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Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

RoFLKOPTr Re:Is it worth the risk? (1003 comments)

"Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)" are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control's death statistics for the year 2007 (which is the latest final report compiled)... and that includes unintentional injuries of all sorts from any occurrence. And that is only 5.1% of all deaths in the United States. Your information is incorrect, sir.

more than 2 years ago
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An iPad Keyboard You Can Type On and Swipe Through

RoFLKOPTr Re:Radio (93 comments)

But I bet a hundred could. And that's only $50,000!

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software

RoFLKOPTr Nothing new. (228 comments)

Download.com has been funded by bullshit third-party software addons for as long as I can remember. AFAIK, they only recently started this practice of causing the user to download a downloader which would first go through the third-party addons before downloading the actual installer... but it's not like it's any different than before. Yeah, lots of people will just click through and accept everything and that's their fault for not reading things before agreeing to them. Don't blame a free service operated by a for-profit corporation for wanting to make money. Host the Nmap installer yourself if you think it's so easy.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Becoming World's Second Most Popular Web Browser

RoFLKOPTr Re:And still... (511 comments)

When comparing ten tabs the article states. "The big surprise here is Opera's and Chrome's poor showing in the multi-tab tests. Overall, Firefox delivers the best memory usage results. It comes in first place for the five- and ten-tab usage tests, but fourth in the single-tab metric."

Probably due to Chrome's multi-process architecture. Each tab runs in a completely separate process, and other applets (Flash, Java, etc) are segregated into their own individual processes as well, and they're all controlled by one master process that doesn't actually handle any of the rendering. Overall, it creates a faster and significantly more stable operating environment, because one individual process can't bog down (or completely crash) the entire program. Because of this system, each tab requires its own memory space as well as a lot of redundant code running in every process. Firefox has more bloat in the main process, but doesn't need redundancies when running multiple tabs. Therefore, Firefox uses less memory with a high number of tabs and Chrome uses less with a low number. Mozilla has been trudging along towards bringing multi-process architecture to Firefox as well, though, so that "advantage" (in quotes because memory usage isn't all that important as unused RAM is wasted RAM) may "soon" (in quotes because they've been talking about this for years and I have yet to hear about a whole lot of progress) go away.

more than 2 years ago
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Next Apple iPhone To Have a 4 Inch Display?

RoFLKOPTr Re:Here We Go.... (330 comments)

Apple has perhaps the greatest marketing department that has ever existed. They know how to make people want to buy their shit. They know what kinds of information to stifle and how to allow buzz-generating rumors to get around. I halfway suspect it's Apple themselves that generate many of these rumors, but I think they just know how to make sure those things get around. There's a reason new iPhones are usually released around June/July rather than Novemberholidayshoppingtime like most electronics: Apple knows that early adopters will buy the product immediately, and Apple knows that those who have to wait for Christmas presents will not want to wait the extra 8 months to get the next new one regardless of what awesome rumors may or may not be spreading around. To a company like Apple, these sorts of rumors -- true or not -- can only serve to be a positive factor upon their bottom line.

more than 2 years ago
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Next Apple iPhone To Have a 4 Inch Display?

RoFLKOPTr Re:Here We Go.... (330 comments)

Quantity does not equal quality.

But quantity DOES equal ad revenue, and that's what it's all about.

more than 2 years ago
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Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

RoFLKOPTr Re:Not so smart (375 comments)

Catch fire? How? Catching fire requires some kind of power source, and I thought these meters usually only had regular alkaline AA batteries or the like, not the lithium batteries that are known to catch fire when defective. I just looked at the cheap "Aidetek" meter I bought and it uses two AAA alkalines; I don't think you can get that kind of battery to catch fire even by shorting it out.

You know how sometimes when you use a multimeter, you stick a couple leads into a power source of (usually) up to 600V? That's the time things can catch fire. It's happened to me twice using cheap multimeters. Now I stick with Fluke. Milwaukee's supposed to have pretty good ones too, and for a little less money than Fluke.

more than 2 years ago
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Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

RoFLKOPTr Re:Not so smart (375 comments)

What's bad is the Flukes are horrendously expensive multimeters. I was looking at buying one recently, but just couldn't stomach paying $4-500 for a damn multimeter (I really wanted one with temperate and capacitance measurement, besides the basics). I ended up buying a cheap Chinese-made one for $30. It might not be quite as accurate, but after Danaher took over Fluke, I don't think I can really count on their quality to be all the great any more anyway, certainly not enough to justify the cost.

Does anyone else make any really good multimeters these days? Or have all the T&M makers been bought up by Danaher, leaving two choices: 1) massively overpriced, low-quality shit, and 2) Chinese-made low-quality shit that doesn't cost much?

Be careful with the cheap Chinese multimeters... they're known to catch fire and whatnot. Probably not as big a deal as the mechanical Wiggys literally exploding in your hand, but still bad.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

RoFLKOPTr Re:mahna-mahna (392 comments)

Unless you're blind...

In which case that's the risk you take if you plan on crossing the street at a location without traffic control. I don't need the ADA or other bullshit rules to tell me that I should stop to let a blind person cross the street, even in the event that I would have the right of way. And I don't need regulations that eliminate personal human compassion and replace it with annoying sounds so a blind person can hear me speeding by.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

RoFLKOPTr Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

suggests that you actually want to punish pedestrian errors.

Absolutely not. There needs to be a balance between safety and regulation. The fact of the matter is that a pedestrian has absolutely no business being in the street unless he is crossing at a crosswalk, or entering his parked vehicle on the street side. There are laws exactly to that effect. Most people are taught since they are two years old to look both ways before crossing the street and to never cross the street anywhere but a crosswalk. There's a reason for that. Most vehicle/pedestrian injuries are the result of a pedestrian being somewhere he is not supposed to, an inattentive driver striking a pedestrian who was already crossing, and/or a pedestrian entering a crosswalk assuming the driver sees them. The last two situations will not be solved by louder vehicles, and the first one might be reduced by louder vehicles but you have to ask whether the extra regulation is worth it.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

RoFLKOPTr Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

> smug hybrid drivers

Congratulations. You watched that South Park episode that mentioned hybrids and San Francisco.

Now, if you actually *LIVED* here, blah blah assumptions.

I DO live here. Well, I live in Santa Rosa (I used to live in Marin), and I worked in San Francisco until a couple months ago. And to add yet another twist to this riveting story, I drive a Camry Hybrid... except I only bought it because I wrecked my F-150 and needed a more economical vehicle than another truck... and I got a great deal on it. I absolutely agree that cyclists are the fucking worst. I've intentionally avoided downtown SF during critical mass because I don't WANT to learn what it's like to deal with that bullshit. Luckily, my drive took me straight up Park Presidio and 19th and I never encountered cyclists on those dreaded days... traffic was a little worse though.

All that being said, hybrid drivers are still pretty high on the holier-than-thou scale. I find that they tend to be more oblivious and stuck in their own happy little world than intentionally screwing with you like the cyclists.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

RoFLKOPTr Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

You are making the assumption that pedestrian collisions are caused by the inattention of pedestrians. Assholes in hybrids will continue to roll through right-turns-on-red, ignore (or race) pedestrians already crossing, dart around between lanes for a single-car "advantage", zip through small neighborhood streets at 50mph, etc. In all of those situations, there is a defensive advantage because of sound. If that advantage goes away, the assholes just get more dangerous.

