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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

CompMD Re: We really need (533 comments)

From a slightly different part of Kansas:
Down: 816.16Mb/s
Up: 756.84Mb/s
Ping: 31ms

about a month and a half ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

CompMD Re:Poorly Designed Roadways Addressed By This (243 comments)

Mercedes' Active Body Control does a LOT for stability. This is just a new version. The version in my SL 550 let's me maneuver in ways that seemingly defy physics considering its a 4600 lb car. ABC does a very good job of keeping the car composed even when you're driving like a maniac.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosting Git Repositories?

CompMD use Gerrit (165 comments)

Gerrit is a great tool that will host your git repositories, provide a robust access control framework, and give you excellent code review capabilities. It can connect to several types of auth back ends, and fits well in an enterprise. Gerrit is what Google uses for Android as well as for some internal projects. Several well known companies like Sony Mobile, Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson, ST, Garmin, Texas Instruments, and nVidia all use Gerrit and contribute back to the project as well.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Goes to the FIRST Robotics Competition (Video)

CompMD Re:Precision Guessworks (41 comments)

The school I mentor for had a rough time in the Kansas City Regional, but fixed things up and solved some problems to end up doing well enough at the Razorback regional that they will go to the championships. Go Team 2410!

about a year and a half ago
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Steam For Linux Is Now an Open Beta

CompMD Re:Where do run Steam? (353 comments)

I was part of the restricted beta, and identified why TF2 fails with older cards. nVidia G71 based cards and older do not support the OpenGL extensions required to run TF2. That's why your 6800 doesn't work.

I run a Dual Xeon X5472 box with a Quadro FX 3500 and Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit, and it runs the Steam client just fine and Red Orchestra 2 mostly fine.

about 2 years ago
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Judge To Newspaper - Reveal Name of Commenter

CompMD Re:News? (307 comments)

This isn't the first time this has happened in the area. A few years ago, a mistrial was declared in Lawrence (20 miles east of Topeka) when a juror posted comments about the case on an article on the Lawrence Journal-World's website.

about 2 years ago
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Google's Engineers Are Well Paid, Not Just Well Fed

CompMD Re:That's it? (342 comments)

That's true. 640k ought to be enough for anybody though.

about 2 years ago
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The Fastest ISPs In the US

CompMD Meanwhile, in Kansas... (168 comments)

In the southwestern-most part of the contiguous KC metro area, I have a symmetric 18Mbps FTTH line with no caps, no throttling, and local phone service from SureWest for $58 after taxes. They offer up to 50/50 service here. I've had no problems with the service, and it has always provided me with the bandwidth I pay for, and sometimes more.

North of me in KC, KS, they will have Google Fiber rolling out their network.

West of me in Lawrence, Wicked Broadband has 10/10 wireless service, and is rolling out fiber service.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

CompMD shameless plug (340 comments)

Buy Garmin stuff! Plotters, sonars, radars; they all network together nicely. If you're serious about this, you're looking at probably $20k worth of electronics for navigation, weather, safety, and communications.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD64 Surpasses i386 As Debian's Most Popular Architecture

CompMD Re:About time. (216 comments)

Two of my most heavily used servers at home can't run 64-bit software. They have dual Xeon 2.8s, 8GB RAM, and run the latest CentOS just fine. They were previously running vmware esx fine. My personal workstation at home is a Dell Precision 650 (and can't run 64-bit software) with dual Xeon 2.8s, 4GB RAM, a nice Quadro FX graphics card, and runs Fedora 14 and Windows XP in vmware quite happily.

These machines work perfectly and perform very well for what I need. What does it matter that they can't run 64-bit software? If I want to run 64-bit software, that's what my SGI Challenge XL running in the garage is for.

more than 2 years ago
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Funky Flying Wing Rotates 90 Degrees To Go Supersonic

CompMD Re:Seriously? (122 comments)

I saw the poll in Chrome on a company computer in the US that I don't get to install software (like abp and noscript) on.

more than 2 years ago
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Funky Flying Wing Rotates 90 Degrees To Go Supersonic

CompMD Seriously? (122 comments)

A link to an article that makes you answer a poll about the RNC before letting you RTFA? Lame.

First Post.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Denies Vulnerabilities In New Air Traffic Control System

CompMD Re:Doesn't know much about the system (141 comments)

As a fellow engineer who has worked on traffic systems and transponders that use ADS-B, thank you a thousand times for bringing some sense into this conversation.

about 2 years ago
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Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

CompMD Re:I sooo want one (181 comments)

Taste definitely matters, that's true. Unfortunately, the atrocious diesel vehicles GM sold in the past killed most people's desire to ever own one. You should see how engine technology has changed in the last few years, its really quite eye-opening. Modern common rail diesels to have a bit of clatter, but its not obvious to the average person that they aren't gas. The new emissions control systems, including particulate filters, are superb. You won't see any crap coming out the tailpipe, and they don't smell at all.

The fuel in Europe is far superior to what we get here, but I agree that ULSD is a bit silly. I'm not getting into an argument over militarism, I only brought up purchase cost, and operational cost over the range of a tank.

Thank you for having civil discourse though, it seems that is beyond many.

more than 2 years ago
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When Flying Was a Thrill

CompMD Re:It was a tremendously big deal. (382 comments)

As a private pilot, I try to use some of the old romanticism of flying for friends and family that have never been on a small airplane before. It definitely relieves their tension.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

CompMD Re:I sooo want one (181 comments)

His Volt was $45k, I saw the sticker. Tax credits aren't immediate. The Sportwagen TDI was $25k. VW recently raised the price as a result of demand. Did you see the part where I said if you're in the electric range the Volt wins hands down? The catch is as soon as you leave the electric range, the efficiency plummets badly. Over the range of a full tank for both cars, the efficiency is nearly equal.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

CompMD Re:Liar. (181 comments)

You quoted a *base* Volt. With any options, the price shoots up fast. His is well equipped, the sticker on his was $45,185. This is trivial to find on Chevrolet's website. You are correct on the Sportwagen's price.

Don't call people liars if you're unwilling to look for truth.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

CompMD Re:I sooo want one (181 comments)

A friend of mine bought a Volt too and was talking about how amazing it was. When I said I didn't find the numbers that impressive, he asked about my VW Sportwagen TDI. The VW has better performance, better handling, more cargo capacity, better fuel economy (compared to a Volt using its engine/generator), and more range per tank. He got pissed when he found out the VW cost $20,000 less than his Volt.

For city driving within the electric only range, the Volt wins, hands down. As soon as you drive beyond that however, the cost difference per tank between it and a TDI is almost zero.

That having been said, I agree, go Elon. I would like to see Tesla do well.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

CompMD Re:Kansas City (263 comments)

Your information is out of date. KC is a huge engineering/tech hub, with Sprint HQ, Garmin HQ, Burns & McDonnell HQ, Black & Veatch HQ, and Honeywell/NNSA (where most of a modern nuclear weapon is made). There are tens of thousands of highly educated technical people in the KC metro area.

more than 2 years ago

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Garmin and Asus announce Linux Smartphones

CompMD CompMD writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CompMD (522020) writes "Garmin and Asus announced today a strategic partnership to design and build Location Based Service-centric Linux smartphones. More information about their first phone, the nuvifone G60, and the rest of the lineup will be announced in the next couple of weeks."
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University of Maryland Develops New Supercomputer

CompMD CompMD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CompMD (522020) writes "Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new desktop supercomputer. It is capable of running 100 times faster than current desktops using 64 processors operating in parallel. The inventor sees this as a step in the right direction for computing: "The manufacturers have done an excellent job over the years of increasing a single processor's clock speed through clever miniaturization strategies and new materials," he noted. "But they have now reached the limits of this approach. It is time for a practical alternative that will allow a new wave of innovation and growth and that's what we have created with our parallel computing technology.""
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CompMD CompMD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CompMD (522020) writes "I've been noticing that there are a lot of people using newer Dell machines that are running into trouble with FlexLM, a common license manager. What worries me is there are no FlexLM configuration problems. The issues experienced run the gamut, from not being able to check out a license to the service spawning thousands of server processes until the machine crashes. In the end, people can't use their legally licensed software. It took a while to find something in common with everyone, but eventually I discovered that a program implementing Trusted Computing that Dell preinstalls along with and what appeared to be a Broadcom TPM driver were causing this. This seems to be specific to Dell Precision laptops and perhaps a few other models. Can anyone else corroborate this problem of Trusted Computing breaking an industry standard license manager? What does this mean for the thousands of users of FlexLM licensed products? Is this problem specific to a faulty TC implementation, or is it systemic across all new computers with TC?"

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