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What To Expect With Windows 9

k6mfw how long can I keep my Win7? (345 comments)

I'm still using my XP and Win98, I bought a Win7 laptop couple years ago and hearing all about Win8, I sure glad I got Win7. I know some people that when Vista came out, they immediately abandoned their XP but saved their files (which most were no good under Vista). Then Win7 came out, they did the same thing again (which I don't blame them for doing so). But they also abandoned Win7 for 8 and suffered problems. Win7 is fine and can do everything (these people are not developers, mostly use Office and surf the web). I don't get it, why do some people do that? I can somewhat understand about getting a new car that has various gadgets to impress the chicks. But a computer?

5 hours ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

k6mfw Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (252 comments)

It seems very wealthy have become very good at gaming the system. Watching the PBS program "The Roosevelts" it mentioned of the time when very wealthy controlled almost all commerce and markets. Then there was everyone else that got "Morganized" with lower wages and grueling work hours with almost no chance to get ahead, i.e. whatever earnings made had to be spent at company store. Teddy Roosevelt broke this trend with "big government" and these guys JP Morgan, Rockefeller, etc. said TR doesn't have that power in the Constitution. But TR said Constitution was for the people. But nowadays we see growing wealth inequality and favoritism like "corporations are people too" and this trend of going back to what it used to be in late 1800s is not a good sign. Though all the Ayn Rands say, "too bad" but do consider US doesn't have industrial base like it used to.

13 hours ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

k6mfw Flying Wing, XF-11, etc. (183 comments)

It will be interesting to see how all things line up after we know the details and backroom discussions. Earlier aerospace vehicles looked vastly superior but never went anywhere. While lots of conspiracy theories, it was later documented Howard Hughes with innovative and creative designs (and also a celebrity engineer) did not have industrial capacity to build aircraft in quantity. I'm certain B36 was chosen over the B49 flying wing because USAF needed range and payload the Flying Wing could not deliver. Then there was the issue of having to pay taxes on used XB49s so all the Flying Wings were destroyed. Though unmanned Dragon has flown and manned Dragon seems just around the corner, does SpaceX have capacity to make spaceships in quantity? But maybe there really isn't a need for large quantities of manned spacecraft? Or maybe it's just backroom deals. Almost all of us don't really know as virtually all information is third hand or presentations by key people but they really don't give us all the juicy facts.

yesterday
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

k6mfw Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (177 comments)

shooting a laser is easier than shooting a bullet. Laser goes speed of light (obviously) but a bullet needs to be targeted, has considerable travel time, good chance of missing, etc. Scary thing is a high power laser can quickly cover a wide area, blind large numbers of people without considering if they are enemy troops (including conscripts dumped in the field by an emperor) or protesters against government practices.

yesterday
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

k6mfw Re:Possession is nine-tenths of the law... (211 comments)

I was thinking some private group or company snags an asteroid says, "alright if you want me, come and get me. In the meantime, neeeyaa, neeeyaa, neeeyaa!"

4 days ago
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L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

k6mfw Re:Of course they don't need the full spectrum (79 comments)

I'm somewhat confused. Each ATSC channel is a fixed 6 MHz wide spectrum. They can either do one HD channel or four SD channels (I think but I cannot find solid technical info on TV broadcast except very general info that is aggregates of what everyone else posted, or very esoteric technical specific). I can get MPEG2 is high bandwidth and not that great compared to H264 but MPEG2 continues on because that's the way it is (like DVDs).

I was talking with someone who gave additional reason to cut cord from Comcast is HD from OTA is far superior than on cable which is highly compressed to transmit all those channels down the coax.

Speaking of technical, it was only recently you can easily find actual frequencies used by TV stations (needed if you are using UHF wireless mics). After the DTV transition, I could not find actual frequencies used which drove me nuts because those that say it is same as NTSC are wrong (well yes and no, digital channel is same freq as NTSC channel, but stations go by virtual channel which many are different). Get the freq here,
http://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/... put CA for state to show all broadcast TV stations in Calif.

for this diatribe, here's the data of these two stations from FCC site (freq from old school NTSC channel):
both stations are Full(DT) in Los Angeles Call Sign KLCS
Virtual Ch 58
Digital Ch 41 [632-638 MHz]
Licensee LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Call Sign KCET
Virtual Ch 28
Digital Ch 28 [554-560 MHz]
Licensee KCETLINK

Oh well, for you all RF types (yes, there is a low power NTSC station on analog ch 6),
Call Sign, Virtual Ch, Full/Low Power, Digital Ch, Licensee
KABC-TV 7 Full(DT) 7 ABC HOLDING COMPANY, INC.
KCAL-TV 9 Full(DT) 9 LOS ANGELES TELEVISION STATION KCAL LLC
KCBS-TV 2 Full(DT) 43 CBS BROADCASTING INC.
KCET 28 Full(DT) 28 KCETLINK
KCOP-TV 13 Full(DT) 13 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
KEDD-LD - Low (LD) 50 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KFLA-LD - Low (LD) 8 ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
KHIZ-LD - Low (LD) 2 JEFF CHANG
KHTV-CD - Low (DC) 27 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KIIO-LD - Low (LD) 10 BAGRAT SARGSYAN
KLCS 58 Full(DT) 41 LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
KMEX-DT 34 Full(DT) 34 KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
KMRZ-LD - Low (LD) 22 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KNBC 4 Full(DT) 36 NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE LLC
KNET-CD - Low (DC) 25 NRJ TV III CA LICENSE CO., LLC
KNLA-CD - Low (DC) 50 NRJ TV III CA LICENSE CO., LLC
KSFV-CD - Low (DC) 22 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KSFV-LP 6 Low (TX) Analog Ch 6 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KSMV-LD - Low (LD) 23 KJLA, LLC
KTBV-LD - Low (LD) 12 EICB-TV WEST, LLC
KTLA 5 Full(DT) 31 KTLA, LLC
KTTV 11 Full(DT) 11 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
KVHD-LD - Low (LD) 40 NEW YORK SPECTRUM HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
KWHY-TV 22 Full(DT) 42 KWHY-22 BROADCASTING, LLC

4 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

k6mfw Re:I plan to wear my finest tinfoil hat! (151 comments)

I can get aluminum foil to make myself a hat, but tin foil? I did a quick search but only find pages discussing aluminum foil and computer security software and systems. Now I'm curious, we all hear the jokes but I really want to make myself a tinfoil hat. Not that it will do anything but have something that actually exists (like putting a label "Any" on one of infrequently used keys on a keyboard so I can properly respond to prompts, "press any key to continue" (if you don't have an "Any" key, then you are hosed).

4 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

k6mfw Re:Every space program is for peaceful purposes (100 comments)

> Is it a coincidence that the Shuttle's cargo bay was a perfect fit for US spy satellites?

No, it isn't, and everyone with a clue (a class which does not include you) knows it, so salaciously implying it was some kind of a secret

yes and no. In late '60s and early '70s NASA specified width of cargo bay be 15 ft as anything smaller will make space station modules too cramped for people. USAF wanted cargo bay 60 ft long for their satellites, otherwise NASA would have it shorter (making design for orbiter easier). Shuttles were being planned and scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg in later 1980s. Lots of work done on SLC-6 and long landing strip, and Enterprise was used for configuration checks at SLC-6. Missions were planned but Challenger accident put a stop to all that (and military had to scramble to get Titan back on line to launch their sats).

5 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

k6mfw Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (530 comments)

Which means most independent observers have long concluded the Castros like the embargo

I read someplace else Cuba can easily do business with other countries but their guvmint is pretty screwed up that other countries don't want to do business with.

5 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

k6mfw funding contributed by you (100 comments)

from purchasing manufactured items (that used to be done here in US).

