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A Playstation 4 Teardown

fragMasterFlash Buy lots of these (254 comments)

Yes, please buy bunches of these or some XBox Ones if you must. Life is too short to waste on tech support and these things can be maintained by a tweenager once the initial internet connection is established.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

fragMasterFlash Humidity will play hell with this (62 comments)

The speed of sound is relative to the density of the media it is traversing. All Ultrasonic transmit beamforming algorithms must take media density into consideration to achieve reasonable convergence. Unless this device is performing adaptive beamforming or has a very precise humidity sensor its functionality will be spotty at best, and even if it does the inventors just stepped into a shiatstorm of patents held by the companies that have been forming medical imaging IP warchests over the past 15 - 20 years. Good luck and godspeed.

about a year ago
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NVIDIA Begins Releasing Documentation For Nouveau

fragMasterFlash Nintendo should join the party (147 comments)

Nintendo should give up on making console hardware and stick with handhelds and offer their traditional console titles via Steam.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

fragMasterFlash Keep at it (159 comments)

I'd like to encode some data in one of these spheres and have these fine gentlemen rotate it at light speed to send it and its information back in time. Why should Biff Tanen have all the luck?

1 year,3 days
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WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

fragMasterFlash Re:Unclear whether this is a problem or not... (286 comments)

If the 'bridge chip' is just a reasonably generic SATA port multiplier

A transparent bridging scenario such as this would not make much sense as an SSD can easily saturate the available bandwidth of a 6 Gb/s SATA port. A non-transparent bridging scheme which makes the device look more like a traditional spinning HD with a really big cache would make more sense as the SATA port driver would not have to route every sector write/fetch to specific device. Most likely the driver on the OS side only manages migration of data between the SSD and HD to balance read/write performance favoring keeping as much free space on the SSD as possible to enhance write performance.

about a year ago
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IBM Robotic Coworker Will Help Engineers Fix Broken Systems

fragMasterFlash It could be worse (56 comments)

Thank goodness this is an IBM product rather than another MS abomination. Future history could have read 2014: The year Clippy became self aware and doomed the fate of Internet in a nanosecond

about a year ago
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Radioactive Bacteria Attack Cancer

fragMasterFlash Re:So how do I pass these radioactive bacteria? (53 comments)

With the ability to target cells, specifically immunodeficient cancer cells, the total dosage of radioactive material needed should be greatly reduced. This would seem to be favorable to techniques that target all tissues in the vicinity of a tumor.

about a year ago
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Raspberry Pi Production Heats Up In UK Surpassing Chinese Production Soon

fragMasterFlash Re:Any difference in where that thing was made ? (108 comments)

If you cannot use solder wick properly then you aren't really skilled enough to be modding circuit boards.

about a year ago
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Intel Unveils New Atom and Xeon Processors and Future Rack Scale Architecture

fragMasterFlash Re: Compatible with Windows 7? (73 comments)

WinKey+X brings up a menu of all the OS admin utilities I use frequently. Hitting the WinKey and typing the first few letters of an application name works for everything else. No hacking required.

about a year ago
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Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

fragMasterFlash Learn to code (419 comments)

If you have done the work to become an EE you should know how to code fairly well already and given the current need for skilled software developers you can probably get hired doing embedded systems work in any of the North American technology hubs quite easily. It may not be your preferred line of work but its a living wage until and work experience to tide you over until the wave of change sweeps across the industry.

about a year ago
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Apple Devices To Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013

fragMasterFlash Apples vs. Oranges (391 comments)

Keep in mind the Gartner comparison is in number of units sold. Considering Apple is much more vertically integrated than MS they keep a much larger chunk of the unit selling price and therefore earn substantially more revenue from per device sold. Apple should really start rolling their own server and office productivity software to compete against the remaining MS cash cows.

about a year ago
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WA State Bill Would Allow Bosses To Seek Facebook Passwords

fragMasterFlash Re:Solved! (316 comments)

So are you willing to share the details of your /. account with your employer should they deem it a 'social media' site? I, for one, would like to cling to whatever shreds of pseudo-anonymity are left on the Internet.

about a year ago
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How the First Bitcoin Hedge Fund Approaches Security

fragMasterFlash Re:Take the money and run (124 comments)

Those measures only apply to the offsite backups of the Bitcoin wallets, there is nothing preventing a fund manager who routinely performs transactions on these accounts from going rogue.

about a year and a half ago
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How the First Bitcoin Hedge Fund Approaches Security

fragMasterFlash Take the money and run (124 comments)

It only takes one person in the organization who decides to go on permanent holiday to make an illicit copy of the various Bitcoin wallets and then transfer the funds to their own account once they have already landed in a place with no extradition treaty.

about a year and a half ago
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RSA: Self-Encrypting USB Hard Drives for all Operating Systems (Video)

fragMasterFlash Nice, but... (154 comments)

How long until someone reverse engineers the firmware to allow brute force cracking of the pincode without triggering an automatic data wipe? This isn't a matter of "if" but rather a matter of "when", IMHO.

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

fragMasterFlash When life gives you lemons (185 comments)

So how many clicks does it take to get from Tub Girl to Goatse?

Wait...don't answer that.

about a year and a half ago
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On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

fragMasterFlash Service quality of the USPS is going downhill fast (564 comments)

In the past few years the service I receive from USPS has gone from flawless to awful. I now end up with other peoples mail in my box frequently and packages delivered to the neighborhood lockbox end up having the key delivered to the wrong mailbox. Last month the check I mailed for my mortgage payment never made it to the processing company so now I pay extra for the privilege of paying by phone rather than risk damaged credit due to postal service incompetence. If I did my job half as badly I would at least be held accountable, and most likely be escorted out the door.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern Graphics Cards?

fragMasterFlash Single player games vs online multiplayer (159 comments)

While upgrading your older dualcore box may get you playable frame rates on many games you will still suffer from slow load times. This is not likely to be an issue on single player games but for many online multiplayer games you really don't want to be the guy in your group with the slowest load time.

about a year and a half ago
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Russian Space Industry To Receive $69 Billion Through 2020

fragMasterFlash Re:knowledge (64 comments)

They know that the privately funded space industry is growing and could potentially surpass state run space agencies one day unless they continue to innovate. I am guessing the Soviet space program would rather license technologies they develop to private industry rather than simply fade away into the history books.

about a year ago

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Is it time for Android on the desktop? Via Technologies thinks so

fragMasterFlash fragMasterFlash writes  |  about 2 years ago

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "Via Technologies is launching the aPC, a $49 desktop motherboard running Android Gingerbread with support for downloading apps from the Google Play store. Dubbed "A bicycle for your mind" this device represents an attempt to span the digital divide, bringing a full-fledged computing experience to the next 2 billion new users."
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Gabe Newell brands Windows 8 a catastrophy

fragMasterFlash fragMasterFlash writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people." He argued that one of the last remaining things keeping people away from Linux was the lack of games. Valve is working to bring Left 4 Dead 2 and other Steam titles to Linux in a move that Newell describes as "a hedging strategy." If his predictions about Windows 8 come true, he says "it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.""
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Introducing the TM65 liquid propellent rocket engine by Copenhagen Suborbitals

fragMasterFlash fragMasterFlash writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "Nothing warms the heart of my inner geek like a brief lesson in rocket science. While the TM65 reusable liquid fuel rocket engine by Copenhagen Suborbitals may not be the most advanced rocket engine ever built, the amount of design detail shared in the linked video is well worth 18 minutes of your time."
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Win 8 BUILD event for developers this September

fragMasterFlash fragMasterFlash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "Microsoft will be holding a developer conference for Windows 8 September 13 — 16 in Anaheim, CA. From the announcement: If you are a contemporary developer, a geek who thrives on the newest and coolest, who loves the freedom of the web and the power of all devices from mobile to desktop, you need to join us to help BUILD the future."
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Nvidia fakes Fermi boards at GPU Tech Conference

fragMasterFlash fragMasterFlash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fragMasterFlash (989911) writes "In a really pathetic display, Nvidia actually faked the introduction of its latest video card, because it simply doesn't have boards to show. Why? Because it didn't get enough parts to properly bring them up, much less make demo boards. Why do we say they are faked? If you look at the pictures, it is painfully obvious that Fermi cards don't exist."
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