*because the rest of my family are lusers*
164 posts • joined 30 Mar 2007
My trusty old SGH-E770 was getting old, so I went looking for a replacement. Such a good design should surely have a modern variant? Well, no. In Samsung's current lineup there's nothing that can do all the same things the E770 could.
Oh, wait, there's the Rugby line, rugged and close enough in spec. Yay! Okay, let's order an unlocked one from eGulf!
Umm, ok, it has an AT&T logo on it. Whatever. The software is also full of AT&T only services. Who needs them anyway. Wait, I can only use certain hardware features if it's logged into AT&Ts servers? FLASH THAT ****. My choices? Two Canadian provider branded flashes with most of the same problems.
So my point is: the problem isn't just the locking, it's the whole software.
Sorry, I mistyped: it's being FUNDED by the Navy:
Compared to what has already been spent on Tokamaks and other Magnetic Confinement designs, this is peanuts.
If you had bothered to look at Wiki, or had any familarity with the field, you would know about three more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusion_power#Possible_Approaches
Tokamaks are widely regarded as a dead end for power generation purposes, although they are wonderful science experiments that can secure funding for a physics department for decades.
My money is on the Polywell: it is being developed by the US Navy. That should tell you something.
Correction to my earlier post: The Neo900 has nearly received the funding it needs to go into production, the actual status of the preparations is however not so far advanced, as can be seen here: http://www.openphoenux.org/ohsw2013/7%20Neo900.pdf (TLDR: there is a first prototype board that can make phone calls, they are looking for sources for a few components that for now exist only as Nokia spare parts)
From the people who made the GTA04 (the 3G successor to Openmoko's Freerunner) here is an idea to revive the best in the N900: http://neo900.org
(TLDR: motherboard replacement running Linux for the N900 case)
Starting tomorrow a partial prototype can be seen at http://ohsw.org/ (In Garching, Munich)
ATM they are waiting for 17 more (for a total of 200) 100€ down preorders to continue to production.
Are you living on an island regularly hit by volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes and other cataclysms? Oh wait, that would be the Japanese. And despite executive stupidity and a massive natural disaster, the FAILSAFES (and believe me people designing NPPs are properly paranoid) kept casualties to nil and material damage manageable.
of copyright infringement being called 'internet/online piracy'.
Depriving 'IP rights holders' of alleged potential profit is NOT the same as murdering people and taking their valuables on the high seas.
This phrase both demonizes otherwise harmless people in the public consciousness, and erodes the shock value of real piracy.
[prices are from Munich, Germany]
1. Office spec PC without Windows :300€
Same box with Windows7 Home Premium: 380€
Time to slap a Linux onto said PC and set it up: about 1h, or an average of 20min if done in bulk, counted at 30€/h: 10-30€
(*) That's like saying that without McD we'd have all starved
2. If you're deploying in an organization you'll settle on one distro/dm and stick with it. And if your IT guy is not braindead he'll pick one that's easy to maintain/patch/support (I'm partial to Mint myself, but that's a matter of taste)
is a new 'feature' on many cards: basically a few marginally effective security measures, but if a card is enrolled in the program (many banks enroll new cards by default, and some sites force customers to enroll in order to buy), the bank can brush off responsibility for any fraudulent transactions onto the customer.
That's actually a good point: who's footing the bill?
Tokamaks are run by universities and research labs, they are fascinating physics experiments one can endlessly fiddle with, and assure the funding of their department for decades.
Polywell is funded by the US Navy, interested in a compact, failsafe power source.
one time (and never again) I let myself be persuaded to give root to a developer on a solaris 8. next thing you know, really weird fails: you can ssh in but a lot of the system commands throw errors or just fail outright, not all though. some digging revealed that everything under /usr/lib was gone. Solaris 8 system utils were mostly dynamically linked (which is a design fail in itself - try to fschk /usr after a power fail and you'll see why).
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