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Comment: which carries more serious charges? (Score 1) 41

by k6mfw (#48030535) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software
Stealing US Army software or stealing IP and proprietary data related to Xbox Live? I kind of skimmed through the article, with the photo my first thought was stealing UH60 training material that goes into actual capabilities of the Blackhawk helicopter. Now it looks like gamer software but that may have longer sentences as The Business considers piracy most serious crime.

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 124

by k6mfw (#48030265) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

I don't follow football though some years ago I had opportunity to be in a press box high above 50 yd line. Very different than seeing it on TV, you can see how the play is set up and made. Where on TV the camera focuses on the ball so you miss peripheral details. What caught my attention is on hike, team with the ball had three guys acting like they had the ball (only one obviously did). It didn't fool opposing team but they still had to pay attention to those two other guys. And when they throw the ball, they throw it very high and very far.

Other than that, I have heard many people discontinuing their season ticket holdings as these are getting so expensive in the hundreds of dollars. What gets me is enormous amounts of money involved. The new Levi stadium in Santa Clara for example with billions involved, I only drove past it a few times. I hear on game day, traffic is superbad. And listening to VTA bus freq, drivers that shuttle viewers to and from the stadium many times are directed away from stadium by police. Transit Control said to drivers can't they tell the police they need to shuttle to the stadium, driver responded "the officer was really rude." I also heard Sunnyvale requested CHP to look into a vandal call because city didn't have officers to respond. Heck, stadium is Santa Clara but getting assistance from Sunnyvale for game day, and they still lacking resources?

I also saw on FCC database zillion new licenses for NFL freq.

Comment: why is it always 20 to 30 years away? (Score 2) 197

by k6mfw (#47986135) Attached to: Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon
For past 50 or so years, US says it will send a man to Mars in 20 years. For past 50 (uh wait, 30) or so years, USSR/Russia says it will send a man to Moon in 20 years. Like we will have fusion power in 10 years like they've been saying for past 50 years. And next year we will have Hover-Cars, including conversion kits for people with vintage '80s DeLorean. But then these days we do have Picture-Phones.

Comment: Re:coding is easy, implementing seems mysterious (Score 1) 131

by k6mfw (#47985259) Attached to: The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

Start by googling for beginner articles on the bash shell, find the terminal on the mac and get the basics under your belt.

I always thought there was something else besides just code, like also learning terminal (and to learn whats this "bin/bash" stuff).

There is no easy road here, that's why I made the hipster comment.

Thanks for being honest, I hate it when everyone says it is easy. hey, even landing a F18 on a carrier is easy. Just line up on the glide slope, drop the gear and hook, and land. (not). Oh gawd, hipsters... one project this person who put together a project and it was real whizbang, etc. But updates and other specifics was kind of mysterious. He'd "disappear" then come back with the solution but when I ask certain questions, I get a run-around. Then this project got all screwed up, this person no longer with it, and then we found out the coding was done by someone in Russia (we never knew who it was or a contact) but lots of code with all kinds of scripting. This was pre-Putin days, I cannot imagine if such a thing were to happen now. Aaggg.

Comment: Re:coding is easy, implementing seems mysterious (Score 1) 131

by k6mfw (#47978365) Attached to: The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

All you'll need is Linux distro like Ubuntu and Ctrl-Alt-T to get a bash shell and vim. Or a Mac since it's BSD-based. No Windows.

Linux, that seems to be almost a must if want to be a coder. I have a mac. Now this bash shell and vim I guess I need to learn about these before coding. That's what I was talking about, other "stuff" to deal with in addition to learning code.

Comment: coding is easy, implementing seems mysterious (Score 1) 131

by k6mfw (#47976679) Attached to: The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job
OK, I admit I'm not much of a coder. But there are times when someone says, "oh, all that is needed is a script to do this and that, etc." Looks simple enough, maybe I will see about writing some basic (no, not BASIC) code. Not that it is perfect but enough to git er dun. I find lots of websites on how easy it is to do various code languages with "hello world" examples. But the $500,000 question(s) I have is where do I write the code? Purchase an editor or use a simple editor (i.e. Notepad). Then when that is done, what next? There is a compiler but I find nothing about these (I heard there are so many variations, not possible to list). OK, maybe the info is out there and maybe it is simple to find, but I find is a lot shlock of copy/paste of same bankrupt discussions that originated in Usenet.

