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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

n1ywb Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

Or it could be Nazi Germany and you could be a certain famous Jewish patent clerk turned physicist.

about 3 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

n1ywb So? (175 comments)

If you haven't broken a hundred screwdrivers you haven't done any real work.

about 3 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

n1ywb Re:So? (175 comments)

Your victrola is probably an exceptional outlyer. It's remarkable because it's so old and still works. Nevermind the million other busted victrolas in the landfill. I've gone through plenty of old stuff that was busted and not worth fixing for any practical reason. Old does not necessarily equal good. Sure manufacturing quality of consumer goods is hit or miss but that's nothing new either. You think nobody sold junk 100 years ago? Yeah right.

about 3 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

n1ywb All that's old is new again (175 comments)

It wasn't very long ago that; guess what? NOBODY owned their telephone! That's right, you RENTED it from the phone company! In fact it was ILLEGAL to third party phone. In fact some people STILL RENT their phone. Their ROTARY land line phone.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2006-09-14-phone_x.htm

Funny how quickly people forget. As they say in china, there's nothing new under the sun.

about 3 months ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

n1ywb The tipping point (147 comments)

My understanding is that it's easy to spread READ ONLY postgres load accross multiple servers. WRITING is a bottleneck with postgresql though because it enforces consistency, while other DBs like couch kick the consistency can down the road to the application. But I haven't seriously looked into it in years.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Multimedia Multitasking May Be Shrinking Human Brains

n1ywb the zombie apocalypse (87 comments)

Hurrrr! Get off my lawn!

about 3 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

n1ywb Re: Stop using Facebook (261 comments)

That's the point. Guillotine don't care. Guillotine doesn't give a shit.

about 3 months ago
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Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

n1ywb Re:All my circuits (31 comments)

Can you really say that Keanu Reaves is an actor?

about 4 months ago
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New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

n1ywb Re:does this mean.... (161 comments)

Images are normally loaded even before the HTML

I think I may have misunderstood but how the hell does a browser load images before loading the html that tells it what images to load?

about 4 months ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

n1ywb Re:Maybe your logic is wrong...Like insanely wrong (83 comments)

The ignorance of people is astonishing.

FIFY. I've been around the world and in my experience people from other countries know as little about the USA as people from the USA know about other countries. Also America is a pair of continents, not a country. Canada, Mexica, and Brazil are all in "America".

about 4 months ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

n1ywb Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Last 6 years? The economy has been stagnated long before that. We had declining job growth since roughly 2005 and wages haven't kept pace for nearly 2 decades.

2 decades? More like four. Wages flatlined in the early 70's.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

n1ywb Notes on Programming in C by Rob Pike (352 comments)

Word for word this short essay served to improve my coding more than any other document, and not just in C. Most of the essay is applicable to any language. Pike elegently and concisely explains the most important principles of good code style and software architecture. The sections "Programming with data" and "Function pointers" are particularly sailent. The section "Complexity", also known as "Rob's Rules", is outstanding and ought to be burned into the brain of every software developer. It's a free online classic and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/pi...

about 7 months ago
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

n1ywb Re:How about a string? (93 comments)

A typical oceanographic trawl winch will part 9/16" steel rope like it was nothing, which requires a force of about 27,000 lbs, and the ship doesn't even notice.

about 7 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

n1ywb foo (384 comments)

foo

about 7 months ago
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A 32-bit Development System For $2

n1ywb Re:PIC (138 comments)

Yeah you could shoot yourself in the foot and use PICs or you could come to the light of AVR with it's higher speed and full support for doing dev with the GNU toolchain on Linux from 8 to 32 bits.

about 7 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

n1ywb Re:well (557 comments)

One last thing that just about no one knows about. All of the major news outlets proclaimed Florida to Gore before voting was finished in Florida. Florida resides in two time zones and the northwest "handle" of Florida is heavily Republican. Many voters left lines while voting was open once Florida was called for Gore. IF that hadn't have happened, the recount wouldn't have been close at all.

If that's really true, well, those folks who walked out have nobody to blame but themselves.

about 8 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

n1ywb Re:Eh. There are worse things... (865 comments)

I see a business opportunity in installing aftermarket ignition kill switches.

about 8 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

n1ywb Re:A switch is a switch (865 comments)

The main thing I like about an actual IGNITION SWITCH vs. some sort of software controlled engine start/stop button is the ability to actually turn the engine off without any software in the loop. Guess that's something I'll have to retrofit into my future cars.

about 8 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

n1ywb Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

I was BEGGING for this service a few years back when I was spending extended periods at sea. I'm sure anybody who goes on extended overseas trips would love it.

about 8 months ago

Submissions

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Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about a year ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?"
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Chinese hackers steal top US weapons designs

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about a year and a half ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Chinese hackers have gained access to the designs of many of the nation's most sensitive advanced weapons systems, according to report prepared for the Defense Department and government and defense industry officials,The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The compromised weapons designs include, among others, advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter."

