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Comment: chevy horn in a toyota, reference to Mazda (Score 1) 790

by k6mfw (#48881049) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I've never faked an engine noise but back in 1970s I replaced the horn from my 1971 Toyota with a horn from a Chevy, Toyota horn was a measly bleat-bleat where the GM product had more ommf to get people's attention. I see the tagline referencing a Mazda. I also remembered in that decade a friend had a rotary engine Mazda and it was a screamer. This was back in the days when small cars were small powered but with his Mazda he routinely accelerated ahead of those big American cars. But maintenance was a nightmare.

If going to fake engine noises, have a selection of vehicles from quiet Telsas to way-too-loud-for-city-streets Formula One racers. Now that would be fun to have.

Comment: Re:Enough of the anti-city agenda (Score 1) 158

by k6mfw (#48857457) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws
And also broadband internet is essential infrastructure for businesses like good roads and schools for a successful city. If roads (and internet) are bad, many businesses are not going to set up shop in town. They will go someplace else and the city will become third-world.

Comment: Re:Mars-a Mars-a Mars-a! (Score 1) 105

Stop the insanity!

True but if sending people to the Moon is the goal, then funding and work on things like a earth departure stage, lunar lander, and God knows what else will have to be done. NASA is not doing it because they don't have fundng for these items. Musk doesn't talk about it because he will have to allocate money and engineers to work on this stuff (right now their busy with developing a reusable rocket).

Mars as a goal cannot be readily challenged because it is so far into the future. There is no land rush to the Gobi desert because it is plonkingly obvious it is inhospitable to live. And it's thousand times easier to settle than on Mars. We romantize of colonies on Mars because it is so far out of touch.

Comment: Re:A great place to dump old hardware (Score 1) 121

by k6mfw (#48845441) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

The question is, how will they have a tech revolution without an open internet?

I wonder if they seek advice from other countries besides US. I'm thinking of places like Bulgaria have faster internet service than most of US. Then there is the higher ups in Cuba, are they willing to delegate authority? Only big transition is from Fidel to his brother Raul. Cuba could easily do business with other countries in spite of US embargo, I heard Cuban govt is terrible at doing business with other countries.

However, it will be interesting to see some Cubans wire up their 57 Chevy with internet access as JoeyRox suggested with various homebrew gadgets. At least many are mechanically creative like fabricating parts for these old cars.

Comment: Re:Radio Shack was a great store (Score 1) 314

by k6mfw (#48825861) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

But the point remains: what was their core mission? I never got that.

"Core mission" is probably a poor choice of words, I don't have a MBA to properly use management terms. What I was implying is Radio Shack is a store that sells radios, stereos, TV sets, walkie-talkies, microphones, headsets, various electronic parts, power supplies, etc. though not specializing in one thing. When personal computers became the rage, RS featured the Tandy computer but it never became the central item. Tandy Radio Shack thought of selling tens of thousands, Steve Jobs and also IBM and clone makers thought of selling millions (probably a good thing RS didn't try to compete with the PC market). It seems RS focused on the cellphone rage at expense of what they were originally known for so non-cellphone items took a backseat. Tough to compete selling phones.

Comment: Re:Radio Shack was a great store (Score 1) 314

by k6mfw (#48821429) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

When I was growing up. Used to be one of the few places you could go and buy electronics parts, and even leatherworking products.

I don't think I recall RS being a great store, many times it seemed mediocre. But now with its demise, this will be a huge loss for the tinkerers. I occasionally go to RS to get parts for some of my homebrew projects. Though there is Frys and HSC (in Sunnyvale), RS was also convenient. You don't know what you got until you lost it. It seems root of RS downfall is them chasing the cellphone market instead of staying with their core mission.

Comment: Re:Just visit the damn Moon (Score 1) 73

by k6mfw (#48788263) Attached to: NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission May Not Actually Redirect an Asteroid

Nixon (cancelled NERVA & Saturn)

Saturn rocket was way too expensive to be sustainable, NERVA was cancelled because only need for it is to go to Mars (and no money for that so need for such a rocket).

Reagan (Cancelled the Space Tug crippling the Shuttle)

problem with space tug is amount of energy to change orbits is more than sending a spacecraft to the moon. Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle can change orbit inclinations but these were very small.

Bush W (cancelled the Shuttle replacement - without replacing it)

Most certain intent was to "scuttle the fleet" to motivate a development of a new vehicle much like Cortez scuttling his fleet to motivate his troops to take down the Aztec Empire. Silly analogy but according to Paul Spudis there was this kind of thinking.

Comment: Re:Mufflers dragging under a car (Score 1) 790

by k6mfw (#48788173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
or a car backfiring, it seems very rare these days. I had a 1970 plymouth, in early 80s the points/rotator was getting out of sync which caused engine to backfire occasionally. When going up a incline it backfired more, and then one of these backfires blew the muffler off and then the vehicle was really loud.

Comment: Re:Just visit the damn Moon (Score 4, Insightful) 73

by k6mfw (#48778323) Attached to: NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission May Not Actually Redirect an Asteroid

WTF is the problem?

no money for a lander. That's why Moon is off limits (human landings that is). Until NASA is given money for a lander, the moon is simply not discussed. Mars is discussed even though no money for lander or habitat module while getting there, but that's far off into the future (much like fusion power plants, flying cars, etc.).

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.