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Kiwi judge steps aside from Dotcom extradition hearings

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Re: *sigh*

>So he has two points -- and they're the same point. I actually agree with what this judge is trying to say, but the way he says it makes our position sound stupid. He sounds like he doesn't understand the basics of logic, let alone law.

Steve he is actually stating two separate points but yes they are kind of similar. The first is that their may be a law/guideline/regulation forbidding you from doing something. But his second point is that if you ignore (or are ignorant of) this thing then it is a 'Crime' and you may be punished as such.

Some things you can do like parking too long where you are not supposed to are prohibited and you may get a fine for such an action but it is not a 'crime'. You do not risk getting a criminal record and all the restrictions this will cause if you commit such a parking offense. So basically some things are very serious and can be criminalized while other actions are not as the law is not designed to make 90% of your population criminals for doing small things which while annoying don't cause large harm.

So his second point is that the proposed law would make this action a criminal offense which is a lot worse than just trying to restrict this action.

To highlight the point you do not make a law to prohibit people from stabbing their annoying neighbor in the leg with a screwdriver. You make it a criminal offense and throw the book at them when they do it. Like wise you might prohibit people from viewing DVD's they shouldn't also pass laws that turns all these people into criminals that have to bunk next to crazy guys with screwdrivers for a few months.

Michael

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Re: Generic pedantic reply...

"So yes Linux is everywhere, but that's not resulting in terrific reliability for the end user. 'Linux Inside' really doesn't mean it's actually going to be any good. Practically speaking there's very little an ordinary end user can do about it anyway; Joe Blogs isn't going to get the source code, fix it, recompile and re-flash. So the 'openness' is just a cost saving for the manufacturer, not a benefit to the end user."

someone here points out that while Linux is in many of their electronic devices most of them are not reliable and crash often etc. Also pointing out that average users are not going to fix the open source software.

But this I think highlights a key point here. Most of these problems are not caused by Linux and its open source code. Most of the problems are caused by the hardware drivers themselves. Most of the main bugs in the core linux code will have been fixed already. But most of the devices end up using closed source parts for the hardware and when they or the integration of them goes wrong then its not great.

When people try to roll their own software for these devices to improve or fix issues they are left with an uphill battle to get the source and when they do get it all these hardware bits are missing and they have to beg, steal and borrow to get it to work which causes even more issues.

Also one of the big reasons for the issues around Android and non existent or late OS updates which keeps them insecure is the manufacturers need to differentiate and tinker. If the phone makers just did solid abstractions of their chosen hardware and gave us phones that had all of androids features then it would be much easier to support newer versions. Instead they spend most of their time trying to make their phone different at the expense of everything else. It would be great if the phone maker stopped at the hardware driver level and then users are free to pick which standard set of launcher/theme/apps they want and are free to upgrade it when needed.

So is it really the Open source model that is the problem or the lack of open source in open source?

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Re: Would be cool if someone made a docking base for it

Ok another quick idea to make it even more ridiculous is to add a fold out display to the base that uses the thunderbolt's built in display port signal to add a second display to your portable workstation. It would need to be light so that it can be supported from a single hinge in the back corner. because thunderbolt supports two display port displays you could even add one each side of the built in display. maybe half width portrait ones so they can both fold underneath for transport while limiting thickness.

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Would be cool if someone made a docking base for it

You could make a thunderbolt (or USB3 maybe) base for this laptop. It just clips onto the bottom and houses say 2x 2.5inch bays which you can add in your own SSD's or Hard drives. It adds thickness back to the laptop but this is fine since it is so thin to begin with. Without the base its just like a MacBook Air and then you add on your base and its a full workstation with extra storage. You can also taper the base so that its only thick at the back where the drives will be and slopes to the front like the Air does. The only things you have to deal with is a right angled thunderbolt (or USB3) plug sticking out the side a little and the issue of making it not overheat the laptop (extra fan or use of heat transferring materiel).

Other options would be to make it not taper and then it could house extra things like extra ports, an optical drive or a second battery.

End result is seamless conversion between average weight portable workstation to high speed MacBook Air.

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NZ erupts over Dotcom corruption accusations

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Correction: Nothing to do with ACT party

The Donations were for when Banks ran for Mayor of Auckland which was before he joined the ACT party. So most of your references to ACT are misplaced sorry.

Brief history of his history:

National Party MP 1981-1999

Mayor of Auckland 2001-2004, and 2007-2010

Ran for Auckland's new super city Mayor in 2010 (donations for this) but lost

Joined Act and elected as an ACT MP 2011-Now

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Apple MacBook Airs to get new, superfast 19nm Flash

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it is probably 400MBit/s

Each flash chip would have this 400MBit interface. The flash controller might access say 8 flash chips in parallel to get say 400MByte/s.

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Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

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Someone needs to make a monitoring service

Some people are going to be stuck with these boards with no way of knowing when they will die. But the problem is progressive and in theory detectable. So a service that periodicly checks the error rate of the affected sata ports and plots thier degradation would be very helpful. You may have to do a bandwidth test to find this if there is no low level way and there is a problem that testing it helps make it worse so you would have to keep the test short. Would be useful also to confirm if your board has this issue or some other unrelated sata issue.

Another option to help is to write a modified sata driver that you can set a performance to relibility slide bar for. in performance mode it runs like normal and as you slide it to reliablility it adds delays in accessing the sata devices to reduce any sudden high transfer rate requests from damaging the transistor.

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Acer Timeline X 4820TG

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Correction. CPU not Quad Core

The i5-430 is not a Quad Core as stated in the review. It is a Dual Core but it does have hyperthreading which makes it show 4 processing units to the OS and gives it better threading performance than a dual core.

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