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George "geohot" Hotz arrested for Posession of Marijuana

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Goerge "geohot" Hotz, famous for being the first to jailbrake and iPhone and for his spat with Sony over PS3 jailbraking, was busted for posession of a small amount of marijuana at a US Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas on his way to SXSW. The shakedown goes like this; drug dogs are run around vehicles; when they sign, DHS searches the car and finds the contraband; DHS then turns evidence and suspects over to the local sherrif. Willie Nelson, actor Armie Hammer (who played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network), and Snoop Dogg have all gotten in trouble at the same checkpoint under similar circumstances."
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What happens when Google+ cuts you off?

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb writes "On Friday, Google tangled with the wrong Google+ user with an unusual name: Violet Blue.

Blue is a high-profile writer--at least in sex and technology blogging circles--who's even given two talks at Google. And she detailed her weekend-long Google+ ordeal at our sister ZDNet site today. She kept her account once she proved she really is Violet Blue, but Google lost an ally for some of its services when she found she was "guilty until proven innocent.""

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KDE-4 to be in Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.10 Hardy After All

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

n1ywb writes "Previously it was reported on /. that there would be no KDE-4 support in Ubuntu/Kubunty 8.10 (Hardy Heron). It seems that these rumors were greatly exaggerated and that KDE-4 will be available in Hardy after all. The blueprint is on launchpad, and the Alpha 6 CDs are available for download. Quote from the blueprint:

Rationale: KDE 4 rocks, we should support it.
No word on how official the support is exactly, but it's there."

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My Resume as of April 28, 2004

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Jeff Laughlin

222 McJay Dr, Williston VT 05495

W:(802)767-9321 H:(802)767-3607 n1ywb@hotmail.com

Education

        * BS CET, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2003

Graduated with honors in May 2003 with Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. President of Solar Car Club, Amateur Radio Club & Video Production Club. Member of student government. Student liaison to administrative committees. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technology Award for Academic Development. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technician of the Year nomination.

        * Essex Technical Center, Essex Junction VT, 1995 - 1997

Completed Telecommunications (1996), and Printing & Computer Graphics (1997) programs. Telecommunications class president. Recipient of 1996 ETC Telecommunications Outstanding Student award.

Work Experience

        * LEDdynamics DBA LED Supply, Rochester VT, January 2003 - Present

Managing www.ledsupply.com. Duties include but not limited to site design, RTML programming, business analysis, 2nd tier customer service & technical support, and most other functions involved in operating a web based retail business.

        * XTRIA Health Care Systems, Williston VT, Summer 2002

Stress testing Java EE web application server. Modified Apache JMeter for better thread support & wrote custom data analysis tools in Perl.

        * LEDdynamics, Rochester VT, Summer 2001

Lab technician, PIC microcontroller programmer, and network administrator.

        * Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2001

Information Technology Dept. service technician & system administrator.

        * Together Networks Internet Services Inc., Burlington VT, 1996 - 1997

Technical support representative.

        * Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT, summer 1995

Intern field service technician in information services.

Skill Set

        * Computer engineering

I know Java, C, C++, Perl, SQL, HTML, and XML. I know several assembly dialects, including Microchip PIC, Intel x86, and Motorola 68HC12. I also have experience with Python, TCL/tk, ML, Forth, VB & VB Script, Linux kernel driver development, embedded system development, Bourne/BASH shell scripting, and HTTP CGI & TCP/IP client/server programming. I am familiar with all popular modern operating systems, including the complete Microsoft Windows family from 3.0 to NT, 2000 and XP, Linux, NetBSD, and other UNIX variants, and MacOS (9/X). I have a great deal of experience with TCP/IP and Novell Netware network administration.

        * Electronics engineering

I am skilled at digital, DC and AC circuit analysis and design. I have some experience with VHDL. I am an expert at using lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, multimeters, etc. I am familiar with modern circuit construction techniques, and I am an expert at soldering. I have a good deal of practical radio frequency experience, and I hold an extra class license in the Amateur Radio Service.

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My Senior Project

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 10 years ago

My senior project is a distributed radio direction finding system, known as the Distributed Amateur Radio Tracking System, or DARTS.

In traditional RDF systems, a single station takes direction readings at various geographical points and plots the intersections of the readings to determine approximately where the transmitter is located. Multiple stations may communicate to find the transmitter faster and with a greater degree of accuracy. This is a slow a tedious process.

My approach is to automate the process by interfacing a RDF unit to a computer, using a GPS to determine position and direction, and interpret the readings automatically to make the whole system useful to untrained individuals.

Multiple DARTS units may communicate via any network layer (EG 802.11, AX.25, EtherNet, RS-232, etc) to work cooperatively. DARTS units may be mobile or stationary. Obviously a single stationary DARTS unit would not be usefull, but three or more stationary DARTS units would allow for accurate radio loction within, and somewhat beyond their boundries.

I'm using a PowerMac 7500 running Yellow Dog Linux 2.3 for my development box. I'm devloping a USB interface for the RDF box. My mobile test unit is a generic K6-2 300, running Gentoo Linux 1.4.

My text editor is VIM, and my window manager is blackbox.

For my GUI interface I am writing a patch for XASTIR.

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n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Sometimes when I'm very bored I will spend several minutes quickly and randomly selecting random portions of text from random web pages.

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