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X-37B Secret Space Plane's Second Launch Today

Zarniwoop Re:one more try! (59 comments)

Um, what? This gets launched on top of an Atlas...

more than 3 years ago

Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?

Zarniwoop STB per TV may be your best option (539 comments)

I actually work for a TV company... might be able to give a little insight.

Most headends for hotels, hospitals and the like are comprised of a rack of STBs, each tuned to a specific channel. The output is modulated as an RF signal and combined with all the others, so the incoming digital signal is effectively converted to analog for redistribution on the local coax network.

So, if you're wanting to display more than 32 services, you'll need at least that many STBs at your analog headend. You'll also need to manage the infrastructure to distribute it to the six buildings, which would probably mean running underground cables underground, and if there is any sort of distance you'd need some RF amplifiers. You might be able to get around some of that using something like a slingbox over IP, but again, added cost.

Finally, there's the management aspect. What happens if a channel moves to another channel number? You'll have to retune the box. If a box goes down for any reason, you'll have to replace it as the channel will be knocked out. And one of the less fun aspects of managing a TV system is that people treat it as a utility... if it's down, expect to get a call, even at 3AM.

If I were you, I'd push your cable company to donate STBs in order to keep your relationship rosy. That way, no $3/month fee (which does seem wrong based on your agreement), and none of the buildout/management headaches.

Best of luck.

more than 4 years ago

'Forest Bathing' Considered Healthful

Zarniwoop Re:Breaking news (252 comments)

Awesome! I am superman!!

more than 4 years ago

AU Senator Calls Scientology a "Criminal Organization"

Zarniwoop On wikipedia right now... (511 comments)

"In November 2009, Xenophon labelled the Church of Scientology as a criminal organisation in a speech to the Senate. [42] This is clear evidence that he has very large testicles."

I'm not in favor of vandalism, but LOL!

more than 5 years ago

Public School Teachers Selling Lesson Plans Online

Zarniwoop Dinners out, mortgage payments, credit card bills (590 comments)

Unbelievable. Why would somebody making a sweet $34,000 after a mandated four-year education feel the need to supplement their income!

We're paying them a fair wage for their work. Salary, so the "extra time" they spend outside of school (like they need that!) lesson planning, well, that's figured in as well.

Those greedy bastards. Trying to afford things like food, housing and clothes.

BTW: Google ad as I type this is Want to Teach Special Ed? Noooooooooooo. Nooo! No. No sir! No, I do not. No. Thank you.

more than 5 years ago

The Mass Production of Living Tissue

Zarniwoop Re:Yes but... (157 comments)

Pretty good with mustard, mayo and american cheese on white bread.

more than 5 years ago

Italian Scientists Put Robot Spiders In Your Colon

Zarniwoop Re:What exactly? (203 comments)

Indeed, and Italian will never be the same. Hooray for language!

more than 5 years ago

Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security

Zarniwoop $335 million?? (156 comments)

That's enough for TENS of jobs, or even twice that if they invest in tech school graduates instead of so-called 'experts'!

Wa wa wee wa!!

more than 5 years ago

Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

Zarniwoop Re:My machines (1397 comments)

No longer functional:


I beg to differ!

more than 5 years ago

Halloween Pumpkin Carving With CNC Robotics

Zarniwoop Goat pic? (73 comments)

Ok... is it just me, or did the smaller pic look like a pumpkin goatse to anyone else?

Oh god... the interwebs, they've rotted my brains.

more than 6 years ago


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