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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

JazzHarper Re:How about the elephant in the room? (491 comments)

Houston has no zoning. Virtually no one can walk to work.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

JazzHarper Re: slashdot (635 comments)

people will believe that Einstein said it.

about a month ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

JazzHarper Re:Not surprising (142 comments)

There is a very significant difference: this involves detecting vibrations in images of objects in a video recording rather than the objects themselves. However, not just any video will do; it requires a very high frame rate.

about 2 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

JazzHarper Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Eight-core Mac Pro with 27" Cinema Display. Extra memory and hard drives. Plus tax.

about 2 months ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

JazzHarper Re:Not sidestepping (88 comments)

The FAA doesn't use the term "drone" for anything. This thing, tethered or not, is a model aircraft. As long as it is used for hobby purposes within the guidelines for model aircraft, the FAA doesn't care. What the FAA does not allow is any unlicensed aircraft (which includes models, balloons, kites, gliders, rockets and probably tennis balls), tethered or not, to be used directly or indirectly for commercial purposes.

about 3 months ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

JazzHarper Re:Microchip (76 comments)

At Texas Instruments, an integrated circuit was called a "bar", not "chip" or "die", partly because that's what Jack called them. Wafers were called "slices", so your multiprobe yield was expressed in "good bars per slice". They finally dropped the Texas jargon in the mid-'80s when it became obvious that it was a silly affectation in the face of industry-standard terminology and an obstacle to communicating clearly with vendors and customers.

about 3 months ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

JazzHarper Hybrid silicon processes (236 comments)

In the past, the manufacturing processes for analog and digital circuits were so different that they could not be combined on the same chip on a large scale. There were big companies that made digital chips and a host of smaller companies that made analog chips. That changed about ten years ago and analog circuits are now included on SOC designs. That has caused a shift in the industry, as the large SOC manufacturers have absorbed most of the new analog circuit designers who used to go to smaller companies that specialized in analog. The smaller companies are faced with competition for designers and a shrinking niche for their specialized products.

Texas Instruments has $12B in sales and analog is a large (and growing) chunk of that.

about 4 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

JazzHarper Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

I always save the cue file when I rip to FLAC, but not for that reason. Gapless playback isn't a problem on any of the players I've used with FLAC files. If anything, you may LOSE the inter-track gaps, if any were inserted.

about 5 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

JazzHarper Re:FLAC rips from a CD? (329 comments)

I don't think so. Very few recordings are available from Apple or anywhere else at higher quality than 1,411.2 kbit/s.

about 5 months ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

JazzHarper Inherent bias (351 comments)

We have considerably less data on the isolated tribes that die out before we meet them.

about 6 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

JazzHarper Re:Or endless 'vaccinations' (558 comments)

Why single out vaccination?

It leads to defendants with deep pockets, more than any of the other hypotheses.

about 5 months ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

JazzHarper Re:CNN's Black Hole theory... (227 comments)

OK, other than a simple, "Yes", how do you think Schiavo should have responded? (Let us assume that none of the "experts" on the panel know anything more about black holes than she does, so she's on the spot.)

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

JazzHarper Why is this being made public? (300 comments)

There is no good reason for the financial services company that bundled these policies to be allowed to disclose any of this. I certainly would not use a company that can't keep their mouths shut.

about 6 months ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

JazzHarper Re:Sell them used (229 comments)

Some enterprising individuals are doing exactly that and selling "used" Teslas over list price. There are some buyers who are willing to pay the premium to eliminate the hassles of out-of-state purchase and to avoid the waiting list for a new one. (Yes, the tax on the resale is part of the markup).

about 6 months ago
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FISA Court Reverses Order To Destroy NSA Phone Data

JazzHarper Re:Handy (59 comments)

You are correct on both points. Apparently no one else read past the headline.

about 7 months ago
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

JazzHarper Re:/r/politics (172 comments)

Science magazine is not published by News Corp.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

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A Perl Lesson for the Day

JazzHarper JazzHarper writes  |  about 10 years ago If you have a block of quoted text inside the single-quoting operator q(), a backslash preceding a '(' or ')' (or whatever delimiter characters you have chosen for q()), will be parsed as an escape on that delimiter character. Therefore, you must escape any literal backslash if it appears before '(' or ')'.

Example:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
print q(
This is a test... x(1), x\(2\), x\[3\], x\\(4\\).
);

The rationale for this undocumented Perl feature is reasonable. The q() operator will ignore balanced pairs of delimiter characters that appear in the enclosed text, but it is sometimes necessary to write text that contains unbalanced delimiters. To make that possible, the q() operator must recognize the escape on its delimiters.

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Shiner B.A.S.H

JazzHarper JazzHarper writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Completed my longest ride to date: 93.8 miles,
from Katy to Shiner in exactly 6 hours,
including rest stops. Ride time was 5:10,
avg. speed 18.2 mph.

Weather turned out to be perfect, after a week
of thunderstorms. Most riders were charged up
and in high spirits with the sudden improvement
in the weather. A light breeze out of the north
neither helped nor hindered the westbound riders.

The course was good, except for a 4-mile stretch
west of Wallis where the pavement had been
removed; in other words, GRAVEL. I'm glad that
I had installed Gatorskins last week; a lot of
riders got flats in that stretch. The course
was mostly flat for the first 60 miles, then
turned into rolling hills for the last 33 miles.
Nothing too tough; I stayed in the saddle and
simply downshifted. Never had to use the granny
gear.

The post-ride event was rather disappointing.
Free beer, but no place to sit and no shade.
By noon, the temperature had climbed into the
80's, the air was still humid from the previous
days' rainfall and, off the bike, there was
very little breeze. Next year, it would be
nice to have our own tent and chairs (if I
can talk the wife into bringing them).

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