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Comment not a problem for productivity stuff (Score 1) 116

The integrated video is now capable of running multiple high-res monitors. It's entirely valid for office work including photography stuff.

I wouldn't want to do gaming or full-on 3D CAD work, but for just about anything else it works just fine (and draws substantially less power than an external video chip, which is nice in a laptop).

Comment read the article (Score 1) 80

They're not compressing it, they're simply condensing it on a cooling coil. And I assume they're going to need some form of refrigeration for that, so I'm not sure why they talk about getting rid of chillers.

Also, the chip surfaces are shown to be vertical, so the bubbles will rise along the surface of the chip, likely creating a convection current in the process.

Comment Re:Can the SSD stand the heat of Data Center? (Score 1) 88

It seems to me that as long as you have protection against power outage, it should be possible to get equal reliability from software RAID. Fundamentally a hardware RAID card is just a processor with a NVRAM or battery-backed DRAM cache, and it's limited to a single PCIe bus connection.

Comment that is incorrect (Score 1) 162

General-purpose cord-and-plug connected items are allowed to use the full 15A. (This is why power tools can be 15A.) 14AWG copper conductors are actually rated for 20A for static loads like electric heat, they just downrate them to 15A for general circuits because of the possibility of multiple devices being plugged in at once and to allow for motor loads.

As for why appliances don't use the full allowed amperage...most people don't care so they manufacturers don't either.

That said, it is possible to get 1800W toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, etc. in the USA. They're just hard to find and you'll likely end up paying more.

Comment Doesn't always help. (Score 1) 497

Comprehensive unit tests don't help when the thing only breaks in integration testing.

Maybe the sqlite database you use in your unit tests behaves slightly differently than the PostgreSQL database you use in production.
Maybe the refactored code adds a race condition that the unit tests don't cover.
Maybe the refactored code runs slower in certain scenarios that turn out to be important.
Maybe the unit tests missed a corner case.

Sure, in an ideal world these wouldn't happen. But they do.

Comment kind of need them... (Score 1) 688

"He is a recipient of the Free Software Award from the Free Software Foundation for his work on Secure Boot, UEFI, and the Linux kernel". Ah! All the bits that I *don't* want in the kernel.

It's sort of hard to boot on modern hardware without UEFI support, and hard to boot on Secure Boot systems without support for that too. Theoretically there's nothing wrong with Secure Boot as a concept, as long as you pick motherboard vendors that let you add your own signing keys.

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