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Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 293

by kyrsjo (#49509273) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

No, not really - integrated DAB is something which is usually an optional extra. Of course, this change is not really news, so you can probably say that those who bought a new car in the last 5 years without DAB or the possibility to easily install it, brought it upon themselves.

So it's the 10 year old cars which are the real problem. I have one of those myself - the radio is also the trip computer etc., and the climate controls use the same display. It works very nicely, but I have no idea how to install DAB without using one of those FM transmitters (= crappy quality, I do that to use Spottify). It's made by GM's German division, so I guess most of the electronics is the same as you would find in their US cars of similar date.

PS: DAB is not the same as XM/sirius! It works with terrestrial transmitters, just like FM.

Comment: Re:About half (Score 4, Insightful) 293

by kyrsjo (#49501737) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Rather the opposite - nice cars (or anything newer than 10-15 years) has integrated headunits, which is basically what kimvette says. On old/simple cars, the radio was just a radio, sitting in a DIN socket.

However, there are aftermarket solutions, some nicer than other. And of course, the nice solutions are krkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkrkr...

Comment: Re:Propagation delay ??? (Score 1) 720

by kyrsjo (#48496075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Maybe. However, it might also be that HP's engineers are better at designing the mechanics for good airflow - after all, I ran this computer very hard for months (htop was showing a load of more than 400%, continuously for several months), and it was dumping quite a lot of hot air, more than enough to noticeably heat a relatively large office.

Comment: Re:Upgrade to Windows for improved stability! (Score 2) 257

by kyrsjo (#48490851) Attached to: Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

As said by several others, BSODs are an error message from the kernel, which has died (detected that something is seriously wrong, and stopped itself before it overwrites the file system or something like that) - just like a "kernel panic" on Linux or OS X. And yes, they usually come from hardware problems (regardless of OS), sometimes from misconfiguration (again regardless of OS), and rarely from programming errors (regardless of OS).

What you're saying is that Microsoft code is trivial, since all non-trivial code has bugs, unhandled or poorly handled special cases etc.

Comment: Re:Propagation delay ??? (Score 3, Insightful) 720

by kyrsjo (#48487347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Exactly - what he is seeing is caused by crappy cables forcing retransmits, not propagation delay. The signal speed in a cable is typically higher than 10% of the speed of light, so any extra delay is measured in nanoseconds.

Anyway, a more silent PC is possible. My old workstation, at work was a quite powerfull i7 (although with a moderate GPU), which often ran at full load for months on end. It was completely silent (being under the table also helped), to the point where an i3 iMac is now annoying me with how loud it is. It was an HP marketed towards the pro marked, and cost something like 1200 $ (without taxes, using my employers good deals) when I ordered it in 2012.

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