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Comment: Re:Is it the phone or the stupid stuff installed o (Score 2) 241

by Lumpy (#49552989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Nope. I find that Cisco Enterprise Wireless Accesspoints are complete crap in regards to phones if your IT department doesn't update their firmware regularly.

Work recently ripped out all the Cisco junk and installed UniFi and all wireless problems, mobile and other went away.

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 1) 46

by ArsonSmith (#49552689) Attached to: Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

Not really, they've had 3 releases so far and another next month. DK1, DK2, GearVR and the new S6 GearVR coming soon. For a company that hasn't had a release they sure seem to be releasing a lot of stuff.

The DK2 is as good of a product as any early adopter type thing. If you are even mildly interested in VR it is worth it. I picked mine up a couple months ago and have used it every day since. sometimes for 6+ hours at a time.

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Comment: Re:Public Shaming the Red Chinese ? (Score 1) 50

by cascadingstylesheet (#49551441) Attached to: Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google

Their people are locked behind their firewall and don't get to see any criticism the government doesn't want them to see.

I wouldn't be so sure about that. It's effectively no different in China than it is in the west. Yes there are people who are locked behind technology, just like there are Americans who only ever watch Fox News. Maybe it's representative of where in China I was staying, or the class of people who I worked with, but all of them had some form of service to get around the great firewall. Even if they don't at home or on their phone (I realised this when people constantly showed me stuff on Google Maps which is blocked) then if these people work for an international corporation they nearly always have some form of corporate VPN too.

The people are well and truly clued in on what their government is doing.

Riiight ... China doesn't have noteworthy censorship, because Fox News.

And you actually think that it is the Fox News viewers who are sealed in the ideological bubble, instead of yourself. Amazing.

Comment: Re:Nice idea but... (Score 2) 256

by Lumpy (#49550547) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

I do understand the solar industry, that's why I fliped two big middle fingers to them and bought and imported all china solar panels and installed a 5Kwh setup for drastically cheaper than any of the overpriced US crap.

Spent 1/2 the price got the same panels all monocrystalline and of very good quality build. It's been in operation for 3 years now with no problems. I use grid intertie and drive the meter backwards. No local storage.

Electrical bill is $14.95 a month because you have to pay the "fees" and the scumbag leaders in my states government passed a law that allows the power company to not pay for any surplus I generate above my own use.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 277

by tsotha (#49549637) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Worse yet, PC's today are barely faster than 5 year old ones at similar price points. Moore's law ran headlong into a thermal brick wall.

That's not really true. Design rules are still shrinking at about the same rate they always did. Moore's law, after all, is about transistors and not speed. Chip makers can certainly use that extra real estate to add cores and dedicated hardware for things like video processing.

But the real problem (from Intel and Microsoft's perspective) is far more pernicious. Five year old hardware is good enough for 99% of people who need a PC. If all I'm doing is commenting on Facebook, watching Netflix movies, and doing my taxes there isn't any reason to replace my old hardware. I'm sure that's a big part of the attraction for the chip makers - they'd love to force everyone to buy new hardware in order to watch videos.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 277

by tsotha (#49549629) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

No, it just means it will get phased in over time as old PCs die and are replaced, and there's nothing new to buy except what supports this scheme.

But then they have a chicken-and-egg problem. Nobody is going to make sure to buy a PC with the DRM hardware if they can get the content without it. Nobody is going to produce content exclusively for DRM'd hardware if market penetration of that hardware isn't more than a tiny blip. And consumers aren't going to wait five years for the industry to get its shit together and produce a system that works transparently for authorized users.

One of three things is going to happen: Tools to strip the stream of DRM will become ubiquitous, the scheme will die from lack of adoption, or Microsoft will succeed in prompting a mass move off of the PC platform, thereby finishing the process (started with Windows 8) of slitting its own throat.

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