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Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies at 87

Bobnova Sad day (132 comments)

A sad day, that was the best movie of the series IMO. Too bad he didn't do more of them.

more than 3 years ago

Electromechanical Switches Could Reduce Future Computers' Cooling Needs

Bobnova Too big, too slow, too fragile (95 comments)

Hundreds of nanometers is rather larger then the current tech 32nm. These are going to have to get quite a bit smaller, faster, and more durable before they stand a chance. A two billion cycle limit is the worst part i think, my cpu did that in the last .66 seconds.

more than 3 years ago

US ISP Adopts Three-Strikes Policy

Bobnova Re:SuddenLink's new name (280 comments)

SeldomLink is what i call them. Service goes down constantly.

more than 3 years ago

It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Bobnova Re:Great news (324 comments)

I personally have gotten an intel core i3 540 to 5798mhz. >5ghz is very easy on modern intel CPUs. Hell that cpu did 4.7 ghz on mid grade air cooling. There is no "3ghz wall", nor a "4ghz wall". So far the record for a retail cpu is 8199mhz.

more than 3 years ago

It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

Bobnova Re:Great news (324 comments)

Y'all do realize that overclockers have modern CPUs over 7ghz, right?

more than 3 years ago

Intel's Superchilled Test Rig

Bobnova Re:You are missing the SECRET AGENDA! (147 comments)

5ghz is absolutely nothing in the benchmarking world. 980x cpus can generally reach 6ghz cooled by liquid nitrogen, some are close to 7ghz. Single Stage Phase Change cooling (what is pictured) is used by many to rough in an overclock and get familiar with a given chip, but few people use it for their final results as it doesn't get nearly cold enough. Dry ice gets closer, but nothing beats LN2 for 980x cpus.
This is really not very impressive.

about 4 years ago

Is Diaspora the Future of Free Software Funding?

Bobnova Pledges eh? (146 comments)

Every time they say pledges of financial support, i wonder how many people actually follow through and pay.

more than 4 years ago

50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

Bobnova Re:I'm sceptical (379 comments)

The efficiency of modern automobile internal combustion engines is around 30-33%. Obviously american cars still using pushrods are behind in this.
The energy that is lost goes into the cooling system and out the exhaust. Unless they are recapturing that heat they are claiming to get more energy out of burning gasoline then we currently get out of burning gasoline. BTUs are BTUs, and there are only so many of them in gasoline. You can't heat it and burn some of the BTUs to increase the number of BTUs it has when burnt.
The all time record is 50%, and that is a huge 103rpm diesel engine.

This concept has been done over and over again and made people a lot of money, while giving absolutely zero improvement. It's a fake.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

Bobnova Re:Hopefully (391 comments)

Well yes, and he also said he wouldn't raise taxes on the poorer end of people, hence calling the money collected by the IRS if you don't buy his health insurance plan a "fine" or "penalty", rather then the tax that it is.

This just in: Presidents lie!

more than 4 years ago

Nanotech Ink Turns Paper Into a Low-Cost Battery

Bobnova Very cool (129 comments)

I want some, especially if they have a decent capacity.

more than 4 years ago

N.Y. AG Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Intel

Bobnova It's the new fad (169 comments)

Lets see if they do a better job on intel then they did on microsoft.

more than 4 years ago

Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

Bobnova I will laugh when ATT's network collapses (501 comments)

I will laugh when ATT and the Iphone cease to work entirely.

While they're at it, charge extra for text messaging while moving faster then 10mph, stupid car texting people anyway.

more than 4 years ago

Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

Bobnova Re:USB, people ... USB (656 comments)

It's a problem when the offshore camera looks like a canon, has a not-quite-canon-but-damn-close logo, and tells the computer it's a canon, but actually installs a rootkit and fails after a month.
That's an issue because if they think they can get away with selling it as a canon, they will!
Go buy an "8gb" MP3 player off ebay, odds are good that it's 8gigabits, and while that isn't terribly dishonest, if you look at the partition it displays to windows you'll see 7.99gigabytes available space.
My point being that the offshore vendors will love this and abuse the hell out of it, to the detriment of everybody, they're unscrupulous bastards, after all.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Core I7 For Laptops — First Benchmarks

Bobnova Re:Intel Marketing did a study? Nah. (196 comments)

It's about on par with a 2.2ghz northwood P4(remember P4s? That was back when AMD ruled the world). Which is indeed very, very slow compared to a modern anything.
Intel can't tell people how slow it is, who would want to buy tech from four year ago that sucked then?
Admittedly i have a dell mini9 powered by an atom and love it, but i knew exactly how slow it'd be when i bought it.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Spin-Off GlobalFoundries Gets First Non-AMD Customer

Bobnova Re:40 nm process... (34 comments)

Your numbers aren't much better, my Pentium Dual Core e5200's 45nm transistors think you're funny.

about 5 years ago

Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

Bobnova Re:bs science as usual- and a waste of time/effort (388 comments)

A misfire is still a misfire, and a misfire is what is caused by a plug wire with internal breaks. It can be part time, but it is still a misfire and is very obvious, like i said.
A weak speak causes a misfire under load at low RPM, that weak spark can be caused by a high resistance plug wire, or other factors. However, it still either causes combustion or doesn't cause combustion.

What you mention, checking plug wires with an ohm meter and/or flexing them is first year stuff, it's not exactly a secret. I was not talking about how you find the source of a misfire (random or not), the diagnostic process isn't relevant here. Nor is the very true fact that you can have a misfire in some RPM bands and not others. The point, is that plug wires that are not causing a misfire do not effect fuel mileage significantly, something you seem to have missed.
The ECU's #1 priority is the mixture, all other things are secondary, and it's the mixture that primarily controls fuel mileage, assuming there aren't failures elsewhere.
I'm glad you're certified in heating/cooling/AC, but i don't see where that gives you any special knowledge in ignition systems of internal combustion. It means that you're a passable automotive HVAC guy, which is great for HVAC stuff.

more than 5 years ago

Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

Bobnova Re:bs science as usual- and a waste of time/effort (388 comments)

I've spent entirely too much time under the hood of a car(21 year auto mechanic), and you are entirely incorrect.
Degrading plug wires either cause a misfire, which is blindingly obvious and kills mileage horribly, or doesn't. There is no middle ground. Plug wire misfires happen maybe once or twice in the 300,000 mile life of a (japanese...) car.
Modern electronic ignition systems are fairly immune to spark plug wear until extreme circumstances, such as missing three tuneups in a row with standard plugs. Then you will sometimes get drivibility issues and lose 1mpg, tops.

Back in the days of points it was different, plug wear and point wear (mostly point wear) had huge effects on mileage between tuneups. These days, the effects are minimal at most.

more than 5 years ago


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