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We May Have Jupiter To Thank For the Nitrogen In Earth's Atmosphere

StatureOfLiberty Thanks Carlsbergite! (46 comments)

A bit ironic that without carlsbergite we might not be able to pour Carlsberg from a nitrogen tap.

3 days ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

StatureOfLiberty Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

They all complained that the sound wasn't pure enough without Monster cables delivering the full spectrum of "whooshiness" to the speakers.

I heard that they couldn't use oxygen free copper because it made the engine stall.

about a week ago

A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

StatureOfLiberty Re:What does it mean? (160 comments)

I'm going to ask a question and risk downmod: I wonder how many saying, "Right on!" over that are bent out of shape over laws forbidding another competitor who doesn't have to play by the rules: local government, a "company" with the power to tax, and make you pay for the service whether you want it or not.

Let's see, shall we?

Wilson, NC built its network because there was no high speed internet available to local businesses. The existing provider refused to work with Wilson to move them to something faster. So, they built their own.

So, Wilson, NC now has fiber to the home. And, it is cheaper than the crappy service they had before.

You can't refuse to provide service to a community and then whine when they decide to serve themselves.

The legislature later passed ridiculous restrictions on community broadband. Wilson is grandfathered for the most part.

about two weeks ago

Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

StatureOfLiberty Re:damage control mode (450 comments)

Wow! If corporations are people too, Intuit appears to be acting like a very stupid one. It is painful to read their responses to the complaints on Amazon.

For example:
"As I've mentioned in many other places, you are NOT required to upgrade to Premier. You can still use forms mode to complete Schedule D and print/mail your return to the IRS. There is no forced upgrade or requirement that you purchase Premier."

I literally was going to order TurboTax tonight. I've been using it for years. Not anymore.

about three weeks ago

Do you worry about the singularity?

StatureOfLiberty After 20 years of being married (181 comments)

Do you worry about the singularity?

After 20 years of being married, it looks extremely attractive at times.

about 2 months ago

I prefer my turkey ...

StatureOfLiberty Re:Conventional roasted but want to do a smoked on (189 comments)

I smoke turkeys and chickens quite often. The Weber Smokey mountain cooker (18.5 inch diameter one) is a great and affordable smoker. The larger one (22.5") looks compelling but takes a lot more charcoal to cook. The temperature is also harder to regulate. Make sure you brine the bird. It will keep the white meat from getting dry while the dark meat is coming up to temperature. When done right, smoked turkey and smoked chicken are both wonderful.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

StatureOfLiberty Re:Ooops! (195 comments)

Touché! LOL

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

StatureOfLiberty Community is just as important as car (195 comments)

You need to find a car that has a strong community of people who like to make these kinds of changes. I have a Prius (actually 2). There is a ton of information on the car. For example, someone posted instructions for ordering parts and wiring in accessories that allow you to unlock the car by touch from the passenger door handle and the rear hatch. That feature was only offered by Toyota on the top models in 2011.

PriusChat is my favorite place for researching maintaining and enhancing my 2 Priuses. Good luck and have fun!

about 2 months ago

Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

StatureOfLiberty Most interesting fight - M0xer-4 (48 comments)

Leo Bodnar launched a small balloon with a 11 gram payload. The payload is solar powered and has telemetry. Balloon hobbyists have been watching the flight since July 12th 2014. It is still flying. It has circled the earth (not at equator) about 5 times now I believe.

B-64/M0XER-4 Flight Web Page
APRS Position

Simply amazing. The longest flight I can recall prior to this was one that was launched in California and made it to somewhere near the Mediterranean sea a few days later.

about 4 months ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

StatureOfLiberty Re:Bad way to conduct policy (131 comments)

That certainly sounds good. But, the reality is that many times the elected officials' and their appointees' involvement is the problem. And most of the time the public doesn't know and doesn't care. When the 'broadband over power lines' debacle was going on during the FCC Powell years, a friend of mine privy to some of the discussions said that when FCC engineers were talking to industry engineers things progressed in a reasonable way. As soon as the political appointees showed up, things went stupid. The engineers could no speak frankly and just work through the issues. And in the end the FCC literally created regulation based on incorrect physics. Fortunately, BPL pretty much died on its own. So, we dodged one there.

about 5 months ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

StatureOfLiberty Re:I asked them which Windows computer (251 comments)

Same here. I still managed to keep him on the line for maybe 10 minutes. So, at the very least, that was 10 minutes he could not be scamming someone who didn't know better. Someone needs to develop some kind of phone bot that you can just transfer these calls to. Then it could waste their time in some automated fashion.

about 5 months ago

Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

StatureOfLiberty Re:Bullshit (200 comments)

Sure it might be better, but it definitely can be much worse.

Worse than no high speed broadband service? Wilson built their system because Time Warner and others refused to. So, the city decided to solve the problem themselves. When you refuse to serve a community, you can't complain about 'unfair competition' when they decide to serve themselves.

(Time Warner thanks you for your loyalty)

about 6 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

StatureOfLiberty Re: 2 months, but they all quit! (278 comments)

I agree. I write the date on the base of every CFL and LED lamp I install. I can't remember one ever lasting less than 3 years. Some have lasted 5 years or more.

about 7 months ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

StatureOfLiberty Re:Illegal? (192 comments)

It is wonderful that someone took the time to have him recognized. So many times people don't take the time to do things like this.

Regarding contracting out:

I was a boom operator in the Air Force (inflight refueling specialist). In my free time, I wrote an aircraft weight and balance calculation application in basic that ran on desktop PCs (which were brand spanking new at the time). We had been filling a form out (called a Form-F) by hand using numbers looked up in charts. It took about 20 minutes to fill this form out. The Air Force had contracted out the creation of an app that ran in an HP programmable calculator to do this same task. It took about 5 minutes to fill the form out using the calculator. My program could generate this form in about 2 minutes. And my program was also more accurate (and it printed on a full page instead of 2" wide thermal paper). After I wrote my app, nobody used the calculator to generate the Form-F unless they filling it out on the airplane.

I was already out of the Air Force at the time. But a buddy of mine who took on maintaining the program I wrote said it was used to 'load plan' every KC-135 flight in the first gulf war. Not bad for a program that I could not even get certified (if you used it on a check ride you would have actually failed the check ride, even though the result was actually more accurate).

I certainly never got a medal for my app. It did get me Airman of the Quarter at our base. But, the real reward was that it worked and that people loved it. The fact that it worked better than the contracted solution was icing on the cake. I think this guy's story is great.

about 7 months ago

Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

StatureOfLiberty Re:How would it infringe? (264 comments)

I certainly wouldn't wear a suit that had been brined for a few days.
You'd be in a pickle.

about 8 months ago

Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

StatureOfLiberty Re:How would it infringe? (264 comments)

Defending is typically more expensive then brining a suit

Brining a suit would actually be pretty cheap.

A bucket of water, a few cups of salt, a few cups of sugar. I'd probably leave it overnight. :-)

about 8 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

StatureOfLiberty Re:I wonder (190 comments)

The only combat aircraft that can suffer a bird strike from the rear. Man they are slow.

about 8 months ago

FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

StatureOfLiberty Re:We aren't stupid... (105 comments)

Revised proposal from FCC:

We have heard your concerns and being the responsible and responsive agency that we are, we have revised our proposal. Companies like Netflix can now pay companies like Comcast to degrade data delivery for everyone else. See, we've completely reversed course. Thank you for expressing your concern. See what a difference you can make when you stay informed and involved?

about 9 months ago



Atlantic Crossing by Amateur Radio High Altitude B

StatureOfLiberty StatureOfLiberty writes  |  more than 3 years ago

StatureOfLiberty (1333335) writes "The 'California Near Space Project' launched a high altitude weather balloon from San Jose, California 4:00 PM local time Sunday afternoon (Dec 11). Over the past 3 days it managed to cross the United States and then the Atlantic Ocean. The balloon passed the coastline of Spain about 12:40 AM (US Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday morning (Dec 14). It has since popped and landed in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a huge accomplishment. The previous distance record was about 3,300 miles. This one traveled about 6,200 miles. Enthusiasts tracked the balloon via the web throughout most of the trip thanks to a ham radio technology called APRS which received data transmitted by the balloon and logged it to databases on the internet. Thanks to APRS stations around the world (some of whom changed their normal listening frequencies to help with the tracking process) data was available for most of the flight."
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