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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

fullmetal55 Re:performance never measured in MHz (151 comments)

Actually, back in the 386/486 days... YES you did compare amd and intel by MHz... in FACT that was one of AMDs big sellers... Intel's fastest 386 ran at 33MHz, AMDs? 40 MHz..
486- Intel had 33Ghz, (66 and 100Mhz for DX2/DX4)
AMD had 40Ghz (80 and 120Mhz respectively)

they were famous for exploiting the MHz = speed myth... that was the first fall of AMD from grace following that, with the K5 and K6 processors, they wouldn't get back into the mainstream until the Athlon, which also competed on the MHz scale... (an Athlon 450 was roughly comparable to a P3 450...) with the added overclocking ability...

about a month ago

NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

fullmetal55 Re:3D printing has too many problems (32 comments)

That's actually my biggest complaint about 3d printing...

It's never going to replace injection molding for manufacturing. That will always be cheaper. where this comes in handy, is prototyping. which is what they were intended for from the beginning. you need to make a part, a one-off... it's great for that. if you need to make more than one... then other options are available. but to be honest making a SINGLE one-off part through injection molding? that'll take you more than 50-100 times more electricity of the 3d printer, because you'll need to make the mold, and then you get to throw it away because its not needed anymore.

but for prototyping and one-offs... thats where 3d printing's niche is. prove it can work with a 3d printer, then mass produce it.

now since this article is about METAL 3d printing, that's an entirely different beast altogether... injection molding (Casting) of metal components of course will be cheaper, but can you cast multiple alloys together like this? that's kinda cool... even you gotta admit that.

about a month and a half ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

fullmetal55 Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

Actually, from TFS

"But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there's no way to regain control of the Chromecast. "

so no, it doesn't only work while in range of the chromecast's wifi... It bricks the device...

about 2 months ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

fullmetal55 Re:But, will they learn from their mistake? (681 comments)

Windows 7 made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Vista... XP made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Windows ME... Vista and ME are about 100x worse than windows 8 ime. at least Windows 8 can run with some stability. and the start screen (the biggest problem) can be easily and safely ignored with 8.1... (I haven't even seen it in over 2 months.)

windows 8.1 runs smoothly and quickly on my 3 year old i5, and has been rock solid. I've never had a vista install last, and don't get me started on ME. I installed it, and less than a month I was getting nothing but daily blue screens. I've never once seen a blue screen in 8.1. (I have in 7)

Also, I've been around for quite a while. I remember when XP came out. the outcry against the new start menu was just as bad as the outcry about the start screen is currently. People called it a monstrosity, and how could they remove the my computer icon from the desktop. how dare they... granted they had the classic start menu still there, but the default was "unacceptable".

Heck Windows 95 came out to much arguing and angst as well. "Windows 95 won't run on my 386, what a piece of junk! who needs this fancy GUI anyway, why can't I just boot it to DOS and run the gui when I need to!" "I have to click 'start' to shut my computer down? What kind of nonsense is this?" "windows 95 will flop!"

Coming back more recently... Windows 7... the removal of the quick launch toolbar... i can't begin to tell you how many people were pissed off about that. (I personally find pinning to the task bar a more acceptable way to handle it than a quick launch tool bar, but try to explain that to some people...

Any change Microsoft makes is called a "horrific mistake"... but people will get used to it. and things continue as they always have. the hold-outs will find work-arounds. but eventually it'll work out.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

fullmetal55 Re:The Sony Z Ultra supports 8 bands (259 comments)

are your eyes that bad that you need that extra inch to make the screen readable or something? (See how absurd your first sentence reads now?)

Sorry, but if you're going to attempt to insult me I get to insult you too. fairs fair and all that. Frankly, I can read any site at full screen on my S4 just fine. heck I could do that on my iPhone 4 that I had before. That's not a problem for me.

And to me, not being able to use the phone one handed is a much more massive decrease in usability than not having a bigger screen. What am I doing with the other hand? could be lots of things. it's called multitasking. I like to be able to write things down while I'm scrolling through emails. without having to put my phone down, grab the pen write, put down the pen pick up the phone, scroll to the next email, put it down write... etc. you know work stuff. To me usability is more important than screen size. I have good eyesight that I can read th text when it's

Everyone has different use cases for what they need the phone for. and unfortunately i think that's being left aside for the "bigger is better" mentality. I'd much rather have a small phone. It's my personal preference, and how I work better. for me a larger screen decreases usability more than it helps.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

fullmetal55 Re:The Sony Z Ultra supports 8 bands (259 comments)

big screens do not make it the "Best Phone" my biggest gripe about my S4 is that I can't use it 100% one handed. It's surprising how much I want to be able to use a single hand while operating a mobile. a 6.4" screen makes it ridiculously large, yeah the Galaxy Mega also has a very large screen. that doesn't make it a great phone imo.

I don't care if it fits in my pocket, weighs less than a feather, is the most awesome thing in the world, that's actually not why I don't like large phones. It's that I have to use both hands to do anything with it. Usability is key for me. and a 6.4" screen is far too large. Size does not make a phone the "Best phone"

about 3 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

fullmetal55 Re:Other way around (711 comments)

which apps you can buy vary from country to country... so yes it is very geographical.

about 3 months ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

fullmetal55 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

Public and Hybrid clouds are, Private clouds aren't...

about 4 months ago

US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%

fullmetal55 Re:Irrelevant for the common man (411 comments)

10 on 5 off... 8 hour days, everything catered, the camp conditions are actually really nice. Making 6 figures... injury rate no higher than any other industrial job. plus the added bonus of on-hand EMT and Nurses, so no waiting for an ambulance when an accident occurs. hardly slave labor... Definately not for everybody, but when I hear Newfies telling me how much safer it is, and how much better the hours are than working the fishing boats back home? The extra pay is a bonus.

about 4 months ago

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

fullmetal55 Re:Because they make money that way (482 comments)

They do, the razor and blades business model

The razor is cheap, the blades keep you coming back...

The printer is cheap the ink cartridges are expensive

The football phone is free, the sports illustrated subscription isn't...

about 5 months ago

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

fullmetal55 Re:Few welders make $150K (367 comments)

You aren't from Alberta are you?

and yeah layoffs at the end of the season are common, but they're still pulling in big bucks ($150k easily) in the oil sands. Now granted up on the rigs a do-over is very expensive, so you have to be a good welder to get the job done right the first time or you will get fired quickly. and if we could get a welder for $12-18/hr... those would be very inexperienced crappy welders. I'm sure I could do a better job than the guys who'd do it for $12-18 an hour here. My town has more welders per capita than most other professions.

about 5 months ago

TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

fullmetal55 Re:Reverse the hack (149 comments)

they're actually talking about layer 3 (network layer) encryption... which is entirely possible if you want to slow down the entire routing of the entire network... yes current encryption is in the presentation/application layer, (6/7) the idea is that it could have been implemented at a much lower layer in the stack, had Cirf been allowed to take his work that he did for the NSA to his work on TCP/IP.

although to be fair I doubt it would have been implemented, or been optional. as the networking speeds of the time and the computing power required for encryption on such a base level, would be hard to implement, and slow.

about 5 months ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

fullmetal55 Re:The question is: (392 comments)

10 years ago I would have jumped at the opportunity.

about 5 months ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

fullmetal55 Re:Send the Middle Managers first (392 comments)

don't forget the telephone sanitizers.

on second thought, didn't the original population die out due to an unsantized phone/

about 5 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

fullmetal55 What about 2012R2??? (387 comments)


It's useless! it's painful! I curse myself whenever I hit the start button!

about 6 months ago

Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

fullmetal55 Re:I'd settle for the sunglasses version (99 comments)

I'm waiting for the full cybereye replacement... I want to be able to wirelessly control them through my PAN, and get flare-comp and smartlink installed too... but I think I have to wait about 50-60 years for that...

maybe get an occular drone too while I'm at it.

about 6 months ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

fullmetal55 Re:Walmart cares? (455 comments)

actually the visa fees are usually transparent to the customer, and every company i've ever known pays them out of their profits, which is why some smaller stores once upon a time charged a fee for credit card transactions... So the visa fees impact their bottom line. The credit card fees are also a major factor in the number of stores issuing their own credit cards,

about 6 months ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

fullmetal55 Re:Data caps (466 comments)

How do you get that from them demanding NETFLIX pay AT&T for the right to provide AT&T customers with their service?
It's not about AT&T customers footing the bill, it's about NETFLIX footing the bill... which is not right.

Speaking of which there is no free streaming being requested, the customers are ALREADY PAYING FOR IT... what difference is streaming 2GB of video vs downloading a 2 GB ISO?

yet they claim there is a difference. Even though I paid for that 2 GB ISO just as I paid Netflix for my monthly subscription. I'm not expecting Valve, Microsoft or any 3rd party to pay my ISP for the right for me to download a file. I expect them to pay THEIR ISP for the bandwidth I use to get the file from their servers to my computer.

Netflix has never claimed to want data caps removed, they want traffic throttling removed. Specifically they want ISPs to stop throttling traffic coming from them as they are doing now. Net Neutrality has nothing to do with Caps, and everything to do with throttling.

about 6 months ago

Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

fullmetal55 Re:Win-win (250 comments)


It's big it's heavy it's wood


It's better than bad it's good!

Come on and get your log

You're going to love it log

Come on and Get your Log

Everyone loves the Log.


about 6 months ago


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