Friends sob quietly as they lower the coffin of your true love into the damp earth. Above the tears you hear the subsong of crows in the bare November trees. Dignified. Sombre. Then, you hear it. It’s hard to parse at first. But soon, the rhythm and cadence become unmistakable: somebody is armpit-farting Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, here, at the funeral of your beloved. It’s that wag Thimbleweed Park! *Parp-parp--paparp-parp!*
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AXIOM VERGE 2 is less Metroid, more ’vania
KING’S BOUNTY II does both tactics and RPG, but neither very well
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Intel claims that by 2025 it will return to “manufacturing leadership.”
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It’s not as easy as it used to be, as it likely requires that you purchase new hardware.
WILL THE BATTLE FOR CPU SUPREMACY PUSH THE RIVALS TOGETHER?
For years, neither company has been able to claim absolute victory. But as Amazon, Apple, Google, and other tech giants design and manufacture their own processors, will AMD and Intel circle their wagons?
Ask: Tech Support & Techsplanations
Like any new technology, we have much to learn about the working life of SSDs in M1 Macs. Alarming reports of rapid wear must be tempered against use. Take any low–end Intel Mac with limited memory and work it hard with high use of virtual memory, and its SSD wears out faster. Unlike rotating hard disks, which can keep spinning for a decade or more if you’re lucky, the more your Mac writes to an SSD, the shorter its life.