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Your Questions About Intel Core I3-2310m Gaming

Lisa asks…

Need help with computer specs and prices?

Hiya.

I’m trying to find an overall well rounded laptop.
But every time I find one with a good processor, RAM, etc, they turn out having horrible graphics cards.

I was just wondering if this would be alright for gaming and overall use like videos?

# Processor Type
Intel Pentium T4500
(Dual core I’m pretty sure)

# Processor Speed
2.3 GHz

# Processor Cache
1 MB L2

# Hard Drive Capacity
640 GB

# Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute)
5400 RPM

# RAM Size
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM

And then it bashes me in the face with:
# Graphics Chipset
Intel GMA 4500M

I was thinking about getting it because the price was reduced from 499.00 to 379.00.

Also, which would be better between these two?

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-g-series-15-6-laptop-featuring-amd-phenom-ii-quad-core-processor-p960-g6-1a40ca-pewter-g6-1a40ca/10168279.aspx?path=9957bf23639bdae91d4bdc219684cc6ben02

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-15-6-laptop-featuring-intel-core-i3-2310m-processor-as5750-6602-blue-as5750-6602/10162734.aspx?path=e73a88a3b01b76a82c223f47e318afa1en02

Thanks in advance.
Also, which of these are better?

# Processor Type
AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor P360
# Processor Cores
2
# Processor Speed
2.30 GHz
# Processor Cache
1MB L2
# RAM Size
4 GB DDR3

499$

OR

# Processor Type
AMD Phenom II Quad-Core P960
# Processor Cores
4
# Processor Speed
1.80 GHz
# Processor Cache
2MB L2
Size
4 GB

599$

steve answers:

I didn’t find a laptop with an acceptable graphics card until i hit $800. You won’t find a good one for that cheap. It’s the 4650m, it was good a whlie back but it’s struggling to run todays games and is way outdated. I wouldn’t invest in a gaming laptop because they are so much more expensive than desktops

Ruth asks…

Radeon 6550m 1GB vs Nvidia 520m 1GB?

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6550M 1GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M Graphics 1GB…..Which is better for gaming? (The laptop with the radeon has a 2nd generation Intel® Corei3-2310M Processor with 8GB RAM) (The one with the nvidia has a Intel i5-2430M processor with 6GB RAM)
Should’ve added that im looking for a decent CHEAP laptop lol. I’d like to keep it in the $600-$700 area

steve answers:

Okay well first of the i5 CPU is much better than the i3 one if that matters to you (i5 has Turbo Boost technology which basically temporarily overclocks the computer whenever you game). As for the RAM, you probably won’t tell much difference between 6 or 8gigs unless you’re running a ton of things at the same time. Now for the video card, the ATI one is significantly better than the NVIDIA one, say around 20% better. So if you don’t plan on using Turbo Boost, the one with the Radeon is better.
But let me say this, even though both those laptops can run almost all games on low (the ATI can run some on medium to high), there are MUCH better laptops out there for gaming. I suggest you go to xoticpc.com or newegg.com and look there. SO my suggestion to you is keep looking around on any of the sites I said (they have the cheapest) and do some research on graphics cards so you know which ones are good.
I hope this helps, good luck man.

Jenny asks…

Which one of these is better?

I use laptops mostly for gaming, browsing, designing layouts, and photo editing.
Can someone tell me which one of these 3 is better?

1 ) http://www.hhgregg.com/acer-laptop-pc-with-intel-core-i3-2310m-processor/item/AS5750-6636

2 ) http://www.hhgregg.com/acer-laptop-pc-with-amd-phenom-ii-x4-quad-core-processor-n970/item/AS5552-7803

3 ) http://www.hhgregg.com/toshiba-satellite-laptop-with-amd-quad-core-a6-accelerated-processor/item/L775D-S7228

Thanks for your time.

P.S. The games I play are like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, etc.

steve answers:

Out of those three the last one (3) is the best, but for the types of processor and graphics intensive applications that you are running on your machine, having a faster processor and more RAM would help you get the most out of Battlefield, Photoshop, etc.

Sandy asks…

Is this processor better than the one I currently have?

Is the processor: AMD FX-4100 better than Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10 GHz

I’m wondering if the AMD FX-4100 is better than Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10 GHz for gaming, such as league of legends, Magic, and a few other games.

steve answers:

Over all yes the AMD FX-4100 is faster then the Intel i3-2310M, but on the same note: the i3-2310M is a mobile CPU and the AMD FX-4100 is a desktop CPU. Mobile CPU sockets can not take desktop CPU’s and viscera. Also besides high end gaming laptops, laptops are not really great to play high end PC games anyways.

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Sharon asks…

Are These good specs for a Decent gaming laptop?

