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NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record For Stability

Ganty Re:Kathryn17812706 (85 comments)

Well, let's see, if your buddy's step-sister made ?21143 last month and her rate is ?61 per hour then she worked 346.6 hours. That's about an 87 hour week, no thank you!!

Ganty

1 year,23 days
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Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

Ganty No Cartwheeling (506 comments)

Pictures show the aircraft sat on the ground with the tail missing and the forward roof burnt out but it certainly did NOT cartwheel or bits would be scattered down the runway. It seems that all passengers and crew have been accounted for with no fatalities.

Ganty

about a year ago
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I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

Ganty Old News (317 comments)

I grew up in the UK in the 70's and 80's and during this time the IRA were detonating bombs in Northern Ireland on a regular basis, funded by collections taken in places like Boston where there is a large Irish community. Yes, it's sad that people died in Boston, but just because this particular pair of bombs were detonated in the USA it doesn't make it an international event.

Ganty

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easiest Way To Consolidate Household Media?

Ganty Similar Thinking (272 comments)

I am going through a similar exercise right now, all of my music CDs have been ripped to flac format and I'm 3/4 of the way through my DVD collection. In my case I have a server in the basement running Linux Mint fitted with two 3TB hard drives. Linux Mint is the secret as all of the audio and visual codecs are pre-loaded and so far I haven't found a single file that I can't play.

Ganty

about a year and a half ago
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Boring Conference Still Vows: We Will Not Rock You

Ganty You Want Boring? (42 comments)

Fifteen years ago I worked in I.T. Support at a company making paper products. One of the salesmen was quite proud of his 120 slide Powerpoint presentation on toilet paper.

Ganty

about 2 years ago
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iPhone Interface For Ham Radio Mates Old With New

Ganty Bad Reporting (51 comments)

The quality of reporting in this article really sucks. The printed circuit boards on top of the tins are not 'telegraph keys', they're the transmitters and the white box is the iPhone interface. Quite where the 'sodium clouds' come in I have no idea because in thirty years of ham radio operation I've never seen one, heard of one or used one to make a contact with a fellow ham.

Ganty

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

Ganty Some Suggestions (208 comments)

1) Lots of natural light, ideally a corner room with lots of windows. You'll also need at least one of those magnifying lamps.

2) Deep benches, at least forty inches, this is because your test equipment will take up at least a foot of space at the rear.

3) Lots and lots of mains sockets, you'll never have enough. Wire the power through a residual current circuit breaker and a big red emergency stop switch. Make sure your family and other people around know where that emergency switch is.

4) Four channel scope, signal generator, lab power supply (0-40V 5A) with a couple of channels, a second fixed power supply with 12V, 5V and 3.3V outputs and a bench multimeter. DON'T buy cheap, it's better to get a good second hand unit than a piece of cheap Far-East test gear. I like Hameg but I know that opinions will differ here.

5) Anti-static mat and wrist strap.

6) Lots and lots of storage for parts, as with mains sockets you'll never have enough storage.

7) Decent tools, as with the test equipment don't buy cheap. I'm still using some tools that I bought twenty years ago.

8) A set of drawers underneath your workbench for storing your tools. The plastic inserts that go inside kitchen drawers will help keep things in order.

9) A burglar alarm and a lock on your workshop door. All this lot is expensive and you don't want it to vanish and reappear on Ebay.

10) Air conditioning and/or heating depending on your location. Equipment calibration will drift in temperature extremes and the standard of your work will suffer.

Ganty

about 2 years ago
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Computer History Museum Gets the Attention It Deserves

Ganty Meanwhile In Europe (53 comments)

For those of us on the other side of the pond there is a reasonably good computer history museum at Bletchley Park. The computer section at the Science Museum in London is also well worth a visit providing you remember that the Pilot Ace is on the ground floor.

Ganty

about 2 years ago
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Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business?

Ganty No (287 comments)

It's 'Syngergy', along with maybe 'Wellness'.

And why are salesmen now called 'Sales Executives'?

ARRGGHHHH!!

about 2 years ago
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New Car Anti-Theft Device Profiles Your Rear End

Ganty New Meaning (126 comments)

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'your ass is mine'.

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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NASA May Send Landers To Europa In 2020

Ganty Way Too Late (156 comments)

Here's the problem, if the probe lands in 2026 I'll be 67 years old and I might not be able to appreciate it. Some speed here would be appreciated guys!

Oh, and GET OFF MY DAMN LAWN!!

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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The Case For Piracy

Ganty No Alternative (318 comments)

Many of the latest movies are not shown here in English, downloading the DVD is therefore the only way I can watch the movie.

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Reader T1 Hacked

Ganty Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Sony (50 comments)

OK, technically interesting, but these are the people who build notebooks where the letters rub off the keys and ship rootkits.

Friends don't let friends buy Sony.

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

Ganty Patriot Guard (699 comments)

All we need are the Patriot Guard in black turtlenecks to even up the numbers.

www.patriotguard.org

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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Prototyping Boards Make It Easier To Find Flaws in Specialized Hardware

Ganty I Don't Get It (56 comments)

A few paragraphs about the latest Arduino developments and then a single paragraph bolted on the end talking about vulnerabilities in industrial control systems and healthcare environments. What's the link between the two?

Ganty

more than 2 years ago
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Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year

Ganty Are You Listening Pope Benedict? (461 comments)

Seven Billion is about two Billion too much, a fact that Pope Benedict should bear in mind the next time he speaks against contraception. Still, I don't suppose he will ever go hungry or thirsty.

Ganty

more than 3 years ago
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Favorite Sony Gaffe?

Ganty The Build Quality Of Their Notebooks (329 comments)

Not on the list but here's why I'll never buy anything Sony ever again. Three years ago I purchased a Vaio notebook and within six months the letters had started to wear off of the keyboard, the battery had failed and the DVD writer could only read disks. Sony refused to honor the warranty because I had wiped the hard drive and installed a Linux distro, they regarded it as an 'unauthorized modification'.

Friends don't let friends buy Sony.

Ganty

more than 3 years ago
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A Glimpse Inside Google's South Carolina Data Center

Ganty Re: surprise-- (89 comments)

Sometimes these spammers have no clue.

Ganty

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

Ganty I'm Prepared (562 comments)

OK, so I'm living on the outskirts of an Eastern European city but I've still made some preparations:

Backups of all data held off-site
Fully charged laptop battery always available (I rotate them)
Passport and all essential documents all kept in one safe place
Working torch where I can find it
Box of tinned food and 25 Liters of water in the basement along with a torch and tent
Cellphone always kept charged and a spare SIM in case our local carrier goes titsup

Five minutes warning of the big one and I can be out of here.

Ganty

more than 3 years ago

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Where Are The Long Duration Voice Recorder Chips?

Ganty Ganty writes  |  about 2 years ago

Ganty (1223066) writes "I'm trying to put together a project that can record up to ten short audio segments in reasonable quality, say an 8 KHz sampling rate. There are lots of digital voice recorders out there made by Olympus, Sony and others that can record for up to a hundred hours but when I look at individual chips to do this the selection is more limited. Futurlec for example sell chips with a maximum 16 minute recording time.
So, where are the long duration voice recorder chips and who makes them?"

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Why Is Linux Notebook Battery Life Still Poor?

Ganty Ganty writes  |  about 5 years ago

Ganty writes "I recently purchased a Lenovo W500 notebook and after 'downgrading' to XP and creating a dual partition I found that I had a battery life of nearly three hours using the long life battery, at this point I was a happy camper because it means that I can watch a DVD during a flight. I then tried various Linux distributions and found the battery life under FOS to be VERY disappointing with an average of 45 minutes before a warning message. After settling on Ubuntu I then spent three days trying various hardware tweaks but I only managed to increase the battery life to one and a half hours.

Unwanted services have been disabled, laptop mode has been enabled, the dual core CPU reduces speed when idle and the hard drive spins down when not needed.

Obviously Apple with their X86 hardware and BSD based OS have got it right because the Macbooks last for hours, and a stock install of MS Windows XP gives me three hours of life. Why is battery life on notebooks so poor when using Linux? Some have suggested disabling various hardware items such as bluetooth and running the screen at half brightness but XP doesn't require me to do this and still gives a reasonable battery life.

What have I missed?

Ganty"

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