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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

erice Re:Not always a good thing. (220 comments)

Not always. Even cyanogenmod has abandoned many devices that could still be viable phones today. CM seems to focus mainly on the most popular phones for the latest releases, and in some cases, the devs for a particular make/model of device have just gone MIA, and development stagnates.

Yes, it seems like most phones are abandoned by cyanogenmod at about the same time the manufacturer does. Certainly, this was the case Mytouch 4G/HTC Glacier. The last manufacturer release (less than a year after I bought the phone) was Gingerbread. The last Cyanogenmod: also Gingerbread.

They're good with Google's phones and the most popular Samsung phones but anything else is a gamble even if it is supported at the time you buy the phone.

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

erice Re:track record (267 comments)

Why does it make sense? Because America? Even with this token gesture, it will likely be the last Boeing plane used for the president's fleet.

No. It means they will be the last 747's in the president's fleet. Boeing isn't going out of business. They are just winding up construction of 747's. The next time around, they will have to choose a different airframe. But it may still be made a Boeing.

yesterday
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

erice Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

However.. One option people DO have with Android is to move from the "Company Install" to a 3rd party install (without the bloatware /etc.)

So there ARE support options (Unless your company demands that your phone is 100% up to date with security patches AND not rooted...

For some Android devices. Not for all. For others, device driver issues prevent a fully functional Cyanogenmod, much less one that is officially supported. My Mytouch 4G, for instance. It stuck on Gingerbread, bugs and all along with buggy third party apps whose bugfixes are only available on later Androids.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

erice Still camera film rewind (790 comments)

Reach the end of a roll of film and it auto-rewinds with distinctive hum.

From a travelogue I wrote in 2003:

As the light started to dim and elephant to disperse, I heard a familiar hum. The film has reached its end and was now returning to the start. I felt a sense of completeness. Previously, I had toyed with the idea of visiting one of Bangkok's inevitably overtouristed sites. But that now seemed wrong. A rushed viewing of an overcrowded temple in a polluted city was not a fitting close for an epic Asian adventure. Better to stop here, at the last frame of the roll. To end with elephants.

It was the last photo that camera ever took. Digital cameras today emulate some of the noises of film: film advance, mirror clack (even for those that have no mirrors), but not rewind.

Actually rewind sounds of all kinds have mostly disappeared. Reel to Reel, audio cassette, VCR tape. Backup tape rewind still happens but not many hear it anymore.

about three weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

erice Re:I got an idea (230 comments)

Build your own fab

While not a bad idea, it doesn't solve the problem. When you have your own fab, you are pretty much obligated to use it. Even when it is late, low on capacity, or a full node behind. You can reduce this risk by throwing a lot of money at R&D and spare capacity. However, this is more than a little bit expensive. That is why AMD doesn't have a captive fab anymore. They can't afford it.

TSMC is in the business of making chips. They don't make money if they can't make chips. I haven't heard that Apple or Samsung have an unexpected block buster products at 14nm. That means that either TSMC grossly underestimated demand at 14/16nm/20nm (not likely) or they are having manufacturing problems that are slowing production. If it were just TSMC screwing up, you would bet UMC other fabs would exploiting this opportunity to steal business. Since this isn't happening, it is good bet that a hypothetical AMD or Nvidia fab would have the same production trouble.

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

erice Re:"Take your time for a thoughtful response" (272 comments)

Anyway, traveling 16LY is only trivially more difficult than travelling 3LY. The hard part is getting up to speed, and slowing down at the destination. The long coast in the middle is easy, and if you are going fast, it is time dilated anyway.

Getting up to speed is really really hard. So much so that you can largely forget about taking advantage of time dilation. Unless you can salvage a Bussard Ramjet (current thinking is that it won't work) you are not going to get that fast. Traveling 3LY instead of 16LY means only having to reach 1/5 the speed to arrive in a "reasonable" time. That's a big help. It might be the difference between doable but hard and hopeless.

about a month ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

erice Re:So how many have SATA ports? (81 comments)

SATA
and
USB.

I gfigure USB is common but SATA is hard to find.

SATA is not hard to find. *Dual* SATA is hard to find and dual SATA with dual Ethernet is basically non-existant among ARM boards.

I have a PCduino Nano that I picked up at a raffle. It's a cute little board but single ethernet means it can't be a router or a firewall. Single SATA means no RAID so it doesn't really have any business being a server either.

about a month ago
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Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

erice Re:PC with SODIMMs? (42 comments)

So what's a DDR3L (1.35V) SODIMM? I have no clue what the difference is between LPDDR and something like DDR3L, but you sound like someone knowledgeable enough to answer.

DDR3L is lower voltage but otherwise identical to DDR3. LPDDR is an entirely different line used mostly in cell phones. LPDDR3 has no relationship to DDR3, just as LPDDR2 had no relationship to DDR2 and LPDDR4 has no relationship to DDR4.

about a month ago
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Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

erice Re:PC with SODIMMs? (42 comments)

There are no DIMMs for LPDDR, SO or otherwise. The price for low IO power is no termination resistors. The means you only get adequate signal integrity with short, point to point traces. Edge connector buses need not apply.

SODIMMs use the same DDR protocol as desktop DIMMs, but usually contain fewer chips and wider buses to each chip.

about a month ago
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

erice More important: how is this happening? (70 comments)

Unfortunately, TFA doesn't suggest the question. Gamma bursts were not expected on Earth because they are created by nuclear interactions. Common for stars and other cosmic objects but not expected in thunderstorms. The source could be electrical, which means they are technically x-rays but at a higher energy then thought possible. Alternatively, there is significant nuclear fusion going on in those storms.

about a month and a half ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

erice Making ENIAC run again (126 comments)

Gleason realized early on that he couldn’t make his portion of ENIAC run actual calculations—such an endeavor would require all 40 panels

I wonder if Gleason of other preservationists have considered building functional replicas of the missing panels. Doing so would be the first step is bringing the relics to life again as a functioning computer.

Of course, that would not be the end of the project:

, not to mention thousands of new components and technical know-how that had long been forgotten.

But perhaps a workable project to restore ENIAC to working order could inspire the re-discovery of such knowledge. Often of technical knowledge thought to be lost is not really lost, just misplaced. Somebody knows or knows who knows but they need to be inspired to come forward or follow up on their hunch.

about 2 months ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

erice Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

Because person by person is how you hire people. I would think that the last thing we would want would be "take it or leave it" job offers. Look what it has done to cell phone contracts, EULAs, utility contracts, heck just about anything.

"take it or leave it" works just fine for shoes, hotels, electronic equipment and most everything else we exchange money for. The key is you need enough competition that "leave it" becomes a real, practical choice.

about 2 months ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

erice Not a jet pack (55 comments)

Despite appearances, there is no "jet" or "rocket" engine. It is a pair of ducted fans driven by a four cylinder gasoline engine.

It isn't a pack either. The weight of the machine is borne by a large frame that the pilot steps onto.

It is really an odd sort of helicopter. It looks really cool and it is much more compact than a normal helicopter but it is not a jet-pack.

about 2 months ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

erice Last generation to die (187 comments)

I expect to live just long enough to be told "we can not extend life and health substantially, possibly indefinitely, but not for anyone already as old as you"

Or maybe not. Given that I expect it will take 20 years from the big breakthrough to a practical treatment and I'm already 46, I should be seeing signs already that the research is getting close.

about 3 months ago
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Aereo Shutting Down Boston Office

erice Re:TV on the pocket screen.... (40 comments)

Aereo was an attempt to make local TV be receivable on cell phones and computers, but the copyright license wasn't negotiated properly. Why can't the iPhone have a ATSC chip inside it?

What would be the point? You need a rather large, well aimed antenna to reliably receive broadcast TV as anyone who has tried to use "rabbit ears" can tell you. Even the largest phablet is not large enough for such an antenna and no one will want to aim it at the tower.

about 3 months ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

erice Re:Don't we already do that? (110 comments)

No, that only works for those who speak or read the same language.

Vs "thought language" which is likely to be unique to each individual. At least with spoken languages there are strong incentives to iron out the differences so that a different people in a group can communicate. And still there is continuous drift. In the history of human kind, there has been no incentive or even influence to make internal thoughts compatible.

about 3 months ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

erice Re:Orbital (443 comments)

And it's not the first time they've blown up rockets rather than shooting them into space.

Well, yes, but that happens to everyone in the launch business, including SpaceX. Doing it on production launch is not good for business though.

about 3 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

erice Re:Meh (201 comments)

The Z3 Compact is no exception. It has a 4.6" screen, making it much closer in size to to the 4.95" Nexus 5 than the 3.5" Iphone 4 that is the usual benchmark for a small phone. It also has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. That's not bad but it is definitely cut down from the 1080 x 1920 pixels of the full size Z3.

The other mini's are worse, of course, but the Z3 Compact is the not the savior of small phone aficionados.

about 3 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

erice Re:Meh (201 comments)

The page that the Nexus 6 is presented on still has a link to the Nexus 5. My personal theory at this time (unproven) is that they're keeping the Nexus 5 around as their lower-end model, since they don't have anything to replace its price point with. Hell, the Nexus 5 page now shows the device running Android L (Lollipop.)

While the Nexus 5 is not as enormous as the Nexus 6, it is anything but small.

Which is the chief problem with the various "mini" models available today. Not a one is actually a small, well featured phone. They are simply old and/or reduced spec phones every bit as big as the first wave of large phones.

about 3 months ago

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Robot rat beats up on live rats to make them depressed

erice erice writes  |  about 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Scientists researching anti-depression treatments have a problem: they can't tell if the treatment works or not unless their lab rats are depressed. Their solution is a malevolent mechanical rat that ensures that all their real rats lose the rat race."
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Woman wants to replace her non-functioning hand with a bionic prosthesis.

erice erice writes  |  more than 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reach the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her arm but doctors have given up hope of restoring use of her hand. So she wants doctors to amputate the hand and replace it with a bionic version that does work."
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World's largest optical telescope created

erice erice writes  |  more than 2 years ago

erice (13380) writes "Astronomers in Chile linked four telescopes together to form a single virtual mirror 130 meters in diameter. Previous efforts had linked two telescopes but this is the first time that all four had been linked."
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Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

erice erice writes  |  more than 3 years ago

erice (13380) writes "A US Doctor proposes to change healthy pigmented eyes to blue by destroying the pigment with a laser. The procedure has already been tested on cadavers and then on live patients in Mexico. He is seeking funding to continue clinical trials."
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