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30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

Ster Re:There is more news than can ever be parsed (194 comments)

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It used to be until tons of old classmates from elementary school showed up on my facebook account pretty much devaluating the meaning of "friend"

Then why did you accept the friend request? I limit my FB friends to pretty much only people I'd enjoy spending the whole day hanging out with.

Okay, there are also a few few relatives, whose friend requests I accepted to not start a bunch of family drama. But I largely ignore their posts, and I have groups set up such that they can't see the vast majority of my posts either. As far as those folks are concerned, I'm rarely on FB at all.

about a year ago
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Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

Ster Re:Dongles (282 comments)

I think they were among the first to support USB in an era where PC makers were slavishly doing nothing new because nobody else had done it yet.

Apple fought USB with their own proprietary connector called Firewire. Firewire was significantly faster than USB, especially at sustained transfers, but it was more expensive to implement because of a combination of the technologies involved and Apple's license fees. Apple ended up abandoning that technology for newer versions of USB and eventually Thunderbolt, mostly due to lackluster third-party support for Firewire devices.

That is pretty fundamentally wrong. USB and FireWire were intended to be complementary connectors and protocols. USB was intended for inexpensive and low-bandwidth devices, master-slave connectivity, no DMA - the type of things that would previously have been connected with PS/2, DB9, or DB25. FireWire was intended for things that needed peer-to-peer connectivity, bandwidth and latency guarantees (like video - IEEE 1394 is part of the DV standard), and DMA - things that would previously have been done with something like SCSI or PCI. Both interface coexisted for years on Macs and PCs.

It so happens that later versions of USB have added some of FireWire's features, to the point where USB2 and USB3 can do most - but still not all - of the things that FireWire can do. Because the chipset vendors included USB in commodity chipsets, but FireWire required a discrete chip, USB has better market penetration.

Thunderbolt is another thing entirely - it's essentially 4x PCIe-Gen2, using an interface that allows for piggybacking DisplayPort as well. (For example, the Thunderbolt RAID enclosures that you see basically contain a PCIe RAID controller that shows up on the PCIe bus when you connect it.)

-Ster

about a year ago
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Erasing Neuronal Memories May Help Control Chronic Pain

Ster Re:Captain Kirk to the Rescue (again) (80 comments)

He never said that. The movie you think you're quoting doesn't exist. I bet you think they made sequels to The Matrix too.

</denial>

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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US 'Space Warplane' Spying On Chinese Spacelab

Ster Re:When it takes off for Jupiter (158 comments)

When it takes off for Jupiter

is when I get interested

Tsien would have left a few years ago. :-)

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

Ster Re:OMG (441 comments)

How come Christians are the only ones that are asked to suffer this unconstitutional prohibition on their free exercise?

Did you miss the part where the second item in the lawsuit was a Menorah?

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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PC Makers Run Short of Popular Drives

Ster Re:Don't bitch. (353 comments)

Don't take it out on others just because you're imperfect and ignore all of the S.M.A.R.T. and controller warnings... Some of us tech Gurus do religiously tend to our flock of hard-drives and recognize when they are in spiritual, and physical, need of replacement....

I do hardware diagnostics for an HPC storage system vendor, including drive testing, qualification, and failure analysis. SMART has its uses, but, in my experience, if you've tripped SMART, you're already in serious trouble.

It's not helped by the fact that pieces of SMART which are actually in the ATA standards are basically tripped/not-tripped - none of the attribute structures are in the current specs, let alone which attribute IDs mean what. Heck, even getting the thresholds is no longer in the ATA standard!

Fortunately, *most* vendors implement *most* of the SMART structures the same way, and *most* use the same attribute IDs to mean the same things, and *most* still implement the sub-command for getting the thresholds. But all the really interesting data that could be used for more aggressive failure prediction (i.e. beyond the almost-always too late SMART trip) is vendor specific, and getting that information out of some vendors makes pulling teeth look like taking candy from a baby.

</rant-let>

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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Good Disk Library Solutions?

Ster Re:let's see DRM, high cost of HDD's get in the wa (371 comments)

with only two manufacturers of 3.5in form factor hard drives (seagate, wdc)

Samsung?

Actually, it's Hitachi. And Toshiba has (re?)entered the 3.5" space, at least on the enterprise side of the world - I have no idea if they make consumer 3.5" drives.

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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A Job Fair For Jobs In India — In California

Ster Re:Next (309 comments)

If there were call centers setup in the US to cater to Indian clients then why would they be speaking English in the first place?

Because English is one of the official languages of India, and is spoken in every state.

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME Shell No Longer Requires GPU Acceleration

Ster Re:LLVM? (237 comments)

... And also, does the above mean that Gnome is no longer using GCC to compile, but switching to the LLVM compiler? ...

LLVM is designed to be modular. It sounds like what they're doing is probably similar to what Apple did a few years back - include LLVM bit-code files for functions that aren't handled natively, then hand those off to libllvm to emit native code when needed.

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Apple App Store a Casino?

Ster Re:If your Mac is too old (542 comments)

I've read comments in past stories about the iOS developer program from people who own a Mac but still can't develop because the Mac is too old to run recent Xcode. So you end up having to depreciate the Mac and the iPod touch on which to test as annual expenses just like the developer fee.

Apple generally supports the current OS and developer tools on hardware going back three years, for both Macs and iPods/iPhones.

more than 2 years ago
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When Having the US Debt Paid Off Was a Problem

Ster Re:Say what? (633 comments)

If you've determined to never pay back all your treasury bonds, how can treasury bonds be a stable investment?

You pay them all back, you just also issue new ones, which you will also pay back.

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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Opera's Haakon Wium Lie On CSS, Web Standards, and More

Ster Re:This answer makes no sense... (107 comments)

... (Only works in browsers which recognize the data: URI scheme. Tested in FF and Opera.)

Works in Safari 5.1.1 (on OS X Lion) as well.

-Ster

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Vs. Apple Tit-For-Tat Down Under

Ster Not (primarily) about round-rects (313 comments)

... (unlike the patent-a-rectangle nature of the opposition) ...

As previously stated, it's not a patent on round-rects:

I came across this yesterday and found it interesting (comparisons of what Samsung's tablets looked like before and after the iPad came out):

It seems like it's not quite as silly as it's usually been presented. (Don't get me wrong, I do think it's silly.)

-Ster

about 3 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

Ster Re:How about Sagan (176 comments)

Oh, and the Argus Array in the book was located outside Socorro, New Mexico. Guess where the VLA is located?

-Ster

about 3 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

Ster Re:How about Sagan (176 comments)

In Contact, the facility Ellie was at when The Message started arriving was called the Argus Array. Then when they made the movie, they actually used the VLA and called it the VLA. So why not make life imitate art and go with the Argus Array.

-Ster

about 3 years ago
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Thunderbolt vs. SuperSpeed USB

Ster Re:How about giving Thunderbolt a few months first (327 comments)

... Since Thunderbolt is Intel tech, Microsoft will support it as well. ...

They already do. Thunderbolt is nothing more or less than 4-lane PCIe Gen. 2 over a wire instead of a board. Don't believe me? Ask Anand!

(Okay, it's DisplayPort too. But they're muxed/de-muxed at the chip, so the OS doesn't know or care.)

-Ster

about 3 years ago
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RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

Ster Re:Of course not (433 comments)

I think the reason that Google isn't releasing Android 3 source is that they don't want it installed on every crappy phone and tablet coming out of China, and giving it a bad name.

This sounds a lot like the argument Apple fanboys use for not allowing other OSes on iShinies.

I never had any trouble from Apple with installing Linux on my G3.

I never had any trouble from Apple with installing Linux, Windows, or FreeBSD on my MacBook Pro.

I'm pretty sure people have installed alternate OSes on iPods and maybe iPhones as well.

So where's Apple stopping people from putting other OSes on Apple devices? They take exception to putting Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, but that's the opposite of what you're complaining about.

-Ster

more than 3 years ago
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German Court Upholds Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab

Ster Re:The relevant piece of so-called "IP" (314 comments)

I came across this yesterday and found it interesting (comparisons of what Samsung's tablets looked like before and after the iPad came out):

It seems like it's not quite as silly as it's usually been presented. (Don't get me wrong, I do think it's silly.)

-Ster

more than 3 years ago

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