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Input Devices

Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost 192

Posted by Soulskill
from the welcome-to-the-bigs dept.
GhostX9 writes: SLR Lounge just posted a first look at the Samsung NX1 28.1 MP interchangeable lens camera. They compare it to Canon and Sony full-frame sensors. Spoiler: The Samsung sensor seems to beat the Sony A7R sensor up to ISO 3200. They attribute this to Samsung's chip foundry. While Sony is using 180nm manufacturing (Intel Pentium III era) and Canon is still using 500nm process (AMD DX4 era), Samsung has gone with 65nm with copper interconnects (Intel Core 2 Duo — Conroe era). Furthermore, Samsung's premium lenses appear to be as sharp or sharper than Canon's L line and Sony's Zeiss line in the center, although the Canon 24-70/2.8L II is sharper at the edge of the frame.

Comment: Re:A few answers from the original AC (Score 1) 403

by LiENUS (#48829041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

systemd is actually a lot of little utilities that each do one thing. If you don't know that, you're probably getting your information from biased sources.

The 'problem' with that line of thought is the systemd utilities are specific to systemd, they dont work with other systems. The unix philosophy isnt about just having lots of different commands, but that those commands work on a standard interface (hence the whole everything is a file aspect of unix even hardware devices). The complaint he's really trying to make is that those utilities are highly specialized and work only with systemd.

Disclaimer: I don't know how true the information on systemd in this post is. I'm just trying to better articulate a point the AC was trying to make.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't support old versions? (Score 1) 629

by LiENUS (#48794179) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

And this is why I won't buy any Android stuff except the "nexus" line that gets updates.

All google promises on those is 18 months of updates. Although the update to lollipop for my 2012 n7 was a pleasant surprise, it is the first time they've updated a nexus that old.

Comment: Re:Streetlights anyone? (Score 1) 291

by LiENUS (#48562193) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Would it be ok if the electric company required you to aim your yard light into the street for the publics free use?

your electric company has never tried to sell you "security lighting"? It's exactly that, they charge you money to install a light that shines on the street. You have to pay every month on your bill for it.

Data Storage

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive 438

Posted by Soulskill
from the it-was-the-SSD-in-the-enclosure-with-the-massive-IOPS dept.
itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that.

Comment: Re:Corn Subsidies (Score 1) 186

by LiENUS (#48447917) Attached to: How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Many studies have shown that it is healthiest to eat mostly vegetables, which is more or less the exact opposite of the paleo diet.

You sure about that? The Paleo diet I heard of involves only 19-35% of your alories from meats, the rest from vegetables. It just calls for non-starchy vegetables

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 1) 179

by LiENUS (#48268417) Attached to: FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Up to $0.25 per Mb in overage fees or $256 per GB.

That sounds like you're talking about subscribers with no data plan, the most expensive overage fee for data plans is $59.96 per GB (not GiB as you mistakenly gave the price for).
However for most of the dataplans it is $10 per GB as per
http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/dataplans.html
Elsewhere on their site (burried in http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plans.html It looks like they may be going up to $15 per GB. All of these prices, even the highest of $59.96 per gb are far lower than your listed $256 per GB(sic)

Comment: Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (Score 1) 179

after the cap you owe a certain amount per gigabyte

You've described AT&T's only data plans new subscribers can get now.
The capped plans are the old grandfathered 'unlimited' plans that no one can subscribe to now. All new subscribers subscribe to say 5 gigs per month and after 5 gigs they charge like $10 per gig

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by LiENUS (#48235677) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

The only thing they are not allowed to do is to decline to accept legal tender. I.e. they legally aren't allowed to reject a $100 if it is a genuine bill, regardless of what store policy is.

You should probably let the US Treasury know that as they disagree with you.
http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/faqs/Currency/Pages/legal-tender.aspx

Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by LiENUS (#48232731) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

I dont believe that driver is from FTDI. A) Russ Dill is a known kernel developer. B) from what I udnerstand that patch would actually brick legit FTDI FT232RL devices as well. He submitted the patch as a joke but it looks like it just overwrites the checksum located at an even address rather than using a collission by modifying only odd addresses. That even address write would cause a write on the real FTDI chips as well.

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