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Comment Re:What's our take away on this supposed to be? (Score 1) 86

(B) The people who are designing the government tests epically suck at their jobs, should be fired, and have competent people hired in their places

It's not that they suck at their jobs. Due to "fairness, transparency and accountability" requirements any testing methodology they come up with has to be fully documented and given to the manufacturers ahead of time. Manufacturers being the scum-sucking bastards that they are will, of course, run all these tests in their own labs ahead of time and tweak the crap out of things so they come out on top.

Comment Why is this news? (Score 1) 479

And totally incorrect news at that. What a load of crap.

The SSD isn't using any kind of RAID - it's an NVM Express SSD module and Linux doesn't have NVMe driver suport yet. It incorrectly reports it as RAID. This has been known about since at least July, http://askubuntu.com/questions...

Windows doesn't have NVMe driver support on installation media, either, which is why you have to download the NVMe driver from Microsoft if you want to reinstall Windows from a disc.

Comment Re:FF49, still a pig (Score 1) 129

I've got 15 tabs open across six windows at the moment on Firefox for OSX. It's currently using 1.04GB but stays open for days at a time - it only gets restarted for System Software updates and the ocassional Angular web site going pear-shaped.

Going to about:memory shows that about 1/2 of that (483 MB) is consumed by gfx-textures, about 1/4 (253.29 MB) by the js-main-runtime component and pretty much everything else spread out through the heap-allocated collection.

Comment Re:Damn this is inconvenient (Score 1) 81

They DID make an 800k 3.5" drive for the apple II, but it was not popular, as it needed many expensive upgrades to work.

Bollocks. The Apple Disk 3.5 worked out of the box on the Apple IIgs (and was the preferred drive sold with it) and worked on any other Apple II/II+/IIe that had a SmartPort controller. You're probably thinking of the UniDisk 3.5 which was, definitely, a pain in the butt on Apple II's but had its own onboard programmable CPU that made it "interesting" for copy protection strategies (and breaking them).

Comment Front-men for Greedy ISPs? (Score 1) 199

Reading through this paper it seems all about providing a mechanism for ISPs to monetize content delivery preferences. It's hilarious that they throw in token statements like this:

But perhaps most problematic, DPI only works if a user is prepared to reveal to their ISP the service they are requesting special treatment for, which might hurt user privacy.

Their proposal, Network Cookies, is all about identifying users and their content delivery preferences. Tell me how that doesn't hurt user privacy? Somebody above said this is like "Do-Not-Track." I disagree - this is more like an Uber-Mega-Persistent-Cookie which, according to their recommendations, will work not just in HTTP but all network protocols they can get their hooks into.

There are many inconsistent statements throughout this paper. At one point they label DPI witha "high transaction cost", at another it's "low overhead."

Comment Re:here's why bluetooth sux (Score 1) 761

many high end headphones like those from Sennheiser, Shure, Westone and the like already have removable replaceable cords and multiple cords to choose from, including custom made ones like super high end grade silver, gold, and platinum ones.

The high grade silver/gold/platinum is only plating on the connector. You've got crappy copper and lead-free tin solder the rest of the way.

Comment I can see it now... (Score 1) 67

Apple's current marketing statement is:

With more than 2 million apps available and around 100,000 new and updated apps submitted each week, there's something for everyone.

After September 7 that will likely change to:

With more than 100,000 apps available and around 100,000 new and updated apps submitted each week, there's something for everyone.

Comment Re:Storage Spaces (Score 1) 366

All modern Windows defrag tools are varying amounts of slow as they're using the Defrag API built over the top of NTFS.

Try MyDefrag (previously known as JkDefrag). It comes with a bunch of profiles for placement/ordering of folders and files on a running disk, plus you can write your own using its scripting language.

Comment Re:Lead free solder to blame??? (Score 1) 222

FYI 60/40 solder was not immune to stress cracking, just less prone to it than lead-free solder. I used to help my dad out in his electronics repair business by performing the menial task of wearing a monicle to identify, desolder and resolder cracked joints. This was usually a first step done on inbound equipment before even breaking out diagnostics and things would often be fully functional before without going any further. Most problems occured around heat-generating components in power supplies and flyback circuits such as high-wattage resistors, transformers and chopper transistors because of the physical stress placed on the joints during repeated thermal expansion and contraction.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 349

I have a similar story from when I went back to uni to do a B.IT. The first week or two I was having to show multiple students where the power switches were on the desktop PCs in the labs - this was mid-1990's so being able to miss the massive round button on the front panel with a power icon on it was inexcusable. At the other end of the course... sure, these people might be able to write computer software in one or two languages but they still have no appreciation of what's going on in the hardware.

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