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Comment: Re:awesome! (Score 1) 131

by laing (#49133721) Attached to: Developers Disclose Schematics For 50-1000 MHz Software-Defined Transceiver

How will this rig differ from HackRF One? (I bought two of those last year.) I see that one of the goals is to get FCC type accepted so I guess it will probably have better filtering to reduce QRM. (HackRF doesn't have much of anything.) The HackRF goes from 30MHz to 6GHz with 20MHz of bandwidth and has an 8-bit ADC/DAC.

I'm also curious what one would use to operate an SDR transceiver. I haven't found any suitables application that make it easy to transmit with the HackRF. There are plenty of SDR receiver apps, but nothing that makes transmitting easy. Do you know of anything?

Best regards,

Jeff N6TPN

Comment: The system is mostly okay (Score 2) 183

by laing (#49101217) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?
The problem is that federal prosecutors are appointed by the executive branch (DOJ, but the under the president) and are selected for, and instructed to pursue the political agenda of their superiors. Each prosecutor also has their own political agenda. The prosecutor that went after Swartz (Carmen Ortiez) has a reputation for this sort of thing. The best way to fix the system would be coming up with some non-partisan method to select/appoint/elect the prosecutors and perhaps even the attorney general. The way things are right now the president is nearly immune from any legal oversight, but can bring the full wrath of the USDOJ upon his/her enemies. I don't claim to have a solution, but perhaps if we moved DOJ under the control of the SCOTUS things might improve somewhat.

Comment: Re:Ain't freedom a bitch... (Score 5, Interesting) 551

by laing (#49012625) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el
You've made a good point, and I want to emphasize that the LLVM License *IS* an open source license, it's just not as restrictive as the GPLv3 license in terms of how the software can be used. RMS wants software to be free, but GPLv2 is more free than GPLv3 because GPLv2 has fewer restrictions on how the software can be used. RMS is marginalizing himself with his crusade against commercial software.

Comment: Re:Heh (Score 1) 786

by laing (#48785497) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
Excellent observation! However, it's likely that those who immediately recognize "swiftboating" as a bad thing are the same ones who will come to Mann's defence. It's even funnier that the Wikipedia page referenced above says that the political action committee (Swift Boat Vetrans for Truth) was "discredited", but it does not provide any details other than a reference to a Newsweek opinion piece. I sense a Wikipedia edit war coming soon...

Comment: Tough Luck (Score 1) 284

by laing (#48163377) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
These government employees have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. Many in government seem to have lost sight of who they serve. Citizens should not accept the argument that it is easier for them to do their job by collecting and analyzing the communications of US citizens without a warrant. Encryption protects US citizens against criminal activity by making it harder for the criminals to do THEIR job. The FBI can always get a warrant when they need one.

Comment: Re:Most Open & Transparent System? (Score 5, Informative) 111

by laing (#48158941) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office
Yes, this administration has prosecuted more "leakers" than any before. This administration has ignored more FOIA requests than any before. This administration has delayed or ignored more congressional subpoenas than ever before. It's obvious that the Obama administration is more "transparent" than prior adminisrations. What is not obvious is the definition of transparency being referred to. I am seeing right through them.

Comment: Will you have the same answer.... (Score 1) 478

by laing (#47970645) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
...when you are 74 years old? Many people live healthy lives well into their 80's (and beyond). There is no single correct answer for everyone when it comes to how long you will live before you become a burden to someone, or lose the capacity to decide for yourself. Perspective is everything. Having recently crossed the half century mark, in my youth I figured I wouldn't make it to 30. I probably have fewer brain cells today than I did back then, but I also have more synaptic development and more "wisdom". Try it! You'll see that there is life after 75.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.