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Comment: Re:surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 95

by HornyBastard (#44265565) Attached to: Amazon One-Click Chrome Extension Snoops On SSL Traffic

Our economy has become the equivalent of a luxury hotel that makes its real profits by selling copies of your credit card swipes to hackers.

It is a sleazy motel with cameras in every room, and the profits come from selling videos of you having sex, showering, and going to the toilet.

Comment: Re:People still fall for it (Score 0) 209

by HornyBastard (#40382181) Attached to: Why 'Nigerian Scammers' Say They're From Nigeria
In the majority of cases, it is greed.
In a some people, greed can override common sense. IMHO, these people deserve to lose everything.

A few years ago, there was a South African man (CxO of some company) who lost a few million in a 419 scam. He went to Nigeria to try and get his money back, but got killed instead.
Good riddance.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 118

Unless you use different frequencies for neighboring towers (keep in mind that it would be extremely expensive to do so), you will just be causing another problem.
Where the towers overlap, you get a lot of interference, which degrades the service.
If you want to cover the same area, you will have a lot of overlaps.

Personal experience: I live on top of a hill with line of sight to 4 cellphone towers. Voice is fine, because that is relatively low bandwidth. But when I try to use HSPA, It's almost as bad as GPRS.
If I go halfway down the hill, where I can only see 1 tower, I average 10 Mbps.

Comment: Idiot (Score 4, Informative) 118

With any wireless service, you have a limited amount of bandwidth. That bandwidth is shared by everybody connecting to a tower.

If you have more than 1 person trying to use as much bandwidth as they can, it will just degrade the service for everyone.

You could get another frequency to operate on, or use more directional antennas so that less people connect to each transmitter, but that will only delay the inevitable.

In these days of ever increasing bandwidth demands, there is no way that wireless can supply that demand.

With a wired connection, you can add more cables.
With a wireless connection, that is not an option.

Comment: Not for programming's sake (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I started programming when I was about 10 years old for one very simple reason. I enjoy making things.
I recently built my own house for that same reason. I also made most of the furniture in it as well.
If, at the end of the day, I can say "I made that", then I am happy.

+ - Apple Faces 1.5-to-1 Aspect Ratio Patent->

Submitted by OliasEsq
OliasEsq (2035926) writes "Ogma, LLC has filed complaints Apple for infringement of US patent 5,825,427, titled "Image display system" in both the Eastern District of Texas and the US International Trade Commission.

"So, as far as I can tell, a company formed this past January would like to stop the importation of millions of iPhones because the phones have 1.5:1 aspect ratio displays, and the company has acquired a patent that the USPTO somehow issued that covers such displays based just on that ratio.""

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+ - Intel Confirms Atom-based Server CPU For H2' 2012 ->

Submitted by siliconbits
siliconbits (943161) writes "Boyd Davis, General Manager of server marketing at Intel, confirmed yesterday during a press dinner in London that the firm would be launching its first sub-10 watt Atom-based server chip in the second half of 2012. The second half of 2012 may turn out to be one fraught with danger for Intel as the first products based on the ARM Cortex-A15 technology, some of them targeting the very low end of the server markets, are expected to be launched then with Calxeda, Nufront, Marvell and Fujitsu amongst the likely candidates. The 10 watt Atom server chip would almost certainly be a refined version of the N570, possibly with a much finer manufacturing process, which will allow Intel to reduce the die size while significantly boosting the clock speed and keeping the overall TDP in check."
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