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Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by threephaseboy (#49516319) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

bumping a HDD or RAM on a shiny new MacBook Pro is nothing that a decent soldering iron and top-grade solder can't help you accomplish

How exactly is a soldering iron going to help you upgrade the RAM?
On the non-retina MBP, it's in a normal SO-DIMM socket. Don't need anything besides a screwdriver.
On the retina MBP, it's going to be all BGA chips, and no iron, no matter how decent, is going to help you there.

Comment: Processor (Score 1) 53

by threephaseboy (#49424635) Attached to: Back To the Future: Autonomous Driving In 1995

equivalent of a 486DX2

Really? You couldn't just give the actual CPU?

All high level application computing is done on a Sparc LX class portable computer manufactured by RDI Computer Corporation. See Figure 2. Key components of this computer are a 50MHz MicroSparc CPU, 32 MB's of RAM, 970 MB's of hard disk space, and a 1024x768 active matrix LCD display. (For comparison, this processor is about equivalent to a 486DX2/66 using Spec ratings as a guide.) The laptop contains an optional Peripheral Expansion Unit which is equipped with two SBUS slots and space for additional hard disk drives. The two SBUS slots contain a Datacell color video digitizer and a Performance Computer Company quad serial port expansion unit. The laptop runs SunOS 4.1.x.

Comment: Re:Too many pixels = slooooooow (Score 1) 263

by threephaseboy (#49417501) Attached to: LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later This Year

Why would a hypothetical 8k iMac have Intel graphics? Only the two base models of the 1920x1080 21.5" iMac have that.
Every other model (including all options for the currently-shipping 5k iMac) has a discrete GPU (underpowered as it may be) with dedicated VRAM (undersized as it may be).

Comment: Re:Enlighten me please (Score 4, Informative) 450

by threephaseboy (#49229659) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Bigger issue: You can't drive an external display and charge at the same time. Eventually you'll run out of power and have to unplug your monitor to recharge.

Why not? Apple's HDMI adapter has another USB-C jack that lets you charge the laptop.
This adapter should have been in the box instead of as an $80 addon, IMO.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

Not a great test. 8 years out of date, and they're putting the SB X-Fi against more expensive (the Lynx22 was $600) studio-quality interface cards.
Also this at the end:

Sound Blaster X-Fi - The built-in band limiting at 24KHz and rising noise floor above that make the card useless for wide-frequency testing. However, it had the best distortion performance and very low spurious signals on both inputs and outputs. This should probably be the best sounding card of the bunch.

Poor frequency response (outside normal hearing range) but otherwise good.

Comment: Re:Found several... (Score 2) 176

by threephaseboy (#45328565) Attached to: Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

The cheapest available option on the Kickstarter is 75GBP, or about $120 USD.
Here's a bare 10.1" 1366x768 for $89
There's also a 7" 1280x800 display with enclosure, VGA input, etc. for $129 shipped, although it's currently out of stock
I don't see how this is really bringing anything new or cheaper to the table. If they could get this manufactured and sold for a retail price of $50, that would be much more interesting, IMO.

Comment: Re:Comcast Business (Score 1) 243

by threephaseboy (#37090548) Attached to: The Five Levels of ISP Evil

I'm in CA and I have Comcast Business, and I have never had any kind of domain helper or traffic hijacking (DNS or otherwise).
I use their anycast servers ( and and they both return NXDOMAIN for nonexistant domains.
The previous servers that they recommended ( and didn't either.

Comment: Re:ISP:s at fault (Score 1) 231

by threephaseboy (#36229278) Attached to: IPv6 Traffic Volumes Are Low, But Nobody Knows How Low

SMC8014? I have the same one. The trick is to not use any NAT on the device itself, disable the firewall and SPI for the static IP, and just use it like a bridge.
I have mine connected to a linux box that does all the routing/NAT (and ipv6 via 6rd), just checked the stats on the modem and it's been running for 144 days without a hiccup.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds