* Posts by StudeJeff

46 posts • joined 12 Jan 2015

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer


Re: Those set-top boxes

Yep. Those things are expensive and take FOREVER to boot up. I built a PC just to watch TV, it boots in less than a minute, does things no set top box can, and costs me zero every month.


Maybe about a hundred years ago Studebaker, the worlds largest manufacturer of wheeled vehicles, should have sued Ford.

Instead Studebaker transitioned to making electric and then gasoline powered vehicles, which they did for the next half century.


Re: Do Broadcom actually have any proof that Netflix are using their IP?

Or even more shocking, Chucky Schumer had some suggestions that actually made sense!

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards


Re: Hey geeks

You CAN control lamps that are less than 60 watts but you'd need to use a switched controller, not a lamp controller... and of course you wouldn't be able to dim it.


Miss my Homeminder

Back in the 80's I had a gadget called a GE Homeminder. It used the X-10 system to control lights and whatever, I even came up with a creative way to turn the heat up and down. (Two thermostats, a controller, a relay, and a power supply out of an old radio).

It was easy to control and program, with a GUI image of a house where you would put lights and appliances in rooms that corresponded to rooms in your house. Turn on the light on the Homeminder screen and the real light would come on.

It was a great system, and with all our advances in technology since the 80's and that Z-80 powered machine I've yet to come across anything that is as flexible and easy to use as that bit of Reagan era technology.

Maybe something like that will come out of this move.


Re: they kinda missed a trick here?

He did a review of some X-10 equipment, is that what you were referring to?

So we're going back to the Moon: NASA triggers countdown by firing up spacecraft production


To boldly go

Robots are important and useful, but there is nothing like having real live people there. A big part of this is letting people seeing real live human beings walking on another world, and eventually getting a lot of people out there.


We as in humanity

We are going back to the Moon. Yes, it's the US doing it (again), but it's also mankind.

"We come in peace for all mankind."


Re: At Last!

"Luna shall be free!"

Tech giants get antsy in Northern Virginia: Give us renewable power, there's a planet to save... and PR to harvest


Well... in the southeast we have probably millions of acres of trees, much of it in tree farms. Dominion could buy some of the wood and use it to fire wood burning electrical generators. After all, it's "green" and certainly renewable.

It's also a lot of bovine excrement. Sure, those companies want to seem "green", but the bottom line is the bottom line. One of the reasons they are there is because of the price of electricity. If Dominion were to put up a bunch of windmills and cover acres of what could be good farm land with solar panels the price of electricity would go up, and the companies wouldn't like that at all.

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court


Why is this even a question?

If something is made into law, no matter what its source, why would there even be a question about being able to distribute it? It's the law of the land, people have to be able to know what the law is to be able to follow it!

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)


Misleading headline

The headline is misleading. The voting machines themselves were not compromised, neither they nor any other voting machine I've head of has a connection to the internet. If there is any question about the outcome of an election the individual machines can be checked, and while I don't know how they do it in Oregon here in North Carolina we have paper ballots that are tabulated by an electronic machine. If there is any question as to its accuracy the paper ballots can be checked.

The problem with elections isn't the counting and tabulation of votes, it's people voting who have no right to vote (convicted felons, illegal aliens), people voting multiple times by either using someone else's name (IE someone registered to vote but hasn't, or someone who died), or registering in multiple precincts.

Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course


Re: When people in the UK moan


None of the kinds of things the scare stories about what will happen post net neutrally happened before the 0bama cadre inflicted it on us, so there is no reason to believe they will happen now.

IF they do THEN it's time to look at some judicious regulations.

Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution


Re: Heat engines

In places where it gets icy you can also put pipes under the streets and sidewalks using the waste heat tl keep them clear of snow and ice.

Holland, Michigan has been doing this in it's downtown for many years and their "Snowmelt" system has been a great success... and western Michigan winters are not to be taken lightly!

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job


Nothing really new here

A while back I did a patent search for any patents of my grandfather and found a pair of them from the late 20's when he worked for the Western Union Telegraph Company. One was a device with a keyboard that used a rotating cylinder with a slot cut in it, a light, and a photo detector to turn typed letters into Morse, then there was the companion device which converted Morse into text.

This is pretty much a 21st century version of the same thing... and I sure wish I could tell him about it. (never mind how I found out about his patent, that would really blow his mind!.

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet


Re: Venus is too nasty, Mercury too hot and the moons of Jupiter or Saturn too distant.

Yep, there is a great series of books by John Ringo where they do exactly that. They put up a series of mirrors that are first used to mine asteroids, and even turn one into a giant space station by heating and spinning it.

