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Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional”

In an Ars interview, exec also addresses issues with NES Classic, 3DS, and fan games.

Benchmarks, analyst reports, and other pretenses

Industry benchmarks and analyst reports are bibles for many people in IT, providing independent assessment of vendors product and technology claims.

But too many people take them literally.

The fact is that they should be treated with much more skepticism than they are typically given.

The devil is in the detailsmdash;rather, in the methodology.I know that from personal experience: I now work at and have worked for multiple software vendors that have been frequently covered by analyst firms both positively and negatively.
Irsquo;ve personally assisted in tuning for benchmarks including specs to present my companiesrsquo; best face.[ InfoWorld's quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise. | Download InfoWorldrsquo;s essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. ] Therersquo;s nothing wrong as a vendor in putting your best face forward and trying to encourage those analysts to support your point of view, But sometimes it goes further than that. Wersquo;ve all heard rumors that some analyst reportsrsquo; conclusions are influenced by which vendors are those analystsrsquo; customers.

And wersquo;ve all seen reports on the habitual cheating on industry benchmarks in several segments of the hardware industry (itrsquo;s not just Volkswagenrsquo;s diesel engines), where they detect the benchmarks in use and change their behavior accordingly to look better than they are in the real world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

ZeniMax to judge: Block Oculus sales or give us 20%

After trial victory, company also ups damage demand from $500 million to $1 billion

Swift creator leaves Tesla as a computer vision expert joins the...

Lattner leaves after just six months; Karpathy comes from OpenAI nonprofit.

Sega Forever brings retro games to iOS and Android for free

Sonic the Hedgehog, Phatasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast launch.

Key US general embraces new space ethos of “go fast, test,...

"We have got to get back to where we accept risk.”

HDR and video games: Ars leaves E3 with more questions than...

HDR looks great in applicable games, but newer game consoles blew a big E3 opportunity.

Honeypots and the Internet of Things

According to Gartner, there are currently over 6 billion IoT devices on the planet. Such a huge number of potentially vulnerable gadgets could not possibly go unnoticed by cybercriminals. As of May 2017, Kaspersky Lab’s collections included several thousand different malware samples for IoT devices, about half of which were detected in 2017.

The pitfalls and potential of inexpensive 3D scanning solutions

Ars puts five home 3D scanning options to the ultimate testmdash;scanning kids and clay cats.

Quantum principle harnessed to create easier wireless charging

Classical version of a quantum system lets power flow across large air gaps.

First impressions: Xbox One X doesn’t quite bring the “wow!” factor

Our initial thoughts on the new hardware, plus a look at upcoming Xbox software.

Charles Thacker, key designer of the Xerox Alto, dies at 74

Every computer we use today owes a debt to the legendary and influential machine.