Saturday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. X-bit labs: AMD sets the FX “Vishera” launch date and heading

    straight for AMD’s Sea Islands, Volcanic Islands, and Pirates Islands

  2. CPU World: Pre-order prices of AMD FX “Piledriver” CPUs

    and Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti coming in October

  3. iFixit’s iPhone 5 teardown
  4. Cult of Mac: Has the iPhone 5 already been jailbroken?
  5. ZDNet: Microsoft releases critical updates for Internet Explorer flaws
  6. Computerworld: Microsoft patches critical Flash bugs in Windows 8
  7. PC Gamer’s patch 1.0.5 interview with Jay Wilson and Wyatt Cheng
  8. Eurogamer: Blizzard is “looking at free-to-play” for Starcraft II multiplayer


Saturday

  1. TNW: Microsoft no longer accepts long passwords, shortens them for you [updated]
  2. TechCrunch: You might be able to download your tweets by the end of the year

Mobile

  1. Phys.org: Hydrogen fuel cell for phone charging set for 2013
  2. TechReviewSource on Apple iPhone 5
  3. Techreaction reviews Kingston WiDrive

Gaming

  1. GamesIndustry: PS 3 Super Slim could be a super stumble
  2. L4D Blog: Steam Workshop is coming to Left 4 Dead 2
  3. VR-Zone: EA to host Medal of Honor Warfighter open multiplayer beta
  4. Diablo III PTR patch 1.0.5 notes
  5. Eurogamer: How to find Borderlands 2’s quirkiest easter eggs
  6. Strategy Informer: Mirror’s Edge heading to PSN this month
  7. VR-Zone’s DayZ review
  8. KitGuru’s Darksiders 2 review (PS3)

Hardware

  1. ThinkComputers: Memory timings explained
  2. Rbmods on AOC E2251FWU USB monitor
  3. Fudzilla’s Cooler Master CM Storm Skorpion review
  4. KitGuru reviews Antec Three Hundred Two case
  5. Hardware Secrets reviews Cougar Challenger case
  6. VR-Zone’s Prolimatech Panther CPU cooler review
  7. X-bit labs review Deepcool Dracula graphics card cooler
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    • Pan Skrzetuski
    • 7 years ago

    The Microsoft password thing is oooooooooooooolllllllllllldddddddd news.

    I have been a hotmail user since ’06 and they only let me enter the first 16 characters then.

    If the author took the trouble to ever look at his screen when logging on in the past he would have noticed this.

    –That doesn’t make it a good thing, but it’s certainly not a new thing.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      I demand the ability to enter a 17 character password! To make up for my 3 character user name. 😉

      No, I don’t need 18 characters, that would be too much to remember.

      • blastdoor
      • 7 years ago

      I think they should have 8 character user names and 3 character passwords, separated by a period.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “Pre-order prices of AMD FX “Piledriver” CPUs”

    The FX-8350 at $253 makes the ~$180 FX-8150 actually look compelling. Paying 40% more for perhaps 10% better performance (and perhaps tamer TDPs) isn’t exactly a no-brainer.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      I love how everyone knows performance of the chips before they are even released. Are you some sort of AMD insider? If not, stop spreading FUD.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        It’s based on rumors, obviously. And [u<]even if[/u<] we go by AMD's estimates (which are usually overly optimistic), paying 40% for 15% better performance is [u<]still[/u<] not very compelling, don't you agree?

          • jdaven
          • 7 years ago

          You are being disingenuous. You know chips are not always priced according to percent increase in performance. One must look no further than the Intel extreme edition series for an example.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            Of course. But as a buyer you usually consider what you get for your money. That’s why the EE models cater to a very small group.

            • jdaven
            • 7 years ago

            Yes but it looks like a disagree with you on the cut off for that small group. I see the cutoff being about $150. Any CPU that is more than $150 is purchased by a small group. We of course are talking desktop only since mobile versions carry a premium.

            Which is another point. Performance is not everything. A much slower mobile chip can be more expensive than a faster desktop part. And you know why. Also it takes a considerable amount of resources to qualify the upper end. So prices get stepper as you go that extra 200 MHz or so. Just look at the top two Intel chips. Going up about 100 MHz and 3 MB of cache, you jump from $550 to $1000. I’m not saying I think this is justified. Just how the industry works I guess.

