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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

Locklin Re:Get a Sat Phone (376 comments)

Just an aside, you cannot legally cross the US/Canadian border with your GMRS radios or travel to a lot of countries. GMRS here in Canada is limited to 2 watts and integrated crappy antenna. My 5watt ham HT can go to most countries and, with a roll-up j-pole strung up in a tree, can probably transmit 100x as far as my GMRS radio.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

Locklin Re:Ugh, God, there's one in every ARC (376 comments)

To anyone reading the above: yes ham has it's version of a "troll." They are these guys who think they work for the FCC and know what amateur radio is "for." Fortunately, the folks on the airwaves are generally the nicest and most helpful people you will ever talk to. These guys, like most other trolls, are more common on Internet forums and are full of it. Amateur radio has been so successful at spurring innovation because it is simply defined by what it is not (commercial radio), and not for some preordained purpose.

<sarcasm>I guess I should get on the repeater tomorrow at 8am when those old timers are "ragchewing" again. That repeater is for "contributing" (whatever that means), not replacing IRC chat </sarcasm>

more than 4 years ago
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Airplanes Unexpectedly Modify Weather

Locklin Re:Cloud Seeding (223 comments)

That works great unless you have a small effect size, large population variance, and large samples are prohibitive, perhaps because they require flying airliners...

more than 4 years ago
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Airplanes Unexpectedly Modify Weather

Locklin Re:Cloud Seeding (223 comments)

The issue seems to be that either apoc.famine doesn't understand statistics or that the variance of the population is too large. If the effect of seeding is small, and the population variance of clouds is very large, it may require very large sample sizes to test for significance between randomly sampled groups. Remember, each sample requires flying an airliner, so large sample sizes may be prohibitive.

more than 4 years ago
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The Rise of Nanofoods

Locklin Re:"or is it just frightening Franken-food?" (369 comments)

In the past, food additives have been developed primarily to lower cost often at the expense of quality. The only problem I have with these new technologies is that they could be used to make a firm red, yet rotten tomatoes. I love the technology, but don't trust the people wielding it.

more than 4 years ago
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For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

Locklin Re:If It Works, It Works But Remember Your Custome (426 comments)

That's great for playing a DVD, but absolutely sucks for a complicated task. I see people spending hours clicking around menu-driven software (eg., SPSS, EPrime, Excel) trying to get something to work because they have been trained to never look at documentation (and be afraid of anything that requires typing). /rant

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Google Rolls Out Encrypted Web Search Option

Locklin Re:Protect Google's Data! (176 comments)

Or replacing or modifying the search results...

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

Locklin Re:This is hilarious (515 comments)

Hypocrite? perhaps there is more than one person voicing an opinion on this website?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Founders On Flash and Internet Standards

Locklin Re:Pot ... kettle (515 comments)

Even if there was a site "requiring" Firefox, A) it would probably still work somewhat effectively on other browsers, and B) Firefox is available on many, many more platforms than Flash, often distributed by the OS vendor.

more than 4 years ago
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Patents On Synthetic Life "Extremely Damaging"

Locklin Re:This ain't a patent troll (171 comments)

Of course, the thousands of people who spent the prior 50 years developing the *methodologies* that he used, will be locked out of synthetic life until their children are middle aged. Despite romantic ideas, invention is not a solitary operation. He may have been the first to the finish line using "shitloads of money," but patents will do nothing but slow down progress. The world will start working with synthetic life in a quarter century, whereas without Venter and patents, the we would have synthetic life in <5 (at the rate of progress in molecular biology).

more than 4 years ago
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MPEG-LA Considering Patent Pool For VP8/WebM

Locklin Re:Patent violations (399 comments)

Clones differ from IBM PC's in similar ways different encoders/decoders differ. Some encoders/decoders will be better or worse quality or speed, written in different languages with different compartmentalization, they often have different options or work in different environments.

Of course, arguing about patents is like arguing about the number of angels that can stand on the head of a pin. It's all ridiculous in the end.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Utilities For Facebook Privacy

Locklin Re:Other websites knowing your facebook account (154 comments)

For privoxy, I added the following to my user.action file:

{ +block{Facebook privacy invasions} }
http://api.facebook.com/restserver.php
http://www.facebook.com/connect.php/js/FB.SharePro/
http://www.facebook.com/ajax/connect/
http://www.facebook.com/plugins/
http://www.facebook.com/connect/
http://connect.facebook.net/

and saved.

more than 3 years ago
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Gulf Oil Spill Nearing Loop Current

Locklin Re:i am smug (334 comments)

no bike: i hate bikes, dangerous

Got a citation for that? I hope you don't use stairs or showers, or walk on sidewalks, or in parking lots either.

more than 3 years ago
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Gulf Oil Spill Nearing Loop Current

Locklin Re:i am smug (334 comments)

We'll just cut off your fucking food supply.

Oh, the country boy superiority complex. I almost miss that living in the city now. Yes, I know you masturbate while thinking about starving cities and living off your land with just a shotgun and a plow. It's not like your lifestyle is heavily dependent on industry, like your equipment, your (heavily used) vehicles, or your other supplies, let alone, any other technology you rely on. Unless you are a high-producing farmer (as few "country boys" are), you are actually living a high impact, relatively parasitic lifestyle on the rest of society. Your high mileage pickup truck, large, useless lot of land, and the extensive roadway/electric system to support it all depend on people who consume less and produce more than you.

If you think a new "dark age" will be good entertainment for you from behind the sights of your rifle, you need a little more study of history. Unless you are good at coaxing large numbers of the starving poor to pick up weapons in your name, you will lose anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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The Pirate Bay Sinks And Swims

Locklin Re:Bankrupt ? HAHAHAHAHAAH (347 comments)

Thanks for the link. I just dropped my 5 bucks in the jar.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Answer Your Questions Directly

Locklin Re:Sounds familiar (145 comments)

Goduckgo has a similar feature that works well with Google search results. It uses SSL and keeps Google/adsense from data-mining your workday procrastination.

more than 4 years ago
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Pointing Stick Keyboard Roundup

Locklin Re:chiropractor (195 comments)

In my case, the problem was simple - I was shoveling gravel, moved wrong with a heavy shovel extended, and shifted a bone ever so slightly out of place

I'm sorry, but is that even possible? As far as I know (IANAD or AC)all of our bones are pretty much solidly in place thanks to muscle, ligaments and other stuff. I suspect that if a bone became "out of place" you'd be writhing around in the back of an ambulance, not trekking to mall to find a chiropractor.

You are correct, there is no evidence that the "miss-alignment of bones" that chiropractors "diagnose" exists. They have been shown to, at most, have similar efficacy to physiotherapists when doing the same procedures, and that's about it.

I love how readers just provided *more* testimonials in response to my comment. Seriously people, this isn't how medicine works. There are people who use the *exact same* arguments to support prayer based healing, leeching chemicals for autistic kids, WD-40 for arthritis and all sorts of Woo. Testimonials are *not* valid support for medical treatments. Put up clinical trials or go home.

more than 4 years ago
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Pointing Stick Keyboard Roundup

Locklin Re:chiropractor (195 comments)

Sad when a testimonial qualifies as an "insightful" evaluation of a medical treatment.

more than 4 years ago
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Pointing Stick Keyboard Roundup

Locklin Re:chiropractor (195 comments)

Look up the history of chiropractors. The term (and accompanying philosophy) has always been quackery.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

Locklin Re:tabs on top (570 comments)

Tabs on top makes sense. The URL bar and navigation buttons belong to a webpage. It makes no sense when changing a tab for things above *and* below it to change. Of course, if tabs were done properly in the window manager (like Fluxbox), tabs in web-browsers wouldn't be an issue.

more than 4 years ago

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