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Comment Re:Anyone else find it amusing (Score 1) 146

Facebook has to change their posting guidelines to allow what's become "normal" political speech?

Right-wing political speech becomes less extreme every year. What Trump has said, while baseless and unsupported, is far less offensive than what we've previously seen from them.

"The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power⦠That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today." -Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

âoeBlacks Bought A Lot Of Propaganda On The Liberal Plantation.â -Pat Buchanan (R-Nixon/Regan administrations)

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and thatâ(TM)s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they donâ(TM)t want to study as hard in school? Iâ(TM)ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didnâ(TM)t study hard because they said the government would take care of them." -Sally Kern (R-OK)

"Yes black lives matter. The best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers." -Randy Pullen (R-RNC Treasurer)

[Chris Mapp (R-TX)] stood by his comments, made during an editorial board meeting with the Dallas Morning News, that âoe'wetbacks' should be shot by ranchers and that President Barack Obama is a 'socialist son of a bitch.'â

Comment Re: Still Catching Up (Score 1) 43

Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular still maintain sizable CDMA infrastructure. They cannot use Intel's gsm-only modem.

Where in my comment did I mention any of them, let alone suggesting they should get one or the other.

HINT: I've worked as a senior engineer for one of those companies...

Comment The issue isn't (just) speed - it's (also) range. (Score 1) 43

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:Extradition? (Score 1) 75

Bush's "the constitution is just a damn piece of paper" playbook

Sidenote: I was trying to explain my beliefs on politics to my son earlier this week, and decided to look up this quote on the fly while I was telling him about it. I learned that there's no evidence Bush ever actually said this. Although he did certainly act like he felt that way.

I realize you're not necessarily asserting that Bush actually said it - but I thought you might be interested. It was interesting to me.

Comment Re:Still Catching Up (Score 1) 43

My guess is Apple is willing to turn a blind eye to that for the "1st gen" product and use the new revenue as a carrot to get Intel to direct its engineering efforts to the features that Apple wants, probably stuff like CDMA for example.

If Apple knew the Intel chipset was inferior and chose to sell it anyway, why is there no rhyme or reason to which of the models each of the carriers use? Surely the 2nd rate one would only go to carriers who want cheaper phones in exchange for compromised performance? Instead T-Mobile and AT&T both sell the Intel chipset version. Meanwhile, the cut-rate MVNO services of those same carriers, like MetroPCS and Cricket are getting the (better?) Qualcomm chipset.

As others have shot-down your other claims, I don't see that anything you've posted makes any sense...

Comment Pretty spammy (Score 1) 2

I have to agree with the mods, your submissions look awfully bad.

Stories without a sci/tech angle don't belong here, and most of yours have none. Your submissions are a lot of rumour-mill crap, full of words like "appears", "alleged" and "supposed", lousy sources like near-tabloid publications, etc.

Comment Re:Election interference (Score 1) 409

I think the line is about leaking important information vs plain doxing. The original Wikileaks leak with Manning was at least *supposed* to be controlled and have only journalists analyze the data to figure out what's relevant vs what was just going to cause conflicts (country X said something bad about country Y to country Z) for no reason. Of course, someone screwed up and the entire thing became public, but at least it seemed like the intent was to do things right. In this case, it seems to be about dumping everything in public, regardless of whether it's information the public should know. This is more like doxing. In some way, maybe the good thing for Hilary is that there's so much noise in there that few people are paying attention and anything actually bad in there is probably drowned out by the noise.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 234

as you can only stockpile a finite quantity of fuel, you can't guarantee staying up until the power's back

You only need to store enough fuel to last until your first contracted for tanker truck shows up. Typically two weeks of on-site diesel is more than plenty, as long as you have a good enough contract specifying ongoing deliveries in case of an emergency. In that situation, you can keep things running for as long as your generator equipment doesn't fail from use...hopefully you count that in months or even years.

But really, the typical solution is that you have data centers all over the country. Unless the whole country gets destroyed (in which case you likely have bigger problems), even if you lose multiple data centers (usually for something like a fiery chemical train crash in a tunnel which destroys most major fiber provider's networks all at one and slams their surviving network - been, there, gone through that, whole east coast was off the internet for a couple of days), you're fine.

Comment Re:Economic malthusianism (Score 1) 883

Before using the "Cry wolf" argument, please remember that in the original fable, eventually the wolf did come.

Maybe we'll take this next round of automation in stride, we'll adapt to the technology, and the economy will adjust. Maybe the cries of "Wolf!" will be just cries, again. But maybe not. To say that the cries of "Wolf!" will NEVER be valid is actually a bigger and harder to prove conjecture than that at some point the cry will be valid..

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