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Comment Re:Wifi saturation? (Score 1) 152 152

Flat Ethernet cables are very easy to push under baseboards without using any tools. I've wired up several rooms in our house using those without any issues. Currently only running 100 Mbps switches, but the cables will support gigabit (Cate5e and Cat6 are available in flat versions on

Comment Re:Bad Management (Score 2) 152 152

In our schools, we turned off 802.11g (or lower) support (802.11n or better required) completely. Network utilization and efficiency jumped 30%. We had under 20 devices across the school district that couldn't connect after that.

We also upped the multicast rate to 22 Mbps. This forces devices to reconnect to closer APs and switch APs when wandering around the buildings.

Unfortunately, the local cable company has been putting their free WiFi hotspots around the city, with the ones around our schools using directional antennas ... pointed directly at our schools! Plus, we have apartment and townhouse complexes next to most of our secondaries, so our APs can detect 50+ home APs. :(

Comment Re:More spectrum? (Score 1) 152 152

Except that with 802.11ac using 180 MHz wide channels, there's (again) only 3 non-overlapping channels. :(

Thankfully, the enterprise APs are smart enough to automatically/dynamically changes channel-widths as interference levels change, so you can stuff 3-15 APs in an area without causing too many problems. Still can't get more than about 50-odd student devices onto a single radio, though.

Comment Re:"Other types of electromagnetic radiation" (Score 2) 529 529

Follow-up studies are needed to see if the colour of the LED makes a difference. Try with green (usually used to show "traffic"), orange (sometimes used to show "traffic", or "link speed"), and blue (annoyingly used on things that need to be on in the dark). Maybe to really mix things up, throw in some purple or yellow or white as well. :)

Comment Landscape slider or GTFO! (Score 1) 113 113

If BB released a landscape slider phone running BB10, I'd be interested! BB10 intrigues me, but the hardware they've released so far doesn't; hard to justify a downgrade from an LG G2 just for an different OS. I want a keyboard, but not that badly.

If BB released a landscape slider phone running Android 5.x, I'd be even more interested! We need some hardware differentiation between OEMs. Right now, all Android phones are rectangular slabs with touchscreens. Whoop-de-doo! Bring back the hardware innovation, OEMs! You've stagnated. When 2-3 generations of phones are released with barely any changes in the design or the hardware, you know things are going downhill.

The next OEM to release a landscape slider with at least flagship-1 internal hardware (ie Snapdragon S801/S805 level) gets my business.

Comment Re:single, multi, triple (Score 1) 60 60

Also note that the number of available cycles per cell drops with the process density AND with the number of bits per cell.

In general, it is better to have dense, yet unreliable, storage, and then fix the reliability problems with higher level error correction and redundancy. This will often give you more capacity, and more overall reliability.

Or, you can do things better, and move to vertically-stacked, 3D NAND, like Samsung. Each individual NAND chip is built on a larger process (28 nm I think) providing better yields and endurance, but you stack 20+ chips vertically to provide more storage in the same die area. Best of all worlds: more P/E cycles, better yields due to mature processes, more storage in less space.

Planar NAND will be hitting a brick wall soon and won't be able to compete with 3D NAND. Samsung started the migration, but Toshiba and IMFT aren't far behind.

Comment Re:Why should I be excited? (Score 2) 51 51

Because Chromium isn't in the Google Play Store, so you can't "just get" it?

There's an unofficial, test, "use at your own risk", "untested" APK that one can download from the Chromium website and side-load onto their Android device. But that's a lot more difficult than just installing it via Play Store.

Comment Re:Finally a replacement (Score 1) 166 166

Eh, it still works without any issues, it's in the bedroom, and really only used when we're too sick to walk downstairs. Why get rid of a perfectly working TV?

Eventually, we'll replace the lowly 39" LCD downstairs with something larger, move that one into the bedroom, and move the CRT into the kids' room with the NES, SNES, and Wii. :)

At that point, I'll have to replace the Athlon64 with something that can handle 720p or 1080p. Until then, we'll just keep on rocking.

Comment Re:adults hate kids' music (Score 1) 361 361

and wish their kids only listened to the good stuff they grew up with. my dad grew up with classic rock and hated 80's metal bands that i listened to. listening to rap around him was likely to get you a beating

"Classic" means "at least 25 years ago". Guess what qualifies as "Classic Rock" now? ;) Yeah, 80s hair bands. :)

Pretty sure the pre-80s rock can now be classified as "Pre-historic Rock". :)

Comment Re:Finally a replacement (Score 1) 166 166

One of our HTPCs is rocking an Athlon64 with an All-in-Wonder 9800 AGP card. One of the last ones to support component video out. Plugged into a 27" CRT. Works great for Plex Web client (via Google Chrome).

The main server in the house is a Phenom-II something-or-other. With a lowly, silent Nvidia 210 GPU for transcoding videos as needed via Plex Mediaserver.

Neither system is CPU-bound, or even GPU-bound, for what they do. The lowly 1 TB SATA drives in the server (even in a 4-disk RAID10) are the bottleneck. Not worth upgrading the motherboard, CPU, or GPU until those get upgraded or replaced.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie