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Comment Re:T-Mobile (Score 1) 127

3G/4G networks become extremely unreliable at events like this. However, practically nobody is on the 2G network. Yes, it is slow. But when all you need to do is push out SMS messages to meet up with friends in person, it is seriously a life saver.

Meanwhile, the remaining 2G spectrum can be re-purposed to LTE, which offers a vastly increased amount of data transferred per second per Hz, thereby increasing the amount of bandwidth available to everyone.

An idle network with dedicated spectrum is wasted spectrum. It's handy in edge cases like this, but only until everyone else figures out your secret. Then it gets instantly bogged down and the carrier is just squandering valuable spectrum.

Comment Re:Who needs 4k video? (Score 1) 122

To enjoy 4k, you need a monitor that supports it, that is large enough relative to the viewing distance, enough bandwidth and processing power.

Bear in mind that the bulk of Apple's Mac lineup uses HiDPI screens these days. The iMac is 4K/5K depending on size, the MacBook is 1440p, the MacBook Pro is 1600p/1800p depending on size, and the Mac Pro was meant to be used with 4K displays. So not only are these Macs all plenty capable of meeting the technical requirements for 4K, but 1080p is outright sub-native resolution on all of them.

Comment Umm... Hoax Listing? (Score 5, Insightful) 49

I'm surprised that no one here has pointed out that this is likely a hoax listing.

The photo in the listing is from Razor's CES suite. There's no proof, photographic or otherwise, that the seller actually has the laptops.

This is a hoax listing; a bored nerd having a giggle. Which shouldn't surprise anyone given that even after 20 years, yahoos are still putting up listings like the Ark of the Covenant on eBay.

Comment Re:The rest of the story (Score 4, Insightful) 216

Their economy is going to take a hit.

It definitely will. But I'm not sure there was any other way around it.

India's corruption is legendary. You all but have to buy houses and other real estate on the black market, because the seller doesn't want to pay the taxes on a legitimate transaction. Which leads to a status quo of well-off families hoarding cash from illegal deals and essentially never paying taxes. There are other countries that are more corrupt, but these tend to be 3rd-world countries without a functioning government. Of any semi-developed country (or of nuclear powers, for that matter), India's economy is massively corrupt. Something had to be done.

Replacing bank notes in this fashion is undoubtedly the nuclear option. But the argument is (and I agree) that anything more gradual would have tipped off many people, who would have found ways to convert their cash to other forms in an effort to perpetuate the black economy. India will be in a lot of pain for the short term, but in the long term they will have a much stronger economy with proper funding for public services. They are never going to fully transition to a developed economy (and enjoy the benefits thereof) with that much corruption.

Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 4, Informative) 143

It's like a diesel-electric locomotive: separate electricity generation and then propulsion using an electric motor.

Power for the entire ship is provided by a pair of Main Gas Turbines (MGTs) and a pair of Auxiliary Gas Turbines (AGTs). The AIMs are the electric motors that drive the propulsion shafts.

In the case of this failure, both propulsion shafts seized up. It's not entirely clear if it's the AIMs that failed, or if something else sized up the shafts first.

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