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

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thechipper

Maybe they had 60gb SSDS LOLJKZ

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kiaghi7

While differentiation between RAM memory and HDD/SSD memory is important, they ARE very much correctly called memory in both cases...

It's simply two different adjective terms, and term-lengths, for the two different types of memory.

There was once a time, which I herald from, long before the technology of hard-drives was even a distant vision on the horizon to come... Storage was indeed called memory... If you did not have enough storage, before and after the advent of a HDD, you were still storing in a permanent MEMORY.

Even when saving to a disk or other device, it was backed up to a MEMORY of a permanent form so that it was not lost as a result of the highly temporary nature of RAM.

For instance let's look at the problem from another angle, we call them "memory cards" not "storage cards", and let's face it SSD's are the logical and higher evolution of that. They are in effect really big memory cards that happen to be purpose built for constant use of system files and applications... But I can't tell you how many people I've taught to run a given client/program from a USB drive, memory card, or other removable storage device like MP3 players and the like.

Let's not even begin to blur the line with virtual drives, RAM-drives, and ESPECIALLY not memristor technology (imagine RAM that doesn't forget but can still be changed freely) that is not very far from being a reality in a product.

At the end of the day, yes there most certainly is a difference between RAM memory, and permanent (or just long-term) storage memory, but to pretend like or suggest that an HDD isn't memory is preposterous. It's not the same TYPE or purposed memory as RAM, but one could just as easily turn the coin over and say that about any other memory media...

Let's not even begin digging into it too far, because then one must draw a magical line that can't really be drawn between what is and isn't "memory"... The afore mentioned removable media including memory cards, flash drives, even floppy disks? Writable Media? (CD, DVD, BR, etc.) Re-writable media? (CD, DVD, BR, as well as some experimental media and magnetic media like tape and disks) What about ancient Punch cards? Bar codes? RFID?

Every last one of them irrefutably is and has a measure of data, data is by definition kept and measured in some form of memory, either temporary (random access) or a permanent form, like those which are apparently no longer considered memory... ⌐_⌐

Looks an awful lot like hair-splitting to pretend like something is not what it clearly is... They are not the same KIND of memory, but that's because there isn't only one kind of memory in the first place... The real problem is the pretense that "there can be only one"... Not only is there not only one, there never has been... Even the earliest computers that had no possible means of output had diagrams/schematics to plug in the right combination of wires to get the right program setup in order to perform the a given action, literally assembling each BIT of data with a circuit connection (good lord I shouldn't be old enough to know this...), that was as physical and permanent a form of memory as you could get.

The diagram was of course written/drawn out, and the actual "doing" of it was hand plugging every last accursed wire into their respective receptacles like a telephone operator from the 1920-30's.

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Zoandar

I don't understand. Could you be more specific?

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w2ed

You forgot a weapon that, IMHO, trumps both Phasers and Blasters: Lightsabers. Granted, it is a closer-combat weapon, and it'd be interesting to see if one can bat away phaser shots the way it knocks away blaster bolts, but between the three, the LS is not only the one I remember playing as when I was a kid, but would rather see come first.

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firefox91

Ultimate FX Lightsaber. Get it at any big box store for about $35. The best toys you and your children can ever play with together.

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bowei006

I think Maximum PC should have included this:
Gigabyte vs Gibibyte

Yes... a Gigabyte is a representation of bits of data. But it's not complete. What if someone just came and told you that 1 square foot is now .89X.89 or some other reduction of a whole? Yeah..that's what i thought.

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SilverSurferNHS

what??

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athlon11

Gigabyte = 10^9 bytes or 1,000,000,000 bytes.

Gibibyte = 2^30 bytes or 1,073,741,824 bytes.

The problem is that HDD manufacturers use 10^9 for Gigabytes but most OS's and other things use a definition of 2^30 bytes and still call it a Gigabyte even though it is technically a Gibibyte. This is why you "lose" storage space from what a drive is rated for when you look at it in Windows.

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stinger608

Right, and that is why something like a 20gb hard drive will only show up as about 18.63gb's.

That is why a lot of people that don't understand the difference claims they did not get a 1TB hard drive.

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SilverSurferNHS

lol i read that this morning, tired and all, and now im laughing at myself

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bautrey

On the lag vs fps issue, what if you have a CPU bottleneck but your GPU plays at 60fps and your very good ping. You would be playing the game at 60fps (FRAPS) but looks like it was playing at 20fps. I had this issue on my last computer.

