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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

labnet Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

So if I said:
I stopped watching 60 minutes 10 years ago, because went from serious journalism to trashy current affairs program.

Then that would be ad-hominem .?

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

labnet Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

The book of Revelation has the ultimate answer for "It's bulky. It can be forgotten, or lost" and "My wallet is on a chain"

It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It's a human number: six hundred sixty-six. (Revelation 13:15-18 MSG)

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

labnet Been there, didn't work. (342 comments)

I worked with a chemist 15 years ago to develop such a product. A professor had found a salt, Fast Blue B, would change color specific to THC.
We were charged with trying to commercialize this, BUT, we couldn't prove that blood ratio had anything to do with breath concentration.

Breathalyzers for Alcohol are calibrated with an inferred ratio of 2100:1, of blood/breath concentration ratio. This is usually a fairly accurate assumption. The alcohol molecule is very volatile. THC on the other hand is a very different beast. If someone has smoked Marijuana, what you are reading is the residue on the lining of the airways which has a very poor correlation to what is in their blood.

This alone was enough to kill the idea, because ingesting vs smoking would give wildly different results.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

labnet Re:All or nothing (83 comments)

I'd be interested to see if this has an impact on tinnitus, which for most people who suffer it, is like audio neuropathic pain.

about three weeks ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

labnet Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

Great Post:
The USA has allowed capitalists to subvert government to impoverish its people... but look at northern Europe: highly socialist while allowing capitalism and I think a much more mature society than the USA.
Even in Australia, we are much more socialized than the USA, and yes I hate the high taxes, but it provides a much better safety net for the poor.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

labnet Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Yeah, but it's never really been about the reliability. It's always been the "not paying your own IT maintenance staff" thing that's the big draw.

I priced 10 2core VMs. It was 24k/annum. We do that internally on an R720 that cost 10k and needs about 3 hours a month maintenance. So for mainly internal use networks, where is the value?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

labnet Re:What am I not getting? (167 comments)

Cheaper?
10 x 2core vms is $20k /annum. We do that on r720 that cost $10k and a couple of hours a month maintainance.

about a month ago
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An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine

labnet Re:The Cause (111 comments)

AC is correct. Most forms of subharmonic oscillation are caused by slope compensation issues, but pole filtering can also be an issue . For those who want the nitty gritty details, see this. http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/slup2...

about a month ago
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An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine

labnet The Cause (111 comments)

I've designed lots of these little switch mode supplies. (SMPSs)
The noise comes from the inductors. Inductors are coils of wire around a ferrite. When the current changes through the wire, the wire physically expands and contacts from every other wire. This is the source of the noise. (SMPSs normally switch from 200kHz to 2MHz, so well outside our audio range)
There are a few things a designer can do.
1. Encapsulate the coil. This holds the wire tighter together and can minimise noise, but is only usually used in large inductors like those in invertors for UPSs or solar.
2. Eliminate subsonic oscillation with good multi-pole compensation. Switch mode power supplies have, have first second and third order responses which require filters to damp them. If you don't design these filters well, you can get subsonic oscillation which falls into the audio band. The power supply still regulates OK, but you can get that annoying whine.
3. Occasionally the noise can also come from a periodic load with that falls into an audio range. More capacitors on the output can help that.

Also, very very occasionally, it can come from ceramic capacitors that use a high k dielectric that are microphonic, but in my experience it is usually the capacitor acting as a microphone that upsets the circuit.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

labnet Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (525 comments)

It describes Supercapitalism. Look it up on amazon and read the first review which summarises the concept well. Companies exists to provide the best value both shareholders and customers which deflates real wages. They play by the rules governments set, so it is up to governments to legislate the social outcomes they expect.

about a month ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

labnet Re:Emacs! (217 comments)

HaHa... Modded Insightful!!

about a month and a half ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

labnet GNSS (236 comments)

I'm encouraging my engineers to refer to GPS as GNSS, as there are 3 other systems
Glosnass, the Russian system which is now operating.
BeiDou the Chinese system also operational.
And Galileo, the EU system which has had all sorts of delays.

about a month and a half ago
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YouTube Opens Up 60fps To Everyone

labnet Re: Firefox better get their act together (152 comments)

Yet it still the only browser that does side tabs properly with treetab plugin, which is why it still my primary browser.

about a month and a half ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

labnet NSA Indexing (145 comments)

What a gift to the NSA!

about 1 month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

labnet Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

Or it could be church goers on the whole have a better attitude to marriage. Like 1cor13, exposing the selfless virtues of love, and the many endorsements of sticking with the partner you have chosen.

about 2 months ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

labnet Re:Just in Time! (118 comments)

That's an American problem. GSM was sparingly rolled out in the US due to the prevalence of CDMA, so reclamation of those frequencies is manageable. There are no such plans for the rest of the world, where there are hundreds of millions of GSM devices still in use.

Australia is shutting down it's 2G networks to make room for LTE.

about 3 months ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

labnet The Players in this Market (118 comments)

I've been researching M2M for new products we have been developing.

The main players are
Telit (HE910 sereis), Italy
Sierra Wireless (HL6528/HL8548), Canadian
Quectel (UC20), Chinese
Gemalto EHS6, French
U-Blox (Lisa and Sara), Swiss

I'm not sure if there is even a USA company that plays in this space.
All the modules are of similar sie but have incompatible footprints.

Essentially, these modules will embed a Broadcom SOC and a custom OS. Broadcom was charging the module makers too much, so they have started moving to Intel and others. These product cost mega bucks to develop, and even after you buy a module with all the R&D done, you still need to spend a another $60k in certification if you want to get it on the AT&T network (per product).

There is going to be a lot of growth in this area as people develop IoT gateways. (as we are doing)

about 3 months ago

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Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics

labnet labnet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles enables the efficient conversion of non-food plant waste into the key components of materials such as plastics, medicines, and paint. The catalyst was developed by chemists at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, together with Dow Chemical's Benelux operation and Delft University of Technology."
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Single ion clock 100 times more accurate than atomic clock

labnet labnet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "From news.com.au :

University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks. By using the orbit of a neutron around an atomic nucleus he says the system stays accurate to within 1/20th of a second over billions of years. Although perhaps not for daily use, the technology could prove valuable in science experiments where chronological accuracy is paramount, Prof Flambaum said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/nucelar-clock-100-times-more-accurate-than-atomic-clock/story-fn5fsgyc-1226297068083#ixzz1osFDYtyb"
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labnet labnet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "RFID is starting to gain serious traction since WalMart mandated its use in their back end delivery sytems (RFID at the pallet level). Now a Ronald Bormaster is claiming "a patent application for an inventory-control system using radio frequency identification".. including things like livestock (which in many countries has been used to inventory animals since last century). He is now suing Wal-Mart, Gillette, Michelin, Home Depot, Target and Pfizer."

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