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Comment Re:FAA just like FCC (Score 1) 300

I see it as more like the requirement for GMRS and (previously) CB licenses. You're supposed to have an FCC license before using GMRS, and the application form comes in the box with the walkie-talkie (or at least it used to.) But how many people ever fill out those forms and send them in?

Back when individual CB licenses were required, I'd be amazed if the compliance rate ever hit 1%.

Comment Re:Here's a historical (unknown) point-of-interest (Score 1) 85

Apparently, according to the longer document (which is an interesting way to kill an hour or two), there was also some kind of conferencing system between the individual launch control centers in each flight. The keys had to be turned at the local consoles, but at least one other control center also had to "vote" to launch, presumably by turning their keys as well.

Later, this was augmented by the addition of a box with some thumbwheel switches that required the entry of a specific code from SAC as a condition for launch.

Comment Re:Americans...why ? (Score 0, Troll) 277

I haven't found that to be true. In many other countries, often referred to as more "civilized" ones, people argue that the government should have a monopoly on the use of force.

And you know what? That's OK. We Americans will come over and bail you out of your next holocaust, attempted genocide, continent-wide war, or other large-scale human rights atrocity, the same way we've bailed you out of your previous ones. If history is any guide, you'll end up better off than you were before you started all the shit, and at our expense.

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 482

A spokesperson for the ACB told me today that publications which contain offensive depictions or descriptions of persons who are or appear to be persons under the age of 18 (whether they are engaged in sexual activity or not) must be classified RC. They said the Board classifies publications on a case by case basis, in accordance with the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications, the Code and the Classification Act and that the Publications Guidelines do not specify breast size.

Rather than "debunking" anything, this quote reflects a situation that's even worse. If the model "appears to be" under 18, that's apparently enough to impose prior restraint. A standard based on bra size could at least be enforced objectively, but how do you appeal a decision of an unelected, unaccountable censorship board on no grounds other than "She looks 18 to me?"

Comment Re:probably, detects superheterodyne stage (Score 1) 42

All you need to do is use a conversion scheme that isn't the same as those used by common radar detectors.

For instance, it might be common in the detector industry to use a first IF at 7 GHz. This could be convenient because the same 17 GHz LO would be useful for both 24 GHz K band and 10 GHz X band reception. I have no idea if that's what the manufacturers actually do, but if they do, then the "detector detectors" might work by listening for leakage at 17 GHz. Put your first LO in a different part of the microwave spectrum and they will have no way to detect it.

(Better still, vote for politicians who will implement reasonable speed limits and other traffic laws, rather than treating drivers as rolling cash machines.)

Comment Re:When the fuck will Mozilla wake up?! (Score 1) 134

Yet if you ask the decision makers at Mozilla, they will probably tell you that most of the UI changes have been made using data from A/B tests, UI usage data (ie. UI hotspots). Is their methodology wrong?

Not at all, if your goal is to appeal to the lowest-common denominator of user. You'd better get it right, though, because at that point, you're playing Microsoft's game.

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