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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:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 342

Solar thermal, and offshore wind cost more that nuclear, while PV solar and onshore wind power cost a little less. You can pay about half the cost of nuclear for onshore wind, but I think you're going to need way more real estate (yes, even considering the nuclear exclusion zone) to meet the same KW generation. And you still won't have base load; you're going to need to use batteries, flywheels, water pumps, or some other method of storage if you don't want to waste excess generation.

Comment Re:Election of 1968 (Score 1) 328

This was known to Johnson and the FBI at the time, who chose to do nothing.

I wonder why that is. Because after all, if

During the election of 1968, Johnson was trying to bring an end to the Vietnam war.

then Nixon's action would be in direct conflict with that objective, right? Did Johnson just no longer give a shit? Or did he hate Humphrey more than Nixon? Seems unlikely, since he endorsed Humphrey after pulling out. I'm just going to leave it at that, lest someone think I'm sticking up for Nixon.

Comment Re:This rant left me feeling...deflated (Score 1) 186

It's so obvious the guy is a Patriots fan when you see sarcastic, biased writeups like this:

PUNISHMENT: As punishment for filming the game from the wrong location, NFL commissioner and former Jets public relations intern Roger Goodell fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $500,000, fined the Patriots $250,000, and docked the team their original first-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Why was the Spygate penalty so high? Small picture: because Goodell was really pissed-off that he told Belichick to do something and Belichick ignored him. Since it was his first year as commissioner, he really, really wanted people to respect his authoritah!

PUNISHMENT: When you are consistently outplayed and outcoached by the same team year-after-year (or worse, lose to them in a Super Bowl) you WANT to believe -- you NEED to believe -- that the only reason you can't match up is because of some mysterious Patriots' black magic voodoo cheating.

To keep your sanity, you make up fairy tales to soothe yourself. I get that, I really do. I used to feel the same way about the New York Yankees when they were good. I sympathize.

Meanwhile, he reports entries for other teams that had unproven accusations leveled against them as if they were proven. Being a Pats fan doesn't make him an unreliable source, but biased reporting does.
Butthurt Red Sox AND Patriots fan? Confirmed.

Comment Re: What's wrong with hate symbols? (Score 1) 379

In a truly free society, people could just murder, assault, rape, and steal with no consequences, except for vigilante justice. That's why we make these crimes illegal.

So you equate unpopular speech with physical actions like murder, rape, and theft.


Comment Thought process (Score 1) 379

Good: comic creator wants to fix the belligerent, intolerant message attached to it by wingnuts.

Bad: comic creator decides to do so by using an belligerent, intolerant message that attacks a guy who had nothing to do with the ill-gotten appropriation of his character.

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