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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

cwsumner Hit the little one? (571 comments)

What FTDI did was like someone who gets hit by a bully, and then turns around and hits the smaller boy standing on the other side of them. They punished the wrong people, and are themselves now the criminal. 8-(

3 days ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

cwsumner Sales vs Engineering (157 comments)

The positive thinking is necessary for the sales people. The negative thinking is necessary for the engineers. That's why most companies have a "wall" between the groups.

But the engineers need some of sales' positive thinking to avoid loss of enthusiasm. And the sales people need some of engineering's negative thinking to avoid "floating away into the sky". So the "wall" should not be too high. 8-)

3 days ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

cwsumner Re:As has been posted before (157 comments)

See also: Y2K

And if you don't know what that means, look it up. But don't believe the stories about it being a hoax, it was very real. I was there.

3 days ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

cwsumner Re:As has been posted before (157 comments)

It's all just a trick by the 1%ers to keep us down.

Silly... We -are- the one percenters.
Oh, you mean as measuered by money. They don't mean anything as far as I can see, except possibly as stumbling blocks. 8-)

3 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

cwsumner Re:do you even tinfoil, bro? (697 comments)

Humor aside... It honestly wouldn't surprise me if supply chain documentation is what lead to some of this... the Aerospace and Defense industries are very very picky about knowing exactly what they're getting (aircraft falling out of the sky due to counterfeit components would be bad...).

(aircraft falling out of the sky due to counterfeit components is bad, and has happened...)
Fixed that for you...

about a week ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

cwsumner Media (781 comments)

That was when the movies and TV started to portray technical people as being wierd and unappealing. It made a great joke and sold tickets, but it slandared the real Techs and Engineers.

I think it was partly because many of the corporations were taken over, about that time, by former salesmen and lawyers. The were afraid of the Techs because they didn't understand them, so they tried to "cut them down". And were able to make it stick, until we started to have problems because too many corps were run by salesmen.

Now it's beginning to change, but change is slow...

Kids, remember, if someone tells you not to act smart because it's not "cool", they are -not- your friend. They are just trying to sabatoge you, so they can continue to be lazy. 8-)

about a week ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

cwsumner Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

... It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay. ...

That wasn't really politics, it was because some people at the CDC, which is supposed to be professional, were caught falsifying result data.
The reaction was so negative from so many, that it was stopped for now.

about a week ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

cwsumner Re:May I suggest (333 comments)

Silencers prevent your people from going deaf.

They are now called suppressors, they don't actually silence anything. Except in the tv or movies. 8-P

about two weeks ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

cwsumner Re:May I suggest (333 comments)

Saying what you think, can be embarasing when the internet includes people that actually live there! 8-)

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cwsumner It was not covered up (376 comments)

It wasn't covered up, I sat and watched the reports.
But the news services stopped reporting it as the election approached, apperently because they wanted to avoid calling their party a liar... 8-P

It sounds like the news people are trying to blame the silence on someone other than themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cwsumner Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (376 comments)

WMD, It's called "NBC" = Nuclear - Biological - Chemical. Using your own private definition doesn't make you correct...

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Typical for industry. Most petrol stations I know of are not zoned in any kind of industrial area.

This will be ok to do in some area, but don't pretend that we can simply go and plug these into every petrol station.

Keep in mind that a lot of the people talking about this, here and other places, live in cities and don't believe that anything outside of the cities really exists...

But the remote locations will probably just stay the same (gasoline) until they can get a fusion power unit in a shipping container out back. 8-)

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Wasn't he talking about the flywheel being in the filling station ??

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Moving all of the energy that a 85 kW-hr lithium-ion EV battery can hold into a battery in 2 or 5 minutes would require some truly dangerous amperage,
and some enormous amount of heat could be generated.

Go parallel. ...

Actually, it's the other way around. Charging of large packs is done in series, at a higher voltage, so that a large amount of power can be transferred at lower amperage. That's why long distance power lines use ultra-high voltages but relativly small wires.

