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Comment: $30/mo is a terrible price (Score 4, Insightful) 42

by sirwired (#48903177) Attached to: For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

$30/mo is a terrible price. If all you want is talk/text, you can get that, on an ACTUAL cellular network (Cricket/AT&T, and I'm sure other providers) for $25/mo. And, to top it off, they'll only charge you $25 for that Moto G, instead of $100.

As a $5 add-on to your cable plan, it's pretty nice... but not at the "rack" rate.

Comment: Fix the mouse you have. (Score 1) 421

by sirwired (#48897473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

The most common mouse failure is the microswitches. Most mice use the exact same switch... Ten minutes, a cheap pencil iron, desolder wick, and some solder, and you are good to go for another few years.

I've been nursing along an original Trackman Marble for twenty years this way.

Comment: Customized yes, cheap, no. (Score 1) 126

The only part of the automaking process that they changed was body/chassis assembly. That part is already highly automated, with robots doing most of the work. Yay, so you get all the automation, with the addition of greater customization. However, the vast majority of the labor is in assembly of the rest of the car. And if every car off the line is different, a lot of the efficiencies you get with the moving assembly line go completely out the window.

Comment: Can they attract developers? (Score 1) 241

by sirwired (#48855157) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

The big question is: Can they attract developers? If not, they'll need to be able to run Android apps natively. Once you are doing that, why not just run Android, an OS where somebody else bears most of the development cost?

I can see Samsung being more successful at this than Amazon was, but Samsung also doesn't have the motivations Amazon had/has for doing so.

Comment: Hans Reiser tried this defense (Score 2) 119

by sirwired (#48824491) Attached to: Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

Hans Reiser tried the "somebody else did it" defense. He suggested it was somebody else, but presented no more than vague hints in that general direction suggesting that somebody else had motive. (And, of course, it was all silly hand-waving, since he later confessed and led police to the body.) For Ulbrict's sake, let's hope he has something more substantive.

The police have no obligation to investigate alternate suspects once they've decided on one to charge. If you, defendant, want to blame the crime on somebody else, you need to perform your own investigation rather than merely pointing out the police didn't chase after whomever the defendant thinks would be a more worthy suspect.

I don't know if Ulbrict has some real evidence; if he did, you'd think he would have released it by now.

Comment: Per usual, the headline is bogus (Score 1) 303

How do we have any freaking clue whether or not the jury understands the internet? If they are doing their jobs, they aren't saying a damn thing about what they do or don't understand.

The judge on the other hand, certainly is requesting things be simplified on her (and the juror's) behalf.

Really, this isn't any different from ANY other trial. Any trial involves the jury deciding on things that they do not have a great deal (or any) experience with. The whole job of the Forensic evidence, insider trading, patents, whatever.

Comment: Still too volatile. (Score 1) 290

by sirwired (#48822869) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Even if you buy bitcoins, unload them ASAP to buy something, and then the receiver unloads them ASAP to get them back into something a tad more stable, it's STILL too volatile to rely on. A retailer could lose a significant chunk of his/her margin in the lag time before the coins can be transferred again.

Comment: And this is why Bitcoins are still a joke (Score 1) 290

by sirwired (#48822833) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

A national currency that routinely swung by this amount would be a national crisis. (For example, something similar happened to the Swiss yesterday (they abandoned a policy to keep the Franc weak), and it's making headlines all over the world. And it's just a one-time event.) The economy would be in shambles as all trade came to a screeching halt, due to the complete and total inability to properly price contracts. Even used solely as a money-transfer system (instead of a real currency) it still swings too wildly. By the time you can unload the bitcoins somebody's transferred to you, you could lose your entire profit margin.

Comment: Yeah, I remember when VMWare first came out... (Score 5, Informative) 180

by sirwired (#48811093) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

I remember when VMWare first came out, and there was all this amazement about all the cool things you could do with Virtual Machines. Very little mention anywhere that these were things you could do for decades already on mainframes.

Same thing with I/O offloading (compared to mainframes, x86 and UNIX I/O offload is still quite primitive and rudimentary), DB-based filesystems (MS has been trying to ship one of those for over 20 years now; IBM has been successfully selling one (the AS/400 / iSeries) for 25, built-in encryption features, and a host of other features.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.