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Comment: Re:How the fuck are those screens built? (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#48045809) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

or your electronics is so badly shielded, it's a wonder it's working at all.

You haven't pulled apart many electronics have you? For the vast majority of consumer electronics shielding is either an after thought or poorly implemented borderline turning the system into an antenna to drag noise into the power supply. What is shielded in any system is typically the bare minimum. Transmission lines are shielded. Cables are shielded. In some cases the housings are shielded, in many other cases a tiny shield sits over a powersupply just enough to get that piece of paper that says Part 15 FCC compliance on it. Also my UHF puts out 0.935watt (though I don't believe my measurement equipment's 3rd significant digit), and a cell phone will rarely blast full power unless you're in a low signal area.

All of this is irrelevant though because there's only two things that matter here, one of which you pointed out:
1. There is no requirement to shield consumer electronics from external interference. (hence some screens, and I'm making note here that your screen may legitimately not be susceptible to interference, are affected and other's aren't)
2. There IS a requirement to shield electronics used for aviation. (hence the call to replace the monitors)

Comment: Microsoft account? (Score 1) 159

by thegarbz (#48045063) Attached to: 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Is this a joke? I now need a Microsoft "Live" account to follow articles linked to by Slashdot?

I mean searching for 35000 walruses on google only provides about 2million hits the top one not being msn's sorry attempt at a failing portal.

Why not link to CNN or any of the other sites running the article. I can't believe I'm going to say this but why not link to someone's blog covering it?

Comment: Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (Score 1) 469

by thegarbz (#48044369) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

I'm inclined to believe it's the type of software being churned that would make a difference. Games are a classic example of things typically done right. A folder on the HDD with most of the stuff. A folder in the user profile to store the saves and settings, and a folder in the registry for the DRM shit. And most of the invasive stuff to the system (DRM, Battle.NET, Origin etc) are shared between games and thus not churned.

Now compare that with say changing antivirus software vendors, and filling up the computer with spyware and crapware from yet another worthless program downloaded from CNET and you may have a very different take on the whole idea.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 2) 469

by thegarbz (#48044289) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

The problem is that you have to know what you're doing.
The problem is that it's not automated on an application level.

Even those tools which market themselves as cleaners of registry often pick up items which are still needed and delete them or miss things which aren't. The core problem is that for the average user keeping the system clean is not possible on a windows machine and an attempt to clean it often breaks things in strange ways.

Heck just thinking back to DLL hell days "It appears this file is no longer needed do you want to keep or remove?"
The only thing Microsoft missed from it's uninstaller package is "ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY PUNK?"

Comment: Re:Almost completely unrelated... (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#48044259) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

It's the switch-mode regulator inside them that provides the constant current which is radiating the RF. This is not unique to LEDs, and probably also not universal across LEDs. Instead it would depend on the design of the individual regulator, chosen switching frequency, and shielding. I have a bench supply which interferes with AM radio when I turn it on and the radio is sitting too close to it. "DC" hasn't really been nice clean "DC" for a long time.

Comment: Re:How the fuck are those screens built? (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#48044243) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

I have never ever heard of wifi interfering with an LCD screen. What did they do to them to get them to blank out? Stick them 1 inch in front of a directional 1kW magnetron?

While you may not have heard of it your sarcastic alarmist examples is way off the mark for what can take out any ordinary screen. I have a 1W UHF transmitter on my desk, when I push the PTT button my PC screen goes blank. It doesn't take much to interfere with digital signals, especially if you look at the quality of a typical digital signal these days.

You may not appreciate how on the very edge of not working most electronics actually are, employing all sorts of tricks such as digital signalling, shielding, transmission line impedance matching etc just to make things work at all.

Comment: Re:uh huh... (Score 2) 45

by thegarbz (#48043463) Attached to: Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

$9 million in savings in a large production plants is shit. They have single machines that cost more than that. To take a gamble on a large change like this, the savings need to be insane. Cut my costs in half and it might be worth the risk. Saving $9 million when my costs average $300 million and, yes... that's nice... but its not worth the risk of new tech.

Actually $9million is $9million regardless how how you cut the pie. Just because a business turns over several orders of magnitude more means they should stop factoring in potential savings as *small* as $9million?

I ask you, what is a gamble? How are you gambling when you monitor your equipment? What is the risk when it goes wrong? Back to potential $9million outages? Oh calamity!

The only reason people are up in arms about this is because someone used the phrase "Internet of Things". If this article was started with "Lean Six Sigma", "Kaizen", or "a Continuous Improvement Project" no one would bat an eye. I am a reliability engineer and creating this type of monitoring is my day to day activities. Sometimes they pay off really well, sometimes they produce no benefit and we wasted a few $100k, but all of a sudden when someone says it's an "Internet of Things" project rather than project everybody shouts about risk?

Get a grip. Oh and I work for a plant that turns over approximately $4bn in product annually, yet if I could save $9m I guarantee there would be prizes, parades, and all sorts of untold honours directed my way. Never under-estimate how hard it is to squeeze the last bit of financial efficiency out of a place.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 266

by thegarbz (#48043397) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Some of what you said makes perfect sense. Others stuff I think is personal preference. I have a few questions:

4. Why separate the X button from fullscreen and minimise? Why not keep all the window functions in the same logical place? Hitting the X accidentally as rarely as that may happen will on most applications where the loss of some information is possible result in a pop-up asking you if you're sure, or if you want to save etc. So why separate the button locations?

6. Why scale below 100%? Windows already does an incredibly poor job of scaling fonts. Even scaling up makes things look bad, scaling down when you don't have the pixels to do it would just cause a screen to display garbage, not to mention that now we're finally moving up in resolution the 100% scaling will likely be too low for most applications very soon.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 5, Insightful) 843

by thegarbz (#48034665) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I have a feeling any "conversion" would be about as difficult to handle as your cable company changing the channel lineup around. Perhaps a few weeks of grumbling, but eventually you get used to it.

I for one am more impressed that a country who's citizens believe they are in the greatest and best country in the world, able to put men on the moon and build up an economy and military might that rules the world, somehow figure themselves incapable to achieve what 42 other countries around the world have done in the past 300 years.

Comment: Re: Paid oil trolls are censoring posts like this (Score 1) 52

At no point did I say that BP didn't pay trolls.

What I did say is that you were responding to a person who has been on slashdot, a fringe tech site (let's face it we are just a bunch of nerds), for a long time, and claiming he's a troll simply because he disagrees in the usefulness of a product.

I suppose next you'll tell me that Samsung's paid trolls also monitor a Mormon interest group forum just in case they mention an Apple product?

$200million doesn't go very far unless it's targeted and trolls are bloody easy to spot most of the time. Get some bloody perspective before spouting out that crap.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins