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Man Builds 737 Simulator In a Garage

fpp Pretty cool, however... (102 comments)

I'd really like to see a Millennium Falcon simulator. Full sized cockpit, attacking Star Destroyers, rescuing amputees from weather vanes, the whole nine yards. That would be impressive. Most impressive.

more than 2 years ago

Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

fpp Re:TSN? Gimme a break (201 comments)

My opinion only of course, but The Social Network is the best film of the year, followed closely by Inception. That opinion is not based on what anyone else says, that's based on me seeing it without knowing much about it when I went in. The reason why The Social Network comes first? Excellent directing, dense, rapid-fire, intelligent script, a great score, sharp, effective editing, and effective casting and performances all around. Hell, even the cinematography is excellent, especially when you see it on Bluray. There are few films that hold my attention all the way through. Most of them slow down or get down right boring during the saggy middle act. Not The Social Network. It was riveting all the way through. It's very difficult to create a good movie about anything, and it's damn near impossible to create a good movie that's mostly someone talking or typing on the keyboard, or telling a complex story cohesively. The Social Network does it all extremely well. I liked Inception, but I had difficulty following the plot. For that reason alone, it goes to my number 2 spot.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

fpp Re:Thumb drives in a fire proof safe (680 comments)

What manufacturer are you using? I only write to the drives once, and that's it, then they go into storage. I've been storing data for years this way (even from the very early models with a whopping 16mb of memory!) and I've never had a problem. Every once in a while I transfer data from the older drives to newer ones just to be safe, but I've had far fewer problems with them than hard drives.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

fpp Re:a good home backup strategy (680 comments)

Hope you wrap the drive in an ESD safe bag first. Would hate for all the static that bubblewrap generates to zap your drives!

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

fpp Thumb drives in a fire proof safe (680 comments)

The price of a couple of thumb drives is insignificant compared to the price of your vacation and the memories associated with the photos. I buy a thumb drive for every vacation and store them this way, in a medium sized fire proof safe. Yes, thumb drive storage is more expensive than hard drive storage, but I trust their longevity more than I would a hard drive.

more than 3 years ago

SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?

fpp Re:Can't make a call from inside (337 comments)

Height is only one factor. There are many factors for using a sat system with an external antenna, including antenna type, placement on the airframe, cable type, length, termination quality, and so on. Cabling is especially important. What kind of system are you using? Is it Iridium based, or Globalstar, or another type?

more than 3 years ago

SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?

fpp Re:Can't make a call from inside (337 comments)

I second this. I also work in the industry and people generally don't know that not only do you have to be outside, but you have to have a clear line of sight to the sky and not be near obstructions like buildings. Also, the higher off the ground you are, or the higher the elevation, the better. Even in the best conditions, the call quality can vary as a satellite goes over the horizon and passes your call to another satellite. Also, satellite calls are very expensive, and the hand held units, although getting smaller (like the Iridium 9555 handset), are still bigger than a large cell phone.

more than 3 years ago

TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges On Planes

fpp Maybe I should try smuggling... (633 comments)

...some explosives inside an annoying crying baby, then they'd ban them.

more than 3 years ago

Beliefs Conform To Cultural Identities

fpp One needs to look no further than religion (629 comments)

to know that most people don't base their beliefs on facts. Like there is no evidience for Jesus outside of the Bible.

more than 4 years ago

Tin Whiskers — Fact Or Fiction?

fpp Re:Robert Cringley wrote it so its gonna be bolloc (459 comments)

Don't forget the media and pretty much everyone else said there was going to be chaos. Cringely got LOTS of emails about the subject at the time, most of them pointing out how wrong he was, and that the world was indeed doomed. My point was that Cringely HAS said something sensible.

more than 6 years ago


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