The question is how do you avoid over-charging some of the cells, if they are not exactly matched. (Smart computerized power packs)
And, how high can a car charger voltage go, before it gets too dangerous. ( About 220 volts, maybe )

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

cwsumner Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

As soon as we get ultra-high voltage power lines run over (or under) the oceans, the day side of the planet will be able to supply solar power to the night side.

P.S. I don't think the power transmission companies need to worry about solar power... 8-)

P.P.S. If you don't think this is plausable, consider that no one thought running telegraph wires (and later telephone) over the ocean was possible, either.

about two weeks ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

cwsumner Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

Every specialty has it own technical language, and words do not mean the same in different languages.
Most arguments end up being about the meaning of words.
No discussion is possible unless we can agree what the words used mean. And, the more technical the discussion, the more likely that words will -not- have the standard meaning.
Best not to get in a "death spiral" over it... 8-)

about two weeks ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

cwsumner Re:Make it less ugly (147 comments)

As an artist the flat Metro look drives me crazy; ...

It's supposed to look like a comic book, so the kids will like it. No artists involved, I'm sure.

The problem is that kids don't read paper comic books any more...

As an Engineer, I agree with you. Industrial users hate the flat look, it causes accidents.
The "3D look" is actually far advanced, as far as fast recognition and reliable operation.

The only reason the older computers had "flat look" (before windows) was because that was all they could handle.
On the other hand, it does seem to be "in" to play pixellated games, again... 8-)

about two weeks ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

cwsumner Re:As it is designed to do (147 comments)

... We're forcing people to adopt to some shitty UI instead of making the computer adapt to us. ...

Too many developers want to make the perfect UI. But everyone wants a different UI.

If a user does something expecting a certain result, that result should happen, if possible.
If there are a dozen ways to do something, that is ok. And not usually expensive, if it is done at the start.

Not everything is possible, but that is what user options are for. Not as specials, but standard operations that can be selected.

The idea that one thing is best for all, is an Elitist fantasy... 8-P

about two weeks ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

cwsumner Re:As it is designed to do (147 comments)

Oh horseshit, you are just a power user and Windows has NEVER EVER been set up for power users OOTB. Remember the damned search dog in XP? Clippy? MSFT has been trying to make things simpler and friendly since the days of MSBob and ya know what? regular Joes LOVE that shit! ...

Beginners love that stuff...

But after using it for a couple of weeks at work, every day, they are no longer beginners. And it does not take long for that stuff to grate on the nerves. That's why they all failed.

But if we could just turn it off when we are not longer liking it, that would be fine... 8-)

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

cwsumner Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

It's free 'cause government pays for it!

Famous last words... literally!

about two weeks ago

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WristWatch Sliderule: Casio Archive

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about a month ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "I ran across this in the Casio support site old products archive: A manual on how to use a wristwatch with a bult-in mechanical sliderule! For those who are to young to remember, a sliderule is a calculator from back before they had calculators.

And get off of my lawn! 8-)"

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DARPA releases catalog of open project information

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 9 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "DARPA has invested in many programs that sponsor fundamental and applied research in areas of computer science, which have led to new advances in theory as well as practical software. The R&D community has asked about the availability of results, and now DARPA has responded by creating the DARPA Open Catalog, a place for organizing and sharing those results in the form of software, publications, data and experimental details. The Catalog can be found at http://go.usa.gov/BDhY."
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The sum of all of the positive numbers is -1/12 (!!?)

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 9 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "A few weeks ago the Numberphile website posted a short video. The video discussed an "astounding" sum and got considerable press (the video has 1,523,719 views so far). It appeared on both Slate and 3QD. The sum? It's:
        1+2+3+4+5+6+7+... = -1/12"

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M-1 Sales blocked by State Dept

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles.
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.
The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March ââoe a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/01/obama-administration-reverses-course-forbids-sale-antique-m-rifles/"

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