Saturday Shortbread

7 Up

  1. X-bit labs: Despite PC market slowdown, shipments

    of hard drives set to be record – analysts

  2. VR-Zone’s exclusive update – Ivy Bridge-E / EP die to have 12-cores, not 10
  3. Reuters: Nokia cuts smartphone prices before new models arrive
  4. VR-Zone: Steam heading for Linux in October in closed beta
  5. webOS Nation: Open webOS 1.0 lands (thanks dpaus)
  6. Slackware 14.0 released
  7. Bethesda Blog: Dishonored is ‘gold’


Saturday

  1. Newegg’s Weekend Express

Gaming

  1. VG24/7’s Valve interview: ‘I just told Gabe he was…’
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC online security, matchmaking, and server intel
  3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown interactive gameplay trailer
  4. LanOC Reviews on Borderlands 2

Systems and storage

  1. Rbmods on AMD A8-3850
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – L2 streaming prefetch
  3. ProClockers review 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866MHz kit
  4. TweakTown’s TeleCommunication Systems Proteus Plus military SSD preview
  5. NikKTech’s QNAP TurboNAS TS-269L NAS server review

Multimedia and cooling

  1. ocaholic reviews Asus Matrix HD 7970 Platinum
  2. TweakTown reviews Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 FleX
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews CM Storm Sonuz headset
  4. Hardware Heaven reviews Tt eSports Level 10 M mouse (by BMW)
  5. Examiner.com’s Razer Deathstalker Ultimate keyboard review
  6. Legit Reviews on Arctic Breeze USB fan
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    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    It’s official now: no ICS for Atrix 4G.

    [url<]http://phandroid.com/2012/09/29/no-android-4-0-update-coming-to-motorola-atrix-4g-photon-4g-and-electrify/[/url<] I'm sure my butt will still be hurting when I go to Best Buy to get a Samsung Galaxy SIII, Atrix HD is out of the picture; I don't want a phone that will never get upgraded

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      enjoy the single update you’re likely to receive with your g3. i wouldn’t expect much past jelly bean.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        At least Samsung’s are easy to load with custom ROMs. Motorola phones tend to lock down the bootloader and it can’t always be worked around.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          it’s hilarious that google’s own phone company makes some of the worst android phones.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            I am pretty sure none of the Motorola devices being released now were begun under Google ownership. I hope the next round will be better, either that or Google will let Moto carry on with their own line of phones but leverage their technology for the Nexus line.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i totally agree with this, it’s just funny

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Deathstalker Ultimate keyboard[/quote<] Fatality, Deathstalker, what is with these hardware marketing weasels and why have they been subjecting us to this Halloween panoply of product names and death-dealing motifs? It's been going on for decades now, but somehow seems (to me) that it's being pushed much more heavily now than ever before. Do they think we're all ten years old? Or do they think that maybe ten year olds have tons of cash to spend but they only buy "culture of death" products?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Just look at all the most popular games that even adults play. (Not ‘casual games’…but heck even those often involve competition even if of a non-deadly type). The vast majority center around deadly conflict of some type. Art reflecting life and human nature, vice versa, or is that just what sells?

      • deathBOB
      • 7 years ago

      Because man-child Gamerz.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      It’s part of a larger picture to acclimate you to death, so that you do nothing when the gov starts mass exterminating the population with the billions of rounds of hollow point bullets they recently purchased. Target practice my butt. Video games / murder simulators do the same thing so that when kids go off and join the army they have no trouble pulling triggers. Back in ww2, soldiers wouldn’t try to aim at the enemy, so they started training people with shaped targets, which then evolved into modern day video games like COD, which is exactly why we have a billion different war games geared towards kids, all with ads to join the army and how cool it is to go murder brown people. Only problem is that this causes blowback. Yay WW3, Martial Law, and FEMA internment camps!

      Anyway, if I was going to buy a dedicated keyboard for gaming, it would probably be this one:
      [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA11P0C88197[/url<] Spill proof is a definite requirement for any gaming keyboard over 50$.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        LMAO…l33t-g4m3r delivers!

        btw…I found your blog post, but don’t lie, you know you did this yourself:

        [url<]http://goo.gl/uPp0Z[/url<]

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          And your mother fed you paint chips as a baby. This has been a non-response unverifiable ad-hominem to your non-response unverifiable ad-hominem. Thank you and have a nice day.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        +1 Lol that was funny.. and so fitting!

        [quote<]how cool it is to go murder brown people.[/quote<] After playing RE5 last night, this particularly hit home. "The enemy is nothing but crazed zombies - shoot them all!"

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          Now play Spec Ops: The Line. Sure, it’s all entertainment, but when you have a singular focus point and keep repeating it again and again, it does have a psychological effect on how you perceive things. It’s a very important concept to limit what your kids play, and let them know there is a difference between fantasy and reality.

          People not doing this is why kids wear baggy pants with their underwear showing, and pretend they’re a gang banger. I’ve seen visible and immediate emotional changes in children playing GTA3, and these games should not be in the hands of immature brats. Same thing with power rangers, so it’s not like games are the sole culprit.

          The end result of people raising their kids on TV and video games are completely dysfunctional adults who’ll probably end up in prison, or have problems discerning reality like MadManOriginal here.

          After all, you must believe everything the TV tells you, like Syrian Danny, and always insult people who question the mainstream school of thought instead of independently verifying facts. Thinking for yourself is bad, so protestors must be ignored and harassed.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            In so many ways I agree with you, but then you bring in the implication that it’s The Government.. I feel bad for you – you have never been under a benevolent government.

            I believe that The People are inherently Good, and if The People actually get to decide what goes on in The Government (instead of the lobbyists), things would be so much better…

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            People are inherently Evil, and much consciously CHOOSE to do good over being weak in the flesh, being born into sin. All government is oppressive, therefore the only good government is a limited one where the people have free choice. Socialism is a dystopic nightmare, where the many oppress the few, and the government literally makes you a slave for the system, and the only winners are the politicians.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you claim that my position is one of belief, and so is therefor untenable, but your position is ENTIRELY belief. show me the science that says people are “born into sin”. show me the science that says “all government is oppressive”. oic. it’s an opinion based ENTIRELY upon your personal beliefs. here, let me fix this and make it right for you:
            [quote<] People are inherently people, and must CHOOSE to do good like they must also choose to do evil. Human beings are Human beings, with capacities for both good and evil. Some government can be oppressive, as well as hugely beneficial. Therefore the only good government is a just one where the people have effective abilities to help govern. Many different size governments have been used in many different societies over history with varying degrees of success. Size isn't important, as different cultures and times have different needs. small or large isn't inherently "better", only better as the place/time require. Some form of Socialism is, at this point, needed; as we're, at this point, unable to create an economy that is able to take care of the needy (whom the bible does say are the "trust in our midst"). ideology is a dangerous problem, where you try to make reality fit with an already decided outcome. if your beliefs don't stand up to rational examination, change your beliefs, not cherry pick your metrics to support what you want. Whether referring to politics, religion, etc. it all must be testable. if it isn't, it's not rational. if it fails the tests, it's superstition. [/quote<] i would also add that many of us DO agree that there is something distasteful about our current societies expression of "entertainment". we should focus on that, and see what we can do to curb it. focus on what we agree on, and build a change through that.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWukXkPB_iQ&feature=related[/url<] and for fun: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJA6hn0Pnwo&feature=related[/url<] I could listen to this for hours, it's actually on loop right now. Excellent ringtone! This lady is you, ssk. Arguing with you is akin to arguing with Fidel Castro. Both of you are non-americans and communist ideologues. Absolutely no point in discussing American politics with you. Oh, and our government is definitely oppressive. Here's a recent example: [url<]http://www.davidcox.ws/gary-johnson-opposes-the-fbi-labeling-the-juggalos-a-gang/#more-200[/url<] Your government is oppressive too. [url<]http://torontog20exposed.blogspot.com/2010/07/grassroots-documentary-toronto-g20.html[/url<] [url<]http://boingboing.net/2011/03/01/violent-suppression.html[/url<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            oh no! you called me a commie again! you STILL can’t ACTUALLY win a discussion. see my above post on ideology, you fit it to a tee. you don’t argue. never have. you just post random ramblings, and then call anyone a “commie” that uses facts against your bizarre ideology.

            i never said our governments WEREN’T oppressive, mine or yours. nice strawman L33T!!! PRO RESPONSE. COOL STORY BRA. LRN TO DEBATE, SON.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            But you ARE a “commie”. Anyone who believes in government redistribution of wealth is a communist. That includes Socialists, who are just ignorant communists. You also believe in central planning and regulation of businesses. I don’t.

            Keynesianism and Socialism are just euphemisms for Communism or a totalitarian welfare state. It’s like putting a smiley face mask on the dungeon torture master, and calling water-boarding enhanced interrogation.

            You believe in government management of society and pretend that it’s all innocuous with rainbows and unicorns. Bullspit. A totalitarian state is a totalitarian state anyway you slice it. Calling it anything else is playing semantics.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            believing that people have a right to healthcare doesn’t equal communism. But you knew that already. Business regulation is communism now? wtf?
            Keynesianism is communism? wtf? the entire first world followed Keynes during most of the cold war. we didn’t call it communism then, and nobody but you and fox news calls it communism now. I’m not saying he’s right, but he sure isn’t communist.
            you believe in your ideology, and it’s not verifiable, correct or rational. you claim that having health care is a TOTALITARIAN STATE OMG, which is just ridiculous. i guess every developed nation in the world is totalitarian. Calling it totalitarian isn’t semantics, it’s just silly.

            show me the golden age of unbridled capitalism where it was “rainbows and unicorns”. Good luck.

        • Jason181
        • 7 years ago

        That was great. Keep up the parodies!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        while i might agree with some of this (desensitization of violence being an issue, a push to dehumanize others) the rest reads like a typical l33t post. you can’t even win charity care, you should leave the “gov” out of your posts.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Exactly. It wasn’t the social commentary that was so off, it was the whole paranoid Alex Jones FEMA camp government conspiracy angle. Besides which…take a joke.

      • Washer
      • 7 years ago

      The vast majority of games are either about killing virtual people or virtual monsters. Is it really surprising that the products associated with gaming focus on death as well?

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]II.VR-Zone's exclusive update - Ivy Bridge-E / EP die to have 12-cores, not 10 [/quote<] I don't know about 12 cores or even whether or not I need more than two or four of them, but I sure as hell want them and I don't even know why. Maybe it was that cute little toy car pic on the article page; subliminally aimed at my inner little boy who still likes to play with cars? But more importantly than any conjecture on cores, I want to say that after reading the "reader comments" on that VR-Zone article, I am a million times more appreciative of the posters here at TR. Well, except for the "F1rst" ones, that is. Okay, just kidding, I love you all; LOL

      • LaChupacabra
      • 7 years ago

      I had the same initial reaction. I think the big question is what kind of memory bandwidth is going to be required to properly feed 12 cores? And if this new chip will have it.

      • McRuff
      • 7 years ago

      Unfortunately as AMD is not pushing Intel in this segment, the Desktop parts will only have enough cores activated to make it just enough faster then Haswell so that they can charge a premium price for it. But at the same time they will not want it so fast that it will then be competing with the 10 or 12 core exorbitant priced Xeon processors.

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]NikKTech's QNAP TurboNAS TS-269L NAS server review[/quote<] Link seems broken.

    • Metonymy
    • 7 years ago

    I’m not being snide here, nor knocking it, but I didn’t know anyone was using Slackware anymore. It was my first experience with linux (I’ll never forget configuring PPP over a dial-up connection so I could get Mosaic (yes?) to work in ’94), but I haven’t heard about it in years.

    I live with RH, Fedora and Centos these days, but I’m tempted to load Slackware somehwere out of nostalgia.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Slackware is still heavily used (#12 on the popularity charts) by linux purists far more then Gentoo. Personally I use openSUSE (or LFS if I’m going for a pure minimalist use) as I find it the most complete and refined solution from both the end user and developer POV.

      • pedro
      • 7 years ago

      True. Even Slackware-based distros aren’t particularly popular these days.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    I’d like to see a benchmark of borderlands PhysX with older fermi cards vs nvidia’s new cards, I suspect the older cards may actually perform better being compute oriented and the grame graphics being low-def.

      • HallsMint
      • 7 years ago

      Me too, except with one addition. They should also benchmark radeons using PhysX as well

        • Jason181
        • 7 years ago

        I saw a site that did; you might be able to google it. I turned mine up to high (6970s in crossfire) and it ran very well in certain areas, and then in others the framerates were really choppy (20s-30s iirc). Multiplayer accentuated this; it seemed to mostly be the debris from bullets hitting stuff that caused the major problems.

        Edit:Here’s a link.
        [url<]http://physxinfo.com/news/9425/borderlands-2-is-cpu-capable-of-handling-the-physx-effects/[/url<] And now that I think about it, I think the Caustic Caverns is where I decided to turn Physx off as performance was dismal (I have a 2600k @ 4.4 Ghz).

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://www.techspot.com/review/577-borderlands-2-performance/page4.html[/url<]

    • DancinJack
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]webOS Nation: Open webOS 1.0 lands (thanks dpaus)[/quote<] I don't know why they demoed on that hardware. The hardware acceleration obviously wasn't working fully yet and made me go "eww" when he was scrolling through cards.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Too bad Project Looking Glass never came to be.

      [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXv8VlpoK_g#t=1m52s[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      What hardware could have they used that has WebOS drivers but which doesn’t already run WebOS?

        • codedivine
        • 7 years ago

        Ironically Open WebOS does not run on WebOS devices.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Go Riders!

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