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Comment Re:Old school reflective lcd (Score 1) 294

Your information is years out of date. I've been using an ssh application on an ereader and I've been getting around half a second refresh. There's also a debian distro for the pocket Kobo from maybe three years back that has an on screen clock that updates in seconds - so less than one second refresh there.

Router/switch activity lights blink at a rate I'm not entirely sure of but definitely exceeds 10Hz. 1-2Hz is not enough to be useful for the purpose IMO.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite, I know how quickly modern displays can refresh. I actually want to build a thermostat that uses an e-ink display because it makes perfect sense in that role. but for a network device's status indicator it's no good.

Comment Re:Old school reflective lcd (Score 1) 294

Even cheap electronic paper can be updated once per second with fairly low power requirements. For activity, the lights have basically been useless for decades: unless you're the only one on the network and are sending pings one per second, they're basically always on. It would be far more use to have a few more pixels and display a logarithmic scale bar of total throughput. For power on, something that alternated between - and | once per second would let you know that there was power flowing, without needing a static light.

I'm looking at the gigabit Cisco switch on the desk next to me and definitely have to disagree with you there. I can clearly see the difference in activity between for example the port my VoIP phone is on and the ports my server and router are on. I can see how heavy the broadcast traffic is based on how often all ports blink simultaneously. I don't know what their actual blink rate is but I can say for sure it's greater than 10Hz on a highly active port. Many times over the years I've used the lights to help locate the source of a network loop or broadcast storm. The fact that the lights can blink rapidly is the key to that working.

A LCD might be able to go fast enough, I'm not sure.

The utilization indicator definitely could work though, I won't deny that.

Comment Re:Removable battery? Nah... (Score 1) 86

Yeah. This. I was just going to chime in on this. This idiotic war against serviceable components, expandable flash and replaceable / expandable memory is really tiresome. And with every generations of phone ifixit and the like give out instructions and OEM and 3rd party batteries and repair items become available.

And when something like this happens - it could have been : go to this special link to amazon, put your samsung serial number in and get an overnight package with the a new battery. But no. Now we have this fiasco.

Lets weld in and glue in an ultra flammable part that is a common replacement item - for what?

Comment Re:Also kicks out scores from third party purchase (Score 1) 85

Isn't that a good thing though? If you didn't by the game on Steam, why should you be able to contribute to the rating on Steam? Amazon does the same thing, it's called a verified purchase. To allow anything else is opening up the system for abuse.

It's still a verified purchase... You get a Steam key on Humble (and other stores) that you then have to redeem at Steam, download the game from Steam, launch the game via Steam, etc. Steam sure as hell knows you have the game.

Comment Re:Also kicks out scores from third party purchase (Score 4, Interesting) 85

one of my initial thoughts as well.

I suppose a better way to deal with the problem is to throw out reviews that are tied to a clearly inactive steam account.

A person who actually uses steam will have recorded play histories and times. A bullshit ratings inflation service will have hundreds of dummy accounts that they use to inflate ratings with, and little to nothing else. If those accounts need actual play history, especially recent play history (given valve's stated goals with this to capture changing ratings over time), then the cost of these ratings inflation services will balloon.

That suggests an idea that they should be doing already, with data they already have access to: rather than providing a single rating score (or even two with "recent" and "overall"), provide a graph of average rating vs. time played. If the average score among people who've played it less than 20 minutes is 4 stars, but the average score among people who've played it two hours is 2 stars, that's a lot more indicative of rating inflation and what the real game is like... Conversely, if the average score among short-term users is low, but the score shoots up among people who stick with it, that may indicate a difficult learning curve that most people give up on, or may indicate that it's a niche title only for users really into that genre, etc., etc. Either way, it would be very useful information to have.

Comment Also kicks out scores from third party purchasers (Score 5, Insightful) 85

... it does not include reviews written by those who obtained the product through a Steam key. What this means is that reviews penned by those who got a game after backing it on Kickstarter, for example, or via a developer's website, do not affect the Steam user review score. Again, the thinking behind this change is sound. Valve knows that some developers were gaming the system -- that is, they were giving keys to friends or shady paid services in exchange for positive reviews.

Although certainly a valiant effort, one unintended result is that it will ignore reviews from people who purchase keys via Humble Bundle or other third-party stores. Perhaps that's a negligible portion of the total, but for some games, it may not be. For example, Humble frequently puts up indie bundles for a few dollars, including games that many people wouldn't necessarily buy individually on Steam (because of, for example, the lack of reviews). But at $10 for two games you want and three you've never heard of, you figure, why not? If you end up liking one of those games, your review won't matter... again making it difficult for hidden gems to get a foothold.

Comment Re:Old school reflective lcd (Score 3, Informative) 294

Make it e-paper, not LCD, then it will be readable under any light. If e-paper displays are cheap enough to put on store shelves as price tags, then they should be cheap enough to serve as a status display on a router.

E-paper would be a terrible display for this purpose. It can't change fast enough to work as an activity light, and since it maintains an image effectively forever until updated it's not trustworthy for lower rate status monitoring like power on. If the device crashed or even powered off entirely without resetting the display first it'd look normal at a glance.

Comment Re: In other words. . . (Score 2) 314

I favor the libertarian model. Just to be clear, I'm not a Libertarian but I like many points of their philosophy.

Many people are surprised by this because as a black man, they don't expect that I'd argue in favor of someone's right to discriminate but yes. If you want to discriminate, it should be legal BUT you have to face the consequences of that decision.

I suspect that the vast majority of the people I know, of all racial backgrounds, would refuse to do business with someone who mistreated me just as I would refuse to do business with someone who had mistreated them.

Being that this is AirBNB, a private entity, I like it. If you're going to discriminate, they will not do business with you.

The power of the Free Market at works.


Comment Re:Need to do two things (Score 1) 149

Tuning adapters suck.

Tuning adapters suck for the same reason CableCard as a whole kinda sucked. Because the cable industry as a whole wanted them to suck. Ever notice how their own boxes never had the same problems, even during the time they were forced to use the same CableCard interfaces? Or how variable the support was between providers, with some providers happily shipping cards to consumers and offering self-service interfaces to activate them where others would insist on a truck roll and scheduled appointment (with standard cable company timing)?

Look at the same concept as implemented in Europe. Over-the-air, cable, and satellite television all use variants of the DVB standard. It even has an IPTV variant, though I'm not sure how widely it's deployed in that context. There's a standard interface for a service provider's encryption solution. Any consumer can use any compatible device with any television provider, and it works great.

For whatever reason (read: doesn't benefit the right companies) in this country we have a history of looking at problems Europe's already solved and saying "nope, we can make something much worse for consumers". See also GSM vs. CDMA and the fact that Verizon still insists to this day that they need to individually certify each device while the majority of cell carriers on the planet happily work all day with whatever phones happen to be compatible.

It's easy to be compatible if you want to be compatible. What these companies try to avoid saying outright is that they don't want to be compatible.

Comment Re:Ooh (Score 1) 73

Are there a lot of cell towers in these areas where cell service for internet is a viable option?

I have 250/25 cable and theoretically 24/2 DSL (really 14/1.5) at my house. A friend of mine two miles away has no cable and theoretically 6/1 DSL that really delivers about 3/256k most days. The same T-Mobile tower covers both of our houses, off which my old Note 4 gets 65/30.

Comment We're not there yet but... (Score 1) 265

I was a kid when I saw the Terminator. It caused me to do a lot of thinking about autonomous weapons systems and the fear is completely justified.

The killing of human being should only be done BY human beings. There has to be some human cost to be paid by the killer. There are some things that a human being can flat out refuse to do.

Launch a missile at a parking lot full of baby strollers? No.

A machine will not question such an order and will do it without hesitation at the time or remorse later.


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