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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

loosescrews Is the water jet always present? (201 comments)

If the water jet is always present and not too warm, it could be used for cooling. Just put the computer in a waterproof aluminum box (maybe with fins?) and attach the hot parts of the computer to the box with heat pipes.

5 days ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

loosescrews Re:Always divide by 2, if not significantly more. (92 comments)

I have gotten over 5.4MB/s Internet throughput with 802.11g with an Intel wifi card and sitting right under a Cisco AP. I also routinely get over 120MB/s network thoughput over gigabit lan using Intel NICs. It is all about using the right hardware and the right drivers and making sure that everything is configured properly.

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

loosescrews Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

You can increase the cross sectional area of your bicycle by getting off and holding it horizontally. That should be enough to trip just about any sensor.

about 4 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

loosescrews Re:It is all pretty obvious (475 comments)

Do you have a source for that? I Googled it and I didn't find anything.

about 5 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

loosescrews Re:Fake cable cars (204 comments)

So, in other words, busses?

Riding the bus has been shown to be much safer than driving a car.

Here is a discussion about this topic:
http://ask.metafilter.com/8158...

about 6 months ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Lineup of GeForce 800M Series Mobile GPUs, Many With Maxwell

loosescrews Re:Linux (83 comments)

Have you tried a recent kernel? Intel's linux suport has been greatly improving and is now quite good.

about 8 months ago
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AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics

loosescrews Re:Am I the only one who wants a *CPU*? (123 comments)

No one is forcing you to buy a CPU with integrated graphics. Look at the high end solutions. This includes AMD's FX series and Intel's socket LGA 2011 platform. Both Intel and AMD know that people buying high-end CPUs will buy a discrete graphics card anyway, so there is no point wasting valuable die space on it.

about 10 months ago
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Nvidia Announces 192-Core Tegra K1 Chips, Bets On Android

loosescrews Re:Scrypt mining? (128 comments)

Cheaper AMD cards are around three orders of magnitude faster. People are reporting around 700Mhash/s for the HD 7970.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Planning an Electric Pickup Truck, Says Elon Musk

loosescrews Re:Convince the Truck Buyers (293 comments)

According to Wikipedia, you are backwards:

In recent years, Ranger's competitors, from the Nissan Frontier to the Toyota Tacoma have been redesigned and enlarged towards the mid-size market, leaving the Ranger the only truck in the US compact market segment.

about a year ago
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6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

loosescrews Re:10 Years of Research & unpressurised (297 comments)

I would be concerned that if the ambient pressure dropped below some threshold there would be a chance that the thing would explode.

about a year ago
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

loosescrews Re:ATI drivers (212 comments)

It also does not require .NET. That is worth the difference in size on its own.

1 year,3 days
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Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service On a Budget?

loosescrews Re:Expen (121 comments)

cloud providers charge dearly for this.

Not necessarily. FranTech's BuyVM will rent you a KVM VM with 500GB of space and 5TB of bandwidth for only $15/month. If you need more, you can step up to their 1TB of space with 10TB of bandwidth plan that costs just $30/month. These plans are listed under Las Vegas - KVM Storage in the order form. It looks like they are out of stock right now (you can quickly check their stock here,) but I think they restock all of their plans on Mondays. BuyVM has a pretty good reputation and I have been enjoying their service for quite a while.

about a year ago
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Studying the Slow Decay of a Laptop Battery For an Entire Year

loosescrews Re:Survey says... (363 comments)

...it's near or total loss of power for a second or two.

A brown out occurs when the voltage drops. This typically occurs when power demand exceeds supply in a region. With a fixed amount of power being supplied, if the current drawn becomes too high, the voltage will drop. This will also happen if the power being supplied decreases and the load does not.

With a blackout, lights go out and dark places go black. With a brownout, incandescent lights dim and dark places become brownish-yellow. It used to be that most electric devices could handle a reduced voltage, but modern electronics tends to be less forgiving. AC motors and florescent lighting are two loads that have limited voltage droop tolerance.

about a year ago
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Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows

loosescrews Re:Congrats, Unknown Lamer... (135 comments)

This works on Macs too. The Mac power user I know always sets up printers on Macs with the web interface.

about a year ago

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Canonical launches Ubuntu Edge indiegogo campaign

loosescrews loosescrews writes  |  about a year ago

loosescrews (1916996) writes "Canonical has launched an indiegogo campaign trying to raise 32 million USD in order to build a limited run of super-premuim handsets. The phone will dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android and come with a fast multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display, silicon-anode Li-Ion battery, 8mp low-light rear camera, and 2mp front camera. The black body of the phone will be "...crafted from...textured amorphous metal... [with] chamfered edges...shaped to fit naturally in the palm." The phone will use the full Ubuntu desktop interface when docked with an external monitor and the Ubuntu mobile interface when operating as a handset. The first orders are expected to ship April 2014 if the project is funded."
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Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed in Police Chase

loosescrews loosescrews writes  |  about a year ago

loosescrews (1916996) writes "Andrew Reisse, the 33 year old co-founder and lead engineer of Oculus VR (the company behind the Oculus Rift) was killed on Thursday evening in Santa Ana, California when he was struck by a speeding car involved in a high-speed police chase. According to KABC News, the car was driven by three “gang members on probation” who were involved in a “physical altercation” with police and hit two vehicles and “ran through several red lights including the one where they struck the victim”. The suspects have since been taken into custody with one recovering in hospital from injuries sustained during the crash. Andrew Reisse was a lead on the Oculus SDK, the Unreal Engine integration, Hawken VR, and nearly every demo shown since the company's inception. When he wasn’t programming at the office, he was learning, reading his favorite web site — slashdot.org — or helping other teammates brainstorm and innovate."
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German Court Rules Rapidshare is Legal

loosescrews loosescrews writes  |  more than 2 years ago

loosescrews (1916996) writes "Online file locker Rapidshare is legal in Germany, but has to adjust its policy regarding infringing content, the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled. Rapidshare plans to appeal. Rapidshare was sued by the German copyright organization Gema which represents 64.000 copyright holders. After reading the verdict, both parties claim they are victorious."
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