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Comment Re:Why is this on SlashDot? (Score 1) 350

No one said the experiments tested how much RAM is enough for a so-called "regular user." The article never says that. The article's purpose is to answer the question "Should I get 8GB or 16GB of RAM?".

The author answers the question by running several experiments and giving the reader the results. Most of the Slashdot crowd is proficient enough in computer science to take those results and apply them to their own use cases. That is the value of the article: it gives you information that you can apply to your work or home life.

Comment Re:Why is this on SlashDot? (Score 1) 350

Two reasons:

The results apply to use cases that many folks encounter. For example: I develop, compile, and occasionally look at memory dumps; but I also support people who use apps (one of the use cases the author tested); and I also play games and use applications (also tested in the experiments) and I support people who do too.

Moreover, this article takes the squishy question of how much RAM is enough and helps answer it with hard numbers and results that can be applied more widely than to just the exact circumstances of the experiments.

Comment Tested: 1)Apps; 2)Games running alongside Chrome (Score 2) 350

They tested running a single game? That is incorrect. They didn't test the system by simply doing that and only that.

TechSpot tested three different games, each running alongside Chrome with 65 active tabs. That simulated concurrently running (AKA multitasking) RAM-hungry applications.

And before they even tested concurrent multitasking with games, TechSpot first tested the system with Blender and other applications, simulating app use.

Did you RTFA?

Comment Re: Right ... (Score 1) 117

It's breaking compatibility with Miracast devices. That is to say, it is removing support for Miracast devices and replacing it with support for Chromecast/Googlecast devices. For example, that means the Shield will no longer work with my television because my television supports Miracast but not Chromecast. That sucks because they are replacing a more open technology/standard with a proprietary technology that works with fewer devices.

Comment FYI: Alternatives (Score 1) 112

Anyone interested should look into one or more of the following alternatives. They don't add any ads to the experience as far as I know. The exception being Tivo, but my understanding is that their ads don't interfere with watching the content. Each of these alternatives have varying levels of openness and freedom ranging from truly FOSS to not FOSS/OSS at all...

Ceton's products: http://cetoncorp.com/
Silicon Dust's products: https://www.silicondust.com/
Kodi's offerings: http://kodi.tv/
Tivo's products: http://www.tivo.com/

Submission + - Radio Shack collapse continues (cnn.com)

grimmjeeper writes: According to a CNN article, Radio Shack is being accused of defaulting on a loan. Their stock has lost 90% of it's value in the last year. They've fallen below the $50M market value and have been delisted by the NYSE. They say they have no intention to submit a plan to raise their market value to be relisted.

The once proud and ubiquitous Radio Shack basically dead. It just doesn't know enough to stop breathing yet. Decades of mismanagement, failing to keep up with changes in the market place, failures to capitalize on their strengths, it's all caught up with them. There is nothing left for them to do at this point. They are too far gone. The fat lady is about to take the stage.

Comment Re:How common is IR arming remotes? (Score 1) 153

The answer to this---IIRC-- from what I read is that a universal garage door opener rolls through the codes until it gets to one that works. It can do that if it knows where to start, and it does know where to start because the user sent it a seed signal from the OEM opener.

It's like modulo arithmetic, I think: go far enough and you loop around to the same answer, or at least an answer. In this case, the answer is a code that works.

I'd post a link to the Wikipedia article that I read sometime ago explaining this, but I'm too lazy. More importantly, the link to rolling codes is already in the Slashdot summary so I'm sure you can get to the page explaining universal garage door openers and rolling codes from there easily (and the ensuing lawsuits from garage door manufacturers against the universal remote manufacturers).

This might be relevant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chamberlain_Group,_Inc._v._Skylink_Technologies,_Inc.

Comment It's called "Folders." Get it right, Google! (Score 1, Informative) 303

Google seems to have an aversion to them. First, Google substituted LABELS for folders. Now they're substituting TABS for folders.

This is one area where Outlook Client (desktop client) wins: FOLDERS. In OUTLOOK, I can easily set up rules to put emails into folders to reduce clutter and increase organization. AND IT WORKS.

Submission + - TurboTax site melts down the day before returns are due (intuit.com)

BcNexus writes: Many pages on the site are unavailable; instead, Intuit is serving up generic pages: http://ha.turbotax.intuit.com/support/ (screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/flARJR7.png?1)

eFiling is also unavailable for the desktop version of the software. Users (https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1876892-when-will-the-tt-site-be-working-again-it-s-a-problem-that-it-crashes-on-april-14) are upset (https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1876955-i-m-thinking-of-stopping-the-payment-on-my-card-since-your-site-has-frozen-several-times-in-a-row-on-the-final-step-and-no-one-answers-the-support-line-how-do-you-feel-about-that).

So much for saving paper. I'm giving up on eFiling and schlepping down to the post office tomorrow.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang