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Comment: Re:Viewing Launches (Score 1) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49166815) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

With luck, they'll start incorporating our radio transceivers. I hear that SpaceX flies with several USRPs now, so that's not completely unrealistic. That might be as close as I can get. Anyone who can get me a base invitation, though, would be greatly appreciated and I'd be happy to do some entertaining speeches while there. I need a base invite for Vandenberg, too. I got in to the official viewing site for the first try of the last launch (and that scrubbed too), but this next one is on Pad 6.

Comment: Viewing Launches (Score 3, Interesting) 22

by Bruce Perens (#49164783) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Dual Satellite Mission

I was in Florida to speak at Orlando Hamcation and went to see the DISCOVR launch at Kennedy Space Center. I paid $50 to be at LC-39 for the launch, an observation tower made from a disused gantry on the Nasa Causeway between the pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. A crawler was parked next door! A hot sandwich buffet, chips, and sodas were served. It was cold and windy! I watched for a few hours and unfortunately the launch scrubbed due to high stratospheric winds.

The next day, Delaware North Corporation, which operates tourism at KSC, decided not to open LC-39 or the Saturn 5 center for the launch. This was the third launch attempt and I guess they decided most people had left. I was annoyed.

The closest beach was going to be closed in the evening, it's a sensitive ecological area. I ended up seeing the launch from Jetty Park. This turned out not to be such a great location, the tower wasn't visible at all and the first 10 seconds of the rocket in flight were obscured before we saw it over a hill.

What's a better viewing location?

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 2) 197

by CronoCloud (#49145417) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

If the XBOX or PS4 (as well as game developers) would just take the mouse and keyboard seriously

Sony takes mice and keyboard seriously with their Playstations. PS2's, PS3's and PS4's have USB ports for a reason. However Sony leaves it up to the developers to decide if they want to support keyboard/mouse and in what way. Requiring mouse/keyboard game control is probably not in their TRC requirements.

PS2: If a game has text chat or text entry, it almost always supports keyboards. That includes the settings disc for the Network adapter, and RPG Maker Keyboards/mice for game control is rarer, a few FPS's do like Half Life, FFXI, EQOA,

PS3: If a game or app uses the PS3 text entry widget, it automatically supports USB keyboard. Game chat, naming enchanted items in skyrim, signs in Minecraft, whatever. Keyboard for game control is rarer, again a few FPS like Dust514...but strangely, not the Orange Box. You can use keyboard/mouse to control the XMB.

PS4: like the PS3 there's pretty much automatic support for keyboards for text entry. There's at least one game that can use mouse/keyboard for game control in addition to chat and that's War Thunder. War Thunder also supports HOTAS, and uses the the PS4 Camera to use head tracking for view control.

Comment: Re:GNUradio? (Score 1) 131

Test equipment is allowed to transmit and receive on those frequencies. If it looks like a radio, it can't. I have a number of cellular testers hanging around here that can act like base stations, mostly because I buy them used as spectrum analyzers and never use the (obsolete) cellular facilities. Government has different rules regarding what it can and can't do in the name of law enforcement, although FCC has been very reluctant to allow them to use cellular jammers.

If you can afford it, something from Ettus would better suit your application.

Comment: Re:Said this 14 years ago. We need to replace E-Ma (Score 1) 307

by CronoCloud (#49143419) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Start by uploading the public key to the keyservers and putting it here:

https://slashdot.org/users.pl?...

Don't worry too much about the WoT, though carry around your key fingerprint with you so if you ever meet a gpg user in person you can show them that, they can copy it and then get your key. And sign your e-mail.

Comment: Re:where? (Score 1) 197

by CronoCloud (#49143207) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

Let me guess, you're playing a lot of early access indies and "indies in general" that's the only way to have a library that large...and with that many Linux games on Steam.

Sure the small timers can do a Linux build... in fact what they're probably doing is taking their PS4 version and ./configure make make installation-package or whatever for Linux (or vice versa)

But when it comes to games that aren't indies...well Linux is less well represented on Steam.

Comment: Re:"Proprietary So I Get Paid", from Bruce Perens? (Score 1) 131

Hi AC,

Matt Ettus has a story about a Chinese cloner of the USRP. The guy tells Chinese customers that it is illegal for them to buy from Ettus, they must buy from the cloner instead. Then, when they have problems and require serivce, he tells them to get it from Ettus. Who of course made nothing from their device sales and can not afford to service them.

This is not following the rules of Open anything. It's counterfeiting.

So, sometimes it is necessary to change the license a little so that you will not be a chump. I discussed the fact that the hardware is fully disclosed but not Open Hardware licensed with RMS, the software is 100% Free Software, and there is a regulatory chip you can't write. We can go for Respects Your Freedom certification that way..

I've paid my dues as far as "Open" is concerned, and Chris has too. This is all we can give you this time.

Comment: Re:Why custom punched end panels ? (Score 1) 131

The case selection was so that we'd have at least one case that would work. We did not take much time on it. We'd be happy to have other people designing and selling cases.

The version after this one requires cases that look like real radios. That is going to be a bigger problem. We don't yet have a mold-design partner, etc.

Comment: Re:GNUradio? (Score 2) 131

We implement it as a chip that intercepts the serial bus to the VFO chip, and disallows certain frequencies. On FCC-certified equipment we might have to make that chip and the VFO chip physically difficult to get at by potting them or something. This first unit is test-equipment and does not have the limitation.

Comment: Re:How about international versions? (Score 1) 131

Anyone who is good at electronics can get around regulatory lockouts. We're not allowed to make it easy. But nor are we technically able to make it impossible.

U.S. regulation only allows Part 95 certified radios to be used on GMRS, and Part 95 requires that the radio be pretty well locked down. But all of those Asian imports are certified for Part 90 and there are lots of users putting them on both Amateur and GMRS. If FCC wanted to push the issue with any particular licensee, they could.

Comment: Re:awesome! (Score 1) 131

The D-STAR issue is not really ICOM's fault. JARL designed D-STAR (not ICOM) and put the AMBE codec in it because nobody believed that you could have a good open codec at the time. We now have Codec2 (a project I evangelized and recruited the developer) which is fully open. And we do have a software AMBE decoder in Open Source, although the patents won't let us use it. That is why I am working on the patent issue (as noted in the last slide of the presentation).

I know about the counterfeit FTDI chips, and Matt Ettus told me what has happened with the Chinese clone of USRP. We know what to do.

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