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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

WillRobinson Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (172 comments)

I absolutely agree with you. Looking back and remembering what we thought technology would turn into from the 80's and looking at it today's light, things have gone to hell in a hand basket compared to what we thought these technology's would become. Remembering back to some of the first hacks we read about, I never thought we would be spending so much energy on securing every point, as either someone was trying to abuse the system or our own or other governments and entity's trying to monitor us or steal from us.

I have unfortunately became my own father, "trust nothing you read, trust nothing you hear, and only trust half of what you actually see"

2 days ago

Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

WillRobinson Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

Yes its nice to be alerted to the police, not just for checking if your speeding. Here in Texas, the law is "The law states a driver must either vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph the driver must slow down to 5 mph.) "

Waze does not have listing for Ambulance, or fire truck etc. But you still have to move over, and with traffic here its good to know a mile ahead so you can safely change lanes.

I use it daily, and I wish I had access to the data and do a map of locations where a police have stopped over 30 times a year. That would show every speed trap they use. And they do use those just to make their quota..

I am sure you at least have encountered that situation it one time in your life.

5 days ago

In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

WillRobinson Maybe sony should have (102 comments)

Drop from this netblock – [24]

about 2 months ago

Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

WillRobinson Re:Earthshaking (124 comments)

Obviously they are either incompetent or not willing to pay for proper maintenance. These switch centers should be inspected yearly by someone using heat measuring video, this finds any hot spots which are usually caused by bolts getting loose over time from contraction or weakening from heat. I can not think of a single plant that I have worked in that does not do this. The downtime cost way outstrips the expense of doing it.

about 6 months ago

How LEDs Are Made

WillRobinson Re:great photowork there (93 comments)

Hate to tell you, K&S is not the leader in die bonding or wire bonding, but thats just from my observation in factories full of die bonders and wire bonders.

I design build and install backend semiconductor equipment, since the late 70's.

Back in the 1980's huge factories in Asia were installing the latest automated equipment. It was not unusual for us to install die bonders that were capable of 5k parts per hour per machine. In groups of 40 machines per device.
These were dedicated to a particular type of lead frame. But could mount multiple types of die. We had lines of 2N2222's at customers putting out over 20 million parts per week, all in a area the size of that room shown, including wire bonding. They had streamlined the whole process including injection molding, testing, and marking in a area only 5 times that room size. Before the automation there was 1000 girls per shift doing the same thing.

I was amazed that the Asian factories had such good automation compared to what I had see in factories here in the USA. But it was truly due to total volume. Here I NEVER saw a factory if the scale I would see there. Now I used to put this over to just labor, overhead cost etc in my mind back then. Later I would think it was due to regulation. Instead I now put it to foresight. They they knew if they could do it even 1/10 cent cheeper they would get the work. And if they got the work, it would never come back here to the USA. And they were right.

Led work is somewhat slower, especially those T1 frames they are using. They have to be handled vertically, and the spacing in between is large. So indexing time and centering of the cup takes a bit more work. Back when we did make machines for that product, the typical machine ran about 2K parts per hour. I am sure now, a bit faster indexing is possible. Thats why so many leds now are done on flat stock and molded and surface mounted, density and speed of manufacturing is much higher.

What they are showing is a cheep startup. Sales of led's by the container load are cheep, as it is a very stable process and anybody can do it. Where the problem comes in is manufacturing variables mostly in the wafer to have even appearing leds. Since the majority of leds are for human viewing, doing things like stop lights or where there are more than one led per product, we want them to appear the same, and look the same over time. So if you get led's from different lots they can appear to be different to the human eye. Especially if they are high output, as heat dissipation over time really degrades the device. That is also why they dont mount die directly to a PCB for stop lights. You can see if one die is different from the other, and while it is possible to adjust each die with a resistor, this adds another step, laser trimming of resistors using visual feedback. The cost of changing out a led made on a metal frame, and the cost of laser trimming is vast, when speed of manufacturing is involved. Much cheaper to just remove the leds and put another in, same for repair. If you pot a lens over a single pcb with multiple dies, it is no longer repairable.

about 8 months ago

Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

WillRobinson They will never learn (276 comments)

There are no secrets.. They eventually get out.

What I am curious about, is with all this data they are sifting how come there is nobody from Washington in Jail? You know they are
mostly self serving scumbags.

What bothers me more about all this data, and is never mentioned, is that it is possible now for people who have access to all this
big data, to profit from it on the stock market very easily.

about a year ago

US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage

WillRobinson general idea (442 comments)

Knock the edge off all you square pegs and you will fit in the round holes we intended you for. Saying danger danger doesnt even work any more.

about a year and a half ago

When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

WillRobinson Where is the option (381 comments)

For my microwave gun?

more than 2 years ago

Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers

WillRobinson While I live in Texas (817 comments)

First off, if you were going to monitor every polling location in Texas with one person, it would require a army larger than most other nations have.
While I am not going to debate the Texas AG statements, one thing is bothering me.

  If the Constitution has given the states the power to control their elections process within the requirements set out by the constitution, then the Federal Government signing a treaty dictating a process in the election is doing a end around the Constitution
That seems UN-lawful to me, of course my faith in the federal government has waned over the years to, so there is no surprise there.

I have personally been involved in the election process on the inside, and at least where we were, with extreme voter turnout last
presidential election, I saw nothing that raised my eyebrow. If there is any election rigging its beyond the actual voting process itself.
Either by electronics afterwards, or fraudulent voter registration. Neither that would be able to be verified by being on site with anybody.

And as far as the 100 foot rule, they are pretty firm on that. You can be outside at the proper distance and hold signs to your hearts content
but show any brow beating and they will remove you. Which is the right thing to do. I really do not think there is anything to see here in this issue.

more than 2 years ago

Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra

WillRobinson Re:Reinventing the wheel (357 comments)

You forgot "On a Cell Phone"

more than 2 years ago

US Patent Office Invalidates Apple's "Rubber Banding" Patent

WillRobinson Wooo (213 comments)

Seen this on terminals long ago think they were zerox, while it didnt bounce it did behave like it had weight an friction. Oh I forgot "On a Cell Phone"

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP

WillRobinson Re:Pry XP from cold, stiff fingers (727 comments)

I agree, I have quite a few robotic machines running xp, have spent tons of money developing multi threaded C++ programs for them. Just changing to their new development environment, new drivers for the specialized hardware will be expensive. And it just works fine as it is. There is no advantage in speed of
the machines etc.

more than 2 years ago

S. Carolina Supreme Court: Leaving Email In the Cloud Isn't Electronic Storage

WillRobinson Declare (112 comments)

Politicians and bureaucrats are not citizens, therefore are not protected by the constitution. Therefore they are enemy combatants and should be sent to gitmo.

more than 2 years ago

$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle

WillRobinson And I thought ... (267 comments)

A boat was a hole in water you pore your money into. This will be way more efficient....

Do I start flaying my arms now? Danger Danger ..

Just brilliant ....

more than 2 years ago

Apple Wants Another $707 Million From Samsung

WillRobinson Re:It's what happens... (316 comments)

Have you ever been grilled before being on a jury? As soon as they find out you have a analytical mind, they will drop you like a hot potato, they want decisions based off emotions.

Here is my example, in being interviewed the lawyer gave a hypothetical situation and asked for a answer. nobody raised their hand, so I did. He asked for my answer and I told him he did not give me enough information to make an informed decision. He said your exactly right, your dismissed!

