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Comment I would if this meant better audio/video quality (Score 2) 94

Netflix so-called HD videos have a very low bit rate compared to Blu-ray.
Only 4-5 Mbps for Netflix vs 15-40 Mbps for Blu-ray.

Even though Netflix uses more modern compression algorithms, with that much difference in bit rate, the Netflix video looks significantly worse than Blu-ray, especially on a 106" projection screen in my home theater.

The audio also leaves much to be desired.

The difference will only get worse with the Ultra HD Blu-ray standard, which has 82 to 128 Mbit/s bit rate.

Comment Re:Exploitable? (Score 1) 89

I actually burnt a motherboard and CPU a few weeks ago during an overclocking experiment gone bad, after using a little bit too much voltage.
There was smoke coming out of the VRMs on the motherboard. The machine did shut down, and did not catch fire, thankfully.
This was an AMD FX-8350 on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 . The chip was confirmed dead when I tried it in another identical motherboard.

So yes, if a rootkit could actually change those BIOS settings, it could potentially cause this.

Comment They can't do this reliably (Score 3, Interesting) 146

The problem with that is that there is no actual way to detect that an old browser doesn't support SHA-2.
For example, older versions of Firefox/NSS since 2003 have supported SHA-2 server certificates, but not SHA-2 in TLS cipher suites as the MAC algorithm, which wasn't specified until years later.

The TLS ClientHello message does not specify which types of hash algorithm the client supports for certificates, only the list of cipher suites that the client supports.

Thus, Facebook, or anyone else, has no way of determining if a client really doesn't support SHA-2 server certificates.

What they are probably doing is assuming that clients that don't support SHA-2 MAC in TLS cipher suites . But that's a wrong assumption. Many older clients will be downgraded to SHA-1 server certificates as a result, even though they support SHA-2 certificates. And they will have no way of knowing that this happened.

Comment Re:Even 200 miles of range means that you... (Score 1) 318

The interesting part is if you do a lease, as those credits/incentives can be claimed too.
The $7500 federal tax credit gets claimed by the dealer on a lease, but they apply it as a downpayment.
This is how you can get a Chevy spark EV for $139/month with $0 down on a 39 months lease.
And if you leave in CA, you also get the $2500 state incentive, which brings the cost down to $75/month for the life of the lease.
This is for a new car.

As long as these federal and state incentives continue, you could just lease a new one every 39 months for this price.
Your total cost for three 39-month leases would be $8775 and you would get to have 3 new cars over 10 years (9 years and 9 months actually).

The Leaf S will still cost you more on a lease. I haven't test driven the Spark EV. It is not available in many states, whereas the Leaf is.

Comment Re:Even 200 miles of range means that you... (Score 1) 318

Traffic is certainly an issue on the freeways here in California. Probably not so in Canada which has population in the same range as California, but spread over a much larger area.

I agree with you that the Tesla supercharger network is not all it could be. It is not the only option to charge, though, but other options are much slower (level 2, level 1) and not suitable for long trips unless it's your last charge of the day (overnight).

If I had to go to Canada I would likely fly though, as I wouldn't be able to afford to take the time it would take to drive, even if it were feasible with the existing network. I don't have a Tesla S anyway, I have a Leaf, and I make 0 trip per year >200 miles.

Comment Re:Even 200 miles of range means that you... (Score 1) 318

A used Leaf already costs less than $14,000 .

Nissan has plenty of Leaf SL/SV from 2011/2012/2013 coming off leases to unload right around that price

Even a new one is not much more, if you buy the entry level model Leaf S.

MSRP on a Leaf S is $29,010 .

Factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit and you are at $21,510 .

If you live in California, you also get a $2,500 CVRP check for buying a car, or leasing one for at least 36 months.
Some other states have similar incentives as well.

That brings it down to $19,010 .

And of course, you may not pay MSRP for the car.

Comment Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 434

Personally, I am absolutely fed up with the Android OS update situation.

But I am also fed up with the direction that every Android manufacturer has gone. The T-Mobile G1 had a great 5-row physical keyboard. This was the first Android device, which I owned. So did the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G.

There haven't been any decent Android devices with physical keyboards released since, let alone a flagship.

Apple is clearly not the solution as they don't offer physical keyboards either.

Using a third party pocket physical keyboard like a bluetooth keyboard is not a solution - it requires a case and makes the phone too big, and it also requires separate charging. The software also generally doesn't work as well with the optional keyboard vs the built-in one.

I used my LG G3 with a stylus and a case for 6 months before it was stolen. But this was not nearly as useful as a physical keyboard.
I'm doing the same with the old Galaxy S3 right now, which was my husband's old phone.

For me, voting with my dollars might mean just not buying another smartphone, since there is really nothing on the market that's suitable in terms of input devices. I hate touch screens with a passion.

Comment Re:Even 200 miles of range means that you... (Score 1) 318

This car does exist - my Nissan Leaf with a degraded battery and when using the heat or AC and driving freeway at 65mph has approximately a 50 mile range.
In a few years it will be closer to 40 miles. But it will be someone else's problem as it's a lease which I will return next January.
Not sure what my next car will be, though, since Tesla 3 specs are not known, or avilability.

Comment Re:Even 200 miles of range means that you... (Score 1) 318

Just how many >200 miles trips do you do a year by car that you won't stop ?
Stopping 30 mins to charge every 200 miles isn't the end of the world.
200 miles is at least 3 hours of driving and probably much more depending on traffic.
I know my bladder would be an issue long before the battery would. I would need to stop before 3 hours.
The Tesla S range is a bit more than 200 miles also, I think 240.

I think it's fairly realistic to use a Tesla S if there are Superchargers available on the route you are taking.

Comment Re:Does This Make Sense? (Score 1) 318

I have an EV and a solar PV system which supplies 90% of my household annual electricity consumption, including the relatively small amount it takes to charge the car.

The remaining 10% electricity comes from the California grid which is rather clean compared to the rest of the country.

So no smoke plume here, locally or anywhere.

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