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Comment: Re:been there, done that (Score 3, Informative) 280

by Nethead (#48614073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

I work for an aerospace cabin integrator and we're always looking for good TechPubs people. My company offers fully paid classes within our field. The great thing is that the TechPubs folks work hand in hand with the engineers. You can talk with them and figure what type of engineering work you want to do, stress, electrical, structures, flam, systems, furniture... and we just touch the inside of an airliner.

Email me if you live in the Puget Sound area.

Comment: Re:Don't forget batteries for storage (Score 2) 280

by Nethead (#48561305) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Off-topic side note about WalMart. I've done data cable work at more than a few and found that they do one really neat trick when they build: For their main electrical room they haul in a 40' container (before the walls are up) and set it in the back of the store. All the electrical mains come in there through a wall. All the main breakers and the telco demarcation point is in there so if they catch fire the rest of the store has a chance. Off-topic but kind of cool if you're into that thing, which I am.

Comment: Re:Very cool. (Score 1) 127

by Nethead (#48550079) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Good solution. I do like my pure 480GB SSD in my work laptop for the battery savings. I get 6 hours out of an i5 laptop now. It's an HP Elitebook 840 if you're interested. For pure storage I have a 2TB USB3 drive that holds things like music, software packages and all the found Doctor Who episodes, just in case, ya know.

Comment: Re:.50 WHAT? (Score 1) 127

by Nethead (#48550033) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Blame ASCII. There is no standard (7-bit) ASCII symbol for cents. Back in my day we use to just type a c and then backspace and type a / to make the US cents symbol. Of course, back then most typewriters didn't have a numeral 1 and we just used a lower case L for that.

The lack of cent and degree symbols always bothered me when it comes to the ASCII set. Before all you internationalists get upset about including a US centric symbol, remember that the A in ASCII stands for American.

Now why the author of the article decided to use a useless trailing zero...

Comment: Re:What to wonder about? (Score 2) 197

by Nethead (#48538519) Attached to: Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

That being said it should be mentioned that a variant of TFTP (35years old) is the standard for Loading SW onto parts in Planes.

I've had to buy up old Win95 Toughbooks for our engineers so they can load the cabin lighting into a Boeing 747. There's a place in the plane that takes a 3.5" floppy with the settings. The only program that writes that disk needs to run on Win98 or below and won't work with a USB floppy. Just bought three more that came out of cop cars in Iowa.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell