Tuesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. WSJ: Microsoft plans large volume production of Surface
  2. VR-Zone: Softbank buys 70% stake in Sprint
  3. The Huffington Post: Linus Torvalds, Linux creator, talks

    storage technology, compares hard drives to ‘Satan’

  4. X-bit labs: Researchers develop 1TB – 2TB optical discs
  5. EETimes: Imagination tools graphics cores for 28nm
  6. Ars Technica’s hands-on with Samsung’s new Smart PC hybrids
  7. Ars Technica’s op-ed: If Microsoft adopts Apple’s

    app strategy, it’s better to follow OS X than iOS

  8. Borderlands DLC trailer


Tuesday

  1. Register Hardware: Apple extends fail-prone Seagate HDD swap scheme
  2. Newegg’s fall sale
  3. Dealzon’s deals: $450 coupon for 17.3″ hp dv7t i7-3610QM, $300 coupon

    for 15.6″ Dell XPS 15z i5-2430M, $100 coupon for 14″ Dell XPS 14 i5-

    3317U, and $380 coupon for 15.6″ Lenovo Z580 i5-3210M

Mobile

  1. Ars Technica reviews 2012 iPod touch
  2. Ars Technica on RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, 18 months later
  3. TestFreaks on Arcadie retro gaming console for iDevices

Gaming

  1. GameSpot: Mechwarrior Online open beta delayed
  2. VR-Zone: 343 Studios goes behind the scenes to expalin Halo 4’s Infinity multiplayer

Systems and storage

  1. Legit Reviews on Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A
  2. Phoronix does AMD Piledriver / Trinity A10-5800K compiler tuning
  3. MissingRemote reviews Intel DH77F and Core i7-3770S
  4. X-bit labs review Asus Maximus V Formula
  5. HTL reviews Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WiFi
  6. TweakTown reviews 4GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC3-22400 dual-channel kit
  7. HotHardware reviews 4TB WD RE HDD and Micron RealSSD P320h PCI-E SSD
  8. Futurelooks reviews 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD

Multimedia, power, case & cooling

  1. PureOC reviews PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990
  2. Guru3D, [H]ard|OCP, Hardware.Info, KitGuru, OCC, and

    techPowerUp! review Asus Radeon HD 7970 Matrix Platinum

  3. Funky Kit reviews Gigabyte GTX 650 OC
  4. TechReviewSource on Olympus SP-620UZ camera
  5. Hardware Canucks review CM QuickFire Rapid & QuickFire Pro
  6. Technic3D reviews Roccat Savu mouse (in German)
  7. CowcotLand reviews Corsair AX1200i PSU (in French)
  8. APH Networks on SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E case
  9. LanOC reviews on Noctua NF-F12 PMW 120mm fan
  10. TweakTown reviews Swiftech Apogee Drive II
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    • aim18
    • 7 years ago
    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    Apparently Netflix decided to “opt in” its users into forced arbitration agreement:

    [url<]http://www.netflix.com/TermsOfUse[/url<] Good times. I still haven't opted out of Paypal's one.. they rely on laziness of their customers. Where's that damn consumer protection agency?!? EDIT: scratch that - this forced arbitration has been in the Terms Of Use for a long time already. How did I miss it..? I could swear Netflix had some class action lawsuits a while back..

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      [i<]"Where's that damn consumer protection agency?!?"[/i<] It's called the "Close Account" button, and I used it on ebay/paypal about 4 years ago.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Anandtech has its ‘super’ review of the iPhone 5 up.

    [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/6330/the-iphone-5-review[/url<] It is 23 pages long!

      • Shambles
      • 7 years ago

      Surely they must just be that thorough. Let me pull up the S3 review, I’m sure it will be near that long. Oh wait, the S3 review is 9 pages long. 14 more pages for a phone with less features (whether they are valuable or not). Sounds about right for your typical apple teet sucking ‘journalism’. Gotta cater to the cult crowd as you know they’ll keep coming back over and over for the same regurgitated stuff.

        • brucethemoose
        • 7 years ago

        This site does it too, just like everyone. A rumor about 7″ iPad production rumors is top shortbread / front page TR news.

          • Arclight
          • 7 years ago

          I’m telling you, this year is the year.

        • Ringofett
        • 7 years ago

        SOME of it was worthy of an extra page. There’s 5 pages basically on the SoC, a new SoC that’ll go in a huge percentage of phones in the market, owing to Apple’s large market share. A lot of android phones use SoC’s that are anything but unique to each individual model. Anandtech gives plenty of coverage to those other SoC’s.

        But, other then that, some of your point still stands. A whole page talking about the connector? GPS?

        Another point I begrudgingly keep in mind is that a lot of people are [b<]passionate[/b<] about iPhones. Catholics have crackers to represent the body of their lord, Apple fans have iPhones to represent their own. So, maybe they're just giving what their readership wants. Android phone fans are kinda like Walmart shoppers; they might be repeat shoppers, but rarely (as) fanatical. Or MS customers. I tend to think Anandtech is one of the few that does a good job on the PC side, so kinda loathe to hop on a bias bandwagon.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          And one person that is ‘passionate’ about iPhones and Apple is Anand himself :p I do think sometimes it colors his outlook, even if he is critical of them sometimes….he still buys whatever Apple is selling like a good fan.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Whine whine whine.

        • Beelzebubba9
        • 7 years ago

        Did you actually read the article or are you just reflexively spewing up sour grapes because a commodity Android handset using the same SoCs, connectors, OS, etc as its competition didn’t get as much attention as a vastly more popular device that contains a brand new, customer designed high performance ARM core?

        Once again, I’m amazed that the same people who will fight tooth and nail over tiny differences in GPU performance completely dismiss an entirely new AMR CPU core – on that is the leader in performance:watt currently – just because there’s an Apple logo on it.

        But go on, accuse an author of ‘teet sucking’ because he wrote a custom C application to help understand the layout of the A6’s micro architecture. Or the custom connector that can dynamically re-allocate pins to support many protocols with a single dongle. That’s surely less interesting than micro usb.

      • Hattig
      • 7 years ago

      And living up to AnandTech expectations, the first section of the A6 discussion appears to be about Intel Atom.

        • cosminmcm
        • 7 years ago

        I was hoping for even more comparisons with Atom. That is where the interest is.

          • Beelzebubba9
          • 7 years ago

          He went into pretty good detail, considering the tools he wrote for iOS don’t work in Android.

          I suspect that the Atom will get more attention when Intel releases the Z2580, which will be a more compelling product.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Who has the time?

      My #1 feature in articles these days is a single-paged summary of good/bad/ugly. Buy, wait for fixes/price drop, avoid.
      Kinda like ars does.

      Not because I don’t value in-depth reviews, but I don’t want to read every single review’s 23-pages. Seriously, case reviews are freaking DULL. There’s very little I really need to know other than a conclusion….

    • Narishma
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]The Huffington Post: Linus Torvalds, Linux creator, talks storage technology, compares hard drives to 'Satan'[/quote<] Skip the crappy 3rd party sensationalism and go directly to [url=http://meta.slashdot.org/story/12/10/11/0030249/linus-torvalds-answers-your-questions<]the source Q&A[/url<].

      • JosiahBradley
      • 7 years ago

      I would love to venture back to the world of Slashdot, but ever since the new owners took over, I vowed to never return. I made this very evident in my going away email I sent to the site admins. And I have not once stepped back into that accursed land. Slashdot was my homepage for many years and my source for tech news, now it like HDD “has gone the way of the Dodo”.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      Looks like Huffington Post isn’t on the up and up. For about millionth time.

    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    [s<]Torvalds is becoming more and more like Stallman as he ages. That's not a good thing.[/s<] Nevermind, that's what I get for trusting sensationalistic journalism. He said "get thee behind me, Satan", which is an allusion and an idiom and not an actual comparison to Satan. I totally agree with most of what he said, which was that hard drives are suitable for data centers and cloud storage but for personal computers are going the way of the dodo as they fall behind SSDs in ability. Why is that controversial? Idiotic tech journalist spin.

      • Grigory
      • 7 years ago

      “Idiotic tech journalist spin.”

      Nice pun. 🙂

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]but for personal computers are going the way of the dodo as they fall behind SSDs in ability.[/quote<] The day they match price and capacity is the day I believe SSD's have taken over especially in a day and age where media consumption is at an all time high and growing exponentially.

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        What are you talking about? Everybody is pushing for the cloud and remove as much as possible local storage…..(at least that’s what big corporations are doing and want the rest of us to do too, since besides the fee for services they get to sell our info to different governments or other corporations a la facebook).

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Cloud storage is a joke for the average consumer and their sub 5Mbit upload speeds with data transfer caps.

            • Arclight
            • 7 years ago

            Netflix replacing local stored DVDs isn’t a joke is it? OFC data caps are getting in the way but that’s because of a totally different and unrelated problem cause by the content owners bullying the ISPs into adopting borederline illegal measures(or is it ISP monopoly in the US?). But keep in mind that data cap is not the global status quo regarding downloads

            I too agree that cloud is a joke and it shoudn’t be pushed so hard by corporations due to the current cyber climate (remember Megaupload) but we can surely notice that’s the way “they” see the future atm (fast local but limited storage with all backups done in the cloud).

            Edit: even the newest Microsoft Office version does that now…..

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Netflix’s library of content is a joke (hell Netflix’s best HD stream quality is tolerable at best), data caps and transfer speeds are completely related if you are talking cloud storage. It is the reason why the likes of iTunes Match use fingerprints to match your library and serve it to you. How the hell is a service going to be able to match my made content, it can’t.

            If cloud storage is “the future” then really why even have a local drive at all other then for a small download cache. Network boot the machine and be done with it when cloud storage becomes viable.

            • Arclight
            • 7 years ago

            [quote=”Deanjo”<]If cloud storage is "the future" then really why even have a local drive at all other then for a small download cache. Network boot the machine and be done with it when cloud storage becomes viable.[/quote<] That would require something like "The Grid". @stuff you said, i'll state again that the US data cap is not a world wide occurance. So it's difficult now in your country and a few others but not everywhere. Edit: In case someone doesn't know about the grid, please read bellow: [quote="Wikipedia"<]The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project, based in the European Union and included sites in Asia and the United States, was a follow-up project to the European DataGrid (EDG) and evoled into the European Grid Infrastructure. This, along with the LHC Computing Grid[15] (LCG), was developed to support experiments using the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The A list of active sites participating within LCG can be found online[16] as can real time monitoring of the EGEE infrastructure.[17] The relevant software and documentation is also publicly accessible.[18] There is speculation that dedicated fiber optic links, such as those installed by CERN to address the LCG's data-intensive needs, may one day be available to home users thereby providing internet services at speeds up to 10,000 times faster than a traditional broadband connection[/quote<]

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            No data caps are not everywhere but they are not limited to just the states either. Then there is also a large part of the world where having a sustainable, satisfactory bandwidth required is next to impossible to get.

            • NeelyCam
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]Netflix's library of content is a joke (hell Netflix's best HD stream quality is tolerable at best)[/quote<] I don't know what kind of eagle eyes you have, but I can barely see a difference between Netflix HD and bluray when PS3 Netflix app hits the "X-High HD" quality. And I compared the same ABC TV program through HD Tivo and Netflix HD, and Netflix was better. I have a large-pipe FIOS that seems to have a good connection to Netflix servers, though. Maybe that's the reason why mine looks good..? I'm with you on the library, though

            • anotherengineer
            • 7 years ago

            Deanjo lives in Canada

            Our Netflix isn’t like your Neflix.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Yes I’m in Canada but the service is served from the same set of servers and the stream capabilities are the same in US and Canada. Netflix streams their HD content at a maximum of 3.8 Mbit including audio (on HD streams that have dolby AC-3 384 kbit of that is being consumed by the audio) on it that’s so even NeelyCam’s FIOS does not improve the quality. You don’t need to be an eagle eye to see the difference either as there are compression artifacts all over their stream that are not present on a higher bitrate encoding.

            PS: subscribe to a DNS server (such as [url<]http://www.unblock-us.com/)[/url<] to get Netflix US in Canada. It has a far larger library available and is worth the extra $40 a year to do so.

        • ET3D
        • 7 years ago

        Linus said that HDD’s are still useful for a home or cloud server, so you’re not saying anything he hasn’t already. He’s just arguing the point of having them inside a PC, and I think that’s a valid point. A NAS makes more sense these days than having a big HDD inside each PC (or other computing device).

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Ever try to work with media on a mapped drive? Let alone on consumer NAS’s that rarely get even close to 1/4 the bandwidth capability of a Gbit connection. Good luck. Heaven forbid if two people wanted data at the same time.

            • anotherengineer
            • 7 years ago

            My 712+ nas can transfer almost as fast as the HDD’s, but I had to pay for that speed though.

            [url<]http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-reviews/31623-synology-ds712-diskstation-reviewed?start=1[/url<]

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            So you bought a $500+ two drive NAS (empty). For the same amount of money (if not less) you can put together a PC based NAS system with more flexibility and expandability and better performance but it still isn’t close to having a local drive.

      • Flatland_Spider
      • 7 years ago

      It’s Huff Po. Their headlines are nothing but click bait.

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    Good god, every year Linus opens his mouth he sounds more idiotic than the year before.

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      He’s always been outspoken in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Some just don’t get his form of humour. For a culture so full of first amendment talk, one must surely be careful not to offend any dear soul. Satan is probably the most common word in the Finnish language… or well, a close second. 🙂

      What else is he supposed to do – confuse mere mortals with the intricacies of advanced C code?

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        I ignored any references to Satan. I did not, however, find his cherished and continued use of expletives “humorous”.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          high five brother! i’m so tired of the inability of Namericans to form any thought without constant profanity. it annoys the crap out of me.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Aren’t you North American?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            yeah. but i don’t swear. i have NEVER IN MY LIFE dropped the F bomb. true story.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]Satan is probably the most common word in the Finnish language... or well, a close second. :)[/quote<] What do you think is the most common word..? The p-word or the v-word?

          • Scrotos
          • 7 years ago

          Hahahah! I’m an American but I’ve played on many Euro servers back in the Action Quake 2 days. I only know three words in Finnish and besides “botti”, I know exactly what the p and v words are that you’re referencing. I don’t know if that’s humorous or sad!

          • anotherengineer
          • 7 years ago

          PULLA

          awesome bread!!

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      dm;il

      • ronch
      • 7 years ago

      Just because he created Linux doesn’t mean he can talk whatever way he wants. I think success has gone to his head.

        • ermo
        • 7 years ago

        For my part, I think I can understand why he’s so outspoken: He’s in a line of work where bovine feces gets you exactly nowhere. He’s a software engineer and needs to tell people on a mailing list *exactly* why he won’t accept this or that feature into the official Linux git tree or how said feature needs to be improved before it will be accepted.

        Sure, he might be a little over the top in the way that he gets his point across, but you can hardly blame him for being ambiguous.

        And why wouldn’t it be ok for him to exercise his right to ‘talk whatever way he wants’? I believe the concept is called Freedom of Speech and is considered a cherished right in most parts of the ‘civilized’ world?

          • ronch
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]And why wouldn't it be ok for him to exercise his right to 'talk whatever way he wants'? I believe the concept is called Freedom of Speech and is considered a cherished right in most parts of the 'civilized' world?[/quote<] Anyone is free to talk whichever way he/she wants, but the people who hear you talk are also free to form their own opinions of you. Unless you don't value your reputation (or you're simply an ass), knock yourself out.

      • Shouefref
      • 7 years ago

      Now, this is interesting:

      [quote<] All the leading web companies -- including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon -- now use flash technology to drive portions of the enormous computing facilities that underpin their online empires."[/quote<]

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Yes he does. This does give me pause, and except for the DAW stuff, I might be representative of precisely the type of person would be a great candidate for conversion to Linux.

      But I’m still not seeing it and the crazytalk repulses me.

      I’m just sayin’…

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