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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 468

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

Comment: Re:Tannenbaum's predictions... (Score 1) 128

by LWATCDR (#47428761) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Mobile, Routers, NAS, and now servers. ARM is getting very big very quickly.
In computers Attacks come from the bottom up. PC where a joke and could not hold a candle to a real computer like a PDP-11! Forget about mainframes like the 370!
It was not HURD at the time but GNU Unix that was going to be the next big thing.
It wasn't but hey no one is perfect.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 180

by LWATCDR (#47423531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Simple native development can be a lot easier than cross development.
If you have the money for some really good embedded tools, cross development is not bad at all. But if not native development is a lot simpler.
I would still do most of my work on an X86 Linux box and then move the project over to the embedded for testing but that is just me.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Interesting) 174

Actually Streets and Trips has a lot of features that Google maps and I bet Bing maps lack for trip planning.
For example you can tell it when you are going to leave, your MPG, fuel tank size, and how many hours you want to drive a day. Streets and Trips will suggest refueling points and stopping points.
I wish the online maps "Google" would put those features in and allow you to push the trip to your mobile device.

Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 1) 415

by myth24601 (#47401735) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Since the dog can't smell memory, it must have been trained to smell something about the electronic components. That's bound to trigger a LOT of false positives in the modern world.

This might be a fun thing to do. Get a lot of old flash drives, sd cards, and the like, the old super cheap ones of course, and stick them everywhere. Under the carpet, taped to the bottom of the drawers, in the hem of the curtain, etc. After 30 or 40 of them, somebody is going to get sick of playing that game, and it might be the dog, If you're really mean, store a picture of a treasure map on each one, and maybe some lists of random hexadecimal numbers.

It'll drive them nuts. To really get the point across when they ask, just tell them the truth, that it's a joke, there's absolutely nothing of value stored on them, and yes, you want them back and undamaged. :P

They will completely destroy your house digging up every memory stick and then leave you to clean up the mess.

Comment: Re:And when the video feed dies... (Score 5, Informative) 464


"In 1929, he became the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone, without a view outside the cockpit. Having returned to Mitchel Field that September, he assisted in the development of fog flying equipment. He helped develop, and was then the first to test, the now universally used artificial horizon and directional gyroscope. He attracted wide newspaper attention with this feat of "blind" flying and later received the Harmon Trophy for conducting the experiments. These accomplishments made all-weather airline operations practical."

And yes it was the Jimmy Doolittle. If you do not know about him you should read up on him.

Comment: Re:Not really surprised... (Score 2) 204

by LWATCDR (#47387905) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Russia worried about privacy? Yeah....
Just makes it easier for them to get their own citizens data, easier to tax and demand bribes from companies doing business in Russia, and hopefully makes it easier to spy on other nations because some of their personal data could end up in Russia.
Anyone that thinks that Russia is open or pro privacy is living in a fantasy world.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.