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Originally Posted by FredsFriendThe Firefox section is a bit off, i thought that i'd heard of a new deal. After a quick bit of Googling the first result is:
$900M over 3 years sounds like a bit of cash to play with.
It looks as though Microsoft has rebuilt Windows 8 from the ground up this time
And for anyone raving about cloud storage: thanks, but nothanks. When you live somewhere where 512kBit/s down is standard, has a 500ms ping all the time to everywhere or alternatively, have a paltry internet quota, this will never take off
You may my very expensive, plain-looking mechanical keyboard out of my very cold, fleshless bony hands.
Originally Posted by Phil RhodesQuote:It looks as though Microsoft has rebuilt Windows 8 from the ground up this time
It is also a shell that's hopelessly bandwagon-jumping, incredibly limited and likely to be discarded almost immediately even by people who aren't running productivity software that needs a more conventional WIMP interface. What a colossal waste of time.
Originally Posted by Jedibeeftrix
There was only one 40nm GPU manufactured from the 4xxx series, and that was the 640 shader version so my money is on that.
I thought the Wii2 might be based on a triple-core Llano Fusion, but it was not to be as we now know:
Originally Posted by xaser04
I wonder if they really mean that the GPU will be based on the R700 architecture (ala VLIW5) rather than specifically a GPU from the 4xxx series.
In my mind it would make more sense to tweak a HD5670 - HD5770 level GPU (40nm, DX11) than tweak a 4xxx series GPU. After all the HD5770 is nothing more than a die shrunk and tweaked HD4870 (800 shader VLIW5).
A Llano based console would be pretty cool as the efficiency improvements that come with coding for a set level of hardware (in simple terms) could really show what the VLIW5 architecture and the Stars CPU is capable of.
Originally Posted by mikewdI still don't see how going digital is a good thing. Picture quality was never an issue with analogue. Digital just allows them to use higher and higher compression ratios, as they fit more channels into the signal they make more money and the picture quality drops. I'm already sick of pixels all over the screen during a football match- they have my subscription, they still play adverts, and it's not enough, the quality must also go down!
Originally Posted by tonyd223... a service like Siri seems to be the way forward... and will then leak onto other devices like TV's.
Originally Posted by mikewd
I still don't see how going digital is a good thing. Picture quality was never an issue with analogue. Digital just allows them to use higher and higher compression ratios, as they fit more channels into the signal they make more money and the picture quality drops. I'm already sick of pixels all over the screen during a football match- they have my subscription, they still play adverts, and it's not enough, the quality must also go down!
Sounds like you either need a better aerial or your dish is obstructed by something.
More choice is always a better thing. Yeah, it may be more rubbish, but sticking with just 5 analogue channels?
Originally Posted by Phil RhodesI suspect you are underestimating the scale of such an undertaking. Vista was (intended to be) the biggest rewrite of Windows for a decade and, well, look where that got them. They have written a new shell, which is probably the top two percent of the codebase, that's all.
Originally Posted by damien cIf I go for Window's 8 I will be getting rid of that app style interface as soon as possible because all I use my pc for is, gaming, Video work and watching film's so the normal desktop is fine.
I cannot stand this stupid app based OS stuff.
Window's 8 from what I have seen look's like it will be very quick but I don't think it will introduce anything for gamers apart from maybe playing games against, Xbox users possibly but even if they introduce DX 12 we still won't be able to use it because all the pc games are just console ports anyway.
I think I will just stick with Window's 7 unless something major changes within the pc world in the mean time before Windows 8 comes along.
Originally Posted by NikumbaDo we know if MS are making DirectX for ARM at all?
Originally Posted by javamanI think ultrabooks will require windows 8 to take off. Windows 7 is great but touchpad controls (possibly hardware manufactures fault) are techy, synchronisation between mobile devices is limited (firefox mobile for example is horrible to use and opera sync only partially works plus means using opera on desktop), compared to the ease of use (time machine, less bloatware generally) and quality of apple products (can't argue that screens are still better than current ultrabooks). Most of this will improve over time and I'm hoping windows 8 will bring alot of software based improvements over windows 7 especially in resource management and boot time.
Originally Posted by javamanAMD should really look at their software department. While screaming "software needs to be better optimised for multicore better" is a solution, it isn't quite as simple. With Bulldozer being a complete new achitecture and vastly different to intel's design, AMD can't rely on Microsoft and 3rd Parties to design programs. Everyone is going to focus on the biggest market share ie. intel or even arm so AMD need to take control. As seen in the GPU market, programming to the metal is the most optimum solution for performance, I pose the question, why cant this be done for AMD's hardware? AMD design their own software solutions and instead of pumping out processors only design 3 or 4 distinct levels of performance. If GPGPU processing is to take off, designing your own software such as encoders, compilers, media editors etc that take advantage of your own hardware is the only solution now for AMD. While benchmarks won't show this (since it means apple to apple can't be done) it will generate comparisons such as quick sync vs whatever.
Originally Posted by javamanFor netbooks I hope to see more solutions like the atrix or transformer. Dockable tablets are the way forward IMO.
Originally Posted by RichCreedycomputer systems ratings for games, why dont they use the microsoft standard system rating, surely that has to be one of the best things to give end users an idea of how their systems will work with a given game.
i know xp doesn't have the system rating, but who cares about xp now, with support ending this year.
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