Re: You'd think the Air Force would move the $150 million apiece fighters out of the storm's path
Homestead was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Nature bats last.
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Every farm had a Kentucky/Pennsylvania rifle to harvest game. That was never considered re: Amendment 2. A sheriff confiscating a cowboy's gun was never imagined an infringement on the right of the People to have a well trained local militia.
The numbers don't lie. Our flaming lead subculture is killing us. The NRA are vultures. Five million vs 300+. The NRA has morphed into a guns and ammo lobby. Death be damned.
The People own the spectrum and deserve vibrant free TV in return. No matter how much UHF spectrum you give to mobile, it will never be enough. WiFi is the future of broadband portable, not mobile spectrum.
In the USA our free TV is getting bigger, despite the FCC constant whining about spectrum. The US Gov't is sitting on tons of unused spectrum, as is AT&T. We like our TV without gatekeepers.
"...the Progress of Civilization!" Please! This is not progress and we are becoming less civilized.
By the way, when, in a nuclear plant's life cycle does the energy output equal the energy input; into the physical plant (steel, concrete, plastic, etc.) and the mining and refining of the fuel and/or the spent fuel recovery system? At what future date does a new nuke become a carbon reducer?
We cannot demand others do more with less while we ourselves continue to waste both old and new energy streams. This will be difficult but to not do anything will be harder. What do we have to do that is more important that insuring our kids have something to grow up in, besides "Road Warrior" scenaria of outlaw refineries and armed tanker convoys?
If you don't think AGW is real fine. The world is still cooking and we still need to try to reduce that. If we can't we can't, but we tried. We also need to start mitigating the damage that will be caused by rising seas and failing farm regions. The next 10 years will be crucial.
In the largest US cities there are no "white spaces" available. They are getting ready to re-band television for the second time in 10 years. I can't see making any investment in radios that may be obsolete in a few years. It definitely will never be sold retail to consumers.
If the internet becomes another ratings-driven venue for "safe" content, I will be saddened. The TV model sucks. TV is designed for weak-minded people who actually buy the garbage on the ads. Smart people don't fall for the ads, so no TV for smart people. There is already too much fascism in media. Studios should not control cable TV systems. News media cannot be driven by profit motives; people need unpleasant news, even if the numbers sag. You have a smaller audience, but a smarter one.
We cannot have a society organized around Quarterly Earnings Reports. The internet is about chaos, not 22 minute 3 act safe padding between the ads.
Scientists (or more quaintly "Boffins") have already determined that the cumulative effect from a Maunder Minimum type solar event would be to reduce the temperature gain by less than 0.5 degrees Celsius. The 70% enhanced energy striking the planet is ultraviolet radiation, not infrared. It doesn't even reach the ground.
It is against USA law to help yourself to other peoples' data. It is also against the law to endanger people on the ground with heavier-than-air craft capable of doing harm. You can fly things like that at an old airstrip, not above Paradise Valley, Nevada.
You kids have no sense of right and wrong. I blame my parents.
They need a big ugly wall to keep their "loyal fans" from fleeing. Does a company really need everyone using the same system, or an IT department that understands the real world. The Sun v Microsoft word document incompatibility from the '90s is not relevant today. There are too many mobile platforms, etc., to make macro to macro compatibility possible these days. Public Relations swag goes out on a PDF, not a rich text format DOC.
This is why a browser based work environment is what is hip today. If a worker wants Mac, why not? Same goes for Ubuntu, or whatever. That's how Google works, the IT department SERVES the staff.
Microsoft is so old fashioned one is afraid to be seen with it.
Fracking is a problem because it ruins 2 million gallons of fresh water per hole (or more). The casing on the well is what leaks methane and rotten eggs into the aquifers. This is a matter of codes and inspections. The world is awash in methane, there's very little money in extracting it unless you cut corners.
We should proceed as if the worst predictions and more are currently coming true, because they are. The models are wrong; warming is happening faster than predicted.
To watch you argue over the validity of something that is already happening outside your window is fascinating.
The United States of America (+Samoa, Iraq, Guantanamo, etc.) is not at war, as defined by the U.S. Constitution. There is no formal declared enemy to which Pvt. Manning could have provided "aid and comfort".
A "single point of failure" this big is a crime for sure. But what kind of secret database can't tell when someone is bulk transferring thousands of documents. (Hell, I can't even save a screen shot to a thumb drive where I work.) The genius (genii) who put young Bradley in the tempting situation share[s] the blame.
I support full disclosure. The US Government should be transparent. If it doesn't stand the light of day, why?
I'm watching him back.
My (admittedly limited) experience with SSD is that they read faster, but write more slowly. The whirling platter magnetic storage devices are still my preferred choice for fixed location desktop computing. I have a couple netbooks with the squealing flash (yes it makes noise).
Puppy Linux is all I can afford
We have mad skills re: wireless. WiFi can almost always be configured to work in a normally constructed residence. Unless the walls are made of metal, the thickness doesn't matter. The tip I give, that usually does the trick, is to get the antenna about 7' in the air, above the people and the wiring in the walls. Then you start trying directional antennas, gain antennas, Pringles cans, whatever.
This can be done very cheaply with direct conversion DSP receivers for way less than $10k each. WinRadio, ICOM, Ten-Tec, and others all offer black box digital receivers, already equipped to network (verb). These provide real time full spectrum radio surveillance to intel communities. Most spies work for taxpayers (or Microsoft) so shouldn't the public have access to it?
Mister Softee is again trying to reinvent the wheel.
The author is correct on two points. Electricity makes life better and television is designed to confuse you.
A huge amount of power is wasted making nuclear fuel. Another huge amount of power is wasted transmitting power from the atomic pile to the end users.
Nuclear energy is the last gasp of an obsolete model where you have to buy electricity from a pipe, like natural gas. Centralization concentrates power and puts the consumer in a subservient role; we should seize any opportunity to move public opinion away from it.
Running Puppy 511 (based on Ubuntu 10.10) on 1.5 GHz single core "green" low-power Everex PC. I can play *.flv if I store them first, then open with MPlayer or VLC.
I have an XP box in the garage I use to talk to my iPod and run some DSP routines that require DirectX, free ham radio apps, etc. For web surfing and mail and audio streaming and photo editing, etc., I love Puppy Linux (now powered by Ubuntu 10.10).
At least in California, in WinAmp there is a Shoutcast "file" and an AOL radio "file", that seems about the same as CBS radio's I-app. iTunes has very similar functionality if you dig deep enough into the directories downpage.
The main reason I bought an iPod Touch is to use it as a radio tuner. It certainly wasn't for the uber-klunky music player. Apple is the dreaded "Nanny State" writ large.
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