Know The Difference: Phasers vs Blasters And 8 Other Distinctions Every Nerd Should Know

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LaGaspa

When servicing family/friends computers, even after all these years, customers *STILL* confuse the monitor as being the computer, far more so during the days of CRTs.

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pet789

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The Corrupted One

Poor FPS can be related to lag though.

Depending on the game engine (Source for instance) if your FPS is low enough (sub 10's) you can start getting out of sync with the server, which is known as choke.

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compguytracy

Please, No terminator t800? total cyborg, living skin over robot exoskeleton.

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frizzly

"Phasers and blasters are two of the most coveted fictional weapons of all time."

umm...what about the lightsaber? "An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."

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ShockerX

There's a major difference between phasers and blasters vs lightsabers.

Phasers/blasters are ranged weaponry. Lightsabers isn't.

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frizzly

a lightsaber can reflect a blaster shot back at the shooter so it can be used as a ranged weapon

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thechipper

A lightsaber is not a firearm. It does not emit a projectile, it only deflects it. But the point of the article is distinction. I don't know a living person over the age of 4 that doesn't know what a lightsaber is.

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ETNPNYS

Holy crap this is absolutely the nerdiest conglomeration of comments that I have ever seen. These comments take "nerd" to another level. That's all. Carry on.

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Swarley330

Where do the organic cylons from the more recent Battlestar Galactica fit in? They don't fit either android or cyborg categories.

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Keith E. Whisman

ah yes, you are referring to skin jobs right? I think they were actually cyborgs because they used nano robots that a test was developed to discover. 1st season didn't say exactly what was being tested or what was actually being looked for but I believe it was nannites.

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Jenova Strife

Anyone paid to write should know this:

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/comprise-versus-compose.aspx

/grammarrant

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Zoandar

They should also proof read everything they are being paid to write. But that never happens these days either. Literacy is a lost medium.

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andrewc513

I like to make this analogy for RAM vs HDD:

If your computer is a library, then the shelves are the HDD and tables are the RAM. Stuff is permanently stored, indexed, and searchable in the shelves(HDD). When you need to use a file(book), you take it to the table(RAM) for easy access. Once you fill up your table(use all your available RAM), you can't load up anymore books on your table(PC slows down). Then, when you're done with a book(close a program), it goes back to the shelves for permanent storage(file is saved and leaves the operating memory).

Of course, that's an overly simplified version with a few caveats to the comparison, but you get the genreal idea.

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Contrarian

I heard my girlfriend use the term "cpu" when she meant the whole computer also. She resides in the Philippines and I assumed that maybe it was a regional thing that possibly got crossed in the English translation somehow.
Since then I've noticed that many people around the world use this term incorrectly and it reminds me how easily terms and sayings get twisted over time and through language barriers.

Off topic but along the same lines, this reminds me how much I cringe when I hear people say "money is the root of all evil", or "the proof is in the pudding", not realizing that both are incomplete and incorrect.

Yes I realize I'm terminally anal. I've learned to accept it.

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Ghok

Calling the whole computer the CPU was pretty common in the 90s, from what I remember. This was because many people thought the monitor was the main part of the computer, and so calling the big box part the CPU gave some distinction and indication of function. It seems weird and really incorrect now, but back then (at least where I lived) it was kind of normal... I'm not really sure how it got started, but I lived in a very white redneck town back then, so if it started as a translation error, I'd be surprised.

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supercourier

Having spent time on several occasions in the Philippines, I now recall that you're right about that quirk of language--a "CPU" refers to the case and all non-peripheral stuff inside it over there.

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frizzly

it really erks me when your at a computer store and you hear the employees calling the tower a CPU. if someone is going to sell them they should at least know what they are talking about.

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Ghok

Having informed salespeople is not really part of the business model for a lot of retail locations, these days.

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Zoandar

+10! :-)

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aarcane

You should include a proper discussion of the distinction between a Router, a Wireless Router, and a Wireless Access Point.

A Router of course is any device which makes routing decisions about packets on a network.
A Wireless Router is an integrated device providing a Wireless Access Point, a Router, and often other services needed for a network to function apparently seamlessly.
A Wireless Access Point is of course any piece of hardware that makes a wireless network available to client devices, and may or may not be directly or partly responsible for Access Control.

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therestorestore

glad we cleared that up once and for all.

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r6srider

What about the difference between Dr. pepper and Mr. pib?

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Wingzero_x

Mr Pibb doesn't have a PhD! Duh.

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frizzly

LOL

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biggiebob12345

I just realized that I haven't seen Mr. Pib in a long while and that from what I remember it tastes identical to Dr. Pepper. Pepsi vs Coke...yeah Pepsi is for when they don't have Coke.

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Watson Harlan

Dr. Pepper is BF3
Mr. Pibb is MW3

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NineRaven

Your talking nonsense. This analogy is all wrong. Mr Pibb is clearly better than Dr Pepper. Dr Pepper hasnt changed in years. Mr Pibb on the other hand isnt even Mr Pibb now, its Pibb Xtra. If it has to be these two it needs to be flipped.

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4wsprelude

Switch it up with some good ol' Barq's root beer. I say better then both of them. Just don't get me the cream root beer. Disgusting!!!

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codemastercode

Your article makes it sound as though the distinction between 1 GB as a billion bytes versus 1073741824 bytes, when it has a history and a good reason as to why.
One billion bytes is used by hard drive manufacturers as they want to maximize profits. Since a billion is a close approximation of 1073741824, and less, it allows for better marketing, among other things.
1073741824 bytes is actually 1024^3, or 2^30. This is because the units are built up, using 1024 as the base, with one kilobyte (KB) as 1024 bytes, one megabyte (MB) as 1024 KB or 1048576 bytes, and thus one gigabyte as 1024 MB, 1048576 KB, or 1073741824 bytes.

