Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?
I was an electronics major in high school, and served four years in the Navy before getting a job as a tech at ColorTyme TV rentals.
For most of those four years, I was upset that I didn't have an oscilloscope and thought I was missing a limb.
ColorTyme had a 'scope for me on my bench, the same model the school had, so I was right at home.
The thing is, for the eighteen months I worked there, I barely ever used it.
That was in 1989-1990, so I'd assume that they are less needed now.
I have a (free) Knight Kit scope from the 1950's now. I used it very little for loudspeaker building and troubleshooting an amplifier over the past ten years, but other than that it gets fired up once a year as a Halloween decoration; I did the "Mad Scientist" gig in 2011 and 2012.
I find it hard to justify $3,000 for a new scope meter knowing that it would sit in the garage unused most of the time.
Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?
...and got a divide by zero error.
I kept cable internet and dropped cable TV service for a year.
I reconnected last night. 1000 channels including HD service.
Searching for "Nova" returned no instances of the PBS show; if I want to watch my favorite show, I still need to buy it from iTunes and download it.
Jury is still out on the other reason I dropped cable TV; I want to watch WWE Summer Slam in HD, live when it broadcasts (not three months later on DVD).
It's not showing up in the listing yet; I'll try again two weeks prior to the event.
Haven't tried to find a 2012 BBC Top Gear; had to 'torrent last winter's shows because they won't even sell those to us yanks.
The funny thing is, Comcast never asked why I dropped TV service in the first place.
US Launches Largest Spy Satellite Ever
Article says it's a mammoth launcher.
Unmanned, yes, but the astronaut is clearly a mammoth.
Presumably, this could easily be adapted for elephants, too. //I'll be watching another Delta 4 Heavy launch in January from my balcony. Haven't asked who the pilot is, yet.
Intel, Toshiba, Samsung To Form Chip Alliance
I read that "halve the size of the chip industry".
Didn't they do that already when Hint and Opti left the chipset industry?
Laptop Heat May Cause 'Toasted Skin Syndrome'
I usually put the sauce on the side.
Since these are laptop users we're talking about, I'll assume that the rub is taken care of.