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Weekend tech reading: TechSpot's PC Buying Guide, always up to date!

By Matthew
Mar 14, 2010
  1. Our desktop buying guide has undergone yet another update, and with your help, it has greatly improved from the first day of publishing. Since December, all of the systems have reduced in price -- mostly thanks to the launch of new products, such as Intel's Core i3-530 and AMD's Radeon 5670. We've reached somewhat of a dry patch as far as major product launches go, but Fermi and more is just around the corner. Feel free to share your thoughts on the current guide here.

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  2. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Wow, some pretty great content this weekend.

    I wonder why people don't like things like the MPAA...

    Sony's 'Move' is a ridiculous looking 'magic wand' that any sane person would feel stupid even being near it and Microsoft's 'Project Natal' is something truly insane that may end up one of the most bizarre 'innovations' of all time.

    As I said on the main article, Google should just flip China the bird and get out of there pronto, it's simply not worth their effort.

    It's a shame to see Apple and Google turning into petty children but hopefully it won't effect either of the companies too badly, I feel like Apple is going to come off second best.

    As for the browser, well, College Humor are always just hillarious and this is no exception, pretty true, although Firefox doesn't need to have those add-ons, people just put on a billion and then blame the browser.
     
  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 566   +105

    "MPAA brags about how awesome the movie business is; right after it claims file sharing is destroying the industry"

    Hate to say I told you so but..
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,356   +402

    That's a pretty slanted MPAA article. Now granted, I don't think the movie industry isn't being harmed to the extent that PC gaming is with the theft going on there, but let's take a look at some of the quotes in the article:

    The author makes the claim that theft is "killing" the industry and then follows it up with a quote from the MPAA about the "relentless challenge of the theft of its creative content....creating an increasingly unbearable cost." I would hardly quantify that as "killing the industry."

    Then he uses a quote that is the "VCR's are going to kill us" quote from damn near a quarter century ago.

    Lastly, you can't just look at box office sale figures only and say everything is rosy. Unless you also look at the cost of making and promoting movies. Not every movie makes money - in fact, most don't. That's like all the morons saying "look at all the money EA made on such-and-such game. They're not hurting at all and entitles me to steal it."

    At any rate, the author took some real liberties in putting together his material to make it look like the MPAA is Darth Vader for having the nerve of wanting to protect their products from theft.
     
  5. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    I think the MPAA is going to clean house with the new 3D wave of movies.Until we all get 3D monitors, then it's back on.
     
  6. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Lol, look at how the ineternet explorer is compared to a horse @ "5 Browsers and the modes of transportation they resemble" in college Humor.

    This is a summary or "re-look" on this weeks article! Wow, so I'm updated...
     
  7. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 566   +105

    Face it, the MPAA just shot themselves in the foot. If they want public sympathy, they shouldn't lie about the facts. Now which is worse, a thief that steals from a liar or a liar that lies to a thief?
     
  8. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Rookie Posts: 141

    Personally, I don't download movies because Redbox is basically on every corner and only costs $1. That being said, I rarely actually rent movies at all because if there is any movie I truly want to watch, I usually watch it in the theater.

    Regardless of my personal choices, I still completely despise the MPAA. How much time, effort, and money have they wasted chasing an impossible dream of halting piracy? As the article points out, they claim that piracy is hurting their industry but then go on to have a record-breaking year. Go figure. And if they try to claim piracy is hurting the secondary market, they are most likely only looking at DVD sales. If they examined the entire secondary market including Netflix, Redbox, digital distribution methods (think PS3 or Xbox), etc. I'm sure their figures would be way off.
     
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The movie industry is nowhere near as prone to piracy as say the music or games industry. Reason being that if you download a song or a game, you get the same product as if you had bought it (sometimes a better one if it's an Ubisoft game), but watching a camcorder recording is definitely not the same as going to the cinema (e.g. Avatar). Anyway watching a movie is more of a social thing and sometimes you're going for the experience rather than the actual film.

    Churning out statements like this and jumping on the pirate-bashing bandwagon isn't going to make people buy more cinema tickets or DVDs.
     
  10. Serag

    Serag TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Thanks for updating the PC buying guide and I hope you always update it regularly like this :)
    lol @ the collegehumor article :D , looks like they don't like Firefox because add-ons = more usability not less...
     
  11. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 846   +11

    Woot! thanks for the new buying guide. so useful.

    @the MPAA thing, I have to laugh so hard. Their whole "Piracy is killing the movie industry" ploy just got shot by selves. Its great.
     
     
  12. drasho

    drasho TS Rookie Posts: 62

    I wonder how good and how much the new fermi card from nvidia are going to be... =) And for the motion controller... it wont be the revolutionary... it gonna be a phase and then you probably wont hear much of it
     
  13. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    +100 Respect for Google.
    China's government thinks there the big boss of the world, guess what.
    I really wish China became a democracy, then a great China would appear.
     
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