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A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

labnet Re:The real deal (43 comments)

Not sure where you got $6k from.
We have a Yamaha & Juki machines and they cost between $60k and $120k new + feeders.

For $6k you get somthing more like this.
http://www.alibaba.com/product...

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

labnet Re:I'm probably one of them (559 comments)

I had a debt collection agency come after our business for $100 unpaid cell phone bill.
It was from a lone disused cell phone where we had either never received the invoice or admin had misplaced it.
I said no problems, just give me a copy of the invoice and we'll pay up.
They said. Can't do that.
To cut a long story short, the phone company sells anything past due date to a collection agency BUT doesn't bother to give them the supporting documentation.
How retarded is that!

2 days ago
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A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

labnet IoT which chipsets? (53 comments)

We are about to embark on designing a similar product. Essentially we want a gateway that can select from either a Cell Phone embeded data modem such as the Telit HE910, or local WiFi, then provide an internal data link via USB or Ethernet to our device and some remote connectivity for setup via Bluetooth.
We need good power management, and the ability to add local peripherals (such as a keypad, status LEDs, etc)
OpenWRT looks like the right foundation, but which chipset to select is more difficult.
Any suggestions from hardware devs out there?

4 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

labnet Re:by extrapolation (778 comments)

Australia has a minimum wage of around $20/hr and we are a very prosperous country.
Higher wages just take profits from the mega corps and give it to the working poor who , shock horror, spend it, and create more wealth!

about two weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

labnet Re:big up your garden? (149 comments)

Damn. Wish there was a once year mod point for +6.

about three weeks ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

labnet Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

You know you yanks looked incredibly brain washed from out the US of A.
A gun is a tool that allows quick any easy DEATH. Such tools should be highly regulated.

about a month ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

labnet Re:Praise the Courts (532 comments)

. What a person does with their own body is not the government's business.

Well it does matter in the rest of the developed world that has socialised health care systems.

For example. Smoking in Australia, although not banned, is now incredibly invonvenient. The goverment banned all advertising; smoking in workplaces, all public enclosed spaces, outdoor eating places, street malls; jacked the price up to $20 a packet; hid the packets under counters; removed all branding from the packets themselves. Why? because the government (ie the tax payer, ie me) bears the burden of providing their health care. The same can be argued for huge serviving of HFCS drinks.

The trick is striking a balance between restricting an activity that reduces your lifespan and costs society $$ vs the individuals freedom.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

labnet Re:Gigawatts per hour (461 comments)

I'm suprised it took this far down the comments for such a basic mistake to be corrected.
For clarity these are correct ways to refer to power produced.

20GWh was produced over a one hour period.
The solar output peaked at 20GW.

Energy is measured in joules which is watts x seconds.
Power is measured in Watts which is volts x amps.
(yes there are other definitions, but this is in context)

about a month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

labnet Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

Maybe adoption of ipv6 is slow because it is so damn complicated.
Why did they have to make the number more than atoms of the universe when they could have just turned the ipv4 from 8 to 16 bits.
Like abcd:1234:cdef:9876

about 1 month ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

labnet Re:Don't give in Netflix! (364 comments)

You could always move to Australia, where I can stream Netflix in HD even though Netflix doesn't even serve Australia!

about 2 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

labnet Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Bzzzt.
Evolution is the creation of new information through genetic mutation.
Natural selection is the killing off of non optimal life forms.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

labnet Re:A Formula only an Actuary could Love (422 comments)

Wow!
If I was in my early 20's, I'd probabbly think I was 'leet'
Now in my mid 40's, I'd probabbly fire whomever wrote it.

about 2 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

labnet American Date Format (134 comments)

American Date Format :DIE Already!!!!!!!!!!!
American Imperial Units: DIE Already!!!!!!!!!!
American Imperialism : .....[shhh the nsa is listening]

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

labnet Side Tabs (73 comments)

Been waiting for that 5 years now...
http://forums.informaction.com...

And the three years since some dude called 'glen' took out side tabs; which is why I went back to firefox (treestyle tabs ftw)

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

labnet Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

Fourth unhappy one? you're not making mistakes, you have a problem

Might as well face it, I'm addicted to love

What's love got to do with it?

It's a second hand emotion.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

labnet Re: But is it even usable? (208 comments)

This is the backup system i eventually settled on.
First line of defence is is raid 6 running on ssd's on our hyper v server.
Second is altaro backup backing up our vm's to a nas drive running raid6
Third is shadow protect which runs on the domain/file server, to provide long term historical backups.
The altaro backups are copied to an offsite drive once per week.

about 3 months ago
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Bloomberg's Trading Terminals Now Providing Bitcoin Pricing

labnet Re:I wonder (119 comments)

We are against it because it can't grow or shink with the econmoic value it represents.
There will only ever be about double the bitcoins available as there are now. If the world switched to bit coins now, their value would have to hyperinflate creating economic carnage. Those of us that can see that want to warn the rest not to participate.
Bit coins are technologically clever but economically dumb.

about 3 months ago
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Bloomberg's Trading Terminals Now Providing Bitcoin Pricing

labnet Re:"invest their holdings" (119 comments)

No, dollars are backed by a stable government and the GDP of the USA. Bitcoin is backed by nothing.

Yes, funny: but the true value of a currency is it is the only currency the taxation office takes.

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 7 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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