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Comment: It's an accidentally-on-purpose. (Score 5, Insightful) 203

by Mal-2 (#49733999) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

Governments worldwide that are marching to fascism want encryption banned. God forbid (and you bet they'll invoke God in what they're doing) you should be able to talk to someone in a manner they can't easily listen in on! This is not an unintended effect of sloppy legalese, it's a fully intentional consequence of obfuscated legalese.

Will they nail you for communicating with your bank? No. Will they nail you for communicating with someone they consider "undesirable"? You bet your arse they will.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 289

by Mal-2 (#49721497) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

Not only that, but the Internet doesn't even respect international boundaries, let alone state boundaries. The FCC is absolutely within its rights to play the "interstate commerce" card here. You can argue the merits of the FCC position, but it's disingenuous to argue that this isn't under Federal jurisdiction.

Comment: Re:Piracy to become a problem (Score 1) 284

by Mal-2 (#49718149) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

Piracy is less of a problem when the platform is "free" to start with. Most people will accept slightly annoying/intrusive advertising to get their OS for free. A few will jailbreak and clean it, but most won't.

If those ads are for relevant things (like "you have less than a quarter tank of fuel, why not try Chevron with Techron?", "You are nearing 50,000 miles, here's a coupon for a free tire inspection", etc.) they may not even be perceived as intrusive so much as helpful.

Comment: Re:Keyboards for writing (Score 1) 146

by Mal-2 (#49703779) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

The problem with double shots is that until quite recently, they were always made of ABS. That means they get shiny, and generally (but not always) feel kinda cheap. PBT and POM have much better feel and don't pick up a shine, but double-shot PBT has always been a low-yield process. Recently a process has been developed to use POM for the inserts and PBT for the key body, and this seems to work, though the wrinkles are still being ironed out. Also, PBT tends to warp while cooling, making the yield low for spacebars. Lots of PBT-key sets still come with an ABS spacebar for this reason.

Pad printing is also not the only option. Dye sublimation is an option for PBT (it doesn't work well on ABS), and although it has less contrast and sharpness than double-shot, it does not wear out because it's not on the surface, it's in the first 0.2 mm or so. Then there's lasering of the legends, which is exactly what it sounds like. The uppermost layer is lasered away, and the plastic below is either photosensitive or is a different color. The downside is that contrast is typically poor and there is a derpression at the legend which can sometimes be felt -- the opposite of pad printing, where sometimes the raised area can be felt, particularly when a clearcoat is applied to reduce wear.

You're rocking a board with Cherry MX switches. There are plenty of replacement key sets available for you. The bad news is that the keys alone probably cost more than your entire keyboard.

Comment: The Decline of Chiptunes (Score 1) 175

by Mal-2 (#49679517) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

Similarly one could ask "why are so few artists making 8-bit chiptunes these days, voluntarily restricting themselves to the limits of a pair of AY3-8910 chips?" The answer is: because it's passé, plain and simple. I still do it (some, far from exclusively), but even some of the other people on the same project don't understand why I am sticking religiously to either 3 notes + 1 noise in mono, or 6 + 2 in hard-panned stereo, with no exceptions. (OK, for Berlioz I used exactly double that.) I force myself to adhere to those limitations because that's what they were. If I don't, then it's inauthentic, and once I start bending rules for convenience, why should I stick to the Mockingboard format at all? I might as well do cheesy MIDI with 16 channels and essentially no composition limits.

Comment: Re:not to be technical but... (Score 1) 83

by Mal-2 (#49669701) Attached to: The World's Most Dangerous Driving Simulator

"If you hit the wall in an Indy Car and don't take your hands off the wheel, you'll break your wrists. Our wheel is a one-to-one replication of that, but we don't turn it up that high.

If you don't turn it up that high, it's not really a one-to-one replication then, is it?

It is, up to its limit. One-to-one just means they aren't scaling back ALL outputs to fit them in their dynamic range, they're allowing them to clip to the safety limits.

Comment: Asymmetry of ridership. (Score 1) 515

by Mal-2 (#49661931) Attached to: Examining Costs and Prices For California's High-Speed Rail Project

I can foresee asymmetric travel. In the mornings, you'd have people going north, and in the evenings, people going south, more than the reverse. It's easier to get around the SF Bay without a car than it is to get around L.A. without a car. Thus, a lot of the people coming south are going to drive, because even if a train can get them 90% of the way there, they still have a last mile problem.

+ - Enterprise SSDs potentially lose data in a week->

Submitted by Mal-2
Mal-2 writes: From IB Times:

The standards body for the microelectronics industry has found that Solid State Drives (SSD) can start to lose their data and become corrupted if they are left without power for as little as a week. According to a recent presentation (PDF) by Seagate's Alvin Cox, who is also chairman of the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), the period of time that data will be retained on an SSD is halved for every 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in temperature in the area where the SSD is stored.


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Comment: Re:yes, and people from other countries too (Score 1) 39

by Mal-2 (#49656109) Attached to: WHO Declares Liberian Ebola Outbreak Over

Of course, but letting the doctors from outside do their work uninhibited IS to their credit. The same cannot be said of all such operations in the region.

This may have something to do with the fact that Liberia itself has an internal image that it is a modern nation with a money problem, rather than a "developing nation".

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