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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

NixieBunny Re:Really? (226 comments)

The same argument can be made against the Muslims who think that their religion applies to people outside of it. I am not Muslim, so I am not going to hell for displaying a mockery of their prophet. After all, would the Muslims want to be held accountable to the rules of every other religion in the world?

This is the real problem, and it's on all religious people to behave as if every other religion (and every form of non-belief) is as valid as theirs is. Oh, and Thou Shalt Not Kill.

yesterday
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

NixieBunny Re: The fuzzy line between hobby and job (213 comments)

I put 35 PSI in my Prius tires. I had to put over 50 PSI in my father-in-law's Dodge RAM 2500 truck when hauling a full load. You were saying?

3 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

NixieBunny The fuzzy line between hobby and job (213 comments)

Uber and Lyft may be a hobby for some people, but they are a job for others. The commercial auto license, like the commercial driver's license, is a binary distinction. I'm going to make some popcorn and enjoy this fight.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

NixieBunny Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

Drug-store reading glasses only work if you have nothing but identical far-sightedness or near-sightedness in both eyes.

I am over 50 and have always had astigmatism, and deal with the lingering and ever-changing effects of a shingles scar on one cornea, so my glasses are anything by simple.

My computer glasses solution is to have one pair of trifocals for general use, and a pair of bifocals ground to give a general view of the computer screen, with a close-up along the bottom for looking at the gizmos I'm designing circuit boards for when I'm on the computer. It works pretty well, other than the inconvenience of having to change glasses a lot.

about a month ago
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Quake On an Oscilloscope

NixieBunny Has he not heard of the Z (blanking) axis? (71 comments)

A decent vector oscilloscope display uses the Z blanking input to turn off the beam when not drawing a line. I see no mention of this in the writeup, and consequently there are ghost lines all over the screen. It would look a whole lot nicer if the Z input were put to use.

about a month ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

NixieBunny Re:Hardware Security (89 comments)

Except with the land line, someone has to go find your physical wire pair and connect to it. This is a software hack.

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

NixieBunny Re:It's all relative (286 comments)

The advantage of 50 is that you get to say "Get off my lawn" and they believe you. Or at least say "In my day, DRAM was measured in kilobytes" and have them stare in awe.

about a month and a half ago
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3D Printer?

NixieBunny Re:Missing option: CNC Router (175 comments)

The PLA that I use in my old Ultimaker is melted in the printer at 220C, but it becomes soft and deforms at the much lower 60C that we typically get in our cars in Tucson in the summer. I had to print a second set of propeller blades for my nephew's underwater robot after he left it in his car one day!

about a month and a half ago
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3D Printer?

NixieBunny Re:Meh. (175 comments)

I have one at home that I use for doing iterative prototypes of product designs, among other things. When the turnaround time for improving a design is an hour, it's possible to make a lot of refinements.

about a month and a half ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

NixieBunny Re:I have some questions (129 comments)

I work on the engineering side, rather than the project management side. The two EHT telescopes that I work on are in Arizona, although I build some of the hardware that's being taken to the South Pole Telescope. It's getting improved to be a part of the EHT. One of the Arizona telescopes is a prototpye ALMA antenna that we just moved here from New Mexico last year, and got working a month ago.

Observations are typically done in March/April. This gives good weather at the many sites involved. The typical run is a week, and they try to get several 10-minute recordings during that time period. The data is recorded at 1 Gbyte/sec onto banks of hard drives, then shipped by FedEx to MIT for correlation. (I don't know if a FedEx truck makes it to the South Pole every day.)

The frequency used for most observations in in the 1.3mm band. The baselines are intercontinental (Arizona, Hawaii, Chile, hopefully Antarctica), up to 5000 miles. The goal is to actually get fringes between all stations, although that's not always possible due to weather and/or equipment acting up.

about 2 months ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

NixieBunny I work on this project... (129 comments)

If you have any actual questions about how it's done. I might be able to shed some light on what this thing is. It involves masers and 4K fridges and some rather high IF frequencies.

about 2 months ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

NixieBunny Re:hang on (334 comments)

I work in radio astronomy. From what I can gather, things in other star systems are too far away to even be able to communicate, much less transport between them.

Those huge arrays of radio telescopes being built in Chile and South Africa are able to detect things on the order of a planet in size. That doesn't mean that they can communicate with the planet, just see that it exists.

about 2 months ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

NixieBunny Re:Power does not fail here (236 comments)

I live in the Arizona desert, where we have violent summer thunderstorms, and lots of overhead wires for power and telephone. We sometimes have the wind knock over long stretches of lines. It's worse on the mountaintops where the telescope I work on are located. Each site has a generator to keep the equipment running.

about 2 months ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

NixieBunny Re:There are two problems here... (137 comments)

I am a staff engineer at a university, so I receive most all the spam that is sent to the university's professors. I get many invitations to conferences. I assume that most, if not all, of them are bogus, since I'm not a researcher and most of them are for fields that I don't work in.

When I have looked into one or two of them out of curiosity, I went down a rabbit hole of internet weirdness (SEO, lack of citations, etc.)

about 2 months ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

NixieBunny Re:Thanks for crashing my web server! (147 comments)

This is a very impressive feat. I am old enough to have done stuff like this regularly in my early career, as PCs didn't exist at the time. I figured that no one bothered to build systems themselves and port OSes to them these days.

about 2 months ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

NixieBunny Re:ICs? (147 comments)

There's a guy who took it a step further back and built a custom CPU out of TTL. He also made up his own architecture and instruction set and compiler and OS and application programs...

http://www.homebrewcpu.com/

about 2 months ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

NixieBunny Re:You need to create the tutorial (147 comments)

The whole point of this exercise is that there *isn't* a tutorial.

Learn by doing!

about 2 months ago

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