The TR Podcast 32: Troubled times, scary storage, and the dark oscar

Date: Jan 24, 2009

Time: 1:10:23

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes

2009 is off to a rocky start in the economic sense, and the downturn has hit many tech companies. In this episode, our editors discuss the state of the tech industry, examining the news coming from Intel, AMD, Microsoft, Apple, and others. We also continue our coverage of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 debacle—both Scott and Geoff are holding off on purchasing Seagate drives for the time being. Finally, Scott is miffed at the “shaft” given to The Dark Knight in the 2009 Oscar nominations, and Jordan admits to actually watching the Oscars.

Additionally, we’re excited about an upcoming guest on the TR Podcast: Matthew Hiltner, who is a BIOS/firmware and simulation engineer at Intel. We’ll be interviewing Matthew within the next week or two, and you can post any question you’d like us to ask him.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer it on the podcast. – jdrake@techreport.com

Tech discussion:

    Intel to close test facilities, shut down a fab (0:06:37)- Read more

    AMD posts $1.4 billion net loss on $1.2 billion revenue (0:08:46)- Read more

    Intel may post a loss for this quarter (0:15:35)- Read more

    Microsoft cutting 5000 jobs, Apple posts record profit (0:17:57)

    Circuit City bites the dust (0:23:55)- Read more

    Microsoft: We’ve reached the 64-bit tipping point (0:33:13)- Read more

    The Seagate Barracuda debacle (0:42:38)- Read moreStory 2Story 3

    ACard’s ANS-9010 Serial ATA RAM disk (0:49:13)- Read more

    TR’s news page gets a makeover (0:57:48)- Read more

    The Dark Knight gets the shaft (1:00:16)

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on January 31 for our next TR podcast.

Comments closed
    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    Another good one guys!

    I haven’t bought anything in a computer shop in close to 4 years! Being suck in Ireland every single brick & mortar shop = screw the customer! With a minimum of 150% markup. You should try buying a decent HDTV over here without being ripped off!

    I have to agree with the O’s, Batman:TDK wasn’t movie of the year and if it wasn’t for Keith Ledger the movie would have been quite forgettable. That said KL should have been best Actor and not supporting! He was awesome! The Oscars are relevant I believe in the almighty Metacritic!

    A for the computer stuff I see dark days for the tech world, as most computers are over powered for Web, eMail and movie watching. People simply don’t need the latest and greatest CPU anymore, they haven’t for a while. You can see all this with the low end stuff coming out like Netbooks. All it will take is the next iPhone and it could serious destroy most of the day to day usage of the computer. Think iPhone docking stations!

    • Suspenders
    • 11 years ago

    The Circuit City stores in Canada are called ‘The Source”, and are mostly small RadioShack style stores in malls and the like (they were, in fact, part of RadioShack at one point in Canada, but for some reason or another the Canadian Radioshack lost the rights to use the radioshack name).

    Nothing like the “big box” store that is typically what you would see in Circuit City stores in the states, which accounts for why there are more stores in Canada than in the States. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a big box style Circuit City here…

    EDIT: Direct from Wikipedia….. “The Source by Circuit City (or simply The Source), formerly known as RadioShack, is an electronics retailer with over 800 locations across Canada. It is operated by a company known as InterTAN which was acquired by American electronics retailer Circuit City in May 2004. The company is based in Barrie, Ontario.”

    §[< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Source_by_Circuit_City<]§

    • wingless
    • 11 years ago

    Since I love comparisons, can we get an AMD engineer on board too?

    I like Intel and the Core i7 a lot, but I have to admit, this Phenom II 940 of mine is a helluva lot of fun to play with too.

    • codedivine
    • 11 years ago

    Scott said that the netbook version of atom (N270) probably supports 64-bit.
    I think only the nettop versions (230 and 330 atoms) are 64-bit but the netbook version and the Z-series for MIDs are not 64-bit.

      • Prototyped
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, the netbooks are *all* 32-bit only.

      • Damage
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, I realized that after we recorded the show. One of the dangers of doing discussions “live,” I suppose. And what a shame Intel has done things that way. I doubt it will affect 64-bit adoption much, though.

        • DrDillyBar
        • 11 years ago

        not like they can address the memory reasons.

    • Krogoth
    • 11 years ago

    Oscars are just star-wanking awards anyway.

    They had lost their merit sometime ago.

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    I was expecting dark knight to be snubbed for the big awards, but IMO WALL-E not getting nominated is rediculous. It got nominated for 6 minor awards (4 of those for its music/sound). And this wasnty just a popular film with the puiblic, critics loved it as well. Oscar voters are so out of touch, they seem to instantly dismiss a film that had a big budget or was marketed at a broad audience. Unless of course it was sufficiently epic (LotR, Titanic).

    • srg86
    • 11 years ago

    About Scott’s comments on Circuit City:

    PCWorld this is YOUR warning!!! They do all this crap, plus everything we’ve ever bought there has been broken!!!

    Plus Scott talks about pricing. My dad is looking for Nero 9, on PCworld’s website, it’s

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    btw, not that humor is terribly important, but this was perhaps the funniest podcast yet. Not everything was funny, though parts where I literally LOL’d or merely smiled while walking around campus:

    -The sponsor. It’s funny cause it’s so true.

    -Scott’s couch-seat remark when the *real* losses of AMD was pointed out to be somewhere closer to four-hundred, thirty-something million.

    -Something else after that was funny, too. _[Edit]]: ATM FEES!

    _[

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    Clearly Iron Man should have been nominated for best picture.

      • BoBzeBuilder
      • 11 years ago

      Hahahaha.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    wee, podcast.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    it takes too long for the Touch iPod to have access to the newest Podcast.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 11 years ago

      Shows up on the Zune Marketplace fairly directly.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        seems to take the better half of an hour for me to finally show up on iTunes store.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    The Oscars are a big crock of crap anyway.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah this year is another year closer to irrelevancy. Benjamin Button? Slumdog Millionaire? Both holiday season movies.

      Apparently the judges have /[

        • willyolio
        • 11 years ago

        but at least they didn’t forget their pretentiousness! no action movie could EVER be best picture, no matter what.

          • indeego
          • 11 years ago

          Certainly not one made 20+ times before. No, really, let’s get another Director’s impression of Batman’s tortured soul. We really need to see itg{<.<}g

            • willyolio
            • 11 years ago

            r[

        • kvndoom
        • 11 years ago

        Having seen Slumdog Millionaire, I will defend it as worthy of a Best Picture nomination. But yes, Batman should have gotten a nod for top honors as well. It was many things (crime drama, superhoero flick, action blockbuster) and still managed to do all of them exceptionally well.

          • indeego
          • 11 years ago

          I didn’t believe Slumdog’s “Millionaire” part. Couldn’t suspend disbelief considering they had no formal education. What we are supposed to believe is that the exact questions were asked of a man who went through traumatic experiences to match the questions?

          OK. yeahg{<.<}g

            • kvndoom
            • 11 years ago

            You’re looking at it from the wrong direction. It’s a fairy tale. Not the usual Disney crap with dwarves and fairies, but an adult fairy tale. Hero overcomes all odds and adversity, and through determination and unimaginable luck, gets the girl and rides off into the sunset. Yeah he scored the treasure too, but it never mattered to him; he only wanted the love of his life. Once I suspended my disbelief and took the movie for what is really was, I was floored by it.

            • indeego
            • 11 years ago

            I love the people who tell you your interpretation is wrong. Always a pleasureg{<.<}g

            • Anomymous Gerbil
            • 11 years ago

            I think he’s not so much telling you that you’re wrong, as trying to explain the way others see it, and (partly) why they rate it so highly. From everything I’ve read (I’ve not seen it yet) it’s been pretty universally acclaimed as a very good film.

            Not that I’d want to defend the Oscars process at all.

            • indeego
            • 11 years ago

            So was Titanic. I could care less what the opinion of the industry, the press, or the imdb scores of films areg{<.<}g

            • willyolio
            • 11 years ago

            …titanic DID win best picture.

            also, you’re not an important person, indeego. you need to get that in your head. awards aren’t given based on whether or not you care. they *should* reflect the views of critics and general public, however. for a film that was praised by nearly everyone who saw it to not even get a nomination for best picture, it’s no wonder people are crying foul.

            • 5150
            • 11 years ago

            You guys take this crap way to seriously. Jesus, it’s a movie.

            • kvndoom
            • 11 years ago

            I wasn’t trying to be insulting, and I’m sorry if I sounded as such. I was simply saying why many people enjoyed the movie even though it was very hard to believe that he could have succeeded the way he did. The “d) Destiny” answer that popped on the screen at the end showed more than anything that it was a fairy tale.

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