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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

countach Re:power consumption? (207 comments)

Well... in most circumstances the GPU will only help graphics related performance. That's only impressive when you wanted better graphics performance, and not general performance. You can't offload anything onto the GPU. Only certain specific types of things, and certain math.

Anyway, this whole article is premature. The benchmarks may not even be iPhone 6, they may be spoofed. They are only one benchmark. Let's wait see what real analysis reveals. Whatever the answer I doubt it will hurt sales.

about a week ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

countach Re:Start button? (208 comments)

Ha ha. You should say there is a Start button on your punch card reader, and you pressed it, but the card got jammed.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:Illegal as hell (223 comments)

I was wondering about that. Do the Supremes hold secret court too under these circumstances?

I thought part of the whole point of the Supreme court was to establish important legal precedents. Can you do that when it is all secret? Because to use the precedent, the whole legal community needs to know all the juicy details.

Secret courts are the biggest threat to a functioning democracy that one could possibly conceive of.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:SEC filing: "Millions lost. No Details. Ask NSA (223 comments)

It's not quite the same thing. Disclosing that the fine is from the NSA is not incriminating. It ITSELF is the crime. In your example, revealing your source of income is not a crime. Rather it would reveal a previously committed crime. So I'm not sure that failing to reveal financial information in line with public company laws falls under the heading of not incriminating yourself, because your having paid government fines is not a crime, so you can't incriminate yourself in that way.

You could just as much argue the opposite way. Revealing financial information about public companies is required under the law. Free speech is allowed under the constitution. Therefore, the NSA can get fucked with their secrecy orders. You're still left with one legal principle against another.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:It is Well Past Time (223 comments)

It would have been nice to see them try that, but realistically, it would be in contempt of court to just say, it's ok we'll pay the fine, so go away. The executive would end up in jail, and someone would be appointed to tow the line. Nothing would have changed in the end.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:Classic conflict of interest (223 comments)

I agree it's a problem, but what's the alternative? Politicising the judiciary with elections has problems too.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (223 comments)

It's a legitimate question though.... If Yahoo had held out and paid the fine, what do they say on the next financial conference call to Wall street about where the money is going? Do they say they are being fined by an unspecified government agency that they cannot specify for reasons they are not allowed to state? Are they allowed to say that? Are they allowed to NOT say where it is going under public company financial disclosure laws? Me thinks these laws would come head to head.

about a week ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

countach What's the diff? (129 comments)

So to ask a stupid question... since Android contains Chrome, and now Chrome contains Android, why are they different, and/or why do they need to be different?

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

countach Irony (499 comments)

Oh the irony. The NSA are dishonest from the leader on down.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

countach Re:Important missing specs on the watch (730 comments)

It's splash proof. i.e. it can withstand casual exposure to water.

Battery life: I think there was some mention of charging it overnight, so you can assume I think 1 day of battery.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

countach Re:Incredibly bad live stream (730 comments)

You're going to blame Apple because your Mandarin isn't up to scratch? Such a pedant. If you'd gone to iTunesU, I'm sure you could have quickly downloaded a course on it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

countach Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

I didn't hear Apple say explicitly that they are not somewhere getting their whiskers wet.

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

countach Re:Helium? (296 comments)

It's counter-intuitive that a low-density substance would conduct heat well. It seems the opposite with solids, where low density substances are good insulators.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

countach Re:Get your terms straight. GPL does no such thing (354 comments)

Well.... to be a genuine issue it would have to be statically linked, otherwise you would do the obvious and just distribute them separately. So is that what's happening here? I doubt it, since the original server is presumably unmodifiable.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (355 comments)

It would only take bandwidth if it crossed the divide between ATT and the customer, and then was lost. But if there are packets getting lost at that point, one would presume an equal number would be lost going outwards, in which case the customer would record them sent, but ATT would not. In other words, any packet loss should be a net nil.

about three weeks ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

countach Re:What can be done about this? (109 comments)

Yes, the whole point of sending folks into the space station is to do experiments in microgravity. Otherwise, might as well stay home and watch TV.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Nothing (355 comments)

Here's what you should do: nothing at all. Life is too short and there are better battles to fight.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

countach Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (355 comments)

Or at least, losses incoming and outgoing should cancel each other.

about three weeks ago

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