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Comment Requirements Engineering... and other things (Score 1) 489

Just to tee off the NAB and RIAA, I would put this mandated FM receiver chip in... with all the leads going nowhere and no software provisions. They said they want to install a FM receiver chip into each device. They didn't say it has to be functional (which branches off into a boatload of sub-requirements).

If consumers want a FM receiver, they'll seek out devices that have a FM receiver.

Comment Requirements Engineering 101 (Score 2, Insightful) 281

RIM, Skype, and Google's communications already "comply with formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies" if the government wants to wiretap the suspects upstream of their devices.
Can it be read? Print it out or keep it on the screen, your choice.
Is it human-readable? Sure!
Does it mean anything on first glance? That's questionable.

I am merely playing devil's advocate.

Comment Yep, saw it last night. (Score 3, Informative) 124

Out of curiosity, I opened the link in a separate browser without my Facebook login. It would then try to do a "security check" in which you have to answer a survey to prove that you're human. Being the smart Slashdotters we are, we know Captchas are how it's done. The main take-away: (1) Hover, look, and think before you click and (2) If the link goes outside Facebook, it is SPAM and should be reported.


Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

Comment Re:17mpg? (Score 1) 259

Yeah, seriously, what a joke. My 1992 Honda Accord (with a touch less than 187,000 miles) is rated 18 (city) / 26 (highway) and averages around 22. No wonder why American automakers are going down the drain. They can add all these gizmos, but they can never replace my breakthrough "paying attention to the road at all times." All the (safety-related) alphabet soup I need are ABS, SRS, TCS, and possibly TPMS.

Comment Re:Burnt out (Score 5, Informative) 357

I am currently taking a class on solid state devices, and we just talked about how MOSFETs would fail. Basically, a high voltage to the gate would create these electrons that have so much kinetic energy that they create pairs of opposing charges (electron-hole pairs) in what was supposed to be the insulator. These pairs of charges would create an internal electric field inside the insulator. This process reduces the barrier for tunneling to occur, so more electrons are able to tunnel through the insulator and do the same thing, creating a runaway effect.

For more information, look up "Time-Dependent Dielectric Breakdown" and refer to pages 293 and 294 of Streetman and Banerjee's "Solid State Electronic Devices" (6th ed).

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