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Slurpy

The thing is, gigabyte is the proper technical term for 1,000,000,000 bytes. "Giga" is the SI prefex for "billion." We do have proper terms for the binary expansions though - for example, 1073741824 bytes is a gibibyte (GiB). It's really the fault of Microsoft, Apple, etc. for not listing the storage volumes as the binary expansion units.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Quantities_of_bytes

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aarcane

Gibibytes were invented in the early 20's by hard drive manufacturers so they could get away with claiming that the Computer Science definition of a Giga unit didn't in fact apply to them. That's why you don't see Gibibit connection speeds, or Gibibit RAM sticks, or other gibi things. The only reason CPU processors use metric rather than binary units is because they're measured in Hz, which are a standard metric unit. They even use Megabytes of cache, properly measured in binary units.

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poee

The "computer science definition" of Giga is what has caused this confusion in the first place. Kilo, mega, giga, etc., are all well-known and well-used prefixes for decimal orders of magnitude. They are ancient. Kilo = 1000, and has since the Roman Empire was still standing. Kilo has never = 1024, until some lazy-assed, unimaginative computer scientists figured that 1024 was "close enough" to 1000 that they should just redefine the prefix (the original 'embrace and extend'), and to hell with centuries of common usage.

HDD manufacturers did not invent the binary magnitude prefixes kibi, mebi, gibi, etc. These new terms came about because standards bodies really wanted to put an end to the confusion. When a word or word component (suffix, prefix) has a long history and is in common usage, you don't get to unilaterally change the meaning of it to suit your needs. With a bit of imagination, you can coin a new term instead of trying to redefine an existing one. This is particularly irksome when the terms relate to math and numbers, which are not open to interpretation. 1024 != 1000, ever. Kilo has already been taken a LONG time ago to = 1000. So either adopt the newer binary units (kibi, mebi, gibi, etc.) or make up a new one that you like better, but leave the existing damned words alone.

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thechipper

Although both systems were around before mass market pcs were available we can see where the two diverged. When we had computers with less than 1gig of HD space they were listed accurately in 1024 format. Only when multi gigabyte systems rolled out did they adopt the rounded method to make it seem like there was more than there is to the common user. Even today most people don't know the difference or care for that matter. I don't feel cheesed because I know how much I'm not going to get from your mildly misleading marketing scheme.

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usmckozmo

(Modem/Router section) "...translate information from a digital source into an analog carrier signal and send it via phone line, over the air or through a ***fibre optic network*** for interception by another computer equipped with a modem"

Fibre networks are digital. Wether it be pulses of electricity going into the GBIC/SFP or light exiting, it's still 1's and 0'; No analog there.

Fun article....little knowledge, little laughs, all good :)

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biggiebob12345

Fiber optics are still analog signals if we're playing technicalities. The only way to send "1" down a transmission line would be to print it out on paper and shove it through.

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gene8

What about tablets vs. ereaders? or tv monitors vs. computer monitors?

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Wingzero_x

E-Readers commonly use digital ink displays that are way better for reading text.

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aarcane

Tablets vs. Ereaders is simple: Is it called an ereader, or is it manufactured by a book seller? It's an e-reader. Conversely, a "Computer monitor" vs. a "TV Monitor" is not a distinction. There are two devices. Televisions, and Monitors. Monitors are usually higher resolution devices without built in tuning capabilities designed to hook up to a video signal. Televisions are integrated tuning and viewing devices, usually with lower resolution and larger screen sizes. The only hard and fast rule? The Tuner. A common, but not absolute difference is that Televisions usually have overscan, and monitors generally don't, but there are a lot of TVs with NO overscan and a handful of monitors with overscan.

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kixofmyg0t

How about Android vs "DROID" since you guys still confuse the two.

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andrewc513

Android = operating system
Android phone = phone running Android
Droid = A specific line of HTC/Motorola Android phones.

It's not that big a deal, but many people that aren't in-the-know of tech vernacular just assume "Android = Droid = Android phone".

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kixofmyg0t

Jesus Christ you're wrong too. Bloody f#ck I figured someone would be able to explain it but I guess Ill have to.

Android- Operating System based on Linux
Android Phone- a mobile device running Android OS.
"DROID/Droid"- a brand trademark of Lucusarts. The brand is applied to ANDROID phones sold exclusively under Verizon.

All "DROIDS/Droids" are Android phones, but not all Android phones are "DROIDS/Droids". The Samsung Galaxy Nexus IS NOT A "DROID" and you are a complete f#cking idiot if you call it that. You can't buy a "DROID" from anywhere but Verizon.

Calling all Android phones a "DROID" is like calling ALL trucks a F-150.

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Supall

So he wasn't wrong, just less specific. Don't be a douche.

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the_brink

BTW, you look like a prick when ever you comment on other people's posts.

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aarcane

Droid is shorthand for any Android device. DROID is a brand name for a specific line of Android devices.

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kixofmyg0t

No Droid is used by IDIOTS that think all Android phones are "Droids"

If that's the case then all Windows Phones should be Droids, or we can call all phones iPhones.

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firefox91

R2-D2 is on the comm. He would like to beep at you.

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kixofmyg0t

Yes this is dog?

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Donhildenbrand

I need a job. You need a proofreader. Hire me.
Other than that, great article.
I can't count the number of times I've cringed when someone says "I ran out of memory on my hard drive."
;-)

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