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Comment Re:Prime is starting to suck (Score 1) 127

Actually, what I would do is check with the carrier, and if it claims to be delivered but isn't, contact Amazon and ask them to overnight a replacement. They'll usually overnight products at no charge if you're annoyed enough to write them to complain about shipping delays even if you're not a Prime member.

Comment Something I'm Quite Familiar With (Score 1) 3

Been running openSUSE as my primary OS for about 12 years.

Also been running it in a VM for 6 or 7 years. You are using VirtualBox? Shared folders/shared clipboard are pretty awesome.

(Why are you "stuck" with Win 8.1 on the host, BTW?)

In any case, let me know if you run into any issues. Glad to help if I can.

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 252

No boot ROM means that a hardware device constructed from discrete logic and analog chips directly demodulates digital data from the radio, addresses the memory, and writes the data. Once this process is completed, it de-asserts the RESET line of the CPU and the CPU starts executing from an address in memory. Really no ROM!

Comment Re:@Intel: Why no ECC for consumer-grade processor (Score 1) 252

You hit a LSB and something is off by one. You hit a MSB and you're potentially off by trillions.

That's a good argument for Gray code.

I have to take issue with the assumption that nothing clears errors better than a hard reset. There are very many known strategies for dealing with errors on a running system, and a reset only clears persistent and cumulative error, rather than transient ones. Since we can assume that your computer doesn't keep the same data in memory all of the time, most will be transient.

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