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    Looking for Technology News recommendations

    I'm planning to move away from Ars Technica as my main source for technology related news. Can't quite stand the place anymore as their staff has been allowed to editorialize every piece they write to exhaustion. Some sort of editorial content in news coverage, I can understand. But in recent years it has become just too much to bare. The website also reveals a few bias with which I'm very uncomfortable with. I like my news served on a cold plate.

    I'm looking for any recommendations on good news coverage with its focus on computer related technology. A good balance between software, hardware and general industry coverage would be ideal.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Heve you had a peek at... Techgage

    It's a bit "backwater" but the product reviews and industry info is pretty good.
    Last edited by CommonTater; 05-15-2011 at 02:51 AM.

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    Ok, this one is definitely a keeper. Thanks! Just look at how they covered the Skype acquisition compared to Ars. It's a bit concentrated on the hardware/software reviews side. Doesn't seem to want to go into depth coverage of anything else. But did like their tone a lot.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    Ok, this one is definitely a keeper. Thanks! Just look at how they covered the Skype acquisition compared to Ars. It's a bit concentrated on the hardware/software reviews side. Doesn't seem to want to go into depth coverage of anything else. But did like their tone a lot.
    Yeah, Rob's a pretty good writer/editor.

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    Might not be exactly what you're looking for, but I've always been fond of slashdot.org

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    If he thinks Ars is too biased, I don't think slashdot is what he's looking for.
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    I think ieee spectrum is good, although not as consumer product oriented. Also not as much community activity, which might be a good thing depending on what you are looking for.

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    Not exactly a fan of IEEE Spectrum. Yeah I know them (but they must have changed their website recently. What horrid decision to make the top content use up the whole of the page and forcing us to scroll down to get to the actual news). They aren't as bad, but do tend to editorialize a lot too and often falling for the same trap of doing it in an authoritative tone. Rather enervating. However, I don't necessarily ignore these sites mind you. They are my second line of news coverage. Just not my main source.

    Meanwhile, I'm doing my own searching and stuff. Don't think I'm not. But feel better about actual recommendations. More effective.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Been to Tom's Hardware at all?

    Havent read it in quite some time but at one time it was famous for it's "Yes the WRT54G really is a lousy router" and the flack it caused. They (used to) tell it just like it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    They (used to) tell it just like it is...
    Isn't that "editorializing"?

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    Current ISO draft standard
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    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    Sure. Although I would rather have someone impartial (or making an honest effort to be impartial) doing it, than just some run of the mill fan-slash-hate boy. In any case "editorializing" here is being used in the pejorative sense. I certainly don't mind personal opinions in journalistic material as long as they are presented in an impartial way, and clearly marked as un-authoritative (sp?) when they are. Which is what they are most of the time.

    In any case, the problem on the web is that everyone becomes a "journalist" once they realize they have writing skills and a place to write. Most of the folks writing for news sites don't have any formal education in journalism or feel particularly sensitive to the deontological rules associated with the profession. Many are also arrogant enough to dismiss any criticism headed their way as "reader rant". Alas!...
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    Sure. Although I would rather have someone impartial (or making an honest effort to be impartial) doing it, than just some run of the mill fan-slash-hate boy. In any case "editorializing" here is being used in the pejorative sense.
    Hmmm...well this is probably not an argument I want to have with you, Mario, LOL, but if you are presenting reviews of new technology, a review is sort of like an editorial. If you just want announcements about "what's new", it seems to me there is simply too much to do this impartially: what are the criteria for what gets listed?

    House organ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Is that "impartial"? Or just plain advertising?

    Most of the folks writing for news sites don't have any formal education in journalism
    And you are impressed by media outlets whose employees are formally educated?
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    News, not reviews. News.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Homepage | EDN

    A bit confusing to navigate at first, but well worth it. This is more like it.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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