It's also used to give some unfriendly aliens a VERY hot reception.

Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking


Re: "With respect, winning by the rules is what having a mandate is defined as."

Except the software these companies produced have nothing to do with the voting machines. Their software is used in voter registration, not the same thing at all.

Unless you've got a lot of "boots on the ground" willing to commit vote fraud about the only thing they could do with the ability to mess with registration records is to change or delete individual voters records, forcing them to cast a provisional ballot.

Now theoretically, if it's a big enough plot you could create a bunch of bogus voters, and then have your fellow travelers cast votes under those names, but that would be difficult, especially in places where they have voter ID laws (which is another reason why such laws are a good idea).

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done


Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

The US had less need for cell phones because of our very advanced wired network. Pretty much anywhere in the country not only could you get a landline but it would be turned on within a day or so of your request.

In places with a less robust wired phone network there was a shortage of lines and could often be a long wait before you phone was installed.

It was a lot easier (cheaper) to install a cell network than expand the landline infrastructure.

We get a lot of end of lease iPads where I work, the ones coming back from schools are usually pretty well trashed by the kids who used them (big surprise)! With my experience with Apple, (the company), when it was time for me to get a nice tablet I bought a Samsung.

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic


Parts at Radio Shack

When TI discontinued the TI-99/4A they must have had a LOT of parts left over. It seemed like for years Radio Shack had TI-99/4A bits for sale. I must have bought a half dozen or so of the power supply boards, I think they were something like $5, and they were nice power supplies.

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way


Re: Now now...

More likely 8 years...


Re: A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

He had as much to do with getting Bin Laden as Richard Nixon did with putting us on the Moon.

That awful 0bamaCare bill was hardly "gutted by the Republicans", in fact the Republicans had virtually no say on it and none of them voted for the thing.

He's not just the worst President yet, he's the worst leader North America has had since your own King George III, and look how THAT turned out!

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn


Of course they will. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of economics knows that companies don't really pay taxes. Taxes are just a part of the cost of doing business and in the end all such costs are paid for by the customer, and if costs get too out of line with what the company can charge it gets out of that business.

Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own


So the brass state (former golden state) wants to go off on it's own? Fine, California needs the rest of the US far more then we need California.

The radicals running the government of California have pretty much destroyed its economy, just as 0bama and Mrs.Clinton wanted to do to the nations.

The citizens of the United States had a better idea.

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina


Re: Only in US

The water in Flint, Michigan is supplied by the government.

I live in a semi rural area in North Carolina, have solid, high speed internet, reliable electricity and good water, all provided by private companies.


Re: Only in US

No, governments can't compete against private business.

It makes perfect sense. Governments can have legal monopolies, have law enforcement and law making authority. They can also subsidize a service and undercut the prices of private business at the expense of the local taxpayers.

Having that ability also puts the private business at tremendous risk. Would you want to invest millions of dollars (or pounds in the case of the UK) in building up an infrastructure only to have a local government come along and put you out of business?

Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project


No mention of the Hindenburg?

A staple of these sorts of articles is a mention of the Hindenburg, I'm surprised the author mentioned the R101 but not the even more famous (infamous?) Hindenburg disaster.

The author also makes the common mistake of confusing airships with blimps. An airship has a rigid frame (clearly visible in the pictures of the burning Hindenburg) that contains the gas bags and supports everything else, while a blimp is a big balloon that relies on being filled with gas to maintain it's shape.

It's not really clear just what the Atlant craft are, they may be a sort of hybrid.

In any case it doesn't really matter. I've long been a fan of lighter than air craft, it just makes so much sense for heavy hauling and even long distance passenger transport. It may take longer to get there but the fuel costs would be dramatically less than an airliner.

Now if we could just figure out how to build them with "gasbags" filled with nothing by high grade vacuum...

Graphene solar panels harvest energy from rain


Re: Is solarPV a waste?

In Iceland isn't the temperature difference enough they can use turbines?


Re: Roof tank?

I'm all in favor of energy and recycling ideas that make economic sense. If something has a reasonable payback or (in the case of recycling) recycling a material is cheaper than making it new I'm all in favor of it. In fact there are some really interesting products, such as deck planking, that are made almost entirely from recycled material that otherwise would have just gone into a landfill.

However global warming does not figure into my rate of return calculations at all. I'm REALLY skeptical about the notion that we are having a significant effect on the climate of a whole planet, and even more skeptical that anyone can come up with accurate figures on how much impact any single project would have on the Earth.

Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide


Re: @Big John -- Tu use Hillary's own words...

