Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:They are going big into alternative energy (Score 1) 163

by flatulus (#48348025) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Next to that, we need a system of converting CO2 from the air into a usable fuel, ideally propane, because propane is not a greenhouse gas and inert.

Really? My reading is that the equation for propane combustion is: C3H8 + 5O2 = 3CO2 + 4H20

Maybe propane produces less CO2, pound for pound, than say, coal. (I don't actually know, and don't care to look it up.) But it certainly produces CO2 when burned.

Oh, and anyone who's ever cooked on a propane grill, or used a propane torch, will attest to its distinct non-inertness...

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 651

by flatulus (#48044337) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Unfortunately, a small, aggressive, well-funded minority can always subvert the democratic process.

If by this, you are obliquely referring to the NRA (as the aggressive, well-funded minority), you might take note that right now in Washington State, billionaires are out-spending the NRA (and pro-gun overall) by a ratio of 7 to 1 on an initiative to expand background checks. Well, at least that is what they are calling it. It's a whole lot more than "simply" expanding background checks, but I digress...

Said billionaires include:

Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer (gotta love all that Microsoft money slushing around)

Nick Hanauer

oh,

and Michael Bloomberg.

I particularly thrilled at how Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Ceasefire recently invoked the imprimatur of Dan Satterburg (King County prosecutor) as a supporter of I-594, while not mentioning the rest of the state (King county is a little over a quarter of the state's population). This was, of course, to a Seattle audience (who would care about the rest of Washington's population - how?).

Comment: Time for a Pedantic Rant (Score 1) 73

by flatulus (#46628127) Attached to: FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is not a wireless communications standard. IEEE 802.11 is the wireless communications standard. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance - and industry trade organization. They do publish interoperability agreements and offer "certification" (required to use their trademarks on products), but these should not be confused with the IEEE wireless communications standard.

(rant done - going back to reading now...)

Comment: 23 years later and we get it! (Score 3, Interesting) 73

by flatulus (#46628083) Attached to: FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

I'd like to take a moment to memorialize a pioneer in this pursuit that probably none of you ever heard of. The name is Jim Lovette. Jim worked with me at Apple in the early 90's. He was a heart-and-soul devotee to the democratization of RF bandwidth for high speed data communications. With Jim's leadership, Apple drafted a petition to the FCC, known as Data-PCS. This was a proposal to allocate spectrum in the U.S. exclusively for use in data communications (as opposed to "voice only" which was the vogue at the time). The Data-PCS petition caused a lot of excitement, but did not result in anything earthshaking as an outcome. Still it started a movement of which this latest step is a grand one in the pursuit of "computing devices talking to each other" being equally important to "people talking to each other." Jim (and our team) were also early promoters of wireless LAN, which we all know today as WiFi. The IEEE 802.11 committee had just formed. Apple's early foray into wireless LAN preceded the availability of IEEE 802.11 (aka WiFi) products, and never made it to market. Apple chose instead to introduce their first wireless LAN products as 802.11b (11 Mbit/sec) WiFi. And over 20 years later, look what it has become?

Jim passed away in 2002, leaving us with a legacy of which few outside the cloistered Wireless LAN industry would even know he contributed so much. Thank you, Jim.

Comment: It's TLER -- Re:Warranty isn't the only factor (Score 1) 270

"... but also, the firmware is different. They claim that drives intended for the consumer / SOHO market spend a lot of time retrying marginal reads before declaring an unreadable sector and sparing it. They say that SAN-class drives limit the retry time, because the array controller handles it more efficiently, since it has the big-picture view."

What you are describing is known as TLER or "Time Limited Error Recovery" (the Western Digital name for it, at least). See TLER

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 4, Informative) 498

by flatulus (#40463561) Attached to: U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab

R'd the F.A. I don't see anywhere it says that a design patent is not a patent.

OTOH, there is USPTO which disagrees with you when they say:

"A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

There are three types of patents. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. ... Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant."

Note the three types: design, utility, and plant. Design is most assuredly a type of patent.

Wishing without work is like fishing without bait. -- Frank Tyger

Working...