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Comment: To be Fair... (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by kevmatic (#47307105) Attached to: US Court Dings Gov't For Using Seized Data Beyond Scope of Warrant

According to Washington Post, they obtained a SECOND warrant for the tax evasion investigation- they didn't just pull the DVDs out of the cabinet and had a looksee- It just so happened they already had the data they needed. This means they ALREADY had probable cause before they pulled the DVDs out again. And they never looked at any data to investigate a crime that they didn't have a warrant for.

  I feel this really could have gone either way- the judge just erred on the side of caution here, which is good. It also makes keeping data around pretty much pointless for law enforcement...

Comment: Re:Density Myth. . . (Score 1) 337

by kevmatic (#47211313) Attached to: Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Using the 2010 census....

Population Density of Ephrata, WA: 759/sq mi. Population 7000.

Population of the town I live in outside Pittsburgh, and there's a TON of towns around that are similar: 259/sq mi. Population 8000.

Running a single fiber line into a town isn't as expensive as running it to the homes, so with the kind of population density in Ephrata (closer to Japan's than mine), I can easily see fiber to the home being economical. But where I live? Not so much. I am willing to admit that fiber is going to be VERY expensive where I live and there already is fiber backbone running through the area, feeding the DSLAMs.

My point is that you absolutely CANNOT use a single small town in characterize the whole US. Its way too big, and way too diverse geographically.

Comment: Re:intel and power efficiency (Score 2) 230

by kevmatic (#47182669) Attached to: Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

You cannot use the TDP (the "power budget" in your post) to compare actual power consumption of the chips. The 35w Haswells will consume less power than your Core 2 chip in actual use, thanks to massive gating and idle power gains that Intel has made. Haswells are also faster, allowing them to go back to idle quicker.

That's the thing about Intel- some chips have higher TDPs, sure, but the performance per watt is unparalleled. You need more ARM cores to do the same things- and many people would like more performance, especially in the server and tablet markets. When the Cortex A15 was released, people were excited that the performance finally approached the Atom, but for some reason were surprised that power consumption started to come up as well... Huh, maybe Intel isn't terrible at the CPU thing after all?

Oh look- The Haswell dual core Core i5 4210Y has a TDP of 11.5W. And the quad core 4702EC is 27w...

They did not go backwards in any way shape or form.

By the way, Haswell's TDP includes the GPU. Penryn's GPU was on the northbridge and not included in CPU TDP. And the 945 GPU sucked compared to all the Haswells' GPUs.

Comment: Re:Recruiting Tool (Score 1) 147

by kevmatic (#47159169) Attached to: Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

And are you implying that there is there something wrong with this?

People get to play around with a tool used in industry if they want, Disney (AND other Renderman companies) get better, more passionate hires, people have a way to get their foot in the door for jobs they want without having to put up money...

What's the problem?

Comment: And what's better? (Score 4, Informative) 200

by kevmatic (#47047467) Attached to: China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

If this is because they're upset at Microsoft for dropping XP support so quickly, then what are they going to? What OS has a longer support cycle than XP's 12.5 years?

Red Hat's is 10 years. AIX is 5-7. HP-UX is 8. Ubuntu LTS is 5 years. Mac OS is 4-ish. Solaris is likely the closest at 12 years... But its still less. Maybe they'll roll their own support?

Comment: Re:Yes, Hewlett Packard. A Genuine Legend. (Score 2) 100

by kevmatic (#46841627) Attached to: HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

I imagine they're doing fine, working for the company you're talking about, Agilent.

Make no mistake: The only thing HP has to do with the company that was founded in the 40s is the name. The company that Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded still exists, making great stuff. Its just called Agilent. And they still support scopes and multimeters that say HP on them.

Comment: Congrats (Score 1) 171

by kevmatic (#46833787) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

I've had the pleasure of working with the CMU CC for the past several years, broadcasting their Demoparty, Demosplash, on Scenesat the past several years. These guys are seriously passionate about retrocomputing and The Demoscene. They have released some neat Demos for the Apple Lisa and the Vectrex. Good to see them getting some recognition here. They're nice bunch of guys, and the Warhol museum certainly picked the right people for the job, right in Pittsburgh.

