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Comment: Re:Kids these days... Re:Slashdot lucks out (Score 1) 294

by fyngyrz (#49143083) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Brings to mind the Maxell ad where the guy is sitting in the chair, hair blown back by the JBL-L100 in front of him.

Imagine the paper tapes instead of the L100. Except no hair would be blowing back, and I suspect the fellow would be asleep. Other than that, exactly the same.

Comment: SDR details and support (Score 1) 129

by fyngyrz (#49143065) Attached to: Developers Disclose Schematics For 50-1000 MHz Software-Defined Transceiver

To answer your question about connectivity, the device has 10/100 Ethernet with the Linux networking stack built in.

That's excellent. Did you build your own protocol, or did you use the mechanism RFSPACE, Andrus, AFEDRI and the various USB-to-Ethernet servers have established?

I try -- hard -- to support all ethernet based SDRs for which I can obtain protocol information.

It also has USB-OTG, and I already know WiFi and USB Sound Cards work with no additional work.

Sound card I/Q is no problem for SdrDx -- that gets the RF in, and of course I support that. The problem with the rest is controlling the SDR's settings: center frequency, attenuator, sample rate, and so on. This is because of the radical differences in USB interfacing from platform to platform.

Having said that, if you've got a working command line utility that talks to the control systems on your SDR, then SdrDx emits information via TCP that can be used to drive the command line client from a script. We've pulled this off with the Peabody and Softrock SDRs pretty well. Again, though, we run into the issue of which platform(s) the utility is available for, seeing as how they'd have to be radically different from one another.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 259

by gurps_npc (#49139643) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
No the 28k does not include agency overhead. It only include drone overhead. There is a difference. Drone overhead means only charges related to the drone - repairs, service, etc. Agency overhead, includes things like the janitor,

You are correct that they need to reference things, but a simple bit of googling reveals enough reference to show that 28k per arrest is a ridiculously expensive number. The agency averages $12k/ per person DEPORTED. That means to arrest, hold them in prison, charge, convict and fly/bus them back across the border costs less than HALF the cost of just arresting them using a drone.

Comment: Re:Wrong kind of metric... (Score 1) 259

by gurps_npc (#49138049) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Yes, they presented it in a poor way. But no it is not meaningless, if the article had been written well. You are correct they need to give comparison, but not just that one.

Specifically, it could have said:

Drone cost to apprehend: $28,000

Piloted aircraft cost to apprehend: $15,000

Piloted Boat cost to apprehend: $10,000

Land Vehicle cost to apprehend: $1,000

Foot agent cost to apprehend: $1,500

If the article had done this then we could have easily said no drones, piloted aircraft only AND limit the # of pilots to the bare minimum, while increasing the land vehicles.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 259

by gurps_npc (#49137961) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Whoops, in my other reply I left out the other stuff. The Border Patrol does not merely apprehend. It builds and maintains the fences. It supports custom agents. It runs undercover operations. It pays people to investigate claims. It also holds people prisoner, pays agents to testify, has lawyers to try prisoners, as well as a bunch of other fixed costs.

In fact, the cost is NOT simple, you are simply too ignorant to realize how complex the calculation is. Your math is way way off.

The drones are ridiculously expensive for the very little they do.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 259

by gurps_npc (#49137905) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Your math is comparing apples to oranges.

Specifically you are comparing the cost to apprehend PLUS all the fixed costs of the agency vs the cost to apprehend with a drone.

IN reality, the cost per deportation is estimated at LESS than 15,000 per deportation - including apprehension costs. Clearly the fixed costs of the agency are far greater than you realize. Effectively, the drone program more than doubles the cost to apprehend.

Comment: Re:Who are these people? (Score 2) 365

by BoberFett (#49137827) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

You're referring of course to the billions of people around the world who drive cars, use electricity, burn trees for heat, or any other activity which contributes to climate change, yes?

Convince the world to go back to a pre-industrial standard of living, and all the industry funded "science" in the world won't make a difference. There won't BE a fossil fuel industry.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 259

by gurps_npc (#49137295) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
You are correct that they SHOULD have listed that information.

But the actual cost per arrest to deport is about less than $1,000, from what I understand.

The average cost to arrest, try and deport an illegal immigrant is only $12,000 (source = )

So the cost of $28k is ridiculous.

"A child is a person who can't understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten." -- Doug Larson