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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

beelsebob Re:Intel (130 comments)

If I still had mod points, you'd get a +1. Intel motherboards are great. They're nothing fancy pants, but everything that's on them is solid and well supported.

7 hours ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

beelsebob Re:flywheel (171 comments)

There's a much easier solution, already in operation - pumped hydro power plants. They're hydro electric power stations, but when there's a surplus of supply, they pump water up into their reservoir. When peaks of power production are needed, they generate. They can be turned on at a moments notice (all it takes is opening a sluice, and dropping the water), and can store vast amounts of energy.


Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

beelsebob Re: As much as I hate Apple (176 comments)

The ownership is relevant because Banks are much more strictly regulated. The better security is a direct outcome of VISA being owned by a bank.


Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

beelsebob Re:Assumptions (153 comments)

I believe you're assuming that the flash used on a rover that went to mars, and encounters all kinds of crazy radiation, is in some way similar to the crappy OCZ thing you stuck in your PC 10 years ago.

2 days ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

beelsebob Re:Send in the drones! (827 comments)

It's really simple. The russians have nukes, and the missiles to get them to us.

4 days ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

beelsebob Regulation (182 comments)

It's almost like, if you don't regulate taxis, then they do all kinds of nasty stuff you wouldn't want them doing!

about a week ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

beelsebob Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

Uhhhhh... no. That's not how driverless cars work.

about a week ago

$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

beelsebob Re:If true, it is no longer the case with new devi (194 comments)

No, no it's not security through obscurity. It's security through something you know - a perfectly valid method of securing something. Of course, it would be nice if in this case, you could change the thing you're supposed to know to be different to the device's serial number.

about a week ago

Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

beelsebob Re:Why? (119 comments)

Because it's easier to extract money from people continuously if you can deny them their crack^Wgame at will.

about a week ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

beelsebob Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

Anyone that uses something besides Linux. One great thing about Unixen is how they share common interfaces. The more you change that, the less interchangeable the various Unixen become. The more reason their will be to resist moving from one to another.

Except that's actually false. Unixen really don't share common interfaces. Mac OS uses launchd, FreeBSD uses init.d, many Linuxes use systemd.

On Linux you'll find devices named /dev/hda(n) and sda(n), while on OS X you'll find /dev/disk(n)s(m), and on solaris you'll find /dev/dsk/c(n)t(m)d(l)s(o).

All unixes differ. Trying to claim that the way it happens to have been done in Linux for a while is the "one true unix way" is frankly bullshit.

about a week ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:Not strong in Oakland (135 comments)

You absolutely can feel the strength of the shaking at your location. For reference though, the USGS says it was around a magnitude 4 in oakland (and 6 at the epicentre)

about a week ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:Report from SJC (135 comments)

Oh come on. one power line down, and other than that basically no damage. It pretty much has gone unnoticed.

about a week ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

beelsebob Re:Normalization (276 comments)

Depends what you want to get out of these stats. If you want to find out in which group you're more likely to find a gamer, if you have a same sized sample, then sure, you're right, you need to normalise it. If you want to find out who you should target when you're designing a game you want to sell to people, then no, no you don't want to normalise it.

about a week ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob Re:What about Chile? (135 comments)

Considering that one of these was felt in the heart of the tech world, and this is a website about tech... No.

about a week ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

beelsebob In the south bay... (135 comments)

It was strong enough to wake us up, but not enough to do any damage in Sunnyvale.

about a week ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

beelsebob Okay... and? (316 comments)

Why should they repatriate it? What's wrong with keeping money earned abroad, abroad?

about two weeks ago

Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

beelsebob Re:Yawn. (87 comments)

Okay then, I guess we all might as well give up on security. After all, if we can just blame the user for downloading something malicious, then that's it, solved.

Alternatively though... we can make sure that one process can't get information from another one. How's about that?

about two weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

beelsebob Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

A person on an H1B visa must be paid at least the average regional salary for their job position (remove the lower wage incentive)

You realize that this is already a requirement of getting an H1B visa, right?

The job which the H1B person is being hired for must require a 4 year college degree and the candidate must have received said degree from a recognized institution.

The 4 year part is not a requirement, but having exceptional qualifications is already a requirement.

I also support a tax on these workers, to be paid by the employer in addition to normal wages and taxes, that would directly fund educating/retraining American workers to fill tech jobs that are open. Note, this is a fair tax because only companies that want to use H1B visas would be burdened--it's totally their choice.

While not direct, this is already effectively the case. When an employer needs to bring in an H1B worker they end up shelling out huge amounts for lawyers fees, moving expenses etc. It is not a cheap option to hire H1B workers. Quite the opposite in fact.

about two weeks ago



Apple Switches (Mostly) to OpenStreetMap

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple have started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple are currently not applying the necessary attribution to OSM; they are using an old (from April 2010) dump of the data; and they are not using the data in the USA. Fingers crossed apple works through these issues quickly!

Apple are now one of a growing list (including geocaching, and foursquare) to Switch2OSM."

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OpenCL 1.0 Ratified and Released to the Public

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "The Khronos group announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.0 specification described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices."

Apple drops iPhone Developer NDA

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Today Apple dropped the iPhone developer NDA.

We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work. It has happened before. While we have filed for hundreds of patents on iPhone technology, the NDA added yet another level of protection. We put it in place as one more way to help protect the iPhone from being ripped off by others.

However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone's success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so. Please note that unreleased software and features will remain under NDA until they are released."

Squirrelfish takes a bite out of performance

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "We all recently heard that Google Chrome had introduced a new Javascript engine called V8, that made all the other engines out there look like toys. Today the WebKit team announced that their Squirrelfish engine has been optimized a lot more, to produce Squirrelfish Extreme. The improvements are enough that WebKit now runs Javascript faster than Chrome. The competition between browser makers seems to be paying off for us consumers with some major improvements in performance now."

beelsebob beelsebob writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beelsebob (529313) writes "Very well known is the iBook G3 logic board failure issue, however, less well known is that iBook G4s have been failing with the same symptoms almost as regularly. The G4 variant of the laptop is not covered by Apple's logic board repair program, thus if it dies, it's dead. Or so we thought, until recently. An enterprising guy has posted a fix for the problem that works simply by sticking a tiny bit of plastic under a chip."


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