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Comment: potentially non-obvious uses (Score 1) 132

Put a plug on one of the old and useless USB printer cables that we all have a million of, and use it to run your router and/or modem during a blackout.

Tie it to a solar panel to use as an emergency energy source in a blackout: Charge the battery during the day, charge the phone from the battery at night.

Power some crappy USB-operated speakers in when outside in the garden, as even crappy speakers are better than phone speakers and most of the inexpensive rechargable Bluetooth stuff is even worse.

Use it as a field supply for your next Arduino project.


Comment: Re:Explanation seems to violate charge conservatio (Score 1) 247

by adolf (#49822931) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

Well, CRT face is (weakly) grounded, so e- kinetic energy can excite atom for subsequent photon emission, but its charge will happily leak into the ground.

There is no "ground" anywhere next to flying spacecraft!

There was no "ground" anywhere next to my computer when I had it running from a battery-powered inverter, but the CRT monitor worked fine in this arrangement and I don't glow in the dark.

Comment: Re:Dolby??? What's that. (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by adolf (#49787247) Attached to: Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio

Dolby does a lot of good research. That you throw them aside as a relic of the past, while at the same time discrediting them for some of the formats you praise (AAC is a thing in part due in part to Dolby's participation in creating the standard) simply shows that you have a myopic and illogical view of the world.

Comment: Re:"Up To" (Score 1) 69

Add the error and difficulty of subtracting rider movement (remember, a phone's accelerometer is not something that is fixed to the chassis of the vehicle, but instead is something loosely carried by a squishy human being) and I'm going to say the answer is probably far closer to 0% than it is 92%.

Comment: Re:The guy is full of himself (Score 2) 147

by adolf (#49775731) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

And cheap USB2 keys that hold a couple hundred times as much data as a DVD don't exist. Nope, they do, and are far more convenient and resilient to damage than optical media.

A DVD is universal, and not going anywhere. It has well-established standards for dealing with audio, video, and just works.

If I hand someone a cheap USB2 key, I'm out a few dollars and the result -might- be that they get to view the thing I just handed them.

If I hand someone a DVD-R, I'm out a few pennies and the result -will- be that they get to view the thing I just handed them.

Comment: Re:You realize... (Score 1) 186

We, as a self-satisfied SUV driving culture want to preserve our status quo AND pat ourselves on the back. Are we another myopic death cult?

No. We're simply the top of the food chain. Everything else is, quite literally, beneath us, and has been for a most (all?) of recorded history.

Does the wolf care whether the rabbit he just killed was the last example? Nay, he simply fills his belly with it, finds something else to devour, and the Earth gives no shits.

Comment: Re:Photo? (Score 1) 186

For the poster it is free and for the reader it is free. Costs are paid for by advertisers.

Free? Sorta-kinda, in a very liberal sense of the word.

It's not free as in libre ("here's some stuff, do what you want with it"), and it's not free as in beer ("hey man, want a beer?").

It's "free" as a flyer stuck in your front door that says "Call this number to get a free 24-pack of Pepsi," and you call that number, and you get connected to a vacuum salesman who will deliver your "free" soda while he gives you a hard sell on a new sweeper that you didn't even know you needed. And when you try to take your "free" soda and block his advertising, he's already got his foot in your door. He's probably even started calling you names because he genuinely believes that you're stealing the "free" soda he delivered.

Same with a "free" energy review from some dude walking around the neighborhood with a clip board and a nametag on a lanyard. Or a "free" drawing for a vacation from some company that sells vinyl replacement windows.

I don't see any reason why you shouldn't use the word freely -- English is flexible -- but that doesn't mean that such usage is not complete and utter bullshit.

Comment: Re:E-mail client? (Score 4, Interesting) 85

by adolf (#49773173) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

I used to look after the POS machines for small chain of retail establishments.

The reason that an e-mail client was on the POS machines was because the boss was cheap, and having separate machines for internal business and external transactions seemed expensive to him, even when business halts because some bored lackey decided that they needed the latest "OMG PONIES!!" screensaver on the fucking cash register.

The reason that web browsers were on the POS machines was because Verizon are a bunch of fucks who couldn't be bothered to write a local client, but were perfectly content to always have a dependency on (old) Java and (old) Internet Explorer under (old) Windows.

The reason that the the POS machines ran as Administrator was because my counterparts who were also charged with looking after said machines couldn't be bothered to get anything to work with regular user accounts, and would actively sabotage my efforts to improve security.

The reasons that I no longer concern myself with the retail operations of that company are detailed above.

Comment: Re:assets are also cheaper in Chapter 7 (Score 1) 129

by adolf (#49769837) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

Yes, it's always better to buy a corpse of a company after the engineers have burned their notes and thrown their desk chairs through the window on their way downtown to mortgage their car and sign up for food stamps, than to buy a company that is not yet a corpse and still has productive and creative people.

Comment: Re:Can it run apps from the Google app store? (Score 1) 108

by adolf (#49767257) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

The gold standard, IIRC, was for apps to get launched and be able to do something in 2 seconds or less under Dalvik in common use.

You're waiting between 300 and 600 seconds, one time, and still waiting for apps to launch (which I'm sure is not instantaneous with ART, no matter your hardware).

My daily-driver is a Galaxy S5. It is, by most measures, a rather fast phone in terms of internal storage speed and CPU grunt. I don't notice much (any, really) difference in loading apps between 4.4.4 (Dalvik) and 5.0 (ART) on this device. But I do notice the "Android is upgrading...." process taking much longer with ART than Dalvik when tinkering, as I also did when experimenting with ART on the Bionic before Lollipop made ART a default thing and the Bionic was my daily.

Also, too: You seem to dismiss the notion that Dalvik is not exactly JIT: It is absolutely JIT on first load, and then largely-compiled apps get stored in the (not-accidentally-named) Dalvik cache for quick loading later.

I'm not sure that we, given our combined experiences, can say which one is better. It'd be awesome if I could find a Google study of actual performance instead a Google proclamation of things to come, but they're Google and therefore always in a forward-thinking perpetual beta with no rearview mirror: Whatsa behind me, is not important.

Comment: Re:Can it run apps from the Google app store? (Score 1) 108

by adolf (#49756935) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

You say that, but...

I'm currently toying with ROMs on an old Motorola Bionic, which serves as the central music player for the stereo in my garage.

I've waited minutes for ART to do its thing on a singular package, but I've never waited minutes for Dalvik to launch the same thing thing on a properly-working device using Dalvik.

They are therefore not the same process. You might think that they should be, and I might agree that I think that they should be, but they're simply not -- or at least, the ART compilation process always takes longer than the Dalvik JIT process.

(Also, you sound a lot like the folks responding to those who question memory management on Android: "It's taken care of automatically," they say. "You can't do anything to improve it," they further proclaim. But there's a dozen or so tweakable parameters, and nobody can tell me that they're perfect for my usage out-of-the-box than anyone can tell me that my "swappiness" parameter on a Linux box is sane, out-of-the-box, for what I'm doing with it. It may be a reasonable default, or it may not be. But toeing the line unquestionably on the published Truth Of The Matter, and Accepting that Truth for What Is is a foolhardy thing to be doing. It may also be the fact that this same Bionic had a long string of bad Dalvik VM parameters that lasted for months or years, resulting in general sluggishness and frustration, though the 12.x Lollipop-based line seems better for reasons I haven't yet bothered to investigate.)

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