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Comment Re:Still? (Score 1) 160

The chips that come out of the fab are not 100% perfect.

While this may be true for these graphics cores, I don't think it's necessarily true for Intel's CPU chips. I think they have their design so refined that their yield is close to 100% for all but the highest density cores.

Otherwise they simply would not be able to offer multi core chips. Maybe someone in the know could comment on this.

Comment Re:Keep em Banned (Score 1, Flamebait) 369

Well said. Clearly a new generation is posting to slashdot. Because in the past when this issue has come up (as it continually does now with increasing frequency) the engineers of old would explain with numerous posts that it's impossible for the FAA or anyone else to keep track of the countless electronic devices made and assure that each and every one does not jam the systems.

But apparently the 15 year olds of today can't live for a few minutes with their devices turned off.

Comment Re:Pilots... (Score 1) 449

Also, the onus would be upon the FAA (not just the FCC) to make sure every device in the world wouldn't hurt the avionics - a now impossible task when you consider the sheer magnitude of things that have batteries.

This argument appears every few months. It just doesn't make sense to risk a bad GPS airplane reading that leads to a collision so someone can play with their phone.

Comment Re:expanding on your words: (Score 1) 957

debates in which the person supposedly representing our voice is apologizing for us and accusing us of being extremists.

It's because of the worst kind of arrogant ignorance, you are extremists.

For whoever sees me as missing the humor, Poe's law is in effect. Regardless, there is a section of the republican party that is a joke


Paying Through Facebook May Become a Reality 122

SmartAboutThings writes "A recent story at the NY Times talks about a possible partnership between Facebook and mobile billing company Bango. 'You might want to buy a game or concert tickets or an astrological forecast. Careful where your fingers go. One tap, and a charge will show up on your phone bill. "Frictionless" payment is how Bango puts it. Bango will get a cut of each click; it declined to say how much.' Assuming this doesn't remain a rumor, then quite soon we might be able to pay for goods using our Facebook accounts. Could this help Facebook regain the lost trust for their investors?"

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