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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 491

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

Comment: Re:Tannenbaum's predictions... (Score 1) 131

by LWATCDR (#47428761) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Mobile, Routers, NAS, and now servers. ARM is getting very big very quickly.
In computers Attacks come from the bottom up. PC where a joke and could not hold a candle to a real computer like a PDP-11! Forget about mainframes like the 370!
It was not HURD at the time but GNU Unix that was going to be the next big thing.
It wasn't but hey no one is perfect.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 182

by LWATCDR (#47423531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Simple native development can be a lot easier than cross development.
If you have the money for some really good embedded tools, cross development is not bad at all. But if not native development is a lot simpler.
I would still do most of my work on an X86 Linux box and then move the project over to the embedded for testing but that is just me.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Interesting) 174

Actually Streets and Trips has a lot of features that Google maps and I bet Bing maps lack for trip planning.
For example you can tell it when you are going to leave, your MPG, fuel tank size, and how many hours you want to drive a day. Streets and Trips will suggest refueling points and stopping points.
I wish the online maps "Google" would put those features in and allow you to push the trip to your mobile device.

Comment: Re:And when the video feed dies... (Score 5, Informative) 464

Simple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

"In 1929, he became the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone, without a view outside the cockpit. Having returned to Mitchel Field that September, he assisted in the development of fog flying equipment. He helped develop, and was then the first to test, the now universally used artificial horizon and directional gyroscope. He attracted wide newspaper attention with this feat of "blind" flying and later received the Harmon Trophy for conducting the experiments. These accomplishments made all-weather airline operations practical."

And yes it was the Jimmy Doolittle. If you do not know about him you should read up on him.

Comment: Re:Not really surprised... (Score 2) 204

by LWATCDR (#47387905) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Russia worried about privacy? Yeah....
Just makes it easier for them to get their own citizens data, easier to tax and demand bribes from companies doing business in Russia, and hopefully makes it easier to spy on other nations because some of their personal data could end up in Russia.
Anyone that thinks that Russia is open or pro privacy is living in a fantasy world.

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