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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

mirix Re:not knowing what Thunderbolt is (107 comments)

Though it requires active cables, which cost quite a bit more. So it might have a place for bleeding edge stuff, but not so much for economy.

yesterday
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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

mirix Re:Lack Of Faith (90 comments)

FWIW, the Audi dealer still lists... must be at least 95% of the parts for my 80's audi, down to the nut. I don't think any american marque does that..

Of course they charge you for it, but they do carry it.

5 days ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

mirix Re:Up to $5k... (161 comments)

This is not Canada bending over for Amerika, It's Harper saying "Screw you" you're not going to threaten Canadians.

Bullshit. Harper lives to bend over for Americans. He'll do it without them even asking.

about a month ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

mirix Re:currency (138 comments)

I'm not british and like jaffa cakes. orange and chocolate is an awesome combination.

about a month and a half ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

mirix Re:What happens to these at the true end-of-life? (143 comments)

Lithium cells are pretty benign in general. There are a few variants in chemistry, the worst would probably be the cobalt based ones. (others use various combinations of iron, nickel, manganese, and phosphorous, which are pretty tame). Though the cobalt variants are quite common.

NiCd is far worse, cadmium is fairly nasty... much more than cobalt.

about 2 months ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

mirix Re:sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

In every 'dead' laptop battery I've torn down, one cell (or pair, in parallel) is totally kaput, and the remaining cells retain at least 50% of their nameplate capacity. Protection circuitry will lockout recharging of the whole pack, which wouldn't work with the dead cell anyway.

So the battery as a whole is utterly useless for the laptop, but 2/3rds of the cells or more have some life left in them, for other purposes.

I imagine a lot of the too-cheap-to-be-true off-label replacement laptop batteries are in fact combinations of two dead ones, with the remaining functioning cells rewired into one working (but lower capacity) pack. Certainly seems about right judging by the performance of them, anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

mirix Re:Herp a derp fast computers DEEERRRPPP (197 comments)

I noticed that Intersil still makes a rad-hard variant of the awful RCA 1802. (you know, the CPU in a COSMAC ELF).

When I saw that, I figured NASA and or the DoD probably give them enough money to make it worth their while... so they must use that antique for something.

about 2 months ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

mirix Re:This is the voice of world control. (106 comments)

land based MIRVs were banned with START-II from early 90s.

Scratch that, I guess it never went into effect and Russia still has some, though the US did get rid of theirs. Doesn't make much difference as the US still uses them on sub launched stuff anyway.

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

mirix Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

Could be. I know in Canada pennies are^Wwere only legal tender in groups of less than 25. (so you can't pay your income tax or parking tickets in pennies). I'm unsure if the US has a similar restriction?

Limitation

(2) A payment in coins referred to in subsection (1) is a legal tender for no more than the following amounts for the following denominations of coins:

        (a) forty dollars if the denomination is two dollars or greater but does not exceed ten dollars;

        (b) twenty-five dollars if the denomination is one dollar;

        (c) ten dollars if the denomination is ten cents or greater but less than one dollar;

        (d) five dollars if the denomination is five cents; and

        (e) twenty-five cents if the denomination is one cent.

about 2 months ago
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Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought

mirix Re:Good grief... (59 comments)

It's a two stroke from the 50s. Not sure how that reflects on communism (apart from them making them mostly unchanged for 40 years..). A DKW from the other side of the wall had just as brutal emissions.

The fact that it is only nine fold is pretty impressive, really.

about 3 months ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

mirix Re:The New Wall (151 comments)

To keep all the Ukrainians out, away from the jobs and higher wages?

about 3 months ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

mirix Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

25 years later and there are still American bases in Germany. So there can't be that much resentment - not enough to force change anyway.

You'd think resentment would be much higher now, when there isn't even an illusion of requirement of american 'protection'.

about 3 months ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

mirix Re:US is how far from living under the Stasi? (151 comments)

Yeah, certainly the way to stop the decline is to say "oh, it was/is way worse somewhere else", put your head in the sand and do nothing.

about 3 months ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

mirix Re:Freifunk (63 comments)

frei is generally of the unrestrained variety

free stuff is usually said to be kostenlos (without cost).

about 3 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

mirix Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

Where do you come up with this? Russia spans UTC +2 to UTC +12. (or Moscow time -1 to +8).

Do you really think people in Vladivostok get up at midnight and go to bed at 4pm?

about 3 months ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

mirix Re:Find a better excuse (89 comments)

Presumably he is going for worst case of injustice within the danish legal system in recent years. I imagine it's still a bit of a hyperbole though.

Denmark isn't some backwater where they execute people with room temperature IQ, or put them in jail for life for stealing three chocolate bars though, so maybe it isn't.

about 3 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

mirix Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

-1, bullshit. How does FUD like this get modded to +5?

Lead free solder had some process related growing pains and is slightly more difficult to use, but that's about it.

I suppose my 6 year old lead free cell phone should have died from microfractures by now huh. or my motherboard. or my TV. or dishwasher. or basically anything electronic made in the last decade.

"They don't make 'em like they used to" is generally a fallacy. Survivor bias. (and I love old stuff).

My NES still works as poorly as it did 25 years ago.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

mirix Re:Why is it a 'sale' ? (31 comments)

The licenses are transferable, and give the right to use the spectrum. How is that different than the spectrum itself? It's a fiction so of course it's a license and not the 'physical' aether.

The problem for me is, instead of a lease going back to the state, which then leases the spectrum to someone else... some firm profits handsomely from selling a license for a fictional monopoly on a common good. That's kinda fucked.

I absolutely understand the need for licensing, else there would be mayhem. But it could be done in a better way. I guess it's the same idea as $1M taxi medallions. Those should be leased and non-transferable too.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

mirix Re:Is counterfeiting really cheaper? (572 comments)

there is a standard. CDC.

ftdi stuff oddly mostly doesn't use it. But the other common ones (PL2303, CP210x, CH340, etc) do. I've wrote programs for AVR and STM32 that support it as well, plug and play in linux. I think windows still needs an inf, which is sort of counter productive though...

about 3 months ago

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Upcoming wikileaks release to stress american ties

mirix mirix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mirix (1649853) writes "CBC reports that the US has told Canada that an impending wikileaks release may cause a negative impact on US ties with foreign nations.
Apparently the US is also informing other nations of the release — It could be pretty damning if they are bothering to notify foreign ministers beforehand."

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