G-Sync vs. FreeSync – Which Adaptive Sync Technology is Right for You?

Screen tearing is one of the most annoying things that can happen to someone who is trying to enjoy a game. The entire game is ruined by horizontal lines. Yes, a complete disaster.

Why does screen tearing happen in the first place? Screen tearing happens when the number of times the monitor refreshes (refresh rate) does not align with the number of images graphics card renders per second. In simpler terms, When a new image is provided to the screen while it is drawing another image, the screen processes half of one image and half of another and thereby creating a horizontal line.

We all have used V-sync to reduce the screen tearing. However, when we use a V-sync the performance drops drastically, this is because V-sync introduces a lot of input lag. Ths is why G-Sync and FreeSync came into existence.

G-sync and FreeSync are the current technologies used to prevent screen tearing. As both of these work differently, you have to decide on which technology you would prefer before purchasing gaming monitor and GPU.

To make things easier, I have listed down the advantages and disadvantages of both G-Sync as well as FreeSync. Go through them and decide on which side you want to pick!

G-sync

G-Sync is a sync technology developed by Nvidia. G-sync forces the monitor’s refresh rate to match with the number of images rendered by a graphics card in a second.

Advantages of G-Sync

  1. G-Sync quality is ranked above FreeSync because G-Sync effectively works at low framerates as well as high frame rates. It makes it more usable in real life.
  2. As per Nvidia, along with smooth performance, you will also be getting benefits of 4K and HDR gaming while using G-Sync.
  3. G-Sync monitors do not show any ghosting effect. Ghosting effect is the trail of shadow left by an object in the last position, when it moves.

Disadvantages of G-Sync

  1. G-Sync monitors are very costly compared to FreeSync based monitors. This is because the manufacturers of Gsync monitors have to pay a premium to Nvidia for the hardware. There is a module in the monitor which has to adjust the refresh rate.
  2. G-Sync monitor connectivity is limited compared to freeSync based monitor.

FreeSync

FreeSync is an adaptive synchronization technology developed by AMD for a 144hz monitor IN 2015 for reducing screen tearing.

Advantages of FreeSync

  1. FreeSync is completely free and anyone can use it without paying a hefty premium to the developers(AMD) hence FreeSync monitors are cheaper compared to G-Sync monitors.
  2. FreeSync has an advantage over G-Sync in terms of connectivity.

Disadvantages of FreeSync

  1. FreeSync technology works like V-Sync at low framerates, creating input lag and performance issues.
  2. FreeSync monitors shows ghosting effect, which might not be noticeable to some users and for some other users it might be an annoying part in gaming.

G-Sync and FreeSync both have its own disadvantages and advantaged. So, when you are choosing between the two, think what is more important to you- Quality of performance or the cost-effectiveness. May the force be with you while you decide on which side you are on!

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Home Business Rules Tightened in Deltona

The City commission is considering introducing a new law about the home businesses. About 1,100 home businesses are currently running in Deltona.

Home business licenses were being given by the commissioners, as they approved the ordinance tightening rules on home businesses. For the law to go into effect, the commission must approve it on a second reading, expected April 18.

City Attorney Gary Cooney wrote in a memo that the city had a “perceived loophole” in its home business requirements.

Residents complained about the former city attorney George Trovato illegally operating his law practice out of a home. But they were disappointed as no code action was taken. Cooney wrote in a memo that the home business ordinance rules make it difficult for code enforcement. It becomes difficult as it is hard to determine whether a second home may be used for a home occupation and whether people appearing to work at the home are actually employees residing on the premises.

Lee Lopez, a city spokesman said that there are no particular code cases that prompted this direction from the City Commission. Similarly, last week, the Trovato case was acknowledged by Mayor John Masiarczyk and he said that the case was illustrative of the problem.

On the other hand, Vice Mayor Paul Treusch claimed that he wants to make sure that they people running home businesses in Deltona are definitely the residents of Deltona. He strictly said that home businesses running in Deltona are to be operated only by the local residents and he believed that this is the first step in doing that.

Cooney said that Home-occupied businesses are not supposed to create any more traffic than any other residential home would. No customers and employees are supposed to be coming and going to the home business.

 

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Guillen Praises Manny Ramirez’s Career

Manager Ozzie Guillen said that he did not have any kind of complaints, regrets or issues having Manny Ramirez with the ball club, despite the fact that had hit only .261 with a single home run and two RBIs in 24 games for the White Sox at the end of last season. Guillen said that Manny was a great player and has done a lot for the game. His achievements were remarkable. He was one of the best hitters. Although he was not in the best of his form last year, but Guillen wished that he had played better and also that he could continue playing for the clubhouse.

Ramirez retired Friday from the Rays, who were playing the Sox. Ramirez made around $1.1 million while he played in Chicago and is still making around $3 million as deferred payments from the Sox.

Omar Vizquel, now with the White Sox, was a teammate of Ramirez in Cleveland. Vizquel exclaimed that if any team would want a guy to perform in the toughest of situation, Ramirez would be the one. It might seem that he is not bothered, is not thinking or does not care, but in the end, the way he approaches towards the at-bat is just simply amazing. Vizquel also added that he feels sorry that Ramirez left the game.

Ramirez’s best years of his career came with the Indians and Red Sox. Ramirez served an MLB-ordered drug violation suspension with the Dodgers before he came to the Sox.

Vizquel expressed that every player knew the consequences of drug use very well, and maybe Ramirez deliberately used them, just to find an excuse to leave and which he did, by retiring.

Guillen said that the Major League Baseball is after drug users, they are not playing around an they do not take such matters easily. They will now be regularly checking and monitoring other players as well. He also warned his players to be careful now because if they’re found guilty, they will be punished, so the risk is not at all worth taking.

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Fluctuation In U.S. Stock

On Tuesday, the U.S. stock market gained as it overcame the weak Citigroup results and concerns about Apple as news spread of Steve job’s medical leave.

There was a shift of focus as investors focused on the increased price targets of Google and Dhow component Caterpillar.

After the announcement of Steve Job’s medical leave, the shares of Apple Inc dropped 2.3 percent to $340.65.

Bellwether Technology’s shares decreased their earlier losses and eased pressure on stock indexes. In Nasdaq 100. NDX, apple has a weighting of about 21 percent which edged upto 0.2 percent.

Managing director of Wedbush Morgan in San Francisco, Stephen Massocca said that it looks like the news is troubling for the company but since it’s Apple, there should be little concern.

After the closing, Apple Inc reported revenue that was better than expected. This was due to holiday sales of iPhone and iPad, sending shares up by 4.3 percent to $355.22 in extended rate.

The news about Apple’s stock decline triggered a gain in shares of Google that was up by 2.5 percent at $639.63. Brokerages raised their price target on the company’s stock resulting in Google’s stock advancement.

There was an increase observed in Dow which was due to gain in Caterpillar Inc. Stock of heavy equipment makers, Caterpillar Inc rose by 2.8 percent at $ 96.23 after Raymond James raised its price target to $116 from $95.

The rise of Dow is also considered to be a result of rise in Boeing Co. Boeing Co. gained 3.4% to $72.47 after the plane maker removed fears about the delivery schedule of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner jet.

In recent weeks rise in stocks has been observed due to optimism about earnings. S&P 500 posted its 7th straight week of gains on Friday.

The financial SPDR exchange-traded fund (XLF.P) was off by 0.5 percent and the KBW bank index .BKX came down by 1.2 percent after recent gains. Better than anticipated results from JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) last Friday lent optimism about bank stocks, which had remained stagnant in recent weeks.

Declining stocks were outnumbered by advancing stocks on NYSE by 1,374 to 1,626. On Nasdaq, the decliners were 1,369 while advancers were 1,278.

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Gmail – Almost Four 9′s Uptime in 2010

And an uptime of 99.984 is dang close to 4 9′s. That works out to 7 minutes a month of no email. Not bad. Good enough that the firm will give credit to (paying) customers of Gmail or Google Apps for any downtime, removing the provision of not counting for scheduled downtime.

The company stated that those experiencing heart-attack producing moments for upwards of 20 hours at the end of February did NOT lose one email or contact.

Ben Treynor stated: “I know what some of you are thinking: how could this happen if we have multiple copies of your data, in multiple data centers?

The answer is: “Well, in some rare instances software bugs can affect several copies of the data. That’s what happened here. Some copies of mail were deleted, and we’ve been hard at work over the last 30 hours getting it back for the people affected by this issue.”

Here’s the kicker I didn’t know. They protect against that by going back to the very old-school nature of TAPE backup!

