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Comment: Re:Spectrum is measured in Hz? (Score 1) 91

by MagicM (#48941367) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

This threw me off too, because "65 million cycles per minute of spectrum" hurts my brain.

However, "spectrum" is defined as "frequency range", similarly to how you can talk about "temperature range". If today's high temperature is 70F (20C) degrees and the low temperature is 50F (10C) degrees, then today's temperature-range is 20F degrees or 10C degrees. To define the range you need to include the unit in which the end points of the range are measured.

I still want to call the temperature range "20 F-temperature-points" and the spectrum "65 Mhz-frequency-points", but maybe that's because I skipped lunch. I shouldn't skip lunch.

Comment: It's not Bennett Haselton (Score 1, Troll) 928

by MagicM (#48278743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

I love systemd because it doesn't continuously spout inane drivel to my favorite news aggregator. When systemd has something to say, it does so in its own log separate file which I can read at my leisure (or ignore completely if I so choose). As far as I'm concerned, systemd is the model that should be followed by everyone.

+ - The Pirate Bay block will be lifted in the Netherlands-> 1

Submitted by swinferno
swinferno (1212408) writes "The Dutch ISP's Ziggo and XS4all are no longer required to block access to the websites of The Pirate Bay. This has been decided by the court in The Hague.
The blockade has proven to be ineffective. The Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN will have to reimburse legal costs of EUR 326.000. The internet provider XS4ALL has already started lifting the ban. The website of The Pirate bay was ordered to be blocked by the two major ISPs in January 2012. Recent studies by Amsterdam University and CentERdata.showed that this did not reduce the number of downloads from illegal sources. Many people circumvented the blockade."

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