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Comment Re:Obligatory Quote (Score 5, Interesting) 583

"Then two other things must also be remembered: First, Benjamin Franklin opened other people's mail for intelligence purposes during the Revolutionary War. Second, there are two qualifiers present: essential and little temporary."

More straw-man arguments. They were at war with their own government. We are not... yet. The situation is hardly comparable.

As I spotted philosoraptor saying on G+ this morning, Snowden is being accused of Treason (aiding The Enemy) for sharing information with the American People. Does that mean the American People are The Enemy?

Comment Re:Thanks Slashdot. (Score 1) 366

The only other car I know how to read is Nissans with CONSULT, which you can read with BlueFRom and a dongle from DX. The only interesting vehicles to which that applies are early twin-cam 240SXs and early Z32 300ZXs. In theory I can read my current injection pulse with a magnetic pickup and a piezo one but I have neither and do my injection timing with an optical sensor...

Comment Re:Insurance Policy? (Score 1) 293

So let's assume he's being truthful and he actually has "source code for older titles plus development kits for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles". Um... So what? How is that damaging to the companies involved? Source code for older titles? Who cares? Dev kits? They hand those things out like candy to development studios. Sure, under NDA, but it's not like their business plan is toast if the dev kit gets leaked.

It sounds like a small price to pay to pick off and make an example of some pissant little self-proclaimed l33t h4x0r. With blackmail that weak I'd nail him to the wall just because he sounds like a prick.

Comment Re:Who's going to pay for it? (Score 1) 366

Aviation engines don't need the lead for valves and seats - that's an old wives tale.

Lead wasn't added for the purpose of cushioning valves, it just did that.

The problem engines are really the larger turbosupercharged engines fitted to larger piston powered aircraft.

They oughta just be able to get different turbine wheels, then. Still more money, but whatever.

Comment Re:Problem is not the technology but antique plane (Score 1) 366

Reading comprehension? You fail it.

Aluminum oxide protects Aluminum in precisely the way that Iron Oxide doesn't protect Iron.

Aluminum oxide is tough and tends to prevent oxidation of deeper layers. Iron oxide is very weak, much larger than the metallic iron it replaces, and doesn't prevent oxidation of deeper layers.

Thank you, please drive through.

Comment Re: Interesting (Score 1) 60

Don't be too sure. Megahertz-per-useful-act, anything from the Pentium-M (really, a Pentium III Xeon w/power mgmt) still totally spanks ARM7,

Who cares? Dual-core is now standard and quad-core is becoming so. My point is well-supported.

x86/AMD64 cpus are *profoundly* optimized for getting good performance out of mediocre software under sub-optimal conditions

What? x86 is shit. They are profoundly crufted because of the instruction set and the complete and total lack of general purpose registers, so you need more hardware to make up for these pathetic deficiencies. This is why a chip that does the same amount of shit will always use more power if it's x86 as opposed to ARM. amd64 is much better but there are no designs yet which are competitive with ARM in the low end. And the simple truth is that the low end is covering more and more people's needs today. A few of us need more horsepower on a regular basis, but most don't.

Comment Re:Who's going to pay for it? (Score 1) 366

I don't really care if you can fly or not. I care whether there is lead being emitted from planes. However, the problem lies with the FAA, because your engine could have upgraded valves and seats installed if they would permit it. And of course, you could always fly yourself to another country and set up shop where you're allowed to fly...

Insensitive? Sure. Kind of like burning leaded gas.

Comment Re:Thanks Slashdot. (Score 1) 366

In terms of maximum power output, the research becomes murky: Some say it can't matter, others say it's worse with needlessly higher octane, others say that higher octane is better -- period.

Well, it's different from vehicle to vehicle...

In my daily-driven knock-sensor-equipped fuel-injected car, I can say there's a big difference between 87 and 93 octane, even though the car itself only "requires" 91. I don't have the computer-gear to show ignition advance, so it's an anecdote, but: Everything works better with 93 octane fuel.

Probably does. Some vehicles will make use of higher-octane fuel and some won't. The differences lie in both the compression ratio and in the PCM. If they will keep ratcheting up the timing until they detect knock, then they'll benefit, but they won't necessarily raise the advance past some point.

If your car has OBD-II, and you have a bluetooth phone, then you can probably show the advance with a ten dollar widget.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 366

the lead in petrol had a few benefits, it raised the octane number, allowing the engines to have higher compression ratios, providing better thermal efficiency of the engine.

now we have variable valve timing and low pressure turbocharging, which does the same job, albeit with more parts. as a side benefit, though, you also get to reduce weight.

Also in the era when engines where made from detroit wonder metal (cast iron) certain parts were lubricated by the lead, so they could remain as cast iron, such as valve seats, whereas unleaded fuel has required hardened valve seats to be inserted.

Except we've now entered the era of the Aluminum block, and so now you'd need hardened valve seats anyway. This is an ex-issue.

Comment Re:Thanks Slashdot. (Score 1) 366

Lampson Field, which I drive past regularly, has such a fence keeping people off of the field. It's no taller than my nutsack. I know service is done there because you can see it as you drive by, because the whole airport is not much bigger than my nutsack either. People regularly hold garage sales out of their hangars, it's a nifty airport. Not regularly enough, though. I really want to score a cheap 12V attitude gauge for my pickup truck.

Comment Re: mostly some small private planes left (Score 0) 366

And with about 30 years, you might get the FAA to approve the engine to put into that airplane.

We're not talking about an engine, we're talking about hardened valves and seats and, if some octane booster is not used, a timing change. Then the aircraft which can't take the performance hit from running on the lower-octane fuel get decertified, and fuck 'em because leaded fuel has got to go. If they can't afford to fly without lead, then they can't afford to fly.

Comment Re:Will it be a repeat? (Score 1) 372

I don't know about you, but I ridiculed it because of the cost at the time of a USB floppy drive, which was amazing. You could literally buy a used PC with a floppy drive in it for what people were charging for them, especially Apple. I have a Sony unit right here that I got at a yard sale, just I case I need to read a floppy. I haven't in years (two or three of them anyway) but what the hell, I installed an IDE LS120 drive in my PC anyway. Its merry whir at boot or wake reminds me that I have a PC. And, read errors aside, if I have to read a floppy in the future, I can do it at double speed without digging the USB drive out of a drawer.

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