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Terry Childs Denied Motion For Retrial

gyrogeerloose It's The Law! (223 comments)

Withhold a password, go to jail.

Not really sure that justice was served here but the guy really was a first-rate dickhead.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Tech Can Deblur Images Automatically

gyrogeerloose Re:lol yea sure (204 comments)

. If another OSS project gets named after a disability, I'm sure the gimp devs will incorporate it somehow.

I guess they haven't heard about my OSS project, TARD, yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

gyrogeerloose Re:I'm puzzled (384 comments)

Barstow and Lodi... More cosmopolitan, hip metropolises you'll never find. I'm thinking "Monorail"...

Don't forget Buttonwillow.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:In a word... (376 comments)

I did not say code is a licensing requirement. What I said was that a person holding a technician class license is limited to the CW segment of the 40m band.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:VHF/UHF are mainly line of sight (376 comments)

It's the "open" part I was wondering about. All of the autopatches I was ever aware of required entering a DTMF code and getting the code (understandably) required membership in the organization that maintained the repeater. The only one left here in San Diego County is that way.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:In a word... (376 comments)

Uh, that's what I was getting at.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:X-Band Repeat - don't do it. (376 comments)

Okay, let's start the one about the mobile unit set to cross-band repeat being in violation of FCC regs for not IDing itself every 10 minutes instead.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

Especially if you're in distress of some sort. Plus, you generally only have a few minutes of air time available to you on each pass.

RR on the tracking software, turns out I was incorrect about the software for iOS and Android needing an Internet connection.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

Still, you could put together a circular slide rule to compute the satellite's position. No need for an internet hookup.

Um, I think that trying to calculate Keplerian elements while in distress might be a tad impractical even with a circular slide rule. Turns out, though, that I was incorrect about the iPhone and Android apps requiring an Internet connection. They only need to be updated periodically.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

It's the latter. I did a little research and it turns out I was mistaken about requiring an Internet connection.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

I thought comm satellites were geostationary.

Not amateur radio satellites. It costs a lot of money to up a satellite in geosynchronous orbit, far more than even a bunch of hams could come up with. As a result, amateur radio satellites are usually piggybacked on commercial launches with a bit of spare capacity and end up in a much lower orbit.

You can go to the Amsat Web site for more details.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re: Grave Danger (376 comments)

While I agree with you about the danger from humans being the least of someone's worries while out in the back country, you are incorrect about VHF direction finding. In fact, "fox hunting" is a popular activity among amateur radio operators.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:VHF/UHF are mainly line of sight (376 comments)

Working on my Extra now, hope to have it in a couple of months. A lot of math involved, something I'm not very good at.

Drop me an e-mail at [mycallsign] @ cox.net if you'd like to set up a QSO some time. I work 20m (days) and 40m (evenings) PSK31 a lot.

73 de KJ6BSO

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

There is sat tracking software for both Android and the iPhone.

Yes, but they require a working Internet connection

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amateur satellites (376 comments)

Perhaps he could use an Android phone with a ham sat tracking app.

I see there's one called HamSatDroid but I haven't tried it myself.

I believe that app requires a working Internet connection. If he's got a phone with a working Internet connection, he doesn't need ham radio.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:In a word... (376 comments)

True enough, but he's going to have a hard time learning how to use an FT-817 in an emergency if he can only use it as a technician most of the time. He'd be limited to CW on small portions of of 15, 40 and 80m, and 200KHz of phone privileges on 10m. Plus, the FT-817 only puts out five watts and weighs 2.5 pounds, which is twice what he said was his maximum weight.

more than 4 years ago
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Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

gyrogeerloose Re:What a joke of a survey. (490 comments)

Nothing really unique about that, creationists have been practicing that for about 200 years.

Yeah, agreed. I was going to use them as an example then decided it was a little too much like karma whoring.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Nope (376 comments)

My wife gets upset when I make disparaging cracks about truck drivers, doesn't seem to get that it's an inside joke.

more than 4 years ago
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Amateur Radio In the Backcountry?

gyrogeerloose Re:Amen to that!!! (376 comments)

I'd have to agree with you on that.

Funny thing, however: I lived for over fifty years without a cell phone and never worried about being out of touch. Now that I've had one for while, though, I feel naked if forget it when I leave the house.

more than 4 years ago
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Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

gyrogeerloose Re:What a joke of a survey. (490 comments)

Who did they ask? People inside of Apple's campus.. You've got to be kidding me.

Got to love it--some research challenges your preconceived notions so, of course, the only thing to do is reconsider said notions, right?

Wrong. Better to disparage the research than admit they might have been incorrect.

more than 4 years ago

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Apple Video Takes On Droid X

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "In it's campaign to demonstrate that every other smart phone has antenna problems too, Apple has posted a video on their Web site which shows the signal bars on a Motorola Droid X dropping from three signal bars to zero when held in a grip very similar to the infamous "Death Grip" that is often mentioned as a cause of dropped calls on the iPhone 4."
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France says D-Star ham radio mode is illegal

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "Citing "national security concerns," the French Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP, France's equivalent of the U.S. FCC) has ruled that D-Star, a amateur radio digital signal mode used world-wide, is illegal because it could allow operators to connect to the Internet.The ARCEP also cites alleged concerns regarding Cryptography & National Security as well as the use of a proprietary CODEC. While it's true that the D-Star CODEC is proprietary, it's owner has openly licensed (for a fee, of course) it to any manufacturer who wants to build it into their equipment. Any licensed amateur radio operator who lives within the E.U. can sign an online petition protesting this decision. The petition will be presented to the European Parliament."
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Apple reverses its Ulysses comic rejection

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "In yet another of what's become an almost predictable cycle of events, Apple today reversed it's rejection of the 'Ulysses Seen' Web comic, admitting 'We made a mistake.' The comic is now available in the App Store--just in time for Bloomsday, June 16th. The comic's author, Robert Berry is pleased and adds that Apple 'never acted as a censor, never told us what we could or could not say. ... We didn't believe these were good guidelines for art, but respected their rights to sell content that met their guidelines at their own store. Apple is not a museum or a library for new content then, so much as they are a grocer.'"
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Authorities Begin Examination of Gizmodo Computers

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "CNET reports that the San Mateo County DA's office has appointed a special master to examine the computers and other items seized in late April at the residence of Gizmodo's Jason Chen. A special master is "a neutral third party appointed by the court to assist in the carrying out of judicial orders." The job of the agent, who is unpaid, is to collect information he or she believes is pertinent to the investigation and present it to both the court and Chen's lawyers for discussion and final determination of what evidence will be provided to the district attorney for investigation. The process is expected to take up to two months."
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The Sun's Odd Behavior

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "Most of us know about the sun's eleven-year activity cycle. However, relatively few other than scientists (and amateur radio operators) are aware that the current solar minimum has lasted much longer than expected. The last solar cycle, Cycle 24, bottomed out in 2008 and Cycle 25 should be well on it's way towards maximum by now but the sun has remained unusually quiescent with very few sunspots. While solar physicists agree that this is odd, the explanation remains elusive."
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Steve Ballmer to present at Apple's WWDC?

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "According to Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, a portion of Steve Jobs' keynote has been set aside for--wait for it--Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft! Ballmer will reportedly be talking about Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 development package. According to Chowdhry, the new version of Visual Studio will allow developers to write native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. Currently, developers may only create iPhone and Mac OS applications from within Apple's own Xcode development suite which only runs on Macs."
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Extensions for Safari to be announced at the WWDC?

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "John Gruber of Daring Fireball has suggested the possibility that Apple will announce a new extension archtecture for it's Web browser. In his latest blog, Gruber made this sly comment: '[one] big thing that's missing is a proper extension API. If only Apple had an imminent developer conference where they could unveil such a thing.' If this is true, it will be a great boon to Mac users who like Safari's page rendering performance and compliance with Web standards but would like to be able to take advantage of the types of plug-ins available for Chrome and Firefox."
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Judge orders Gizmodo search warrant unsealed

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "The same judge who issued the warrant to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's apartment has ordered it unsealed, ruling against the San Mateo County (California) district attorney's office which had argued that unsealing the documents may compromise the investigation. Several media organizations have sought to have the documents unsealed in order to determine whether the county had a legal basis for the warrant, stating "Otherwise, there is no way for the public to serve as a check on the conduct of law enforcement officers, the prosecutors and the courts in this case.""
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Steam Mac software now available for download

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "Mac users can now download the Steam client software. Unfortunately, the Steam game download service itself is still in closed beta and not yet available to the general public. Hopefully, the wait will not be long--service for Mac was scheduled to go online today."
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Robert Reich defends Apple in anti-trust probe

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "Robert Reich, former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, has gone on record in his blog opposing any federal anti-trust action against Apple, Inc. Stating that 'Our future well being depends [...] on people like Steve Jobs who invent real products that can improve our lives,' he suggests that the effort required to investigate Apple would be better spent going after the investment banking industry."
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First Photos from Solar Dynamics Observatory

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "NASA has released the first photos from it's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. Launched this past February and currently in orbit approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth, the SDO is "the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun." Judging by the photos alone, this would be damning the craft with faint praise. If all goes well, we can look forward to five years of awesome photographs of our neighborhood star."
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Apple to buy ARM?

