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Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 134

Of course it's useful. Why should something like cups get started without a printer? Why should the user know to enable it once they get one? These days hardware changes at runtime, and things are expected to work when you plug in a printer or a bluetooth adapter, and not to complain or stop booting if some hardware turns out not to be there anymore.

Cups should be started without a printer, because then you can print in a file, put the file on a USB stick and go to a print shop or a place with a printer :).
Or it may not know when an network or LPT printer becomes available.

That is a technicality, though.

Comment Re:Dell mathematics (Score 1) 83

Windows seemed fond of displaying things in KB (that are KiB), e.g. a 720,043 KB file. Was another source of failed CD-R burning, if you failed to account for the difference between a file size in MB (MiB) and thousands of KB (KiB).

Network speed and hard disk size are arbitrary, like wise e.g. a sound file. But I'm still partial to K = 1024 as even then buffer sizes and sectors size are in "binary" K.

Comment Re:either integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 or a po (Score 1) 83

Google Maps is really awful, since the "let's make it 10x slower" update. Maybe WebGL itself isn't ready for wide consumption except in contrieved set ups, but how much GPU power do you need for a 2D application? Google Earth runs fine on 10-year-old integrated graphics, and butter smooth on old low end graphics card.

The "right" solution would be for Google Maps to improve through Intel driver updates, browser updates and Google writing code that works better.

Comment Re:Non-IPS panels (Score 1) 83

1920x1080 at 15" is arguably small, though. I find a 15.6" 1080p laptop to be painful. Same at 4K and scaling is likely easier to read but there's that trend of makes pushing the higher res number they can regardless of the end user experience. Or maybe some people only use emacs and xterms, know to configure a web browser for a default zoom level or use Metro apps.
  3200x1800 would give an equivalent 1600x900 which in my opinion feels right (Apple uses equivalent 1440x900).

Comment Re:locking just the radio costs money (Score 1) 143

What does really prevent a single SoC to have two pieces of firmware?, i.e. two different flash memories on the die.
Conceptually I don't see the difference between two separate chips, and the two chip's contents pasted and glued together on a single die. That is sort of the point of a SoC. Well I'm disregarding any IP or integration issue here.

The chip might have two separate interfaces for programming the two different firmwares. That does increase the cost.
Some security feature like ARM Trustzone may be employed? I'm not qualified to elaborate on that. But fits in the initial design, transistors-are-cheap part of the bill.

Comment Re:"Hack" the ODB II feed (Score 1) 153

Precisely, the person that is targeted by the surveillance apparatus does have physical access, being they're alone in the car at some distance of many kilometers.
So it could be messed with. If only, install a switch to cut electrical power to it.

What would be interesting is if there are consequences for doing so. Parent and child (adult and major child, to drive a car!), that wouldn't need to involve the law or contracts etc. : a heated argument and keys confiscated (or not lent anymore) at most.
If it's a company or employer-issued car : do you get fired? In the US or perhaps most of the US, sure yes. In an European country, probably but might depend on circumstances.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 153

Now that is a great idea, a tailgating indicator. I would better have the info not leave the car, but warn the driver. Use radar or laser or echo etc. to measure the distance to the car in front, then if you're two meters from the car while driving at 90 kph you get warned.

I would not be surprised if that exists already but haven't heard of it. Hell, drive at 150 mph if you want but don't tailgate and don't be tailgated. (at 150 mph, I've computed the safety distance to be 134 meters)

Comment "Hack" the ODB II feed (Score 1) 153

ODB II isn't concerned with computer security, DRM etc. I believe?
I expect it was done in the era or mindset of micro-controllers that don't run an operating system and free-for-all bit banging like you're running DOS, Win9x or an 8bit computer.

So, put a dongle on a dongle and cap the readings i.e. you might go at 4000 rpm but the stupid thing is told you never go above 3000 rpm.
Only problem is with speeds calculated using GPS positions. Well perhaps jam it and stop jamming after you've been stopped for a little while.

Comment Re:Disappointing prize (Score 1) 58

I don't understand how anything exists at all. Let's say energy from the Big Bang is not a problem (because it came from vacuum energy from.. somewhere). Then everything should be energy/photons and equal parts of matter and antimatter that meet and convert to energy then equal parts matter and antimatter again and over again.

Comment Re:Disappointing prize (Score 1) 58

It likely can't : with fixed reactors you can accumulate a year of neutrino data, with submarines they're always on the move. We can imagine putting a mesh of dozens or hundreds neutrinos detectors on the ocean floors (or otherwise have a lot of neutrinos detectors in many places, ocean or sea floor is just one place they can work) at a staggering cost, not sure if that would work.

On the global antineutrino map 2015 you can't even see the low power reactors in Israel and North Korea (one for each) that are only used for producing bomb plutonium. But they're likely turned off or used infrequently.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel