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Comment technical details? (Score 4, Informative) 41

Article contains few technical details. This one is just slightly better: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Quotes:

"The 2013 amendment to Wi-Fi is an air interface for “white space” frequencies (from 54 MHz to 698 MHz in the USA; Europe and the UK use a more realistic 490 to 790 MHz), with a maximum per-channel 35.6 Mbps (16 channels can be bonded together to get nearly 600 Mbps)."

And:

"The standard is designed for links up to 1 km in range, the kind of reach that 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi can only manage with a cantenna."

For the metric challenged, 1km = 0.6 miles.

Comment init 1 (Score 3, Interesting) 118

The better part of that episode is when Darlene is trying to get Elliot's attention. He's trying to brush her off, saying he's busy, and she stops him dead in his tracks by saying "init 1".

Single user mode! E.g., "pay attention to me".

I loved it! Had to rewind it to listen to her deliver that line again to make sure I heard correctly. The show is amazing that way.

Comment Why is this one in the news? (Score 5, Interesting) 1134

So everyone is talking about San Bernardino CA. Here is a twist: Did you know this was the 2nd mass shooting in the U.S. for today?

Not kidding. Earlier today in Savannah GA was another mass shooting. Another twist: This is not unusual!

On many days in the U.S., there is more than 1 mass shooting. U.S. mass shootings (meaning 4 or more people shot in an event or related events) are a daily occurrence. Starting today, we'd have to go back to November 10 to find three consecutive days without a mass shooting.

As a Canadian looking at the news flowing across the border, this boggles my mind.

Source 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/GunsA...
Source 2: http://www.theguardian.com/us-...

Comment Leasons learned (Score 2) 262

Started my career with OS/2, and IBM's C++ compiler. Worked on some really nice systems in the 90s that used OS/2: automated trains, banking systems, robotics. But I was burned by IBM: first when they killed OS/2, then when they killed off OCL and their C++ suite for both Windows and OS/2. Jumped to linux in 2001 and haven't looked back since. But lesson learned: I'd have a hard time trusting an IBM OS or compiler suite.

What does bringing back OS/2 do today? Nothing. It would need something really innovative to make it worthwhile again. E.g., let it run Linux binaries and Win64 .exe files? Having some kind of package translation layer that allows people to install .rpm or .deb files to take advantage of existing Linux repos and software?

It is unfortunate that IBM gave up on both OS/2 and OCL/Visual C++ when they did. But "OS/2" is now 15-20 years behind the curve. Go ahead and make it available as a toy to remember the old days if you must, but I suspect it would take non-trivial development investments to re-awaken it.

Submission + - New Horizons space probe takes a break

mejustme writes: New Horizons is apparently misbehaving just days before a scheduled arrival to Pluto. Not many details available from Reuters other than the fact that scientists are working on the issue. NASA's New Horizons page doesn't have any information yet, though this page from NASA says "full recovery is expected to take from one to several days; New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time."

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