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Comment: Re:5 euro, no limits, right now (Score 1) 314

by scatter_gather (#40687097) Attached to: Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?

You are missing one thing: 3G is old tech in the US. ...

Comparing 3G data plans to 4G data plans is apples to oranges, they have nothing in common, except for the unfortunate fact that in the US, customers arent bothered with choosing one or the other, so they get a "Data plan" that includes both. Before long, we are going to see 3G "limited" devices sold under more aggressive pricing, but until then it's 4G or bust.

Of course "4G" in the US is nothing more than a marketing term. The "4G" from one carrier is not the same as from another, and none of them provide the performance that the 4G standard actually specifies. The comparison is more like apples to oranges to monkeys to motorcycles. The pricing still really comes down to whether you can profitably recover your infrastructure investment in a country the size of the US as compared to a country little bigger than the state of New Mexico.

Comment: Re:Not the First Discovery in Coding Theory (Score 1) 66

by scatter_gather (#34344434) Attached to: 60 Years of Hamming Codes
To summarize the article that you seemed not to have read, Shannon is cited as writing the seminal paper to which you refer, and in it created an existence proof for error correction codes. He did not, in his paper, actually go so far as to create an ECC. According to TFA, Shannon is credited with creating the entire field of information theory. Not a bad accomplishment. Hamming was noted as actually creating ECCs and laying the foundation stone for coding theory. It's probably why they named the codes after him, hmm? Many codes more suited to today's computational needs have been developed since, but someone had to be first.

Comment: Soroc (Score 2, Interesting) 94

by scatter_gather (#33515752) Attached to: How 6 Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names
Soroc Technologies was an early intelligent (well, ok, dumb) terminal company, started back in 1981. Well, they were smart enough to put the cursor where you wanted and do a few other tricks. Anyway, the name came from a night of drinking beer and trying to think up a new company name. They were drinking Coors at the time, and decided that an anagram of Coors would fit the bill. The company still exists, see www.soroc.com, and check out the company logo. Yes, it is the top of the beer can.

This was related to me one night over dinner by the company founder.
Supercomputing

Homebrew Cray-1 140

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the when-i-was-a-child dept.
egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

Comment: Re:Obviously fake (Score 1) 238

by scatter_gather (#33037244) Attached to: Why You Never Ask the Designers For a Favor
Actually I taught my cat to fetch a dumbbell. Now granted, the dumbbell was the spool from a 35mm roll of film (this was a long time ago, pre-handycam era so sorry, no video), but she would fetch it just the same. I would toss it from the living room into the kitchen where she would run sliding all over the place as it bounced off chair legs. When she caught it she would bring it back and drop it in my shoe and await the next round.

A friend of mine taught cats to do tricks for movies and television, so it is really a bit silly to assume that cats can't learn tricks.

Comment: Re:854,000 people currently holding a TS clearance (Score 1) 502

by scatter_gather (#32954080) Attached to: Top Secret America
Well, I can assure you that it did not include everyone who was stationed at Utapao. I worked aircraft avionics and certainly saw the "secret recon gear" nearly every day, as did all of the Thai workers, food vendors, house girls, trash collectors, etc. And they certainly did not hold top secret clearances. I had the quite standard secret clearance as did almost everyone who worked on aircraft, and I seriously doubt that all those Thai workers had those clearances either. Certainly the townsfolk working off base did not have any clearances, yet those folks used paper bags made out of recycled secret tech manuals! If you wanted to spy all you had to do was buy something in town and read the bag. You could have found out all about the inner workings of the B52s of the day. I spent most of my military time in SAC, never needed a top secret clearance though I knew some who did, crypto, etc., even though I worked on nuke loaded aircraft.

Nothing personal, but if you got this much wrong, it makes we wonder about your other assertions.

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