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Comment Re:What is there strategy? (Score 1) 163

Mostly because PCI-Express does not really support hotpluging. True, the spec states that it "should" be possible, however there are no consumer-available devices where it works properly.

Being able to plug/unplug a high performance device without cycling the power is worth some extra layers given that the alternative is to dump PCI-express entirely and design a new main bus technology that supports it natively.

Comment Re:One of two things will happen (Score 1) 128

Restoring data would simply be a binary blob downloaded from AWS/Google/Apple's CMS servers. The server connection URL would indicate what manufacturer made the phone, however that is pretty obvious from just looking at it.

It would be quite difficult to gain real intel based only on the size of the data blob.

You could probably figure out which apps are installed based on re-downloading the app binary, but again, that does not tell you very much.

Comment Re:Just drive (Score 1) 163

There is no cell signal where you would do off-road exploration, and there isn't any signal where they host burning man either. They may roll cellular on wheels for burning man though.

Folks who don't regularly go off the beaten path don't realize how limited the cell infrastructure really is. They use highly directional antennas on the major freeways. If you go off the road a few hundred yards one way or the other then your signal drops out.

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 1) 386

The data is here:

It looks like in Dec 2016, 4796 permits were either filed or issued, and 2167 of those were issued. The remaining 2629 permits were "not issued" it seems.

This data included both housing and commercial/industrial permits. Also, more data crunching would be needed to determine how many of these permits were "replace the water heater" type permits, as opposed to real new construction.

Comment Re:URL or Url? (Score 1) 299

Given this quote from the story: "He actually found a USB that was in this jar that was closed, and the jar was in a box, and the box had stuff in it. The jar itself had stuff in it."

If the dog's name is pronounced "Earl" then I'd guess what he found would be pronounced "uhhhsb".

Comment Re:Push - never have money pulled from your accoun (Score 2) 180

Criminal charges are different from civil charges.

If you win a civil case then Comcast has to pay you money. If you win a criminal case then the Comcast employee that broke the law goes to jail.

Corporation laws only protect their employees from civil charges.

Comment Re:Not ill timed... (Score 2) 633

Questions like, "Why do you need it" are irreverent if the ban has no effect on crime when the ban is said to help with crime. The 50BMG ban in California came about because one state senator made a press conference announcing that the 50BMG round had "heat seeking bullets", as if a chunk of lead had some active guidance system.

The history of the cartridge was that some military equipment (ships, tanks) used it during WWII as a mounted gun designed to damage other pieces of large equipment. Mostly, it was an anti-truck gun. We attempted to use it for anti-air purposes as well, but it didn't work well for that unless the attacking planes were under 100 feet and the cartridges were fired from banks of machine guns mounted on large ships. The military today has all but phased out the use of this cartridge as it has been replaced more effective rounds. It is still used in some cases in an anti-material role to break truck engines, but even that is being replaced with the easier to carry 338 Lapua round.

A rifle in 50BMG cartridge easily costs $10,000, weights an excess of 20lbs, and is usually 4 feet long. You'll spend an additional $5000 on the riflescope in addition to the rifle when you want to shoot it. The ammunition costs $5-$8 per shot. The recoil is such that anyone except the most trained folks will injure their shoulder when firing it. This is why they are never used in crime, they are just not practical for any self-defense or hunting use.

They are extremely good at very long range target shooting though, and that sport is very challenging. You have to account for the curvature of the Earth and the direction the Earth is spinning in order to hit the target. A shooter will spend 20 minutes doing trig and calculus for each shot to calculate exactly how to hit the target.

In reality, California banned a rifle that upper middle class folks used instead of golf clubs on private resorts specifically set up for long range shooting. The ban was designed to annoy gun owners, with no effects at all on public safety.

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