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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

ve3oat GMT? (38 comments)

Why is the time of eruption quoted in GMT? I don't think any observatory "keeps" GMT anymore. Don't forget that GMT is as much a method of deriving time as it is the time itself. GMT used astronomical observations, while UTC is kept by using ensembles of atomic clocks, all cross-compared between international standards organizations.

about a month and a half ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ve3oat Tom Corbet, Space Cadet (701 comments)

Hey, you left out the one about starting the Blastoff Synchronizers. Oh, for those good old days!

about 2 months ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

ve3oat Re:Can't you just solve it by government? (125 comments)

Here in Sweden ...

Wish I had mod points; this post should be scored as 4 or 5. The poster evidently lives in a country where the politicians and government actually do work for the people rather than the corporations, not like here in Canada or apparently in our big neighbour (Canadian spelling) to the south.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

ve3oat Re:Question is stupid (146 comments)

Yep! That's why reading answers on Slashdot to other people's well-formulated questions is so rewarding. You can learn a lot in a short period of time.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

ve3oat Re:Question is stupid (146 comments)

"Instead of asking Slashdot such a silly question ..." You are way off base. I am a Canadian who isn't very happy with my mobile phone service and the OP's question is very relevant as I don't know enough about the technical parameters to just google an answer to my concerns. The answers here have been, largely, very informative for me. This is all about what is so very wrong with the Canadian mobile phone market and the regulations governing it, and I expect it extends to the U.S. market as well. I just hope our blessed CRTC is paying attention to this conversation.

about 4 months ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

ve3oat Re:Good for him (91 comments)

Yes, please, especially hearing aids. Please! Please!

about 6 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

ve3oat Wait a minute ... (347 comments)

The referenced source document ( uses the abbreviations GBR and NZL for two of the members of the Five Eyes community. I worked at one of those five establishments (retired before 1998) and for all of the the 28 years during which I worked there, the standard abbreviations were UK and NZ, as in
CANUKUS Eyes Only and

I wonder who wrote the source document and why the standard abbreviations weren't used.

about 8 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

ve3oat Of the future? (745 comments)

... some highly advanced computer programmer of the future ...

If we are living the simulation, then the program has already been written, so it must have been a programmer of the past. There is nothing 'futuristic' about it, except that the programmer might have a better computer than any of ours.

about 8 months ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

ve3oat Sounds Just Like Canada (341 comments)

I saw most of Congress as ... micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned, and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.

Gee, that sounds just like the Stephen Harper regime in Canada.

about 9 months ago

The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

ve3oat Re:This should be amusing (582 comments)

I live in a suburban area just south of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Following the Great Ice Storm of 1998 (Vermont and northern New York were also affected), my home was without electrical power for 8 and a half days. No lights, no water (electrical pump in well), and no heat (oil-fired furnace in those days). But the copper-wire twisted-pair telephone worked fine almost all of the time. There were several outages of a few hours at a time but otherwise we could call friends and relatives, and 9-1-1 if we had needed to. It was very reassuring despite our other challenges. Today I have a small back-up generator, wood stove, and cell phone, but I doubt I will ever give up my twisted-pair telephone.

about a year ago

Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

ve3oat Re:very understandable (784 comments)

No one EXPECTS the DHS.

Our weapons are ... irrational fear and ...

about a year ago

Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking

ve3oat Re:What if they *are* right? (173 comments)

That's alright, Mozilla. You make your choice and I make mine. For a long time now, I have blocked ALL 3rd party cookies. Sure there are a handful of sites that I can't use, like my local city's newspaper site, but I don't really need them. I believe that no one should have to accept 3rd party cookies to use a website. If they insist on 3rd party cookies, then I won't use it.

about a year ago

Yeti Bears Up Under Scrutiny

ve3oat Whatever happened to peer review? (104 comments)

Publishing your research on BBC television? Is that how it works now? Do the comments, questions and rebuttals have to appear on BBC TV also, or can they appear on someone else's TV show?

1 year,2 days

Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

ve3oat Re:Like the reporter has a clue... (278 comments)

All electronic devices emit EMI

Not all electronic devices emit EMI. A crystal set (simple type of radio) is an electronic device but it will emit nothing unless a strong external RF signal is already present.

1 year,12 days

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

ve3oat Re:This Just In ... (663 comments)

Yeah, a poor analogy on my part.

1 year,27 days

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

ve3oat This Just In ... (663 comments)

The Ford Motor Company has reprogrammed all recent model Ford cars and light trucks to prevent them from being refueled from Texaco gas pumps. Film at eleven.

1 year,28 days

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

ve3oat Re:US and the Metric System (1145 comments)

Is there any other major country in the world that does not already use the metric (SI) system officially for everything they do? Think of it - all of your major trading partners have to convert their measurements to what is in effect the "american" system before they sell them to you. Maybe they could sell those products to you more cheaply if they didn't have to change all the labels etc before shipping them to the USA.

about a year ago

Google Tests White Space Spectrum For School Broadband In South Africa

ve3oat Re:Google spectrum database (33 comments)

If they are setting up communications transmitters in a foreign country, shouldn't Google be asking that country's national telecommunications administration which channels are clear to use and which are not? It probably never occurred to Google that every country in the world has its own version of the U.S. FCC, and for the same reasons that the FCC exists, that is to regulate such things as frequency allocations, exact channel assignments, transmitter powers, emission bandwidths, etc etc. Many countries have different regulations than the U.S.

about a year and a half ago

Mystery of the Shrunken Proton

ve3oat Re:easy (171 comments)

Exactly. To their great credit, the protons have never raised their debt ceiling. So while the universe around them inflates out of control, the protons stay the same and still prosper. (There's a lesson here somewhere but the type on my screen is now so small that I can't read it anymore.)

about a year and a half ago



W3C web standards

ve3oat ve3oat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ve3oat writes "Why doesn't the /. website conform to W3C standards? Given the level of enlightenment within the /. community, I would have expected that /. itself would strive to support such an obvious goal as web standards. Is it just that /. doesn't support the W3C and conforms instead to a different standard?"


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