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Comment Mesh networking (Score 5, Informative) 141 141

When a disaster happen, that disrupts communications, the amatueur radio operators give help even in 2015 when cellphones are ubiquitous. This runs down on some peculiar aspect of the hobby:
  • amateur radio operators are traind and know how they gear works so they can repairo or adapt the system to work, for instance a spool of wire, a fishrod and and some coax cable could be use to make a temporary antenna
  • old, proven, patent free analogue and digital transmission modes: old tube radios could interoperate with new and shiny software defined radios
  • reliability: some ham radios are built like a tank, because were designed to be used in a tank
  • almost standardized power suppy permits to power the radio with flexibility even with a bunch of D cells or a lead-acid battery
  • mesh networking: no central control system: all communications are set up freely an could reconfigure on the fly

Comment Re:Don't... (Score 1) 315 315

When I was 7 years old, I was wandering through the woods, looking under rocks for creepy crawlies, playing hide-and-seek, and playing baseball with my brother and cousins. Not only did it *not* set me back in anyway, but it is some of my fondest memories of being a child.

Let kids be kids for goodness sake.

When I was 7 years oold the only computer I've seen were the ones on books or on sci-fi tv serials, that I watched on a black-and-white televison, with only two programmes that started at 5 pm. I wandered in the woods or went to the library to read. I remember that when I was a niner I visited a fair, there was a Commodore dealer. I stayed all the afternoon watching these machines and typing on the keyboards. Not that changed by child attitude. By the way I think that a Raspberry PI with mouse and keyboard could be a nice test to see if a kid is interested on programming.

Comment Re:There are limits to everything. (Score 1) 292 292

Ok, if I don'actually own a car i have now some legal ways to rent a car. I could use an operative leasing and at the end of the leasing period refuse to pay the release fee and leave the old car at the leasing company. Or I could go to car rental services like Avis or Hetz. Or I could use newer rental services like Car2Go. Finally I could decide to use a Taxi. I suppose that self driving cars will be almost rented in a taxi like service or with a long time rent because of civili liabilities. Actually I take every workday a sef driving metro train.

Comment Re:First principle - who pays? (Score 1) 137 137

In 1990 I was listening with a long/medium wave radio the local broadcast made with BBC and other national broadcasters due the nightly ionospheric reflection. Before ADSL and ubiquitous cheap Chinese switching power supplies this was quite easy. I also remember that there were analogue UHF repeaters in Italy for Antenne 2 and Swiss television. Tele Monte Carlo had both an Italian and a French channel. I remember that in the '94 Tele Monte Carlo transmitted the football world cup side by side by Rai, and nobody complained too much. Personally I think that those powerful interest group had been nurtured by the broadcasters that bended over their requests. The problem for national public broadcaster could be an harmonized European TV licensing covering all national broadcasters.

Comment Re:Sanctions (Score 1) 155 155

The world should introduce trade-sanctions against the USA and the UK, until they stop attacking other countries, and fall in line.

Naturally, it's advisable to don't sign commercial treaties with USA and UK, that are tre inverse of trade sanctions. I think governments must abandon TTIP and TPP at their destiny.

Comment Re:Silly story (Score 2) 320 320

HOA rules: You can't have $(object X) sitting in your driveway.

$(object X) being a TARDIS neither makes me outraged, nor makes this news for nerds.

It amazes me, that in the self-appointed "land of the free" one in his private property has to follow some oddball rules about what is allowed and what is not allowed. Oddball rules that are not readily available to read, and not written by some democratically elected body. Besides I don't like nosy people watching what I'm doing in my home: i always wonders why in the US the houses don't have walls and fences...

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