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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

fewnorms I'm skeptical (298 comments)

These particles, stored in a vacuum, react to the Earth's magnetic field.

... it's secure too—the technology is apparently interference-proof.

I work for a company that deals with inertial navigation systems, specifically systems based on mechanical gyroscopes. The reason we use gyroscopes is because testing, running, and updating our tools for the last 30 years has shown us that we are inherently more precise than a magnetic measurement tool that measures the Earth's (local) magnetic field. Contrary to our tools, a magnetic measurement device is easily influenced by outside interference. Events like variations in the solar wind, such as solar flares, can easily interfere with the local magnetic field, which in turn changes your measurement of the field. Of course you can compensate for this with a lot of math, but even then those tools are still not as accurate as the tools we provide. I'd really like to know how they solved that problem, if they actually did.

about 7 months ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

fewnorms Re:So, time to scrap TSA/airport security checks (208 comments)

Yeah they do. Every time I buy something post-security at an airport, I have to show my boarding pass, which then gets scanned. So, whatever it is that I bought is now tied to me via my boarding pass. They know. If and how they process this information is a totally different matter.

about a year ago
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AMD Reveals Roadmap For ARM and X86 SoCs

fewnorms Radion? (75 comments)

I'm sure that has to be Radeon right? Overall, pretty nice. Good to see AMD realizing what direction the wind is blowing.

about a year ago
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Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

fewnorms Do good ... (569 comments)

... get fired. I see a trend here.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

fewnorms Re:Houston has 4 Major league teams (128 comments)

I never said they were? The guy specifically mentioned them being Minor League Hockey....

about a year and a half ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

fewnorms Re:Why not Houston? (128 comments)

I remember hearing that public transit or even biking was near impossible in houston due likely to gas and car companies' influence.

Well, that's not entirely true. There's been huge improvements for bikers in general by the upgrades and construction of miles and miles of bike trails. Here's some more info on those trails. You can get from most suburbs all the way to Downtown by staying on (nicely maintained) trails these days, which is pretty nice.
Now as far as public transport is concerned, you're somewhat correct in terms of the quality not being very high, nor extensive. We have one measly light rail track, but completely focused on connecting downtown Houston with the very close-by Medical Center. Apparently they're looking at adding a second route at the moment.
However, don't forget that in a city as sprawling as Houston, connecting suburbs is a nightmare. We're spread out over roughly 600 square miles. That's a LOT of land to cover for any kind of public transportation. Cars are a daily part of life in a city like this. No car almost equals no job nor social life around here.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

fewnorms Why not Houston? (128 comments)

Still think this should've gone to Houston. Search google, there's a TON of dark fiber already in the Houston area. With a bit of help, that could've been a great infrastructure right there. Oh well, guess since Austin is the hip place to be in Texas, we just get bypassed :)

about a year and a half ago
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Serious Problems With USB and Ethernet On the Raspberry Pi

fewnorms Re:Dealextreme has the equivalent of these... (202 comments)

Sounds good in theory for what I need it to do. Got a link to this stuff?
No idea how big this thing is though, the Raspberry Pi is a very attractive size for what it is...

more than 2 years ago
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Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac

fewnorms Re:No ethernet... (133 comments)

Right here, if the rumors are true of course. I don't really doubt it, it seems to be in line with Apple's way of thinking these days.
Then again, for now these are indeed all rumors. Here's hoping they do actually include a port.

more than 2 years ago
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Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac

fewnorms No ethernet... (133 comments)

Which is a major downside to all of this news for us in companies.

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid the 'Size of a Minivan' Exploded Over California

fewnorms Re:Too bad (279 comments)

I see you have not yet watched Fox News...

more than 2 years ago
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Turning Your Home Wiring Into a Giant Antenna

fewnorms Re:Easier ways (135 comments)

Be happy they didn't call this 'Sensor Nodes Utilizing Conductive Infrastructure' ... the short version of that would not be pretty. Come to think of it, the short version IS not that pretty :)

more than 4 years ago
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36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist

fewnorms Poor guy... (268 comments)

Linking to his poor server twice in as many days. The slashdot hordes make their presence felt yet again!

More on topic though, very honestly, what did he expect submitting it to the Apple and Android app stores? That Sony would just let that happen? Then again, with all the copies already downloaded (did anyone actually get to download it?) it'll be very hard for Sony to prevent this from spreading...

more than 4 years ago
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Special Master Appointed In Jammie Thomas Case

fewnorms Re:Not about $ (147 comments)

Don't forget that having a ridiculously high sum in judgement would most likely act more as a deterrent to current and potential 'pirates' than a reasonable one would. Or so they think. Or not. Heavens knows what these guys are thinking.

more than 4 years ago
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Masten and Armadillo Perform First VTVL Restarts

fewnorms Re:Just a step... (94 comments)

Sounds to me like this would be perfect for the deployment method the Mars Science Lab has planned. Only drawback I can think of is that Armadillo's rockets may not have been tested and built to full NASA specs?

By the way, everyone's talking about Armadillo here. Now I'm not saying they didn't do an awesome job and yes, I think Carmack is at least a demi-god, but let's not forget it was two teams that made it. Congrats to both Masten Aerospace and Armadillo on achieving this pretty impressive milestone!

more than 4 years ago

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Monitoring a home internet connection for issues

fewnorms fewnorms writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fewnorms (630720) writes "I recently moved into an apartment complex, which only has one available ISP/TV/phone provider. These guys are resellers, with them buying in internet, TV and phone connections from other companies. Since a few weeks I've been having serious issues with the internet connection, which will just die on me, or slow down to a crawl. Ping times of 4000+ have been seen so far on occasion, with pings results being received every 50 or more pings with on average around 10-15% packet loss over a 24h period. I've been running continuous pings in a terminal for the last week or so, to have 'evidence' for the cable company showing the connection drops and slowdowns. They're not buying it and insist the connection is fine. I've tried 2 different modems and 3 routers to see if the problem is on my end. My question is this: is there something better than running a ping, while saving the results to a text file, to monitor connection issues which will log the time/date of a problem the results of which I could hand over to them to show them it really is their problem?"

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