There is a big difference between negative campaigning and breaking your own parties rules to stop a candidate.

But when you come down to it what we are really talking about is vote fraud, and that's something the Democrats have a lot of experience with.


Re: Tu use Hillary's own words...

So if Putin is Lex Luthor does that make Hillary Faora?

Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama


Electric airplanes never, electric aircraft maybe

For reasons a number of people have pointed out electric airplanes will never become viable alternatives to conventionally powered planes unless something dramatic happens (say a REALLY compact and light bacitator).

However what could happen is a return of the airship (dirigible), only with electric motors that could be powered by fuel cells supplemented by solar panels on the top of the ship.

Something like that could dramatically lower shipping costs over conventional freight hauling planes while offing much greater speed than ships. Passenger versions could offer comfort and room to stretch out not possible in an airliner and at much lower cost.

Plus they are just plain cool!

Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car


Re: Zero emissions ?

Is Welsh poetry anything like Vogon poetry?


Re: Sounds great !

Maybe on your side of the pond!

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door


Other products?

I caught that too... wonder if they have another business that makes food products such as Soylent Green.

You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives


Re: Wrong, wrong, double-wrong

Who needs to keep all those drives? They are worth money if properly taken care of. The company I work for deals with end of lease equipment and one of our contractual requirements is we scrub every drive that comes through here. The drives are then reused in refurbished machines or sold as parts.

We use software from either IBM or White Canyon to scrub the drives, and while the NSA might be able to get some data off them no one else could.

You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up


Re: Oh so true (the water feature)

Then once the pipe freezes it won't leak anymore (at least until it thaws).

Cisco: The day of PCs is passing, cloud storage will dominate by 2019


Re: The end....ha - ha - ha

The quote is supposed to be from Thomas Watson, former IBM President, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”, but there is no evidence he actually said that.

Although in the early days it would have made a lot more sense, people had no idea what was coming.


This is just the latest version of the "death of the PC" proclamations that have been going around since about the time the PC was invented.

I think about all the people who trusted their photo's to picture hosting sites that went defunct and lost their pictures, same thing can happen with cloud hosting companies.

Cloud storage is useful, I use it myself for my home office system, but it's a backup, nothing more. If the "cloud" (that really is a silly term) company goes bust I've still got all my data and just have to find another company for backup.

Twenty years ago people were predicting the death of the PC, and I predict that twenty years from now some of the same people (and their kids) will still be predicting the death of the PC, but the PC's soldier on.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Re: Bullit County

A garden hose doesn't have the range or stopping power of a shotgun.

Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms


Actually scientists came up with the theory, it's the big government types that are pushing it and paying scientists to come up with more "evidence" to support global warming which has, for all practical purposes, become the official religion of the United States government. The UK and EU don't seem to be any better off.

You'd think we would have learned something from Galileo's experience with "settled science", but alas that does not seem to be, especially with so much money and power at stake.

Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more


Dr. Dyson is a self admitted 0bama fan and in spite of that after reading the interview I find that I really like this guy. He's uber smart, has lots of common sense (in spite of that 0bama thing), and is saying things that need to be said.

Bravo Dr. Dyson and thank you Register for publishing this.

Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?


Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

Even 0bama's corrupt EPA has come out and said there is no problem with fracking, and it must have REALLY pained them to say that.



Re: It's not about AIR, it's about WATER

Not true, there has been very little contamination of the water tables due to fracking and that has been limited to where the well casing was damaged or defective, and as the article points out they have good testing methods for that now.

The scare videos out there of tap water catching on fire have nothing to do with fracking, it has to do with the geology of the area where that water comes from... in other words it's natural.

Get thee behind me, Satanic mills! Robert Owen's Scottish legacy


This is exactly the sort of cool historical place I love to visit, but I'm afraid a trip to the UK isn't happening any time soon.

Great article though!


Re: @Tim Worstal Social agenda

Enlightened self interest. Ford was a jerk (to be polite about it), but hew as also very sharp and realized that if he took care of his workers he would have a more stable, productive workforce.

Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point


Re: If only..

But remember they were basically talking about radio telephones, and we still can't make that sort of phone as small as a cell phone, the technology is totally different.

Much like the video phone demonstrated at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. We now have such phones (sort of), but the technology is dramatically different from anything they could have imagined in 1964.

For electric cars to become real competitors to gas cars (or petrol as you Brits prefer) we really do need something better than batteries, either something like a bacitator, a fuel cell, or my favorite (and least likely) a "Mr. Fusion" that can be fed with banana peels and stale beer!


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