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Comment Re:In unrelated news, pot farming (Score 1) 131

Making it up.

Yea... Yea... We've all heard about the "Disputes Progressive Narrative == Fake News" thing. It's not going to fly...

I'm actually quite libertarian on the pot issue itself, and there's a ~30% reduction in opioid prescriptions in states that have moved to legalize. That's a hard statistic that is really hard for even the bible thumpers to ignore...

I just don't want them on my family's land. Squatters are a threat.

Comment Re:In unrelated news, pot farming (Score 1) 131

Some in the national forests, but 99% on the grower's land. Much better than when it was illegal.

We don't notice any difference. It' the same as when I was a kid in the 1970's... Camp on private land near public land, and run your grow operation. "Oh, we can't camp here? Ok, we'll move... No those aren't our abandoned cars. No, we didn't light that campfire." A week later, they're back. If you make too much trouble, they burn your house down.

Comment Re:Ham Radio? (Score 1) 177

Hey, if you can read that disk, could you put it on the net somewhere?

I'm afraid I'd be hard pressed to come up with even a 3-1/2 inch floppy drive at this point, even if I wasn't packing up my house. I'm not sure it will be readable. It was stored in a 5-land garage for 10+ years, and an inland 6-land garage for the 10 years prior to that. If I can't find a way to read it, I'll toss it in the mail to your station address.

Comment Re:Ham Radio? (Score 3, Insightful) 177

I'm in the process of packing up my house, preparing to move, and I found a 5-1/4" disk in a box. The label says it's Phil Karn's KA9Q TCP/IP stack, copyright 1987. A friend of mine and I used it to learn TCP/IP networking by squirting modem tones thru radios back in 1988. It was kind of a weird time in my life. I wasn't really college ready, so I had a bunch of work to do in a junior college just to get in to a University. I could have very easily given up and wandered away and become an electrician. Ham radio kept my attention. I graduated with a STEM degree, perhaps the wrong STEM degree, but that hardly mattered. Just as I graduated Mosaic appeared, I could code C on SunOS & Linux, I knew TCP/IP networking and the core Internet protocols, and how to troubleshoot all the way down to the physical layer. My career took off like I'd been shot out of a cannon. My friend retired from Apple at age 35.

Tinkering teaches. Ham radio is very much still a thing.

And let me just take a moment to say thank you to Phil!

Comment Re:I own one... (Score 3, Informative) 128

I assume you mean $30,000, not $30.

No... I mean $30. They've switched valuation sources since I last checked on the suit. It's no longer KBB, it's now some national dealer's valuation system that apparently deprecates much more on mileage. So it takes both their estimated offer, and the compensation to cover what's left on my loan. Couple that with buying in a high cost state with sky high sales taxes and license fee's, and then moving to a lower cost state, it's just a wipe out. It doesn't even leave me with enough money to go pay the "due at signing" fee's to lease a Kia.

So I took a loss on the value of my trade in when I bought the VW thinking I'd have a solid 200k mi vehicle that would last me 10+ years, and now I'm getting shafted on the buyback valuation. The 2 years I owned the vehicle were not free. I was making payments the whole time, with the expectation that in another 2 years I'd get ~5 years of no car payments. You can call that subsidizing my lifestyle, but I call it theft.

Comment I own one... (Score 2) 128

I own a 2014 model... Less than 40k miles. Basically, I can turn my car in, and walk away with $30. According to them anyway... No restitution for sales tax and fee's paid when I bought it, no restitution for my lost time and the anguish of having to go to a car dealership and buy something else. Hell, I'm not sure they're even going to cover the sales tax to turn it in. I've moved states since buying it, and I think this state will want to collect taxes on the buyback...

Comment Re:JWST operates in the infrared (Score 4, Informative) 47

View all the light and decode it later.

It's really difficult to make all the light reflect & refract usefully thru a common optical chain. IR mirrors and lenses are quite different from visible light optics, and quite different again from UV & X-ray optics. The IR mirror in Webb likely has absorption lines in the visible spectrum that would "eat" the signal before it made it to the collector.

Comment Re:Undoing the EDS merger...interesting. (Score 3, Informative) 147


The only long term future I see for these kinds of companies is with government agencies. Agencies in most countries basically aren't allowed to spend agency money on in-house resources. It's always assumed that services companies provide more value for taxpayers' funds, but we know that's not the case. I think that now that companies can offload lots of their day to day IT to cloud providers like Amazon or Microsoft, there will be fewer places for the CSCs of the world to ply their "best practices" trade. It'll be the totally lazy companies that want nothing to do with IT, or agencies that have no choice but to outsource.

Don't be so quick to dismiss CSC. CSC bought Servicemesh, which provides them with one hell of a cross-cloud management platform. Agility Platform ties together AWS, Azure, Rackspace, etc... and a company's in-house vSphere clusters. It's kind of a DevOps monster... Setup the blueprint templates, and policy engine... You can literally have a team of three or four people managing 20+k instances... Add / Drop capacity as needed, and float to which cloud provider is cheapest at the moment.

Comment Not even the correct definition of Snowshoe.... (Score 3, Informative) 68

A snowshoe spreads the load of the wearer over a larger area, making it less likely the wearer will exceed the crush strength of the snow and sink in.

Snowshoe spam spreads the SMTP submission task across many IP addresses. So if one gets blocked, they can simply discard it and rent another to replace it. Change IP addresses every hour, and it gets difficult to update the block lists fast enough.

Comment Re:Off the roads, now! (Score 1) 471

Although the government has been saying they are still legal to drive and sell I can't see how that is true. They do not meet the requirements to be on the road and any use should be immediately prohibited with VW ordered to repurchase all affected vehicles at original price and to pay all costs for replacement transportation until impacted drivers can obtain a US-legal alternative.

Oh Please... Sure just throw people under the bus... I own one of the impacted vehicles. A 2014 Passat TDI with the urea injection system. It has a 5 gallon urea tank under the trunk, which gets sprayed into the exhaust stream to mitigate oxides of nitrogen (NOx). VW does tell you anything about it, they fill it when you do the ~10k mi service interval. The injection is roughly 2 - 6% of the fuel burned. We made it the 10k service without adding any "DEF" urea solution. We did the 20k a bit early and had some electrical issues serviced, this resulted in a software flash of the PCM, etc... I got a "DEF" warning at 24k miles. So I'm left with two thoughts:

1. They didn't fill the tank at the 20k service.
2. Based on the 2% lower limit, and my 40+ mpg fuel economy, they more than doubled the injection rate when I had the 20k service done. 2% = ~10k miles.

For the new vehicles, this is a software issue. You can fix it in a patch. For the older vehicles, it's still likely a software patch. Add a pre-injection pulse to preheat the air on compression, and lower the overall combustion temps. This will likely affect power & fuel economy, those buyers will have a case. I likely do not. Either way... No need to disrupt a couple million people's lives.

Comment CSU Hayward... (Score 1) 136

I goof'ed off in high school, taking ROP & technician track classes. This was back when they taught things like "Electronics Repair" in high school. I went to a local community college, and re-did the entire math sequence thru Calculus, took chemistry, etc... I spent a lot of time in the library, and found myself following the Jolitz BSD effort in Dr. Dobbs. I learned TCP/IP networking via packet radio (Ham radio), using Phil Karn's software. I met a Unix Sysadmin at a local ham radio club about the same time I transferred to Uni and settled into a science program. Early 1992 I found myself trying to write finite element code on my ageing 286 clone. I picked up a 386 motherboard and a bit more RAM, but couldn't really make use of it under DOS. I asked my sysadmin friend what happened to the 386BSD effort, and he pointed me at a USENET post by this guy in Finland. Went to school early, so I could line up 4 systems in the computer lab, and downloaded on a stack of 5-1/4 inch floppies... My first kernel was Kernel 0.95a.

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