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Comment: Re:Once again (Score 1) 141

by Urban Nightmare (#49596225) Attached to: Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps In Nepal Rescue Effort

Very true. I do some PSK31 usually between 5 and 15 watts. Should get on the air more often but like you said, I have a crap antenna. No seriously. Since I moved I haven't been been able to get a decent antenna in the air. Stuck with a crappy OCF dipole at 20 feet. I think the spaghetti I had last night would work better.

Comment: Re:Once again (Score 2) 141

by Urban Nightmare (#49577691) Attached to: Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps In Nepal Rescue Effort

It's not the powerline networking in Napal that is a problem. It's the powerline networking here that is. It's over loads the receivers front end and makes it near impossible to receive the signal from Napal. That is why powerline networking is bad. The typical transmitter in an HF rig is 100 watts. Put that 100 watts in to a good yagi antenna and you can send a signal any where in the world. Even with powerline networking your signal will get out. By the time that signal gets to it's destination it is only a few micro volts in strength. So if the powerline is putting out a few more micro volts then the signal your trying to receive your receiver will never here the weaker signal.

While I am a ham radio operator, it's been a while so what I'm remembering might be a bit off.

Comment: Re:Their software cost an arm and both legs yet... (Score 3, Interesting) 35

by Urban Nightmare (#49521331) Attached to: OSGeo Foundation Up In Arms Over ESRI LAS Lock-In Plans

I work for a Government Agency that uses ArcGIS for that last 10 or so years. Personally I'm a Linux user and try to use and contribute to open source projects (although lately I haven't been able to). I also use QGIS but find it's not always what I want when it comes to the cartography part of GIS. The maps it produces never seem to be as nice as ArcGIS. Sorry got a little off topic here. What I'm saying is that even though I like and use open source, my bosses don't give a rats ass about it. If you even mention no licensing fees then they think its an inferior product. They have drank the kool-aid, so we pay tens of thousands for licensing of all kinds of products that have the same or better open source alternatives.

I believe this is also how many other agency view things. They don't care about open source. They just want someone to SELL them what they need.

Comment: Re:So few experts... (Score 1) 220

by Urban Nightmare (#49408155) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

I put intermediate because of this reason. I've been programming for close to 20 years but most of that in VB of some sort. Seems the couple of shops I worked in didnt' want C or C++ code and I just never found the time to do much in Linux. Hence I can probably get around in most languages (mostly due to experience) I'm no expert in any of them. Besides I still do a lot of look ups on the net to find out how to do things and get procedures. No point in coding it when someone else has already done so. Biggest thing is being able to understand it and modify it if needed.

Comment: Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (Score 5, Interesting) 219

by Urban Nightmare (#48375333) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Here here. I'm not a fan of either MS or Apple but I'm even less of a fan computers in the classroom. Computers do have their place for research and writing papers but I just don't think they need to be used every day in the classroom.

Now I may be an old fuddy-duddy, but I still haven't seen conclusive evidence that they make learning any easier or better.

But that's only my 2 cents.

Comment: Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (Score 1) 415

by Urban Nightmare (#48273673) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

How about this. I don't care what time it is. My wife wakes me up in the morning and tells me to go to work. When they turn off the lights it's time to go home. I go to bed when I'm tired. Why would any one need a watch or even a clock. Hell I don't watch live TV any more as it's all recorded or of the internet so I watch when I want to.

Comment: RF Noise (Score 1) 278

by Urban Nightmare (#47434917) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

I don't have a problem really with CFL or LED light or their longevity. What gets me is the amount of RF noise they can create. Using my hand held 2m radio and a yagi I can pin point problem areas easily. Once you get to HF frequencies it get really bad. If everyone on the block has all of their lights on you can pretty much kiss doing any dx'ing goodbye.

What every happened to the FCC/IC rule enforcement that says you cannot create harmful interference? Granted less and less people are SWL but there are a lot of ham radio people out there.

Comment: Government (Score 1) 141

by Urban Nightmare (#47249655) Attached to: I typically start my workday ...

I quit my job that had me coming in at 6am and leaving at 6 pm then on call for the "off" hours and weekends. Now to be fair I really only had to be there for 8 hours a day, but there was just so much to do that you couldn't just put in your 8. Got a job with the government and now I work from 8:30am to 4:30pm with two 20 min coffee breaks and an hour for lunch. If you try to stay past 4:30 the manager throws you out and tells you it will wait until tomorrow.

Comment: Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (Score 5, Informative) 684

by Urban Nightmare (#45878113) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Not where I live in Alberta. Anything North of Calgary doesn't get Chinooks all the often and we are stuck in the deep freeze. We just don't whine about it like the Easterners. Yesterday morning it was -34c with a wind chill of -45c. We decided it would be better to walk to the grocery store instead of driving as the car was just to frozen over. This morning we remembered to plug it in and it's no where near as cold, only -24c not sure of the wind chill. Still walked to work though.

Comment: Re:No many (Score 1) 363

by Urban Nightmare (#43497301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

So many mags have gone paperless now days. All of my current subs are also pushing their paperless offerings for cheaper rates. I think the problem they all have is that most people still don't like reading mags/newspapers on a screen (of any sort). Yes having a tablet with tons of content is nice but they haven't really changed the format to make it readable on them. There is no smart way to have a 10" tablet display a page one way and a 7" another and a 4.5" phone another. They need to make it readable on any device. And before you say it PDF is not the way to go. Usually the text is way to small and zooming/pan/scan is way to annoying unless you have a 10" table.

Comment: No many (Score 1) 363

by Urban Nightmare (#43477675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

I currently subscribe to QST (it comes with membership), TCA (membership), CQ, Pop Comm, Shortwave Listener (do you see a trend here). I used to get PC Mag but since they don't have paper any more... Linux Journal... My wife has a couple also. The only problem I have with all of them is the number of ads but I guess they have to pay the bill some way. So yes we still read many magazines. The tech and radio mags are always good for how-to's and such and for the most part are good to have as reference for many years. Just need a better way of indexing the articles.

Comment: America is screwed (Score 1) 693

by Urban Nightmare (#43098721) Attached to: Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

That's all I can say. The powerful just want more power and they will get it no matter what the common people say or do. It's just that simple.

Sorry America your screwed. But the rest of the world isn't that far behind so don't sweat it to much.

Urban Nightmare
Living the dream...

Comment: Re:RTFM (Score 1) 307

by Urban Nightmare (#42485179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

While I do tend to agree with you, I think we all need to remember to just be a bit more civil to each other. This whole thing would have been way more productive if the answer was just given and possibly a link to the page in the docs/manual/wiki. I don't mind if this is marked as flame bait or troll but just because we're on the internet and can post anonymously does it make it okay to call people names. Just answer the question and move on. If you don't know the answer read it so you know and move on. If you just don't care then keep your comments to your self. Remember what Mom used to say:

"If you can't say something nice. Don't say anything at all."

I'm ready to be flogged now. BTW I won't come back to read them any way so save your fingers.

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