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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

His parents would probably disapprove of a half breed like me.

12 minutes ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

" among technology workers and executives in high-pay, high-stress Silicon Valley."

The summary brought up rich people.

12 minutes ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

He's a child. He'll grow up. Hopefully.

13 minutes ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

You always spend your time responding to incorrect or irrelevant posts, or do you just like to read yourself type?

PS: The summary itself brought up economic status, so I don't know what your problem is. Perhaps you should go back to your Mensa meeting and fellate people on your own level instead of wasting your precious, perfect time on grubs like us?

1 hour ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

Fine, you're a shining example and the rest of us larvae are not worthy, but please note you are living on a planet with 7 billion people on it; chances are they are not all as amazing as you. Hell, we can't even build integrated circuits with the latest and greatest technology that well.

1 hour ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

Um, who said otherwise? Are you intentionally misunderstanding or was I too quick?

1 hour ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

Or the decision to be born into a hopeless environment with poor parents, all the while being kept that way by the drug and soda companies that profit hugely from your misery, like the Appalachians.

But hey, it's not like we don't give them a chance, right?

1 hour ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue Re:The only good thing (166 comments)

Well I guess that's enough then.

2 hours ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

50000BTU_barbecue The only good thing (166 comments)

is that now that rich white people have drug problems (ie, "real" people), maybe we can muster up some sympathy for other addicted people now?

Nah, I'm dreaming.

2 hours ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Cancer Hope (69 comments)

You wrote a book and can't tell affect from effect?

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Weird restrictions (260 comments)

Yes, wonderful, how does that mean Google can handle the bureaucracy for this contest?

Please do show me the quality of your argument. You know, since I live in this shithole and everything.

5 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Weird restrictions (260 comments)

Quebec is a ridiculous backwater corrupt banana republic with a monstrous, bloated bureaucracy that not even Google can deal with.

5 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

50000BTU_barbecue What's the deal with Stephens (277 comments)

from Canada? Are they all evil?

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

"his robotic wheel can change its radius to create larger wheels to climb over things"

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

...I don't think the "smooth plastic tyres" (lol) were the point here, Anorak-Prime.

So things never improve?

Got it.

Bell end.

(yay! I can use hilarious foreign phrases too!)

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Amigas aren't very Amiga compatible. (192 comments)

Well neither were PCs of the era. Try to get EMS memory programs to run with EMM? No luck. Maybe install a driver in your config.sys? But then it would break other programs. Want to get a CD-ROM? Which type would it be, the kind that hung off your special sound card's bus, a stand-alone CD controller or IDE?
What about your mouse? Think you can bring your mouse over to your friend's house? Hmm, was that a serial mouse or a bus mouse? Which bus?
Got a new sound card? Think that program that only supported the old Soundblaster would work with your new Turtle Beach card? Wait, how many hours of trial and error config.sysing is that going to be?

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Um, here's a simpler way (52 comments)

What's different about climbing over obstacles?

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

50000BTU_barbecue Re:Wish they sold for cheap (192 comments)

I had the 386SX BridgeBoard. It was pretty cool to run OrCad on the Bridge with its virtual hard drive, while still having the Amiga free.

I think that BridgeBoard must be quite expensive today!

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

50000BTU_barbecue Re:NASA has become small indeed... (108 comments)

A "clean sheet" from what? All the stuff that happened before.

Hardly "from scratch".

Still joining me in the eye roll?

about a week ago

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What's on your hardware lab bench?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about 8 months ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I made a comment a few days ago in a story basically saying the oscilloscope is dead. While that's a bit dramatic, I've found that over the last 20 years my oscilloscopes have been "on" less and less. Instead, I use a combination of judicious voltage measurements, a logic analyzer and a decent understanding of the documentation of the gadget I'm working on.
Stuff is just more and more digital and microcontroller based, or just so cheap yet incredibly integrated that there's no point in trying to work on it. (I'm thinking RC toys for example. Undocumented and very cheap. Doesn't work? Buy another.)
While I still do old-school electronics like circuit-level troubleshooting (on old test gear), that's not where the majority of hobbyists seem to be.
Yet one thing I keep hearing is how people want an oscilloscope to work on hardware. I think it's just not that necessary anymore.
What I use most are two regulated DC lab supplies, a frequency counter, a USB logic analyzer, a USB I2C/SPI master, and a USB-RS-232 dongle. That covers a lot of modern electronics.
I have two oscilloscopes, a 100MHz two-channel stand-alone USB unit and a 1960s analog plug-in based mainframe that is a '70s hacker dream scope. But I rarely use them anymore.
What equipment do hardware folks out there use the most? And would you tell someone trying to get into electronics that they need a scope?"
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What's the problem with tech in Canada?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about 10 months ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Why is Canada unable to sustain a technological lead? Blackberry, Nortel, the Arrow, we are able to be world-class for a while, but then, nothing. Are we still just happy to be a resource-based economy? Do we lack a certain something, maybe personality traits? What's the deal?"
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What's the most depressing sci-fi you've ever read?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about 2 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "Usually sci-fi provides adventure with happy endings for everyone. But what story have you read that resonates years later because of some insight about human nature or society that's basically cynical or pessimistic? For me it's Fred Pohl's "Jem" with its sharply divided resource-constrained future world driven by politics, and its conclusion that humans are just too destructive to handle contacting alien life, especially if humans have the technological upper hand.

I'm wondering what other stories have stuck in people's minds. It can be a short story, a novel or an entire series of books.

(Sorry, I have no idea what the tags are supposed to do or how they work. I click and it becomes "!politics" or there's a picture of a hat. No matter what I type in "tags" it stays as "politics" with a "x" I can click to make it "!politics". I've rarely seen something so useless be so counter-intuitive. sci-fi doesn't work, but when I type "science fiction" the space bar apparently acts as en enter key so all it sees is science. I think my next submission will be about depressing user interfaces.)"

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Why are old hard drives so expensive?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  about 3 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "I was idly daydreaming about how I could build a small lapping/polishing machine when I thought of using an old hard drive as the platform. The mechanics and finish are perfect, just put a lapping film on the platter and power the thing. So I started looking for old hard drives on eBay, figuring the size and heft would be best for tinkering. I was amazed to find that the prices on 20 year old hard drives is staggeringly high. With that kind of markup, there has to be a reason. It's not just one model that could conceivably be of use in old but very expensive medical equipment for example. It's all of them. ST-506, MFM, ESDI, you name it, the prices are insane.
So there's either a market for a universal Flash->ancient HD bus interface (go for it!), or some people know something I don't!
What gives?"

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Fusion power in four years?

50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) writes "A few years ago I researched fusion as a practical energy source in the foreseeable future for a school paper. I thought I had been quite thorough in finding and describing all the contenders starting with the usual suspects like Tokamaks and Polywell, etc. My conclusion, based on my skepticism was that, at best, real practical fusion energy was half a century away and would likely be just another energy source and not a panacea. Things like peak helium and the need for superconducting magnets really stood out as a problem. Somehow, the folks at General Fusion escaped my attention at the time.

They are proposing a "solid based" system of fusion using a large spherical reaction chamber filled with molten lead and lithium and then using acoustic shock waves to compress the core where all the good stuff will happen. I'm looking for insights and comments from /.ers in the know about the project. Is this viable? Can it produce power? If so, this is a huge deal."

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50000BTU_barbecue 50000BTU_barbecue writes  |  more than 7 years ago

50000BTU_barbecue writes "I just bought a Logitech G5 mouse and I find that the scroll-wheel/middle-button is useless. It triggers a scroll before it detents, so using it as a button is very frustrating since if you don't click just *exactly* between detents and *exactly* in the right orientation, it will scroll before registering as a click. Of course this means you're not clicking where you thought. Should I exchange this mouse or are they all like that? Which mouse correctly implements a usable combo scroll/click wheel? This is for finicky CAD work on a large monitor rather than gaming, BTW."

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