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How Turkish trolls tried to kill movie

Turkish genocide film ‘The Promise’ was nearly killed off by a Turkish news board determined to wipe the coverage of the genocide from history.

The Promise was a historical romance set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide and starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac and was expected to be controversial.

Descendants of the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire shortly after the onset of World War I have long pressed for the episode to be recognised as genocide. The Turkish government has long insisted that the deaths were not a premeditated extermination.

But the film looks set to be sunk by a one star campaign, despite great reviews. More than 100,000 Turks registered on IMDb that the film was rubbish, even though the film had only been shown to 900 people in Toronto.

The online campaign against The Promise appears to have originated on sites like Incisozluk, a Turkish version of 4chan, where there were calls for users to “downvote” the film’s ratings on IMDb and YouTube.

Similar campaigns have been run against Star Wars spinoff Rogue One to indie Holocaust-denier drama Denial to Justin Simien’s upcoming Netflix series Dear White People.

In 2016, the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters became a magnet for a downvoting campaign from 4chan and Reddit users. They organized to give hundreds of thousands of “thumbs down” to the film’s YouTube marketing materials. In the end, Ghostbusters lost an estimated $70 million.

On IMDb, The Promise now has an average of 4.2 stars thanks to more than 35,000 10-star ratings that have been left by supporters of the film to counter the more than 60,000 one-star ratings. (There are fewer than 1,400 ratings between two and nine stars.)

Intel wants to speed up Thunderbolt

Chipzilla is apparently working to speed up data transfer speeds on Thunderbolt.

Speaking to PC World Intel said that in the future Thunderbolt will support the PCI-Express 3.0 protocol to shuttle data faster between host devices and peripherals. Thunderbolt interconnect currently uses older PCI-Express 2.0 technology.

It is not clear when this upgrade will happen, as Chipzilla is refusing to say.

PCI-Express 2.0 technology can transfer a full-length, high-definition movie from an external storage device to a laptop in less than 30 seconds. PCIe 3.0 will go at 8 gigatransfers per second, which is a significant improvement over PCIe 2.0, which has a transfer speed of 5 gigatransfers per second.

So far take up of Thunderbolt has been slow with only Apple and Lenovo signing up to it. Chipzilla said that it wants to unite many data-transfer, networking and display protocols through a single, unified connector.

Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort, and Intel has said it could bring USB 3.0 support in as well. Intel plans to get rid of the Thunderbolt copper wires and move to optical interconnects that could make data transfers even speedier.

Intel has been doing its best to get PCI-Express 3.0 at the chipset level. The Xeon E5 chip integrates PCIe 3.0 in the processor. It is expected that Ivy Bridge will also support the technology. 

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Intel Thunderbolt to become more widely available

Intel’s Thunderbolt  – which has only really been seen on Apple machines is about to receive a wider release.

According to DigiTimes, Chipzilla has told its partners that the company will fully release its Thunderbolt technology in April of 2012.

It claimed that several first-tier PC players already preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs.

Apple is the sole vendor which has PC products featuring Thunderbolt technology and its acceptance by the great unwashed has been one of the main reasons why Intel wants to release the technology into the mainstream computer market.

However it still has a few problems to overcome. The first is that a Thunderbolt chip costs more than $20 and the technology is in conflict with USB 3.0 which is widely seen as likely to kick it into touch.

Intel seems to think that because Apple largely adopted the technology into its products such as monitor, MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Mini then people with real computers will be killing themselves to get the technology.

The hope is that in mass production Thunderbolt will cost less in the second half of 2012 and should be standardised.

Sony has indicated that it will use Thunderbolt technology into its product lines with players and Asustek wants it for its high-end notebook products. Gigabyte has been aggressively adopting new transmission technology into its product line and will launch a Thunderbolt-featured motherboard in April of 2012. 

Thunderbolt strikes thin on the ground

While many had believed that Apple’s February announcement that it was going to adopt Intel’s Thunderbolt standard was a sign it was going places, take up among manufacturers has been surprisingly small.

Fans who believe the “everyone copies Apple” diktak painted a glorious future for Thunderbolt at the time.

More than one pundit suggested that the new standard could kill off the PC by allowing mini sized computers to be endlessly expanded via external Thunderbolt-connected peripherals.

However, ten months later Thunderbolt is nowhere to be seen, even among the early adopter Apple’s range.

TUAW points out that if you go to Apple’s store and search for ‘Thunderbolt’, you’ll see 11 products, all expensive high end gear. Three are Apple’s own ultra-expensive Thunderbolt Display (plus its VESA mount) and the official Thunderbolt cable. There are three LaCie BigDisks, at $500 for 1 TB and $600 for 2 TB, or $900 for an ultra-fast SSD unit. You can also buy four types of Promise Drobo-like RAID boxes, starting from $1150 or a Promise Thunderbolt-to-Fibre-Channel adaptor, for $800 and that is it.

None of the beasts are consumer orientated and the 2 TB LaCie disk, which is twice the price of an equivalent eSATA/Firewire model, is just as fast using eSATA as it is Thunderbolt.

While there are shedloads of promises, there is nothing likely to be seen until at least next month.

The Intel Developer Forum showed off Thunderbolt in September this year, but manufacturers were long on promises and short on firm prices or shipping dates. Blackmagic’s HDMI capture device is available now, but that’s a rather specialist piece of kit costing $300. Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock won’t be out until “spring 2012” and has no suggested price.

Ten months after Thunderbolt was announced, there is sod all out there and little coming.

Part of the problem might be its cost. A single Thunderbolt cable costs more than an entire eSATA-equipped drive dock. 

Fibre optic Thunderbolt is years away

While Intel has been touting its Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology, the beast is actually only at “stage one” with its real potential still years away.

Thunderbolt was supposed to benefit from fibre optic links which really would make it useful, particularly in the face of other developing network technology.

When  Intel and Apple released Thunderbolt, it used copper, with data transfer rates between host devices and external devices of up to 10Gbps. Good, but hardly what we expected from the fibre based Thunderbolt.

PC World  cornered Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group at the Intel Developer Forum and asked when the fibre based Thunderbolt would actually arrive.

Apparently he scratched his head, shuffled his feet and said that it was a way off yet. The problem appears to be that Intel cant make it cheap enough – a common theme at the moment.

Perlmutter said that it was all about how much speed people need versus how much they would be willing to pay for.

Fibre is expensive, and besides, people really do not need those speeds just yet. He said that there is still more room for data transfers to jump on copper.

There is also the possibility that copper will continue to improve, and moving Thunderbolt to fibre can be put off again.

Chipzilla boffins are also developing technology based on silicon photonics that will be able to move data up to five times faster than the current Thunderbolt.

Apple had the exclusive licence for Thunderbolt but it looks like Intel has managed to flog the idea to Acer and Asus.

The fact that Intel made an exclusive deal with Apple has proved to be a bit of an own goal. For Thunderbolt to be successful it needs peripherals to be made for it. Peripheral makers are not interested in making gear when the only market is the limited Apple Mac range.

With Acer and Asus adopting Thunderbolt for PCs, a larger number of peripheral makers could use it. The technology will be seen in Ultrabooks. 

Promise jumps on Intel's Thunderbolt

Promise Technology has said that it is going to start installing Intel’s Thunderbolt technology into its newest Pegasus line of high-performance hardware RAID storage gear.

The jury is still out on Thunderbolt with only Apple signing up for the use of the Interconnect tech, however it seems that some of its hardware partners are jumping on the bandwagon.

Promise claims that Thunderbolt simplifies everything by supporting data and display connections over a single cable.

The Pegasus Raid storage is being designed with media and entertainment customers in mind and according to a statement which uses the word ” leverage” far too many times Thunderbolt fits nicely in the box.

Pegasus offers faster speed and throughput in a small form factor. Using Thunderbolt technology high-speed I/O, it can manage 864 MB/s, which is more than 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800, the press release enthuses. Firewire 800? Why not compare the speed with two tins and a piece of string?

Pegasus is a four bay or six bay RAID enclosure supporting seven RAID modes, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10. It will have two Thunderbolt technology ports, a new aluminium enclosure, and a smart fan for reduced system noise. The price for a four bay 4TB configuration is $999, with a six-bay 12TB priced at $1,999.

While Intel might be pleased that someone is taking its product seriously, it would probably prefer it was not connected to the only supplier which has shown the idea any love – Apple.