5 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

k6mfw Re:STEM (347 comments)

Someone commented in IEEE Spectrum we have all these STEM programs that pushes people from high school through college and into the real world like World War One soldiers into the trenches. What is lacking are experienced people in the work environment to share their experience, but these newbies have to fend for themselves while learning the trade (and pay off huge debt).

about a week ago
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When Scientists Give Up

k6mfw Re:Stop using tax dollars (347 comments)

We need more privately funded research, like we had in the days of Bell Labs or Xerox PARC.

It was a different country that had Bell Labs and Xerox PARC. Same reason why it is so difficult if not impossible to send people to the moon and back because this is not the same country as it was before.

However, I wonder what kind of research Google is doing? We see the self driving cars but is there some other stuff they are doing but not talking about? After all, they can easily hire a bunch of really young superbright PhD types, give them a facility and a few billion dollars, turn them loose on whatever.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

k6mfw Re:old phones (363 comments)

speaking of old phones, I had a Motorola flip phone (with GTE Wireless label). Though it was big but great for driving because buttons were large, I can use tacit feel when dialing so I don't have to take my eyes off the road. It had no text messaging but since it was pure analog, I can have a full fidelity conversation (and it was loud, perfect to accommodate road noise) and both me and other person can clearly hear each other. Nowadays you text because voice quality is terrible.

But another issue is in this world of high demand like more hours at work, more tasks to do, more IT kinds of things (and I'm not talking about watching corny vids on youtube), etc. Now traffic is become brutal at least here in Silicon Valley. It is painfully slow and damn going 1 mph for such a long time, it's difficult to not get on the 'net and take care of some tasks. But have to be careful and not impulse drive when traffic goes from 1 to 15 mph, and then bump the curve, take out a parking meter in front of a traffic cop.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

k6mfw Re:its the fundamentals most drivers suck at. (363 comments)

Acura and Audi drivers are the worst.

I used to drive an Acura, 1996 model, but when I had to get another car I never considered Acuras because windows are much smaller. I drove a 2012 model, it was terrible with small windows, zillion blindspots. I guess add type of person that drives Acuras but getting back to all new cars where they have airbags in the window frames which further reduces visibility.

4. phones.: I get it, in gridlock it seems pleasant to text someone but speaking from experience its nothing short of stupid. Ive personally watched as an inattentive driver, at impulse speed, slowly mount a curb in their ford excursion and proceed to deacpitate a parking meter in plain view of a traffic cop.

did you pull out your phone and take a video of this event and post on youtube?

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

k6mfw Re:Cash (111 comments)

interesting document, thanks for link. heh, come to this thread about payment systems getting hacked and veer off into counterfeit money. I don't shop Home Depot often, last time was there bought electrical supplies and paid cash (with real money of course). I'd hate if I used my CC and then get up the next day and read about Home Depot.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

k6mfw Re:Cash (111 comments)

repeat the process to authorize accepting $50s or $100s.

yes, give a $100 bill at any store and they will spend some time examining it. Except in Las Vegas, that gets as much attention as a quarter (unless things have changed in past 10 years). I read leading counterfeit bills are $10. $100 attract attention, $1 not worth time counterfeiting, but the $10 bill is good candidate because Treasury Dept is always changing the colors so nobody really keeps track on what an authentic bill looks like.

But how does a suspected counterfeit feels like? the real bills are special material that is hard to duplicate.

Some years ago couple teenagers had access to a color copy machine. They copied and printed lots of "money," went to Vegas and had a great time. They buy something trivial when cashier is really busy with long lines of people, give them a "$20" and receive legit change. But their luck ran out couple days later when a cashier took the money, "wait, this feels like regular paper." These days ***never*** copy money in a copy machine, a former Xerox tech told me. If it detects money, it will brick itself and only some guy from Xerox Japan can unlock the copy machine.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

k6mfw Re:Excellent Question (191 comments)

Another consideration is potential damage to underground water resources, if that gets polluted, all of us are toast. You can live without gas, but cannot live without water.

about a week ago
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NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus

k6mfw Re:Yes or noes (51 comments)

you mean like go where no one has gone before, like Europa?

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

k6mfw Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

When WWI ended, something needed to be done with the lands. Most of it worked out somewhat well.

not really. borders drawn by cartographers in Europe resulted in lots of messy stuff we've been dealing for decades.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

k6mfw Re:Where's the "yes but never got caught" option (230 comments)

I figured that even if someone did manage to trace my sudonym back to myself that noone cares at this point and even if they did there is zero evidence left and I could always just claim that I made it all up.

Unless you are running for congress, senate, or president then your opponents will use this against you. If you are not a millionaire then this career choice is not an option.

Hey, what if years from now someone running for election at state or federal level gets some dirt uncovered from when they did mischievous things when they were a child. i.e. recovered Facebook, Twitter, Instagram shenanigans.

about two weeks ago

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Yuri's Night: April 12, 1961 first human spaceflight

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "April 12, 1961 USSR launches Yuri Gagarin making the first human orbital spaceflight. This is when both countries USA and USSR got real serious on developing human spaceflight capabilities. April 12, 1981 USA launches Space Shuttle making the first reusable spacecraft flight but for nearly 20 years it had no place to go. But the Russians have a space station so both countries teamed up on International Space Station. April 12 becomes the perfect date to celebrate space, technology, art, sciences, and engineering."
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Military surplus a bonanza for law enforcement

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "from the article: "San Francisco may be known for antiwar movements and peace rallies, but when local law enforcement agencies needed help with supplies, they've turned to the U.S. military."
"A total of 163,344 new and used items valued at $26.2 million — from bath mats acquired by the sheriff of Sonoma County to a full-tracked tank for rural San Joaquin County — were transferred last year to state and local agencies.""

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Cars: The Next Victims of Cyberattacks

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "From IEEE Spectrum, http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/embedded-systems/cars-the-next-victims-of-cyberattacks, "Every year, automakers endow vehicles with more brainpower. But the computer hardware engineered to keep cars from crashing or to keep drivers entertained might soon be co-opted by criminals intent on attacking a single driver or causing widespread havoc. Several research groups have independently demonstrated smart cars’ vulnerability to cyberattacks. Security firm McAfee reported an incident where a disgruntled former employee at a Texas car dealership used a remote car deactivation system to simultaneously shut off the engines of 100 vehicles."

Personally I don't like the trends of car design, i.e. button to start/stop engine that is a computer input instead of direct on/off of ignition system. I also don't like trends towards less visibility (shorter windows) which lead to higher chances of collisions. And uni-body construction, a basic fender bender may be extremely expensive to repair."

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STS-135 ET to Transmit Video During Re-Entry

k6mfw k6mfw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

k6mfw (1182893) writes "STS-135 External Tank to Transmit Video During Re-Entry

http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?303039-Space-Shuttle-s-ET138-Video-downlink
M0ODV on QRZ.com writes:
âNASA engineers have installed a camera on the external fuel tank (ET) which will transmit live pictures of its destructive burn up on re-entry. The live FM transmitted signal will be on 2272.5 MHz at 10 watts. The camera captures images at (NTSC) frame rate of 30 frames per second and will burn up over the Pacifc Ocean over the east coast of New Zealand, entry interface (EI) will begin at 400,000 ft over southern Australia and can be seen with the naked eye.”

STS-135: External Tank death camera ready
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/sts-135-atlantis-tcdt-external-tank-death-camera-ready/

“We have not yet been able to analytically confirm if a plasma blackout condition will present a TV reception problem prior to breakup.”

STS-135: Tank Camera modification aimed at filming footage of ET-138’s death
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/06/sts-135-camera-modification-aimed-filming-footage-et-138s-death/

“The prospect of footage from the tank itself — as it vents and starts to disintegrate — on the final ever shuttle mission, may not be up to the high standards of the Soyuz ‘Flyabout’ footage of Endeavour and the ISS, but it would provide a potentially stunning viewpoint of the final Shuttle ET, prior to its demise.”"

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