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Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by erice (#48795113) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

However.. One option people DO have with Android is to move from the "Company Install" to a 3rd party install (without the bloatware /etc.)

So there ARE support options (Unless your company demands that your phone is 100% up to date with security patches AND not rooted...

For some Android devices. Not for all. For others, device driver issues prevent a fully functional Cyanogenmod, much less one that is officially supported. My Mytouch 4G, for instance. It stuck on Gingerbread, bugs and all along with buggy third party apps whose bugfixes are only available on later Androids.

Comment: Still camera film rewind (Score 3, Interesting) 790

by erice (#48785573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Reach the end of a roll of film and it auto-rewinds with distinctive hum.

From a travelogue I wrote in 2003:

As the light started to dim and elephant to disperse, I heard a familiar hum. The film has reached its end and was now returning to the start. I felt a sense of completeness. Previously, I had toyed with the idea of visiting one of Bangkok's inevitably overtouristed sites. But that now seemed wrong. A rushed viewing of an overcrowded temple in a polluted city was not a fitting close for an epic Asian adventure. Better to stop here, at the last frame of the roll. To end with elephants.

It was the last photo that camera ever took. Digital cameras today emulate some of the noises of film: film advance, mirror clack (even for those that have no mirrors), but not rewind.

Actually rewind sounds of all kinds have mostly disappeared. Reel to Reel, audio cassette, VCR tape. Backup tape rewind still happens but not many hear it anymore.

Comment: Re:I got an idea (Score 2) 230

by erice (#48749021) Attached to: AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

Build your own fab

While not a bad idea, it doesn't solve the problem. When you have your own fab, you are pretty much obligated to use it. Even when it is late, low on capacity, or a full node behind. You can reduce this risk by throwing a lot of money at R&D and spare capacity. However, this is more than a little bit expensive. That is why AMD doesn't have a captive fab anymore. They can't afford it.

TSMC is in the business of making chips. They don't make money if they can't make chips. I haven't heard that Apple or Samsung have an unexpected block buster products at 14nm. That means that either TSMC grossly underestimated demand at 14/16nm/20nm (not likely) or they are having manufacturing problems that are slowing production. If it were just TSMC screwing up, you would bet UMC other fabs would exploiting this opportunity to steal business. Since this isn't happening, it is good bet that a hypothetical AMD or Nvidia fab would have the same production trouble.

Comment: Re:"Take your time for a thoughtful response" (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by erice (#48721451) Attached to: How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

Anyway, traveling 16LY is only trivially more difficult than travelling 3LY. The hard part is getting up to speed, and slowing down at the destination. The long coast in the middle is easy, and if you are going fast, it is time dilated anyway.

Getting up to speed is really really hard. So much so that you can largely forget about taking advantage of time dilation. Unless you can salvage a Bussard Ramjet (current thinking is that it won't work) you are not going to get that fast. Traveling 3LY instead of 16LY means only having to reach 1/5 the speed to arrive in a "reasonable" time. That's a big help. It might be the difference between doable but hard and hopeless.

Comment: Re:So how many have SATA ports? (Score 1) 81

by erice (#48710243) Attached to: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs


I gfigure USB is common but SATA is hard to find.

SATA is not hard to find. *Dual* SATA is hard to find and dual SATA with dual Ethernet is basically non-existant among ARM boards.

I have a PCduino Nano that I picked up at a raffle. It's a cute little board but single ethernet means it can't be a router or a firewall. Single SATA means no RAID so it doesn't really have any business being a server either.

Comment: Re:PC with SODIMMs? (Score 1) 42

by erice (#48665563) Attached to: Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

So what's a DDR3L (1.35V) SODIMM? I have no clue what the difference is between LPDDR and something like DDR3L, but you sound like someone knowledgeable enough to answer.

DDR3L is lower voltage but otherwise identical to DDR3. LPDDR is an entirely different line used mostly in cell phones. LPDDR3 has no relationship to DDR3, just as LPDDR2 had no relationship to DDR2 and LPDDR4 has no relationship to DDR4.

Comment: Re:PC with SODIMMs? (Score 3, Informative) 42

by erice (#48661699) Attached to: Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

There are no DIMMs for LPDDR, SO or otherwise. The price for low IO power is no termination resistors. The means you only get adequate signal integrity with short, point to point traces. Edge connector buses need not apply.

SODIMMs use the same DDR protocol as desktop DIMMs, but usually contain fewer chips and wider buses to each chip.

Comment: More important: how is this happening? (Score 4, Insightful) 70

by erice (#48623705) Attached to: Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

Unfortunately, TFA doesn't suggest the question. Gamma bursts were not expected on Earth because they are created by nuclear interactions. Common for stars and other cosmic objects but not expected in thunderstorms. The source could be electrical, which means they are technically x-rays but at a higher energy then thought possible. Alternatively, there is significant nuclear fusion going on in those storms.

+ - The Vanishing American Male Worker

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Binyamin Appelbaum writes at the NYT that the share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent as many men have decided that low-wage work will not improve their lives, in part because deep changes in American society have made it easier for them to live without working. These changes include the availability of federal disability benefits; the decline of marriage, which means fewer men provide for children; and the rise of the Internet, which has reduced the isolation of unemployment. Technology has made unemployment less lonely says Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, who argues that the Internet allows men to entertain themselves and find friends and sexual partners at a much lower cost than did previous generations. Perhaps most important, it has become harder for men to find higher-paying jobs as foreign competition and technological advances have eliminated many of the jobs open to high school graduates. The trend was pushed to new heights by the last recession, with 20 percent of prime-age men not working in 2009 before partly receding. But the recovery is unlikely to be complete. "Like turtles flipped onto their backs, many people who stop working struggle to get back on their feet," writes Appelbaum. "Some people take years to return to the work force, and others never do "

A study published in October by scholars at the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies estimated that 37 percent of the decline in male employment since 1979 can be explained by this retreat from marriage and fatherhood (PDF). “When the legal, entry-level economy isn’t providing a wage that allows someone a convincing and realistic option to become an adult — to go out and get married and form a household — it demoralizes them and shunts them into illegal economies,” says Philippe Bourgois, an anthropologist who has studied the lives of young men in urban areas. “It’s not a choice that has made them happy. They would much rather be adults in a respectful job that pays them and promises them benefits.”"

Comment: Making ENIAC run again (Score 2) 126

by erice (#48463399) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Gleason realized early on that he couldn’t make his portion of ENIAC run actual calculations—such an endeavor would require all 40 panels

I wonder if Gleason of other preservationists have considered building functional replicas of the missing panels. Doing so would be the first step is bringing the relics to life again as a functioning computer.

Of course, that would not be the end of the project:

, not to mention thousands of new components and technical know-how that had long been forgotten.

But perhaps a workable project to restore ENIAC to working order could inspire the re-discovery of such knowledge. Often of technical knowledge thought to be lost is not really lost, just misplaced. Somebody knows or knows who knows but they need to be inspired to come forward or follow up on their hunch.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 496

by erice (#48427889) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Because person by person is how you hire people. I would think that the last thing we would want would be "take it or leave it" job offers. Look what it has done to cell phone contracts, EULAs, utility contracts, heck just about anything.

"take it or leave it" works just fine for shoes, hotels, electronic equipment and most everything else we exchange money for. The key is you need enough competition that "leave it" becomes a real, practical choice.

Comment: Not a jet pack (Score 4, Informative) 55

by erice (#48420761) Attached to: Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

Despite appearances, there is no "jet" or "rocket" engine. It is a pair of ducted fans driven by a four cylinder gasoline engine.

It isn't a pack either. The weight of the machine is borne by a large frame that the pilot steps onto.

It is really an odd sort of helicopter. It looks really cool and it is much more compact than a normal helicopter but it is not a jet-pack.

Comment: Last generation to die (Score 3, Interesting) 187

by erice (#48335407) Attached to: I expect to be conventionally alive ...

I expect to live just long enough to be told "we can not extend life and health substantially, possibly indefinitely, but not for anyone already as old as you"

Or maybe not. Given that I expect it will take 20 years from the big breakthrough to a practical treatment and I'm already 46, I should be seeing signs already that the research is getting close.

Comment: Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (Score 4, Insightful) 40

by erice (#48331005) Attached to: Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

Aereo was an attempt to make local TV be receivable on cell phones and computers, but the copyright license wasn't negotiated properly. Why can't the iPhone have a ATSC chip inside it?

What would be the point? You need a rather large, well aimed antenna to reliably receive broadcast TV as anyone who has tried to use "rabbit ears" can tell you. Even the largest phablet is not large enough for such an antenna and no one will want to aim it at the tower.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.