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Comment: Re:Pay attention here... (Score 2, Insightful) 100

by Jedi Alec (#30295166) Attached to: Spammer Lance Atkinson Fined $16 Million

Economics

Spam is sent because it is profitable. No matter what you tell yourself, spam isn't sent to you to piss you off, flood your inbox, waste your time, or anything like that. Spam is sent to make money.

Hence spam is an economic problem, and if you want to truly deal with it, you need an economic solution. If spamming ceases to be profitable, then there will cease to be spam. The spammers just want to get paid, that's all.

Houses are burglared because it is profitable. No matter what you tell yourself, burglary isn't committed to piss you off, piss on your bed, scare your dog or anything like that. Burglaries are committed to make money.

Hence burglary is an economic problem, and if you want to truly deal with it, you need an economic solution. If burglary ceases to be profitable, then there will cease to be burglaries. The burglers just want to get paid, that's all.

Bonus points for saying that out loud at a decent pace without tripping over your words ;-)

Comment: Build it into monitors, TVs or KVM switches (Score 1) 216

by DeBaas (#30295100) Attached to: What Google's Chromium OS Is Reaching For

I would love to have this in my monitor. Turn it on, within a couple of seconds I can do most things while I wait for the computer to boot, fsck etc. Especially when I'm tinkering around with the desktop and have to deal with reboots. Just make sure that it shares keyboard and mouse with the desktop. (sort of a build in KVM in the Monitor)
I think there will be many times that I wouldn't even boot the desktop anymore. Especially If I just want to do some quick email checking etc.

In a (HD)TV this would also be great. Headers of new mail running at the bottom of the screen just like breaking news in news channels. If such an email triggers you, just put Chrome OS full screen and (if combined with a wireless keyboard), read the whole mail, maybe look something up on the internet etc.

If you add virtualisation, you could also use it in your dekstop. Chrome OS as the host, and then run vms of full desktops as you please but you would still be online quickly while you wait for vms to load

It is not gonna replace my desktop OS. But I see a lot of potential!

Comment: Re:Great assumption (Score 1) 400

by dgatwood (#30294910) Attached to: Lifecycle Energy Costs of LED, CFL Bulbs Calculated

1. I never said heat would break the lamp itself. I said that heat can fry the circuitry in the base of a CFL. The fact that you've never observed early failure from CFL heat death doesn't mean it doesn't occur. The Energy Star website agrees with me that this is a problem with at least some CFLs. There's your citation.

2. I certainly did not intend to imply that LEDs could not be used in refrigerators. I intended for the refrigerator part to be just about CFLs and for the oven part to be about both CFLs and LEDs. Sorry if that wasn't clear. The epoxy shell of LEDs would almost certainly melt in ovens (Epoxy apparently melts at about 375 degrees F), and although a fluorescent tube might survive, provided the ballast were located elsewhere, such an installation would require significant modifications to the oven, making it impractical to eliminate this use for the foreseeable future. And of course, when it comes to refrigerators, fluorescent tubes don't appreciate extreme cold, though LEDs could conceivably be used there, provided that the rapid temperature swings when they come on don't cause the solder joints to crack too quickly. I'd probably want to do some experimentation before I said LEDs would be fine there, but it's quite possible that they'd be fine.

3. LED-based bicycle lights and flashlights are a largely unrelated subject. These devices do not use any voltage conversion except possibly a current limiting resistor in series with the LED. The parts that are problematic in terms of requiring adequate ventilation don't exist in those devices because you're starting with DC instead of AC.

4. The failure mode of CFLs dimming is just one of several failure modes that these bulbs can exhibit. Other failure modes include the flicker of death (when the tube won't quite come on) and the electrolytic big bang (where the capacitor in the charge pump blow and the light fails to illuminate entirely). I don't have any statistics on the frequency of these failure modes. It would be an interesting bit of information to have. You know, now that I think about it, it might not be possible to get the flicker of death with CFLs because of the way their ballasts are designed. So it may just be the two failure modes---fading in brightness or suddenly going dead (or fading in brightness and then suddenly going dead).

5. I'm assuming when you said that your lights don't contain electrolytic capacitors, you meant that you spent more money to use film or ceramic caps instead. Unfortunately, most mass-produced devices use mostly electrolytic caps whenever they can because they are cheaper. Expecting your design decisions to be the norm is like expecting people not to eat.

If you don't use any capacitors at all, then how precisely to you generate anything approaching filtered DC without capacitors? And if you say that you use a full wave bridge without any smoothing caps like those @$&% LED Christmas lights that flicker obnoxiously as the light pulsing interacts with the facets on the bulb, I'm going to have to hurt you. :-D

Comment: Windows 7 Lard Disk Problems? (Score 1, Offtopic) 412

by lcreech (#30293338) Attached to: Windows 7 Share Grows At XP's Expense

Or Just me? I have several NTFS formatted Seagate 2.0 Terabyte drives that are fine under Linux, XP SP3 and Leopard that appear as 99.9 Megabyte (NOT GigaByte) drives under Windows 7 and without any files. Rendering Windows 7 totally useless with my data. Yes, All drivers and the BIOS are both up to date for my GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard.

A rolling disk gathers no MOS.

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