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Comment: Re:Surprisingly (Score 1) 131

by petermgreen (#48044235) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

How do you know they are using "crap lead free solder". Doesn't ROHS have exemptions for this sort of stuff.

Also even if they are using lead free solder I don't think the situation is anywhere near as bad as you imply. I have plenty of stuff that still works which is 5-10 years old. Capacitor failure still seems to be a bigger problem than solder failure.

Comment: Re:Define "counterfeit" (Score 1) 24

by petermgreen (#48044059) Attached to: DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

Often manufacturers seem to do a really shitty job of marking their chips requiring you to hold them to the light in just the right way to read the bloody things.

I suspect you wouldn't even need to erase the markings to relabel those, just print the new markings in a way that was actually visible under normal conditions.

Comment: Re:No warning? (Score 1) 54

by petermgreen (#48020131) Attached to: Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

The scientists were well aware of the small quakes. The prosecution alledged that they should have known that this meant an elevated risk of a big quake and that their downplaying of said risks was sufficiently negligent to ammount to manslauter. The court agreed with the prosecution and convicted them but the sentances were apparently suspended until appeal.

Did the court convict because they took a detatched view and found the people truely negligent or was their verdict colord by rage and the need to find a scapegoat. That is why we have appeals.

Unfortunately I can't seem to find any information on whether the appeal was successful, a failure or still in-progress.

Comment: Re:OLEDs not generic LEDs (Score 1) 182

by petermgreen (#48007775) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

I don't mind paying $20 for a light bulb I'll probably never have to replace again.

With CFLs we were promised 10 times the life of incandescents, some live up to that but many don't even from supposedly reputable brands. Fully enclosed fitings with the lampholder above the bulb seem to be particular death to CFLs.

Yes in theory an LED bulb can last even longer than a CFL but i'd be very reluctant to pay such high bulb prices on a relatively unproven and easy to screw up (AIUI high power LEDS need careful cooling design and drive circuit failure is also an issue as it is with CFLs) tech.

Comment: Re:CDC "Estimates" (Score 1) 279

by petermgreen (#47980479) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

More people die in Africa every month from dysentery than have died from ebola ever. But there's no public hysteria, and thus no tax dollars, in that.

Which sucks for the poor africans with dysentery but it's not much of a threat to the rest of the world.

What makes ebola scary is it has a very high kill rate, the number of cases has been growing exponetially and while poor hygine practices have certainly played a role it seems far from certain it couldn't spread in a more developed society. So-far the number of cases escaping the hotbed of infection has been at a level where extreme measures (carefuly tracking anyone who has been in contact with the victim) can be taken to contain the escape but as the number of infected grows that will become harder and harder.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 5, Informative) 137

by petermgreen (#47974943) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Some examples

One was the real names policy, previously youtube had been happy with psuedononymous commenters. With google+ they tried hard to push people into using their real names on google+ (though they eventually dropped that policy) and they also tried hard to push youtube users to sign up for google+ and use their google+ name (which was likely their real name) on youtube. It was possible to avoid it but they tried pretty hard to push people into it.

Another was that gmail users were appearing in google+ searches. Some people don't want it to be easy to search out their email accounts.

Comment: Re:Battery life! (Score 1) 252

by petermgreen (#47973385) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

Some modern phones also have a similar battery life if you turn off packet data meaning that outside of calls the only radio traffic is occasional interactions with the control channel.

The problem comes when you want to be notified of incoming emails or tweets or whatever so you keep packet data turned on. That means that the phone is constantly bringing up packet data connections so that apps can talk to servers on the internet.

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 252

by petermgreen (#47973275) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

I'd disagree with "irrelevant to anyone except a professional photographer". The real problem is not proffesionals vs amateurs but that the usable megapixels of many small cameras is far lower than the nominal megapixels making the nominal megapixels pretty much meaningless to anyone (including proffesionals).

More usable megapixels are good for pretty much any camera user but the only way to get significantly them is to make the whole camera (sensor and lens) larger and that is a price smartphone users are generally not willing to pay.

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