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Comment: Um, how is this news? (Score 4, Informative) 155

"Two NVIDIA Tegra processor modules are at the heart of the electronic components in the Model S, which "command a sizable price tag," according to Rassweiler. Here is a look at how they work."

Um no... Nearly all of Tegra3's design wins (including 2012 Nexus 7) were due to it being cheap...

Also, how is this news? It's been known for ages that the Tesla HU used Tegra3. (March 2013) - and I've seen documentation dating back as far as 2012 that Tesla was using the T3.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 261

by Andy Dodd (#48160117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Except that it doesn't. I click "not spam" on a regular basis. I've been doing that for three goddamn years.

Despite this, the following routinely go into my spam folder:
Anything from Amazon
Anything from another gmail user

gmails handling of forwarded email is 100% broken, and there is NO way whatsoever for a user to fix it. I've explicitly whitelisted some addresses, but the end result is gmail now has a gigantic banner on every such email saying "This was not sent to spam because you overrode it".

Comment: Re:Disabled (Score 1) 427

Recovery (which is used to apply OTAs) has read/write access to system. Official OEM recoveries will only apply ZIPs that were signed by the OEM. (This is to prevent, for example, people just flashing SuperSU to gain root access, or some app maliciously altering /system with a bogus "OTA" update.)

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 1) 427

Samsung was preloading useless crapware on their phones LONG before Google started becoming more restrictive with GMS licensing.

"Ever wonder why Samsung installs a fucking duplicate app on your device for everything Google does? Samsung Calendar, Samsung memo, Samsung voice, Samsung Apps Store, Samsung Translator, etc?" - Yeah, they're arrogant idiots who think their shit doesn't stink. Samsung's apps are utter and complete shite (especially the apps store) compared to Google's stuff. They're a blight on Android, and cause a major negative perception of Android in general when the issue is Samsung-specific.

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 2) 367

Nope, it hasn't been used in ages. It was largely obsolete even back when I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes close to 2 decades ago.

I'm not sure if it's cheaper, but human insulin IS more effective than pork/beef insulin. Also, pork/beef consumption was going down and insulin demand was rising decades ago, which is why insulin-producing bacteria are one of the first genetically modified organisms ever created.

These days, human insulin isn't actually that common - there has been a move to modified insulins that have slight differences from human insulin to achieve certain goals. (Lispro/aspart aka Humalog/Novolog reduce insulin's tendency to "clump", which greately speeds up the time to take effect when injected. Insulin glargine, aka Lantus, is designed to provide a very long "peakless" baseline effect for 24 hours.)

Comment: Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (Score 1) 278

by Andy Dodd (#48057775) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Nope. Best free wifi I've ever used was at a Marriott, and best wifi I used on my last vacation was at the most expensive hotel we stayed at (we were always at budget hotels though). Many of the networks were set up my totally incompetent idiots.

This is not Marriott corporate policy - this happened at a single location that happens to also be a convention center, and is more about the practices of the convention center and not the hotel.

Comment: Re:Now if they could only fix... (Score 4, Informative) 278

by Andy Dodd (#48057741) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

To play devil's advocate - That's pretty much what the people here were trying to do - prevent a disaster like what happened at the 2012 Big Android BBQ, where exhibitors/speakers couldn't use the network because it was completely jammed, or 2013 BABBQ where they at least kept most people off of the convention center network but all of the hotspots around caused everyone's wifi to be flaky.

Keep in mind this happened at a single Marriott location which was a convention center - it's not standard corporate policy. I've been staying at various Marriott hotels for years and the wifi has always been free.

Comment: Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (Score 2) 258

H1N1 is a "real virus".

And even though the case mortality rate of H1N1 is FAR lower than Ebola - the reason H1N1 is so scary is because it is FAR more contagious than Ebola.

e.g. it is MUCH easier to keep an Ebola outbreak contained if your healthcare system is even remotely decent than it is to keep flu contained. It's pretty much a given that each year, 1-2 different strains of flu WILL spread globally, and even with vaccinations, that spread is inevitable because it's so damn contagious. Also, I BELIEVE that it is possible for someone to be contagious but not symptomatic with flu.

With Ebola - I am fairly certain that you are not contagious unless symptomatic (which is where the comments about "zero risk of infection" on his flights comes from), and even when symptomatic, transmission requires direct contact with bodily fluids.

Comment: Re:Disabled (Score 3, Informative) 427

Because the /system partition is read-only. Removing the apps will screw up OTAs and/or make them MUCH more complicated and difficult to test.

Once disabled, removing them has zero benefit. Free space in /system gains a user nothing whatsoever since, as stated before - it's read-only.

Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 5, Insightful) 427

Much of why CM and other AOSP-derivative projects are popular is to get rid of carrier and OEM bloatware. Very few people don't install gapps, and while some of the gapps packagers (such as PA) now offer "micro" gapps packages with most of the unnecessary Google apps installed, the package recommended by CM (as in, linked from their wiki) is a complete one.

This is effectively Google's response to OEMs (especially Samsung) putting on atrocious crapware that was ruining the Android experience for many users. e.g. "this is why OEMs can't have nice things".

One of the biggest issues is that sometimes the OEM crapware would constantly hound you to create an account with the OEMs own ecosystem. Google's stuff, at least, usually doesn't hound you if you click "no" during the initial Google account setup. Samsung, on the other hand, would constantly spam me with persistent notifications until I rooted and removed their crap. Also, OEM/carrier crapware was far more likely to do funky stuff in the background without the user's knowledge/approval than GMS.

Comment: Re:Depends on the specs. (Score 2) 253

by Andy Dodd (#47973135) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Yeah. Windows, as far as I can tell, shows iowait CPU as normal CPU usage.

Linux, at least, shows iowait usage in a separate bin, letting you know when you're I/O bound.

Nearly every time I've found my system unresponsive/slow, I've noticed my CPU utilization bar on my system monitor widget is almost entirely green. Green = iowait.

In a number of cases, the iowait was high because my system was swap thrashing. If your system bogs down under heavy multitasking, it's much more likely you need more RAM and not more CPU.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten