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Comment I've been working with this for a while (Score 5, Informative) 156

I have been working with 2.5G for around a year now using a 2.5G physical interface chip from Aquantia that seamlessly handles everything from 100Mbps to 10Gbps including 1G, 2.5G and 5G. If the cable isn't too long I've run 10G over cat 5. Hopefully the prices will drop quickly once more companies support this standard since I just bought the cheapest 2.5G switch I could find, 8 ports for around $1200 for development purposes. It also interoperates fine with standard 1G equipment.

Aquantia is also nice is that unlike many phy chip vendors their phy SDK is free as in beer and is fully GPL and BSD compatible, though it will need to be re-written for the Linux kernel to follow the guidelines. I re-wrote it for U-Boot though I won't be able to push it upstream for a while yet. The chip I'm using even supports MACsec in hardware. There were two different 2.5G proposals, one from Broadcom and one from Aquantia. The Aquantia is the one that ultimately got accepted as the standard.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re:Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If "not being a sociopath" is left, than I guess you're right, I'm a leftist. It comes from too much Sunday school, I suppose.

Comment Lefties? (Score 1) 11

If not being heartless is being a leftist, then I'm leftist. Letting children die so you can become even more filthy rich is just pure evil.

This is a drug that costs less than ten bucks to manufacture that stops children from dying a horrible death from a severe allergy. Charging six hundred bucks for it is beyond criminal and wel into Evil with a capital E. Satanically evil.

Comment Taxes are punishment? (Score 1) 4

If taxes are punishment then the rich need their taxes tripled after all the unpunished evil they've done so far this century. The poor are being punished enough - by the rich. If having to pay for roads and bridges is punishment, then having to pay for food and water is, too.

As a Christian, I have no problem with taxes (Mark 12:17). Of course, if you worship mammon rather than God, taxes would indeed be punishment.

Comment Re:No one likes (Score 2) 638

Remember, Trump solicited campaign contributions from foreign nationals. He has business interests all over the world, including many in Russia. His idea of a "blind trust" for his businesses is for his children to run them. There's no way Trump can avoid massive conflict of interests around the world. He's heavily indebted to Russian oligarchs and other areas that are in conflict with our national security.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 860

I consider myself an exact opposite of a neocon, being fairly liberal, but I too have watched Russia's behavior under Putin with grave concern. The Frontline documentary, Putin's Way offers a glimps of the man and it isn't pretty. The former KGB agent is up to his eyeballs in corruption in a way mafia bosses could only dream of. What I find frightening is that Russia will basically run out of funds in the near future. His reaction to the resulting meltdown will not be pretty.

Comment Experience with Tesla (Score 5, Informative) 260

I must say that my experience with Tesla is the polar opposite of my experience with a local dealership. In both cases I had to wait 6 months to get the car I wanted. With the dealership I ended up with my 3rd choice of color and they kept pushing me to take a white car either missing options I wanted or with extra options I did not want. When I picked up my car they tried to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn't want. After I got the car they would frequently try and push extra service the car didn't need or didn't bother trying to find a very common problem the car had. Then just after the 3-year 36K warranty the HID headlights started burning out, another well-known problem with the car I bought. Despite the fact that I had a 7 year, 100K warranty and that the headlight bulbs were well under the rated lifetime they wanted to charge me $200/bulb ($50 on Ebay) plus a ton of labor. I have since sold the car to my father and the center display touchscreen stopped working. The dealership wants $5K to replace it, much of that for labor. The touch screen costs a fraction of that and I found a youtube video where a woman shows how to replace it in around 20 minutes with simple hand tools.

With my Tesla I got exactly what I wanted. Up until they made my car I could pick and choose what options I wanted through the web site with it immediately updating the price. This is unlike a dealership where I'd have to wait until they got something in inventory or found a car elsewhere with my requirements. With Tesla, most cars are made to order so there's no inventory sitting on dealer's lots other than test drive vehicles and loaner cars. The people running the showrooms do not earn commissions and there were no high-pressure sales tactics. They were there to show the car. I would say most people there were simply looking and probably not going to buy one but they treated everyone I saw there with the same respect they did me.

For loaner cars, which are always fairly new and usually with many bells and whistles there's always the option of trading in your car for the loaner car.

Tesla has always treated me well when it comes to service. My car had a number of issues, mostly rattles and other noises since my car was one of their early cars. They learned a lot and made a lot of improvements since I got mine.

Last spring I got a hole in the sidewall of my tire out in the middle of nowhere and the closest tire center was 62 miles away. I called Tesla which has free towing for up to 50 miles. They sent out a tow truck and put it on a flatbed to the tire center I selected after calling around between Tirerack and the tire centers and asked the tow truck driver how much I had to pay to make up the difference. He said Tesla covered it even though it was over their limit. Tesla also called me back to make sure everything was OK. The biggest hassle was the fact that I have low profile performance tires that aren't commonly stocked.

They have always gone above and beyond with service and when I have had to pay for it like when I broke a clip on my car they did not gouge me parts or for fixing it unlike the Toyota dealership.

Another time I had a blow-out and bent rim due to San Jose's poor excuse for a road at 3am. I called them up and they sent out a tow truck with a replacement wheel and tire until I could come back at my convenience and have them replace it (I bought tire and rim insurance through Tesla).

The last time I had service done on my car they dropped my car off where I work and picked up the loaner.

Elon has stated on numerous occasions that they do not want to make a profit off of service. This is the exact opposite of how dealerships work. Most dealerships don't make much money selling cars. They make their money through financing and service. If there's any complaint I have about service it's that if it isn't something that needs to be taken care of immediately that there's often a wait since they seem to have problems keeping up with demand. Since I also use the service center at the factory, it is also busy helping prep new cars so certain times are particularly bad like the end of the quarter.

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