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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 2) 110

But who is playing shenanigans Samsung or Apple.
Did Apple Spec out the correct specs to Samsung and they made a cheap knockoff, after sending a batch that seems to meet initial QA, in a very German style. Or did Apple know about/agree to giving different quality products.

There's a third possibility that should not be discounted out of hand - Samsung meets the specification, while TSMC exceeds it. Without access to internal information, it's hard to tell what's going on behind the curtain and all too easy to leap on the 'obvious' conspiracy.

Of course, the various mega corps routinely indulge in behavior that makes conspiracy theories not all that far fetched...

Comment Re:Isn't it widely accepted... (Score 1) 102

It's not that simple. Mercury also has a magnetic field. Which is a real head-scratcher, as it's even smaller than Mars.

Internal planetary dynamics are complicated. To get a dynamo you need fluid flow. But whether something is liquid or solid depends on both temperature and pressure - temperature increasing melt, pressure decreasing it. So there's a very complicated interplay.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 110

If sourcing substantially different parts from different vendors is necessary to meet production volume, then they need to have different part names and model names for these products. This isn't a case of having resistors or capacitors from different manufacturers, something that won't affect performance in any measurable way, this is a case of having two completely different CPUs, with very different performance from the two. 6h vs. 8h in a power-consumption test is a huge, huge difference. Intel sells CPUs all the time which are very similar, but have performance that differs to that extent: they use completely different part numbers to describe these parts.

Comment None of the above (Score 1) 28

The real problem with identity theft is that courts are granting judgements which absolutely should not be granted. Someone got a judgement against me for credit granted on the basis of a check cashing card with my social security number written on it, and not very well I might add.

Of course, another way to fix this problem (and all debt problems) would be to make all debt the responsibility of the lender. They can take risks, they can accept collateral, but the courts couldn't then be used to ruin people's lives in pursuit of profit. The guy who created this bogus debt in my name knew it was bogus, and his filing against my credit report was therefore fraudulent. But the court should have caught it, and they either don't care or want to enable this activity so that they can profit from the assorted fees and justification for their existence.

Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 5, Interesting) 110

Simple: don't buy it at all. If a company is going to play shenanigans like this where products marketed with the exact same name and part number are significantly different and it's just a luck-of-the-draw ass to whether I get the good one or the crappy one, I'm just not going to buy their product at all.

Comment Re:Why not just lock down the radio portion? (Score 1) 96

WiFi routers aren't like mobile phones with separate application processor and baseband. Instead, they only have one chip,

some phones have only one chip, and some wifi routers have multiple chips. I have examples here both of wifi routers with the wifi separate and with the wifi integrated.

Only the very cheapest routers can only be implemented with a SoC. Lots of the more expensive ones already aren't.

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 276

The problem here is that you're equating "intelligence" with their mastery of the English language. Someone whose first language is not English wouldn't do so well. Of course, based on his full post, he does appear to be a native English speaker, but I could be wrong, but it looks like a simple brain-fart to me.

But this does bring up a good point: the problem with the intelligence test idea is that: who do we trust to design the test? And how exactly will they measure knowledge and intelligence? Which factors would be favored? Pick some random people in the US and you're likely to get a test which tests your knowledge of religious dogma and weights that above all else.

Comment Re:People are idiots. (Score 2) 276

Oh please. We're not talking about seriously mentally challenged people (e.g. autistic savants, or anyone else who can't take care of themselves) or about children, we're talking about regular adults who have jobs, drive cars to work, etc.

Since we live in a technological society where we have to have some grasp of technology just in order to live and get along (you can't drive a car without knowing a little bit about technology, nor can you use a typical smartphone), excusing people for being completely uneducated about science is ridiculous. This is part of a basic education, stuff that everyone should know about to some extent.

So yes, if someone actually thinks Mars isn't a real planet, or that dinosaurs didn't exist, then that means they flunked 5th-grade science class and are therefore an idiot.

If there's one thing that popular TV has done for us lately, I'd say the show "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" actually is a help because it gives us an idea of where we ALL *should* be educationally; if you're not even as educated as a typical 5th grader, then you're a failure. This isn't a matter of "having different talents", this is a matter of very, very basic education. My talents are definitely not in literature, but I still can read and I know who Shakespeare was, and know of several of his plays. Considering he's probably the most important person in English literature, not knowing anything about him would be inexcusable and a sign of a completely lacking education. My talents aren't in biology either, but I learned about basic biology in high school; everyone else should have as well. I'm definitely not at all talented at art, but I know who Picasso was, again because I managed to graduate 8th grade. Heck, I think I learned about cubism and impressionism in 5th grade.

Not knowing basic science isn't a matter of having different talents or interests, it's a matter of basic elementary school education. If you don't have that, there's something wrong with you, plain and simple.

Comment Re:Why do they need ANY info? (Score 1) 410

Don't believe the hype. I've been driving 30 years and haven't come close to crashing.

That just means you're lucky. Most people in fact probably don't have a life-threatening crash in their lifetimes. However, over 30,000 people a year die in the US alone (I think it used to be closer to 50k, but it's fallen thanks to safer cars). Do you want to play the odds? I don't.

Aftermarket parts can fix that easily

Then you wind up with a car with crap stuck all over the inside, wires hanging around, etc. And even if you get some nice all-in-one stereo you're still stuck with a noisy car (they've gotten a lot quieter in the past decade or so), and a gas-guzzler (fuel economy has increased greatly in the last 5 years). Plus you also have a car that's constantly having problems and needs expensive repairs because things wear out after 100-200,000 miles.

I have a Mazda, please post a link and save me from this hell...

If it's one of the newer ones with the JCI/Visteon infotainment systems, check out and Disabling the speed-related touchscreen lockout is pretty simple once you figure out how to log in (you'll probably need a USB-to-Ethernet adapter).

Comment Not too hard (Score 1) 141

1. Detection
Pulses of prime numbers. Not natural phenomenon, same in all number systems. Simple beat with silence:

01111111111 111111111

2. Binary, you speak it
We repeat this in binary, which should be fairly easy to recognize as the previous information aligned to 8 bit = byte values.
00000010 00000011 00000101 00000111
00001011 00001101 00010001 00010011

3. Length of payload in bytes + payload
00000000 00000000 00000001 10110000 = 432
432 x ????????

4. Goto 1, rotate payload.

As for the actual payload.... You could for example send atom configuration from the periodic table.
1 - 1
2 - 2
3 - 2,1
10 - 2,8
11 - 2,8,1
18 - 2,8,8
19 - 2,8,8,1
20 - 2,8,8,2
21 - 2,8,9,2
22 - 2,8,10,2
23 - 2,8,11,2
24 - 2,8,13,1

It will be pretty obvious to any physicist this is the list of elements. Using that and a bit more you can explain the units of mass, time, distance and so on.

For math you can send a list of (input A, operator code, input B, result) and it will be obvious that this operator means addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and so on. Once you have subtraction, explain 0-1 and two's complement and you'll have negative numbers.

Then you can start making advanced concepts like C+O+O = CO2 and describe properties of that gas. I really don't think it's going to become a problem bootstrapping communication, if we could just find someone to communicate with.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1) 371

The FAA and other regulatory bodies have to have a notional value of a human life to be able to balance the cost to society of new safety rules against the benefit to society in terms of lives saved.

Yes, but note their interpretations differ, and are either based on some notion of cost, or just made-up bullshit to justify their other actions. The insurance companies are actually paying out money, which is why I suggest looking there. I think they're probably a better reference for the value of health than of life, admittedly.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark