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Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper

TheHawke Re:Some fun Grace Hopper info (157 comments)

And beat managers over the head with a cluebat, stating "the most damaging phrase in the English language is `We've always done it this way.'"

I know of a few dozen or so managers to this day that needs that cluebat applied to...

And then some.

1 year,12 days

The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

TheHawke Sounds like Project PRONTO all over again. (230 comments)

Remember that disaster in a can? This was during the Big Deal when DSL was the trend maker. The problem with DSL or any ISP service over telecom copper needs to be operating at or on spec. Most of the locations where Pronto was slated to roll out on had crap copper. So guess where the money went? Almost all of it got sunk into infrastructure improvement and service roll out to high income, high density areas, leaving the blue collars and rural folks high and dry.

Take a guess where the FTH is going to be rolled out to. You guessed right, the moneybags districts.

about a year ago

Pearson Vue Now On Day 5 of Massive Outage

TheHawke Appears their sins have caught up with them. (151 comments)

Their mistakes have multiplied greatly over the past 5 years, ranging from basic testing errors that wiped out the hopes for several thousand students, to outages that shackled tens of thousands of applicants for a variety of programs, not just in the academic field.

Questions abound over how they managed to obtain half-billion dollar contracts with states. This stems from non-profit organizations that are attached to the corporate body itself. Plus the heavy-handed lobbying and borderline monopoly they have over the instructional book, testing and exam industry.

Sounds like Pearson needs to come under a congressional audit and grilled until they are past well done.

about a year and a half ago

UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

TheHawke Re:We'll see how long this lasts... (398 comments)

Past the first person with eye problems (particularly photosensitive people) being blinded permanently....

Eyes are a lot more durable than most people think. Even staring at the sun *won't* cause permanent damage, contrary to what your Mom may have told you. What it will do is give you a sunburn on your retina, and being somewhere you can neither get aloe on, or scratch or anything else... well, yeah, that'd suck. But it goes away. The sun isn't bright enough, nor the area of your iris large enough, to create enough heat to cause damage.

That is if the eye is not already damaged... If someone has cataracts or similiar myopia and their eye's cannot respond properly, then damage can and will result even during a time exposure that would not damage a normal eye.

There is the point of my concern.

about 3 years ago

UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

TheHawke We'll see how long this lasts... (398 comments)

Past the first person with eye problems (particularly photosensitive people) being blinded permanently....

about 3 years ago

Tech That Failed To Fail

TheHawke MP3 and high compression MPEG protocols (428 comments)

They were both predicted to fail in spectacular fashion due to the already entrenched CDs and VCR cassettes.

Erm, this was postulated by (respectively) RIAA and MPAA...

Both live and strive to this day, despite the industry's best (and worst) efforts.

more than 3 years ago

GPS Maker TomTom Submits Your Speed Data To Police

TheHawke So... (422 comments)

How do we give TomTom a nice mug of STFU and don't resell, distribute or donate my information?

more than 3 years ago

Inside a Verizon Wireless Superswitch

TheHawke One storm like Katrina.... (107 comments)

And it'll be curtains for the data center's infrastructure.

Very, very poor location for a high level center people.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit

TheHawke Lessons were not learned from the Ack-Ack lawsuits (181 comments)

The MAFIAA tried this tactic during the early days of their little war against the pirates, and the judges swatted them down hard.

This bunch never caught the precedence and got smacked for it. Money wasted.

about 4 years ago

15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

TheHawke Re:The Device appears to be a Javik 2000 VAD (241 comments)

There was talk about a child's version being tested. I think that this might be just that. The adult version is a bit bulky.

more than 4 years ago

Las Vegas Hotel Vdara an Accidental Death Ray

TheHawke Related, possibly a solution (218 comments)

At a bank, they put in gold-tinted reflective panels as exterior decoration. Shortly afterward they realized that the reflection was roasting their vehicles. So they called in a contractor and they lightly blasted the panels, making them opaque. I forgot what material they used, probably something soft to keep from knocking too much of the gold coating off, just to soften the mirror finish.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Reprogram Voting Machine To Run Pac-man

TheHawke Repurpose them as educational systems (132 comments)

Reprogram them so they can go to work in schools as touchscreen systems for pre-k to 6th graders. They were built to take a beating so a bunch of kids could not put much of a hurt on them, right?

more than 4 years ago

Keith Elwin Wins Pinball World Championship

TheHawke Re:Lots of good memories :) (110 comments)

Shades of Raul Julia: "FIIFTY MILLLION!!" And there was great rejoicing (while the ball went down the drain).

Tilting: "Heh heh heh, you're a funny guy!"

That thing sucked more quarters out of my pocket in one day compared to when Gauntlet hit the streets.

I don't think Cousin Itt is ever going to like me; I used him as target practice every time he came up.

more than 4 years ago

Is StarCraft II Killing Graphics Cards?

TheHawke Re:Yup (422 comments)

How NVIDIA had laid out the hardware specs of their chipset put EVGA on the spot. The chip die does not allow for efficient heat transfer (the dammed thing's as small as an AMD Athlon 4), plus the form factor limits how much cooling they could add to the card. EVGA did their best in putting the leaf blower on it plus the Precision software. I'm planning to deploy the Omega drivers onto my GTX285 1G here shortly to see how it reacts to it.

more than 4 years ago

LHC To Idle All Accelerators In 2012

TheHawke No they won't stay idle for long (117 comments)

They'll delve into the masses of data accumulated over the years, peering at impact traces, peeling back gig after gig of data in search for that miracle that would flip the universe as we know it upside down...

more than 4 years ago

Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

TheHawke I smell a loaded poll. (490 comments)

I want to know how Yankee formed their poll questions up.
I'll bet that the questions were set up as being vague, hard to understand, and clicking on either one would equal a positive uptick for at&t.

I also want to know the coverage of their polling. Was it already pre-ordained where they would be polling people by at&t, knowing damned well they would get high marks? Did they even bother with fringe areas, or even New York for that matter?

All this sums up to astroturfing, pure and simple.

more than 4 years ago

Last Roll of Kodachrome Processed

TheHawke I've known Dwayne's since the 1970's (359 comments)

It's a cozy little portrait studio/camera shop located on the Parsons Plaza. Very comfortable, with outstanding portraits of Dwayne and his family gracing the walls. When I would visit when I was little, they were very nice. I got portraits done of me and family too.

Yes, it is a small operation, but it's also a family business. Patronize them as much as you can folks, they are good at what they do.

more than 4 years ago

Internet Access While Sailing? (Revisited)

TheHawke Revisiting in-field internet access... (308 comments)

is rather like whipping a dead horse. Yes, there are sources where you can get the service, but you are going to pay a small ransom and keep paying as you use it. That's the upshot of the deal.
The downside to it is that you are going to be set back to the good ole days of 56K dialup. No viewing of multimedia stuff, no gaming, save for turn based board games perhaps, and no huge email attachments, both outgoing and incoming.

Even with the new Iridium birds being fired into orbit, you will never, ever get faster than 256K, maybe 512K. And the ping times? Forget it. 1500ms will be as fast as you can get, even with the low-orbiting Iridium network.

SATCOM is a no-nonsense, no frills system. You want the speed, you pay the piper.

more than 4 years ago

Education Official Says Bad Teachers Can Be Good For Students

TheHawke Here's a bad apple for you (279 comments)

If you want a bad teacher, here's an example.

This was back in the late 80's when this happened so this dates me. There was one English teacher who would make certain student's homework "disappear" then claimed that she never received it. This was obviously having an impact on their grades and school performance. So yours truly chimed in on making copies using either carbon sheets or the school's copier. We got the endorsement from our home room teacher and started to use the school's copier to make "backups" of our homework.This caught her in the open, forcing her to back down and start accepting the homework like a good teacher. We never did have hard proof of her making it disappear on purpose though. Several years after I graduated she moved on, either being sacked or resignation.

more than 4 years ago

Crack the Code In US Cyber Command's Logo

TheHawke Re:Bluray (380 comments)

No Spot! Don't chew on that... *FZZZTT!*


more than 4 years ago



Is your data on the cloud really private? Few think not.

TheHawke TheHawke writes  |  about 2 years ago

TheHawke writes "If you upload a copy of a legally bought DVD to your cloud drive, could your provider label it as a copyright violation? What about a honeymoon photo set that includes one too many bikini shots — could an overzealous automated porn filter delete your pictures by mistake?

Some popular cloud storage providers sweep accounts looking for illegal data. Right now, the focus is on hunting for child pornography, but their terms of service allow for other kinds of files to be considered non grata as well."

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NASA Administration announces Saturn V Rebirth

TheHawke TheHawke writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheHawke writes "The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil its much-delayed general plans for its rocket design, called the Space Launch System, which will cost about $35 billion, according to senior administration sources and information obtained by The Associated Press. It will carry astronauts in a capsule on top and start test launching in six years.

The design for NASA's newest behemoth of a rocket harkens back to the giant workhorse liquid rockets that propelled men to the moon. But this time the destinations will be much farther and the rocket even more powerful.

I can hear the old Saturn contractors cheering now..."

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