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Comment: Code of the Lifemaker! (Score 3, Interesting) 384

Fun novel by James P Hogan about a sophisticated alien robotic space mining craft that gets damaged and crashes on Titan. It starts making defective replicating mining robots that eventually evolve into a medieval robot society.

Can't believe I'm the first to mention it, but I'm probably just old.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment: Re:AH, the good old days (Score 1) 100

by 50000BTU_barbecue (#48610703) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

I am amazed at the kind of scut work "engineers" do these days. Electrical engineers in the days of yore were scientists, physicists.

I used to work for a company that used label printers. I mean high-speed printers for production lines. These machines are all ready and set to go from the box. Why do you need someone to go to university for 4 years and go through three interviews to check a few wires, enter a few digits and look at the end result of the printed label?

You need engineers to design the machines, some engineers to mass-produce them, and technicians, not engineers, to install them.

Comment: Re:Nitche Market (Score 1) 433

by 50000BTU_barbecue (#48598185) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Who said there would be no punishment?

Can you explain why society didn't collapse when we went from the 19th century's 100 hour work week to the the 40 hour work week?

Can you explain what all this technology is for and what we are producing if we are all working so hard?

And why have we gone back to 19th century levels of "work" when both heads of the family work, it adds up to a hundred hour workweek.

Why? What for? Who benefits?

What is "work"? What do you do that convinces a farmer to feed you every day?

It's just a social convention.

Why can't we go to a 20 hour workweek? Why do you assume that every person is the same and will automatically revert to savagery just because they have to work less?

I'm the innocent one?

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 4, Insightful) 433

by 50000BTU_barbecue (#48594769) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

"It is simply not possible to get a full-wave 20kHz signal out of a standard 44kHz sample rate,"

What the hell are you babbling about? A 44.1KHz system is band-limited to 22KHz and you can ONLY get a sine wave out with two data points!

Jesus Christ already!

What does "full wave" mean anyways? Are you one of those types that throws technical-sounding jargon around without a clue?

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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