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "An article in the London Evening Standard claims that Apple has made an $8 billion offer to acquire ARM Holdings. For those few Slashdotters who don't already know, ARM makes the processor chips that power Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. However, ARM processors are also used by other manufacturers, including Palm and, perhaps most significantly, companies building Android phones. This explains why Apple might be willing to spend so much on the deal--almost 20% of it's cash reserves. Being able to control who gets to use the processors (and, more importantly, who doesn't) would give Apple a huge advantage over it's competitors."
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The Legality of Gizmodo's iPhone Acquisition

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "A report at Daily Finance examines whether Gawker Media's possession of the iPhone constituted possession of stolen property or left it open to civil charges due to misappropriation of trade secrets.The key aspect of the question is whether the person who found the phone made the "reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him," that are required by California law. While Gizmodo claims that the iPhone's finder apparently "asked around" at the bar where the device was found and attempted to call several Apple support numbers the following day, the finder failed to take some of the most basic steps to reunite the device with its owner, including speaking to the bar management (who stated that the engineer who lost it called "numerous times" looking for it) or contacting the Redwood City Police Department."
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Apple considering AMD Chips?

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "While Apple has sourced it's microprocessors solely from Intel since it's switch to the x86 architecture, AMD executives and sales reps have been seen on the company's campus recently giving rise to speculation that Apple may be considering using AMD chips in future offerings. Various theories have been put forth for this, including issues of limited availability of certain Intel chips and new chipset designs from Intel which have interfered with Apple's partnership with NVida to develop a standardized graphics chipset design that could be used across it's entire line. There is also speculation that the talks with AMD may amount to nothing more than something to be used as a bargaining chip in Apple's negotiations with Intel."
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Adobe admits Flash prohibition could hurt business

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "In it's most recent SEC filing, Adobe acknowledges that the restrictions against Flash on recent Apple products--iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad--could hurt it's business over the long term. According to a Business Week article, "earlier SEC filings from Adobe contained language noting that it wished to work with Apple on the iPhone platform but required cooperation from Apple in order to do so.""
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Apple Selling Contract-Free iPhones in U.S.

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "According to Gizmondo, a leaked internal Apple corporate document states that iPhones are now available for purchase without proof of an existing AT&T contract. While his makes it possible for users to unlock their phones for use on Verizon's network, AT&T remains the only U.S. carrier that will support all of the iPhone's features, such as visual voice mail."
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Amateur records the "sound" of Mars Express

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "A French amateur radio operator who built his own ground station using equipment from an abandoned telecom uplink site has listened in on the ESA's Mars Express space probe. While his antenna is too small to allow him to download actual data, he was able to record and convert the signal of the probe's X-Band transmitter into an audio file, which can be heard here."
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World's Fastest Graphene Transistor Demonstrated

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "In a recently-published paper in the magazine Science, researchers have demonstrated a radio-frequency graphene transistor with the highest cut-off frequency achieved so far for any graphene device — 100 GHz, roughly four times faster than any previous transistor. Graphene is a single atom-thick layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal honeycomb-like arrangement. This two-dimensional form of carbon has unique electrical, optical, mechanical and thermal properties and its technological applications are being explored intensely."
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FCC concerned iPad will cause wireless congestion

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gyrogeerloose (849181) writes "The FCC is concerned that the iPad will overburden already slow wireless networks. In a a blog posted on an FCC Web site, Phil Bellaria and John Leibovitz likened the iPad's potential impact to "the congestion dialup users experienced following AOL’s 1996 decision to allow unlimited internet use." They propose solving the problem by allocating more of the RF spectrum to cellular networks. Given the finite nature of the RF spectrum, this means taking bandwidth away from current users, Bellaria and Leibovitz say, stating "spectrum can no longer remain attached solely to uses deemed valuable decades ago.""
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So Long, Slashdot

gyrogeerloose gyrogeerloose writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The time has come to say goodbye to Slashdot. Slashdot and I had a good run together but, as all too often happens with relationships, we've grown apart.

In this case, that's thanks mainly to the changes in the meta-moderation system that once kept rampant trolling and fanboy-ism in check. No longer, however; now the various fanboys--MS, Apple, Android, Freetards--are allowed to run rampant with impunity. The once vibrant debates no longer exist, replaced by mere name calling. I'm afraid that the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory has been proven once again. I get enough of that in my real life, I don't need it online too.

So long, Slashdot, and good luck. I'll drop by once in a while to see how you're fairing.

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