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Cellphone Carriers Try To Control Signal Boosters

da' WINS pimp Re:Booster recommendations? (231 comments)

I use the Wilson dual-band CDMA/Sprint version in rural TX. I don't have the model info in front of me, but it is 12vDC, comes with a contact retransmit antenna (you have to set your phone in contact with it to work) and a 25' magnetic uni-directional exterior antenna. It is designed primarily for use inside a vehicle, but my understanding is you can replace both antennas (BNC connectors to coax) with directional models. As long as you don't overlap the coverage (or you are effectively retransmitting inside a Faraday cage like me) it will work for a small coverage area (100 sq. ft. 'ish).

With the existing setup I go from 0-1 bar max to 3-4 bars, and on a good day can get full EVDO data. At some point I may swap the antennas and try the area setup, but that is another $100-150 in antennas unless I want to build my own.

about 4 years ago

Recommendations For Home Virtualization?

da' WINS pimp Re:A few suggestsions (384 comments)

For ESXi you install using an iso or boot CD then use the web interface to do basic config on the VMM and then download the VMware vSphere Client for creating and manipulating your VMs. The is a free (last time I looked...) VM available that gives you access to the ESXi CLI.

more than 4 years ago

FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

da' WINS pimp Re:Sure you are (413 comments)

Well stated. I'm gonna continue with a couple of points and apologize for calling troll since you put some thought on this response.

>A faster processor isn't going to get you to the moon, you still need a lot of fuel and a lot of hardware.

Yes, there is work to be done, and money to raise, but this group is not afraid of that. Those faster processors don't appear overnight, and this may take as long or longer than to go from 8088 to x64, or from Linus in his basement to Ubuntu. It may not work at all, but we may just learn something about how to do it on the journey. That knowledge or the quest for it may inspire someone who can figure it out down the road.

>But I'm also realistic enough to know that open source isn't a magic wand

I have to say it has become a marketing buzzword. I think a good few of us saw that coming. It sux when a paradigm shift gets co-opted by the marketers.

>I honestly think that if you have the resources to have a legitimate shot than $7500 isn't an amount you'd bother fund-raising.

I know they would like more than $7.5k, but you have to start somewhere. That amount will get you some bandwidth and hardware that can survive the /. effect or render a decent animation.

>I hope they prove me wrong, if this effort succeeded that would be unbelievably awesome on multiple fronts.

Me too, on that we can agree. I'm glad you aren't that jaded after all.

BTW, in case you haven't figured it out I know these guys and they are the type that are worth a flame war at least. On this Paul just wanted some CAD and since its not strictly his area he went with what he knew. There were some good responses in there that may at least help him balance the engineering side vs. the art/marketing.

more than 4 years ago

FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

da' WINS pimp Re:Several OSS CAD apps exist (413 comments)

Seven words - Parent Never Read a Software License

I left one as an exercise for the student.

more than 4 years ago

FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?

da' WINS pimp Re:Sure you are (413 comments)

Ok, I'm gonna feed the Troll on this one...

>But you don't start by landing a manned spaceship on the moon using a development model that's never >effectively been applied to large scale hardware projects.

I thought that was just what Russia and the US did in the 50's and 60's. Granted they had the budgets of their whole countries to wager on it, but that doesn't hold water as an argument either for many reasons. I'll propose one - it may be hard, but not so fantastic to think that a project like this could be done in 2010 for a couple of orders of magnitude less dollars than in 1960. If it can't then maybe we haven't learned anything from history and we are all doomed. I hope not. I could say something about "shoulders of giants" now but I think that was already somewhere on the website.

I'm sorry you are so jaded by your open source volunteer work that you have lost all ability to dream big. Go back to your cube now and do whatever it is you do. Let the dreamers dream big, you sir are apparently not suited to it.

more than 4 years ago

Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations

da' WINS pimp Re:PC Repair Scams (665 comments)

> I think plugging a cartridge into a SNES is harder than installing a PCI card.

