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Comment Re:What idiocy (Score 1) 307

USA puts people in prison for life without parole for simple possession. Something to think about.

Outlawing information - any information - is the first step down a dark road. The proposed law also outlaws any CNC files that could be used for same; but this information is perfectly valid for a gunsmith, and it's a short walk from that to machinery or chemistry texts.

Interesting times.

Comment xCode? (Score 1) 337

Don't care so much for the OS integration.

It would be nice to be able to create programs on the iPad Pro, though. It's performance and specs make a compelling case.

In the meantime, if you want to program, you need to bring your macbook and iPad..

Also, when will they give the Mac Pro some love?

Developers? Developers? Developers...

Comment Re:VR is going to land with a thud (Score 1) 174

This is game changing for simulators, and simulators are big business. Not just for games, either.

Even if every other application flops, that one alone, even just in the safety training space, will be a billion dollar industry very quickly.

A text readable experience also is game changing right away in a number of spaces. That and 3D mechanical design, or even 2D design for things like PCBs.

I actually think FPS games are the worst application. Maintaining orientation is probably impossible.

Comment It hasn't made since for a decade or more.. (Score 2) 196

I don't do much of this anymore, but I have designed hundreds of commercial boards and likely into the thousands of prototypes.

In the late 90's people used routers and crude lithographic techniques; these got better, but the online services scale nicely, and if you add up all the costs, it's almost insane to try and do it yourself. Why?

For entertainment purposes - that's different - but there hasn't been a commercial case for some time.

In fact, they're so cheap now, what hands on work I do, I just spin a PCB even for prototype purposes.

Comment Why bother? Get insurance. (Score 1) 212

If you're worried about being shot in your own home move to a nicer neighbourhood/country/city.

My data is backed up, they can steal my TV, it's not like the locks are going to stop a well-placed boot. I don't own anything of any particular value to anyone.

There's insurance for the rest, and the pathetic discount they offer doesn't pay for the ridiculous monitoring costs that are ongoing expenses.

I have some cameras to keep an eye on my cats when I'm gone, but that's an out of the box solution.

If you're obsessed, you can get used gear on eBay for next to nothing and it all integrates fairly easily.

Comment Depends on lots of factors (Score 4, Interesting) 279

I sell my phone every 18 months. Technology is moving fast.

It's closer to break even (with AppleCare) than you might suspect; the variance will be on the policies around damage, wear, replacement, etc.

Also consider the out of pocket on taxes - my 128GB phone cost me around $1000 out the door here in Canada. (15%)

I think it's ~$20/mo depreciation over a 2 year period vs. $34/mo they're taking, but my time is worth something, and if they make it headache free - it's not as crazy as it might seem at first when you run the numbers. I'm already paying $120/mo all in for service - yay Canada.

Over 4 years? The depreciation is very high - it's stupid to keep the phone this long if you want a new one.

If things get so grim $14/mo is a problem, no, this service isn't for you - but it's not as crazy as you might first think. I'll probably take them up if the price differential isn't too crazy here over the US.

Comment Re:Spectrum and interference (Score 1) 345

Once it becomes so simple to mess with people who don't understand start doing it, then it becomes a problem. I don't necessarily agree on the tactic, and it's a moving target, but more aggressive management of spectrum from the FCC is inevitable.

Not many of them are doing real SDR now. Many future ones will implement SDR approaches or widely configurable frequency ranges (e.g. Ubiquity gear). Some of them will support lots of different frequencies. Most use crappy filters. That's the problem.

It'll be awhile before all the 54G routers break.

I run a virtualized pfsense instance and stuck my wireless off that. Added benefit of IDS functionalities.

More regulation is going to happen. GNU radio and other approaches might provide open design alternatives.

Comment Spectrum and interference (Score 4, Informative) 345

Blame people using frequencies and EIRP they're not supposed to and interference generated as a result. That's the downside to the software defined radio approach; the software needs to be locked to maintain compliance with FCC regulations.

Has nothing to do with networking or repair.

You can always get a router that takes a FCC-approved wireless card and route to your heart's content.

"People should have access to the data which you have about them. There should be a process for them to challenge any inaccuracies." -- Arthur Miller