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Comment: Re:Innovative sheepdips (Score 2) 88

Yes. I remember the lawsuit.

Apparently only the Ars hackjob version, or similar stories.

The Wikipedia section is a reasonable rundown, athough it's not entirely accurate - it skips over some of the early history (like the initial 1992/1993 Australian patent/update), mentions nothing about the patent's acceptance into the 802.11 patent pool, skips quite a bit between the development of 802.11a and the patent lawsuit, and slightly misrepresents the state of Radiata at the time of the lawsuits...

Comment: Re:Innovative sheepdips (Score 2) 88

I am one of the authors of 802.11 and 802.16 that both use OFDM.

Then you would (or should) know that the CSIRO patent is specifically about dealing with interference caused by short-delay local multipath reflections in OFDM systems, not OFDM itself.

And you would know (or should be able to find out) when it was initially accepted into the IEEE patent pool for 802.11. Hint: it was right near the beginning, predating the parts of the standard that use the techniques by many years...

Comment: Re:10 years ago on Slashdot (Score 3, Interesting) 192

by NoMaster (#48606939) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

You seem to have a low threshold for disagreement, if you consider pointing out that a site with multiple anti-Obama, anti-government, and anti-Democrat pop-ups, advertisements, and articles might be a little bit biased to be "attack[ing] the messenger". Adding a little melodramatic sigh afterwards doesn't bolster your argument.

Apart from that, you still seem a little confused between 'local' vs 'global', and 'weather' vs 'climate' - not to mention how to interpret both graphs and what I wrote. And you vastly underestimate the amount, quality, and coverage of storm data available since at least the 1950's (if not much earlier).

But, y'know, if you want to come back with an understanding of global climate rather than a pre-packaged anecdote-based opinion of one aspect of local weather, I'm sure you'll find someone to discuss it with you.

Comment: Re:10 years ago on Slashdot (Score 2) 192

by NoMaster (#48606357) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Today, 10 years since that discussion, we are living through a 30 year low hurricane-frequency.

Well, that's certainly a reliable source. I'm surprised they didn't try to blame it on Obama...

But OK, so hurricane frequency is at a 30 year low in America. World-wide, hurricanes, cyclones, & similar category 3+ storms are at a 40+ year high.

Comment: Re:The Fossile Fuel Advocates can fuck off! (Score 1) 386

by NoMaster (#48593025) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

I'm getting tired of the anti-intellectualism here on Slashdot.

Want to know Slashdot's dirty little secret?

It's always been an intellectual vacuum for anything other than IT - and even in that case it's always been poisoned by ideological zealotry.

Not that the rest of the internet is much better; the only thing that changes from site to site is the focus of interest...

Comment: Re:Propagation delay ??? (Score 2) 720

by NoMaster (#48487353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

I have placed it in another room and run HDMI and USB cables, but the propagation delay caused horrible tearing and lag when playing games

Eh? This sounds more like crappy cables, than anything else. Propagation delay on an extra 10-feet of cables is hardly measurable much less noticeable.

^ This ^

And the poster wonders if wireless will help?

I know /. has never been much of a technical site - but you'd think its fairly well-known by now that wifi is gonna be slower than cables...

Comment: I'm torn (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by NoMaster (#48472913) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

On the one hand, this recognises the reality that the vast majority of what's called "IT" is really at a skilled trade level (not dissing trades or tradespeople; I was a tradesman for many years and now consider myself as an 'academic tradesman').

On the other hand, it's likely to open the door to even more half-interested people wandering through a half-arsed degree just to get some 'qualifications'...

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 5, Informative) 76

by NoMaster (#48173389) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Why is custom hardware needed?

It's not. The off-the-shelf hardware they chose, combined with off-the-shelf software they chose, was quite capable of doing what he said it would.

The problem was he lied when he said it was custom hardware developed through a series of different iterations. It wasn't - it was as off-the-shelf as you can get, with only a "would you like fries with that?" ROM upgrade from 8meg to 16meg, and a lack of USB port - to differentiate it from the Alibaba $20 special. Right down to the case, which he also claimed was custom-designed by him...

(Hell, after people showed him pictures of an identical board in an identical case being sold there, he popped up saying the USB port was a 'fantastic idea' and that he'd now decided to include one too...)

The images of the hardware and development process used on the Kickstarter page? Again, deceptive - the picture of his 'custom-made' case was lifted from Alibaba and the original logo (badly) photoshopped out; images labelled as showing how ongoing development had shrunk the size of the hardware showed exactly the same photo (copied from elsewhere too) of exactly the same board simply resized to make it appear as though it was smaller , etc, etc.

Software? Very similar story. His 'custom-made code' consisted simply of a bunch of rules; the

The issue was never that he was taking a $20 box, installing Linux, and asking $50 for it. That's just capitalism. The issue was that he misrepresented what he was doing as original hardware and software development, lied blatently about it, and then when caught out doubling-down on the lies .

His Reddit AMA is a good overview of the whole thing.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 305

by NoMaster (#48172155) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Thousands of Android users could be wrong, but they aren't.

Maybe they're not, but thousands of Android users are irrelevant .

Over 260 million Android devices shipped last year alone. Even being charitable and allowing that you really meant to say "tens of thousands", your "thousands of Android users" represent much less than 1% of Android devices shipped in a single year.

Comment: Re:Maybe a Mini (Score 2) 355

by NoMaster (#48166157) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

No, changing the fan in a 2007 macbook is not a task for ordinary mortals. I actually used up a screw driver on that project. USED UP A SCREWDRIVER.

What, was it made of chocolate or something?

I've done the fan in my 2007 Macbook a couple of times (what can I say? It gets a lot of field - as in "standing in the middle of a ..." - use). It's not much harder than:

  • Remove a lot of tiny screws, unplug the keyboard
  • Peel back the foam and foil, unplug the fan
  • Plug in the new fan, stick the foam and foil back
  • Plug in the keyboard, put back a lot of tiny screws

The only other way I could think you'd "use up a screwdriver" is if you needed to down a couple of vodka and oranges to face the horror of all the tiny screws...

Comment: Re:Not mysterious. Just lousy. (Score 1) 229

by NoMaster (#48147265) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

That's kinda odd. How old is your pro and which bugfix did you desperate need?

My macbook pro is a 17", core-duo. Wherever that puts it.

That model was discontinued in Oct 2006. Congratulations, your 8-year-old laptop is out of date. If it was a dog it'd be middle-aged; if it was a hamster its replacement's replacement would be probably be dead.

And not to put too fine a point on it, the Core Duo Macbook Pros were known from the start to be a dead-end - everyone was waiting for the Core 2 Duo models (that replaced them 6 months after launch), which would at least get you up to OSX 10.7.x.

Good luck with finding a non-Apple replacement that lasts as long...

Comment: Re:Wikipedia is sometimes wrong (Score 2) 165

by NoMaster (#48121663) Attached to: How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

As an experiment, I added a spurious and incorrect fact to an obscure wikipedia article, complete with a reference to a document which did not support the claim. It took years before my edit was noticed and reversed.

This only works with obscure articles. The more obscure the article, the less it's checked. If you try inserting something spurious into the page on Obama it will be reversed in about 5 minutes

No, it works with non-controversial subjects. Pick an article on a subject that's not obscure and also not particularly controversial - for example, common household substances, typical garden flowers, etc. - and read a few of the citations.

You'll be surprised how many don't support - or, in some cases, don't even relate to - the associated statement in the Wikipedia article. Most of it is stuff that is "common knowledge" that is false - but some authors/editors are so sure of its truth that they cite anything vaguely related to back up the common belief.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

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