Processor & Memory:
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM Processor 2.2 GHz (up to 3.2 GHz)
6 MB Cache
8 GB shared Dual Channel DDR3 (2 DIMM)

Graphics & Video:
15.6″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife™
Intel® HD Graphics 4000

It’s a Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop, Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM 2.2GHz

Games : Runescape, DayZ, Video editing (Renders 1080p)
Worried about the Processor because of the 2.2Ghz and video card

steve answers:

The laptop you are looking at is not a good choice. It isn’t a good choice for gaming, and it isn’t a good choice in general.

First, the biggest problem with it is that it comes with a 15.6″ 1366×768 display. 1366×768 resolution in a 15.6″ display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6″ displays that have 1366×768 resolution tend to be low-grade LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast. You should make a point to avoid displays like this when it is reasonable to do so, unless you require the larger text for eyesight-related reasons.

Second, the laptop you are looking at only comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics. Intel HD 4000 is the GPU integrated onto the processor die, and is likely to provide very disappointing game performance. If you’re interested in game performance, then you need to look for a laptop that comes with a decent dedicated GPU.

Third, please note that it should not be a priority for you to get a Core i7 processor. Game performance depends primarily on the GPU, not the processor. Regardless of how fast your processor is, the Intel HD 4000 GPU is going to be the bottleneck as far as gaming goes. Video editing/rendering does benefit from having a faster CPU (moreso than gaming does), but you aren’t going to get terrible rendering performance with an i5-3210M for example. But the video editing user experience also benefits a whole lot by having a higher resolution display so you can fit more tool windows, etc. Onscreen, and a decent quality display so your video looks more true to what it is.

EDIT: Oh, also, gigahertz means nothing. Don’t buy or avoid a processor based on what number they put before “GHz” to describe it. There is so much more that determines processor performance, the clock rate (which is the “gigahertz”) is just one tiny aspect of the processor that’s overblown for marketing purposes. In reality, a 2.1GHz Core i3-2310M is faster than a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo (both dual-core).

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That said, you get much better game performance and a significantly better display with this DV6 configuration.

**HP DV6t** (NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6″ 1920×1080 matte display) – **$749 + tax**
- Saved Configuration: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review&config_id=7674563
- Apply coupon code NB7453
- Don’t downgrade the GPU to the GT 630M or to Intel HD 4000 graphics. The GT 650M is considerably faster than either, and if one of the lower GPU options would work just as well for you then I would probably suggest getting an entirely different laptop.
- Don’t downgrade the display to 1366×768. The 1366×768 display makes things onscreen large, and is a low-grade LCD panel with very poor image quality due to low contrast. The availability of the upgraded 1920×1080 display is part of why I’m recommending this laptop; I wouldn’t be recommending this laptop if it didn’t offer it.

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Your Questions About Workout Routines

Helen asks…

What are some good workout routines that take only a half an hour?

I wat some good workout routines that don’t take long, only a half an hour. I want to lose weight in my back (love handles EW), my stomach (I want it to look nice and toned), and my thighs (I want to go down a few pant sizes) Thanks for the help! :)

steve answers:

To lose body fat (weight) , check out the 12 day Fat X Program. I’ve been doing it since March and it works really well. The workout routines are about 30-35 minutes each.

Michael asks…

What are some good workout routines for your room?

I’m dieting, exercising, and more! Trying to get my belly off me for Jr. High! Know any good workout routines?

steve answers:

1 word, Pilates!!!!!
Lots and lots of pilates!

But don’t worry about having a super flat belly for middle school. No one actually scrutinizes you for not being supermodel skinny :)

Sandy asks…

What’s your full body workout routines for gaining serious mass?

I had registered a gym membership and wonder what is the best full body workout routines. In the meantime , is leg exercise necessary? Becoz my legs are alot bigger than my upper body but just it has more fats in it. Anyway just list it down and give me some reference. Thanks

steve answers:

Building mass is all about power exercises and compound movements.. And not spending too much time on ISOLATION exercises

and getting bigger is about heavy lifting and intensity and low reps.. 4-6 range, 6-8 range

there are many schools of thought on it
as well its all in the eating plan.. Take in 20x your current bodyweight, and one gram of protein to what u weigh

type in Mike Mentzer mass training

Susan asks…

Do you know of any successful workout routines?

I am an 18 year old looking for workout routines and tips for successful weightloss. I have no clue as to start this out, I just know that I want to become more fit and active. I use to weigh 135 lbs but now i’ve gained a lot and wiegh 150. My goal is to get down to 125-130 lbs. or maybe even at least back to 135 lbs.

steve answers:

Windsor Pilates videos – They are easy, and really really effective – all you need is a yoga mat and a DVD player:

http://www.winsorpilates.com/

Worked really well for me.

Mary asks…

Are there any workout routines that’ll help me get the body of a Victoria Secret model?

I’m fourteen years old, 5’4, and weigh 103 pounds. I’m also a vegetarian, but I still include fish in my diet. Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are my favorite VS models and they have amazing bodies. How can I get my body to look great without purging or starving myself? Are there any workout routines that will tone my legs, arms, stomach, and butt? Thanks for the help!

steve answers:

There are two things you must do to accomplish a sculpted body similar to a Victoria Secret model:

+ Consume a whole plant based diet, and
+ Learn free weight exercises to sculpt your body.

