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Comment: Re:One step only, thanks to Asus (Score 1) 113

by gweilo8888 (#47653111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?
Only stumbled on this reply weeks later, but you couldn't be more wrong. I despise Apple's overrated, overpriced, walled-garden, deliberately incompatible, non-standard trash. I am an Android fan through and through. I currently have four Android phones and four Android tablets in my household, including retired units which I've not gotten around to selling, and most recently bought an Android device within the last month. Of those, the only ones that have had major problems are the two Asus Transformers, both of which I would feel guilty selling second-hand to some sucker.

Comment: Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (Score 4, Interesting) 140

by gweilo8888 (#47653091) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
This. Ridiculous, fearmongering flamebait from Slashdot, something this site is increasingly becoming associated with.

You know what Slashdot's editors want us to be terrified of the privacy implications from? Something significantly lower-resolution than existing aerial photos like this image.

Download the image, and measure the length of runway 3/21 in pixels from threshold to threshold. (Approx. 6341 pixels.) Figure out how long it should be at 25cm per pixel. (4876 pixels.) Scale the image appropriately (7500 pixels wide.) Zoom in to 1:1 resolution onscreen.

Now, are you terrified? No? Nor am I. Want to confirm I'm right about the scaling? Find a car and measure the length: it should be about 20 pixels, or 500cm for a typical full-sized US car. (I tried one, and the first one I tried was exactly 20 pixels.)

So no, I'm not scared. What I am is mildly amused that the myth of satellites that can read newspapers from space still exists. That, and surprised that imagery this (still relatively) low-resolution was ever off limits in the Internet age. And a bit disgusted that a supposed nerd site insults the intelligence of nerds who know far better, this readily.

I really should stop coming back here.

Comment: One step only, thanks to Asus (Score 1) 113

by gweilo8888 (#47554911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?
One step: Trash it. The Asus Transformer is worthless junk, and has been ever since Asus trashed it with a hopelessly bug-riddled Ice Cream Sandwich update that turned a useful tool into something that randomly rebooted multiple times a day, crashed interminably, and for many months until the bug was fixed (pretty much the only bug they *did* fix in their ICS release), often got stuck in a boot loop that would drain the battery -- sometimes to the point where the tablet couldn't even be charged back up.

Some of these issues were somewhat ameliorated by third-party firmware, but none was able to actually *fix* them because the bugs were in sections of code for which no source was ever provided. All they did was apply bandaid fix after bandaid fix on top of a gaping wound.

Asus provided essentially zero support for this nightmare, which they followed up by releasing another tablet whose hardware was so fundamentally flawed that the in-device GPS could never work, and in many cases the Bluetooth / Wi-Fi traces weren't even connected to their antennas. You buy Asus, you get what you deserve. You keep Asus, you keep a headache that belongs in a landfill somewhere. (Or better still, dumped in the CEO's driveway.)

Comment: Well, this sounds brilliant... (Score 2) 104

...if you're a lighting manufacturer wanting to lock customers into your products. What, pray tell, is the *real*-world advantage for the customers, though? Because I'm struggling to see anything this provides which couldn't be done better using a different technique.

Yet another Slashvertisement for a pointless invention.

Comment: Re:Two thoughts (Score 4, Informative) 104

Correct. The blimp in question is a four-seater GEFA-FLUG AS 105 GD/4 with a 41-meter Hyperlast envelope that inflates using two Cameron Shadow burners. It's powered by a Rotax 582 UL engine putting out 65 horsepower, mounted in pusher configuration with a four-bladed, fixed-pitch Helix H50F prop. (That's an ultralight engine and a lightweight glass / carbon-fiber prop, incidentally. Dy weight is under 1,100 pounds, and maximum takeoff weight is under 2,000 pounds.)

Comment: Re:Piracy (Score 3) 85

by gweilo8888 (#47167087) Attached to: Sony Winding Down the PSP
Given that anybody who pirated the content likely wouldn't have paid for it even if they'd not pirated it, this is just an excuse from the likes of EA, Activision, and Ubisoft. (And when was the last time any of the above put out a game that wasn't another tepid dishwater remake or derivative copy of somebody else's game anyway?)

Comment: Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (Score 1) 516

by gweilo8888 (#47150135) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
Having used them both side-by-side for the last year, Windows 8 is not far superior to Windows 7. It is in some respects modestly superior, in some respects, modestly worse, and overall, significantly less stable. Even if they both had an identical UI, I'd choose 7 over 8 in a heartbeat on a non-touchscreen machine. I haven't used 7 with touch (yet, I'll be downgrading my Win8 machine to Win7 soon and will give touch a try, then forego it if necessary).

Comment: Re:He also forgot to mention... (Score 1) 343

by gweilo8888 (#47141377) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Comcast wants to have its cake, and eat it three times. First, it charges the customer an extortionate rate for a (usually) monopolistic or near-monopolistic service. Second, it is now charging Netflix for the right to access that customer without being throttled. And third, it is now charging its own customers for using more than a certain data cap on data that it has already been paid twice to deliver -- once by the receiver, and once by the sender.

Comcast is beyond despicable. Perhaps the only company more evil is Disney.

Comment: Re:Let's reclassify Lobbying as Bribery and (Score 1) 192

Mod parent up insightful. Lobbying is just another way of saying state-sanctioned bribery and corruption.

Take the money, gifts and favors out of the equation, and you have what true lobbying would be: a simple statement of facts and/or point of view as regards a matter, designed to inform or sway opinion through mere words. The fact that it has to come accompanied by cash and favors shows that lobbyists don't expect action to be taken unless a bribe is given -- and that is the definition of corruption. Not all lobbyists are evil (because right now, there's no way to have your opinion heard except to tie it to a bundle of cold, hard cash), but lobbying itself is undeniably evil and corrupt.

Comment: Re:only viable in small countries (Score 1) 98

by gweilo8888 (#46905977) Attached to: Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads
Not to mention that you quite likely know where many potholes are locally, and you avoid them without even thinking about it, whether you can actually see them or not. Your autonomous car can't tell a puddle from a puddle with a pothole beneath it. Do you want to drive in a car that has to swerve around puddles, just in case? Because if not, you're going to be hitting more potholes, like it or not.

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