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Comment Re:@Intel: Why no ECC for consumer-grade processor (Score 2) 248

Are people really less knowledgeable about computers now than they were in the 80's?

If you mean on average, I think the answer is probably yes.

If you mean on average out of the total number of computer users or programmers, then yes (they are less knowledgable), because that pool has increased by lots and lots.

If you mean on average out of all people, then no. I suspect there are far more people that know what ECC does now than did in the 80's, and the total population count hasn't gone up as much as that number, so there are more people on average, and in total, that know about the inner workings of computers.

I think there are just far more people touching stuff they know very little about, and we assume they must know *something*, but they don't.
Compare it to early cars, where every operator had to know a bunch of stuff about it just to keep it running, but it was simple enough that the average operator could learn that stuff. Now, most cars make maintenance very difficult, and many drivers would be hard pressed to do simple things like changing the oil, flushing the radiator, replacing a brake light, replacing the battery, changing a tire, jump starting, etc. That said, there are WAAAAY more people that know WAAY more about cars now than there were in 1930. It's just shifted more to professional/hobbyist knowledge than something that every operator is required to know.

  More people know how to operate them now, but then, operating them has become orders of magnitude simpler.

Comment Re:Why not blame the manufacturer? (Score 4, Informative) 248

Another obvious countermeasure is to use ECC memory ...

The problem is not that there is nothing that manufacturers can do, but that consumers aren't willing to pay the extra cost. Would you be willing to pay an extra $100 for your phone ...

ECC memory is not that much more expensive. It's been a few years since I built the desktop I'm using, but I included 16gb of ECC memory (4x 4gb DDR3 ECC KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G). At the time, I think it was around $60. The equivalent normal memory was only a couple bucks cheaper. If Samsung started using ECC memory in all their phones, the cost would be nearly the same with the volume they would be ordering/making.

FWIW, I did try to do the same comparison just now on newegg and, while it's a bit of a mess, the situation is nearly the same today:
$34 : Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR13LE9S8/4
$52 : Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Model KVR16N11S8K2/8

More expensive? Yes.
$100 more? Nowhere near that much.

Comment Re:Interesting concept (Score 1) 83

I disagree completely.

There's no driver, and the hardware is identical. Software changes will only do so much, and I doubt it'll be interesting in the least.

If they allowed any vehicle, maybe with some parameters to make sure that wasn't abused (must have between 3-6 wheels, must weight between X and Y, may not use any fuel but electric batteries, etc), it'd allow for some really interesting variations. Cars *can* crash, so maybe one of them is designed to crash others and survive? Maybe some team up to achieve more complex goals (very effective boxing out of others)?

Only allowing the software to be changed will result in something just as boring as computer games that rely on users programming their bots. It may be slightly interesting at first, but the best ones will quickly rise to the top, and no new ones will be capable of competing without introducing some more variables (allowing hardware mods, or interactive programming/driving). The Formula E series was already very boring; removing the driver isn't going to help.

Comment Re:Oh for Pete's Sake! (Score 1) 167

It's not just USPS that's gone downhill, either. California Overnight used to be super fantabulous. Now Amazon is using them and it's nothing but complaints. ...

At one of my previous apartments, my local UPS guy was awful (I'd be home, and see him walk over with a filled out slip saying I wasn't there, stick it on my door, and leave... without ever touching my package or knocking on my door). However, my local USPS guy was awesome.

At my current apartment, the situation is reversed. My USPS mail person routinely delivers all mail for the building to one of the 3 mail boxes, shoving it all in there. It often includes mail for neighbors, and even some completely random addresses that look nothing like this address. I'm frequently hand delivering boxes, and I rarely get my own deliveries, even though work from home and am always here when they walk by with my package, not even leaving a notice. I get notified by the seller that it was delivered, check USPS site, and find out it's now held at the post office. Requesting re-delivery has never worked. If I wanted to walk a mile and to stand in line and pick up my stuff, I would have gone to a store.

Between those, I had a HUGE issue with FedEx. That particular person just couldn't figure out and remember where my door was (it was a ground floor unit that opened to the sidewalk, while the rest of the building had a separate entrance). I was never able to get a successful delivery from them.

