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Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 1) 138

by chis101 (#49076061) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series
I don't know... I see your point, but I'd wager that the likelihood of a false positive on the eFUSE is less likely than the user actually overclocked it to trigger it. It's kind of like those 'water damage' stickers they have in phones. Maybe it's possible that it claims damage when there wasn't any, but it's sure a good indication that something happened that wasn't supposed to, and it makes it harder to lie your way into a warranty replacement.

Don't think I'm siding with NVidia on this, though; I'm just discussing the subject. I still feel like they owe me a laptop after their defective Geforce 8400m cost me my previous one :).

Comment: Re:I bet (Score 1) 216

by chis101 (#48502021) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything
No idea if this has any relation to the GP's issue, but my Galaxy Nexus would drain the battery very quickly when Wi-Fi was enabled. It ended up being caused by Location Services. I disabled 'Use nearby WiFi to improve location accuracy' and my battery life doubled.

I'm sure there was some other actual root cause to the issue, but I got my desired result (acceptable battery life), so I didn't look into it any further.

Comment: Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (Score 1) 223

by chis101 (#48378949) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

deal with the fact that it is probably a debit card or a store use only card, probably has decreasing balance if not used, charges for checking balance, no actual cash value, etc.

The best way (for me) that I have come across to handle rebate debit cards is to, on receipt of the card, immediately purchase an Amazon gift card with the full amount of the debit cart. This works great for me because I know I will be spending money at Amazon at some point anyway, and now I don't have to worry about keeping around the rebate card, the card expiring, or leaving the card with $1.27 left on it which then becomes difficult to spend.

Comment: Re:Only payments? (Score 1) 336

by chis101 (#47938379) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
You may be mistaking what you use it for with what it is capable of. You can send any arbitrary information over it, as long as an application on both ends understands what you are doing. I believe that Apple devices may impose additional restrictions on what you can pair with (I know that I use Bluetooth to connect to a $5 OBD-II reader in my car, but that my friends with iPhones are unable to make this pairing and have to use the $15 WiFi version).

Maybe take a look at this page:

Comment: No conspiracy, but old phones are slowing down (Score 2) 281

I don't think they intentionally sabotage them, but they are definitely slower. It's just that they keep getting pushed new OS updates, and new app updates, and the new updates expect faster hardware.

I bought a Galaxy Nexus 2 years ago, and when I got it everything was blazing fast. By a few months ago, my phone was frustratingly slow. For a while I considered that I was just looking at newer phones and thinking "Wow, that's so much faster than mine" but just thought that it was the comparison that made mine feel slow, not that it really was slow. I finally decided my phone was objectively slow, not just by comparison.

A few weeks ago I 'downgraded' to Android 4.2.2 (Had been running Android 4.3), and turned off auto app update. (I had previously tried various ROMs with 4.3, but they were all still slow.) Now my phone is fast again. Maybe not as blazing fast as it was brand new, but I no longer feel like I'm ever waiting for the phone.

So, I don't think there is a real 'conspiracy' to slow down old phones, but I think that old phones *are* slower, they know they are doing it, and just don't care. Why would they? They think we should be happy they are pushing updates to us, but they don't think they should have to worry about the experience on devices they sold years ago. But, I have the ability to refuse these updates, so I can keep my personal phone usable for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 608

by chis101 (#47417105) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

... use frameworks the new guy is likely unfamiliar with because there are so many. Time for a new web GUI standard; the existing attempts keep falling on their face and try to turn JavaScript into a GUI OS language, which it wasn't meant for. We need fresh standards, dammit!

This sounds familiar.

Comment: Re:Because I'm lazy (Score 3, Informative) 279

by chis101 (#47318753) Attached to: Why Software Builds Fail

If you are talking about C/C++, the variable is *not* null in either case. If you assigned null to it, then it is null. If you never assigned any value to it, then it is whatever happened to be in memory at that location. It's a pretty good warning to let you know you are using a variable without it being assigned a value.

int* ptr;
if( ptr != NULL )
*ptr = 0;

This code will at some point crash. Maybe not on the first run, but at some point ptr will not be null, but will not be a pointer to valid memory.

Comment: Re:I believe it because.. (Score 1) 291

by chis101 (#47110245) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

I have been discriminated against a few times because I choose to be childless.

Do you really choose to be childless or can you just not find anyone who will put up with you long enough to have a child together?

Though you may have been joking, this kind of response is an example of what he was talking about.

Comment: Re:Trade secrets, not patents (Score 1) 148

by chis101 (#46898885) Attached to: Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Actually, all the sodas, even common ones like Coke and Pepsi, use real sugar when their market is Mexican people. Even soda sold in Mexican food stores in the US sell the real sugar version. They don't like the HFCS, so the companies make what will sell better. I don't know why us US Americans have such a weak will that we have to buy what they give us whether it tastes good or not. Brainwashing perhaps?

They sell Mountain Dew Throwback, which uses real sugar instead of HFCS. I actually don't like the taste of it. It tastes flat to me, like it was normal Mountain Dew that's been left open for a few days.

That's just my opinion though.

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 328

by chis101 (#46759067) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Replying to myself, but here's what it is like where I live:

Block 1: $3.76/1,000 gallons
Block 2: $5.02/1,000 gallons

Block 1 rate is applied to usage up to and including 125% of the average winter consumption (AWC) used for billing. Block 2 rate is applied to all usage in excess of 125% of the AWC used for billing.

Residential customers are billed bi-monthly and charges are determined by multiplying the average winter water usage by the volume rate and adding the customer service charge

So, my waste water bill is based solely on my winter usage. My water bill charges me extra for any usage above 125% of my average winter usage.

When I first moved into my house (during the summer), my waste water bill was based on the 'average' winter usage for the neighborhood, since they did not have historic winter usage data for me. I live alone, so they were charging me 3-5x my actual usage. I had to call them and request that they use my actual usage, instead of the average for the neighborhood. I'm sure they could have very easily ran that check without my calling, but I think they were hoping I wouldn't complain about my sewage bill being 3x my water bill :).

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