            By the way, the 10-15% numbers are IPC over Bulldozer. The fastest Trinity desktop is also 400 MHz more which gives another 5-7% performance. The pricing is just off enough to start these kinds of internet debates but nothing more.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            In the first place I don’t know what your beef is, dude. I’m talking about the FX-8150 and FX-8350 and how the FX-8150 actually looks good compared to FX-8350 given their prices. I’ve been walking, talking, and dreaming computers since I’m a kid and I very well know how the CPU industry works, thank you very much. FX-8150 at $180, FX-8350 at $253. Stick to that.

        • Beelzebubba9
        • 7 years ago

        The Piledriver core is pretty well understood at this point (It’s been shipping in AMD’s Trinity APUs for months), so that 10% figure is likely accurate.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      While you may think the FX-8150 looks compelling, I still don’t see anything worthwhile for me to “upgrade” my 990FX system from the 1090T that sits in it right now which is on par (or even drastically better in some cases) to the FX-8150.

      [url<]http://h2np.net/pi/pi_thread_e.html[/url<] [url<]http://h2np.net/pi/pi_record_e.html[/url<]

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Some of us are running slower CPUs and will see a bigger performance jump going to an FX-8150. In your case though, I think your X6 should suffice, perhaps even keep you satisfied until Steamroller or Excavator comes out.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Well I would have even a hard time justifying upgrading the 955 BE system. The 955BE can be had for around the $90 mark.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            So AMD was right. We do have enough computing power. Actually I don’t find this statement silly. Heck, the Phenom II X4 is really fast enough.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Actually I think it was Nvidia that was right when it PO’d intel de-emphasizing the importance of CPU performance in the GPU era. There is still need for ultra-high performance processors for some but a better graphics card will yield more satisfying returns for most people.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            Well, there’s no doubt [u<]both[/u<] the CPU and the GPU are important. Nvidia only tried to make their product look more important by, in a way, hyping up the importance of the GPU and de-emphasizing the CPU's importance, if I remember it correctly. We all see it in benchmarks with FX in them: The FX catches up [u<]only[/u<] when the GPU becomes the bottleneck. Let's say you have a screamingly fast 7990 graphics card. Unless you're playing at extreme resolutions the FX is gonna hold you down and your GPU waiting.

    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    From “AMD sets the FX “Vishera” launch date”

    Last year many folks waited for Bulldozer with bated breath, this year I’m sure a lot of us will still be eager to see how Piledriver does, and then next year Steamroller will repeat the process, up until 2014 when Excavator comes out. I’ve turned purple holding my breath.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]I've turned purple holding my breath.[/quote<] Good thing that the body knows when to shut down and take over on it's own.

        • ronch
        • 7 years ago

        Take over on its own? You mean, actually consider other brands instead, like Intel.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Or Via. 😛

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            I love Cyrix.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            You can try to pry my Cyrix P120+ system from my cold dying hands.

            • insulin_junkie72
            • 7 years ago

            If you’re holding a Cyrix, your hands won’t be cold 😛

            Those suckers ran kind of hot for the time.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            I’m positive he’s no longer using his Cyrix, but I’m not so sure it’s taking [u<]that[/u<] long to cool down... 🙂

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            Why would I want to get your P120+ when I have a 6x86MX-PR233? 🙂 I kept all my CPUs (except my NEC V20 and Am386DX-40, which were soldered onto the motherboard), and the 6x86MX is perhaps my most prized CPU.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            When you think about it, Cyrix made the very first ‘APU’.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Yup, pretty sure if you look far enough back you would see me posting “So the Cyrix GX chip de ja vu?” somewhere.

            • ronch
            • 7 years ago

            Good point. Most folks have already forgotten about the MediaGX or probably never even heard of it. Perfect for the office or Junior’s first PC, I guess.

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        That only happens in the case of legitimate breath holding. The body has a way of shutting that stuff down.

          • Beelzebubba9
          • 7 years ago

          Why was no one else amused by this as much as I was?

          +1’d

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            I fear we share a particularly recessive form of cynacism.

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Diablo IIII PTR patch 1.0.5 notes[/quote<] That's not how you write a Roman "four", Ron. :}

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Obviously a typo, Meadows.

      • SonicSilicon
      • 7 years ago

      And yet is traditional on clock faces :
      [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IIII#.22IIII.22_on_clocks[/url<]

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        An exception doesn’t change the rule.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI3DlIrvoHg[/url<]

    • Shouefref
    • 7 years ago

    TNW: Microsoft no longer accepts long passwords, shortens them for you [updated]

    Makes me think of the Y2K bug.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Darnit, now all my MS passwords are just “correcthorsebatt”

        • yogibbear
        • 7 years ago

        KrogothIsNotImpr

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        You can still use Tr0ub4dor&3.

          • jihadjoe
          • 7 years ago

          Meh. My passwod has always been hunter2.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]I.X-bit labs: AMD sets the FX "Vishera" launch date[/quote<] FX 8170, the chip that never was....as for Piledriver i'm not expecting much. The prediction of 10% better than Bulldozer won't be enough. At any rate AMD's CPU performance is 2 or 3 generation behind when it comes to performance, not to mention about power consumption which is horrible on Bulldozer. [quote<]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-052[/quote<] I presume it's a must for all IE users considering it's a zero day vulnerability. Thanks for the heads up. [quote<]http://vr-zone.com/articles/ea-to-host-medal-of-honor-warfighter-open-multiplayer-beta/17245.html [...] From the article: The beta will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and will run for a limited time in early October (the exact dates have yet to be revealed). The game itself launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on 23 October in North America and 26 October in Europe.[/quote<] I almost had a hard on till i got to that sentence. Damn you EA

      • Duck
      • 7 years ago

      Stopped reading at “EA” ¬.¬

      • Jason181
      • 7 years ago

      Tried the Battlefield 3 beta, and it was honestly more like an alpha. The maps had holes all over where you could fall through and get stuck underground or neck-deep. Once you knew where they were you could kind of play, but it was really a waste of time.

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    Oh it’s turning out to be a boring morning when I begin to actually consider reading about memory timings. I’d go to bed if I could but I’m working at the moment (waiting for things to finish); ugh!

    P.S. Somebody actually named a case the “Cougar Challenger”? LOL first. And then WTF?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Cougar is the company name but yeah…given what ‘cougar’ means in pop culture now I’m not sure if they can come up with any decent case names.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        There’s the Cougar Solution and the Cougar Evolution already. lol

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Cougar Botox.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          That case is pretty old, but still looks good.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      Perhaps they are behind the Thunder Cougar Falconbird?

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Should have called it the Challenged Cougar as that thing is as fugly as the old hags you see hanging around the slum bar on holidays.

    • entropy13
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]VIII. Eurogamer: Blizzard is "looking at free-to-play" for Starcraft II multiplayer [/quote<] Considering there's something called "Activision" attached to them, I doubt this would actually happen at all. LOL

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Isn’t Activision owned by Microsoft?

      Weren’t they the ones with the old MechWarrior franchise? I miss that game, along wtih MechCommander.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        no. they’re not.

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          Wow, I got downvoted six times for …what, being wrong?

          Like being hit by lasers from a small Mech. It tickles! Wake me up when you get your gauss gun working. LOL

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]Wow, I got downvoted six times for ...what, being wrong? [/quote<] I think it's the community's way to determine what's correct and what's incorrect. If you ask me, this is the best use for thumbups/downs; it saves everyone time in trying to figure out facts. Mostly thumbs are used to vote on opinions, but there are no "right" or "wrong" opinions - everyone has their own. I don't think that makes so much sense, but some people feel like their opinions are facts, so I can understand their desire for thumbing

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            You weren’t merely wrong, you were astonishingly wrong. Your comment showed not a mere lack of knowledge but rather devastating ignorance.

      • Farting Bob
      • 7 years ago

      Except Activision have no say in the running of Blizzard and visa versa. They are owned by the same company but operate pretty independently of each other.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        Huh? They’re Activision-Blizzard now, the only thing “independent” between the two is the actual development of games.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 7 years ago

        Wrong. Research it yourself, cuz i’m not going to pull the links up (yet again).

      • Althernai
      • 7 years ago

      Why would Activision be against this? “Free-to-play” doesn’t mean that Blizzard derives no revenue from the players, it just means that some basic mode of play is free and the money comes from micro-transactions. I don’t see how it will work with StarCraft because one of the fundamental draws of the multiplayer is that it is fair whereas free-to-play models generally sell in-game advantages for real-world money. I suppose they can sell cosmetic stuff, but I doubt it will get them much.

        • entropy13
        • 7 years ago

        Haven’t you just implicitly contradicted yourself? You can’t put micro-transactions in a game like Starcraft 2. Cosmetic stuff would be pointless because it isn’t just controlling one character.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      with sc2 getting beat down by lol, hon, etc. in terms of play last year , i’m not sure they have a choice. it’s time for a change or they’ll be relegated to the past.

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