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

WillRobinson SlashApp (247 comments)

I got a email awhile back about a slashdot app, has this come out yet? I figured they would on anniversary.

more than 2 years ago

Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

WillRobinson Invalidate patent (1184 comments)

Invalidating the patents will make the judgement moot. Spending a few million will get that done, much cheaper!

more than 2 years ago

The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown

WillRobinson Easy but it was not done. (170 comments)

Most cases in games, for example they put a place holder picture, saying waiting for review or something. They could have done that. Then put the picture back when it was straightened out. No loss of comments etc.

more than 2 years ago

Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters

WillRobinson Puffft (370 comments)

We have had these in Texas for years, we call them Glock's

more than 2 years ago



From litigation hell (SCO LOOSES)

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "Being reported in the Salt Lake Tribune and of course where we all been watching at Groklaw SCO's stock had dropped to a penny, guess they will sue the justice system for their drop in stock price. A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses. The decision ends a long-running legal battle between the two companies and between Lindon-based SCO and IBM. It also likely means the end of SCO, which already is teetering in bankruptcy court. Lawyers for SCO had contended Novell owed it millions of dollars for lost sales revenue and that it was due punitive damages on top of that. SCO claimed it lost as much as $215 million as a result of Novell's actions, which stretch back to 2003. After a three-week trial and closing arguments from each side before presiding Judge Ted Stewart, the jury filed out of the courtroom to begin deliberations Friday. The jury went home 4½ hours later and reconvened this morning."
Link to Original Source

Way cleared for 'Hobbit' movie.

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "From the Halls of Halla: Being reported by Ruters comes the news that a settlement has been approved, allowing the filming of the Hobbit.

Financial terms of the settlement were not released, but the author's son, Christopher Tolkien, said in a statement that as a result of the agreement, "New Line may now proceed with its proposed films of 'The Hobbit.'"


Google PageRank Mentor Dies

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "Being reported by the Guardian UK and many other sites is the accidental drowning of Rajeev Motwani who was a mentor to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university.

Rajeev could not swim. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday. Rajeev was 47 years old.

Sergey Brin blog was updated with his thoughts on it one of them was "Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it."

Judge Kimble Rules on SCO vs Novell

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "Being reported at Groklaw is the full account of the ruling. But in a nutshell SCO breached its fiduciary duty to Novell, converted funds, and so it has to pay. They will not receive the bazillions of dollars they were suing for, but instead pay Novell some money $2,547,817 plus interest probably. SCO had no right to enter into the Sun agreement, but it did have the right to enter into the Microsoft and other SCOsource agreements."

Patent Trolls File Suite on Redhat Linux

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "Being reported over at Groklaw a patent holding company has filed suite against Redhat. Over multiple desktops patents. To us this is obvious, to the courts, well we will see, this may be what Ballmer was talking about in previously posted discussions here on Slashdot. IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state."

Microsoft OOXML Maryland desires Input from YOU

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "While there is more information at www.groklaw.net, the state of Maryland is requesting, and actually reading emails about Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML specification (now Ecma 376) being proposed as an addition to their list of usable "open standards". I'm hearing that they are reading the emails and will take them seriously. If this is an issue you care about, you need to let them know how you feel in polite and informative emails before July 20th, 2007. They have received only 50 email's to date. I am very sure the slashdot effect, will set a new record."
Link to Original Source

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "A former lover of the missing wife of Linux programmer and accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case, prosecutors informed the defense last week. More about this at Wired.com The trial starts on Monday."

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 8 years ago

WillRobinson (159226) writes "Judge Dale Kimball has affirmed judge Brooke Wells order throwing out most of SCO's claims against IBM, and in addition has put the whole case on the back burner till after the SCO vs Novell case is finished. You can read all the good stuff at groklaw"



LHC Live webcast of first beam, this Wednesday the 10th.

WillRobinson WillRobinson writes  |  more than 6 years ago With all the excellent coverage on slash of the LHC, an update is in order.

The first attempt to circulate a beam in the LHC will be made this Wednesday,Sept 10 at the injection energy of 450 GeV (0.45 TeV). The start up time will be between (9:00 to 18:00 Zurich Time) (2:00 to 10:00 CDT) with live webcasts provided at webcast.cern.ch.

As reported by CERN has today announced the success of the second and final test of the Large Hadron Collider's beam synchronization systems which will allow the LHC operations team to inject the first beam into the LHC.

Now if I could just get that LHC song out of my head ...

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