I’m sure you’ve seen emaciated women with pot bellies who are suffering from an eating disorder. The pot belly occurs because the human body is engineered to maintain a energy reserve even during starvation. You have a choice of storing the energy reserve in muscle or fat. One pound of muscle is the energy equivalent of seven pounds of fat. Which would you rather have: One pound of muscle, or seven pounds of fat?

You can choose where you want to put the muscle. My preference is bulky shoulders, arms, stomach, and legs. You can choose the place and type of muscles (long or bulky). “Body for Life for Women” is one of many books that explain free weight training. Please ignore the dietary advice. Do not consume whey protein and other dairy because this is correlated with breast cancer, other cancers, diabetes, and even osteoporosis. (T. Colin Campbell “The China Study”)

Fish contains a lot of healthy fats, but it also contains unhealthy fats, animal proteins, and cholesterol. All of these cause a stress on the body. I recommend ground flax seed for Omega-3 fatty acids. I’d skip the fish and all other animal proteins as unnecessary. You must eat the followings:

+ Leafy greens (kale & collards) – Calcium, Iron, Protein
+ Colorful vegetables (raw & cooked)
+ Whole grains – Important and filling (Protein)
+ Legumes (peas, beans, and lentils) – Important and filling. (Protein)
+ Fruits
+ B12, D, and Ground Flax Seed for Omega-3

If you cannot eat all of these categories of food, then by all means, just eat animal protein. The correct diet is provided through a whole plant based diet. Read “Food for Life” by Dr. Neal Barnard, a physician and biochemist. Another great resource is “Forks Over Knives” by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.

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Your Questions About Acer Iconia

Donald asks…

Which better : Levovo ideaTab A2107 or Acer Iconia B1..?

acer Iconia B1 :
CPU : 1.2 dual-core
Display : (1024*600) 7 inch
TFT LCD
GPU : 531 Power VR
RAM : 512 MB
storage : 8 GB
Camera : 0.3 MP in the front only
conn : blotooth 4 + wifi + GPS
Weight : 320 gm
Battery : 2710 mAh

price : 156 $
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CPU : 1 Ghz (single core)
Display : (1024*600) 7 inch
TFT LCD
GPU : 531 Power VR
RAM : 1 GB
storage : 4 GB
Camera : 3 MP in the back + webcam 0.3 MP in the front
conn : blotooth 4 + wifi + GPS + 3G + 2G
Weight : 400 gm
Battery : 3550 mAh

price : 180 $

steve answers:

While the Acer certainly gives you the better processor and at $24 less is, percentage-wise, quite a bit cheaper; assuming each has a micro SD card slot, the extra storage doesn’t mean much. On the other hand I’ve read numerous reviews saying never get a tab with less than 1GB RAM, which is not something you can upgrade on a tab. Couple that with what should be much longer run time due to much more battery, the Lenovo is looking pretty good. Two cameras is a perk (ever try to take a picture of something other than yourself with a lens on the display side? Not that either is a great camera…) but I’d still check out reviews of each before my purchase. Finally, Lenovo has a much better reputation generally than Acer, which may or may not hold true for these items, but when you think of the cash outlay and how much use you’ll get for how long, I think you’ll be happier with the Lenovo – IMO, of course…

Ruth asks…

Acer iconia tab A200 cracked screen?

My acer iconia tab screen is very cracked who can fix it and how much would it cost? Thank you:) best answer 5 stars!

steve answers:

Acer is here to help!
To get the most from your Acer product, select from our wide range of service options

http://support.acer.com/us/en/default.aspx

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http://www.mctsol.com/

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Sandra asks…

acer iconia tablet ; adding music…?

how can you put music to your “nemoPlayer” on the iconia tablet..i downloaded music from www.beemp3.com and it said save file..well some of them went into the “nemoPlayer” app. but some just stay in the “downloads” app. and i dont know how to transfer those files to the “nemoPlayer” app. and i tryed holding down a selectd song but all it does is gives you the option to play it…and most of the songs from beemp3.com went into the folder, but songs from other websites just stayed into the downloads folder.

Pleaseee help if you have any info (:

steve answers:

Here is the acer support sit they will be able to help http://support.acer.com/us/en/default.aspx
To get a good accurate answer give the brand, model number, installed operating system of the laptop when asking a question as all PC’s are not the same. Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

Carol asks…

Acer Iconia – where are they?

I’d love to try out an acer iconia but none of the places I know of have them except asda but you can only buy then rather than look at them and try them out! Any ideas????

steve answers:

Http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-iconia-tab-a210-10-1-tablet-16-gb-19161270-pdt.html?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~Laptops+%26+Netbooks~19161270&istCompanyId=9a35962d-802d-4e67-9721-0a3328ca1f02&istItemId=xtxatllaq&istBid=t&gclid=CM3Ay4mku7YCFVDMtAodygwAmA

Pc World might have it in store as they say you can pick it up, try calling the branch near you in advance and ask if they have it on display or if you can try one out, also maybe watch some video reviews to just give you an idea of what it could be like

Paul asks…

sony vaio laptop s series or acer iconia w700?

I asked my dad to give me the acer iconia w700 , he told me its ok if im willing to give up my vaio laptop , the Acer iconia w700 is a 11.6″ tablet computer , it works with full windows 8 and has 4GB RAM 128GB SSD and an i5 3rd generation (ivy bridge) intel processor and 1920×1080 display up to 9 hours max , my laptop is 13.3″ was windows 7 but upgraded it to windows 8 has 8GB ram 750GB HDD i5 2nd generation intel processor and 1366×768 display 5 hours max , im a guy who needs aot of space and so I was thinking about buying 2 750GB external hard disks to make up the acer‘s 128GB SSD (SSD is sometimes more than 100 times the price of HDD per GB) the 2nd external HDD is to back up the first incase anything happens to the first HDD , is the tablet worth the trade off ?

steve answers:

Go for Acer Iconia w700. It’s a very nice gadget to have.

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Your Questions About Solar Case Studies

George asks…

How does Maths link up with the Universe?

I have to do a poster on maths, and have decided to link it up with the universe by saying “Maths Is Astronomical”. Please can you provide several interesting cases where maths is utilized in the study of astronomy, and how it develops major advances in space. For example, why do we use maths with regard to space study? How does it help? Why is it vital to the universe? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

steve answers:

Two things I can think of off of the top of my head. One is fairly basic and could be handled by someone in secondary school (which I’m assuming you are).

The planet Neptune was discovered by calculating (using Math) abnormalities in the orbit of the other planets, especially Uranus. It was predicted mathematically before it was ever seen.

The second is a little more complicated, but an even better example.

Einstein’s work was entirely mathematical in nature. He did no ACTUAL experiments, but instead performed what he called THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS. In other words, he used math to come up with some pretty weird predictions that turned out to be true. Here’s two examples.

The theory of General Relativity dictated that gravity warps space. Pretty wild claim. As it turns out, a man by the name of Eddington did an experiment during a solar eclipse in which he measured the position of background stars during a solar eclipse. Since the stars were visible very near the edge of the sun, relativity predicted that their apparent positions would be shifted because the light from them was passing through the space that was being warped by the sun’s mass (gravity). The short story is – the stars were bent EXACTLY as far as Einstein’s theory had predicted – a theory derived using mathematics exclusively.

If you want something a little “closer to home” consider this. General relativity also predicted that objects that were in motion experienced a slow down in time from a stationary observer. This raised eyebrows as well at the time, but today, the Global Positioning Satellite system would not function correctly if we did not compensate for the “time dilation” experienced by the satellites in the GPS constellation as a result of their speed. In fact, the timing is so sensitive that if we did not compensate for the differences in clock speeds between the onboard clocks on the satellites and the clocks on the earth, the GPS would have a precessing error of nearly 1 km / day.!!!!

Have fun with those. Feel free to email me if you’d like me to explain any of this!

Take care.

William asks…

What evidence is there for the existence of our Milky Way Galaxy ?

I’ve looked into some Astronomy books and I can’t remember ever reading why this is so. How can we possibly have a view of our position in the Galaxy we are supposed to be embedded in. If routine Solar System travel is not yet humanly possible.Never mind Inter Galactic space travel ?
Yes,I know about sattelites and the hubble Space telescope.Which can’t see our glaxy.But,man made sattelites are a recent development. The farthest ones are the Pioneer 10 & 11 ones.Which are on a horizontal trajectory in our Solar System only. These two devices aren’t nearly far enough in outer space to show us an immage of our galaxy. The signals from these things stoped after they got beyond Pluto. Just outside our Solar System.Not Galaxy. Read Cosmos & Bilions& Bilions & Pale Blue Dot by Sagan. I have an Astronomy book showing a top view of our galaxy and an arrow pointing out our exact position. There’s just no way anyone can know that for sure. You can’t prove that we’re in the Milky “Way Galaxy in the same way that you can prove that the Earth is round or that two object of varying masses fall at the same rate to the ground or that water boils at 100C(180F)or 373k. There’s no experimental proof. How would you prove it experimentally ? That’s what matters or counts in Scienc

steve answers:

Out of the blue, I can think of two ways.
Case 1)
Look at the night sky (assume that the disk of milky-way is visible approximately in the North south direction). Perform star counts. Roughly what it means is that you first define a small projected area (on the celestial sphere) and then count the number of stars of one particular type. This you keep on doing at a few places on the milky way. Now do the same above an below the plane of the milky-way. Now if our galaxy is like a sphere with us inside it, to one particular direction you will have maximum number density. In all other directions the number density of stars will fall off uniformly. If our galaxy is like a disk, in the plane of the disk, the number density of stars will fall off uniformly, but in the perpendicular direction, the fall off will be even more drastic. If our galaxy has a spiral structure, in the plane of the galaxy, the number density will fall of “uniformly” but with few number density enhancement where the spiral structure is strong. (The disk/spiral case assumes that we are in the plane of the disk/spiral). In addition, if we have a method to find the distance to the stars, we can generate a 3-D model of the galaxy. As to the question, why only spherical/elliptical, disk or spiral structures are considered the answer is that most of the other galaxies belong to one of these types.
Case 2)

Studying the distribution of gas (atomic hydrogen/ carbon monoxide etc) in the galaxy using radio telescopes. I am not going to elaborate this. Fedup of typing.

Maria asks…

What is a manor lady and what does she do?

In colonial times…i need help!….for social studys or history or w/e u guys callit
i need to know what is a manor lady and what do they do..thanks!

steve answers:

The Lady of the Manor
The life of a lady of the manor is often misunderstood. The law gave a husband full rights over his wife, whether she was a noble woman or a commoner. She effectively became his property. Her role is most often perceived as undertaking subservient and ‘housewifely’ duties. Although this was all true the lady of the manor had to become much more. The lady of the manor had to take over the running of the manor when her husband was absent. She was a figure of authority. And her word was literally law when her husband was absent. And the lord of the manor could disappear for significant amounts of time during the violent times of unrest in the Middle Ages. His absences were frequent because he was expected to pay for his land by giving allegiance to the King and his immediate superior and providing the services of himself and his vassals as fully trained and equipped soldiers. In these instances the lady of the manor would be expected to look after the finances of the manor including the collection of rents, supervising the farming and settling all disputes.

The education of the Lady of the Manor
The education of the lady of the manor was based on the service of others. At a very young age girls of the nobility were sent to the households of great ladies to receive a basic education in the duties of a lady. Daughters of knights would also be sent away from home. Nunneries were also used for this purpose. The lady of the manor would therefore have received her education in a wealthy household or in a nunnery. At the age of between twelve and fourteen she would enter society. With parental permission it was legal for boys to marry at fourteen and girls at twelve. She had no choice in her husband. Marriages were to do with wealth and alliances, not love. So at a very young age a young woman could assume the role and the duties of a lady of the manor.

The Lady of the Manor – the land
A manor varied in size but was typically between 1200 – 1800 acres. The land belonging to the ‘Lord of the Manor’ was called his “demesne,” or domain which he required to support himself and his retinue. The rest of the land of the Manors were allotted to the peasants who were his tenants. A manor would typically include farming land, a village, a church and a Manor House.

The Lady of the Manor – the land
The Manor House was the place of residence for the lady of the manor and was built apart from the village where the peasants lived. The lord of the manor was all powerful over the peasants, holding privileges including Hunting and Judicial rights. The lady of the manor would assume responsibility for settling any disputes in the absence of her husband.

The Lady of the Manor – the Manor House
The Manor House varied in size, according to the wealth of the lord but generally consisted of a Great Hall, solar, kitchen, storerooms and servants quarters. In some cases a chapel might also be attached to a manor house.

The Role of the lady of the Manor
The role of the lady of the manor included ensuring adequate provisions were available at the manor. Purchasing items such as expensive materials and spices. She would be expected to assist or supervise the preparation of various foods and ensure that sufficient meat and preserves had been prepared for the winter months. Her major role was to provide children for the lord of the manor.

The Lady of the Manor Children
Large families were the norm in the Middle Ages as the mortality rate for children and babies was so high. Many woman made arrangements for the care of their children in case they themselves died during childbirth. The life expectancy of a woman in the Middle Ages was just forty years of age. Most Medieval woman would become pregnant between 4 and 8 times and a woman might expect to lose at least one child.

Thomas asks…

Is it possible to create an anti-gravity drive that could be used for space propulsion?

The laws of physics seem to rule it out, but 10 years ago scientists in Finland claimed to have succeeded in making one. There has been extensive research on the subject. If there are alien spaceships, could this explain how they could travel much farther and faster? Space travel to distant planets or solar systems would be impossible at out current maximum speed of around 30,000 MPH.

steve answers:

At least at current technology level this is impossible (to my knowledge). I’m a physicist from Finland, and I was a bit amazed when I read this question; I had never heard that scientists in Finland have claimed to have made an anti-gravity drive. So I took a quick look what Internet has to say about it (after I couldn’t find an article from J Phys D, where this should have been published according to some Internet sources). This sure smells like a hoax; the paper was withdrawn, and every Finnish scientist mentioned in conjunction with this case has denied their participation; in fact nobody seems to know what this is all about. Only guy who has said anything is this one Russian guy (Dr Eugene Podkletnov), and in the end he was the one requesting the withdrawal of the paper. A whole description of the aftermath of this Sunday Telegraph article (where this was discussed) can be found from http://www.enterprisemission.com/antigrav.html (the end part, first is the article itself).

So, there’s a lot of BS going on in this anti-gravity / inertialess drive field. There may be something in maybe 1% of those “studies”, but I wouldn’t take too seriously anything I read from the web about these things… When something happens, the scientific community will start buzzing. At least I will notice it (I have to follow journals and media about these things because of my work); there’s some movement every time a new hoax appears, but that movement stops at the point where other labs try to repeat the experiment. If something new comes up, it will be heard in every media, not only in Internet.

However, to answer your actual question, “Is it possible to create an anti-gravity drive that could be used for space propulsion?”, I would say that one day it could be possible. There’s research going on, and even though some people think it would contradict Einsteins general theory of relativity, I still think it could be possible.

About alien spaceships… Eh… Well, I would doubt their existence. An extraterrestrial intelligence would surely show up first to all hillbillies and mutilate their cows for research? Or play around and show spectacular light shows flying around just for fun? Of course that’s not impossible, but I would see it highly unlikely…

During my quick look, I found one nice, interesting old article of wired.com: http://www.wired.com/wired/6.03/antigravity_pr.html . I think I’ll read that one through…

Sharon asks…

is it possible to land a spacecraft on a dead star?

also, is it possible for the sun to catch a dead star into it’s orbit? would this new member of the solar system be considered a planet?

steve answers:

Absolutely not. The nearest dead star to us is the white dwarf Sirius B, which is 8.6 light years away. With a mass nearly as great as the Sun, but a diameter smaller than the Earth, this star is incredibly dense, with a cubic inch weighing at least 10 or 20 tons. This is because a dead star is made of collapsed or degenerate matter, and the atomic structure is partially or totally destroyed. That means the force of gravity at the surface of Sirius B is in the area of 900,000 gees, and that would crush any probe trying to land on the surface out of existence immediately. This collapsed star also has a surface temperature in excess of 25,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to turn everything at the surface into ionized gas or plasma. The star’s immense gravitational attraction would also accelerate the probe to a velocity so high it would hit the star and be annihilated in a hyper-velocity impact that would turn the probe into vapor. This is just a white dwarf, a neutron star or black hole would pull a probe in until their intense gravitational field either rips them apart then the debris hits the surface or event horizon mere seconds later, or the probe just hits the neutron star or black hole and is destroyed at once. No spacecraft can land on these objects, but perhaps in the future it would be possible to send an un-manned probe to study them at a safe distance, or even use their gravitational fields to probe the secrets of the Universe. It appears that energy might one day be even extracted from a black hole, but not with today’s primitive technology compared to that which would be up to the task.

In the case of the Sun capturing a dead star, again that is not possible, and the close approach of a collapsed star would spell death for all life on Earth. Even if it doesn’t draw the Earth in to a collision course, the gravity of another star dead or not would disrupt the orbits of the planets. That could send them flying off into interstellar space, push them into paths that cross each other which leads to collisions, or sends them into new orbits. For us, that would either cause us to freeze or bake to death. Fortunately, several light years on average separates the stars in our local region of space, and even in the case of double and multiple stars, the members of these systems are far apart enough to allow stable planetary systems to exist.

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Your Questions About Affordable Laptops For College

Michael asks…

How big of a computer do i need for college?

what kind, how many gig, how much memory

steve answers:

Get a fairly affordable one with about 30GB memory, i have a Dell laptop since my uni days, still going strong. Laptops are also much handier, you can lug them around to the library with you, and back to your family home. I think thats the best option.

Ken asks…

Looking for a laptop or device around $400? See details?

My Dell laptop finally crashed last night, this was long coming. So now I am ready to buy another laptop… but now that I’ve graduated college all I really use my laptop for is… social media (facebook mainly) watching TV on HULU plus, youtube.. and checking my email… sometimes pinterest or pandora but not very often. I don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on a laptop right now (MAX $500), and I’m not really intelligent when it comes to the specs of laptops and what would be suitable for my needs.

What I do know is that my dad’s employer gets a discount on dells so he was able to send me some quotes on what I could get from him. Here is a relatively inexpensive one, but seems like what I need.. plus it’s a touchscreen… I’ll put the link but also describe it in case the link doesn’t work…

http://www.dell.com/us/eep/p/inspiron-11-3137/pd?oc=fndok01h&model_id=inspiron-11-3137

It’s an inspiron 11 3000 series touch. I know it has windows 8 and an intel celeron processor. After reading some of the reviews quite a few people said that the 2gb memory that it comes with is rather small and that it causes the computer to run extremely slow while even doing small tasks and that multitasking would not be advised. Do you think this is accurate for the things I would use a laptop for?

