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Comment: Re:At 5PM.... (Score 1) 327

by fatboy (#48512045) Attached to: You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

So? In the other 8 months it'll still be useful. Or split the difference and point them southwest.

Or continue trying to find ways in which you're a special little snowflake, and trying to make it so that anything that doesn't make something 100% useful for you personal makes the entire thing pointless.

No, the point is there are millions of people that live where I do. Many millions more also live at similar longitude or on the eastern side of their timezone. I'm not a "special snowflake".

Comment: Hope this pans out (Score 4, Interesting) 26

by fatboy (#47491115) Attached to: Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

My daughter has complete congenital heartblock due to exposure to SSa/Ro antibodies. (My wife had undiagnosed Sjogren's syndrome) She has had a pacemaker most of her life, with her first pacemaker implanted at 12 days. I'm very excited about this and hope that one day doctors could grow her a new AV node,

Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 467

by fatboy (#46778619) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

You should really factor risk into your equation. I would not leverage my house (or car) to do investments. I would never buy a new car, unless I could write the check and not notice. I would absolutely never finance depreciating asset. As far as large ticket, depreciating assets go, cars/boats/bikes/RVs are at the top of the list.

Comment: A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 0) 467

by fatboy (#46772241) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

With what developers make in my city (Nashville, TN), yeah. They should be able to accumulate enough money to have a net worth over $1 million dollars, over their career. It comes down to do they have the discipline it takes to direct that nice income in a way that they don't waste it on things like mortgages, car debt, credit cards, and other bad habits that keep people at "average" and "normal" net worth.

Comment: Re:Some questions (Score 2) 491

by fatboy (#46565427) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

I suspect, and I have zero knowledge of this system, that the satellite used has linear transponders that re-transmit the exact signal it receives. This means that both amplitude and frequency domain are relayed and received at the ground station. I imagine that the ground station is a software defined radio that digitizes and records everything that is passed though the IF.

Again, I know nothing of this system, but if I was going to build one, that's how I would do it.

Comment: Re: *you think* your kid might become autistic, if (Score 1) 747

by fatboy (#46485511) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

No, *I* never thought that. I was aware that there was a belief by some people that thought that. What took 2 seconds to process was the mental image of our kid dying of an illness that you only hear about in Victorian literature. Knowing I was looking into the eyes of someone that seen it happen. What I am suggesting is that this appeal to emotion may be a good method of dealing with irrational soon-to-be parents.

Yes, when it came to our kids, we asked the Dr. lots of questions. Including "stupid" questions we think we know the answer to. Our 1st child was born with a congenital health issue that is much more rare than autism. Pretty much everything was on the table. Thanks to some biomedical technology, she is thriving.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe