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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

HONEST Illegal wars, mass surveillance and destruction of the world economy? Come on. Have another hit, and actually think about what you are saying while holding it. Both are unacceptable.

Don't worry, your brand of incompetent boobs will be back in power someday (not like there's any real difference anyway), so until then, relax your sphincter and give it a rest.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

Yeah, and that person and the other two are trying their best to ignore the idiots.

Did you say something?

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

I didn't say that. Frankly I am very dismayed at many of Obama's failings, including carrying over or not stopping many of the regular things they do to rape the constitution in the name of security. However, I think any GOP candidates would have continued things exactly the same, only without the promises to change. I think we'd do well to push them all over a cliff and start over.

But all that doesn't absolve criminal gang A from having started most of this bullshit, and having gone above and beyond the call toward making it "acceptable" (possible) for later administrations to continue the activities.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

Him and his cronies' subsequent crimes against our democracy were so egregious, we rapidly had many other things to complain about.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

Somewhere, Fox News is missing a viewer...

Give it a rest, already. He won, get over it.

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

George Carlin said it best, "Think of how stupid your average person is, and remember that half of them are stupider than that."

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Mister Transistor Re:Bullshit (358 comments)

This DRM technology is already present in U2's music, it sends me diving for the fucking volume control every time...

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Mister Transistor Hmm... (474 comments)

(Somewhat related: according to a Reuters poll, one in four Americans want their state to secede from the union.)

Didn't South Park point out that 1 in 4 Americans are idiots?

about a month ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

Mister Transistor Poor comparison... (59 comments)

A "Carrington-level" event nowadays would most likely be much less disruptive, as back then all the early radio and spark gap stuff was well under 50 MHz, which is where almost all of the natural noise winds up in the spectrum. Ever notice, for example you can hear your shaver motor on an AM radio but not an FM one. This is not due to AM vs. FM, (well, it is a little) but mostly due to the fact that AM is about 1 MHz and FM is about 100 MHz, well above the "static line" around 50 MHz.

It would take a much stronger signal than back then to cause the same level of disruption. Not saying that can't happen, but modern radio communications are quite a bit more robust than they were back over 100 years ago.

about a month ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Mister Transistor Re: 999 (600 comments)

Normal people don't speak hex. User number A00 would be too confusing in most cases.

Remember stuff like this needs to be cop-proof. I used to design software for their dispatchers to use, and they aren't super intuitive with computers for the most part, like most of the other cops unless it's specifically part of their job. A lot of things had to be dumbed down so they could use and understand it easily.

No insult is meant here, it's just they are very busy with their jobs and having to be familiar with many different tools and systems; radio, weapon(s), forensic stuff, etc. so the amount of time they have to invest in training and learning about new tools has to be balanced among many competitive things they need to be current on. Plus, in an emergency situation, they want tools they don't have to expend a lot of extra thought on how to use.

Hence, anything designed for them to use has to be reasonably fail-safe, intuitive to use, bulletproof and easy to understand to be successful. My software was used for over 10 years by several local departments, so I'd consider that a success.

about a month ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Mister Transistor Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

All good points - yet another point of failure, as others have pointed out.

Plus, there is the more tinfoil hatty aspect of this too - How nice and easy to use a directed EMP to disable any such weapons (presumably of the bad guy only). Nice to be able to mass disarm a whole crowd of them if "necessary"...

about a month ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor Re:DVB Tuners (81 comments)

That is a newer generation of the same thing, but if you notice they decode DVB-T2, which is High-Definition. The cheap RTL dongles decode about 3 MHz of spectrum space which is enough for a Standard-Definition DVB signal, but not enough for HD. The newer ones that do DVB-T2 have a wider chunk of spectrum space they translate, wide enough for an HD signal. In the US, an ATSC or "digital TV" High-Definition signal is about 6 MHz wide, for reference.

These newer generation dongles must have internal improvements that allows them to grab a bigger hunk of RF spectrum. The professional SDR devices that cost upward of $1000 can grab much larger chunks of spectrum, some can do 20 MHz wide swaths of RF.

about 2 months ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor Re: DVB Tuners (81 comments)

Your point is? The Xbox acts the same as a PC. The host (PC or Xbox) runs software that tunes the device and then decodes the compressed MPEG video when they are in DVB mode so you can watch TV. I was also pointing out that they usually have an additional non-MPEG mode that makes them a generic IQ type SDR, and this device may also have a "hackable" aspect to it.

about 2 months ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Mister Transistor DVB Tuners (81 comments)

USB DVB tuners have been around for a while now and are amazingly cheap. Like $9.99 cheap. Besides receiving compressed DVB signals, most of them also have a general-purpose tuner mode for broadcast, etc. reception, and they make dandy Software-Defined Radios (SDR) that can tune from 50-1000 MHz or more, and translate an entire 3 MHz segment of the RF spectrum for software decoding.

The cheapest ones are based on the RTL-2832U tuner chip. They are a cable-TV tuner IC coupled to a USB soundcard IC internally. Check out rtl-sdr.com for more info. The PC software to receive radio is free, mostly open source and quite sophisticated, rivaling several-thousand dollar conventional radio packages. Check out sdr-radio.com and sdrsharp.com for a couple of the many software packages out there. Cool stuff!

about 2 months ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Mister Transistor Re:Problem solved! (207 comments)

Wow. Just wow. I have to wonder how much money they stuffed up that guy's ass to write that "review". My God, there wasn't that much gushing at Spindletop!

Kind of makes you wonder if the "leak" wasn't deliberate. It would be hysterically ironic if the DHS investigation proved THAT out...

about 3 months ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Mister Transistor Re:Problem solved! (207 comments)

Their biggest loss will be the revenue lost from all the people that will get to see ahead of time what a turd this will be - BEFORE the Hollywood Bullshit Mega-Hype Machine has a chance to launch the hypnotic media assault that will try to trick the masses into thinking it's a good movie.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Demonoid Down - And Out?

Mister Transistor Mister Transistor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mister Transistor (259842) writes "The popular Canadian torrent tracker site, demonoid.com is down. There is just a terse message apologizing, and stating the CRIA contacted their ISP and "it is not possible to keep the site online". No indication was given whether this is a permanent condition, or if they will seek an alternate ISP to host the site. So much for "private" trackers... They will be missed!"

Journals

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At Last! - A First Post!!

Mister Transistor Mister Transistor writes  |  more than 11 years ago

What the heck is this for, anyway? Me talking to myself?!?
Hmm... Note to self: Don't talk to yourself.

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