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Intel Opens Doors To Rivals, Maybe

kjc197 Re:Probably Apple (59 comments)

There is no chance that Intel would rent out its best fabs.

The reality is that Intel has a growing number of out-dated fabs that are not utilizing full capacity, and it wants to sell time on those.

Not really... The Altera announcment was on 14nm Tri-Gate, which is not exactly out-dated, more cutting edge.

about a year ago

DARPA Seeks To Secure Data With Electronics That Dissolve On Command

kjc197 FPGAs would make this trivial (163 comments)

Easy - Make the heart of the system an FPGA, and in the scenario of the device being lost / obtained / dropped either:

(a) Erase the FPGA prom and reset - this would cause the FPGA to lose its configuration data, and no longer function without a rebuild
(b) Assuming that they are using bitstream encryption, delete or burn out the key - again, the device would no longer program.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Books and Tools For a Software/Hardware Hobbyist?

kjc197 Raspberry Pi anyone? (85 comments)

It's been several days since the last Raspberry Pi comment, so perhaps it's time to dig it up again.

Am excellent board for the casual hardware/software tinkerer, and there is a book out soon, and vibrant community.

about 2 years ago

Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

kjc197 Re:And what are you supposed to remotely?? (1134 comments)

I assume your second command was meant to be recursive, which would not be a very good thing to do at all.

If not, you've not moved them just copied, apart from the root directory.
If so, congratulations. The sound no longer works on my favourite game/application.

I suspect getting that little search dog to find my music files off of c: and listing them / drag drop would be no slower, but agree, in most instances commandline will be more efficient.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Offers Nano-SIM Design Royalty-Free

kjc197 Re:Royalty free? (113 comments)

Very unlikely that this link is a picture of a nano sim. It looks exactly like a semiconductor, probably some kind of micro or SoC. Too small to handle, and no obvious contacts.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Offers Nano-SIM Design Royalty-Free

kjc197 Royalty free? (113 comments)

Isn't it just a sim card with a lot of the plastic bits trimmed off? Not exactly rocket Science..

more than 2 years ago

Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone

kjc197 Re:Why did they think this would work? (290 comments)

Well, they do in a way... Windmills turn around because there is wind. He could use that wind to cool off.

about 3 years ago

Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

kjc197 Re:The end of subsidised handsets. (291 comments)

I disagree,

The subsidy is clawed back by the providers by (length of the contract) x (price per month). Surely it would not make a difference to the subscription income during the course of the contract, as the monthly bills are mandatory.

What it will affect is attrition after the contract finishes. With no network lock, changing providor is just a sim card away, also could affect roaming charges, if consumers opt for a local PAYG sim when on their hols/business trips.

about 3 years ago


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