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Comment Remotely brick? (Score 2) 202

Would it be legal for Samsung to issue an OTA update to essentially brick the device (ideally affecting the charging controller, too)?

Would this be legal? Not that I'm advocating that sort of behavior, just wondering...as-is, it seems we barely own anything and are just borrowing it from the company...

Comment Re:Athletics budget (Score 1) 338

Although UCSF may not have a robust athletics department, I believe (?) that this decision comes from the University of California system -- not just the UCSF campus.

According to this article:

This layoff may have huge implications. That's because the university's IT services agreement with HCL can be leveraged by any institution in the 10-campus University of California system, which serves some 240,000 students and employs some 190,000 faculty and staff.

Comment Re:Pixels density (Score 1) 160

It sounds like you're talking about shot noise. But there's also read noise, etc., which may not be (afaik...) spatially correlated.

Now, if Canon properly implements some sort of binning, they could get the best of both worlds: high resolution when read noise isn't a problem (i.e., bright scene) and good SNR in dim scenes, albeit at lower resolution.

Comment Re:Simple solution.. check GPS speed (Score 1) 175

Except that (as pointed out elsewhere) this means that car passengers, public transit riders, etc., are all unfairly locked out.

Out of an abundance of caution, yes, that could work -- I guess the question is, should Nintendo be responsible for everything, or should the user? If the former, then is it also the company's responsibility to, say, mandate breaks every X minutes (for ergonomic and/or eyesight reasons)? It presumably also knows (or can know) when your alarms are set, so should it shut off in time to allow a full 8 hours of sleep (as driving under sleep deprivation can be just as dangerous as driving drunk)?

Comment Re: Tracking (Score 1) 203

Something tells me that if you already have a car with built-in nav and OTA update ability, it already has the means to track you.

Besides, if you travel with your cell phone then you can easily be tracked by the cell network (albeit with perhaps less accuracy than GPS). And I'm sure there are various apps -- in particular map apps -- which track you (I believe Google's traffic data comes in part from this?).

If you want to be un-tracked, I suspect the only decent way of doing it would be to turn off your phone and drive a car with zero networking abilities. And even this can be defeated with a camera, OCR, and a license-plate registration database...

Comment Re:Does the Pi have the hardware to be wireless? (Score 1) 76

On the other hand, you could make a slick implementation of this.

I had a lot of trouble with garbled SD cards until I switched to a different power adapter. The newish, 2A Samsung supply I had ended up causing stability issues, whereas my old flip-phone micro-USB power supply works just fine. (Although before I figured that out, my initial workaround was to use an NFS root filesystem, which does have its advantages I guess.)

Comment Re:Problem is it's analog (Score 1) 154

But the technology and standards could be useful for things other than just raw 8k video. For instance, one could imagine some "user-pannable" (or VR) applications where you're streaming sporting events with lots going on. Perhaps you're only displaying 1920x1080 on your TV, but you could pan your view smoothly over a grid 4 times the width and height of your TV. And for the 22.2 channel audio, yeah, that does seem a little ridiculous (though it would make sense to me to just encode it in a spatially-resolved way, which is iirc what Dolby Atmos does).

That said, yeah, I agree that it's overkill for just watching TV.

Comment Re:$100M (Score 1) 90

Right. Comcast (allegedly) rips off the consumers and the state fills its pockets with another 100 million dollars of taxpayers funds paid via Comcast. That's just fucking fantastic.

From TFA:

According to KOMO News, the lawsuit is seeking more than $73 million in restitution to pay back Service Protection Plan subscriber payments; full restitution for all service calls that applied an improper resolution code, estimated to be at least $1 million...

I could be reading it incorrectly, but it seems that (if the state wins) >$73M+$1M goes directly to the customers.

IANAL, but I would guess (???) that if the money *didn't* go back to the subscribers/taxpayers, then they could turn around and file a class action (though again, my understanding is that the subscribers will be getting a fair chunk of the $100M if they win).

Comment Re:What's with all the cheap video cards? (Score 1) 42

Sure, but if you're trying to do, say, some GPU computing with a limited budget, it might (?) be wise to shop around and perhaps settle for multiple budget cards as opposed to one mid/high-end card. Taking the numbers at face value, the RX470 claims to offer 4.9 TFLOPs for $150, whereas the GTX1080 is something like 9 TFLOPS for ~$600 (I'm assuming these are comparable floating point tests, but perhaps they're not...).

Yes, I'd rather an Nvidia card that offers good performance and "just works" under Linux -- but everyone has their own requirements.

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