Treynor said: “That’s why it’s hours to restore e-mail instead of milliseconds.”

Dang!!!!

I’m impressed with the transparency Google revealed during the crisis, verses the guys further up Interstate 5, in Redmond, WA. when they have had ‘bad hair days’.

As Google is very low cost compared to running your own show, this is an impressive ROI that is being proven with time.

 

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Food Crisis In India

Crisis of food inflation in India rose to its highest during the fifth consecutive week which enforced expectations of increased tax rates in January.

The increase in prices of many basic food-stuff has raised the question of government’s inability to provide solution for the rising inflation. It is said that weak monetary policies, poor infrastructure, hoarding and supply bottlenecks are the cause of ever increasing inflation.

The prices of vegetables such as onions and tomatoes have increased due to unseasonal rains. However many people blame the increase on poor agricultural productivity and lack of transport due to lack of government investment.

The price of onion increased 23% over a week’s time. This is a basic food item used by Indian families. The food price index rose by 18.3% while fuel price index increase by 11.6%.

Hitendra Dave, Head of Global Markets, HSBC India, Mumbai said that we should be ready for a much larger rate hike series than what we were expecting a month ago. This will make the entire swap curve shift upwards.

The benchmark 5-year swap rose by 9 basis points to 7.84 % and the 1-year swap rose 8 by basis points to 7.10%.

India’s Central bank raised interest rates six times in 2010 and is expected to raise them further by 25 basis points on January 25th. Analysts have forecasted that the rates will increase by 75 basis points in 2011.

After the floods causing the shortage of food in India and Pakistan, there is a mini-trade war in progress between the two countries. Pakistan banned its trade of onion to India in response to India’s ban of cotton export to Pakistan.

The domestic food inflation comes at a time when globally the prices of food items have increased. The global food prices reached a record high last month, exceeding the numbers that caused riots in 2008.

Pranab Mukherjee Finance Minister has requested state governments to remove all bottlenecks in supply and ensure that prices of items like vegetables, meat and fish are brought down.

 

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Cold Fusion Is Back

TRCBnews is amazed this piece for Pure Energy Systems News has not been picked up already. On 14 January 2011, Professor Sergio Focardi and Andrea A. Rossi with the University of Bologna held a press conference demonstrating successful cold fusion.

Successful means producing more energy than it takes to run the generator.

While the nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor peaks out at 15,000 Watts of power with a 400 Watts of input, this is not something the scientists are suggesting. There stated goal is to run the reactor at a 8 to 1 ratio. This is just above the minimal operating conditions to insure safety.

It would appear from both the posted video releases this is NOT a smoke and mirrors game. None of here have a Phd in Physics, and we’re somewhat scientifically oriented. A couple of items struck us.

  1. Cold fusion is a relative term. This is not happening at say 20 or 30 C. Going through the blog Q&A, it needs a minimum of 400C to operate. Not too difficult to contain that sort of operating conditions.
  2. It’s ‘dealer network’ will re-fuel the reactor every six months.
  3. 125 modules will create a 1 megawatt plant, with an operational cost of about $0.01 USD per kilowatt hour. Certainly less than any carbon based fuel.

Some circles in the scientific community are less than happy they have not gone through the egg head society to have a peer review of the work. The pair do not feel that is the correct approach. They are working on the patent process before revealing certain ‘how-to’s’.

From an operational stand point have a simple on/off switch, however it is more efficient to leave the reactor running as the start up is less efficient.

Other observations include:

No radiation escapes the lead shielding.

Tungsten is not used in the process (an element subject to difficulty to obtain).

The current system in worst case mode is energy at a 6:1 ratio. Lab tests have obtained a 400:1 ratio, however that also created explosions.

After the unit is turned off, there is no radioactivity in the cell. In other words, there is no nuclear waste.

Going through every post and reply in the blog site (which sometimes stalls due to increasing traffic until they add bandwidth), the pair are not interested in proving a bumble bee cannot fly to the scientific community. They just want to make reactors that are safe and cheap producers of energy.

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Governments Commitment to Christchurch

Prime Minister John Key reassured the National Party faithful in Christchurch of the Government’s commitment to rebuild the city. He made this commitment while informing about the budget’s quake-recovery package.

Mr. Key was speaking at the party’s regional conference when he outlined changes introduced in last week’s budget. The changes included the establishment of a $5.5 billion earthquake recovery fund.

