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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Gazoogleheimer Re:Power. (876 comments)

Mixed-signal, RF & everything else analog laughs heartily at your calling bullshit.

about 7 months ago

FCC Guidance On Radio For Commercial Space Operations Falls Short

Gazoogleheimer Nope. (48 comments)

The FCC, while perhaps not being as enthusiastic as I would like, has stood up for consumers against Congress and their lobbyists' wills repeatedly lately, and the spectrum auction helped fund an underfunded agency -- while making sure those that purchased the spectrum would seriously use it. The huge sums of money were a drop in the bucket for those wireless companies.

With the Internet, you have no reason to broadcast music; regardless, new changes in LPFM have made it easier than ever to get a non-profit radio station, particularly in rural areas. I am a DJ at a radio station in Cleveland, OH that was given to the people, as our fees are virtually nothing compared to commercial stations. We give back by offering diverse programming (no top 40 allowed!)

You want everything, but don't realize that this shared resource can't be decided by the selfish. The system has worked, continues to work, and will work in the future. I just suggest against biting the hand that feeds you!

These commercial kids also need to learn planning and contingencies.

about a year and a half ago

Hoover Dams For Lilliput: Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future?

Gazoogleheimer Economies of scale (302 comments)

Small hydro is nothing new. The state of Georgia has something like fifty or sixty small hydro sites, and they barely make any electricity -- as those stated in the article. The problem is, however, that hydroelectric power -- even without dams -- is fairly ecologically disturbing. Not only that, but you have to maintain it. Why would you want to have to maintain 5400 power plants that each only make less than 30MW? Yes, it's about four or five thousand households, but that's also about a thirtieth of an average coal plant. There's no incentive to do this. Your ROI is low, your maintenance is high (and difficult)...particularly when chemical belchers like Plant Scherer can exist, which produce upwards of three and a half gigawatts. They aren't trendy, but I've yet to see a conclusive argument against breeder reactors.

more than 2 years ago

Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

Gazoogleheimer Re:For us non-US folk... (272 comments)

CDMA has advantages over GSM and is actually, uh, well, newer. Read up.

more than 2 years ago

FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

Gazoogleheimer This is meant for the health services industry. (185 comments)

This is meant for hospitals, not offices. $900 is justifiable. Who do you share your keyboard at work with in other situations where it's an issue?

more than 2 years ago

Transistor Made From Cotton Yarn

Gazoogleheimer Huh? (92 comments)

The cotton isn't a [semi]conductor, the coatings are. Still novel, though.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi PCB Layout Revealed

Gazoogleheimer Re:complex routing ? (112 comments)

Yeah, nothing to see here (coming from someone who essentially designed an ARM Linux system-on-board with similar performance for an entirely unrelated application)...ordinary and almost reminiscent of reference designs. The CraneBoard is much more complex.

more than 2 years ago

Whither Moore's Law; Introducing Koomey's Law

Gazoogleheimer The Cray-1... (105 comments)

The Cray-1 was ECL. The Altair 8800 was TTL. We're now CMOS, but I wouldn't mind an ECL i7, despite the fluorinert waterfall... (My real point is that there were very serious differences between the Altair 8800 and the Cray-1 despite the obvious which lend to significant differences in power dissipation...and speed.)

Additionally, the other thing this article doesn't take into account is the preponderance of battery-powered modern devices -- before, power consumption wasn't really much of any consideration (plus, now it's marketing!)

about 3 years ago

Aircraft Made From 3D Printing

Gazoogleheimer Re:Terrorist Device (68 comments)

Doubtful. Highly doubtful. 3d printers are faster than their traditional manufacturing coutnerparts in some applications, but they don't allow you to manufacture anything you couldn't before. Other than that, the idea (while fittingly /. tinfoil-hatty) seems absurd.

more than 3 years ago

Girls Go Geek Again

Gazoogleheimer Re:FINALLY!!! (378 comments)

Agreed, quite remarkable

more than 3 years ago

Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

Gazoogleheimer Creative professional (340 comments)

I find it hilarious that Apple still has that myth going for it -- there are NO advantages to a creative professional under an Apple environment compared to a Windows environment, especially after FCP took a turn for the worse...

more than 2 years ago

Apple Ships OS X 10.7 Lion 'Gold Master' For July Push

Gazoogleheimer Re:"As a digital download" (370 comments)

Ethernet's just as analog as dial-up!

more than 3 years ago

Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?

Gazoogleheimer Classic TEMPEST (405 comments)

So you install a constant-velocity motor generator set and...

well, if you were a military installation protecting something important, then it'd be a bit different. Yes, it's very wrong to sell it to a commercial entity, but it's not wrong at all to collect it. You're buying power from these people -- it would be like asking your water company to stop using their AMR equipment. Or gas -- oh no, they know when my water heater cycles and I use the stove. It's strange, I feel that people are diverging on privacy. On the one hand, they don't care about privacy of their personal lives and relationships (re: Facebook) but now they care that someone knows how much electricity they're using? Enlighten me if you disagree with my opinion that this is all a bit silly (remembering that I am not saying that commercial sale of this data is OK)

more than 3 years ago

AF 447 Flight Recorder Found In the Atlantic

Gazoogleheimer Re:Not really (218 comments)

The pingers have long been dead. They have a battery life on the order of days.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Gazoogleheimer Thou! (2288 comments)

As an electrical engineer, I would point out something rather funny: even European electronics (in majority) are still specified in thousandths of an inch as the primary dimensioning measure, as almost all surfacemount (and PTH) footprints are still in thousandths of an inch. Is this what we get for inventing it?

more than 3 years ago

Need a Receipt On Taxes? The Federal Tax Receipt

Gazoogleheimer Re:"Alternative Narratives"? (642 comments)

Read the Constitution. Where do you see JUDICIAL REVIEW? Seriously, you guys.

more than 3 years ago

Need a Receipt On Taxes? The Federal Tax Receipt

Gazoogleheimer Re:"Alternative Narratives"? (642 comments)

The Constitution is an ancient and generally deprecated document in light of far more informed and recent documents as the constitutions of Europe. We would be in a similar situation if we looked upon the Framers as fallible men as ourselves and it as a fallible (and correctable) living document. If the Constitution was properly cared for over its lifetime, we could be moving forward, not backward.
I am saddened by your confusion of opinion with fact. Look at statistics and you will discover that your statements are antidemocratic -- and arguably anti-American. It would be easy to say that I'm 'just reading the statistics to support me', but that false counterargument has gotten really old.
Judicial review isn't constitutional. Are you questioning it? In fact, much of the Supreme Court itself is extraconstitutional, and the Senate so skews representation per populace in this country that little (red, uninfluential, &tc) states can influence the ways of the country disproportionately. States do not deserve representation -- they are geopolitical units. People do.
And yet, where are women in our government, for example? And besides, I can't see why so few can learn addition -- cutting taxes gets us nowhere, almost as nowhere as attrition measures. Raise taxes already! Reduce rampant income inequality in this country and we might get somewhere.

Also: don't argue for States Rights. I don't need to tell you why.

tl;dr: Read the Constitution.
Learn more about the constitution.
Come up with your own words.

Really long reading:
Bartels, Larry M. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
Norris, Pippa. Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?
Marion Young, Iris. Inclusion and Democracy
Dahl, Robert A. How Democratic is the American Constitution?

more than 3 years ago

NASA Seeks Ham Operators' Help To Test NanoSail-D

Gazoogleheimer Re:I know it's usually thought of as old, but... (146 comments)

The equipment cost is on-par with most computers Slashdotters probably use, and the cost of the exam is trivial ($14). The exams aren't particularly difficult, either, and most people teach themselves. Not trying to be snide, but I would like to point out that it's not really all that difficult to get into.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Seeks Ham Operators' Help To Test NanoSail-D

Gazoogleheimer I know it's usually thought of as old, but... (146 comments)

As an amateur radio operator (biased, I know, and not just my plate voltage)....I know it's usually regarded as an 'old' hobby that is 'dying'. The humor in this, of course, is that it's a gadget-obsessed hobby with increasingly high-tech equipment and significant quantities of programming and research regarding digital transmission modes and DSP, not to mention software-defined radio and other sorts of things. It's a geeky hobby, yes, but this is Slashdot. "arguably unconventional hobby given the technology of 2011" seems both uninformed and, admittedly, a bit silly regarding where it's being said.

more than 3 years ago


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