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Comment: Most interesting fight - M0xer-4 (Score 2) 48

by StatureOfLiberty (#48090557) Attached to: Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

Leo Bodnar launched a small balloon with a 11 gram payload. The payload is solar powered and has telemetry. Balloon hobbyists have been watching the flight since July 12th 2014. It is still flying. It has circled the earth (not at equator) about 5 times now I believe.

B-64/M0XER-4 Flight Web Page
APRS Position

Simply amazing. The longest flight I can recall prior to this was one that was launched in California and made it to somewhere near the Mediterranean sea a few days later.

Comment: Re:Bad way to conduct policy (Score 1) 131

by StatureOfLiberty (#47912727) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
That certainly sounds good. But, the reality is that many times the elected officials' and their appointees' involvement is the problem. And most of the time the public doesn't know and doesn't care. When the 'broadband over power lines' debacle was going on during the FCC Powell years, a friend of mine privy to some of the discussions said that when FCC engineers were talking to industry engineers things progressed in a reasonable way. As soon as the political appointees showed up, things went stupid. The engineers could no speak frankly and just work through the issues. And in the end the FCC literally created regulation based on incorrect physics. Fortunately, BPL pretty much died on its own. So, we dodged one there.

Comment: Re:I asked them which Windows computer (Score 1) 251

by StatureOfLiberty (#47757987) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
Same here. I still managed to keep him on the line for maybe 10 minutes. So, at the very least, that was 10 minutes he could not be scamming someone who didn't know better. Someone needs to develop some kind of phone bot that you can just transfer these calls to. Then it could waste their time in some automated fashion.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 200

Sure it might be better, but it definitely can be much worse.

Worse than no high speed broadband service? Wilson built their system because Time Warner and others refused to. So, the city decided to solve the problem themselves. When you refuse to serve a community, you can't complain about 'unfair competition' when they decide to serve themselves.

(Time Warner thanks you for your loyalty)

Comment: Re:Illegal? (Score 1) 192

by StatureOfLiberty (#47336567) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

It is wonderful that someone took the time to have him recognized. So many times people don't take the time to do things like this.

Regarding contracting out:

I was a boom operator in the Air Force (inflight refueling specialist). In my free time, I wrote an aircraft weight and balance calculation application in basic that ran on desktop PCs (which were brand spanking new at the time). We had been filling a form out (called a Form-F) by hand using numbers looked up in charts. It took about 20 minutes to fill this form out. The Air Force had contracted out the creation of an app that ran in an HP programmable calculator to do this same task. It took about 5 minutes to fill the form out using the calculator. My program could generate this form in about 2 minutes. And my program was also more accurate (and it printed on a full page instead of 2" wide thermal paper). After I wrote my app, nobody used the calculator to generate the Form-F unless they filling it out on the airplane.

I was already out of the Air Force at the time. But a buddy of mine who took on maintaining the program I wrote said it was used to 'load plan' every KC-135 flight in the first gulf war. Not bad for a program that I could not even get certified (if you used it on a check ride you would have actually failed the check ride, even though the result was actually more accurate).

I certainly never got a medal for my app. It did get me Airman of the Quarter at our base. But, the real reward was that it worked and that people loved it. The fact that it worked better than the contracted solution was icing on the cake. I think this guy's story is great.

Comment: Re:We aren't stupid... (Score 4, Funny) 105

by StatureOfLiberty (#46978409) Attached to: FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal
Revised proposal from FCC:

We have heard your concerns and being the responsible and responsive agency that we are, we have revised our proposal. Companies like Netflix can now pay companies like Comcast to degrade data delivery for everyone else. See, we've completely reversed course. Thank you for expressing your concern. See what a difference you can make when you stay informed and involved?

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos