35 posts • joined 19 Nov 2008
Government Tied up in Bow
Chances are very good that right now you are using a technology that government developed and then had it all tied up in a bow for commercial use. That technology is Gallium Arsenide. It is in most cell phones and WiFi access points. In the 1980's it was a laboratory curiosity, then the military started to develop it for their needs, funding the development and infrastructure to produce it. They also realized that to keep their costs down the producers needed a commercial market to get volume up and prices down. So in the 1990's, it began to be commercialized and entered the cell phone market. By the 2000's the commercial market led production.
Re: Privacy and Clouds are big buzzwords these days.
How about Windows Fogged? Has cloudy, privacy and cool!
This happens pretty often. The Guard and Reserves generally have people with a decade or more of experience and a similar amount of time working with each other. They are up against a Regular workforce that moves every two years and is highly tilted to inexperienced newbies and careerists. What happens is that the reservists usually win the first year's competition and then the Regulars' brass rejiggers the playing field to favor the Regulars.
Re: Serious torque?
Every garden shed mechanic knows that to really get the torque, you have to take a round shank screwdriver and apply a set of vice-grips to said shank.
Re: 300mm fab? what are they making, power tubes?
Umm, that's the diameter of the wafers they will be using.
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
All I want to do is go back to the 1950's:
"Mildred take a letter to Mr. Leadbum."
"Dear Mr Leadbum, your offer is seriously lacking in detail and does not have a realistic price."
"OK Mildred, take that, clean it up and prepare it for my signature."
What is so difficult about that?
"Don't go, the drones need you."
The Fermi Paradox still stands
The Fermi Paradox still presents a big problem here. It appears reasonably easy to colonize the entire visible universe with technology not very far beyond what we have currently. Anti-matter drives may not be possible by the laws of physics, but all the others are engineering problems. See the following PDF file for full details: http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/intergalactic-spreading.pdf
Re: Why Scotland?
Scotland? I thought that was the 3M theme park!
Yes, the one with the Post-It on the back...
Re: stuck in my head
Time to go nuclear on this thread...
"Its a small world after all"
Re: Why the military?
The difference is that the multinational employee can refuse to go or quit. The military member faces jail time (military equivalent of a felony) if they refuse to go.
Re: Well, if it's no longer a public road...
Yharrg! Santa Cruz is NORTHERN California! And I always see posts lamenting the geographical ignorance on the left side of the pond. Please figure out where on the Left Coast you are talking about.
Re: Over here
Which is fine until you ask for Polish and end up with Indonesian.
>OK, so who's going to talk to our intrepid Playmonaut about his covert second job?
Um, you mean panspermia?
Re: Climate Change = climate speculation
Even if there were not change in sea level, most pacific islanders would be underwater eventually. The technical term for it is isostasy; the tendency of geological formations to find their own level. The Hawaiian islands are currently sinking at a rate of 2mm per year. About the same sea level rise as attributed to global climate change. For the final result, look up the term guyot.
Color me unimpressed
I spent nearly a day faffing around trying to get the wifi working under Mint 14. This was on a Dell laptop with a Broadcom 4311 card. Its a good thing that I remembered a lot of the CLI commands from my HPUX days in the 80's, because I had to spend a lot time in there trying to get things to work.
I was also unimpressed with upgrade instructions for the new distro that started with: "Make a backup of your data and applications": Looks like it will be a while upgrading to a new distro.
Finally, I left the system running overnight downloading software. When I went to check on it in the morning, the system was completely frozen. I had to hold down the power button to reboot.
I had been using Unbuntu, where things just worked, but did not like the Unity interface. Heard good things about Mint, but did not experience them.
Re: Not so surprising to me
Agreed @btrower. The feedback loops in question have kept the planet pretty stable for the last couple of billion years. The average world temperature has not deviated more than about 10C plus or minus over that time. This despite some pretty big perturbations from asteroids, super volcanoes, oxygenation, etc. The current increase in carbon dioxide levels should be corrected in due (geological) time.
Interesting court split
It is interesting that Justice Thomas did not join Justice Alito on this decision. Usually the decide the same way. I do like the decision as it helps with the PRB-1 ruling for ham radio towers.
The sun has been remarkably stable for 4 Billion years. If it had been shooting off life threatening flares, well life would be gone and you wouldn't be here.
Technology is another issue. Another Carrington event would do bad things to our technological society. The human race would probably recover, but it might take a while.
Nothing like a thermonuclear eruption to ruin your whole day...
Re: Brassed off
The cartridge has very little metal in it. You have more metal in your zipper, underwire bra, or studded jeans than is in a cartridge. The metal detectors have to be set so these things do not set them off all the time. Otherwise, you would be getting a feel-up from the TSA on a much more regular basis.
Re: Build a big one....
Think of something like this attached to a MV-22 Osprey. The name even fits... AWESOME!
And just what happens....
...when a micrometeor pierces the hull? Brings new meaning to the term "meteor storm".
Disk Drive Power Connectors
The large 4 pin ones. Somehow they were not keyed as well as they could have been. Trying to get them in whilst hanging upside down over a Compaq case was always a problem. They were invisible behind the all the other framework and other cabling. Anyway, power-up was always exciting as it occasionally resulted in popping sounds as the little chips flew off the board when the power connector ended up in the wrong way. Icon for what happened to the drive...
Re: Crud generators.
Five so far. Coming across auto accidents in areas where there was no cell coverage. One was a rollover accident where 4 of the 5 passengers were ejected. Resulted in 1 fatality and 3 airlifted to the hospital. The other was a head on collision with 1 fatality and 2 severely injured. In both cases ham radio cut the medical response time by 20-30 minutes. Look up "golden hour" to see how effective that can be.
Re: The 80's joke was "GaAs, the material of the future"
No one is seriously considering using GaAs or InGaAs for processors. SiGe (Silicon Germanium) is the current best hope for very high speed digital devices. It is not too expensive as it is grown on top of standard Si wafers. It has better speed than Si and works pretty well for mixed signal applications.
Re: Gallium arsenide has been talked up for decades now
Huh? MBE - Molecular Beam Epitaxy is used to lay down the active layers on the wafer. AlGaAs or InGaAs or some such. The gates are made using either photolithography or electron beam writing. The e-beam writing is for the short gate lengths. It is a serial process, so it is slow for large numbers of FETs. Photolithography is a parallel process, but starts to have problems below 20nm.
Old is as Old does
Had my first one at 43 and now I am 51 with a 5 month old. We just start late in my family, my mom was 42 when she had me and 43 when she had my brother. No serious mutations seen, but an unusual number of the family are engineers and accountants...
>Who still has an Air Force that isn't on our side?
Come to think of it, Vladimir Putin hasn't been too friendly lately.
And France of course.
It looks so... European!
Sandy Berger was the Clinton administration official convicted of stuffing secret documents down his trousers and walking out of the National Archives.
YOU KIDS ARE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER REAL TELETYPE
WHERE THE TELEPRINTER WAS DRIVEN BY VALVES AND
Now where did I leave my coat?
That is all.
Unfortunately, job related cosmetic surgery for most of us would involve hemorrhoid removal.
The US Navy NMCI system is also stuck with IE6 as the leading technology. They have also mandated no other browsers. Of course it took them a long time to transition from sail power as well.
Unfortunately this report card doesn't go back to the thirty-some years of Apple. Apple managed to cut a couple of zeros off their sales figures by going to the Mac. The Apple II had great market share and had a great support ecosystem of third party software and hardware suppliers around it. By going to the closed Mac design, the Steves forfeited the market to the IBM PC and Microsoft. This has also probably cut a couple of zeros off the share price as well. I was a happy Apple II+ owner; haven't had an Apple since then.
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