He said that the budget was a proof to the people that their Government was committed to them. He also added that they, the government, believed in their people and cared about their future, which is why they were outing their money on the line for that city.

Mr. Key said that the National’s first term had been challenging, noting in particular the global recession, the Pike River mine tragedy and Canterbury’s two earthquakes. He explained that those events had made life difficult for many Kiwis. So the hearts of government officials had gone out to the families who had lost their loved ones, or who had their livelihoods taken away and their daily lives turned upside down.

He also exclaimed that they had everything they could to stand by those affected and to provide them the leadership and support they needed.

While speaking more broadly about the budget, Mr. Key said that it had been committed to the rebuild with the earthquake fund, and it had also committed to reducing the country’s debt. He said that The National Party knew that New Zealand could not afford to keep borrowing its way to the future. They did not want the country to be built on one big Ponzi scheme.

Mr. Key also stood by the decisions on which the government had been criticized by some, for making cuts to KiwiSaver and Working for Families schemes. He boldly said that unashamedly they had done some trimming. They followed the planning in which less money was reserved for bureaucracy, less money for backroom administration and less money for Wellington waste.

 

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Adding International Dividends to Your Passive Income Portfolio

Passive income portfolios have been discussed quite a lot of times and dividend investing is certainly a major part of what we consider to be a great way to add passive income. A deep study is done on the top dividend stocks from the S&P500 and then further detailed analyses are published.

Adding international exposure to investment portfolios has also been proven very beneficial. Various ways of doing that, as well as adding passive income, have been published in different weekly and monthly issued magazines.

Adding US listed stocks that pay foreign dividends has been an interesting idea to increase one’s passive income. The reasons for this could be:

-$USD is not doomed or the value is not being decreased, thus having a cash flow in another currency might help increase your yield over time if the dollar continues to have a difficult time

-Owning a US listed account in $USD, will force the dividend to be automatically converted to $USD in your account even if it is paid in a foreign currency. Therefore there are no conversion complications

-all tax implications of owning foreign stocks that might require withholding taxes etc can be avoided if one buys US listed stocks as to increase his Passive Income.

-brokers would keep a slight cut which would lead to a definite increase in passive income.

All these reasons are convincing enough for any person to add as much as US listed stocks which have international dividends to his passive income portfolio.  Therefore it would not be wrong to say that it’s a winning proposition to add some quality foreign companies that are listed in the US, ideally that pay a dividend in a foreign currency. More interesting ideas are still being looked forward to, so that any ordinary person can maximize his passive income.

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Cholesterol, Another Reason to Quit Smoking

New research has shown that quitting smoking helps in creating a good cholesterol profile. While putting away the last cigarette may increase a person’s weight but it also increases good cholesterol.

In future researches it might be identified how smoking relates to heart diseases. Around 20% deaths caused by heart disease are blamed on smoking. Smoking probably affects the cardiovascular system in different ways like lower oxygen levels and wear and tear of the heart.

A few researches have shown that smoking lowers the good cholesterol (HDL) and increases the bad cholesterol (LDL).

Lead researcher Dr. Adam Gepner of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison conducted a research with the help of 1,500 smokers from the U.S. population.

The average of the smokers smoked around 21 cigarettes in a day before the research program started. After a year in one of five of quitting programs, 334 participants successfully quit smoking.

It was found that the quitters experienced about 5% rise in HDL cholesterol. The effects were found to be stronger in women. There was no impact of the amount of smoking done as heavy smokers enjoyed same HDL benefits as the light smokers.

The drawback of quitting smoking is weight gain. It was observed in the research that a quitter gained around 10 pounds. Increase in weight affects cholesterol as it increases the LDL and reduces the HDL. Researchers of this program think that the weight gain might have covered up other cholesterol benefits that quitting brought.

Gepner noted that it still remains unclear how quitting can affect cholesterol so further study is required to find out the actual reason. He says that it might be connected with the proteins that breakdown cholesterol as smoking damages these proteins.

Studies in the past have shown that for every 1md/gL increase in HDL cholesterol, the risk of cardiovascular disease drops by 3% over ten years. Therefore if the results from the research stand accurate, it can be said that improvement in blood lipids can decrease the risk of heart attack for a former smoker by 6% over 10 years since they quit.

 

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