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AMD A10 Kaveri APU Details Emerge, Combining Steamroller and Graphics Core Next

bigdanmoody Re:What's the GPU for? (105 comments)

You will likely not be able to do CAD work on an Intel GPU. Intel's OpenGL support is awful, and most professional CAD and CAM software relies pretty heavily on OpenGL.

about a year ago
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For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

bigdanmoody Re:Let's talk about headphones for a minute. (292 comments)

Good advice. I've used the old Sony MDR-7506, Grado SR80, and my current pair of cans is the AKG K240. I listen through an Asus Xonar DGX sound card via a homebrew cMoy amp. I will have to keep an eye out for the DT990 as I was under the impression than they were much more expensive than that.

I alternate between Sennheiser PX100s and Koss Porta-Pros for office and portable use.

For PC voice chat use I use either a Zalman ZM-MIC1 mic that clips onto the cord, or an AntLion ModMic "add-on" boom mic.

about a year ago
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First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

bigdanmoody Re:You really can't figure that out? (380 comments)

I got it on my Nexus 4. On my phone as well, it was a unique ringtone and very loud. I was relaxing listening to music with headphones. The tone was loud enough to be clearly heard over my headphones even though the phone was on the other side of the room. As you mentioned, it really startled me as my brain immediately starting going through the list of possible alarms that could be making that noise.

about a year ago
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Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

bigdanmoody Re:What about migrating phones? (80 comments)

Because I know that Google already knows where my phone is?

about a year ago
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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

bigdanmoody Re:ChromeCast (244 comments)

I was even thinking about getting one for my living room TV, which is an older "dumb" TV. If it will play content from my Plex server too, it would be a heck of a good deal.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

bigdanmoody Re:"First computer" is a bit ambiguous (587 comments)

Agreed. I usually consider my dad's Amiga 1000 as "my" first computer. That would give me 16,384x as much in my current machine, 512kB vs 8GB.

I didn't see a need to own my own computer until I moved out. That would make the first computer I actually owned an entirely unimpressive (from a "get-off-my-lawn" standpoint) Coppermine Pentium 3 with 128MB RAM and only 64x more in my current machine.

about a year ago
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Google I/O 2013 Underway: Watch For Updates

bigdanmoody Re:I've tried to like Google's Glass product... (115 comments)

As a mechanic, I would love to be able to keep a PDF manual open in Glass while I'm working, rather than hauling a big binder around and having to stop and check it periodically.

about a year and a half ago
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As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

bigdanmoody Re:Cramming (67 comments)

Until the carrier sees the smartphone's IMEI and starts cramming a data plan onto your monthly bill, as we discussed yesterday.

In my case, I have 2GB data as part of my prepaid service, and it's still cheaper than postpaid Verizon voice-only service.

about 2 years ago
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As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

bigdanmoody GSM is a requirement for me now (67 comments)

I had service with Verizon for quite a while. In the last two areas I've lived, they have the best coverage. About a year ago I switched to one of the prepaid services, and although the coverage wasn't as good, the far lower monthly cost made up for it in my reckoning.

A few months ago, I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker. The same deal when I upgraded to a Nexus 4, just pop in the SIM card and go.

I can certainly see why this caught on in the rest of the world, and I can see why American cell providers like Verizon and Sprint are against it - I'm sure they make a good bit of money from selling you phones. In my case, I'll never go back to the "old way," regardless of how cheap Verizon might get.

about 2 years ago
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Boeing Dreamliner Catches Fire In Boston

bigdanmoody Re:Titanic (151 comments)

Indeed, as a former aircraft mechanic, I know that all of the planes that I've worked on have taken fire safety very seriously. The Dash-8's that I've worked on have their batteries placed outside of the pressure vessel. Although I have not personally worked on a plane that uses Li-Ion batteries like the 787 does, my understanding is that aircraft that do use these batteries have numerous warning and safety features to prevent thermal runaway, which sounds like what happened here. Based on the very limited information in TFA, I hypothesize that if the flight crew had been on board, they would have noticed a battery overheat condition and could have taken appropriate action well before a fire broke out.

about 2 years ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

bigdanmoody Re:Got Beta invite ... for Debian (332 comments)

I got an invite yesterday, too, and I specified Fedora 17.

about 2 years ago
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CPUs Do Affect Gaming Performance, After All

bigdanmoody Re:They don't know basic chip arch? (220 comments)

The Phenom II X4 850 (and the 840 as well) is based on the C3 stepping Propus core, which means that it is essentially an upclocked Athlon II. It does not have any L3 cache. The article is correct.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

bigdanmoody Re:Huh? (639 comments)

Pretty much this. I received my preordered Nexus 7 on Tuesday and found it no more difficult to open than my original Asus Transformer tablet. The top and bottom of the box fit together very snugly, as in I could feel the low air pressure inside making the box more difficult to open, but didn't provide and particular challenge. Perhaps people should try poking an air hole in their box if they are really having that much trouble.

I had supper with my brother Tuesday night, and he asked me if I'd had any trouble opening the Nexus 7 box; he'd apparently seen the videos referenced in TFA. I showed him the box and he wasn't sure how anyone had trouble opening it either.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Number Up For the Residential Phone Book?

bigdanmoody Re:Simple option? (360 comments)

Currently Yellowpagesoptout.com can show you a list of phone books delivered to your zip code, and provides a link to the opt-out form for each. It's not nearly as convenient as having a one-time all-inclusive opt-out, but I found it was well worth it not to have a new phone book appear on my doorstep every other month.

about 4 years ago
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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

bigdanmoody Re:THey should house a server farm in it (239 comments)

Aircraft are not air-tight. Compressed air is constantly pumped into the cabin, and a series of poppet valves allow the correct amount of air to escape to maintain a safe pressure level - this amount varies depending on altitude and how air-tight the rest of the fuselage is. The doors are sealed to minimize the amount of compressed air that needs to be pumped into the cabin, and for sound and temperature insulation.

more than 4 years ago
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PowerPoint of Afghan War Strategy

bigdanmoody Re:I don't know if this is true (233 comments)

I don't know about that. I was on a jury a few weeks ago, and when the prosecution pulled out the PowerPoint presentation, to me it felt incredibly patronizing. We had a pretty sharp group of jurors, and we all felt the prosecutor would have made her case much stronger by cutting the PowerPoint and instead providing more evidence to support her claims.

more than 4 years ago
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Post-Beta Windows 7 Build Leaked With New IE8

bigdanmoody Re:Reading Comprehension D- (332 comments)

I know I shouldn't feed the troll, but this is one falsehood that I am really tired of hearing. Sorry to burst your bubble, but MS is *not* going to "push Win7 starter for the netbook market." Unlike you I actually have a source for my claim, http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/02/04/a-closer-look-at-the-windows-7-skus.aspx .

The salient paragraph is toward the bottom, wherein he states, "Many of you have been asking about how to think about SKUs and very low-end notebook PCs or "Netbooks." All SKUs of Windows 7 will work on many of these devices, with Windows 7 Home Premium as the recommend SKU on small notebook PCs with sufficient hardware."

more than 5 years ago
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Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable

bigdanmoody Re:PS3 Port? (335 comments)

The PS3 CPU is a 7-SPU Cell processor, and is an incredibly powerful CPU. I'm not sure why you think it lacks muscle. Personally I use PlayOn to stream Hulu and Netflix to the PS3, and TVersity to stream downloaded content.

more than 5 years ago
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EEStor Issued a Patent For Its Supercapacitor

bigdanmoody Re:Cannot explode but can be used in cars? (603 comments)

Perhaps this is just arguing semantics, but it is not correct to refer the the combustion event ignited by the spark plug as an explosion. It is a controlled burn of the fuel/air mixture. An engine's combustion chambers are carefully designed to burn the fuel/air mixture in a controlled fashion to extract maximum power from combustion. In a modern engine, the spark plug will fire before the piston is at TDC (top dead center) of the compression stroke, so that the relatively slow-burning fuel/air mixture has a chance to fully ignite before it's required to force the piston back down.

Detonation, or "knocking" is an uncontrolled burn, which as the name "detonation" implies, could be described as an explosion. It usually occurs due to a "hot spot" inside the cylinder which ignites the fuel/air mixture prior to the spark plug firing. Hot spots can be caused by many things, but from what I have seen carbon buildup is the most common. Running a higher-octane fuel will help, since the fuel is more resistant to being ignited, but it's only masking the underlying problem.

IAAFCAM (I Am An FAA Certificated A&P Mechanic).

more than 5 years ago
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Effective Optical Disc Repair?

bigdanmoody Re:Toothpaste (554 comments)

I tried this once on a data disc, and it didn't help. I used a reflective silver model paint and lightly touched up the "pinholes." The disc was still unreadable afterward.

more than 6 years ago

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