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Comment Re:This is the same guy (Score 4, Informative) 321

Doesn't mean he isn't right.

Maybe, but he should do some research on Bluetooth before making recommendations. It appears that Bluetooth 5.0 may provide support for higher quality audio.

From Wiki: Bluetooth 5 was announced in June 2016. It will quadruple the range, double the speed, and an eight-fold increase in data broadcasting capacity of low energy Bluetooth connections, in addition to adding functionality for connection-less services like location-relevant information and navigation

Comment Re:So glad I don't work with her (Score 5, Funny) 290

No... just.... No... If there was ever an apt time to use the Billy Madison quote, this is it....

"... [W]hat you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Comment Re:How many quarters? (Score 3, Funny) 76

Well, I hope that this parking space will be outfitted with a electric charging socket, which will pave the way for electric spacecraft. Critics of electric cars point out the lack of public charging opportunities.

Otherwise, spacecraft emissions will cause outer space warming!

Think about taking your Tesla XXX out for a Sunday drive, and then zipping up into space to the ISS Shopping Mall Food Court to grab a burger.

Electric spacecraft sucks because they are no good for towing and you can't land and take off on a planet... At least with combustion spacecraft you can visit Pluto if you want.... (grin)

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 239

I don't know anything about networks of that size. Our is less than 100 devices, so spending many thousands on Cisco stuff doesn't make sense. Whatever level the product is, it should work. From our experience, none of the low-end Cisco works as advertised. IPSec VPN tunnels drop randomly. WAN connections drop randomly. SSL not handled correctly. VPN's occasionally handle through-traffic correctly. We've seen this consistent level of inconsistency across more than half a dozen Cisco routers (all of the Cisco routers we've ever used). We replaced ours with routers from Draytek, and have been very happy.

One of the things to remember is that the larger the company, the larger the discount rates that they can negotiate. This can bring Crisco pricing more inline with third-party options. However, for smaller companies, it definitely makes sense to look at other vendors.

As for IPSec, SSL, etc. I have never experienced problems with Cisco routers. Usually IPSec tunnel issues can be traced to problems with MTU settings, either locally or somewhere in the network path.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

The entitled are desperate to keep people from thinking about not having a garage.

Battery electrics basic assumption is that of entitlement... Everyone owns their dwelling and has access to a charger dedicate for their individual use. Just another way of saying "I got mine, so screw you"

Silicon valley is already seeing "charger rage" incidents where access to shared chargers just isn't working.

Interesting... For those that have EV's, I guess there is an etiquette pack to help prevent charger rage...

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Most (more than 90%) have power where they park. If you disagree with the facts, take them up with those that did the study, rather than raging all over those who are just pointing out the facts in the article. Shooting the messenger is more fun, because they are easier to find, and more likely to not bother to argue the point, as it's obviously not worth it.

There may be power nearby but that doesn't mean that there is power to where they park and it doesn't mean that the local power infrastructure can handle the added load. It's like saying that in the average city there is power to every metered parking space. There may be power on the street for lights, etc., but it's going to take a huge effort to put in charging stations at each spot.

The study is probably technically correct in it's conclusions but getting there will require a lot of additional infrastructure and resources.

Comment Re:Its a continuation (Score 5, Informative) 254

Something can look incremental but actually be pretty dramatic. We're kind of spoiled by Moore's Law having a doubling time of just a few years.

Increases in battery life have been "incremental" but also exponential - the increase has been something like 7% per year on the average, a ten-year doubling. And of course, we ate most of it with higher power consumption in most battery-powered devices: the phones, tablets and laptops. But look at how long something simpler like an iPod lasts now compared to 2001 and it's dramatic.

Electric cars are going get much more serious after one more doubling, and while the car companies would pay billions to have it happen overnight, it's still going to happen in 10 years even with the "incremental" progress.

The majority of improvement of battery life in electronic devices have been due to energy efficient circuit designs, power management (being able to put components to sleep), and shrinking of electronics (i.e. more room for a bigger battery in the same case).

Comment Re:How would anyone be able to tell? (Score 4, Informative) 192

How would anyone be able to tell? What can be more disgusting than a McDonalds hamburger and fries that looks the same after 6 years?

A regular hamburger made from fresh ingredients from the store will exhibit the same behaviour. The key is that the beef is thin, well cooked (i.e. sterile), and that it rapidly loses moisture. So this is natural.

Comment Re:Hell No (Score 1) 347

A few years ago, I purchased what I thought were genuine Nikon batteries for use in my cameras.

Once they arrived, I took a very good look at them and determined they were, in fact, counterfeit.
( They had official looking hologram stickers and whatnot, but were not the real thing )

I returned them and ended up purchasing the batteries through a local dealer instead.

Now, while some will say " What's the big deal ? ", if a problem develops within those batteries and
it ends up destroying your $$$$ camera, you can bet Nikon would tell me " Too Bad for you ". Otoh,
if a genuine Nikon battery does the same thing, Nikon would probably be a bit more sympathetic since
it is their official product that I'm buying.

Bottom line: If I cannot trust Amazon and / or the sellers who operate through Amazon to deliver genuine
products, I will simply cease using Amazon to purchase any of it.

It's that simple.

Yes, and I'll bet you a donut and a cup of coffee that, if you open up those batteries which are remarkably similar on the outside, you'll find (if you're lucky) undersized calls of dubious quality. The batteries, if you dared to put them in your camera, which I wouldn't recommend, will probably last 1/2 to 2/3 the time a genuine battery would.

As Heinlein said, TANSTAAFL. Sure, there's a Nikon markup, but if you want 3rd party bateries, don't buy the ones that are trying to pass for Nikon. Buy some from a manufacturer like Wasabi (I've had good experience with them) or Digipower (likewise), who are trying to build a brand reputation.

I agree, if you are choosing a third party battery provider, that you find one that that has good quality. I've used Sterlingtek batteries in my Canon SLR cameras with no problems and they last just as long, if not longer than the manufacturer batteries. That being said, I knowingly went looking for third party batteries. I would be upset if I thought that I was buying a Canon battery but it turned out to be a knockoff.

Comment Re:That's funny ... (Score 1) 141

... today I applied a patch to my credit card that blocks buying any locked down hardware from Microsoft. What a coincidence!

Good thing too. It always amazes me when people who are supposed to be smart about technology buys a device for an unintended purposes and then cries when they can no longer use it that way. Everyone knew that Windows RT was meant to be locked down and at no time did Microsoft ever advertise that an alternative OS could be installed (Unlike Sony and the PS3).

An accidental/dev setting was left open and they closed it. Yes, it sucks for those who were using it this way. But hey, you knew that this could happen.

I agree that there should be alternatives for users of devices that have been abandoned and that not having alternatives contributes to e-waste. But unless we stop buying closed systems, it just isn't going to change. BTW, you can install whatever you want on the Surface Pro. You get what you pay for.

Comment Re:I don't think that's enough (Score 1) 99

That was never a goal of the system. The "4K" is referring to video playback and support for 4K content, not games. This should, however, get them to 1080P @ 60FPS for pretty much every game in the library, and they've said that there will be an update path for developers to allow their games to support the new hardware performance. I think it's one of the biggest wins in consoles, that we've reached the point where it's possible to have nearly perfect backwards compatibility with older games while hardware continues to improve, with only a patch update to the games to support ever-expanding hardware performance. It's straight out of the PC playbook, to be certain, but at console price-points, with console-level reliability and ease of use.

Do you really think that Sony will be able to keep it at console price points? I'll believe it when I see it. I'm willing to bet that we will also see an increase in console pricing.

I have the Sony PS4 so that I can play and share games with my Brother-in-law. But anything that I want to play in high definition graphics, such as Far Cry or Fallout, I buy for the PC. There is just no getting around the fact that as soon as these consoles have their hardware specs set, they are out of date. For the same price as a new console, I can buy a new video card for my PC that will give me at least 4x the performance.

Long story short, there isn't any benefit for me to upgrade to the new console. I'll be definitely skipping this one.

Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 4, Funny) 465

How the heck do you even back up a site like that?

Hmmm, maybe using a web page scraper tool like HTTrack or perhaps the built-in export/backup function on the blog site...

Perhaps Google has a help page that describes how to do this... Nah, that would be too easy....

Comment Re:Headline is misleading and a little clickbaity (Score 2) 474

Let's assume you could cut 20 million out of executive salaries. Divide that by the 22,000 employees, and you end up with about $900 a piece. Realistically, you wouldn't be able to take that much from the executives. When the employees outnumber the executive by 10,000 to 1, it really doesn't matter how much you cut off executive pay, because the cost of the labour will vastly outweigh the cost of executive salaries.

How can this be labeled Insightful. While true, it ignores the fact that the $900 per employee would end up in the economy, improve the employees living situation, add taxes, etc whereas the added millions in executive salaries ends up in tax free holdings or offshore investments. Saying that $900 per employee doesn't help things is an utter fallacy and shows a complete lack of understanding of how the economy works. It is also short-sightedness by the corporations as eventually the average person will not have the necessary disposable income to buy their goods. Of course, they don't care what actually happens to the company because they've already made their millions...

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