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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Streetlight What time zone is the 10:20 PM? (146 comments)

I love it when information gives the time of day but not the time zone. Is this 10:20 PM in Eastern Australia or U. S. EDT or what?

3 days ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

Streetlight Re:germany ran out of people (102 comments)

Maybe I have watched too many WW II movies, but here's my take on why Germany "lost" WW II:

1. Germany's invasion of Russia in September was a bad move because they ran into the Russian winter. Had they invaded in the Russian spring they would have had a whole summer for action against Moscow and maybe Stalingrad.

2. Germany ended up fighting a two or maybe it can be called a three front war: Britain and western most of Europe, Russia and southern Europe (Italy/Mediterranean/North Africa). If they had just conquered Russia first, then the West may have had trouble beating them what with the resources they may have gained from Russia including oil, steel works, technical know how, manufacturing capacity, and man power.

3. At the battle of Stalingrad Hitler split his forces - one to take the city and one to go for the southern oil wells. The Germans should have gone for one or the other but not for both. Of course, Goering promised he could supply the German army there, but that didn't happen. Of course, by item 1 above, a three or four month head start might have been successful considering the winter situation.

4. The Germans were in love with technology and size. The tanks developed and used in the Battle of the Bulge were enormous and inappropriate for the forested/hilly/river containing terrain on the way to Holland. These tanks couldn't cross bridges because they were either too heavy or too wide and they used a lot of fuel. The Sherman and successor tanks weren't the technological marvels of the German tanks, (and those of the Russians) but they were reasonably reliable and repairable by their crews, large in numbers, maneuverable and more fuel efficient. Other choices by the Allies about what to manufacture in huge numbers and appropriate quality were also important.

4. And of course the incredible cryptanalysis capability of Bletcley Park that resulted in the defeat of the U Boats and kept the supply chain running to Britain and Russia from the U. S. as well as the defeat of the Germans at Kursk the the Russian advance west.

I'm sure others can add additional "mistakes" made by the Hitler-German war machine that resulted in Germany's defeat including the nature of the German army's culture of following orders, even if they came from a mad man.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

Streetlight NYT reports last of the Codebreakers dies 3/25/14 (102 comments)

Maybe off topic a little, but today (4/2/2014) the New York Times has an obituary for the last living Bletchley Park codebreaker. Jerry Roberts worked to break the code used for Hitler to communicate with the highest field military officers, Field Marshals. Apparently the Germans used an ultra type machine with as many as 12 rotors for that purpose rather than the simpler device with three or four rotors. The code he and his coworkers broke they called Tunny, not Ultra, as in tuna fish since one of the German operators was called fish.

It's an interesting read: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04...

about two weeks ago
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GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

Streetlight Re:Good for the NSA (145 comments)

Not quite. The situation might be a good business opportunity for countries with high tech capability like Japan, Germany, maybe even Poland. Make the infrastructure hardware that's absolutely unhackable. That might put Cisco, Juniper, Dropbox, MS Azure, etc., out of business.

about three weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

Streetlight Re:About to break a world record! (143 comments)

What about the Voyager spacecraft the left the solar system a few months ago?

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

Streetlight When Will Google Drive Go Away? (110 comments)

Google has a reputation for cancelling its services. When will Google Drive be pulled and I won't be able to get my stuff back since it would take more than my monthly data cap to do so?

about three weeks ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

Streetlight Re:Not even close to the worst. (290 comments)

American agriculture uses three units of energy to produce one unit of food energy. Much of this comes from methane to produce ammonia. Other energy uses in agriculture are pretty obvious such as fuel for tractors, harvesting combines and transportation to storage elevators. Liquid propane is used by farmers to dry their corn to a low moisture content to prevent it rotting or keep fungus away. This last energy use has affected those who heat their homes with propane this last winter because of its price increase because of the high demand by farmers and the wet autumn. So indirectly much if not all of our food comes from carbon compounds coming out of the ground, not just the carbon dioxide in the air.

about a month ago
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Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

Streetlight Develop a simple test for this fungus (63 comments)

Some has or will come up with a test for this fungus, the Pichia Test. Dentists will take a swab of your mouth and either perform the test or send the swab off for analysis. If you don't have the fungus you can come back and be inoculated with Pichia. This might be something like inoculating the bowels of patients with the bacteria they're missing because of anitbiotic treatments that killed off their digestive system flora. Of course, skeptics will figure dentists are being coerced by some three letter government agency to collect DNA samples for whatever purpose they want.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Streetlight Mozilla may be anticipating the removal of Metro (200 comments)

Perhaps Mozilla knows that the Metro Start screen and everything about Metro will eventually be disposed of by Microsoft, which is what should happen, in some future update or new version of Windows. Maybe Windows 9. Smart, Mozilla!

about a month ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

Streetlight Can confirm (289 comments)

...with little to no mention of the ISPs.

