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FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

mirix Re:Why is it a 'sale' ? (31 comments)

The licenses are transferable, and give the right to use the spectrum. How is that different than the spectrum itself? It's a fiction so of course it's a license and not the 'physical' aether.

The problem for me is, instead of a lease going back to the state, which then leases the spectrum to someone else... some firm profits handsomely from selling a license for a fictional monopoly on a common good. That's kinda fucked.

I absolutely understand the need for licensing, else there would be mayhem. But it could be done in a better way. I guess it's the same idea as $1M taxi medallions. Those should be leased and non-transferable too.

4 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

mirix Re:Is counterfeiting really cheaper? (571 comments)

there is a standard. CDC.

ftdi stuff oddly mostly doesn't use it. But the other common ones (PL2303, CP210x, CH340, etc) do. I've wrote programs for AVR and STM32 that support it as well, plug and play in linux. I think windows still needs an inf, which is sort of counter productive though...

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

mirix Re:Casino winnings can be too large (314 comments)

The 100s are physically smaller than 500s, so mass should be somewhat less than 5x, too.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

mirix Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (155 comments)

I was thinking more in terms of replacing simple electro-mechanical systems with more complicated transistorized ones. Not adding excessive touch logic BS to stoves :)

For example, prior to the early 60s, cars had generators. No silicon in them at all. The voltage regulator was basically two relays, and a bit of electro-mechanical trickery. very simple. If one contact failed, stuck on, a parked car would kill it's battery, if the other stuck on it would overcharge the battery when running.

Generator output had to go through the brushes, as there were no diodes available, so the commutator was used instead. In an alternator, only the exciter current goes through the brushes, which ride on sliprings and wear substantially less. (both because there are no gaps in a slipring, and because the current is minuscule compared to output current).

The cost to this was 6 diodes for the output, and a few transistors worth of voltage regulator. More complicated... but the result is greatly increased power for the same size, greatly reduced service interval, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

mirix Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (155 comments)

Hey, don't make assumptions like that. I've got tube voltmeters that are older than you!

One of which the meter failed on. Something in the movement let a sliver go, which stuck to the movement's magnet, which the coil was then jamming on / binding with. Ended up sorting it out, but it was like brain surgery. This was on a Hickok 209A, circa 1940, with a gigantic 9" meter on it.

I'll stick with my 80's vintage fluke bench meters for most things. They don't look quite as cool as the Hickok, though.

I do use the $5 china special DMMs, but only for abuse in the garage, car, etc.

I can luddite with the best of them, but I know my limits!

about three weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

mirix Re:500 years! I hope not (180 comments)

I think C will make it 500 years, if we still have embedded things then, and civilization.

about three weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

mirix Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (155 comments)

Well, apart from the fact that all mechanical meters will eventually fail, being mechanical and all. Not sure how that is "more reliable". They can lose accuracy with age, due to wear on the spring & bushings, and loss of magnetism in the magnet, etc, not that that have good accuracy to begin with.

Almost everything electronic has been replaced with higher complexity, yet still higher reliability, cheaper, smaller, solid state stuff.

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

mirix Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

Around here, the residential trucks have hydraulic arms that grab and lift a wheeled bin into the.. hopper thing.

Probably a lot less power required than for the compacting rams, but power nonetheless.

about a month ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

mirix Re:Wondering why it took so long... (174 comments)

Well, apart from sunk cost, and upgrade cost. Which is why East Germany ran some steam trains almost until reunification! (though I'd imagine they'd have been converted to oil firing by then, which brings down the work load a bit).

Coincidentally, pretty much the only place that can repair or build full size locomotive steam boilers today is in Germany. It's something of a lost art, I guess. When the UK commissioned a new steam train a few years back, they had to get the boiler made in Germany. No one left in the UK can make them, and they invented the things...

(apparently not exactly, but sort of)

While manufacturing facilities still existed in Britain to manufacture such a large boiler,[40] because of the design differences from the originals the trust required a supplier with specific experience of designing, building and certification of steam engine boilers to modern safety regulations,[38] as required by the European Union's Pressure Equipment Directive.

about a month ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

mirix Re:Low hanging fruit (174 comments)

Just changing to direct injection diesels with better gearboxes would be a large improvement, yet it doesn't happen. Schools are broke. The school buses around here are as old as me.

about a month ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

mirix Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

Though when a garbage truck is stopped, it's usually lifting garbage bins, with big hydraulics... which need power too. So the engine isn't entirely 'waste' when it's not moving.

about a month ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

mirix Re:General Moters (174 comments)

Which both happen to be types of motors.

Hence, General Motors.

about a month ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

mirix Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (209 comments)

It was very nearly eradicated. Then the CIA had stooges in Pakistan take DNA samples during polio vaccinations to "track down bin laden", and (reasonably) there is now a suspicion that vaccines are some kind of american evil project there, and resistance. derp.

They could have buried a fake corpse at sea a few years earlier and saved a lot of lives and disability-years of life instead. I'd like to have heard the logic that came up with that plan.

about a month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mirix Re:Idiot (942 comments)

A cup in the US is 1/16 gallon = 1/4 quart = 1/ pint = 8 oz. = 237ml.

Though Canada uses a "metric" cup, 250ml.

about a month ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mirix Re:FP? (942 comments)

Yeah, or all of Canada in the 70's. It's impossible. Give up now.

about a month ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

mirix Re:Woo hoo!! (182 comments)

It's flickering. When you move, the persistence of vision breaks down and the flickering becomes more obvious.

about a month ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

mirix Re:So in the future ... (144 comments)

Not really, injection molding is always going to be cheaper for mass produced stuff, shipping inclusive.

Or do you think there will be a day you can 3D print a plastic chair that can support a person for $5?

about a month ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

mirix Re:It's called redundancy (129 comments)

Wake me up when it prints the motors, belts, and electronics.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mirix Re: This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

The education department did a fine job. That's why at least half of americans call anything they don't like 'socialism', and assume it is bad thing.

The problem with obamacare is it isn't socialist enough. The US is too backward to cut out all the insurance crooks, and move to a single payer system. So instead you get forced payment to private companies. How very socialist.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

mirix Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Dearborn is supposedly the most Arab and muslim 'city' in the US (pop 100k, not much of a city). It's only 40% arab, and some percent of that group are Lebanese Christians (the earliest Arab immigrants to the area). Suppose there are some non-arab muslims though. I can't seem to find decent religious demographics in a quick search.

Canada has been sending a few anglo islam converts to go die in arabia lately. I have no idea what would inspire someone who grew up in Calgary or Winnipeg and got a proper first world education to go martyr themselves for Allah in the third world, but nonetheless it does happen on occasion. The amount is so minuscule it's lost in the noise though.

I suppose the same deal happens in the US on occasion.

about a month ago

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Upcoming wikileaks release to stress american ties

mirix mirix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mirix (1649853) writes "CBC reports that the US has told Canada that an impending wikileaks release may cause a negative impact on US ties with foreign nations.
Apparently the US is also informing other nations of the release — It could be pretty damning if they are bothering to notify foreign ministers beforehand."

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