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Comment: how long can I keep my Win7? (Score 1) 388

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?

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 261

by k6mfw (#47921423) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
It seems very wealthy have become very good at gaming the system. Watching the PBS program "The Roosevelts" it mentioned of the time when very wealthy controlled almost all commerce and markets. Then there was everyone else that got "Morganized" with lower wages and grueling work hours with almost no chance to get ahead, i.e. whatever earnings made had to be spent at company store. Teddy Roosevelt broke this trend with "big government" and these guys JP Morgan, Rockefeller, etc. said TR doesn't have that power in the Constitution. But TR said Constitution was for the people. But nowadays we see growing wealth inequality and favoritism like "corporations are people too" and this trend of going back to what it used to be in late 1800s is not a good sign. Though all the Ayn Rands say, "too bad" but do consider US doesn't have industrial base like it used to.

Comment: Flying Wing, XF-11, etc. (Score 1) 185

by k6mfw (#47917399) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS
It will be interesting to see how all things line up after we know the details and backroom discussions. Earlier aerospace vehicles looked vastly superior but never went anywhere. While lots of conspiracy theories, it was later documented Howard Hughes with innovative and creative designs (and also a celebrity engineer) did not have industrial capacity to build aircraft in quantity. I'm certain B36 was chosen over the B49 flying wing because USAF needed range and payload the Flying Wing could not deliver. Then there was the issue of having to pay taxes on used XB49s so all the Flying Wings were destroyed. Though unmanned Dragon has flown and manned Dragon seems just around the corner, does SpaceX have capacity to make spaceships in quantity? But maybe there really isn't a need for large quantities of manned spacecraft? Or maybe it's just backroom deals. Almost all of us don't really know as virtually all information is third hand or presentations by key people but they really don't give us all the juicy facts.

Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 1) 177

by k6mfw (#47913469) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons
shooting a laser is easier than shooting a bullet. Laser goes speed of light (obviously) but a bullet needs to be targeted, has considerable travel time, good chance of missing, etc. Scary thing is a high power laser can quickly cover a wide area, blind large numbers of people without considering if they are enemy troops (including conscripts dumped in the field by an emperor) or protesters against government practices.

Comment: Re:Of course they don't need the full spectrum (Score 1) 79

by k6mfw (#47891501) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

I'm somewhat confused. Each ATSC channel is a fixed 6 MHz wide spectrum. They can either do one HD channel or four SD channels (I think but I cannot find solid technical info on TV broadcast except very general info that is aggregates of what everyone else posted, or very esoteric technical specific). I can get MPEG2 is high bandwidth and not that great compared to H264 but MPEG2 continues on because that's the way it is (like DVDs).

I was talking with someone who gave additional reason to cut cord from Comcast is HD from OTA is far superior than on cable which is highly compressed to transmit all those channels down the coax.

Speaking of technical, it was only recently you can easily find actual frequencies used by TV stations (needed if you are using UHF wireless mics). After the DTV transition, I could not find actual frequencies used which drove me nuts because those that say it is same as NTSC are wrong (well yes and no, digital channel is same freq as NTSC channel, but stations go by virtual channel which many are different). Get the freq here,
http://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/... put CA for state to show all broadcast TV stations in Calif.

for this diatribe, here's the data of these two stations from FCC site (freq from old school NTSC channel):
both stations are Full(DT) in Los Angeles Call Sign KLCS
Virtual Ch 58
Digital Ch 41 [632-638 MHz]
Licensee LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Call Sign KCET
Virtual Ch 28
Digital Ch 28 [554-560 MHz]
Licensee KCETLINK

Oh well, for you all RF types (yes, there is a low power NTSC station on analog ch 6),
Call Sign, Virtual Ch, Full/Low Power, Digital Ch, Licensee
KABC-TV 7 Full(DT) 7 ABC HOLDING COMPANY, INC.
KCAL-TV 9 Full(DT) 9 LOS ANGELES TELEVISION STATION KCAL LLC
KCBS-TV 2 Full(DT) 43 CBS BROADCASTING INC.
KCET 28 Full(DT) 28 KCETLINK
KCOP-TV 13 Full(DT) 13 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
KEDD-LD - Low (LD) 50 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KFLA-LD - Low (LD) 8 ROY WILLIAM MAYHUGH
KHIZ-LD - Low (LD) 2 JEFF CHANG
KHTV-CD - Low (DC) 27 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KIIO-LD - Low (LD) 10 BAGRAT SARGSYAN
KLCS 58 Full(DT) 41 LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
KMEX-DT 34 Full(DT) 34 KMEX LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.
KMRZ-LD - Low (LD) 22 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KNBC 4 Full(DT) 36 NBC TELEMUNDO LICENSE LLC
KNET-CD - Low (DC) 25 NRJ TV III CA LICENSE CO., LLC
KNLA-CD - Low (DC) 50 NRJ TV III CA LICENSE CO., LLC
KSFV-CD - Low (DC) 22 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KSFV-LP 6 Low (TX) Analog Ch 6 VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
KSMV-LD - Low (LD) 23 KJLA, LLC
KTBV-LD - Low (LD) 12 EICB-TV WEST, LLC
KTLA 5 Full(DT) 31 KTLA, LLC
KTTV 11 Full(DT) 11 FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.
KVHD-LD - Low (LD) 40 NEW YORK SPECTRUM HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
KWHY-TV 22 Full(DT) 42 KWHY-22 BROADCASTING, LLC