I think there are way too many smug hybrid drivers with their heads up their asses thinking they're better than you because they're "saving the planet"... but to say that they break more rules than anybody else is unfair because everybody breaks all those rules frequently. The fact of the matter is that if you're looking where the fuck you're going and you check the street before you walk into it, it won't matter if a vehicle is making any sound. If they're around a blind corner and going fast enough that they will not be able to stop before hitting you, a hybrid will be making plenty of noise (mainly from tires rolling on pavement, but you can also hear the engine and electric whirr) for you to hear.

more than 2 years ago
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Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

RoFLKOPTr Re:mahna-mahna (392 comments)

That's why you LOOK where you're going before you stupidly step into the street.

more than 2 years ago
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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration

RoFLKOPTr Re:And in the US (815 comments)

enough with the poutine - put mustard, onions, hot sauce, baked beans, mac salad and meat on top of the French fries instead. :)

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_plate)

Animal Fries...... mmmmmmmmmm..........

more than 2 years ago
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Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

RoFLKOPTr Re:I have my disk (at least partially) encrypted (575 comments)

I forgot where, but I had heard DDR3 RAM will last over an hour and still retain 99% of its data (although it'll be completely inverted after a certain time). I suspected something similar for DDR2 (which I have).

Whoever told you that was completely incorrect. DRAM capacitors discharge fully within one second of power loss.

more than 2 years ago
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CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

RoFLKOPTr Re:Doesn't Matter (447 comments)

Most people don't forgive other companies (Apple, Microsoft, etc) for grievances done over a decade ago, and yet Google gets a free pass after a week?

That's a problem with the stubborn fucks who refuse to let anything go... not a problem with the people who are too forgiving. I love open source software, but this zealotry that you're expressing is a little overkill.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Locate Flaw In Bitcoin Protocol

RoFLKOPTr Re:Yes but (191 comments)

There are over 30 currency exchanges that trade in Bitcoins. So that's simply false.

Wow there's more currency exchanges for Bitcoins than merchants that accept them!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Building Solar Farm In North Carolina

RoFLKOPTr Re:Ho ho ho. (172 comments)

Not that it would ever happen... but if there were a big, successful political push demanding that we drop all industry subsidies, they could all be dropped in one act in one day. Too bad those that are receiving all these subsidies are the ones paying our representatives their second paychecks.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Building Solar Farm In North Carolina

RoFLKOPTr Re:Ho ho ho. (172 comments)

We need to get rid of all subsidies first.

more than 2 years ago

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nVidia GT300 First Silicon Yields Under 2%

RoFLKOPTr RoFLKOPTr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) writes "Several experts in semiconductor engineering, some who have overseen similar chips, were asked a couple of loaded questions: What is good yield for first silicon? What is good yield for a complex chip on a relatively new process? The answers ranged from a high of 50% to a low of 20% with a bunch of others clustered in the 30% range. Let's just call it one-third, plus or minus some. The first hot lot of GT300s have 104 die candidates per wafer, with four wafers in the pod Nvidia got back a week and a half ago. There is another pod of four due back any day now, and that's it for the hot lots. How many worked out of the (4 x 104) 416 candidates? Try 7. Yes, Northwood was hopelessly optimistic — Nvidia got only 7 chips back. Let me repeat that, out of 416 tries, it got 7 'good' chips back from the fab. Oh how it must yearn for the low estimate of 20%, talk about botched execution. To save you from having to find a calculator, that is (7 / 416 = .01682), rounded up, 1.7% yield."
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Apple Accused of Stifling Speech About the iPod

RoFLKOPTr RoFLKOPTr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) writes "In November of 2008, OdioWorks, the host of BluWiki and the iPodHash Project were hit by a takedown notice for discussing the cracking of the iTunesDB algorithm. A few days later, BluWiki was contacted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation about being represented in a legal battle for said takedown notice under the notion that the takedown notice was a violation of the First Amendment.

Now, to OdioWorks' rescue Monday were two San Francisco-based law firms, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Keker & Van Nest.

The lawsuit (.pdf) against Apple claims no law was broken by BluWiki because the writers of the wiki threads "had apparently not yet succeeded in their reverse engineering efforts and were simply discussing Apple's code obfuscation techniques," says Fred von Lohmann, an EFF attorney."

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