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Comment: Re:HAM (Score 1) 840

by Jeff Archambeault (#35034466) Attached to: Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

Funny... I just got my /28 block in 44-land yesterday. Semi-isolated, 1200bps packet node running for months using linux native AX25 and FBB PBBS.

My choice in such a situation would be to roll-out wifi mesh/bridges. Sure, mesh routing needs work, but it'll work in a pinch. Its an area where amateur radio can help do research for trickle-down consumer networking that can help make the "net neutrality" issue go away.

Look me up on QRZ

73 de Jeff KC2SDS

Comment: Sounds Corny (Score 1) 646

by Jeff Archambeault (#33602238) Attached to: High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover

So much of the discussion seems to be a "Battle of the Sweeteners".

My beef (and other meat) with corn is how much there is in our diets. Start your day off with a bowl of corn-sweetened, puffed or flaked corn cereal moistened with the milk from corn-fed beef. For lunch, some corn-fed meat and HFCS-based condiment, a bag of crunchy corn chips, washed down with some carbonated HFCS. Repeat for dinner.

Cattle are supposed to eat grasses, not corn. Much energy (drive an e-85 vehicle to the fast food drive-thru?) is used to convert corn into something cattle can digest (with the help of antibiotics and growth hormones).

Of course this isn't just any corn, it's an industrial monoculture created and patented by Monsanto.

The corn I grew in the garden was great this year, but I couldn't help being reminded how much corn is already in our diets. At least the stuff in the garden still had some bran fiber left. It seems like a filler, added to everything because the corn producers need to turn inventory into profit.

Corn. It's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Comment: Marketing tip for next time (Score 1) 602

by Jeff Archambeault (#32585670) Attached to: Digitally Filtering Out the Drone of the World Cup

Its probably to late to make a large enough batch that are 180 degrees out of phase with the ones currently being used, but for next time, making 50% of them out of phase would make them self-quieting.

Maybe a ringtone or mp3 that is 180 degrees out could be quickly deployed.

Two negatives make a positive, and two positives make a negative. Yeah, right.

Comment: Themed Arrangements (Score 2, Funny) 520

by Jeff Archambeault (#31963156) Attached to: Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

The NORAD Command Center in "War Games" was always a favorite of mine, but Starfleet(tm) Bridge or Engineering could be fun too. Folks could have uniforms of differently colored company polo shirts.

A generic command post with visitor theater above it might be intriguing.

Replicating part of the cubical farm in The Matrix could just be an interesting "after-work" team-building project.

Whee!

Comment: Re:Backwards (Score 1) 853

by Jeff Archambeault (#29237591) Attached to: Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

"When all else fails" does not mean that there will always be a way to get pr0n or post some video of your car after a tornado parked it on the roof of your house. It means that net neutrality goes down the tubes and traffic gets severely "shaped". Most, if not all "traffic" will go through formal "nets", to and from official government jurisdictions and maybe NGOs such as Red Cross and Salvation Army. See http://www.usraces.org/ and http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec1-ch1.html, respectively.

I haven't seen an RFC regarding TCP/IP via one of these http://www2.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/RADIOGRM.pdf yet ;)

Comment: Re:Backwards (Score 2, Informative) 853

by Jeff Archambeault (#29237411) Attached to: Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

Actually, there is a portion of the 802.11b/g 2400-2450 MHz wifi band that falls within FCC Part 97 rules. Amateurs have the ability to use high power and very high gain antennas on a couple channels (-1 and o, iirc) using WRT-56G and the like. There is a page at ARRL regarding "the hinternet" and HSMM at http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/high-speed-digital/ and http://www.n5oom.org/hsmm/index.htm has some good technical links. The ARRL seems to have dropped the HSMM ball, perhaps due to pressure from the WISP lobby.

Yes, D-Star and other VHF packet setups are slow, up to a whopping 9600bps or so. The band is only so wide, we gotta share the bandwidth. There is more elbow room elsewhere.

But in case of a real emergency, amateurs will loose all non-emergency communication privileges within the bits of the radio spectrum covered by Part 97 rules.. Maybe hardcore /. users can lobby for creating an internet equivalent to http://www.usraces.org/ (cough cough)

Comment: Re:Backwards (Score 1, Informative) 853

by Jeff Archambeault (#29235309) Attached to: Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

Steam?!?! Isn't that VERY HOT DHMO!?!?! That can't be good, according to http://www.dhmo.org/ !!

Seriously, amateur radio operators are subject to FCC Part 97 rules, and specifically, http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/news/part97/e.html#407 (b). "In the event of an emergency which necessitates invoking the President's War Emergency Powers under the provisions of section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934..." amateur radio as a hobby would be put on hold. That rule applies only to frequencies that amateurs are licensed to use. Obama, and any other president since 1934, could invoke said Powers, but I don't see how they could apply to non-wireless or unlicensed wireless communications. The Gov can shut down it's interstate highways, international borders, airspace, licensed radio spectrum, etc at it's discretion. When governments shut down cell phone networks, well, see the recent events in Iran.

Would or could the government jam the unlicensed spectrum that wifi uses? If "no", wireless mesh networks FTW! Otherwise, maybe we'll be saying "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a backpack full of usb flash drives," as long as some state borders are left open.

Good thing we'll still be able to build steam-powered spark-gap generators, tho! ;)

Comment: Direction? Within the big blue room? (Score 1) 520

by Jeff Archambeault (#29060775) Attached to: My sense of direction is ...

Cities in the US usually are grid-based, while cities in Europe aren't (as much).

That said, I live in the Adirondack State Park on 100 acres of land. There are directions one could walk from here, in a straight line, and not reach a paved road for 2 days. Sense of direction here isn't like knowing that Broadway runs north and south and the mountains are to the west (ala Denver, CO). When all else fails around here, walk downstream.

Them as has, gets.

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