Comment: Re:I plan to wear my finest tinfoil hat! (Score 1) 151

by k6mfw (#47891141) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...
I can get aluminum foil to make myself a hat, but tin foil? I did a quick search but only find pages discussing aluminum foil and computer security software and systems. Now I'm curious, we all hear the jokes but I really want to make myself a tinfoil hat. Not that it will do anything but have something that actually exists (like putting a label "Any" on one of infrequently used keys on a keyboard so I can properly respond to prompts, "press any key to continue" (if you don't have an "Any" key, then you are hosed).

Comment: Re:Every space program is for peaceful purposes (Score 1) 100

by k6mfw (#47884051) Attached to: China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

> Is it a coincidence that the Shuttle's cargo bay was a perfect fit for US spy satellites?

No, it isn't, and everyone with a clue (a class which does not include you) knows it, so salaciously implying it was some kind of a secret

yes and no. In late '60s and early '70s NASA specified width of cargo bay be 15 ft as anything smaller will make space station modules too cramped for people. USAF wanted cargo bay 60 ft long for their satellites, otherwise NASA would have it shorter (making design for orbiter easier). Shuttles were being planned and scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg in later 1980s. Lots of work done on SLC-6 and long landing strip, and Enterprise was used for configuration checks at SLC-6. Missions were planned but Challenger accident put a stop to all that (and military had to scramble to get Titan back on line to launch their sats).

Comment: Re:STEM (Score 1) 347

by k6mfw (#47874991) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up
Someone commented in IEEE Spectrum we have all these STEM programs that pushes people from high school through college and into the real world like World War One soldiers into the trenches. What is lacking are experienced people in the work environment to share their experience, but these newbies have to fend for themselves while learning the trade (and pay off huge debt).

Comment: Re:Stop using tax dollars (Score 1) 347

by k6mfw (#47874939) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

We need more privately funded research, like we had in the days of Bell Labs or Xerox PARC.

It was a different country that had Bell Labs and Xerox PARC. Same reason why it is so difficult if not impossible to send people to the moon and back because this is not the same country as it was before.

However, I wonder what kind of research Google is doing? We see the self driving cars but is there some other stuff they are doing but not talking about? After all, they can easily hire a bunch of really young superbright PhD types, give them a facility and a few billion dollars, turn them loose on whatever.

Comment: Re:old phones (Score 1) 363

by k6mfw (#47872923) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

speaking of old phones, I had a Motorola flip phone (with GTE Wireless label). Though it was big but great for driving because buttons were large, I can use tacit feel when dialing so I don't have to take my eyes off the road. It had no text messaging but since it was pure analog, I can have a full fidelity conversation (and it was loud, perfect to accommodate road noise) and both me and other person can clearly hear each other. Nowadays you text because voice quality is terrible.

But another issue is in this world of high demand like more hours at work, more tasks to do, more IT kinds of things (and I'm not talking about watching corny vids on youtube), etc. Now traffic is become brutal at least here in Silicon Valley. It is painfully slow and damn going 1 mph for such a long time, it's difficult to not get on the 'net and take care of some tasks. But have to be careful and not impulse drive when traffic goes from 1 to 15 mph, and then bump the curve, take out a parking meter in front of a traffic cop.

Comment: Re:its the fundamentals most drivers suck at. (Score 1) 363

by k6mfw (#47872813) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Acura and Audi drivers are the worst.

I used to drive an Acura, 1996 model, but when I had to get another car I never considered Acuras because windows are much smaller. I drove a 2012 model, it was terrible with small windows, zillion blindspots. I guess add type of person that drives Acuras but getting back to all new cars where they have airbags in the window frames which further reduces visibility.

4. phones.: I get it, in gridlock it seems pleasant to text someone but speaking from experience its nothing short of stupid. Ive personally watched as an inattentive driver, at impulse speed, slowly mount a curb in their ford excursion and proceed to deacpitate a parking meter in plain view of a traffic cop.

did you pull out your phone and take a video of this event and post on youtube?

Comment: Re:Cash (Score 1) 111

by k6mfw (#47864767) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems
interesting document, thanks for link. heh, come to this thread about payment systems getting hacked and veer off into counterfeit money. I don't shop Home Depot often, last time was there bought electrical supplies and paid cash (with real money of course). I'd hate if I used my CC and then get up the next day and read about Home Depot.

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