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Comment: Re:Historical Traffic times? (Score 1) 198

by adolf (#49488409) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

I use Waze for predicting travel time. It knows the speed of every regularly-driven segment of roadway with half-hour precision, and knows about (many) road closures.

It also tells you about traffic cameras, and active speed traps, and road hazards, and does a pretty darn good job of rerouting around sudden traffic jams and accidents automatically.

(Yes, this is spammy. No, I don't work for Waze. But I do edit their maps for fun, for free.)

Comment: Re:I Disagree with the Summary (Score 1) 339

It seemed to have plenty of thrust, to me: The amount of deceleration was remarkable.

Meanwhile, it's not a matter of getting the rocket vertical after touchdown, but before: Once it "touches down" with one or more of its feet, the dynamics instantly change (surface friction becomes a thing, and a tall free-floating object grows a fulcrum) and all bets are off.

Go play some Lunar Lander and try again. :)

Comment: Re:Can we get systems with M.2 ports on the front? (Score 1) 72

by adolf (#49482505) Attached to: Samsung SSD On a Tiny M.2 Stick Is Capable of Read Speeds Over 2GB/sec

You mean PCI-E 3.0 x4, SATA 3.0, and/or USB 3.0. Native, with pins dedicated to those purposes. (There's currently 5 different M.2 card keyings standardized.)

Also, from your own link:

I found stumbled across the Delock SATA to Thunderbolt adapter through a Google search, and I was hopeful that it might perform as well as it looks on paper. Unfortunately that's not the case.

The biggest issue is how difficult it is to get a drive working with it. After plugging it in and attaching a drive, it's hit or miss whether that drive will actually mount on my Macbook Pro Retina.

A secondary issue involves hot swapping disks. Once a drive is ejected from the Mac's interface and another is inserted, the Delock will not mount the second drive. I had to disconnect everything, re-attach, and go through the same hurdles I had to go through to get the drive working in the first place.

When it does finally mount the performance is far below the stated 6 gigabits per second potential, with benchmarks on a high-end SSD capping out at 3 gigabits per second even though the drive can go faster than that.

The bottom line? This product needs work. I can't recommend it.

The difficulty stems from the fact that Thunderbolt does not include SATA, requiring funky PCI-E to SATA chips that barely work, whereas M.2 supports SATA natively.

I can plug a SATA SSD into a USB adapter on my router and connect that with a serial cable to an ancient laptop with TCP/IP and NFS using SLIP or PPP or some other thing, and transfer fucking 1s and 0s. That doesn't mean that the serial port on the ancient laptop somehow groks SATA.

(Now are we done yet?)

Comment: Re:Can we get systems with M.2 ports on the front? (Score 2) 72

by adolf (#49480161) Attached to: Samsung SSD On a Tiny M.2 Stick Is Capable of Read Speeds Over 2GB/sec

No, not the same at all.

Thunderbolt has PCI Express and DisplayPort. It is used as an expansion bus for external peripherals.

M.2 has PCI Express and USB and SATA. It is used an an expansion bus for internal peripherals.

They're practically very dissimilar. Of the four electrical interfaces supported amongst them, they share just one in common. These aren't crazy words that only an engineer would understand.

I can't drive a DisplayPort monitor with M.2, and I can't connect a SATA drive to Thunderbolt.

SATA and eSATA are practically the same thing. M.2 and Thunderbolt are not.

In other words, Thunderbolt is NOT to M.2 as eSATA is to SATA.

In other words, both apples and oranges have a few things in common, but a lot more things that are not. At the end of the day, it's still apples and oranges.

(Are we done yet?)

Comment: Re:p=mv, do the math... (Score 2) 74

by adolf (#49450143) Attached to: Amazon Gets Approval To Test New Delivery Drones

Because a drone could never deploy a simple parachute, and/or have redundant propulsion (which can be done in software, today), and/or simply disassemble itself with a bang before falling out of the sky in small, low-mass chunks with terrible coefficient of drag and low terminal velocity.

Also: Delivery trucks are always perfectly safe.

Did I miss anything?

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 2) 358

by adolf (#49438559) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

It's OK when you do it, too.

