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  1. http://www.storagereview.com/

     

    Yeah, the Hitachi 1TB is probably the one you're thinking about since that is currently Hitachi's fastest drive on offering. 32 MB cache, the return to a five platter design and perpendicular recording makes for one hell of a drive. Unfortunately, it costs more than THREE 500GB drives (from Hitachi too) here in Sweden so it would be financially unsound to buy one right now.

     

    Still, I need a new drive.. and I've always bought Hitachi (I love them).. and I have some money over.. Argh.

    IIRC it wasn't THAT expensive; maybe because that's the largest drive they offer? The next size down might be comparitively cheaper? (I'm only grasping at straws as I read about it about three months ago and none of the details seem familiar now).

    I think it was the Hitatchi, but I'm not able to check my magazines (and they've changed the layout of the website since I was last there, so it'll take some time to find it there, if I can). IIRC, you're right that it wasn't hugely faster, but it was the same or faster under almost every circumstance, and it is five times the capacity and half the price (okay, maybe not, but the price per MB is about a factor of ten cheaper, so a -- i think it might have been half a TB, or maybe the 700GB model? -- costs a about double a 75GB Raptor).

     

    Not sure when I can check these facts for you, guys, as I'm not at home.

     

    :)

     

    Wasn't the higher performance compared to the 72GB raptor though? The 150GB Raptor is much faster than it's smaller siblings. Or maybe not much, but it's noticably so at least.

    Again, IIRC it was fastest versus fastest. Don't forget the Raptor is old technology now, especially for a harddrive. I'd expect a newer Raptor before the end of the year, to regain the "silliest price high performance component" award by Christmas. :)

  2. Yeah, I get this when I boot up my laptop after it's been off for a while over night in the attic ... in other words when it is really cold. Seems to be a link between the (configurable) maximum rendering framerate and the speed of the processor(s).

     

    If it doesn't slow down after the laptop warms up (typically a few minutes of high-energy aerobic graphics working-out), you might like to check the Vertical Synchrony setting, because it locks in a maximum of 60fps and your GPU can probably do twice that, hence the NPCs all move with far too much alacrity.

     

    I guess you could also farm out some of your GPU resources to the searching for ETs or folding proteins, or such, too ... :)

  3. Don't you have to configure the boot device order in BIOS?

     

    Also, if Windows isn't happy with your plan, you can always use a Linux distro (depending on the way the harddrive is initialized will depend if you can access the Windows partition from the Linux platform, though it isn't difficult to do, from memory). :)

  4. So which is the fastest drive? I saw that Hitachi's 1 TB drive was pretty close to the Raptor, but I wouldn't say consistently faster..

    I think it was the Hitatchi, but I'm not able to check my magazines (and they've changed the layout of the website since I was last there, so it'll take some time to find it there, if I can). IIRC, you're right that it wasn't hugely faster, but it was the same or faster under almost every circumstance, and it is five times the capacity and half the price (okay, maybe not, but the price per MB is about a factor of ten cheaper, so a -- i think it might have been half a TB, or maybe the 700GB model? -- costs a about double a 75GB Raptor).

     

    Not sure when I can check these facts for you, guys, as I'm not at home.

     

    :)

  5. I find myself in the uncomfortable and unenviable position of being out of my depth. Can someone please help out by outlining the two cases?

     

    I think it is interesting, however that as taks says it may be the case that our optimal course of action remains the same irrespective of where we sit on the question. we need to move away from combustion fuels, and rein in overpopulation.

     

    I believe the two sides to the argument are

     

    1) Scientists and hippies, who say greenhouse gases are hurting the environment so we should stop using everything that pollutes right now.

     

    and

     

    2) Businessmen, who say limiting greenhouse gases will hurt their profits, and therefore they don't hurt the environment.

    Business PAYS the bills. The most uncontroversial, least dangerous course of action is ALWAYS to do nothing, but that won't feed the world's population and improve their lives. Sure business is profit-centred, but that doesn't mean they are necessarily the enemy here. As has been demonstrated, good green management CAN be used as a business driver, though certainly not for the developing world, where these new "green energy" strictures will only cause suffering to the people who least deserve it and can least afford it.

  6. Any game that consistently ends with nil-all draws and resorts to penalty shoot-outs to determine the victor isn't particularly fun to watch, anyway. That's my largest complaint against the sport ... that and the professional acting that takes the place of talented play ...

     

    It's certainly an interesting final, though. :)

  7. I don't follow the criticism of developers posting comments ... developers should be free to interact with those of the fanbase who wish to interact ... if you don't want to read the (complicated or whatever) developer posts, then don't! For those of us who are interested in the technology that the games are built with, the dev comments are very illuminating.

  8. It's art, dude! They're not supposed to make money!

     

    I am just a little jaded from experiences like Oblivion and Deus Ex 2. No matter what anyone says, dumbing down happens.

    And yet, Bioshock was developed for separate platforms, catering specifically to the strengths of each. (I haven't played it yet, either on the PC or a console, so I don't know if this contradicts or supports your comment ... :) )

  9. No.

     

    But yes.

    Fallout fansite NMA recently did an 10th anniversary interview with people who've been involved in Fallout one way or another. Feargus (very briefly) mentioned the Alien game. This probably means nothing, but since we're crazed fans on the internet and all that, I figured we could start drawing conclusions from it already! :)

     

    Feargus:

    To this day, I still think about how we addressed problems in Fallout and use them as examples of how to do things. Josh Sawyer was just talking about how the story and quest structure of Fallout worked and how we should apply that to the Aliens RPG that we are making.

     

    Dun dun dun!

     

    You can read the entire interview here btw (it's a great read). http://www.nma-fallout.com/article.php?id=39341

    *winds up the rumour mill*

  10. It wasn't bad ... O'Rourke is writing on autopilot, nothing like his earlier stuff in quantity of quality stuff (like arresting metaphors and paradigm-shifting summaries). Still, I applaud the returning to original material to mine it for more information.

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