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Comment: Same old "up to" rubbish (Score 1) 132

Up to 1000 Mbps - yeah, perhaps if you have built your house right on top of the cabinet. In fact, not even then.

I was on their FTTC product for a couple of years, the one that's "up to" 80 Mbps. I got 18 down and 0.75 up. I tried reporting the speed to them on several occasions, especially the upstream speed which was very limiting, only to be told they didn't consider that to be a problem - it's within the range of speeds considered acceptable for that product.

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by SteWhite (#48437233) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Just two 980's in SLI, but your figures only take into account the power consumed at their rated TDP - overclock them and add in an overclocked CPU too and 700W isn't out of reach by any means, when you add in all the drives, fans etc.. and the monitor of course.

That is pretty cheap though - got anything like as cheap in the UK?

Comment: Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

by SteWhite (#48434419) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Have you checked the maximum output of that $150 UPS in W?

I don't know what the power consumption of your PC is like, but a quick bit of research found that the cheapest UPS I could buy that can cope with my PC (700W or so under load) is around £400, that's about $627.

Obviously that PC cost more than $500, but given that power disruptions in my area occur maybe once in a decade or so, I'll stick with a simple surge protector.

Comment: Re:The relevant part (Score 2) 560

by SteWhite (#47325199) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Exactly - another key sentence in there is:

"In the Commonwealth's view, the defendant's act of decryption would not communicate facts of a testimonial nature to the government beyond what the defendant already has admitted to investigators. As such, the Commonwealth continues, the defendant's act of decryption does not trigger Fifth Amendment protection."

So if he had not admitted anything already and had refused to decrypt, the ruling may have been different.

Comment: Amazon already censoring their ebook catalogue (Score 1) 548

Way back in 2011, Amazon already started censoring what they choose to sell - it was reported right here on SlashDot.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/05/15/0254250/amazon-removes-yaoi-manga-titles-from-kindle-store

Since then, I boycotted them. Looks like another bunch of companies just made the list.

Comment: Processor power throttling? (Score 2, Interesting) 835

by SteWhite (#26571777) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

I scanned through the comments and didn't see this mentioned yet, so...

Check if the processor speed is being throttled. I once saw a laptop that seems to have the symptoms you described - everything going slow, processes taking lots of CPU time.

It turned out something was wrong with the power management and it was keeping the CPU at the minimum speed permanently. Setting the power profile to "Always On" fixed it for a while, but then it started again, so I disabled the processor power management features in the BIOS.

The post didn't mention if this is a laptop or desktop, but even modern desktop CPUs have lots of power states. Worth a look.

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