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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

3LCD: Gizmodo sucked in

Someone at Gizmodo is asleep at the wheel
Using a 3LCD projector, a new alternative to DLP, it has (shocker) three LCD panels and is also known as high-temperature polysilicon or HTPS.
Er, no. 3LCD is a branding exercise for the same old LCD technology that's been around since 1989. Here's the press release for the group if you don't believe me.

Slate talks processors

While the gadget blogs may churn out errors one at a time, the general interest sites like to cram all of their errors into one article.
Intel can cram almost 1 billion transistors on a microchip that is less than 100 nanometers in size
The chip is 28 by 21 mm. Only off by a factor of 300,000 or so. Read the article for more floundering hilarity.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

LG SD280: The gist

Paul Miller at Engadget has gone all indecipherable on us:
The SD280 from LG might not be anything special [...] but has LG shaking in their boots.
What? To decode Miller's 200 word ramble, LG has released the first phone with a CDMA chip that wasn't made by Qualcomm, but to keep Qualcomm happy they've chosen not to advertise it. That's it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The car that runs on water

Paul Miller at Engadget writes about a fuel-cell driven model car, and gets a little confused:
Sure, it might not exactly hold your weight or speed you through a commute, but it is a zero emissions vehicle, and runs on the good old H2O, so it all kind of levels out, right?
Except it doesn't. It runs on hydrogen, which is produced from water by electrolysis. It runs on the two AA batteries that do the electrolysis. It is not extracting any energy from water.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Plextor PX-608U: Buffer underrun nostalgia

Gizmodo likes it old school:
And if you get a writing failure because of a slow or stopped buffer (it's got 2MB), the drive will actually pause for you and start burning again as soon as the buffer is cleared.
This feature is standard in any CD or DVD recorder you're likely to be using today. Here's a five year old Roxio article on the topic. Also, check the source article. Gizmodo's writer has changed the perfectly accurate "if the data to the drive write buffer is slowed or stopped" to "a slow or stopped buffer", which is complete gibberish.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Blu-ray: Bitrates, filesize, whatever

A gem from Gizmodo

[H.264] enables content to be encoded at much higher bitrates without huge increases in file size
Just remember, whoever wrote this makes a living as a tech writer. It's also worth looking at the overall argument:
Looks like Sony's been busted for using a really old codec for its next-gen Blu-ray format. For its first Blu-ray movies, Sony will encode with MPEG-2, which is the same codec used for today's old-fashioned DVDs
MPEG-2, the data format, is really old. But modern MPEG-2 codecs do most of the same things as H.264 codecs. H.264 just has a few clever ways of storing data, hence the smaller file sizes.

(Thanks to reader Tim for sending this in)

Philips Candeo

Evan Blass at Engadget shows off his detective skills:

Anyway, we assume that these 40-square foot models are mostly meant for commercial use, and not for pushing incredibly downscaled 1080p through your home theater (even though they do contain digital inputs). Another clue about the target audience for these behemouths is the pricetag, which hovers around $100,000 no matter which pixel pitch you prefer.
Or, he could have saved himself the effort and clicked on his own link, which offers no clues whatsoever that the displays might be for some kind specialized business use.

He also fails to mention that there is a third 576 x 324 pixel model available; that the things are 2-3 times brighter than plasma and 5-8 times brighter than LCD; and thet they weigh a quarter of a ton.