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Comment Re:Getting away with it? (Score 4, Informative) 406

Here's the relevant part of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act:

Warrantors cannot require that only branded parts be used with the product in order to retain the warranty.[7] This is commonly referred to as the "tie-in sales" provisions,[8] and is frequently mentioned in the context of third-party computer parts, such as memory and hard drives.

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 1) 81

I think the AMD64 architecture was probably the most significant in those days because it meant that you could run more than 4GB of RAM without PAE overhead.

They were also the first x86 vendor to utilize an on-die memory controller, which was a huge advancement for its time. This gave a noticeable performance improvement over systems using on-board controllers.

Comment Re:Nexus 9 had finish issues (Score 1) 180

Do yourself a favor and get one of these and these. Problem solved. In addition to being a wireless travel router with a big ass (10400mAh) battery that you can use to keep your device(s) charged, it's also effectively a NAS device. Load your thumb drive up with media and stream away to your device. I bought this specifically for streaming media to my tablet(s) while on the plane.

Comment Re:Buy a something he can grow into (Score 1) 238

This is a real-world application for the math, and being able to see how the math actually does something in real life makes it a lot more fun to learn it.

I couldn't agree more. This is why I did much better in physics than I did in math, where a lot of the algebra was the same. Plugging in real-world values into the formulas and working them out was much more exciting to me because I was dealing with values relating to actual real-world things.

Comment Re:Homebrew used to be about doing better. (Score 1) 247

I'm currently running this setup:

I've been running witht his setup for about a year with excellent results. Although, if I had to do it over, I would go with a discrete 802.11ac AP instead of running it on the router, as Linux wireless support for master (AP) mode is pretty shitty.

Comment Re:PC Engines gets it all done for around $200 (Score 1) 247

I second this. I did a lot of research into embedded x86 systems, specifically to act as a router/AP and ended up with the PCengines APU running Voyage Linux (I originally wanted the Soekris net6501, but they're just too damn expensive for what I was looking for). I upgraded from a previous PCengines system (ALIX). The ALIX was great, but it couldn't keep up with my 100 Mbit connection...the APU handles it with no problems.

I paired it with an Atheros-based (ath10k) mini PCIe wireless adapter and it acts as my 802.11ac AP (running hostapd). However, if I were to do it again, I wouldn't combine AP functionality into my firewall/router, and would instead make it a discrete device. Speaking of, once I got the APU to replace my old ALIX system, I turned the ALIX into a discrete AP to handle my 2.4 GHz-only devices (it has an ath9k-based wireless adapter). Simply bridge all ethernet ports together with the wireless interface & it's idiot proof.

tl;dr: PCengines makes good shit

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