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Comment: Re:No. (Score 2) 289

by cheater512 (#48209963) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

I'm in Australia and I get 10mbit/s sync with ADSL2+ (there is a NBN fibre bolted to the side of my house, but no light in it).

From that:
- 4 VoIP lines
- 2 people working from home, copious calls/video calls.
- My 33TB NAS gets data from somewhere
all runs from it just fine.

I could use 100mbit or faster better than most, but realistically I start to struggle thinking about what I'd do after 20mbps or so, and any more than that is just doing silly crap with it.

Comment: Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (Score 3, Interesting) 283

by cheater512 (#48209115) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

If the cars that fall back to AI then communicate their observations and decisions back to Google then to other cars then the next car wouldn't need AI and could improve knowledge of the area, plus any particularly bad problem spots can be highlighted for further investigation at Google HQ.

Normal drivers don't have LIDAR. I assume it is a massive assistance for some aspects of Google's work.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 687

by cheater512 (#48208201) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Actually I go out of my way for counterfeit FTDI chips or competing chips.

FTDI chips are bloody expensive! Just for USB to Serial as well.
The CH340 chip also does USB to Serial, broad compatibility, and is $1.20 on eBay for a full breakout board with cables.
The FT232RL is $6.23 for the bare chip, or a bargain $3.89 in quantities of 2,000.

Comment: Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (Score 1) 279

I've done some tests with my home setup, 2 stories, upstairs 2.4ghz 3 antenna AC -> downstairs router 3 antenna AC -> upstairs 3 antenna 5ghz AC. I get about 10mbps via SSH easily, and I suspect it would get significantly better 5ghz -> 5ghz. No channel bonding, full compatibility with N/G.

Its certainly not gigabit, but its way faster than anything you'd need on devices in arbitrary locations.
If I had gigabit then I'd have a NAS or spare computer right next to the router to suck stuff down at max speed, and AC for everything else.

Its plenty reliable. Not sure why you'd think it is unreliable.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by cheater512 (#47998803) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

If I was going for a car loan and i could shave a % off the interest rate in exchange for one of these devices I'd go for it.

I'd also be always on time with my payments of course.

I'm only against this if the person was not informed about the device. If they knew about the device before signing the contact then its really their own problem if they decide to fail to make a payment and then require the car.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by cheater512 (#47989749) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Technically from an objective point of view, men getting paid more around certain age brackets is good business sense.

Women go on maternity leave for long periods of time, men don't.
Thats fine for certain jobs (teaching, nursing, insert more stereotypes here) but if you have an employee you've invested a lot of time in to training working on a 12 month project and then she has a kid, the project is screwed. With a man in the exact same role it is a minor disruption.

I'm all for equality, but there is a reason behind some of it, its not just misogyny (although there is a bit of that too)

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"