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Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 4, Informative) 143

It's like a diesel-electric locomotive: separate electricity generation and then propulsion using an electric motor.

Power for the entire ship is provided by a pair of Main Gas Turbines (MGTs) and a pair of Auxiliary Gas Turbines (AGTs). The AIMs are the electric motors that drive the propulsion shafts.

In the case of this failure, both propulsion shafts seized up. It's not entirely clear if it's the AIMs that failed, or if something else sized up the shafts first.

Comment Re:Time Capsule (Score 2) 238

Has this changed, and do other routers support Time Machine these days?

Yes, the latest version of macOS (Sierra) supports Time Machine backups to SMB 3 volumes. This opens the door to a number of devices, and once Samba fully catches up (and they're almost there), it will be even more. It's also a welcome replacement from NASes and other devices having to support AFP, as their support has always been a bit funky.

Comment Dumb Story (Score 4, Informative) 95

Given that we spent the majority of the previous version of this story bitching about how the math is rubbish and that the story is clickbait, why the hell would you bring it back?

Nothing's changed. The math is still rubbish, and trying to claim that 62% of iOS devices failed is dumb enough that it makes one's head want to implode. Please go look up the definition of insanity and then go sit in a corner and think about how many man hours of time across the globe has just been wasted by posting this dumb story on Slashdot.

Comment Re:Trek's M-class tells you plenty (Score 2) 69

It also tells you it's likely to [...] look a lot like parts of California.

And to be fair, California is pretty nice. A good variety of biomes, plenty of arable land, fresh water, etc. "How much like California is it" is, in practice, probably a great definition for the habitability of a planet.

Comment Am I the Only One Not Okay With This? (Score 4, Interesting) 113

Quick check: am I the only person not okay with Chrome overtaking the browser market?

Though I am greatly appreciative of breaking up the homoogenous (and semi-proprietary) web that IE left us with, I'm afraid we've replaced one devil with an even greater devil. Now the most widely used browser is developed by a company whose very existence is dependent on user profiling and advertising sales.

Google borders on being anti-user these days. The web they create is technically advanced, but it's also one that's been optimized to deliver ads, to strip control from users in the name of simplicity and to support Google's revenue stream. It gives Google an incredible amount of power - more than anyone else ever before - as they have laid the groundwork to see exactly what their customers are doing on the Web. That's a power I fear they're not capable of wielding wisely anymore.

At least MS just wanted to sell you a copy of Windows every few years; Google wants to sell you each and every day to the highest bidder.

Comment Re:150% Sure (Score 4, Insightful) 171

Sure they can. If they make $2bn but all their competitors collectively lose $1bn, then the profits for the entire industry are $1bn and Apple have taken 200% of the industry's profits.

Except that Apple's money doesn't then go to anyone else to offset their losses. Economically speaking, these are independent events.

Apple made all the money. But Samsung didn't lose Apple's money. So counting their losses against Apple's profits is harebrained.

Comment Re: Bad use of that engineering (Score 5, Informative) 535

Note that's a low-end "2+2" Kaby Lake U CPU. Apple never uses those. Apple uses "2+3e" CPUs in their 13" MBP; those CPUs have a faster GPU component and eDRAM, which is part of what gives MacBooks such great GPU performance (relatively speaking).

The Kaby Lake 2+3e won't be available until Q1. Nor is the Kaby Lake 4+2 configuration used in the 15" MBP.

The only way Apple could have offered Kaby Lake in the 13" MBP would be to use a slower chip than what they picked, which would be self-defeating.

Comment Skype Doesn't Claim Otherwise (Score 3, Insightful) 47

I feel like Amnesty International has failed to put these various services in context.

Skype makes no claims that it is an anti-government service. It is subject to and complies with Lawful Intercept in the US and other countries. You should not treat it any differently than the local telco, because that's all Skype is trying to be.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352

For them theoretically hacking a private org?

It's not that it's a public organization or a private organization that matters. What matters is that another nation-state is attacking a US entity.

One of the most important jobs of the federal government is to protect us from other nation-states; to "provide for the common defence." The US would mobilize a defense/counterattack if Russia bombed your warehouse, so is it really so hard to imagine they'd do the same if Russia attacked your data warehouse?

That Russia apparently went after a political organization certainly makes things expedient. But even if they had gone after something else, when you have a nation-state attacking, you take action. If nothing else, what the heck is a single corp/org/person supposed to do against the entire cyberwarfare division of Russia?

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