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Comment: Devil's Advocate response--sort of (Score 4, Insightful) 66

by storkus (#48540755) Attached to: A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

I'm not a fan of the carriers for the obvious reasons, but I have to play Devil's Advocate here and remind you all of how much money it costs to deploy equipment in all that spectrum. This is the reason why coverage is great in cities and poor in the countryside. Look how much spectrum T-Mobile and Sprint have over a huge geographical area and yet deploy over only a tiny percentage of it; supposedly T-Mobile will deploy more in rural areas where they can get 700 MHz spectrum, but I'll believe that when I see it. Likewise, in lesser (ranked 101+ or so?) metro areas, their network is a mess of technologies with 2, 3, and 4G all in the same city, and only barely-working 2G in some areas, including one (Kingman, Arizona) where T-Mobile is severely oversubscribed yet they won't put a dime into improvement.

So here's an idea I've had for years: pay less money for spectrum in exchange for current-technology coverage over your ENTIRE license area rather than just the big cities. I can't count how many people would love decent internet access and can't get it because the spectrum is all owned by companies who refuse to actually install equipment there: this practice should be illegal.

Sure, the leasing idea is probably the better one, but the roll-out cost of keeping up with the technology is far in excess of that. Also note that this argument isn't just about the cell/mobile bands but also all the other bands, especially as the phone companies continue to gobble up everyone else's spectrum--even us ham radio operators, where I expect the 9cm band (and possibly the 23cm band) will disappear within the next decade or two.

Oh, also, have any of you read how hard it will be coordinating with government stations on the AWS-3 band? There are numerous places where the band will likely never be able to be used by a carrier even though they're licensed for it.

Finally, remember that any price increase will ALWAYS be passed on to the customer--even phantom charges when they can get away with it ("Government Regulatory Recovery" charges, anyone?).

Comment: Re:Pest Control (Score 1) 216

by storkus (#48128473) Attached to: Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it: there are many that consider us humans to be pests, and would like nothing more than for us to stop breeding to reduce the population down to a tenth or less what it is now.

Then again, if oxytocin in humans (and other primates, I assume) results in bonding rather than sex and (more distant assuming) peace, then what do you suppose is happening right now where people will kill you over any slight and trolls rule the online world? Perhaps, the conspiracy theorist would say, there's an anti-oxytocin running around in the world right now, either uncontrollably (like the estrogen-analogs) or deliberately. Something to think about...

Comment: More like Steve Wozniak with charisma (Score 0) 181

by storkus (#48123579) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

Unlike that showman Jobs who, as mentioned, just put the useful stuff in a pretty package and ended up turning it and a logo into a cult, The Woz actually did the real work, at least in the beginning, and he still is doing so today, yet still always in the background.

Musk is Woz with charisma and business sense, or being like Jobs or Ellison with morals.

Nor is Elon (yet?) a cult or fashion icon: his companies are not selling overpriced junk that people buy just because his name or his companies' name on them.

(Digression: just looked at Ellison's picture on Wikipedia--he looks like a Hollyweird version of the Devil himself!)

Oh, and I see the Obama cult also made an appearance in this section. How insulting it must be to Elon to be compared to Two-Face!

Comment: Re:Do it yourself? (Score 1) 130

by storkus (#47850763) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

LOL, I worked at 2 TV stations back in the 90's and one of them used JVC S-VHS decks for non-prime-time programming (daytime and late night syndicated crap). To the trained eye, the difference with even 3/4-inch tape was obvious, but it apparently was still FCC-legal "broadcast quality".

Still, IMHO, it looked a hell of a lot better than MPEG-2 with all its compression artifacts: noisier, but none of the "blockiness".

Anyway, just to add my opinion to the original poster, ordinary 1/2-inch VHS is so noisy and has lost so much visual and aural information already that I think you'd be hard-pressed to lose any more by using a lossy compression format unless you intend to do serious editing (with effects and such where you'll have to alter the actual video rather than just cutting and pasting) after transfer. To REALLY blow your mind, consider that MPEG-1 (same as Video-CD and lots of OLD interweb videos) was originally intended to be roughly equivalent to VHS or even Super-VHS! (Yeah, I never bought that either.)