I don't care if you block ads, or use CSS overlays to give your Youtube experience an OMG Kittens theme, or molest yourself with a bristle brush.

What would not be OK is if my ISP or some other third party blocked ads on my behalf, used CSS overlays to give my Youtube experience an OMG Kittens theme, or molest me with a bristle brush.

Do you see the difference?

Comment: Re:ad blocker? (Score 1) 358

by adolf (#49438415) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

I use Adblock Edge on my PC, but also have a script that periodically downloads a magic list of hosts, tucks it into a format that dnsmasq likes, and runs on my Tomato-based router (there are a million variations on this).

The latter hosts-hacking always catches Youtube ads on the PS3 and Chromecast, and usually* gets rid of them on other devices on the network.

*Usually as in I see an ad so infrequently, and only on my Android phone, that I can't be bothered with doing anything more about it.

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 1) 85

by adolf (#49435345) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

Here's my own progression:

I used *I forget what* under MS-DOS to establish a PPP (SLIP? whatever) connection, ~1992, to a *nix host. It worked as well as MS-DOS could (and still does) allow.

Later, I used Telemate under MS-DOS to talk to the local Delphi dialup, to talk to Steve Jackson Games' Illuminati Online FreeBSD boxen.

Eventually, a local ISP showed up. I used Winsock on Windows, was disappointed: Things barely worked, which is saying a lot compared to all of the "barely worked" above.

I installed OS/2 on a 486SX with 4MB of RAM. The GUI loaded enough to see it, but then I discovered that OS/2 could run without a GUI: All command-line. It was fast. The TCP/IP stack robust enough to knock random other Internet users offline with a simple ping -f, all while my own connection was still useable: The pings would get longer and longer, and more and more infrequent, and then stop...even if I was on a different port of the exact same terminal server that they had been connected to, and even if asymmetric modem speeds said it shouldn't be that way.

Eventually, I got a Pentium 100 ("arguably overclocked" to a P120), and had 16MB of RAM on that board (16x1MB 30-pin SIMMS on carefully-stacked adapters). Worked a treat: I could finally use OS/2's GUI, and it was usable despite using 4x the RAM and about twice the CPU.

I used Linux after that, starting with Slackware 2.

I put on Windows 95 OSR2 after a then-employer handed me a copy of it and told me it was my job to do email support for his Windows-based software: I still did most of my work with a telnet/ssh session to SJ Games' io.com FreeBSD hosts.

As you can see, OS/2 was a blip on my own radar in those early days. But the Winsock days were really, really bad: Worse than the MS-DOS days.

And OS/2 was as solid as Linux, or the FreeBSD (then a mature thing) hosts that I paid by the month to use.

And OS/2's solid TCP/IP was included. With Windows, it was an extra, fickle (and not cheap, IIRC) third-party add-on.

95 OSR2 did OK, but meh. Nobody cared unless they were trying to get their new Packard Bell online, and then AOL by then the easiest answer. (They didn't get the money to buy Time Warner by accident.)

Comment: Re:Hindenburg? (Score 1) 140

by adolf (#49435171) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation

In ~2004, I bought a used, relatively clean and option-loaded 1995 BMW 325i with sport suspension for $6500.

I've spent about $4000 on repairs and general regular maintenance (from an auto-to-manual transmission swap, to the current valve cover/intake-parts rebuild, and including tires, wheels, and oil changes) in the past 11 years.

So I'm in for about $11,500 for over a decade of the very best car I've ever driven.

It sees some downtime, but I'm ~40k ahead of the game. And $40k buys at least a few $11,500 cars for fun spares.

Comment: Re:Lower taxes (Score 1) 312

by adolf (#49435119) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

You've got it all backward.

All truly competitive free-market prices are (at least said to be) set at whatever the market will bear.

And contrary to what you say, an established and monopolized source of goods and/or services doesn't have that problem: They can charge whatever they feel like charging, and people will either pay it or be without that good or service. With a strong, non-competitive monopoly, it doesn't matter what the market will bear: You can provide minimal services at maximal pricing and reap maximum profits at the cost of those who can afford your good or service that you offer at a very self-serving price.

Hence, antitrust laws.

Hence, government.

Do you live under a rock, or do you just play someone who lives under a rock on TV?

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?