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AMD To Support Coreboot On All Upcoming Processors

LOTHAR, of the Hill This is good, but mostly for mobo mfgr (134 comments)

One of the most expensive, and labor intensive part of mobo development is the BIOS. The licensing is very expensive, and requires a good deal of effort on the part of the SW developer. Often times the developers and mobo mfgr don't even have access to the full source code. The fact that U-boot (universal bootloader) is free makes x86 inherently more expensive than an ARM or PPC board, even if the processor components cost less. This is good for small and mid-size companies that are priced out of x86 development.

more than 3 years ago

University Switches To DC Workstations

LOTHAR, of the Hill OLD NEWS (468 comments)

DC datacenters have been around longer than AC. All major telco's globally use DC distribution for their networking and communications equipment. They always have, and likely always will. The newer datacenter companies are just having to learn for themselves why it makes sense.

more than 3 years ago

Gates' Future of Education Straight Out of '60s

LOTHAR, of the Hill Khan is different... (203 comments)

The main difference I've seen in Khan Academy is in the quality of the lectures. Most (all) videos I've seen are horrible. The tutorials on Khan are clear, straightforward, and informative with no fluff or embarrassingly lame animations. The several people I've talked to that used Khan found the tutorials to be even better than their own instructor's classroom lectures (they were taking calc, Diff Eq's, and linear algebra). I recommend Khan for that reason.

more than 3 years ago

Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

LOTHAR, of the Hill always close your browser. (161 comments)

Which is why I always close my browser after a banking session. I only have one browser open, and only a single tab on that browser. All sessions, cookies, history, cache is deleted when I close my browser. This helps, but may not stop these kinds of attacks.

more than 3 years ago

Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You?

LOTHAR, of the Hill both are wrong. (379 comments)

The concept of rights isn't about what a person can and can't do, it's about limiting the power of government. Freedom of speech is a right. It's implementation in the first amendment is important. The first five words of the first amendment are "Congress shall pass no law". This is an important distinction from "People have the right to" or "People can say whatever they want". "none shall pass", it doesn't matter if it's a flesh wound or a mortal wound, Congress can't make restrictions. Whether people have rights that companies do not is moot. It's whether the government can or can't restrict certain activities.

Some refer to the equal protection clause under these types of situations, but the notion of equality is only relevant if the two entities being compared are effectively equivalent. The notion that companies are equivalent to people is absurd. If companies are equivalent to people, how do you count votes for a company, and in what districts?

more than 4 years ago

Why Mobile Innovation Outpaces PC Innovation

LOTHAR, of the Hill development costs. (231 comments)

Despite the fact that PC's are 20+ years old, the development cost of a new PC is substantially larger than that of a mobile device. The BIOS development alone is a substantial part of the NRE cost. Mobile devices use open source bootloaders or run natively and so such NRE costs aren't applicable. Then add prototyping costs for the hardware and things get very expensive in a hurry.

The use and availability of operating systems is an additional burden the PC must bear. There's an acceptance in the mobile market of devices that behave differently. All pc's running windows will behave similarly, despite the shape or size. There's an expectation of behavioral consistency between PC mfgr's. If HP could have different UI than Dell, then things might get more interesting. At this point, the only UI difference is Apple vs PC. Linux on the desktop isn't at a place where it can or will drive PC development (a different discussion entirely).

more than 4 years ago

What Has Your Phone Survived?

LOTHAR, of the Hill Re:wtf? (422 comments)

Yup. Most of the damage from freezing and thawing electronic component comes from any water in the device. Other than that, the LCD may take some damage.

Silicon is not water based and is already frozen in a solid state. The chip components can go to -20 to -40 Celsius before damage occurs.

more than 4 years ago

World's Only Diesel-Electric Honda Insight

LOTHAR, of the Hill Re:Diesel is so obviously better for hybrids (687 comments)

Diesel is good, but I'd like to see Mazda make a Wankel based Hybrid. It's low weight and excellent fixed speed performance is ideal for hybrid vehicles.

more than 5 years ago

MS To Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade To Vista Users

LOTHAR, of the Hill Re:Misleading summary (417 comments)

That makes sense.

It's probably at the request of OEMs who don't want customers to put off buying a computer to wait for a new OS.

The article might even say as much, if I bothered to read it.

more than 5 years ago

Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)

LOTHAR, of the Hill Re:Natural gas backup generator (695 comments)

Make sure that your natural gas generator is running a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows Vista. You will find that your generator is much more reliable with Windows Vista as long as you keep your system up to date and have anti-virus, spyware protection, and firewall utilities installed.

about 6 years ago

Has Google Redefined Beta?

LOTHAR, of the Hill Re:BS (292 comments)

It's also an accounting scam. By claiming that loss leaders are actually product in development, they don't have to record the expense of offering them. They can hide the expense under "R&D" efforts.

The practice will last until the stock crashes, and the shareholders start suing.

more than 6 years ago


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