Any suggestions on a laptop (i’m not partial to any specific brand or anything) or a device that would fit my needs?

steve answers:

In the same brand Dell you can look for Dell Inspiron 15 touchsreen laptop. Its a touchscreen laptop in an affordable budget and within your price range. For watching movies, internet and productive work i think its suitable. Dual core processor and 4GB RAM is enough for everyday use. More specifications and details can be found in this good review of Dell Inspiron 15:

http://whatlaptop.org/dell-inspiron-touch-screen-laptop-review

It also has USB 3.0 and optical drive. The size of screen is 15.6-Inch which is responsive. Hope this answer help.

Chris asks…

What’s the best brand of laptop?

dell, alienware, IBM, compaq, HP, toshiba, or fujitsu?

I need wireless, long battery life, and lightweight and compact is a huge plus, also going to be doing some light gaming ( Counter strike 1.6). Need for college next year can’t decide.

steve answers:

Dell. “You’re getting a dell!” Efficient, reliable, and well structured. Don’t buy any other laptop brand besides Dell. They offer decent prices at affordable rates.

Sandy asks…

klo bdanya laptop, notebook, ma netbook tuh apa sih?

steve answers:

If you’re a little into gaming like myself, you’re @ the store and looking at the display laptops, the 1st thing you should look for on computer surface itself is a logo sticker for NVidia or ATI Mobility Radeon just below the keyboard. This shows that the laptop has a DEDICATED GRAPHICS CARD. Diablo III, the game I would love most to play is said to run on 3D graphics & is rumored to need at least 1GB of graphics memory (a lower graphics memory = cheaper laptop price), so always check the system requirement specs of the game’s packaging (ex. SIMS 3; see if your laptop meets all these requirements).
Next important aspect is the RAM (memory). If you’re in designing & you need to ran applications like AutoCAD 2007 or softwares used for editing photos and videos, you have to make sure that the laptop has at least 2GB DDR2 memory modules in it (the more, the better; DDR3 the fastest and newest type of memory modules that came out last October).
But what makes a computer really run fast? It is it’s processor! So if you really want your processor to have computing prowess & for you to be able to run different applications simultaneously, make sure it’s as efficient as an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (Centrino 2 is a Core 2 Duo that features power saving capabilities; Quad Core is for gaming fanatics). A Core 2 Duo, is like having 2 motors running your machine each independent of the other which means for a Quad Core, it’s like 4 motors are running the machine (that means it will run faster & more efficient even if its frequency is lower to that of a Core 2 Duo). Intel: Core 2 Duo, Centrino 2, Quad Core & Core i-7 (Core i-5 for desktops only as of now) are all very much faster and better than an Intel: ATOM, CELERON & PENTIUM (and their more affordable AMD counterparts). Just make sure that you have at least 2GHz of speed on your processor. For my computer, I chose an Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB; newest type just came out this Nov) w/c is just the right stuff for the applications I use & games I play.
The average laptop LCD screen size is 15.4″. If you want something smaller than that with these 3 features I just shed some light on, expect the price to go higher (ex. For 13.3″ & 14.1″ LCD screens).
The HDD (Hard Disc Drive) should have at least 320GB {Although I would have loved my computer more if it came with two HDD bays… 1st one for a 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and a back-up 500GB (72000rpm) 2nd HDD}.
If you’ve thought of a small, portable and affordable laptop, the new Sony CW13FX/B Jet Black glossy notebook went on sale @ Fry’s about 3 weeks ago (for only $699.99). I checked out the price they had in other stores, and Fry’s was cheaper by about $200 {go to Fry’s Electronics (www.Fry’s.com) then type in this # 6029078 (or 6029138 for white & 6029108 for pink) in the search box under Notebooks/Tablets before you click on GO}. Now, after the sale, the price went up by $100, so we are waiting for it to go on sale again after Thanksgiving. Let’s say you are on 9th grade.. When buying a computer, you have to consider if you will still be able to use the one you bought for college? For this particular Sony model, I would assure you, you can still use it for college as long as you take good care of it & not break it (for the technology installed on this computer will not be outdated & still be good in 10 years to come, but this is just an example). There are a lot of good brand of computers out there Toshiba, Dell, HP and ACER (w/c owns Asus & Gateway; has affordable computers with the newest technology installed), you just need to look for the ones on sale (try display computers on Clearance Sale inside stores like Micro Center, Best Buy and Office Depot). Try http://www.newegg.com/ look for HP Pavilion dv6-1362nr.
Microsoft Office is an office productivity software (so you would need to buy the retail version after the 60-day Free Trial Version that comes with all brand new computers expires, to be able to use the Word, Excel and Power Point applications). Retail version is about $159, but you can get a discounted price of $99 with a configured Dell laptop (www.dell.com).
MacBooks, that is on a totally different aspect for Apple has their own OS (Operating System) unlike the common Windows OS (XP, Vista and the newest Windows 7) that most computers come with.
Some places to start looking for the best prices, my advice, go to Fry’s, CostCo, MicroCenter and BestBuy’s web sites for updates & comparison. There are a lot of options and different combinations you can try in customizing your own laptop, just stick to the bare essentials first (www.HP.com). The 15.6″ HP laptop I customized and had configured with the Intel® Core™ i-7 came to a total amount of $1,455.80 ($136 tax + other sur-charges already included). I chose to pay more to have the newest technology installed, so that I don’t have to worry about it getting outdated within the next 15 yrs.

Mandy asks…

Which of these laptops should i get?

I use the computer for itunes, powerpoints, internet, watching movies, and i might start playing world of warcraft. Which of these computers would be best?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+with+AMD+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II+Dual-Core+Processor+-+Graphite+Gray/9553896.p?id=1218123211002&skuId=9553896

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+-+Burgundy/9614836.p?id=1218131338798&skuId=9614836

steve answers:

If you’re a little into gaming like myself, you’re @ the store and looking at the display laptops, the 1st thing you should look for on computer surface itself is a logo sticker for NVidia or ATI Mobility Radeon just below the keyboard. This shows that the laptop has a dedicated graphics card. Diablo III, the game I would love most to play is said to run on 3D graphics & is rumored to need at least 1GB of graphics memory (a lower graphics memory = cheaper laptop price), so always check the system requirement specs of the game’s packaging (ex. SIMS 3; see if your laptop meets all these requirements).
Next important aspect is the RAM (memory). If you’re in designing & you need to ran applications like AutoCAD 2007 or softwares used for editing photos and videos, you have to make sure that the laptop has at least 2GB DDR2 memory modules in it (the more, the better; DDR3 the fastest and newest type of memory modules that came out last October).
But what makes a computer really run fast? It is it’s processor! So if you really want your processor to have computing prowess & for you to be able to run different applications simultaneously, make sure it’s as efficient as an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (Centrino 2 is a Core 2 Duo that features power saving capabilities; Quad Core is for gaming fanatics). A Core 2 Duo, is like having 2 motors running your machine each independent of the other which means for a Quad Core, it’s like 4 motors are running the machine (that means it will run faster & more efficient even if its frequency is lower to that of a Core 2 Duo). Intel: Core 2 Duo, Centrino 2, Quad Core & Core i-7 (Core i-5 for desktops only as of now) are all very much faster and better than an Intel: Atom, Celeron & Pentium (and their more affordable AMD counterparts). Just make sure that you have at least 2GHz of speed on your processor. For my computer, I chose an Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB; newest type just came out this Nov) w/c is just the right stuff for the applications I use & games I play.
The average laptop LCD screen size is 15.4″. If you want something smaller than that with these 3 features I just shed some light on, expect the price to go higher (ex. For 13.3″ & 14.1″ LCD screens).
The HDD (Hard Disc Drive) should have at least 320GB {Although I would have loved my computer more if it came with two HDD bays… 1st one for a 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and a back-up 500GB (72000rpm) 2nd HDD}.
If you’ve thought of a small, portable and affordable laptop, the new Sony CW13FX/B Jet Black glossy notebook went on sale @ Fry’s about 3 weeks ago (for only $699.99). I checked out the price they had in other stores, and Fry’s was cheaper by about $200 {go to Fry’s Electronics (www.Fry’s.com) then type in this # 6029078 (or 6029138 for white & 6029108 for pink) in the search box under Notebooks/Tablets before you click on GO}. Now, after the sale, the price went up by $100, so we are waiting for it to go on sale again after Thanksgiving. Let’s say you are on 9th grade.. When buying a computer, you have to consider if you will still be able to use the one you bought for college? For this particular Sony model, I would assure you, you can still use it for college as long as you take good care of it & not break it (for the technology installed on this computer will not be outdated & still be good in 10 years to come, but this is just an example). There are a lot of good brand of computers out there Toshiba, Dell, HP and ACER (w/c owns Asus & Gateway; has affordable computers with the newest technology installed), you just need to look for the ones on sale (try display computers on Clearance Sale inside stores like Micro Center, Best Buy and Office Depot). Try http://www.newegg.com/ look for HP Pavilion dv6-1362nr.
Microsoft Office is an office productivity software (so you would need to buy the retail version after the 60-day Free Trial Version that comes with all brand new computers expires, to be able to use the Word, Excel and Power Point applications). Retail version is about $159, but you can get a discounted price of $99 with a configured Dell laptop (www.dell.com).
MacBooks, that is on a totally different aspect for Apple has their own OS (Operating System) unlike the common Windows OS (XP, Vista and the newest Windows 7) that most computers come with.
Some places to start looking for the best prices, my advice, go to Fry’s, CostCo, MicroCenter and BestBuy’s web sites for updates & comparison. There are a lot of options and different combinations you can try in customizing your own laptop, just stick to the bare essentials first (www.HP.com). The 15.6″ HP laptop I customized and had configured with the Intel® Core™ i-7 came to a total amount of $1,455.80 ($136 tax + other sur-charges already included). I chose to pay more to have the newest technology installed, so that I don’t have to worry about it getting outdated within the next 15 yrs.

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