Comment: Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (Score 1) 169

by k6mfw (#47975317) Attached to: My resting heart rate:
Michael Collins, Apollo 11 CMP, wrote in his early 1970s book "Carrying The Fire" you are given a finite number of heartbeats. So when he goes out for a run, he runs to get his heart rate as high as he can (he describes when getting to a fast run is a rush, like having sex). Then when at rest [or at a desk doing horribly bureaucratic paperwork], the heartrate is much lower than for a rest rate if he was not a runner. Overall heartrate over the years is lower, so he gets more years living.

Comment: Re:I propose the Extreme test. (Score 1) 478

by k6mfw (#47968213) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
maybe not extreme sport but years ago when Villa Felice restaurant existed in Los Gatos, and they had live band to play ballroom dance music, there was a 90-something who would be out there for every dance with his wife (about same age). And was there every Saturday. He couldn't move fast and it seemed he was in some pain, his wife was even slower but he danced like, "The only way I'm leaving the dance floor is feet first!" One day, he didn't show up so he didn't quite leave the dance floor feet first but everyone regarded that's how he departed.

Comment: pulseox data on APRS (Score 2) 169

by k6mfw (#47965811) Attached to: My resting heart rate:

Occasionally I fire up my APRS unit (ArgentData Open Tracker 3 to radio on 144.39 MHz) which I have a Nonin pulseox sensor placed over the finger to measure heart rate and blood saturation levels (SpO2). Interesting to see the data while driving, varies from high 60s to 90s (calm easy traffic to the 'oh s---'). I need to take measurements while sitting at the desk (maybe see variations when reading journals to whining on the forums).

I learned about APRS and using pulseox from http://parachutemobile.wordpre...

One time I rigged up my unit during a ballroom dance private lesson, pulse varied from 80s to 120s. Later did same during a Zumba class, pulse rates in 140s and 160s. I used a T3-mini APRS unit to small HT at 250mW on 144.33 which I had a receiver with TNC to laptop at studio. The pulseox on my finger and cable taped along my arm first alarmed zumba instructor, she thought I had a heart condition of some sort. Last thing they need is someone collapsing in class from overdoing it. I explained I am in excellent shape, it was a part of geeky experimentation.

Comment: Ames Research Center science payloads (Score 1) 129

by k6mfw (#47959943) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Friday night at Ames Visitor Center (the big white tent just before main gate) had presentations by Ames project scientists on bioscience payloads, and had Q&A from audience. Also nice pamphlets and brochures for these programs were handed out (real cool to get hardcopy unlike typical webpage downloads). They intended to show launch on the big screen (NASA-TV) but it was scrubbed.

Ames student Fruit-Fly Experiment (AFEx)
Rodent Research-1 will examine how microgravity affects the rodents.
Seedling Growth-2 will germinate and grow seeds of the Arabidopsis thaliana plant.
Micro-8 will examine how spaceflight affects potentially infectious organisms.
More at

Comment: Re:Move Over Ansel Adams... (Score 1) 97

by k6mfw (#47931585) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Actually there are some Ansel Adams photogs still out there. At Mountain View, CA Art and Wine festival earlier this month, a photographer had awesome and beautiful photographs (and they weren't cheap) of various nature shots including nighttime exposures. He uses film, yes that material where you press the button on the camera and hear various mechanical noises. But no idea if it is good or not until film is developed. Then continuing on in a dark room expose these negatives on to paper which immerse into different trays (develop, stop, fix). I forgot his name but I was impressed. He does the same thing Ansel does. Hike long distances packing camera equipment, food and water. Wait for the right conditions to take the shot. Then once back at the darkroom to see how it turns out. I asked what is it like when the pic is great (as opposed to the several not-so-good), "it feels good."

It was interesting when he explained to people his photographs are not digital and they are not photoshopped. For many film photography is very mysterious.

Comment: it would be nice if webpage is decent arrangement (Score 1) 97

by k6mfw (#47931495) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
I had many pics, still do, on Flickr along with descriptor paragraph but when they re-arranged the site with lots more scripting or whatever it may be, it became disorganized and sssssssoooooooo lllllllllooooonnnnnngggggg to view. Actually I better archive those images and descriptors before the site gets "myspaced."

Comment: how long can I keep my Win7? (Score 1) 545

by k6mfw (#47924113) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
I'm still using my XP and Win98, I bought a Win7 laptop couple years ago and hearing all about Win8, I sure glad I got Win7. I know some people that when Vista came out, they immediately abandoned their XP but saved their files (which most were no good under Vista). Then Win7 came out, they did the same thing again (which I don't blame them for doing so). But they also abandoned Win7 for 8 and suffered problems. Win7 is fine and can do everything (these people are not developers, mostly use Office and surf the web). I don't get it, why do some people do that? I can somewhat understand about getting a new car that has various gadgets to impress the chicks. But a computer?

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