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Comment: Re:Which alternative exists? (Score 1) 34

by unitron (#47463827) Attached to: 1k words

"Top earners" only equals "People that work for their money" if you expand the definition of "work" to include "got born to rich parents and inherited lots of stocks and bonds and all the right social connections".

Being born on 3rd base does not make you one of the the all-time best hitters even if you do wind up crossing home plate.

Comment: And of course... (Score 1) 67

...now that they've been told that they're not what they said they were, but actually a cable company, Aereo is looking to stay in business by paying the same money per channel to the broadcasters (who were happy about the ruling right up to this point) as the actual cable companies do, and the broadcasters are having a cow and claiming Aereo isn't a cable company.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 278

by unitron (#47437105) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Did anyone ever prove that there were Communists in the State Department in the large and ever-changing numbers Tailgunner Joe claimed?

I could claim that everyone working in the Swiss patent office in the first decade of the 20th Century was a genius, and Jewish, but it wouldn't automatically be true just because Einstein worked there.

Comment: Re:5GHz ? (Score 1) 112

by unitron (#47386579) Attached to: FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

Back in the day before the digital conversion, when analog TV channels were actually on the channel number by which they called themselves, Channel 2 started at 54MHz, and Channel 83 had an upper edge of 890MHz.

A channel 2 signal would wrap around a pine tree in the line of sight from transmitter to receiving antenna and keep going, but said tree would stop Channel 83 stone cold dead.

(It's kind of like how you can run both channels into a single sub-woofer because those frequencies are so non-directional, but tweeters have to be designed for wide dispersion if you're going to be able to hear all of both the left and right speakers without having to be pinned to one exact spot, because the higher you go in frequency the more directional a waveform is.)

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!

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