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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

stalky14 Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

What was the rationale for making the IPV6 address space so huge in the first place? Seems like simply going to 40 or 48 bits would have been sufficient for decades if not longer.

about a month ago

Astronomers Make the Science Case For a Mission To Neptune and Uranus

stalky14 Here we go... (134 comments)

Let the "Uranus" wisecracks commence.

about a month ago

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

stalky14 Re:Not Sure If This Is News (169 comments)

Wow. I haven't watched ABC since V either. It's pretty much a wasteland, not that V was Shakespeare or anything, but it was pleasant enough.

about 3 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

stalky14 Re:If it bother you that much (944 comments)

First off, I have both CF and incandescent fixtures in the bathroom (wife likes more light for makeup). If I wake up in the middle of the night to pee, I actually _prefer_ the CF warmup time so it's not so harsh going in there.

BUT: I've actually found myself leaving certain CF lights on continuously whereas I wouldn't have with incandescents, because the warmup time is such an inconvenience. No net savings there!

about 4 months ago

I wish my cell phone was...

stalky14 Re:had 50% better signal reception (495 comments)

I believe the issue here is not that it can't be done (T-Mobile offers WiFi calling on certain phones), it's that it can't be done well. The transition between WiFi and Cellular is often far too bumpy for a low-latency, bi-directional audio stream to sustain, so the call will drop. This would result in a service that would get more complaints than praise from most phone companies' point of view. So they don't offer it.

That and probably also patents. It's always patents with this kind of shit.

about 5 months ago

17-Year-Old Girl Wins Boston TV API Programming Contest

stalky14 Re:Being a woman at RIT (117 comments)

Ha. I was an RIT student in the 90's too. It was a total sausage fest. I went back for a visit in 2005 because I was in the area and noticed a lot more women there. I don't know what the per-major balance was, but it was at least better overall.

about a year ago

My most frequent OS migration path?

stalky14 Road less taken (413 comments)

Amiga OS to BeOS to OSX to Windows7 (you insensitive clod)!

Punctuated by lots of attempts to go Linux, usually ending in a chmod/.conf-editing rage induced reformat.

about a year ago

Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

stalky14 Re:TRS-80 all the way, baby! (135 comments)

Ugh. I remember taking an 8088 class after knowing 6502/68000 well.
Multiplexed address/data bus, segmented addressing, little-endian, and backwards operands.
I was like, "Is there anything left for them to be contrary about?!! How did this get to be the dominating platform?!"

I blame Intel for single-handedly turning subsequent generations of programmers off from assembly language.

1 year,15 days

How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?

stalky14 SMS, specifically? (217 comments)

Zero. If you count Google Talk then maybe 20, on average, usually to the wife.

about a year ago

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

stalky14 Re:How do they do it? (686 comments)

I buy gas in Washington whenever I'm across the river because I want to pump it myself.

about a year ago

I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

stalky14 Re:I am an AV technician (105 comments)

I am too and I haven't been to any in over 2 years. Last one was some shitty regional vendor expo. My employer has been really tight with travel budget lately while at the same time prodding me to do "professional development" activities. I'd love to finish out my Crestron cert. but that's several days of classes in another city (mostly for stuff I've already figured out on my own in the meantime). Oh well.

Is InfoComm worth it anymore?

about a year ago

Hackers Stole Information From IAEA Servers

stalky14 Re:phew! (55 comments)

Perhaps their coveted cinnamon roll recipe?

about a year ago

What tech would you un-invent?

stalky14 Those stupid plastic tabs (572 comments)

...used to keep bread bags closed. Twist Ties forever!

about a year and a half ago

I go through keyboards ...

stalky14 Re:Letter erosion and touch typing (341 comments)

I find it easier to look at the keys and remember what I'm typing than to look at the screen and remember where my fingers are.

about a year and a half ago

RIM CEO Says Company 'Seriously' Considered Switch To Android

stalky14 Re:Seriously (283 comments)

I'd mod this to the top if I could. Nail on the head.

Also, I think it is because public companies are always forced to give at least the illusion of growth, even when contraction is their best hope for survival.

about a year and a half ago

Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

stalky14 Re:One of those little skills (321 comments)

This. I figured this out on my own replacing a 208 pin QFP in a satellite receiver long ago. Chisel tip is the best for this technique. Have lots of good, well-dusted braid handy and go back through afterward lightly with an Xacto knife between each pin/pad to clean up any stray, microscopic bridges. Lastly, hit it with a blast of contact cleaner to wash away the flux mess and it will look factory-good or better.

about 2 years ago

Yahoo Kills Flipboard Competitor Six Months After Debut

stalky14 Super Genius (72 comments)

Why do I picture Yahoo as the Wile E. Coyote of tech companies?

about 2 years ago

Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

stalky14 Re:What a stupid us of statistics (770 comments)

I've never had any of these per-se, except a wifi changeover problem with the first 2.3 update, usually caused by intermittent, equally weak cell and wifi reception. The phone would get confused and give up on one or the other. Also, there is a known issue on some units with bad solder joints or circuit board cracking in the power button/headphone jack area. This was a warranty fix from HTC if you had the problem. I never had it but a friend did. They swapped out his phone no questions asked.

more than 2 years ago


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