Comment: Only a surprise if... (Score 3, Informative) 188

...you haven't been paying attention. (Tried to put that all on the headline, but wouldn't fit.)

Simply put, as many here already know, if you compare foreign news coverage on domestic affairs to our own domestic coverage, the gaps become obvious and huge: The Guardian et al on Snowden vs the play-down or even silence from domestic sources is just one of MANY examples. Art Bell commented on this years ago (15-20 years ago when I heard it) that he was amazed the coverage of America from the BBC was better than any American news outlet, so this isn't new at all.

The entire point of the 1st Amendment's Press Freedom was to prevent this from happening; so much for that.

It all makes me wonder how much longer before the rest of the conspiracy theorists' predictions come true...

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? (Score 5, Interesting) 294

by storkus (#47805011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Because a few things were yanked out of my submission, as usual for headlines. As shown in the Phoronix stories, and (here's one part that was deleted) by Googling around further, a bigger problem is that the mobo manufacturers simply don't give a flying f**k about anything other than winblows: Gigabyte and Asus both say, "We don't support Linux, use windows"--yes, really, read the story--and there was some MSI business before, but maybe that's getting better since they offer official Steam support (we'll see).

I didn't know AsRock and AsusTek were separate companies now: perhaps their new X99-WS, while not an overclocker, is better supported as many workstations run Linux or Solaris.

I'm surprised so many guys didn't know Intel isn't making boards anymore, but I didn't know they're (apparently?) still available. Whether with Z97 or X99 (or later) is a big question, though.

Also deleted from my submission is that I specifically stated that I don't expect all the hardware to work on something so new, but I expect the important parts will: rather, that the M$-isms in the BIOS deliberately interfere with Linux. I'm very familiar with this, as I have a 7 year old laptop that, to this day, I cannot install any of the BSD's to: first the bootloaders died, and now the kernels die in early boot, so it's a little better, but still. Oh, and it likes LILO better than GRUB.

So, is this sensationalistic? No, I don't think so. And I haven't been paid for any of this (in fact, I'm going to max out a credit card or two to pay for this). But I really don't want to repeat all the pain others have gone through. This isn't my first build, and definitely not my first Linux install, but this is the newest hardware that I've used in almost 2 decades. (Usually I just take hand-me-downs on the cheap--as usual, what works like shit in winblows works fine in Linux!) I want a machine for gaming, compiling, GIMPing, etc--for once, I'd like some top end screaming hardware (since I'll never be able to afford Haswell-EX with its 20 cores!). The last thing I need is the manufacturers themselves deliberately creating road blocks!

+ - Are there any Linux-friendly DESKTOP x86 motherboard manufacturers?-> 1

Submitted by storkus
storkus (179708) writes "The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix (2nd story link at the bottom of the first), and plenty more Googling around.

My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? Note that I want to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and "other" high-end machine with one of the above chips so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being M$-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a real lousy attitude (despite the Steam distro being real soon now)."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Your ways frighten and confuse me (Score 1) 635

by storkus (#47789929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Ah, my mod points for you. My 2nd computer was a CoCo2 and my parents threw it away in the 90's along with a bunch of other stuff. I miss it even though the 32 columns were a bitch. (FYI, my first computer was an MC-10, if you remember that--I even had the 20k expansion pack! The CC2 was an upgrade!)

30 years since those days...sigh...

BTW, are any of the Coco clubs and what-not still around?

Comment: Re: Google it (Score 1) 303

by storkus (#47718487) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

This is a very well known problem: most organic compounds, wherever they're found and whatever they may be, are easily halogenated (or less often substituted with other things, usually with bacterial help). Chlorine is by far the most common halogen and the most reactive electro-negative element outside of oxygen(#2) and fluorine(#1--fun stuff, watch the videos). I was going to waste bandwidth here, but here's a couple of Wikipedia links that explain things way better:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Bleach/Chlorine + any organic material equals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

which are Ozone-Depleting Chemicals, talked about here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

I remember a day when every geek/nerd knew what trichloroethane was as it made the best tape head cleaner, but times change...

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