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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Ozoner No Assembler? (294 comments)

I think it's the exactly opposite.
The modern programming environment is trying hard to lock the programmer into a box where he can't do much harm...

No one has more control over the computer than an Assembler language programmer.

And there's still lots of Assembly programming going on today.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Ozoner Side Wiki or something? (142 comments)

Likewise I have been trying to find or remember this tool.

I though it a very interesting idea. What happened to it?

about 2 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

Ozoner I want a simpler KIndle (321 comments)

My problem with the Kindle Touch that changing pages frequently invokes some unwanted function. It is infuriating to change page and get the Change Font, or Annotate, or Save Clipping dialogs. I understand that some users like these functions. I don't, I hate them. I wish I could switch them off.

about 3 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Ozoner It's just Ham software re-packaged (180 comments)

If you go to https://github.com/lulzlabs/Ai... you can access the original.

It seems they are using the Amateur Radio Fldigi software to support their Lulzpacket protocol.

All rather sad and overrated really.

 

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Ozoner Re:And on many bands.. (180 comments)

I doubt that the FCC has been ignoring it, it is more likely that they have investigated and found that the fault is with the crappy domestic equipment.

I worked as a government Inspector for many years. I can tell you that the fault is almost never with the transmitter.

But once people decide that the problem is a "1000W CB booster", there is nothing you can do to convince them.

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Ozoner Crappy Domestic Equipment (180 comments)

No matter how badly a Transmitter is tuned, it cannot be the cause of interference to land-lines and other non-radio equipment.

The cause can ONLY be crappy design of the domestic equipment.

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Ozoner Crappy domestic equipment (180 comments)

From what you say, the fault is with the crappy domestic equipment. Most domestic electronics equipment in USA has very poor "Immunity" specifications. Any nearby RF will cause interference.

BTW, interference to non-radio equipment (eg a landline) can never be the fault of the transmitter.

And your claim that "boosting it's power" will "fuck up it's channel separation" shows that you haven't a clue.

about 4 months ago
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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

Ozoner Re:The Original Meaning of "Hacker" (89 comments)

> so the term was being extended to hardware hackers of various types,

In the 60's and 70's the term applied exclusively to hardware types.

about 4 months ago
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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

Ozoner "Hacker's Heaven" (89 comments)

The term "Hacker" has multiple meanings, but in this context it originally referred to hardware guru's,
eg, Amateur Radio enthusiasts, etc. It dates back to well before software hobbyists.

I remember a wonderful electronics hardware shop that called itself "Hacker's Heaven".

Apparently it had to change it's name when the idiot media gave the term a negative context.

about 4 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Ozoner I loved WinXP (641 comments)

I've been with Windows since the start and ended up loving WinXP.
I was forced to move on to Win7 64 bit for the extra memory, but after a couple of years I still hate it.

It's just so full of irritating little bugs which catch me out every day. And M/S shows no interest in fixing them.
I swear I'll never buy another M/S product.

If only Linux wasn't worse.

about 5 months ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

Ozoner Purposefully slowing down (224 comments)

I notice this as well.

I enjoy recreational reading very much, but notice that I must make a definite effort to slow down so that I better appreciate the book.

about 5 months ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Ozoner It's NOT WiFi ! (178 comments)

What are you talking about? 2.4GHz DSMX model control gear is NOT WiFi!

Who's the idiot then?

about 5 months ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Ozoner Re:WTH is Bill Nye? (220 comments)

I totally agree. I had never heard of Bill Nye until this debate controversy blew up.

One thing I notice with Americans is that their whole conversation is based around U.S. TV shows.
Unless you watch USA TV, their conversations make very little sense.

In the rest of the world, TV just isn't that important. It certainly doesn't inform intelligent debate.

about 5 months ago
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Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

Ozoner Re:An old, old idea (56 comments)

An interesting thought: Especially as we can shut our eyes, but not our ears?

about 6 months ago
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Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound

Ozoner An old, old idea (56 comments)

This was an old idea even when it was "invented" back in 1992.

about 6 months ago
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Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Ozoner Re:Ham radio bands (105 comments)

Again, you demonstrate that you haven't a clue.

Read the stories behind any big disaster, the New Orleans floods, the Indian ocean and Japan Tsunami.

The mobile phone service is the first to go, mainly because of cheap construction and lack of generator backup.

The crucial issue for emergency communications, is having people available who have suitable equipment and who actually know how to set it up and use it.

To be efficient with HF radio gear you need to use it daily. Learning what frequencies, what procedures, how to build and tune a makeshift antenna, how to arrange power-supplies, generators, etc.

about 6 months ago
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Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Ozoner Re:Spectrum owners would not want more allocated (105 comments)

TV is by far the biggest user.

If we had continued with a universal broad-band fiber network (aka NBN) it would have been possible to switch off free-to-air television.

Of course big media was terrified of exactly that.

about 6 months ago
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Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Ozoner Re:Ham radio bands (105 comments)

This is a spiteful and meaningless troll.

The record shows that Hams have repeatedly provided emergency communications when it's really needed.
Thousands of Hams regularly volunteer their equipment and time in preparedness exercises.

about 6 months ago

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NSA is watching Slashdot

Ozoner Ozoner writes  |  about 7 months ago

Ozoner (1406169) writes "We know that the NSA is recording everything which happens on Slashdot, so Is it no longer wise to moderate on Slashdot?

When you moderate on Slashdot are you giving the NSA a free insight into your private thoughts?"

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