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Comment: UK ISPs cause DoS (Score 2, Insightful) 134

by gavron (#49549771) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

The UK ISPs are paid by their customers connect to the Internet.

The UK ISPs are blocking connections.

There are no "pirates".
There is no "piracy".

There is only UK ISPs not allowing their Internet customers who have paid for to reach all Internet sites to not reach all Internet sites.

Shame on UK ISPs.

There is nobody else to blame.

UK ISP customers. Sue your provider.


Comment: Nothing to sneeze at (Score 1) 38

by gavron (#49411771) Attached to: Forking Away: OnePlus Introduces Android-Based OxygenOS

I installed it on my OPO. It's not impressive. Going back to CM11 shortly.

NOTE: Do *NOT* install this if you use an encrypted filesystem. It will hose itself up and be stuck in a "couldn't mount /data; reboot" loop. First, format /data the hard way -- without preserving encryption or *ANY* files on there.


Comment: Stupids' Day (Score 1) 37

by gavron (#49388445) Attached to: Leak Reveals Government Conspiracy, Atrocity

Seriously, today's /. April Fools' things have been gangrenous post-rotten.

Yes, I love FireFly and everything about it.
Yes, I even liked Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Today's /. April Fools' things have been atrociously stupid.

If you don't fool anybody it's not an April Fools' joke... you're the fool.


Comment: No end-user would do this fiscally (Score 1) 226

by gavron (#49347035) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

Pretend you wanted to drive 8000 miles. The IRS expects that the cost per mile allowance is $0.50 based on gas, oil, tires, vehicle depreciation.

To drive those 8000 miles the apportioned cost would be $4,000. You can get 10 round-trip tickets London-NY off-season and 5 on-season for that.

During your trip if you follow your manufacturer's recommendations you'd need to change your oil three times. So would everyone else. At equal intervals. What a pile up at the mechanic at 3000m, 6000m, and just past it. Yuck!

If you have average street tires then the trip there and back would kill half your tires (so they only have half left on them you need to replace them on this trip).

If the speed limit was set at 100MPH and there were no stops you'd actually maintain that, but given that you will stop to stretch your legs, etc. that average goes down to about 80. That's 100 hours of driving, which with two drivers and sleeping in the car is 5 solid days. What's the value of 10-man-days lost?

Finally even if all those things were true, the largest cargo that could be transported is a triple-tractor trailer -- 3 containers. This ship can do 18,400 You'd need 6,133 trucks to equal that and it would take them 5 days. The cargo ship can make it in 3-4.

This is a nonstarter from every possible fiscal angle for the end-users, even if the road magically arrived today.*

* note that I didn't address at all that by the time your European car reached the US, it would not be homologated for street use by the DOT so you'd need to rent a car here anyway, and vice versa.

Comment: Article is wrong. Transceivers do this already. (Score 4, Interesting) 47

The article is misleading. Transmission and reception on the same "frequency" is done today. However, there's some other "discriminator" in the signal. Either modulation method, phase, shift, orientation, or "something" is different so that the receive and transmit don't collide.

This article -- despite its misleading introduction -- talks about a limited application whereby RX and TX can occur using the same frequency *BAND* (they say "spread spectrum") and allow full-duplex communication. The advance is that this is all on one chip.

What would be truly revolutionary, like the example of two people talking to each other at the same time, is the ability to transmit and receive using the *same* exact method by both transceivers. THAT would be the holy grail.

Not there yet.


Comment: Re:Transfer the heat to.... where? (Score 1) 51

by gavron (#49265759) Attached to: Fujitsu Could Help Smartphone Chips Run Cooler

It depends what you mean by "by design" is :)

Air is a great insulator, but poor conductor of heat.

My familiarity is with generatios of Dell laptops that exchange more heat through the bottom of the case they do they through venting to the air. Their support system even ensures you tell them if you're using your laptop "on a solid hard surface".

FYI 100C is higher than most hardware's failure point.

I know you want links. I'm off to bed. Google is that way --> Lazy is that way ---, and links are found in delis.


Comment: Transfer the heat to.... where? (Score 1) 51

by gavron (#49265525) Attached to: Fujitsu Could Help Smartphone Chips Run Cooler

In a laptop, the use of similar devices makes sense, as the heat can be transferred
somewhere where it can be dissipated into the air. Unfortunately it's more efficient
to transfer it to the table you have it on, so the bottom gets the heatsink which
makes it horrible to actually put your laptop on your lap-top.

In a smartphone, it's being held in your hand (on the back) and up to your face (on
the front) with fingers on the sides. Where to exactly are they going to move the
heat??? Heat exchanging is nothing new, but the ability to remove heat requires
the device interact with a cooler medium to transfer that heat. Normally that's
your palm, or the air, or both.

So... I ask again... transfer the heat to where?


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