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Favorite text editor?

Detritus Re:TECO (1131 comments)

There are other versions of TECO.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

Detritus TECO (1131 comments)

Where's TECO? Screen editors are for wimps with poor memories and the inability to write their own screen editor as a TECO macro.

more than 5 years ago
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Senate Passes Another Bill To Delay Digital TV Transition

Detritus Re:How much MORE is this costing us? (318 comments)

In 1963, the FCC made almost all land mobile (two-way FM radio) radio equipment obsolete when they mandated new channel spacing and FM deviation standards to make more efficient use of the radio spectrum. Users had to buy new radios that complied with the new standards, at their own expense.

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Senate Passes Another Bill To Delay Digital TV Transition

Detritus Re:For the people out in the boondocks (318 comments)

The FCC computer models for coverage assume that the receiving antenna is on a 30' mast. Rabbit ears are not going to work in fringe areas.

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Senate Passes Another Bill To Delay Digital TV Transition

Detritus Re:How much MORE is this costing us? (318 comments)

Digital TV was invented in the USA. It's the implementation that has taken forever.

more than 5 years ago
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Senate Passes Another Bill To Delay Digital TV Transition

Detritus Re:How much MORE is this costing us? (318 comments)

The government didn't take anything away from you. It has no obligation to compensate anyone for hardware that has become obsolete or useless due to new laws and regulations. This isn't the first time that this sort of thing has happened.

more than 5 years ago
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Carbonite Stacks the Deck With 5-Star Reviews

Detritus Re:Greed (197 comments)

Much of it is just greed. Auto mechanics have been ripping people off for many decades. It's just too easy to feed the average customer some bullshit and make some quick and easy money.

more than 5 years ago
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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

Detritus Re:Two, but gunning for 1 (504 comments)

You can save a lot of money by switching to an economy plan, instead of the normal local unlimited plan. The optional calling features are a complete rip-off.

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How the US Lost Its China Complaint On IP

Detritus Re:the real problem is enforcement (167 comments)

Right, the "Vast Western Conspiracy" to talk trash about China. That's the sort of thing I hear from Chinese students who have little experience with other societies.

more than 5 years ago
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Athletes' Brains Reveal Concussion Damage

Detritus Re:Fear Mongering (328 comments)

The sad part is all the people who get crippled by playing high school and college sports, motivated by the very unlikely prospect of a professional career. They are cannon fodder for a system that makes big profits for the schools and TV networks, and does little for the athlete.

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Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

Detritus Re:OOOK (1061 comments)

There's a big difference between historical facts and predictions of the future.

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Senate Approves 4-Month Delay In Digital TV Switch

Detritus Re:Just do it! (438 comments)

It isn't the cost of the box, it's the generation of the chipset. The latest chipsets do a much better job of handling multipath. So a cheap box with a current chipset may trounce older and more expensive boxes.

more than 5 years ago
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Senate Approves 4-Month Delay In Digital TV Switch

Detritus Re:Just do it! (438 comments)

It's on the FCC web site, in excruciating detail.

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Creates Class About Soap Operas

Detritus Sounds like Fun (57 comments)

I'd be interested in how the American soap operas compare to their counterparts in other countries. From what I've read, telenovelas are very popular in Latin America. When I lived in Hawaii, a local TV station used to play a Samurai soap opera series from Japan.

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"Nuclear Archaeology" Inspires Replica of Hiroshima's Little Boy

Detritus Re:Not so big a deal (298 comments)

According to the article, the projectile had a hollow center, and the target was a cylinder that fit inside the hollow center of the projectile. That's the opposite of most descriptions of the weapon.

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Comcast's Congestion Catch-22

Detritus Re:Ugh, screw Comcast (177 comments)

Sometimes you have to keep on complaining. I had a similar problem that wasn't solved until they finally sent out a team of real technicians with a spectrum analyser. Even then, it took them several visits to locate the faulty equipment that was generating interference on the local cable distribution system.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast's Congestion Catch-22

Detritus Re:Congestion? (177 comments)

No, the problem is the design of the network. The uplink and downlink use completely different paths. The uplink path has limited capacity.

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Nano-motors For Microbots

Detritus Re:Sizes (77 comments)

I know what 5.56 mm is. Say hello to my little friend.

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2/3 of Americans Without Broadband Don't Want It

Detritus Re:DSL/Cable is $29.99, as is most dial-up (538 comments)

There are quite a few people who do not have a landline for voice or dialup. For poor people, there are often issues about old unpaid bills, credit checks, deposits, and the inability of the head of household to control expenditures made by other members of the household or visitors.

more than 5 years ago

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Detritus Detritus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Detritus (11846) writes "The Indiana University School of Informatics is producing a series of cartoons designed to educate end-users about computer security. The cartoons are produced by associate professor Markus Jakobsson and Informatics research associate Sukamol Srikwan. The material covered by the cartoons is based upon research done at IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. While this material may be old news to many slashdot readers, it's an entertaining introduction to modern issues in computer security for a general audience."
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