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SilverSurferNHS

the 60fps is a result of computations of both the cpu and gpu (among other things)they don't put out independantly

a cpu bottleneck is when the gpu, is not being utilized because of the cpu, while under full load, cannot raise the framerate

all in all this is still a seperate issue from lag experienced due to server latency in games

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aarcane

Most game engines use one or more "Main loops", which among other things do updates of the game state, and send rendering data to a graphics card for display. If properly designed, the Graphics subroutine will generate an update ever 1/fps seconds, in time to "flip()" the newly rendered frame in on time. Meanwhile, if the CPU is underpowered, or overworked, the subroutine responsible for updating and "flip()"ing the game state may not be able to keep up. The result is that the Graphics card will render multiple identical frames prior to the CPU being able to provide a fully updated game state. This results in the OPs symptoms, where the actual rendering FPS is higher than the game state SPS (States per second). SPS is not a universal term, and each studio will refer to the individual gamestates by their own internal terminology.

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Donhildenbrand

I had a girlfriend who wouldn't put out independently either.....

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Windbreaker

The customer points at the monitor and declares it, "The computer." Then they point at the computer declare it, "The hard drive." The first time I heard this was doing phone tech support and it took me forever to figure out the luser was talking about her CRT.

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DogPatch1149

Shouldn't that be "ADHD" instead of "AADD"?

It's not a good description in this case - those with ADHD can have spectacularly good memory, when the subject is one that holds their attention. If the subject is boring, doesn't hold their interest, or their attention is diverted by something more interesting, the subject likely to be forgotten. Last time I checked, RAM didn't work on the basis of remembering what is and isn't interesting.

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firefox91

Screw you guys, I liked the Go-Bots. I'm never reading MaxPC again! *storms away in hissy fit*

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Wingzero_x

I think you could buy Go-Bots with food stamps! ;D

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mottster

Thank you, semillertime, I was just about to post the same thing because I WISH I could get 1GB/sec on my dell 5324 managed switch. That would be about 7 to 8 times faster!

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semillertime

"Gigabit internet is based on the Ethernet Frame format protocol, providing a scorching fast data transfer rate of one billion BYTES per second." I think you mean bits, lol.

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ApathyCurve

Nothing is more embarrassing than making an embarrassing error while writing a "how not to embarrass yourself in front of geeks" article.

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AntonioGarrison

This article at some points just points out that normal people don't understand some things of nerdy origins. I've often used the wrong terminology, but my mouth sometimes has verbal diarrhea. All in all, you can correct someone on these things everyday. The end all be all though is once you correct them and they walk off, the don't care and they go right back to saying or using whatever terminology suits them.

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SilverSurferNHS

What a silly premise for an article; i mean no offense but if one would label themselves as a nerd, this stuff would be common knowledge. And if one were to just be learning some of these things, then that person is VERY far from being a nerd. Just a bit confuzzled 'bout that... but i did share on my tech page for less knowledgeable users, who aren't and probably will never be nerds.

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jturton

It's worth noting that many popular units combine the functions of a modem and a router...

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someuid

...and some combine a router with a switch/hub...

...and some combine all three.

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SilverSurferNHS

and they end up calling them gateways

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schmag

in terms of computer networks a gateway is any device that allows communications to be routed from one network segment to another. or from one protocol to another, gateways are commonly used in VOIP and standard ethernet networks. it is a very broad term. even a plain jane modem is a gateway.

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Marthian

would have been nice to have on hand. I was playing with some idiots thinking that I sucked and after telling them it was lag, they said get a better computer (they scoffed off a i5 2500k and Geforce GTX 560 Ti as nothing.). It was latency issues, and the only fix for that is better ISP, which in my area is nonexistant. I'd have to move to do that...

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someuid

I was working on a VP's computer the other day, and he was talking video games and how good the graphics are on his Xbox 360.

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SilverSurferNHS

ya know, thats funny because i would expect any old bloke, when presented with a detailed texture, and relatively smooth model and say thay the graphics are good, even if its rendered at a low res with shader blurring the edges and so on...

they don't understand the rest of the beauty they're missing, like fidelity, and framerate, and shader sharpening,the nuance of shadow play, on normals or tessels and so on...

in other words its just, "good enough" to fool fools

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Kinetic

I'll second this, but also add that for some consoles really are good enough.

Whereas I too would rather (and did) combine the investment I'd make in a workhorse PC with the investment I'd also be putting into a gaming console or two and just get one build that gives me the best of both worlds, to some people it just isn't worth the money, and I get that.

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SilverSurferNHS

don't take it to heart, i have the same problem; im stuck on 6meg 35ms average latency and only on rare occasions i can ping below 50 on a game server; unfortunately for this reason competitive online gaming has taken a little bit of a back seat since i moved from the city where we had 20meg

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Digital-Storm

It doesn't matter how fast your connection is, it matters on the quality of the connection. A 1.5Mbps connection can be a quality connection if it gets you 16ms pings, where as a 20Mbps connection could be complete garbage if it gets you 200ms pings. I for one happen to have 6Mbps and get 16ms pings to Chicago, where most good game servers are hosted anyways.

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X2brute

And here i am proud of my 3 meg 0.o

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