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+ - Morse code test requirement to be reinstated for Amateur Radio License-> 1

Submitted by H0ek
H0ek (86256) writes "One of the standards of excellence required to possess an Amateur Radio License was to pass a test of Morse Code sending and receiving capabilities. At the beginning of 1991 this requirement was removed for Technician Class licenses, and finally in 2007 this requirement was removed for General and Amateur Extra Classes. This will now be reversed and all new applicants will be required to submit to the Morse Code test again. Also, all previous no-code licensees will have a specific length of time to renew their license with the new code test requirements. This can either been seen as restoring a badge of honor to the venerable amateur radio license system, or the death knell for a crotchety old system fading away in a world of community-wide wifi and mobile communications."
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+ - Morse code test requirement to be reinstated for Amateur Radio License 5

Submitted by H0ek
H0ek (86256) writes "One of the standards of excellence required to possess an Amateur Radio License was to pass a test of Morse Code sending and receiving capabilities. At the beginning of 1991 this requirement was removed for Technician Class licenses, and finally in 2007 this requirement was removed for General and Amateur Extra Classes. This will now be reversed and all new applicants will be required to submit to the Morse Code test again. Also, all previous no-code licensees will have a specific length of time to renew their license with the new code test requirements. This can either been seen as restoring a badge of honor to the venerable amateur radio license system, or the death knell for a crotchety old system fading away in a world of community-wide wifi and mobile communications."

Comment: Old man concerns (Score 1) 4

by H0ek (#41499001) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Orem, UT, US

The time for this shindig seems odd to me. I'm not able to sustain 13 hours of partying even with illicit substances, much less on a business campus in the state of Utah. Will this be a "come when you want" event or is the 12:00am start time a mistake?

As for gamage, I have Equate and Hotay's new Capital Offense, as well as all the usual suspects.

Comment: Way to go, England! (Score 1) 93

by H0ek (#40334073) Attached to: Hawking Is First User of "Big Brain" Supercomputer

Aww, how cute! England wants to come out and play. While I am happy to see that our mates from across the pond are getting themselves a nice little number cruncher - it is still little. NASA has a setup called Pleiades:

Total cores: 112,896
Total memory: 191 TB

But here's the real hard-to-fathom point. The sport two 11-dimension hypercube interconnect configurations using Infiniband QDR and DDR networking (mostly DDR). Now DDR is ~4GB/s and QDR is ~8GB/s, but Inifiniband is rarely singily-connected. Usually you multipath using four connections to the switch, which in this case bumps the transfer rate up to 16GB/s for DDR and 32GB/s for QDR. Peak theoretical speed for this system is ~240TB/s.

Oh, and it's running SUSE Linux. That off-the-shelf enough?

Last I checked, the system is running at 90% utilization. This is one heck of a cluster and it isn't just for show. Yet Pleiades only rates as #7 on the TOP500 list of supercomputers worldwide. The new list comes out in a few days. We'll see if they can keep that illustrious position.

Side note: The #1 supercomputer is running an interconnect called "Tofu". Since I'm an Infiniband guy, I'd like to know more. Right now, though, it rates very high on my silliness scale.

Comment: Re:I'll subscribe to Torchlight 2 dev's newsletter (Score 1) 591

by H0ek (#37062850) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

I recommend you have a conversation with your in-laws. Explain to them that you do not like visiting them as it takes you away from your gaming addiction.

Ahh, you sadly make a lot of assumptions that do you no justice. When my in-laws are around and not out doing the farm work, we generally do have very nice conversations. Yes, there are moments when I do not agree with their culture and way-of-life and they do not appreciate mine. The real issue is when they're not home, I generally have very little to occupy my time. This is where my gaming addiction (that's one assumption you made that I will shamefully admit) comes in handy, allowing me to pass the time while I wait for their return.

You may ask why don't I go out and help them. Well, I'm not familiar enough with riding horses to be useful with the cattle. I cannot run the heavy equipment they use to harvest their grain. Really, I am simply the chauffeur for my family so they can visit with Mom and Dad/Grandma and Grandpa. Once I'm there, I'm as useful as a bicycle to a fish.

It is really surprising that Blizzard haven't figured out a way for you to be able to use their game to properly get your feelings across to your relatives.

Perhaps they can provide a farm equipment simulator so that I can be more useful to my in-laws. I probably wouldn't buy it anyway, as I don't usually play the sim games. Besides, learning to drive a tractor via a sim game is much like learning to be a rock star by playing Guitar Hero. No one would take me seriously.

Perhaps you should consider why it is you must fill every waking moment with something that takes you away from human contact.

Perhaps because sometimes that human contact is not present, or because my very nature is to be socially inept and I have a very hard time overcoming that nature. As weak as they are, I have my excuses and I plan to stick to them.

Thankfully, though, Diablo III isn't the only game in the world. You should be fine playing it at home and finding an alternative method of shunning your in-laws with. I suggest you get a game you can play on your iPhone/Android device. This way you can sit right infront of them while playing, so your disdain for them can be made all the more obvious.

Again, you assume I find my in-law reprehensible. My level of respect for them exceed most people as they spend most of their lives out in the fields tending to their livelihood, plus they can serve a family meal that would feed a small nation. I would never avoid social contact during one of their meals. When I am around them we tend to argue politics and culture, but I understand them and they tolerate me. At times I need to step away from a conflict and cool down, which is one of the reasons I have Plants vs. Zombies on my tablet. Great diversionary tactic.

I'm sure you have a wonderful relationship with your in-laws. I just find you're overly defensive attitude a poor quality in a person.

Comment: Re:I'll subscribe to Torchlight 2 dev's newsletter (Score 1) 591

by H0ek (#37062614) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

Blizzard simply believes they are protecting the customer.

You're not actually naive enough to believe that, are you? Blizzard simply believes they are protecting their bottom line, and fuck their customers if they have a problem with it.

I believe the developers actually want to make a good product. This would include an auction system where everyone is treated fairly. This also includes a character system that cannot be abused and where the honest players do not have to live in fear of encountering overbearing cheaters.

Now, you seem to be speaking of the marketeers. Sure, they see customers as money factories and not as people who want to play a nice game. Perhaps I am naive to think the developers might get the upper hand. As I am a developer I'd like to imagine that someone in the world is able to write a bit of code that the customer wants to use.

Most developers I know want to write a game that they would play. Most marketeers simply want enough money to buy that Ferrari they have their eye on. I'm on the side of the devs.

Comment: I'll subscribe to Torchlight 2 dev's newsletter (Score 3, Interesting) 591

by H0ek (#37054480) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

DNRTFA

Now the developer for Torchlight 2 has given a clear and measured response that I can literally buy in to. Blizzard simply believes they are protecting the customer. For most customers this may work just fine, but I apparently am not like "most customers." Regularly I make trips to the in-laws up in the most remote part of Idaho. My father-in-law still uses dialup for his infrequent E-bay purchases and cattle futures report. When I travel to my in-laws, this is precisely the environment where I need a long single-player campaign that does not need a constant on-line connection. The original Torchlight kept me sane and entertained for hours while I avoided conflict with "the other side" of the family. It seems this will also be true for Torchlight 2, thus I will very likely buy the game - simply to preserve what's left of my sanity.

Diablo 3, not so much. I'm not one to spend money on a second game when the first still needs to be thoroughly played.

Now, I'm pretty certain Blizzard does not care about my lonely little circumstance. That's fine by me, I don't care much about their game if it appears to be unusable to me. I just hope developers like Torchlight continue to provide an awesome alternative, otherwise my money will go unspent - at least until I am committed to the asylum. Then it will be spent for white coats and medication. O_o

H0ek

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+ - Mod of the Year Winners chosen

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TheRealFritz
TheRealFritz writes "It's that time of year again and ModDB has released the winners of their annual Mod of the Year contest. Gamers who like to go beyond their initial investment have chosen their favorites for 2006: Point of Existence and Project Reality according to ModDB's Mod of the Year competition. The contest took in over 80,000 votes and narrowed the field from 4,000 mods to the Top 5 for released and unreleased mods, as well as a hand full of genre awards and the Editor's Choice awards.

Perhaps ironic is that the two top mods of 2006 are both for the Battlefield 2 platform which has been abandoned by its developer and is notoriously buggy and difficult to mod. Despite these problems, both mods went on to beat out mods from the ever popular Half-Life 2 platform. The much better maintained Source engine is represented with the winners of the third through fifth places: Goldeneye: Source, The Hidden: Source and Minerva."
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+ - KDE 3.5.6 Released

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An anonymous reader writes "The announcement has been made that K Desktop Environment 3.5.6 is now available for download.

This release includes a number of bugfixes for KHTML, Kate, the kicker, ksysguard and lots of other applications. Significant features include additional support for compiz as a window manager with kicker, session management browser tabs for Akregator, templating for KMail messages, and new summary menus for Kontact making it easier to work with your appointments and to-do's. Translations continue as well, with Galician translations nearly doubling to 78%.
Due to the latest translation efforts, 65 languages are now supported!"

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