced clearest in video interviews. Everytime I hear him talk there’s a clear audio layer of haughtiness to his tone.

    Now with this mini Facebook tirade and his response, it seems like it’s backlash for D3’s short comings, the true crux of the matter. Did the game sell well? Yes. Did it do it on the legacy of D2? Heck yes. Does that mean it’s all that it is and should have been? Hell no.

    Now he’s backpeddling because the game either 1) launched way before it’s time without enough features and polish — or what I really believe 2) that he launched the game mostly as he intended, it’s gotten a huge negative backlash from customers, now he’s trying to pump it full of features and spin the DRM as naught. He refused to listen to naysayers before release, promising glory of D2 while failing to live up to the challenge; now he’s just scrambling to cover.

      • PixelArmy
      • 7 years ago

      I didn’t know there was a negative backlash outside the whole always connected thing til I saw this…

      But reading through some complaints now…

      I think the issue is… things that we liked in D2 actually do make for bad game decisions… (not saying they shouldn’t make stuff we like though).

      *EDIT*
      I guess I’d really like to know what people felt like D3 could improve on over D2 and how?

      My only real complaint is legendaries sucking and “good” item drop rate.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      The attitude of all the comments (friends and fellow dev members) screams of them measuring their success by sales and incredibly full of themselves. This apology is pure BS, pure PR, and not at all from the heart. The only “right” thing JW and the D3 team has done has FINALLY listened to user feedback and make the game more like D2. As well, their new paragon system is almost word for word what was suggested by a well known player, Kripparian (there’s a youtube video floating around).

      What bothers me more is that many of things he lauded as being awesome (the story for example) ended up being terrible, and then when confronted by that fact, he posted “We have received mostly positive feedback about the story”. Sure, the story in diablo isn’t many people’s focus. But when you talk it up in multiple interviews, you better actually back it up with something. Players feel EVEN MORE cheated when all this effort is supposedly put on something they don’t even care about, and that thing still ending up being terrible.

      IF the game was originally released in it’s current state (of 1.0.4) with the paragon system, the actually good legendaries, and somewhat balanced skills then I’d have a much higher opinion of the game. But they didn’t, and they have lost much respect for doing so. The game was released as a 5/10 game and now it’s a 7/10 game.

      It’s certainly not yet worthy of being a Diablo game just yet. It’ll get there, but I’m F’ing sick of having to play a game for a GD year before it’s up-to-par AND being told I’m wrong the whole time.

        • leor
        • 7 years ago

        Someone in that comments thread hit the nail on the head when they said “It used to be possible to just buy any Blizzard game because you knew it was going to be great. That is now no longer true and the strong sales of D3 were based on that legacy, the next game will not sell nearly as well.”

        I never thought in 1,000 years D3 would come out and I would not buy it, but according to everything I’ve read, the entire game is basically a gear check designed to drive you to the RMAH. Given all the good games out there right now, I don’t think I need to waste my time on D3 unless there are drastic changes.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          I’m surprised this surprised people. This company is part of Activision. The company doing it’s best to suck all innovation, fun, and artistic merit out of the video game industry while at the same time using underhanded methods to get people to spend more money.

        • dashbarron
        • 7 years ago

        ^ This.

        You make a lot of great points for people trying to understand the problems with the game and release.

        The whole legendary items thing is a joke. Three months ago Jay and the devs said they didn’t think the old unique items in D2 should have been that powerful nor should warrant a special name, the D3 release system for powerful items was good, etc. ect — complete reversal today.

    • south side sammy
    • 7 years ago

    what’s it say in the beginning of that second paragraph ?

    [url<]https://techreport.com/discussions.x/23454[/url<]

    • Mourmain
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] Ars Technica: In closing arguments, Apple lawyer tells Samsung: "Make your own phones" [/quote<] Sounds to me like Apple has the stronger argument. I predict Samsung will lose this trial, at least in part.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      I agree. Samsung needs to make a choice. Be a supplier or be a final product manufacturer. After this trial I can’t see them having it both ways.

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      Of course the Holy Apple has the stronger argument. Always.

        • Jigar
        • 7 years ago

        In home town ? Yes, but the story is a bit different in UK atleast.

          • entropy13
          • 7 years ago

          That is because of the lack of true enlightenment in the UK.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Not that the Holy Apple didn’t stack the deck by having a judge that refused to include evidence that would have clearly indicated Samsung’s innocence.

          • entropy13
          • 7 years ago

          Only a truly enlightened judge would do in such cases.

      • dragosmp
      • 7 years ago

      I predict they will both loose. Samsung should pay something for the inspiration the Iphone provided and Apple will have to pay up for the technologies Samsung patented (Samsung has been building phones for a few years before Apple, they have some relevant IP). The worse they could both loose is the jury to decide that all shipments of Samsung and Apple phones be stopped until they remove all offending patent claims, this is the risk the judge warned them of last week.

      My 2cents

        • Peldor
        • 7 years ago

        I fully support the mutually assured destruction scenario.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Apple lawyer totally twisted the way the patent system works now. The way he said it makes it sound like patents are still vigorously researched and analyzed, and once granted that’s practically it. Instead, in order to keep from massive patent backlogs, it is specifically up to courts to invalidate patents when necessary. If patents are granted easily now, they should be able to be taken away more easily too provided there is reasonable evidence.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Man, what a crazy system. How is it more efficient for the economy as a whole to pay a bunch of lawyers to resolve this stuff rather than just staffing up the patent office?

        This kind of stuff should not be resolved by juries. That’s just nuts. It should be resolved by impartial experts working with a clear set of sensible rules.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Wouldn’t it be nice if decisions like this were made based on what’s best for the economy as a whole?

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            But wouldn’t that be Communism – i.e., Pure Evil?

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 7 years ago

          Remember that the congress-critters that make the laws are mostly lawyers themselves. Creating a mess that ensures long-term obscenely-profitable employment for unethical lawyers is in their own self-interest.

            • yogibbear
            • 7 years ago

            Gah! Lawyers, only people that are worse than murders, pedophiles and pirates.

            • BiffStroganoffsky
            • 7 years ago

            Hmm, at least pirates have an actual code they mostly adhere to and never feign friendship to take your loot. They just run you through. Thus, I would put pirates before lawyers. 🙂

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            lol, guess you never read the nfo’s. They cut each others throats all the time.

        • BiffStroganoffsky
        • 7 years ago

        The current patent system bears little resemblance to the original goal of its creation. Patents were suppose to encourage the proliferation of ideas and products in the market to benefit society as a whole and not be a tool for trolls and lawyers to generate wealth by stifling innovation.

      • TheMonkeyKing
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<][quote<]Ars Technica: In closing arguments, Apple lawyer tells Samsung: "Make your own phones"[/quote<] Sounds to me like Apple has the stronger argument. I predict Samsung will lose this trial, at least in part.[/quote<] Rats. You see...I'm trying out this new browser...and I don't see the sarcasm tags on this statement but they're there, right?

        • Mourmain
        • 7 years ago

        Warning: Understanding why I said that may require RTFA.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        That’s the curse of a Retina display.. Try this:

        [url<]http://www.seeitbigger.com/default.asp[/url<]

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      And Samsung would respond “and you too”, pulling the plug on parts for Apple products.

        • jdaven
        • 7 years ago

        Hahahahaha! That’s rich. For a second there it sounded like you were saying that a corporation wasn’t interested in making money.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          How much money do you think Samsung would make if Apple was left scrambling for parts and couldn’t make any iPhones for 6-12mo?

            • jdaven
            • 7 years ago

            Doesn’t matter. Samsung is a greedy corporation just like Apple. If they can make money in anyway, they will do it.

            Apple: We want to buy $5 billion in chips from you to make a product that will compete with your product.

            Samsung: Ok.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            You missed the point. What I meant is:

            Apple: hey, we pay you $5bil for some chips for our new phone that’s gonna kill your phone

            Samsung: (Hmm.. we can get $5bil for chips and see our phone revenue drop by $5bil, OR skip the $5bil chip deal, claim 60% of smartphone market since apple has no product, and increase our revenue by $15bil.. How should we repond..? Oh, that’s right)

            Samsung: F**k off.

            • sschaem
            • 7 years ago

            Apple: We want to buy $6 billion in chips to build or revolutionary platform.

            Samsung: We know… (We already made a copy of your prototype, ready to roll out, but only when you show us its profitable so we can undercut you and take away some of the market you created)

            Ask yourself, how many tablet did Samsung had on the market before the ipad ?

            Samsung is not much better then all those Chinese spy’s.
            China would still be playing with firecrackers if it wasn’t for NASA & Boeing,
            china put a man in space. Its a great NASA achievement.

            Samsung build an ipad & iphone clone, all the glory goes to Apple.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            I thought Aplle copied Sony, so the glory belongs to them.

            Besides, didn’t Samsung show that they already had tablet designs well before Apple released iPad?

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        But then Samsung would no longer have Apple designs early in the development stage to basetheir knock-offs on leaving them to have to come up with their own ideas.

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, because A5 is so very different from any of the other ARM-based cell phone chips

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            Well, the soc varies slightly. It is still arm and imagination IP, but there is slight variation in the soc design

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            Much like a dual-core Atom w/ hyperthreading is slightly different from a dual-core Atom with HT disabled..?

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        Apple paid at some point Samsung 6 billion for parts, that seem to represent a third of samsung semiconductor sales from a recent tech report of ‘Austin the 4 billion $ fab”

        Would Samsung be child enough to destroy a third of its semiconductor business because it come from Apple?

        And come on Samsung away stole designs. Back when RIM was hot, Samsung was also just a copy cat.
        ZERO innovation. Samsung wait until US company take the risk, then try to run them to the ground on cheap labor and price fixing.

        China is way more obvious on this war tactic… but COME ON, this situation is getting ridiculous.
        How anyone can support china & korea in those cases is beyond me.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      Well Mormain, looks like we were right and the haters here wrong as usual. Samsung guilty and must pay over $1 billion dollars. Too bad no one here will give us kudos.

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