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Comment Re:Interesting argument (Score 1) 117 117

The FCC has discretionary authority precisely because the issues are too complex and changing to be tracked by legislation. Basically Congress is saying, let the experts decide. Bottom line, ISPs based their business on elements of the public domain including public airwaves and right of way originally given to power companies. If they had obtained or created the infrastructure on their own, it would be a different matter. But they didn't.

Comment Airtame (Score 1) 157 157

What you really want is Airtame (https://airtame.com/). Anything that appears on your screen is sent to the TV. And it works as it's own wifi access point. The hardware is solid but the software is still under development. Worth waiting for I think. It will eventually work on Linux plus the other usual suspects, including IOS and Android.

Comment Third Dimension (Score 5, Interesting) 1175 1175

We are accustomed to living in a 2D world (unless you live in a tall apartment in NY... and even then) but drones add a third dimension that we are not used to. I think the FAA has been far too lax in allowing drones to operate in unrestricted space and in not applying radio controlled airplane regulations to drones. Already we have drones crashing into buildings, falling on people, endangering commercial and emergency response airplanes etc, etc)

A good starting point would be to recognize the airspace above private property as part of the property, up to the level allowed to commercial aircraft. That would mean that drones could only fly above designated land surfaces.

Comment Re:Ram replacement? (Score 3, Informative) 171 171

If we are talking MLC NAND, you are off by a factor of 10. http://www.anandtech.com/show/...

But since the XPoint cells are individually addressable bit by bit, the comparison is probably to SLC, in which case the relevant number of P/E cycles for XPoint would be 10E8 and you are off by a factor of more than 33,000.

Comment Ram replacement? (Score 4, Interesting) 171 171

There has been some discussion http://bit.ly/1SLtYAh that 3D XPoint might be a replacement for RAM in mobile devices because it is "ram-like" in speed and low power due to the fact that it's non-volatile. If this can replace RAM and NAND in phones and tablets, it will be a major milestone in the history of computing.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 2) 171 171

I don't usually bother to make negative comments, but this is too much. If their claim is true, then the memory would cost the same per bit of memory and 8 to 10 times as much per unit of volume. Got it? And it is not really important how much it costs per unit volume. It's just important that the memory will not take up much space. You really need to slow down and work on your critical thinking skills. /rant

Comment Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 593 593

What Snowden did was technically illegal, but he was exposing previous illegal acts by the government, so he should be pardoned on that basis. Snowden has not been charged (yet) under the espionage act because the possibility of the death penalty would block his extradition from most European countries where he might seek asylum.

"He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime." That's just ridiculous. He would never see a public courtroom but would be tried in a secret "patriot act " court. I think the authoritarian regime is right here.

This is not the America I grew up in. This is disgraceful.

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