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Comment Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142

Our club routinely gets 5,000-15,000 foot waivers for medium-to-high-power launches, and it doesn't stop nimrods from flying over the launch area in general aviation aircraft.

Low-power sport rocketry (think the little Estes hobby-shop rockets) can hit the 2,000 foot level without too much sweat.

I'm tired of seeing available airspace disappear every time I turn around. The fields in which I launched as a kid are completely off-limits - noplace in the close-in metro DC area can you launch a model rocket legally.

Comment Work in the US (Score 1) 318

I work for a leading enterprise in the US.

Among our ~50,000 US/Can employees, the leading office location is "remote". More of our employees work remote than at our largest fixed point facility.

Not making a guess at this; it's lately been my job to research it.

My wife also works at a US enterprise, from home, all day, every day. She's a project manager working with teams worldwide. She has a VERY long work day, due to time zone math, but is very productive, and has flexibility through the day to tend to what needs doing.

I work from home a couple days a week to cut down on the commuting hours. I have better equipment in my home office than the company will buy for me. It's customized to my tastes. There's no goddamn white noise streaming out of speakers in the ceiling. I'm not shivering in the summer from the lousy hvac system. And if I can get into flow, I'm very productive indeed.

If kids are on school holiday on a day where there's no kid care, hard to stay in flow. If you think you're gonna work from home and keep young kids, just don't. These intents are not compatible.

Comment Sit-Stand desk FTW!!! (Score 2) 340

I have an electric sit-stand that I cobbled together from a nice Ikea top and an old (hideous) electric sit-stand desk we found on Craigslist.

Standing gets old, sitting does too. Need to be able to move the top up and down to get the best of both worlds.

You'll really want a cable tray, and a couple long outlet bars for the back of it. You're screwed if you don't manage cables and provide power that floats up and down with you. Monitor arm helps, too - I like Ergotrons. I mount my KVM switch, my USB and Gigabit Ethernet hubs, my Thunderbolt dock sub-surface, so they're handy, but invisible, also float up and down with the desktop.

Check the min and max heights on your legs before you buy - wish my Craigslist model was just a teense taller, but it suffices.

There are nice motorized legs online for sale without desktops. My wife bought a set of these - they have memories for different height positions. She custom-stained a design into her own unfinished wood desktop before sealing it. Beautiful. She runs with a designed-for-desk treadmill she integrated into the whole affair.

Good chair for the sit times is a cherry on top. I have a used Aeron.

Comment Re:If they did that they would lose clients (Score 1) 107

Hmmm. Don't agree with this.

1. Spider Oak has built its business on zero-knowledge (Full Disc: not an employee or a fanboy, but a user. Like it, except for non-zero-knowledge on mobile/web)

2. There _is_ research going on about ways to compute on data without knowing the contents of the data. It's entirely likely that someone will solve search on zero-knowledge encrypted data, even though you and I don't yet know how it might work. (one way that comes to mind: zero-knowledge encrypt the query, then bounce the encrypted query against the encrypted ciphertext. This would probably suck 'cause it'd require ECB mode or something similar, and that's pretty weak, and such a technique would leak information like a sieve, but OTOH, not _impossible_ right out of the gate).

Comment Re:Say Good By to the Rainforests .... (Score 5, Insightful) 851

I think you're right to be concerned about the rainforests due to what is already an increasing demand for palm oil.

However, I put the blame on business looking for monoculture farming, and a generally unsustainable US consumer culture. It's not a secret that Americans have stretched resources to and past the breaking point; that we have demanded everything be constantly available, and cheaper every year. It should be obvious to anyone with basic arithmetic skill that that cannot continue indefinitely.

I realize that regulation is now a dirty word, but that is, in fact what is needed. I realize that the international scope of the problem will make that difficult, but the scale of the problem, the size of the disaster looming ought to make it a priority.

I'm sure someone will weigh in, pointing out that shareholder value demands frosting in a can, at the expense of our global carbon sink. Please. Go ahead and make that point.

Comment Re: RS-232 WattsUp, Humidity Sensor, RPi 1, WiFi, (Score 1) 258

Good point. Making the RPi talk RS232 to the ancient WattsUp took only a level shift and decidedly retro baud rate (the summary said "outdated"). (FYI, there's now a "net connected" WattsUp, but they want you to go through their proprietary portal: NFW! Hunk of junk!)

I probably should've mentioned that I initially used Google Analytics to build the graphs. It's really not designed for that.

The duct tape-like approach I took with hardware I had sitting around to bend it to my will (vs. buying something off the shelf - not to mention final fit and finish) make it feel like a hack to me.

But OK, point made. I DQ myself.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.