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Comment: Re:Efficiency check (Score 3, Informative) 359 359

by EvilRyry (#37683780) Attached to: Mazda Stops Production of the Last Rotary Engine Powered Car
The displacement number in rotary engines is quite misleading. The design is so different than a piston based engine that it's not a fair comparison. You're getting more power because you're getting more power strokes per rotation. Because you're getting more power strokes, you're doing more intake strokes (more fuel). So while power/displacement ratio is better, that doesn't necessarily affect the power/fuel ratio at all.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 245 245

by EvilRyry (#36775972) Attached to: Open Radeon 3D Driver Runs At 60~70% of Proprietary Driver Speed
The most important part in my view is that it allows for innovation in the open source graphics world. For instance, NVidia and ATI both make drivers for however neither will produce drivers for Wayland until it gains enough traction. However Wayland will never get widely used until people can actually use it, which requires drivers. Open drivers breaks this stalemate.

Comment: Re:How about heating and airconditioning? (Score 3, Interesting) 324 324

by EvilRyry (#36582232) Attached to: DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs
Mine takes 28W powered, 25W on standby :-(. I put mine on a timer to turn it disconnect the power at night. While it certainly sucks to have a device sucking a constant 25W all day long, I can't imagine that it takes as much power as my refrigerator.

Comment: Re:skeptical ... (Score 5, Insightful) 377 377

by EvilRyry (#35767224) Attached to: New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

And what's this thing about "the engine is only suited for hybrid-electric vehicles, but that's okay. " ... what does THAT mean?

Most likely it means that the engine has terrible spin up/down times and/or is inefficient at doing them. Its best operated at constant speed, generating electricity for an electric motor which actually pushes you forward.

Comment: Re:C# (Score 2, Informative) 583 583

by EvilRyry (#34208960) Attached to: The Coming War Over the Future of Java
>but until they learn what a compacting garbage collector is Tada! The new GC is bundled with 2.8 and will become the default in 2.10. Mono's VM is pretty nice overall, its the GC that caused pain in long running process scenarios. Its not so much that the GC wasn't compacting either, it was more an issue because it was a conservative scanner which lead to leaks.

Comment: Not so bad after all... (Score 4, Informative) 156 156

by EvilRyry (#33562624) Attached to: New Crypto Attack Affects Millions of ASP.NET Apps

>If the padding is invalid, the error message that the sender gets will give him some information about the way that the site's decryption process works.

This is one reason you should send user friendly error messages to your consumers instead of stack traces, stack traces can contain details that an attacker could use against you. It sounds like you're safe if you're following best practices already.

Comment: Re:But ... does it run Linux!? (Score 3, Informative) 189 189

by EvilRyry (#33449444) Attached to: Samsung Shows Off Galaxy Tab, Android Allegiance
You might not have heard if you have been living under a rock for the past 2 or 3 years, but Android uses the Linux kernel. Whether you can run your _own_ Linux distribution on there is another question entirely. Sooner or later, I'm sure someone will crack it if Samsung has decided to lock it down. As with most (all?) Android devices, you're not forced to use the market.

Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission 700 700

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-got-sony'd dept.
Stoobalou writes "Sony's latest firmware update comes with a revised End User License Agreement which allows the company to change any part of the console's operating system without notification or permission. You might think you own the console you paid for, but Sony has a very different idea."

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