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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Ozoner Re:Ham radio bands (105 comments)

Actually the Hams don't have much bandwidth on useable frequencies.
It's the age old story, the larger alocations are at frequencies that no one wants.

And of course the ham bands belong to the people, not to big business.
Are you the type of person who would be happy with selling off all our parks ?

about 2 months ago
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Radar Expert Explains How To Cheaply Add Radar To Your Own Hardware Projects

Ozoner Re:Jargon file: hacker meant radio hardware before (69 comments)

Well, It's wrong. A Hacker originally was anybody who built or modified electronics
(not just Radar).

I know, I was there.........

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

Ozoner Re:DRM (134 comments)

It occasionally downloads firmware updates also. And of course you can transfer your own files via the Amazon link.

about 2 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

Ozoner Re:This is the sort of the thing we pay the NSA to (324 comments)

> I don't really find myself getting upset learning that the NSA is spying on foreign nations.

Only an American would say that.

And if the Foreign Nations were spying on you, that would be alright?

Stop and think. Should Americans respect the laws of Foreign Nations?
Should Foreign Nations respect yours?

about 3 months ago
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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

Ozoner Re:maybe its good... (172 comments)

Durian smells bad, but tastes wonderful

about 3 months ago
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Postal Service Starting To Use Mobile Point of Sale Tech

Ozoner Standard fare in Australia (75 comments)

Been using them in Oz for years...

about 4 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Ozoner Re:Isn't the "last mile" the only non-IP part? (582 comments)

And of course, modern day high-reliability phone systems (in mines, etc) now use optical fiber (and local batteries) precisely because the most common point of failure is in the line itself (frequently caused by electrolysis).

about 5 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Ozoner Re:Isn't the "last mile" the only non-IP part? (582 comments)

> Yes, but the network powers the phone.

This is actually a liability. Having 50V DC on the pair dramatically increases the risk of corrosion and failure.

The original "magneto" phone system used dry batteries locally to power the phone. These only needed changing every few years.
High reliability phone systems (in mines etc) still do it this way. The military use voice powered phones (no batteries at all).

If we wanted to, it would be trivial to avoid sending power over the phone lines.
A long life battery pack, perhaps with a small solar panel would be sufficient.

about 5 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Ozoner Re:You're thinking about the wrong issue. (582 comments)

You used the words "big" and "generator".

With good design, a battery bank and a modest solar array should be sufficient.
Solar powered Cell Sites are common world wide.

about 5 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Ozoner Who needs constant interruptions? (582 comments)

As you say, it must be me, but I find it much easier to send an email.

I can send or receive messages at a convenient time, can give more thought to the form and detail, can edit mistakes, can easily include necessary attachments and will always have an exact record.

I don't have a landline and rarely carry a mobile. My recorded message gives my email address and asks people to use it.

about 5 months ago

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NSA is watching Slashdot

Ozoner Ozoner writes  |  about 2 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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