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Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 131

by Muad'Dave (#48039311) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Still have nearly-perfect hearing, minus the really odd gap at 15kHz-16kHz ...

Not odd at all. Were you exposed to CRT TVs or old monitors for an extended amount of time? Their flybacks operated at one of several freqs: NTSC is 15,734 Hz, PAL is equal to 15,625 Hz, PAL M is equal to 15,750 Hz I wondered if TV/monitor technology was getting better over the years - the flyback scream got quieter and quieter as I got older. Turns out my ears were losing their sensitivity to it. I have a gigantic notch at those frequencies.

Comment: Re:FP? (Score 1) 685

by Muad'Dave (#48035935) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I had to do that in my head when I got a KPH only car in Grand Cayman - the signs are MPH. There were a _lot_ of tourists that didn't notice and were going verrrrry sloooooow. It was pretty easy once you learn a few touchpoints - 25 mph=40kph, 30=50, 40=65, and 45=75ish.

At least I didn't get a left hand drive car in a left side-of-the-road country on top of it. Driving from the ditch is not pretty.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 224

by Muad'Dave (#47944669) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

... the most violent and aggressive species on earth?

When's the last time you chased down and killed your food? When's the last time you actually used physical violence against another human, much less a prey species?

We're our most violent in aggregate (war). Most recent 'wars' were/are over ideals or perceived threats (we don't like what you're doing to your people, so we're gonna invade), not actual physical threats (WWII was an actual imminent threat). We're not so bad when we don't _have_ to use violence.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 393

by Muad'Dave (#47937635) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

The uController could easily run for several _years_ on a pair of D batteries. It sleeps for all but a single second out of the day, and wakes up to 'press' the go button. You could just as easily power it from a wall tumor across the 220V line powering the charger (many/most are 110/220 tolerant).

The fish timer would be powered from 1 leg of the 220 V circuit to the neutral to provide 110V as it expects.

My point in posting was that there are alternatives to having to switch the full 220V / bazillion amp charging current directly. Sometimes subtlety wins out over brute force :-)

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik

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