Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:06 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows While Microsoft's Security Essentials has been very well received because of its small footprint and unobtrusive nature, it didn't always rank among the very top when it came to its detection rates. Overall, I'd still say it's one of the best antivirus tools. Now, with version 2.0, Microsoft has improved the detection mechanisms, but of course, it'll take some tests before we can see how effective they are.
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RE[8]: XP not excrement just yet
by bassbeast on Mon 20th Dec 2010 13:48 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: XP not excrement just yet"
bassbeast
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2007-11-11

It is because the memory is so densely packed nowadays. Look up "cosmic rays and memory" and prepare to have your mind blown. You'd be surprised how many "soft errors" are caused even by cosmic rays interacting with the memory cells as they pass through the planet.

Google did a study on memory errors and found that on 8GB of RAM like I have you are looking at tens of thousands of "soft errors" every. single. month. and it is just the robust design of the software and OS that keeps that from being catastrophic. That is also why on ANY machine where the results will be mission critical or risk lives ECC memory is used, as it will auto correct a good 90%+ of those soft errors and rerun any calculations it can't fix.

But since whether your bullet in the latest FPS isn't really affected by these errors, and the OS will take care of most of the problems, it simply isn't worth the extra expense in day to day life. But that is one of the reason I recommend AMD boards, as you can drop ECC memory into most of them which means if you do use it for work like CAD where errors really matter then it doesn't cost an arm and a leg for an ECC board like with Intel. But check it out, Google it. You'd be amazed how many errors you are probably having at this minute that the OS just deals with.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Oh, but I believe you... I study physics, and once you start to use precise CCD sensors, cosmic rays are nearly guaranteed to corrupt the measured data noticeably once measurements last more than one minute ;)

Edited 2010-12-20 14:47 UTC

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