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Comment: Re:File with the FCC (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504481) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

And then hire some cisco-approved "experts" to recommend you the latest configuratable ipv6 fancy-pants 100Gig routers for each classroom. They will give fancy "the future is here" 3D presentations to the principal and board, and make sure you loose every last dime that could have purchased time with real educators and industry experts to actually help educate.

Comment: Re:I still can't for the life of me (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504463) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Well, just sayin', maybe kids would be naturally curious about other things too?

Like, I dunno, science and math? Reading interesting books? Dropping eggs off the side of a building in various contraptions? Shooting rubber bands in a contest? Observing the weather each day? Planting stuff? Estimating quantities of items? Playing musical instruments? Drawing? Making things out of scraps of material? Exploring mathematics without a calculator and a test?

Oh, right, this stuff isn't digital, doesn't cost enough money, and requires additional effort form the teacher other than watching kids play on ipads while they play on facebook themselves.

Comment: Re:I still can't for the life of me (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504439) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Why does it have to be a tablet? How about hiring a scientist or an engineer to come to each class room for a few hours a week. Guarantee you'd get your mileage there.

Given how these will be used, I doubt there will be much difference except for the cost. Either way it is a complete waste.

Comment: Re:Expensive? (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504425) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

You've got this exactly correct. Educate. Don't waste our money, time, and most importantly, our students' childhood on a "device."

I guarantee you that if I were educating students with a chalkboard I could do better than a moron with the latest iPad. Or google tablet or whatever.

Let's get better teachers and better materials, not more technology.

"Oh, but our kids won't learn how to use Office XYZ and Windows F" Big deal. They can pick that up pretty quick any time. Let's get them THINKING and LEARNING first.

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 2) 151

by gnu-sucks (#47471593) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

It's not a minor flaw. Getting the same PID causes the same random numbers to return, that is a major flaw and something I would not have expected from an OpenSSL fork.

They might as well have written it in bash(ie, RANDOM=$$, seeds the random number generator with the current PID), this is ridiculous. It should be HARD to get the same random number twice.

It's a good thing nobody uses this yet.

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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours 749

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-your-data-are-belong-to-us dept.
An anonymous reader points out this story about the U.S. Justice Department's claim that companies served with valid warrants for data must produce that data even if the data is not stored in the U.S. Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must do so regardless of the location of that information." Microsoft appealed to a federal judge, and the case is set to be heard on July 31.

Comment: Re:Inside the PC case? Forget it (Score 1) 502

A standard PC power supply is extremely noisy. So are the regulators near the CPU. Computer power supplies do not have real noise requirements because a digital system like a computer will be essentially uneffected by noise until it reaches extreme amounts.

Any PSU can pick up noise from the mains, it is the good PSUs that deal with it properly.

Comment: Re:The difference isn't the card. (Score 1) 502

See here's the thing. You changed something in you system and you think it "sounds better" and your wife agrees.

Well, what about it was better? Did you change it back to see if the change reverted? Did you then test your perceived changes with any kind of quantitative testing equipment?

What you have recounted thus far is about as reliable as those commercials on TV for the "gambler's charm" where they have a person say they "felt much luckier" with it. And this is a typical audiophile recount.

I once knew one of these folks that paid $500 for a standard IEC power cable for their preamplifier. I reminded them that the wiring in the wall of the apartment was shit, but he insisted he could "feel" the difference, though it was not describable in any way past that.

Comment: Re:... and acoustic treatment (Score 1) 502

There are differences, it's not all smoke an mirrors.

The first time I really noticed a low-quality external converter was when I purchased a replacement from brand X. Their new converter did not sound right to me at all. A few minutes with the scope showed me why, slew rate was so bad it couldn't pass a 1khz square wave without significant slewing.

A client of mine had another box from this company, using it as a microphone input. The analog circuitry was very very bad. Once you got the mic up to the appropriate gain level (for close-up speaking), the noise floor came up to maybe -30dBfs or so. This is one of the cheaper units, around $200.

I have recorded in studios with "the best of the best" in recording gear. There is a lot of pseudo-engineering and trickery around many devices, but there definitely are a lot of shitty intro-level ADCs and DACs. Mandy of these intro-level devices are basically what is inside your PC, including cheap chinese-made switching power supplies near the analog i/o, maximum-compactness PCB layout, etc.

I won't argue about "gold monster cable" or similar smoke, but with these external "sound card boxes" there definitely are differences. Some are noticeable, some only in specific situations would bother anyone, and some are just marketing.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.

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