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Comment: Re:competitive features? generally available? not (Score 2) 62

by Bert64 (#47790719) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

Linux support for MIPS is actually pretty good, and has been around at least as long as ARM support if not longer... The rest of the toolchain, like gcc etc also has good MIPS support. There is already 64bit MIPS support in the Linux kernel and has been for a long time too, MIPS is actually one of the oldest 64bit architectures out there.
MIPS would actually be better off focusing on this, as they have a good head start on ARM when it comes to 64bit and multiprocessing. I used to have a 24 cpu (discrete cpus, not cores) 64bit MIPS years ago in the form of an SGI Onyx.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 336

by Bert64 (#47772917) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

They should be required to actually pick up the leaves and dispose of them, rather than just blowing them around...
There seems to be a constant battle here whereby someone will hire a gardener who will blow the leaves off their front lawn, mostly onto the adjacent properties or onto the road. A few days later, those adjacent properties hire gardeners who blow them all back.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 336

by Bert64 (#47772907) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Most washers have a delay start option...
So if you work 9-17, and your wash cycle takes 2.5 hours you schedule it to start at 14:30 and it will be just finished by the time you get home. If you have 4 loads to do a week, then you just run it all but one weekday. Plus if you spread your 4 wash loads out over the week rather than waiting until a specific laundry day you won't get such a large buildup of dirty clothes.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 2) 299

They would, however, be able to keep the story about what's happening in Ferguson, MO (for example) from ever trending on Twitter, simply by killing every phone talking to a particular tower.

Or they could just turn off the tower? That gives them the added benefit of deniability, they could claim the tower suffered a power outage or other technical fault.

Comment: But why? (Score 1) 299

Why would the NSA or the police want to brick someone's phone? All that would achieve is a minor annoyance for the target, who would promptly go out and buy another cheap burner phone. The needs of NSA/police are much better served by keeping the phone online and monitoring it.

Vendors on the other hand, have a vested interest in shutting down old phones to make you buy a new one.

Comment: Re:cant even get the keyboard right on their lapto (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by Bert64 (#47683659) Attached to: Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

The Apple touchpads are actually quite good, but everyone else's attempts to rip them off have been terrible and unusable...
I always used to use the nipple on thinkpads, and with other laptops i would always connect up an external mouse. When i got a macbook i actually started using the touchpad.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

by Bert64 (#47660989) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Apple's employee profile should match the population of people qualified to carry out the roles Apple has available... If there is a lack of diversity among qualified individuals then the issue is with the education system, not Apple. Apple can only hire from the pool of available talent thats qualified to do the job.

Comment: Re:Piheads are like the guy with a Hammer... (Score 1) 427

by Bert64 (#47636251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

You can get the Mirabox, or one of its predecessors like the OpenRD or Dreamplug, all of which have dual GigE and some have a pcie slot and/or wifi too. They are only single core, but for a router that's more than adequate. I have 100mbit connectivity, the openrd can saturate the link just fine and the mirabox has a somewhat faster cpu.
Combined with a decent managed switch, you can use VLANs to get more interfaces. I have 2 WAN links which are vlanned and connected to the same physical nic, and several internal VLANs for different purposes.

Comment: Re:The canonical best household router is (Score 1) 427

by Bert64 (#47636241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I always prefer to have separate devices, i would be in a similar boat to you because the line enters the house in an awkward place. I have cat6 throughout the house, and an AP located about as centrally as it can be, but that still results in spotty service in one of the bedrooms and its unusable in the garage or the garden.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder