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Comment: Motorola Motrac and Mocom70 mobiles (Score 1) 638

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"

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,

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.

Comment: Re:Industrial Espionage is everywhere (Score 1) 132

by k6mfw (#46695565) Attached to: Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms
Yep, if you are a country or a corporation then you gotta have spies (like all other big organizations need accountants and other staff to do specific jobs). As earlier post, whoop de do. What really gets me though is when we export our engineering and manufacturing offshore. Hey, they don't need spies, we will send stuff to them.

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker