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Comment: Surviving such a harsh climate intrigues me (Score 1) 225

Given the physiological limitations of the human body, when I first read this story and everyone was screaming about security, I was thinking how did he survive? I've done some skydives from 30,000 feet, obviously with full O2 mask, warm clothing, etc. And been to a few chamber ride classes. Whole security thing we can argue for eternity but comment of, "frigid temperatures cause a state of hypothermia, which preserves the nervous system." Now that's interesting.

I never would ever consider riding in a wheel well, first danger is those doors first lower prior to wheel retraction (if on one of those, drop you go). Then when wheel folds up, would know where to place yourself without getting crushed?

I remember in a magazine back in early 1970s or a long time ago, someone got a photo of a person falling from a airliner on takeoff. Apparently photog took a picture of an airliner taking off and happen to catch unlucky "hitchhiker" who fell from the wheel well.

Comment: Motorola Motrac and Mocom70 mobiles (Score 1) 690

by k6mfw (#46792193) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
Motracs can be a problem if the final PA tube were to blow but both these mobile radios are incredibly rugged. Unit mounts in trunk, control head under the dash. They are big, heavy, and scary. Cheap to purchase but shipping costs are brutal. However, cannot be used for Part 90 anymore as they are not narrowband. Crystal controlled and not many channels can be awkward. These trunk-mounted units can also be used for armor-plating on vehicles as they can stop a uranium-depleted artillery shell or a TOW missile.

Comment: Re:The glory days of computers (Score 1) 275

Back when programming magazines were useful, unlike the fluffy tripe that is passed off as a computer magazine today.

Even the linux magazines today are worthless for learning from.

Could it be deliberate? They don't want to publish something useful (I thought this is what magazines are for unless they are simply ad rags nowadays or teasers for the "good stuff") i.e. like this person argues "No, You Can't Pick My Brain. It Costs Too Much" http://www.forbes.com/sites/wo...

Comment: Re:I'm going to have an excellent seat (Score 1) 146

by k6mfw (#46750923) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

now that sounds really cool doing your own laser reflection but are you using facility scope? Have amateur astronomers done this before? Does it require a really powerful laser, i.e. the kind that guvmint doesn't want in hands of individuals?

Now you people commenting of they don't think this is possible, this is one of these reflectors wwphx is talking about, http://spie.org/Images/Graphic...

Comment: Re:Simplified "homeland security" (Score 2) 111

by k6mfw (#46727657) Attached to: $250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack
Actually I prefer more of their profits going into maintenance such as clearing tree branches growing into power lines, replacing sagging lines and decaying poles. Infrastructure! It's what keeps this country going. Wasting on more on security for something that happens very rarely is not good investment into future (but hey like most Americans don't think of such things).

Comment: Re:Memories (Score 1) 146

by k6mfw (#46705795) Attached to: Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party
for me in college I would see a BASIC program (this was in pre-internet days when magazine articles listed programs) I'd type it in and run the program to see what it does. Of course I have to go back and read the article to better understand what I just entered into the computer. Not the best way to learn but had fun with it. Regarding pre-internet, I did have a Compuserve electronic mail account but far from going to article online and do copy/paste.

The first version always gets thrown away.

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