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Daily News Round #1 for November 14, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for November 14, 2004

By Steve Dougherty from Nov 14, 2004 @ 21:07 CST

- When is a Software Engineer Not a Software Engineer?

According to the guys at Bona Fide reviews, they feel the term "software engineer" is used a bit 'too' commonly and loosely when you look closer at the key principles behind such an occupation. Seems many people are forgetting the fundamentals behind the term these days, with Bona Fide also stating their views on why negative aspects of the industry arise due to this very reason. Confused? Be enlightened some...

The title of "software engineer" has got to be among the most highly abused in the corporate high-tech world. It's also one of the most popular.

And why not? It sounds a lot better than "computer programmer," and it looks much better on one's business card. Unfortunately, it's often inaccurate. Engineering is, after all, the application of sound technical principles to develop systems that are robust, efficient and elegant. I've found that a great many software engineers can develop working programs, but do little or no real engineering design.

- Intel's Pentium 4 570J - Will 3.8GHz do the trick?

Anandtech have been fortunate enough to check out Intel's newly released flagship desktop processor, the 570J which operates at 3.8GHz. The biggest question clouding people's minds would be how much does it close the gap on AMD? Based on comparisons between the 560 @ 3.6Ghz and AMD's offerings I think it was already safe to assume AMD will stay on top as 2004 comes to a close.

March of 2000 marked a very interesting time for AMD and Intel; just two days apart, each company broke the 1GHz barrier with an extremely high priced, low yield, barely available CPU - and users stood in awe. Today, Intel quietly introduces a Pentium 4 running at 3.8GHz, and the excitement is nowhere to be found.

Maybe it's that the 3.8GHz clock speed is hidden behind the 570J model number. Maybe it's that our latest benchmarks have shown that it'd take much more than 3.8GHz for Intel to truly regain the performance crown. Or maybe it's the cancellation of the 4GHz Pentium 4 that has robbed the 3.8GHz model's 15 minutes of fame. Then again, this isn't the first time we've reviewed a speed-bump without getting too excited, so maybe business is just as usual.

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- Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset @ TweakNews
- nForce4: Gigabyte K8NXP-9 @ Anandtech
- SilverStone Lascala 10M @ Anandtech
- Cooljag E44C/180 1U Socket 478 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
- Cooljag 2QC/180 1U Socket 478 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
- Logisys Dracula Case @ OCIA

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