Check out the fairly active thread over at DSL reports vis a vie Comcast subscriber's problems with Netflix including some non answers by a Comcast employee: http://www.dslreports.com/foru...

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Streetlight Re:Doesn't matter - What's App is another channel (257 comments)

The replies to my post are very insightful. Google and Amazon also have access to all or at least some of this kind of information - Google for the same reason as FB and Amazon to figure out what I want to buy next and already have it on a UPS truck. I (a Prime member) get email from Amazon noting what I recently purchased and what I probably need because of what I bought. I'm convinced the only way to regain my privacy is to cancel my ISP subscription which isn't likely to happen.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Streetlight Buying users and eyeballs (257 comments)

Any one know the overlap in numbers of FB and WhatsApp users? My guess it's nearly 100%, I don't know for sure.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Streetlight Re:Universial Access in the US (424 comments)

You're certainly right about DSL and it's providers. However, DSL does have one "physics" limitation and that is the limited distance a single line can cover which is about 3 miles or about 4.8 km. Coax and fiber has much greater distances particularly with repeaters. Where I live the local Telco called a few years ago and asked if I wanted DSL then looked up my address and said I was 300 feet too far from the connection to get it. Since then they've improved their coverage but throughput is very low and not at all competitive with coax cable.

More about the situation in Iowa: my wife's cousins who live on farms can get DSL. One of them gets about 1.0 Mbit/s and the other gets about 0.70 Mbit/s. Their parents who live a couple of hundred yards down the road can't get DSL or any other wired connection because they're too far away from the connection point. Their only option is dial up. I suppose they could get satellite Internet, but it's very expensive, slow and very low daily caps. The local high school gives every student a lap top computer but I'm guessing when some of them get home they can't get connected. Something's got to be done, not only for city dwellers but particularly in rural areas to make affordable connection to high speed Internet available.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Streetlight Universial Access in the US (424 comments)

What's really needed is a system of universal connection to the Internet in the US. Virtually every building in the US is connected to the power grid or to copper telephone wires. It would be great if either of these could be used for Internet connections but it appears that physics seems to limit it's use for really high speeds. In my neighborhood with DSL I might get 1.5 Mbit/s down and 0.7 Mbit/s up. No way could this be used for HD video streaming. Electric utility lines as a carrier seems to have other limitations such as RF interference in some situations. Not sure about speed. The solution must be some kind of universal connection which may require a new technology.

As a side note: I was talking to my 93 year old mother-in-law who lived in rural Iowa and when she went to nursing school in the"big city" in the late 1930's she had just gotten electricity in the farm home. She didn't know how to plug things in or turn on a switch which upset her instructors. It wasn't until REA, a government agency, electrified rural America that rural folks got electricity. That's around 40 years after Edison electrified a small part of NYC. Indeed, we need a RIA - Rural Internetification Administration to do what the Rural Electrification Administration did in the 1930's. If that could be done in the 1930's in the midst of the Great Depression, it can be done today in an era of economic plenty.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Streetlight Number of subs not equal to number of users (424 comments)

I'm not sure exactly, but the average household in the US is something like four or five people. At five people per household, that's 200 million folks. Also, there are something like 20 million college students. Is any 30,000 student university with a subscription a single sub, i. e., one bill a single sub?

about 2 months ago
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S. Korea Diverts Network From Huawei Networks

Streetlight Phyical access to network hardware (76 comments)

You don't think the NSA doesn't have physical access to US network equipment manufacturing or on-site users of that equipment? Stealth NSA employees or bribed ones inserted there would do the job.

about 2 months ago
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S. Korea Diverts Network From Huawei Networks

Streetlight Ya, don't use Huawei (76 comments)

Use American based infrastructure to make it easier for the NSA, CIA, etc., to get your data.

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

Streetlight Hopefully the pilots left are competent (473 comments)

Virtually 100% of airplane accidents in the US are from general aviation pilots not commercial pilots and certainly not from commercial airplane equipment malfunction. The only recent commercial crash I can remember involving pilot error was the tragic crash of a Korean airliner in San Francisco involving an inexperienced pilot, though I haven't heard that the FAA has come to a final conclusion/report.

about 2 months ago
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Asus Announces Small Form Factor 'Chromebox' PCs

Streetlight Re:Cost is importand (125 comments)

The problem is that the Asus solution doesn't run Windows which may or may not be important for your students. For elementary school children that may not matter if you can find the apps that teach what you want. For HS students, more advanced hardware with Windows may be needed. A careful evaluation of what you need and what will fill that need will be important before making a choice. It's probably not simple.

about 2 months ago

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Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Streetlight (1102081) writes "Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.



"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'""

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Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com

Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.

"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'"

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