If this is not hyperbole you need to learn about ESD. This is probably what fried your all-in-one's motherboard after GS worked on it. When I work inside a server I'm always wearing a strap. When I work on a customer PC I make sure I'm grounded when before I touch components out of the static bag. When I work on my machines, well admittedly sometimes I roll the dice. YMMV.

more than 5 years ago

Steorn's "Free Energy" Jury Comes Back To Bite Them

da' WINS pimp Re:Fraud (213 comments)

Careful there! You might violate one of Scientology's patents.

more than 4 years ago

Siemens, Nokia Helped Provide Iran's Censoring Tech

da' WINS pimp Re:Hell NO! They'll Probably Use As A Selling Poin (280 comments)

We know via the Bush domestic spying program and the revelations to EFF about "secret NSA rooms" in the telco switching centers, that the US has this capability on a massive scale. Link for the uninformed My comment at the time was, "Think what you could do with that equipment."

To assume the Brits or any other mostly solvent government on the planet can't do the same 7 years later is not just naive and funny, it is downright ignorant.

more than 5 years ago

Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year

da' WINS pimp Re:thank god! (445 comments)

Windows right? That's just the spambot taking over your machine and sending out its weekly spooge.
Nothing to see here.

more than 5 years ago

NSA Overstepped the Law On Wiretaps

da' WINS pimp Re:Quit making up rights. (164 comments)

Well I would say that it came a little later in this little thing we call the Bill of Rights:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." - The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

But I do like the way you think! Wish I had mod points tonight.


more than 5 years ago

Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs

da' WINS pimp Keith Cowing? (150 comments)

I read TFA but didn't find any reference to Keith doing any actual work. I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on what he actually did in this process? From my experience all Keith does is play "journalist" and stand around taking pictures on the "projects" he works on. Then he takes credit for just being there as actually "working" on the project. Anyone know? All I've ever seen Keith to do is stand around some then blog about it, maybe occasionally he makes some ad hominem attacks against something/someone he didn't personally like. Maybe I need to rethink my chosen profession.

more than 5 years ago

Mars Desert Research Station Simulates Mars Base

da' WINS pimp Re:Too hot in the desert? (122 comments)

Oh, you mean like in Nunavut, say on Devon Island, would that be far enough north?

Why look, they already did that:

more than 5 years ago

In Leaked Email, NASA Chief Vents On Shuttle Program's End

da' WINS pimp Re:So let's stop faffing around (424 comments)

After reading the actual email I'm more impressed with Griffin than before. I think quite possibly he is the best appointment that Bush has made while in office. Now why Griffin would take such a suicide role I can't begin to fathom. He knew he wasn't going to get what he wanted, and has been saddled by an administration that won't listen to his opinions. You have to admit though, the man has balls and its good to see him thinking ahead to the next administration.

more than 6 years ago


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da' WINS pimp da' WINS pimp writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well for the second time in two weeks I again have mod points. After a two year drought. Wonder what gives... I guess I'll throw Taco and Co. some cash again.


Is it Something I Said?

da' WINS pimp da' WINS pimp writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Ok, all you non-existant readers, what gives? In my first/last post I mentioned that I was getting a lot of moderaton points and inquired about how I should choose whether to post or mod in the Mars themed threads. I got no answers on the question, but aparently someone took offense, because starting a few days after that I have gotten no moderator points, none, nadda, zip, for the last few MONTHS.

Now I don't mean to get pissy here, but I have been a fathfull subscriber since /. started offering to let me pay, and I'm getting a little tight about this. So much so that next time my subscription runs out I will not renew it. All these good "Ask /."'s and no mod points... Anyone care to comment?


To Post Or To Mod...

da' WINS pimp da' WINS pimp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

that is the question...

I actutally could go on with the Bard theme here but it will be simpler if I come right out and say it, in this, my first journal entry. I've had a personal debate going in my head for the last few days regarding all the Mars related articles. To post on the topic or to mod up the good posts? I would mod down the bad ones too, but there is no "Uninformed Moron" mod. Modding has been winning since its quick, but I still feel conflicted.

Those of you who might have actually read some of my posts might also have figured out that I am a member of The Mars Society. I have been since I read chapter 1 of Bob Z's first book The Case for Mars . I have a desire to argue with some of the morons out there that think going to Mars is some kind of sci-fi shit that takes hundreds of billions of dollars and XYZ technology that we don't have yet but will be here Real Soon(TM).

Anyway back to the point, I've been getting buttloads of mod points here lately. I mean like every day, sometimes two and three times in 24hrs. My karma has been excellent for a while, I'm not sure what has changed recently but it is kinda cool. I know I need a life... But dear Slashdot readers what do you think? If this works out I may actually start using this little feature more often.

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