If you're in the Retro computers and the Amiga, they showcase a TON of it at Demosplash, both by allowing you to play games on them and by showcasing Demos, so its worth a trip.

Comment: Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (Score 1) 666

by kevmatic (#45304821) Attached to: Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

Hah, I remember that happening around Pittsburgh. It was on the news. They eventually ticketed a lawyer and that put an end to it- Appeals court said no.

I believe they ended up refunding the ticket monies.

I've seen people drive that fast around here. I've driven past them as they lay at the side of the road upside down (never actually seen one flip in person, though).

Comment: Re:The story of the 2003 blackout (Score 1) 293

by kevmatic (#44697249) Attached to: US Electrical Grid On the Edge of Failure

I wonder how much of it has to do with population density. I'll betcha a LOT. I assure you that the Japanese, per capita, has a tiny amount of electrical grid wiring compared to the US. We have a ton of people like me living in rural areas, and we have long power lines feeding us. That's a lot more opportunity for a tree to fall and knock out power to a lot of people. You don't think that might account for the .099% difference in reliability?

  In my area the houses are far enough apart that each house has its own transformer. Gives me very stable power, though.

Comment: Re:reliability (Score 1) 139

by kevmatic (#44542797) Attached to: BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

I have a company-supplied Bold, and it is easily the worst phone I've ever touched. Its not reliable at ALL. It only syncs when it feels like it, reception is poor, and the battery life is so bad its never charged anyway. And for some reason, if the battery starts to go low, it just turns off the cellular modem but doesn't turn it back on when its put back on charge. Basically, if you keep one eye on it, it'll just stop getting emails.

The innovative ways that Blackberry devised to suck are impressive. The battery life is about a day (if you don't use it), it doesn't really have a keypad lock as its designed to live in its huge holster, the speaker phone is so bad its useless (the one in my dumbphone Samsung Convey is immensely superior), it has a gazzillion buttons that I don't even think do anything, etc.

Maybe OS 10 is an improvement, but the older versions are so hard to work its not funny. There's Setup, Options, Preferences, and then individual options and preferences in each application it ships with. If you want to change an email option, which of the five options menus is it in? Well, just try them all. Mine's stuck with the French spellcheck library, but I can't find the option to fix it. I found the one for the whole phone, which is set in English, but does that affect the spellcheck? Of course not. Oh, it must be under the "SpellCheck" options menu. Nope, not there either.

The funniest is the charging. When you plug it into a PC to charge it, it lights up with this nice clock thing. Put the PC to sleep, and it'll stop charging. But its still connected to the PC, right? So the clock thing stays on. In an hour or two, your battery will be dead. Even though its getting power in the USB port.

Maybe they should have sold phones that people wanted to use rather than positioning themselves as the provider of phones that your employer makes you use.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 161

by kevmatic (#43772933) Attached to: NWS Announces Big Computer Upgrade

Where did you find information on the USA's spending on weather forecasting? Is it really that much lower than that of the European countries?

People seem to see all the embarrassment behind the fact that the European weather forecasting system is so much better, but Europe consists of 50 countries with a total population of 750 million. I don't know how many of those countries put into that weather system funding pot, but I'll betcha its most of them.

The fact that our system, from one country with half the population, is comparable at all seems impressive to me. After all, we're being compared to a continent.

Comment: Re:Arrgh! Where's my 16:10 (Score 1) 311

by kevmatic (#42266105) Attached to: LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

Have it. Love it. 1920x1200 is only a little more expensive than 1920x1080, which makes sense since its a little bit more pixels. Its really the highest resolution you can get at a decent price, unless you maybe count high end Apple monitors. But I refuse to buy a monitor with a fan in it.

Comment: Re:In my corporate environment.... (Score 1) 1307

by kevmatic (#35858476) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Actually, he doesn't say where the server is located. It might be at his house! He's asking for a hole in the firewall to get to his server... He didn't say which way he needed to hole to go. I think that he wants to access an off-site server via the hospital WiFi.

Which makes his surprise about being asked for an account significantly less surprising.

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