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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

bkmoore Re:media cos killed it w/compression+Bitstarvation (197 comments)

... Preferably salvaged from the deck of a wooden sailboat.

For listening to Wagner, it should be salvaged from the deck of the Flying Dutchman. From any other sailing ship, it's just not the same.

2 days ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bkmoore Re:Let the.... (39 comments)

...there was a guy who posted instructions on how to make a working AK-47 out of a shovel....

Beating a plowshare into a sword.

about three weeks ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

bkmoore Re:I'm curious (184 comments)

The F104 wasnt designed for ground attack,...

And that's where most of the mishaps originated, misuse of the F-104 in the ground attack role. The F-104 actually had a good safety record when it was operated as intended: a high-altitude, VFR interceptor. The Italians for example had a good safety record. The Germans, not so much.

about a month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

bkmoore Re:I'm curious (184 comments)

.... It uses less fuel and has more advanced weapons. That is about it.

It's all about the weapons and the sensors to cue those weapons. The airframe is secondary. It just gets the weapons to where they need to be to be launched.

The F-104 had the pilot's eyeballs as the long-range sensor, and a primative gun radar. The weapons were the M61 and AIM-9. The F-35 has an advanced radar system, data-link, probably other sensors we don't know about. Weapons would be the AIM-120, AIM-9, JDAM, and other weapons we probably don't know about. The only debate is those sensors and weapons could have been integrated into a less expensive, more conventional airframe.

about a month ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

bkmoore Re:Would love to give it a whirl... (165 comments)

Maybe they gave everybody the same redemption code. ...!

And the code is 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. Funny, that's the same code on my luggage.

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

bkmoore Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

PPC Macs were awful because Apple wouldn't stop wasting time doing Photoshop shootouts with Pentuim II PCs.

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

bkmoore Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

MacOS was horrible, and so was DOS and Windows 3.x....Everyone in the real world was going full steam ahead with Unix (Unix wars started around then).

Nope, UNIX was never a factor on the desktop, even ca. 1991. If you had the $$$ to afford a UNIX workstation, you often also had a DOS/Win PC to get real work done. Mac OS wasn't half bad, especially version 6 and earlier. It was when they tried to tack on all the extra stuff in version 7 that it started to fail under its own weight. I feel old now...at my first job I had on my desk, a Mac running version System 6 and a DEC VAX terminal. I think Clinton had just been sworn in.

An old UNIX joke, "What does work do when it arrives at a work station? The same thing a train does when it arrives at a train station."

about a month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

bkmoore Re:Ah. (752 comments)

.... but still there is a question how they would identify the plane.

Seeing how it was a civilian airliner, I would suspect that they couldn't and didn't.

about a month ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

bkmoore Wrong Tactics, Weapons (209 comments)

The article calls a lot of sound aircraft designs failures because they were employed improperly (wrong tactics) or the weapons they were designed to carry weren't ready by the time the war started. An example, the TBD-1 losses at Midway were the result of attacking Japanese battle ships without fighter escorts and by the outdated torpedoes that couldn't be dropped at high speed without breaking up when hitting the water. The Grumman TBF-1 Avenger was "successful" because by the time it entered service, more modern torpedoes were available and military planners knew that torpedo bombers needed fighter escort.

The parallel in Europe is in 1939, both the British and the Germans tried sending daylight bombers without fighter escort into battle. Every time, they suffered unacceptable losses. The point is in 1939 to 1940, aerial warfare was so new that most military planners did not know how to properly employ their air forces, or what the capabilities and limitations of their aircraft were. At the time, Bomber Generals saw fighter production as competition for resources, i.e. aircraft. The Bomber people at the time believed Stanley Baldwin's quote from 1932, "the bomber will always get through."

about 3 months ago
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Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

bkmoore Re:Analogy (113 comments)

it was as heavy as 14 African elephants

Next time, could you please use car analogy?

Let me get the banjo music going... It's like the relationship between your childhood Tonka truck with an up-armored MIL-SPEC- HMMWV.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

bkmoore Re:Tapes are better (201 comments)

....(I have a tape recorded in 1951 and it still plays OK) ....

Just curious, is that a 1/4" tape?

about 4 months ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

bkmoore Re: Fat Chance (272 comments)

A lot of Americans take what they want to hear at face value as well, no matter how absurd it would be to the neutral outsider. The only difference may be that in America, at least there are usually at least two different points of view, each with their own crazy followers. In Russia, it seems it is only Putin's point of view, or at least the point of view he wants to promote. I'm not so sure if all Russians are drinking the Cool-Aid, but those who don't buy into the Propaganda, cannot express themselves openly for fear of being publicly "outed" as some kind of "foreign alien agent".

about 4 months ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

bkmoore Re:Introducing SpaceX's new rocket ship... (272 comments)

It's got to be a very large trampoline. If we drop a huge mass on to a trampoline with the right timing, maybe we could propel a small mass into orbit. Time to break out the HP calculator and an old envelope.

about 4 months ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

bkmoore Re:Sure we could. (272 comments)

It's not funny when a President makes the joke, but I'm guessing that Obama and Putin do not post as an AC on Slashdot.

It's likely pro-Putin propagandists post provocative comments advocating nuking Moscow, genocide by the CIA in Ukraine, usw. Then they quote those comments in the Russian media as somehow representative of western opinion. Haven't seen it here on /., but it seems to come up on some european online news sites.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

bkmoore Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

The economics of gas and oil are changing. On average, a new house in the U.S. uses only 25% the energy that it would have used in 1990. In western Europe, the trends are even more extreme where carbon-neutral homes are starting to gain mainstream market share. I plan on putting in a solar heating system in my house, for example. Three years ago, I wouldn't have even thought about it. But the tripling of oil and gas prices in the last five years, combined with continuous price reductions in solar modules as suddenly made solar heating cheaper than oil or gas. I'm not even mentioning global warming, because eventually we'll all need to get away from using oil and gas for energy sources. That is what I mean by innovation. Maybe if Putin turns off the gas pipe to Europe, he'll speed energy efficiency along in the same way the Arab oil embargo in the 1970's led to the first ever fuel-efficiency standards for cars in America. In the long run, that could be a good thing even if it causes problems in the short term.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

bkmoore Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

Problem is, ... economy is mostly natural resourced exporting ...

Extracting natural resources, transporting and selling them is very far from a trivial task.

Maybe not trivial, but it doesn't drive innovation. It's like the 16th century Spaniards extracting gold from S. America and transporting it to Europe. Not trivial, but they still went bankrupt. The English innovated in shipbuilding and navigation. The rest is history.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

bkmoore Re:American Expat - still on the hook (386 comments)

That's the sticking point. I qualify for citizenship in the country where I live, but do not want to renounce my U.S. citizenship. So I stay American. The IRS needs to understand that people live in foreign countries for a lot of reasons besides to not pay taxes. When people hide their money from the IRS, the money is what leaves the country, not the person. When the person leaves, it's usually for other reasons such as a job, marriage, etc.

about 4 months ago

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Space junk may have reached the tipping point

bkmoore bkmoore writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bkmoore (1910118) writes "A NASA report says that the amount of orbital debris and space junk may have reached its tipping point, making low earth orbit collisions with satellites and manned spacecraft more likely. BBC ran an article here.

The total amount of space debris has doubled in the last couple of years because of a Chinese test which destroyed a weather satellite in 2007 and a collision between two satellites in 2009. Space junk is posing an ever increasing risk to using low earth orbit. Does anyone here have any ideas of how to reduce the amount of space junk before we begin to loose GPS coverage, satellite communications, and manned space flight?"

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First Thunderbolt Reviews

bkmoore bkmoore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bkmoore (1910118) writes "Other World Computing has just completed some of their first tests Thunderbolt via target disk mode. Target disk mode basically lets you use a Mac as an external HDD. For the review, they tested a Macbook Pro with an internal 6G SSD in target disk mode connected to a 27" iMac with the official Apple-approved cable. Surprisingly, the benchmark speed was 74 MB/s reads and 49 MB/s writes which is only about 4-6% of the full throughput of the Thunderbolt interface and not much of an improvement over FireWire 800 speeds. This was just one quick test, so more will be needed to get to the bottom of this bottleneck."
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Stuxnet Jointly Developed by US and Israelel

bkmoore bkmoore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bkmoore (1910118) writes "The computer worm Stuxnet was according to this NY Times article jointly developed by US and Israeli intelligence services in order to sapatoge Iran's nuclear weapons programs. According to the NY Times article, which appeared on Saturday, Siemens in Germany unknowingly participated in developing the worm by assisting in developing a program to protect its industrial systems from attack with the US Department of Energy. In doing so, Siemens provided the Department of Energy with information on internal vulnerabilities which could be exploited. According to the article, the worm was tested in Isreal, “To check out the worm, you have to know the machines,” said an American expert on nuclear intelligence. “The reason the worm has been effective is that the Israelis tried it out.”"
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Original Apple I up for Auction in London

bkmoore bkmoore writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bkmoore (1910118) writes "If you thought Apple hardware was expensive, an Apple-1 is being auctioned by Christie's in London and is expected to go for around $160,000. And no, it doesn't support Adobe Flash. And I thought a MacBook Pro was expensive."
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