Moore's Law is an expression of exponential growth. All we are seeing is the logical conclusion of applying exponential growth expectations to a real world finite resource (i.e. the fact that atoms have an essential finite size). See Wheat and Chessboard problem for reference.
What you are describing is known as TLER or "Time Limited Error Recovery" (the Western Digital name for it, at least). See TLER
R'd the F.A. I don't see anywhere it says that a design patent is not a patent.
OTOH, there is USPTO which disagrees with you when they say:
"A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
There are three types of patents. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
Note the three types: design, utility, and plant. Design is most assuredly a type of patent.
I built one of these as well, except I added an extension arm off to the side and mounted the control panel on the extension. Otherwise, same outcome.
Now, if only I would use it...
Hydrogen will win the end, we just don't know how yet...
Wow - that is a "faith based" point of view if ever I've seen one.
So police are all armed in the pursuit of killing as many citizens as possible?
The solution is obvious, but not yet available.
We all simply need to carry phasers - set to "stun".
I'll take a "shot" (pun intentional)
Think of it this way: I'd much rather a suicidal person put a bullet in their own brain pan than to have them swerve into incoming traffic (in which "me" == "incoming").
For me a baseball bat works well.
Really? How many intruders have you scared away with your bat? Disabled any with it?
Or is it more likely that it works well in making you feel safe, even though you have never actually had to wield it in self-defense?
Could be either way, so I'm not saying you're full of crap. But from what you actually said, I don't have any evidence one way or the other...
I once read the ACLU's position on gun ownership. The ACLU took STRONG pro-positions on things like freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, etc.
On 2nd Amendment, their website stated what was in essence "no position pro or con" (my wording - it's been a while).
In other words: "On some parts of the Constitution, we are Bold as Eagles! On the 2nd, we are Slippery as Weasels...."
Kellerman and Reay: "Protection or peril? An analysis of firearm deaths in the home." N.E. Journal of Medicine, 1986
Has often been quoted as asserting that one is 43 times more likely to kill themselves or someone close to them than to kill a criminal in self-defense (somewhat paraphrased, but then that's the way it's been stated zillions of times by anti-gun types).
Of the 43 times factor, 37 was suicide.
In all cases, someone had to die to be part of the statistic (scaring or warning away, or even *wounding* an assailant got zero points in this study).
If you take out the suicides and just go with being 6 times more likely, one should then compare this to other ways one might die at home. I did this once (using CDC statistics), and gun deaths were trumped (don't recall by how much, but it was more than a few percent) by FALLING DOWN! (e.g. the stairs).
Try the math - at the least it would be amusing. And it might be enlightening.
This "guns are so dangerous" meme is a fabrication when viewed statistically. Every death is a tragedy. But tragedy happens a lot, and guns are not the majority of source of tragedy (notwithstanding tyrannical dictatorships, genocide, etc.)
The reason they don't make it easy to download an entire map has nothing to do with storage or bandwidth. It has to do with *tracking*.
Location Based Services -- Since we know where you are, we can suggest you turn right and have a pizza at the restaurant that pays us to steer customers their way. etc... etc... etc...
Google has a talent for fooling people into thinking that they are offering all these great FREE services out of the goodness of their corporate heart. On the contrary, those services are very profitable, and the way they accomplish all that money making is by knowing a WHOLE HELL OF A LOT about YOU.
Anyway, it's up to you folks. But don't bitch about not getting the whole free map thing - now that you understand why it is not in Google's or Apple's or Microsoft's (or fill-in-the-blank-megacorp-giving-away-services) to provide them.
That's my $37.00 worth (I'm old and that's about what 2 cents used to be worth when I was a wee one)
Combine this with the news reported earlier on the DDR4, and this promises to be a fun year with many new machines likely to appear that are radically different from the last generation.
Which leaves just one question — which Linux architecture will be fully updated first?"
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Bingo - I posted on this earlier in this article (different sub-thread).
GPS is used to discipline the radio's oscillator to about 2,000 times greater precision than your garden-variety oscillator. This is NOT part of any serial port protocol. It is done with a dedicated logic signal, generally emitting one pulse per second.
Bad things will happen if the radio doesn't get rock-solid timing on this input. Like drifting out of your assigned RF channel and splattering on neighbor cells - oh and more important to you, having those neighbor cells splatter all over yours. Takeaway - everybody loses.
And then the lawsuits...
Hold your horses!
Yes you can probably come up with hacks to make it possible to user your box out of the "legal" area. Here's things to keep in mind:
1) AT&T may very well be watching the IP address from which your box is connecting into their cellular switching center. While nowhere nearly as accurate as GPS, they can certainly tell that you're in the Chicago area with your box, while your service is registered in Seattle... They could stop you cold on this.
2) The timing issue, while not so much a concern to you, the (agreement violating) user, it does have consequences. We are not just talking about "oh, it's 3:15pm, give or take a second". The timing they are talking about is actually "frequency accuracy". (you know, frequency and time are conjugate transforms) These devices have very strict frequency tolerances (used to be +/- 0.1 ppm when I was working on this technology, may be somewhat more permissive these days). GPS is the "gold standard" for disciplining your radio's local oscillator, and makes it easy to achieve the required tolerances. Bypass the "true GPS" accuracy with a hack, and your box's radio will drift out of channel. This may cause interference to surrounding (well behaved) radios, and may cause your quality of (cellular) service to suck as well.
3) There are legal reasons why AT&T ties the operation of your box to your "registered location". If you operate the box "elsewhere", you may very well be operating in a geography where AT&T has no license for that band. Now, AT&T can be held liable for violation of license. Think they're gonna take the rap without taking you down too? Even if so, enough of you "tinkerers" pull this shit and you can count on new criminal penalties being written into law - just for you!
So as fun as it might seem, may I caution you to find something else to hack? It won't make the world a better place if you "develop" these workarounds...