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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

phoenix_rizzen That's not a Exynos SoC (47 comments)

What makes this thing truly "Raspberry Pi-compatible" is that it uses the same Broadcom SoC. There's nothing Samsung about this thing.

yesterday
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

phoenix_rizzen Re:I use both (362 comments)

AdBlock+ is available for Chrome as well. Why not use the same product everywhere?

yesterday
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

phoenix_rizzen Re:It really works? (133 comments)

They're talking about the Score, not the compression algorithm. And your link doesn't mention anything about the Score.

3 days ago
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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

phoenix_rizzen Re:Editors Won't Won't Edit (114 comments)

Maybe they're all at Starbucks (which, by the way, editors, has no apostrophe).

Actually, in the context of the headline, it *does* have an apostrophe, just not where they put it: Starbucks'

After all, the wireless charging mats belong to Starbucks.

about a month and a half ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

phoenix_rizzen Re:Imagine how much we're saving already with mail (339 comments)

There are already e-libraries out there that just have computer stations and ebook download terminals. And I believe Apple? was trying to build a couple more.

about 2 months ago
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Ericsson Trial 10Gbps 5G Mobile Broadband Network in Japan

phoenix_rizzen Re:Yay? (53 comments)

Not to mention all the time spent waiting for the 17 different CDN services to respond to download content, all the time spent waiting for the 23 different ad networks to respond to download content, all the time spent waiting for the various DNS servers to respond with the correct IPs, etc.

Sure, the actual downloads of the various bits of data is very fast. But that's the shortest/quickest part of loading a web page. And all the other bits and bobs and bottlenecks are the same, regardless of what speed of network connection you have.

about 3 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

phoenix_rizzen Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (398 comments)

Yes, exactly.

They need to stop with the hybrid crap where there are two drivetrains, and the pure-electric crap with horrible range and non-existent charging networks.

The ultimate EV is one with a gas/diesel generator that does nothing but charge the batteries to provide virtually unlimited range using the existing gas station network.

about 3 months ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

phoenix_rizzen Still waiting for the EV with a generator (398 comments)

Stick a battery pack that can handle ~150 Km (~100 miles) into the EV. That covers just about everyone's daily city driving.

Then install a small gas or diesel generator into the car. All that generator does is charge the battery. It doesn't power the wheels, it doesn't drive the car, it doesn't to anything except provide electrical power to the car.

That way, you have the means to use the EV for long trips. Need more than ~150 Km range? Fill up the little gas tank and carry on as per normal.

The GM Volt is so close to being the perfect EV. All they have to do is remove the non-electric drivetrain, disengage the gas motor from the wheels, and tune the gas motor to run as a generator, and that's it.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

phoenix_rizzen Re:Someone has to be in charge (641 comments)

Except that after years of polite "you need to fix this" requests and no follow-up from Kay ... what do you consider the appropriate response? This isn't the first time Linus has called him out. But it's the final time; the time that broke the proverbial camel's back.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

phoenix_rizzen Re:Someone has to be in charge (641 comments)

Kay's been a kernel developer for years, and has clashed with Linux many times in the past, all for the same reasons: Kay patches something, breaks a lot of things, says everyone else has to fix their code to work around the things he broke as it's "not his problem". Linux has finally had enough of that attitude.

about 4 months ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

phoenix_rizzen Re:Lighting is decent but not perfect (208 comments)

Those are all issues with the cable and Lightning protocols, not the actual, physical connector.

The problem with MicroUSB and even full-sized USB is that stupid tongue in the middle of the socket that goes inside the plug on the cable. That tongue can be easily broken by moving the device with the cable plugged in. I've snapped that off a phone and a desktop now. And there's no way to fix it without replacing the entire socket ... not easy when it's soldered to the motherboard.

The Lightning socket/plug is going in the right direction. The contacts should be on the outside of the plug on the cable, and along the inside walls of the socket. The plug should be solid (no holes), and the socket should be just a hole (no pins, tongues, or whatnot).

Compare the headphone jack/socket. Connectors around the inner wall of the socket and on the outside of the plug. Plug is solid. Socket is a hole. Impossible to plug it in wrong. Take design cues from that, from the Lightning connector, hell even the old mini Christmast lights got it right.

Pins and tongues inside of sockets that a plug has to go around is just dumb. Didn't we have enough issues with bent pins on VGA/Serial/Parallel/PS2 ports to realise that was the wrong way to do things?

about 4 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

phoenix_rizzen Re: How are these things related? (202 comments)

You were going on about how X11-over-SSH is so slow, and using VNC is so much better/faster as there's no SSH in the way.

I was saying that SSH is not slow, as we use VNC-over-SSH all the time.

And that X11-over-SSH is not slow, as we use the NX Client all the time (which is X11-over-SSH).

X11 by itself can be very slow over the network. But it doesn't have to be (just look at NX as an example).

Thus, doing things in a similar way to X11 doesn't mean it will be inherently slow.

about 4 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

phoenix_rizzen Re: How are these things related? (202 comments)

What's funny about that is that we use VNC-tunnelled-over-SSH everyday (remote helpdesk connections to Windows and Linux stations) without issues. Even when the remote desktop has dual-monitors configured, although that can take a bit of horizontal and/or vertical scrolling of the local VNC client window.

Tunnelling over SSH is not slow. Especially if you enable the NONE cipher on boths ends. :) Not recommended if you are going over public Internet links, but can work wonders within an organisation.

Tunnelling X11 over SSH can be slow, but can also be made fast using NX. Downside to that is that it's full-desktop remoting, not per-application remoting. But it works wonders for staff and students to access their Linux accounts at the schools from home (even across ADSL links).

We can even watch 480p youtube videos in Firefox via VNC-over-SSH across ADSL links (it's choppy but watchable). E10 (10 Mbps) sites make it no different than watching locally (with the exception of the complete lack of sound). Using NX makes even the ADSL link enjoyable. And that's all done over SSH (without compression enabled in the SSH client/server).

IOW, tunnelling over SSH is not slow. Whatever app/protocol you are tunnelling will determine the "speed" of the remote app.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

phoenix_rizzen Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Since when does Netflix have their own datacentres? Everything Netflix does is hosted in the Amazon cloud.

about 4 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

phoenix_rizzen Re:logic (202 comments)

The reasons for introducing mir are performance, ability to run on low footprint devices, and cross device compatability.

Jolla would like to know why the need for Mir when they have a Wayland compositor and window manager running on low-end/mid-range mobile devices with excellent (compared to other similar-spec devices) performance.

about 4 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

phoenix_rizzen Re:So it seemed simple at first... (358 comments)

I'm hoping they move away from the "tiny post with pins sticking up inside the slot" setup that USB of all stripes uses, and toward a "the pins are on the outside of the slot".

There's nothing worse than having that tiny post inside the micro-USB slot break off.

Look at the 3.5 mm headphone jack for inspiration. Look at the Lightning connector for inspiration. Hell, look at the old mini Christmas light bulbs for inspiration. Make the end plug solid, and connect to pins/connectors around the slot that it plugs into. Nothing to break off inside. Nothing to bend.

about 5 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

phoenix_rizzen Re:So it seemed simple at first... (358 comments)

The USB3 micro plug, as seen on some Samsung phablets, is a micro-USB2 plug + an extra plug. So, you can either connect a micro-USB2 cable and get USB2 speeds, or you can connect a micro-USB3 cable and get USB3 speeds.

However, it's a HUGE connector, almost twice as wide as a micro-USB2 connector.

I believe the Note 3 uses it.

about 5 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

phoenix_rizzen Re:Dumb (358 comments)

The EU mandated microUSB charging ports on phones, thus reducing the "cable clutter" that existed 5-odd years ago.

Now, the EU is mandading the other end of the charging cable, the actual, physical charger is plugs into. Meaning, you'll only need a single charger, with a USB port in it, to charge your flip phone, your 4" mini-smartphone, your 6" phablet, and your 10" tablet.

Right now, each device has it's own charger, with it's own specs (how many volts at how many amps). And you generally can't charge a tablet using an older phone charger.

So you end up with a handful of different chargers in your drawer that you have to pick through to charge each device, or you end up with a drawer full of chargers you never use as you just plug everything into the most power charger you have (generally the one for the tablet).

Standardising on a single charger would eliminate all the extra chargers gathering dust in people's junk drawers.

about 5 months ago

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