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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Neil Boekend Re:Equally tiny UPS? (180 comments)

I haven't got an advice on what to buy. I do have an advice on what not to buy.
Don't trust a Trust
I have one. It is too slow. If I use it as an UPS and pull the wall plug the computer first shuts down due to power loss and then the UPS comes up and I can immediately restart my PC without putting the plug back in the wall.
It drops the power long enough to kill the PC. How can they not have detected that during testing?
It is useful for some other use cases, but not as an UPS. Just as an easy 240V power supply.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission May Not Actually Redirect an Asteroid

Neil Boekend Re:Mars Needs Nothing (73 comments)

If driving over the ocean isn't going to stop him the Darién Gap will do nothing because then you can simply drive over the Caribbean sea and avoid that swamp all together.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Neil Boekend Re:Seems obvious but... (325 comments)

Either staff switch to desktops, or use laptops with virtualization so the work is offloaded to something that is better suited to the task.

I see a third option. If he can change the application maybe he can split the UI and the heavy lifting. Or maybe the application already has that option. The responsiveness of the local UI and the brute force of having the heavy lifting on a company owned cloud.
If the load gets to big maybe some of the heavy lifting can be shifted to overnight work. You know, just like Pixar does (or used to do).

about two weeks ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

Neil Boekend Re:Blind experiment (154 comments)

In some hyperfocussing modes my memory is almost output only. In those modes I can get loads done. It also means that I barely notice the passage of time because nothing new is stored in my memory.
I can forget to sleep in such a mode and only fall out of it because I get really hungry. Really as in: first I need some sugar so I don't pass out before I get some real food.

I really had to learn to comment well in such modes because it also means I can't really remember why I made choices.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Neil Boekend Re:But does it come with a android rootkit? (391 comments)

All you really need is something the size of a shuffle but with a microSD slot.

The Sansa Clip is similarly sized as the iPod Shuffle. It has a micro SD card slot and later firmware updates allow FLAC and OGG.
It is a great player that survived my abuse for years, with only a silicone skin over it.
I have no direct experience on the successor Sansa Clip + but I would assume that it is similarly awesome.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Neil Boekend Re:yeah but like... (391 comments)

Yep, but I prefer paying $2500 to iRiver over paying $1200 to Sony.

Not that I would buy either. They are a tad out of my price range and I can't see Spotify support in the list.

about two weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

Neil Boekend Re:Particle physics is easy ... (109 comments)

The mass difference between an entangled cat and a non entangled cat is the mass of the tread it got entangled in.
see these images

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Neil Boekend Re:Better way? (289 comments)

Why doesn't NTP give both UTC and TAI (or GPS)?
Or devise a similar system with as only difference that it gives TAI or GPS.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Neil Boekend Re:Is there a better way? (289 comments)

Use another time standard if it bothers you. UTC is meant to be corrected with leap seconds.
If leap seconds don't matter: use TAI.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Neil Boekend Re:Better way (289 comments)

DST aligns it better. Noon shifts through the year because the Earth orbit is not completely round.
What we see as a day is the sum of two effects:
1. The rotation of the earth around it's axis. This takes about 23 hours and 56 minutes. Understand it as "relative to the stars in the background". It is called sidereal time.
2. Our orbit around the sun. This adds 4 minutes to each day. If the earth would not rotate relative to the stars in the background this would still cause one "day" per year.
Total is approximately 24 hours.

The rotation around our axis is relatively constant. Sufficiently constant for this.
The orbital speed is not constant. The orbit is not round, there is a point where the planet is closer to the sun. The closer the earth is to the sun the faster it goes.
The faster the earth goes the more degrees per hour the sun movement by the day-caused-by-our-orbit is.
This causes noon to shift approximately 1 hour during the day.
DST corrects for that.

Having said that: we should kill DST. The lost productivity it causes is enough reason.

On mercury this effect is so strong that the sun can be seen going backwards during a part of the day(if there was an observer there).

about two weeks ago
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India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

Neil Boekend Re:Holy shit (78 comments)

Depends on the crud. Sometimes a base is much better.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

Neil Boekend Re:Who cares? (341 comments)

Hundreds of million people care. This might push a lot of them in the right direction and that may be enough to prevent the worst of what's coming for us.
It gives me hope.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

Neil Boekend Re:Environmental radicalism? (341 comments)

I don't care that is not radical. I care that he wrote it. I care that such an influential man takes the same stance as I do. I care that he influences hundreds of millions and that he pushes them in the right direction on this issue.
I care that this might actually help.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Sends DMCA Notices Against Users Spreading Leaked Emails

Neil Boekend Re:This post is copyrighted (138 comments)

If you cut and paste this message I will raid your kid's college fund.

Happy New Year!

I didn't know I had a kid.

about three weeks ago
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How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?

Neil Boekend Re:Don't see the point (169 comments)

Spotify can store the data on your device and update playlists when there is wifi.
You just need a large-ish storgage in the phone. My Spotify music folder is 9.25 GB. It is on the external SD card if that is available so it doesn't clutter your internal memory.

about three weeks ago

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Google privacy policy change

Neil Boekend Neil Boekend writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Neil Boekend (1854906) writes "Dear Google user,
We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.
We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policies. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012."

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