IE. while there may be some general issues or benefits to the various delivery outfits (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc), the last mile has held most of my complaints, and the carrier doesn't seem to matter.

Finally getting to my point... back in the day, I used to be able to specify which delivery method and service I wanted to use when I ordered a package online. Every vendor allowed that choice. That allowed me to vote with my wallet, so to speak, and get the one that was working. I can't find that option anywhere now. IMO, that should almost be a crime. Even when I can specify UPS, UPS will often use USPS for the local delivery to save a few cents.

Bring back carrier choice when ordering items, and I think most of these issues would go away (that said, USPS would probably be 1/10th the size it is now).

Comment Re:Tor? (Score 1) 186

Thank you for the clarification. You are absolutely correct, as was the original AC poster, who I misunderstood.

For anyone affected by the cogent block, they're unlikely to be running tor already, so they'll need to heed those warnings if/when they do start using it. IE:
* access TPB and other web sites over Tor (this will anonymize your access to that site, and bypass the IP filters)
* do NOT run bittorrent over Tor (it will still work fine, and using it on tor is problematic)

Comment Re:Tor? (Score 2, Informative) 186

Doesn't the pirate bay have a tor node?

Using bittorrent over the tor network isn't a great idea.
* It's very slow over tor. The tor network can't handle that sort of load.
* bittorrent leaks identifying information (your IP address is included in the bittorrent headers, and most clients pick a random port to listen on, which is can be found on the tracker and every peer; combined, they can clearly ID you)
* Due to aforementioned point, if you're using bittorrent over tor, and you're ALSO browsing the web over tor at the same time, an attacking exit relay can break the anonymity of some of your web traffic.

Comment Re:Because it's a totalitarian government (Score 1, Interesting) 87

What is disappointing is this Trump-ish trend of ending a less-than-140-char phrase with one or two perfunctory words, as if something as nondescript as "sad" could possibly be an appropriate response to anything. It's tempting to do it, even in jest, because it's so damn easy, but it's no longer funny.

Comment Re:Our Attitude To Tech Resources (Score 1) 133

I have over 99 tabs open in chrome on my phone, and they've been open for ages. I know it's stupid and careless, but I can still open new tabs and visit new sites and I have no problem doing so. Whatever it's doing to manage memory is working.

On the desktop, I don't know how the codebases differ, or by how much. I know chrome on my desktop gobbles up every bit of memory I have (granted, I have an obscene number of windows+tabs open), so I'm going to assume it's not being as aggressive in caching them out to disk. On the phone, I think it only has to keep one tab in memory at a time, cause that's all you can see.

In any case, 1gb of memory is more than enough to browse normally on popular sites. Maybe the desktop browser could use some tweaks to cache out pages more aggressively, but it's not only possible, but it's already being done on mobile.

Comment Re:Our Attitude To Tech Resources (Score 1) 133

While I mostly agree, there are plenty of tables and phones that do fine with 1gb (or even 512mb) ram. The current line of kindle tablets, including their 10" $230 one, all come with 1gb ram, and they manage to render web pages just fine. The desktop browsers aren't doing much more than phone ones. I suspect they just assume there will be more memory and optimize for that situation (or, more likely, they're forced to optimize the mobile browsers to work with less ram).

All those figures you noted, while they do point to sloppy and bloated web sites, they're all less than 10mb elements (largest you noted was a fictional 4k pixel banner image, decoding to 5.3MB). Sure, they all add up, but not to 1024MB. That should really be plenty.

As a side note, I was surprised the 11" screen had a 1080p option. Most laptops and tablets lack that option. That's pretty great for such a cheap device.

Comment Re:Good riddance. (Score 1) 91

Cadence meters are expensive as hell compared to speedometers.

I guess that is a relative judgement, they seem reasonably priced to me. A couple examples:
* $40 Wahoo Cadence Sensor, which talks to your phone or other bike computers -
* $32 Cateye Strada speed + cadence, a traditional wired bike computer -

It's about the same price (or more) for similar quality items (ex. from same company even).
I'm pretty sure the cadence ones are more expensive only because they include both speed and cadence (there are very few dedicated cadence meters - in most cases, you either get speed, or speed+cadence). But it's not *that* much more expensive.

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