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Comment Re:Apartment in Cali... (Score 2) 173

The law in question has nothing to do with whether the dish is visible or not.

It just has to be on property that you're renting, that would reasonably considered to be for your own use. A private patio or deck is a good example. It can't go on common property -- eg, on the porch of a shared entryway.

This can be problematic on shared apartment buildings, as not every apartment has a suitably private spot. It's a no-brainer for things like rental houses and just about any duplex, however.

And it's not just satellite dishes. It goes for any sort of antenna intended to receive broadcast signals, including OTA aerials.

Comment Re: So what does it do then? (Score 1) 485

But on a car like a Prius, cruise control consists of several switches, a few resistors, and one wire.

The rest of the hardware is already an integral part of the car, and the software is almost certainly already set up as well (it certainly is for mid-size GM trucks).

It's not about excess, or need. But rather: it might actually be more economical to include it on all Priuses, than to charge extra to install them on some of them...

Comment Re:There's a very cool live version also (Score 2) 179

But, you know: With any less-than-5-year-old machine that wasn't junk to begin with, a few gigabytes of cheap RAM, and any sort of proper SSD, every OS seems to boot like a rocketship (driver loading timeouts and specific waitstats notwithstanding).

I mean, the laptop I spoke of before is a stout Dell Precision kit I got for about $200, used, about a year ago. It boots PC-BSD with ZFS in a bunch of seconds that I can't be bothered with trying to clock with a recent mSATA SSD.

For all of the arguments for/against systemd, boot speed is about the most specious I can think of: At home and on the road, I almost never boot a computer, but I do suspend them to disk all the time. My work laptop can go months between reboots, even with mostly-daily use.

And so can my desktop.

Boot speed? FehL That's more about compressing/decompressing an image of RAM with good time-efficiency, than any other particular metric.

Comment Re:All computers can fail (Score 1) 75

Repairing computers stopped being economical when the cost to repair, including labor, came close to or exceeded the price of a new box from Wal-Mart. Simple fucking economics.

I do admire your ability to present nonsense as fact, though: "Even spinning hard drives only have a 1% failure rate over their life spans" carries about as much truthiness as "HOLDS UP TO 50 POUNDS, OR MORE! "

Comment Re:There's a very cool live version also (Score 1) 179

Same story, but wound up confused the first time through because I somehow landed myself an a.out kernel for an ELF distribution. Ah, well; EFNet #linux...

I do wonder what Slackware's biggest downfall is these days. IIRC, it was package management or the general lack thereof, previously. I've got a laptop with FreeBSD *ahem* PC-BSD on it that wants a different flavor of *NIX, I might try throwing it on there...

Comment Re:Speed is meaningless (Score 1) 180

1. Beamforming and spacial multiplexing. Read up on the differences between 802.11ac and 802.11a/b/g/n.

2. There's a sucker born every minute... no, that's not what I meant to say. I mean, this is Slashdot: We have LANs. We transfer data across out LANs. We would rather transfer data more quickly across our LANs (and associated WLANs) than we would like to so less quickly.

In other words, I don't want to plug my laptop into the network just to move some big files around and do a backup.

Who cares how fast the Internet connection is? We already know how to do arithmetic here. Next!

3. See #2. Seriously. It doesn't take lots of people; it just takes one person who has a lot of stuff to transfer locally to justify a better radio at the router end of things, and this applies to Grandma and her snapshots of her grandkids, too.

If all you want to do with a wireless router is access the Internet, you're in the wrong crowd.

(Now get off my lawn!)

Comment Re:Hardware isn't expensive (Score 2) 75

And yet, solid-state electronics with no moving part fail fairly regularly.

You act as if you've never actually had your hands on any 20-year-old hardware: 20 years ago, computer stuff regularly broke within a couple of years: I know this because I was fixing them 20 years ago. That which is still left is simply at the other end of the MTBF scale.

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