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Comment: Can't "buy" Windows 10? (Score 1) 172 172

From what I understood - Microsoft wasn't going to outright "sell" Windows 10 - but it was going to be available on a per-year licence type of deal. If this is true - it would mean that these aren't "free" upgrades after all - but maybe a trap in which you'd be required to buy a "subscription" down the road...

Comment: I'm calling bull$&1t.... (Score 1) 170 170

This mentality MIGHT have been true many years ago where computers were exotic enough that you needed some level of expertise to even operate the computers enough to the point where you could RUN the games - but preparing us to code? No. Are we to conclude that playing Candy Crush Saga 8 hours a day is actually beneficial because this is preparing us for a career as a developer?

Comment: Re:Emperor's New Clothes?? (Score 1) 514 514

Yes, but remember that refrigerators "cycle" on and off via their thermostat. So though it may draw 2200 Watts, but only run 10% of the time. So (by my example numbers) on one hand it's easier on your total kWh because it's only using "220 Watts on average", but when it actually does kick-on, it's drawing a full 2200 Watts - which is near (over over) the capacity of the Tesla system we're talking about.

Comment: Emperor's New Clothes?? (Score 1) 514 514

Are we all somehow swoon to think this is a practical solution to some problem? I live in New Hampshire and we get our share of power outages during the winter. EVERYONE has generators. A typical "LOW-END" household generator would start around 5k-6500 watts. Remember, a refrigerator alone is about 2200 watts running. Add in a blower motor for your household furnace - it adds up quickly.When we loose power, it can be for hours or days at a time. I haven't even started to talk about summer conditions when electricity is in demand and people run their AC units.

What would I do with a device that output 2kWs and lasted 2 or 3 hours???

Comment: ALL circuits are - and Raspberry PI FM Transmitter (Score 1) 88 88

Absolutely no idea why this is something "new". Any oscillating (digital) circuit is an RF transmitter - though this is almost always an unwanted side effect.

There have been a lot of people (too many references to site) who do things like make FM transmitters out of a Raspberry PI.

I used to play with making my Apple ][+ do wonky things to transmit weird noise to my FM radio back in the day...

Comment: Danger of SSDs (Score 2, Interesting) 105 105

for a ton of technical reasons I won't get into right now (remapping/wear leveling) SSDs aren't usually able to handle power faults like regular HDs. Too often, taking an unexpected power hit can easily result of massive amounts of lost data, or even loss of the device itself. I've seen this happen at least 20 times. Thete are allegedly some "enterprise grade SSDs" which may or may not mitigate this issue. I'm tired of seeing articles citing all kinds of performance tests that go into absolutely no detail on if you are going to lose all your data the next time you lose power, or have to force-off your laptop because it locked-up on you.

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