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Microsoft Finally To Patch 17-Year-Old Bug

Brain_Recall Re:Nothing quite like a "timely" response (251 comments)

And just to clarify, this bug was only discovered (at least by someone willing to disclose it) in January 2010. At least Microsoft didn't brush it under the rug for 17 years, I hope...

more than 4 years ago

The PS3's "Yellow Light of Death"

Brain_Recall Re:RoHS strikes again (292 comments)

I had to look up CGA (no, not Color Graphics Adapter). He means Column Grid Array. Essentially they turn the solder balls into solder cylinders.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development

Brain_Recall Re:You forgot another solution (753 comments)

Remember that over 2/3 of the defense budget is operational costs (paying our soldiers, conducting operations).

One thing I have to point out, though, is how much we spend on defense compared to the rest of the world. When doing international budget comparisons, the only real comparisons is by percentage of GDP.
Want to guess where the US places in the rankings? 1st? 3rd?

How about 27th

Considering defense is one of the explicitly layed-out directives of the Constitution, I think we're going about it rather logically.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Kernel 2.6.29 Released

Brain_Recall Re:Oh come on, that's totally on topic! (265 comments)

The reason why it's "scientifically interesting" is:

Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is extremely unusual as it is only one of three recorded cancers that can spread like a contagious disease. The cancer is passed from devil to devil through biting. The live tumour cells aren't rejected by the animal's immune system because of a lack of genetic diversity among Tasmanian devils.

See: http://tassiedevil.com.au/disease.html

more than 5 years ago

Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs

Brain_Recall Sea Shadow was (165 comments)

From what I remember, the Sea Shadow was actually mostly a failure, in terms of radar signature. Sure, it was damn stealthy. In fact, too stealthy. Water naturally reflects radar, so when they took Sea Shadow out, all they had to do was look for the hole where they weren't getting any reflection. :-/

In other ways it was a success. It did have a very low noise signature. The hull design did help it greatly reduce the ships wake, keeping it from turning up too much water.

more than 5 years ago

USB 3.0 Is Ten Times Faster; Get It In 2010

Brain_Recall Re:eSATA is here already (280 comments)

No, not really windows, but more of a hardware issue. The SATA spec doesn't require manufatures support hot-swap, so, some don't fully support it. nVidia's SATAs always have had hot-swap, so thats why you would see the main hard drive in the "safely remove" list. But, for example, my Marvel and Intel controllers don't support hot-swap. My Marvel controller handles the eSATA ports, and I've tried adding a drive while it was powered up. Windows detected it and everything work, but there is no safe method to disconnect the drive (the write-cache buffers need to be cleared out before you can yank it off safely). The best solution I could come up was force the computer into S3 standby, and then pull the drive. That seems to work good enough.

about 6 years ago

Why Use Virtual Memory In Modern Systems?

Brain_Recall Re:File - Save (983 comments)

How about this: hibernate the process. Take everything in memory, keep track of its open files, and write it out to disk. When the user logs in, load it back up and continue on. A notification to the user that this has occurred would be useful.

Of course, the question you're probably trying to raise is why save at all? Why do modern systems still rely on a paradigm that's over a 100 years old? Maybe someday we'll come up with something that's more efficient and better organized, but right now I don't have that answer.

more than 6 years ago

OLPC's "Give 1 Get 1" Comes To Europe

Brain_Recall Re:Disillusion (134 comments)

I can't defend everything, so I'll just post some info. Full-scale OS updates aren't intended for its intended audience. I've had bad upgrades, but only when playing with the development branch (joyride). Activities can be updated easily with a new Sugar build. Sugar was just updated very recently. I would post a link, but the wiki is down at the moment. It has some changes, modified layout, better power management, and a control panel with a software updater. Wifi with security is a LOT better than it was. Mine syncs right up with WPA for me without any trouble. There are localized Wiki activities now available. And, these do often come specialized for the country they are being delivered to, including electronic books that they use. These are often special builds not available to the public, so you wouldn't see much of them.

more than 6 years ago

OLPC's "Give 1 Get 1" Comes To Europe

Brain_Recall Re:100 $ laptop (134 comments)

One of the big concerns is the inability to provide large-scale support (hardware warranty, returns, software mishaps). The average-Joe would expect this, as a lot of them did even with the G1G1 program. Support for new schools usually came from people who were trained by the OLPC staff, and who continued support after the staff had left. It would be a logistical nightmare to try to provide support to thousands of people all over the country, something this non-profit didn't want to get involved with.

more than 6 years ago

Toshiba Launches Laptop With Three GPUs

Brain_Recall Portable Furnace (149 comments)

Does it come with its own fire extinguisher?

more than 6 years ago

Laptops With Certain NVidia Chips Failing

Brain_Recall Re:Are the enviromentralists killing our PCs? (310 comments)

No, Xbox 360's use an ATi chip.

Although RoHS probably contributed to the RRoD, mostly it was an improper thermal solution. There was an article awhile back where it was discovered that Microsoft engineers decided to cut costs by designing the heatsink system themselves. Insufficient cooling and an improper mounting system allowed the board to warp more than the RoHS solder could handle. Newer 360's have lots of extra epoxy around the package to keep it from pulling too far away from the motherboard.

more than 6 years ago


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