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Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by divide overflow (#46689297) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
No, the point is that atheism isn't a faith. There are no atheist doctrines. There is no atheist holy book. Faith means believing in something. Not believing something (like existence of a God) doesn't constitute a faith. Lack of faith is not a faith.

Anyone can be a zealot about anything...jogging, vegetarianism...you name it. Not relevant to the discussion.

Comment: Re:falling behind (Score 1) 223

by divide overflow (#46685777) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

No, all the NATO countries count as being "aligned" with the US and are therefore first-world too. Even a whole bunch of former-Warsaw Pact countries that joined in 1999/2004/2009 are now "first-world" instead of "second-world."

Anyone who goes around saying that Albania and Bulgaria are first-world countries will get a good laugh.

Comment: Re:Regulate last mile (Score 1) 223

by divide overflow (#46685681) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Really? And what of cable television? What revolutionary new technology has come out since the industry started that forced the retirement of the expensive bits of their infrastructure? The answer, of course, is "none".

Looks like someone didn't notice the transition from analog to digital cable television.

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 0) 181

by divide overflow (#44214101) Attached to: US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms

This is why Jefferson stated "Those willing to trade liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty or security." You should know better, but you are brain washed into believing that it can't happen to you.

Either that, or you are paid to spread propaganda like you just did.

And you should know better than to attribute a quote by Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson. You should also note that there is some question about the meaning and context of Franklin's actual words...see this article about the quotation.

Comment: Re:Wedding, parade, club DJs will pay the bill (Score 1) 349

The organization that collects fees for songwriters (sorry, I can't remember the evil organization's name) from bars who hire cover bands and use jukeboxes refused to pay their extortion fees, and the cost of defennding his rights in court bankrupted him. His bar is no longer in business.

That evil organization was probably either ASCAP or BMI.

Comment: Re:Gives a whole new meaning... (Score 1) 313

by divide overflow (#40189647) Attached to: Return of the Vacuum Tube

FETs are different from plain NPN or PNP transistors, yes.

So what? The same argument applies. PNP, NPN and MOSFET transistors are ALL analog devices that can be employed as digital switches or analog amplifiers, just as tubes once were used in both capacities. My point is that your "tubes are analog amplifiers while transistors are high speed switches" ignores that both function in similar ways, that transistors and tubes are both analog devices that can be employed as digital switches. One important point of the article was that the new tube-like devices can actually switch *faster* than existing transistors, making them superior components in certain digital switching applications. This is a turnaround from the historic transition from tubes to transistors due to improvements in power efficiency, switching speed and size reduction leading to integrated circuit chips and modern computing.

Comment: Re:Gives a whole new meaning... (Score 1) 313

by divide overflow (#40119021) Attached to: Return of the Vacuum Tube

Tubes are analog amplifiers, transistors are ultra high speed switches that need additional components to become amplifiers.

You were doing fine until you got to that last sentence. Actually, a transistor, as used in a typical amplifier circuit, is just as much an analog amplifier as a vacuum tube. A MOSFET transistor works in a very similar way to a typical amplifier vacuum tube like a 6V6 except that as a semiconductor device it doesn't require the high working voltages and glowing filament of a vacuum tube. Both tubes and transistors require additional components to function...power supplies, output transformers, feedback circuits, noise filters, etc.

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