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Comment: Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (Score 1) 126

by guruevi (#47797765) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

You are confusing Microsoft Messenger with MSN Messenger. Both were services automatically installed and enabled when you installed Windows and needed to be turned off in the same location. MSN Messenger would keep popping up with login credentials even if you didn't have/needed it.

Comment: WHY??? (Score 1) 59

by guruevi (#47760185) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

What is the big idea around streaming games? You'll have to send a 1080p stream for ~60m and it will generate about 500MB of data. An average game will take you 10h to complete so that is 5GB of data. The average game in my Steam library is about 1GB, some are 10 or 15GB but those are the biggest and hopefully will give me a lot more enjoyment than 10h.

Just send/rent me out the game and install it locally. No need to stream it and invoke 200ms response times.

Comment: Re:Unintended Consequences (Score 1) 233

by guruevi (#47760125) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

All crime has decreased since the '90s. Car thefts still occur regardless of anti-theft features. Some thieves will even present as 'licensed' tow truck operators, removing an illegally parked car.

The reason car thefts are prevalent is not for the car, it's for the car parts. The same is happening for these devices. Regardless of kill switch, the display still works, the buttons still work, the battery still works. Take the thing apart and sell it for parts in your local mall 'iPhone repair shoppe'

Comment: Re:The worrisome part (Score 1) 233

by guruevi (#47760107) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Anyone with any experience in IED's will tell you that you don't just disconnect/disable the trigger device. With smartphones it's even worse as you don't know whether a communication channel is being used (regular cell phones only have 1 connection which is already under "state" control, a smartphone may have 2 or 3 ways of communicating, at least 1 of which is relatively unlicensed).

There is no reason beyond theft prevention that requires a kill switch. And that is already available, implemented by many companies and up to the consumer to use. Some companies outside the US even have blacklists of stolen devices.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 505

by guruevi (#47760023) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The industry has already solved that problem. It has a big red "stop" button and a big green "start" button. Depending on the industry it might also have a big red stop button in multiple locations and a covered and sealed panic button. The stop button stops the process safely, the panic button stops the process abruptly in case of immediate danger to life but may also cause severe damage and present other dangers.

Besides a start and a stop and a panic button, I don't think it requires much more. Even physical brake systems these days are powered and you need substantially more force when it's not powered (and many drivers don't know how to stop their cars when they lose power braking and power steering)

Comment: Re:Stock is at a record high (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by guruevi (#47744017) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

AppleTV is alive and well. It's a piece of hardware like the Roku. As far as digital receivers go, AppleTV is the largest segment in the market and at 56% market share it's eclipsing all of it's competitors (Roku, Boxee, ChromeCast). The reason is simple, it offers everything I need and more and is truly plug and play (unlike either Boxee or Chrome) and doesn't nickel-and-dime the customer for channels like Roku does.

Apple never got into streaming movies/TV shows due to licensing costs. Netflix came way before Apple started doing movies on iTunes and Apple is happy to provide the device Netflix runs on.

Comment: Re: Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by guruevi (#47721337) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Win.ini could only offer things if the core was already exposed in config.sys and autoexec.bat; 32-bit drivers could not be loaded by Windows and it was pointless to load drivers for windows only as it was easier and more stable to targe DOS.

win3.11 didn't have it's own drivers besides netbeui and other windows crapola but it required a tcpip and network drivers to be loaded in DOS.

Win95 did also have win.ini but already had 16 bit driver support and a registry. However most things still had to be loaded in DOS. This didn't change for desktop systems until windows XP. So when it came out there was no driver support for anything.

The Linux kernel does have a relatively stable API for drivers, I wrote a USB driver for kernel 2.2 which still works for 2.6. Most drivers do not change, there are several in source that work and haven't changed in a decade. Even old nVidia drivers work with current kernels. If you want a binary driver, you may have to write your own shim but that's trivial if you're really bent on protecting your imaginary property.

Some things change but these days all of the common stuff is stable. Sometimes stuff had to be fixed to conform to standards, that happens in windows too although windows rather breaks the standard to support legacy and expects everyone to follow a broken design.

Comment: Re:Go vertical! (Score 1) 168

by guruevi (#47686765) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

There have been plenty of concept designs and current chips use 3d technology to an extent. The problem IS cooling. On a flat plane, you can simply put a piece of metal on top and it will cool it. Current chips sometimes stoke away close to 200W. With 3D designs, you need to build-in the heat transfer (taking up space you can't use for chips or communications) in between and both planes will produce equal amounts of heat so either heat transfer needs to be really, really good or you need a heat sink several times larger than the space you'd save in between the planes.

Comment: Buffalo routers (any) (Score 1) 427

by guruevi (#47637041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Some come with DD-WRT, most of their routers support it. I recommend them to clients looking for a stable business router. They are rock-stable and great support, they may not always have the latest antennae technology whenever one comes along (like 802.11ac right now). The RT-N16 was decent but is unstable even with DD-WRT (it has an under-engineered power supply).

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