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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

noidentity Re:1024-fold (210 comments)

And when you do have base 2 numbers then multiplication/division gives other nice base 2 numbers like 10 MiB / 2 KiB = 5 KiB.

The units cancel, so you get 5K er... 5*1024 = 5120.

My favorite solution to the issue is to treat GB, MB, and KB as special units whose meanings are 1024MB, 1024KB, and 1024B, respectively. That's what they've meant for decades, and I'm not going fiddle with giving them two incompatible meanings now. IMO if powers of two don't matter in a particular context, it's cleanest to use Gb, Mb, and kb, SI units referring to 1000Mb, 1000kb, and 1000b (bits), respectively. Bits are a fairly fundamental unit.

about a week ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

noidentity The "cap" is just the switch to metered billing (341 comments)

Other utilities like electricity and water are billed based on usage. Comcast apparently only bills by usage once it goes over a certain amount, otherwise it's a fixed fee each month. A cap to me implies a hard limit, over which they would completely cut off service.

about three weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

noidentity Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Is it an anti-competition law? In many places they limit the number of licenses, which reduces competition and allows taxis to charge more.

about a month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

noidentity Digital Access versus Digital Restriction (165 comments)

Digital public libraries could be OK if they didn't make you use a certain OS and certain software to view the books. PDF downloads for everyone, searchable. The crap our local library has is worse than useless, because I spent lots of time trying to get it to work but it's clear it does not want it to be easy.

about a month ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

noidentity Misread as steganographic keyboard (109 comments)

Awww, I read this as a SteGanographic keyboard, i.e. one that hides as you type. I thought the 225 WPM was due to all the noise words it added or something.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

noidentity Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Taken further, Apple's employee profile in each branch should exactly match that of the population in the area where that branch of the company is. And don't leave out things like age, sexuality, height, hair color, eye color, religion, etc. If the company's distribution doesn't match that of the population, then it's clearly due to discrimination.

about a month ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

noidentity Lack of obvious front/back up/down (191 comments)

If the current plugs had an obvious up/down, it would go a long way to knowing which way they go. For a phone, up would be the front. For a PC, up would be marked on the plug by a face and side feeling/looking different. Those go up, depending on whether it's a horizontal or vertical socket. Things are market but it's not very visible and not tactile so you know what to feel for. This would fix the problem well enough without changing the mechanical/electrical specification.

about a month ago
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Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?

noidentity Re:Not a very high quality article. (311 comments)

Explanation: Light Peak causes the creation of time machines, and this author had already traveled back before 2010, written the article, and mistakenly posted it in 2011. Simple mistake, really.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

noidentity Re:Uh.. no (705 comments)

I agree it shouldn't be relied upon as a troubleshooting step (you need to know what broke, why, and why it won't happen again). That said, if you go years without rebooting a machine... there is a good chance that if you ever do (to replace hardware for instance) it won't come back up without issue. Verifying that the system still boots correctly is imo a good idea.

This doesn't contradict his advice, as you're suggesting to reboot every few months when the machine is working. His advice is to not use a reboot as the first step in solving a problem. If anything, a periodic reboot when it's working is probably in-line with his advice, as it's a way to uncover more problems that may be lurking, at a time when things seem to be working (and hopefully when the downtime won't be a big issue, like during low load).

more than 2 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:BCC still existed? (366 comments)

Now Stupid Coworker knows that it was me that reported him for sending me porn.

...because your boss is a dork. He should have send a message to Johnny Five (or everyone), "reminder: don't send porn to co-workers".

more than 3 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:So true (366 comments)

On the flip-side, you have to assume that anyone you email is clueless and will share your address, and will get some kind of virus that adds it to spam lists, so you share a forwarding alias that you can kill if it gets misused.

more than 3 years ago
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GeoHot Asks For Donations To Fight Sony

noidentity Re:Pulling out my hair. (470 comments)

Slashdot is very friendly about signatures: you can turn them off so you never have to see their clutter anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

noidentity Re:Not what they say it is.... (469 comments)

Thanks for the info. I'll have to remember this for the future, since at some point none of the CRTs will work anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

noidentity Re:What competition is (218 comments)

Both replies appreciated, and they make sense.

more than 3 years ago
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New SHA Functions Boost Crypto On 64-bit Chips

noidentity Re:Encryption on chip approved by (60 comments)

I read this as an algorithm that is better-suited for modern 64-bit processors, NOT one which is implemented specially in hardware. At the very minimum, this would mean that it can easily be calculated using 64-bit integers (and using the entire 64 bits, not just the low 32 bits), and perhaps also easily implemented using SSE2, and allow lots of parallelism, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

noidentity Re:Not what they say it is.... (469 comments)

How does SD content look on it, particularly video games? I've always got the impression that HD CRTs basically are fixed-frequency computer monitors running at 1080p/i, so that if you feed it a lower resolution, it digitizes it, then upscales (and thus looks crappy, like on an LCD). I've been holding on to my SD CRT for playing video games, but keep seeing people getting rid of HD CRTs (for free, even).

more than 3 years ago
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Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?

noidentity Re:But... (549 comments)

With a gold backed currency, you can still adjust the size of the money supply by adjusting the reserve requirements for banks issuing debt.

If you had a 10% gold-backed currency, the other 90% would be what causes the problems, since it's not backed and thus can be counterfeited (by adjusting the backing requirement). Counterfeiting has the same destructive effect, no matter who's doing it.

more than 3 years ago

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