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Comment: Re: Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135

You have the Part 15 and ISM services for that. You really can buy a microwave link that's metropolitan-distance and legal to use.

We lost much of our 440 capability to PAVE PAWS in California. Remember, Amateur Radio is not the primary service on many bands. The military is on 440.

Comment: Re:Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135

If you want that nearly infinite microwave spectrum, you have the Part 15 and ISM services. Absolutely nothing is stopping you. Power is not the issue with those frequencies, it's line of sight and Fresnel zones.

No, I absolutely do not have to prefix my words with anything. You do that by posting as an anonymous coward. I use my real name to indicate that I stand behind my words.

Comment: EMail provides a paper trail (Score 1) 23

by msobkow (#49197767) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

Not only does email provide a paper trail of the discussion, it doesn't require that someone drop everything they're doing right now just to answer a couple of questions.

I HATE messaging systems, phone calls, and personal conversations for just that reason. I used to have one guy at my last job who constantly came to ask me questions instead of using Google or reading the documentation I'd already sent him. Laziest bugger I've ever had the misfortune of working with... and a smarmy arse-kisser to boot, which annoyed the schite out of me.

Comment: A real test: Orlando, FL (Score 3, Insightful) 83

by msobkow (#49197705) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year

If they want a real test, try Orlando, Florida. I found it the most trying city to drive in of any I've ever lived in, thanks to the joyous combination of people visiting from Ohio that expect a mile clear ahead of them and people from New York who think 6 inches is enough of a gap for someone to cut them off.

Comment: Two Products vs. Entire Portfolio (Score 1) 238

by msobkow (#49197247) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

How can you compare a business that has only two real products (Firefox and Thunderbird) to a company that had several iterations of hardware and dozens of software products, as well as service, support, and contracting arms?

Of course Mozilla is on the downslide -- Chrome came along to compete with them, and Internet Explorer was improved, while Safari came into existence. Mozilla still make my browser and email clients of choice, but not all people make the same choice.

And so it should be.

But while Mozilla may be waning in popularity and market share, they are hardly imploding like Sun did. They were never any where near as big nor as important to the industry to begin with!

Comment: LEave it to the Clown car Republicans. (Score 1) 308

When are they going to change their name to the "We hate americans" party?

I am so done with those paid for corrupt scumbags, and it blows my mind how any person that can call themselves a republican can support these idiots and how scummy evil they really are.

I'm waiting for them to start wearing sponsor patches like Nascar race teams.

Comment: Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 1, Insightful) 665

by reboot246 (#49196455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?
By the time the children are grown Europe will be Muslim (because they're out-breeding your native populations). In the same time span the US will be a Spanish-speaking third world country or a tightly controlled police state. It's a losing proposition either way.

Best bet is to go find a small isolated island with no inhabitants and call it your home. It's a shame we don't have any space colonies to escape to yet.

+ - OCO2's 1st map of CO2 output->

Submitted by WindBourne
WindBourne (631190) writes "

This past summer, NASA launched its first satellite devoted to measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is driving global warming.

.... scientists with the space agency unveiled the first carbon maps obtained by the spacecraft, named the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2.

This map is little bit more than a month's worth of data.
Note that the large CO2 emissions in the southern hemisphere is due to Ag with a temporary burns, while the emissions in the north are basically at its lowest points. Also note the CO2 to the east of China over the Pacific."

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