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Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 1) 308

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

It's most flummoxing. Even before he holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy his behavior started to look somewhat erratic. Some prescient bloggers (such as Sean-Paul Kelly) warned Wikileaks about tying its reputation this closely to just one person. Alas, the warnings were ignored, and now the damage is done.

Comment Re:Only one reason to jam GPS... (Score 1) 152

If there were only backup systems which could detect changes in motion by measuring acceleration regardless of what nonsensical GPS data says and maybe a secondary device which measures angular changes, and if the path since the last good data set could be extrapolated based on these hypothetical devices. For a thought exercise let's call the acceleration detector an "accelerometer" and the angular detector a "gyroscope." It's such a shame that those devices do not exist and are not already included in cruise and air to surface missiles. /s

Comment The issue isn't (just) speed - it's (also) range. (Score 1) 44

LTE is already pretty darn fast, so losing a little performance isn't going to make that big of a deal. It's not as if you can torrent to your hearts content without killing your cell phone bill.

The issue isn't just speed. It's also range.

At any given speed, the Qualcom can support it at substantially lower signal levels. 6ish dB in a lot of cases, a bit less in some, enormously more in others.

Look at the graphs in TFA. In addition to some specific pathologies that penalize the Intel chip farther, the bulk of the graph has the drop off looking similar but with the Qualcom shfited 5 or 6 dB to the right. (Those squares are 5 dB wide.)

6 dB is four times the effective signal strength, which corresponds to twice the range. That maps into four times the area served at that speed from a single cell tower (important in sparsely-served areas), deeper penetration into buildings and the like (in more heavily-covered areas). It can also map into more data pushed before a given area and channel allocation's bandwidth is saturated. 3 dB corresponds to twice the effective signal strength, 1.4ish times the radius, twice the area served.

If the modems were equivalent and the problem just the layout of the board and antenna, you'd expect the two curves to be the same shape but just offset. The shape is substantially different, so (board issues or not) something else is going on.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 482

We can get pretty much whatever we want where we work... provided whatever we want runs the software we're required to run. In other words, really not much choice in a lot of cases, and most people with Mac laptops run Windows on them anyway (and thus require just as much support as everyone else).

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