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Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

Plocmstart It won't matter (114 comments)

They'll probably just raise prices for no improvement in service, making more of us commoners poorer. In the end they win, the public looses.

about 8 months ago

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

Plocmstart Race Conditions (230 comments)

Reminds me of debugging errors related to digital logic race conditions. When you are on the edge of meeting timing, a slight shift in the wrong direction can cause the result to be incorrect, sometimes with an order of randomness. Until you violate that timing you have the feeling of security since everything is going smoothly. I'm sure there's a more mathematical way to explain this, but similarly I think much more testing could be done to understand what variables effect the outcome. It would be interesting to see more details, such as how many pixels must be modified for a failure? To what magnitude do the pixels have to be changed by? Is there a tradeoff between # of pixels and magnitude of change per pixel? Are certain pixels more important than others (edge detection for example)?

about 8 months ago

Design Software Giants Target the Unemployed

Plocmstart Free LabVIEW Training (204 comments)

National Instruments is providing information on how to get Government-paid NI training and certification. You have to complete a couple steps (depending on your state) to get assistance, but there is a good amount of information and assistance available here.

more than 5 years ago

Boot Windows Vista In Four Seconds

Plocmstart What about shutdown? (326 comments)

Given the flowcharts (not the shiny video that catches your attention first) it appears that instead of shutting down, they simply reboot the system and once it reaches the state where the OS has finished loaded it then goes to sleep or hibernate. Once you power it back on it just returns to the freshly loaded OS.
So it appears that while it starts up faster, you should end up spending more time shutting down (actually rebooting and reloading the OS). You could also do this manually by rebooting Windows and once it gets to the desktop/login screen go into hibernate/sleep.

more than 6 years ago

Complaints Pour In After Digital TV Test

Plocmstart The problem with digital... (537 comments)

So the problem with digital is that it's digital. You either get the signal or you don't! With analog (like when growing up without cable) you could at least watch and still hear a fuzzy show from a distant station or if the over-the-air station was being attenuated by rain/interference/sunspots/etc. With digital you either get a great signal, or you get garbage and annoying audio blips and squeaks that make the show unwatchable. Those in low-lying areas without a proper antenna that could at least watch fuzzy TV will be in the dark since their fancy new digital converter box can't get enough data to buffer up the stream. Oh well, maybe we'll all get outside and do something besides being couch potatoes....

more than 6 years ago



Apple A4 Processor Teardown

Plocmstart Plocmstart writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Plocmstart (718110) writes "Here's what EETimes.com is claiming to be the first teardown of the A4 processor. "Apple's iPad chip is a single-core ARM A8 made by Samsung. Through various benchmarking testing, UBM TechInsights was able to find out the details of the A4 processor.""
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Buckeye Bullet 2 sets the record for fastest hyrdo

Plocmstart Plocmstart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Plocmstart writes "The Buckeye Bullet 2 has set the record for the world's fastest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at 302.877mph. The vehicle was designed and built a team of engineering students at the Ohio State University. The Buckeye Bullet 1, an electric battery-powered vehicle, also holds the international record for the fastest electric vehicle at 271mph (top speed 321mph)."
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Klingon keyboard a reality

Plocmstart Plocmstart writes  |  about 6 years ago

Plocmstart (718110) writes "'ZF Electronics UK — formerly Cherry Electrical Products UK — is delighted to have been persuaded to turn what was originally conceived as a marketing gimmick into a real product. Last year the company announced the Klingon keyboard — as a spoof to demonstrate its capabilities in producing keyboards with non-standard language layouts including Hungarian, Kazakhstan, Maltese and Faroese (Faroe Islands). However, due to a number of serious enquires, the company has produced a fully functional keyboard with Klingon characters which works with PCs running Windows, OS-X (Mac) or Linux... '"


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