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Comment: Re:Dobsonian (Score 1) 187

by phrostie (#47743565) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

some of these guys have a remote setup like what you describe and would be better able to help you.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/10...

My setup is like I described. I have a converted 10" Dob on an Equatorial mount that I use for astrophotography.
It's not high end, but it does wonders on a budget.

Comment: Re:Dobsonian (Score 2) 187

by phrostie (#47739825) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Dobs in the 5" - 10" range are perfect.
I recommend 8-10.

when they out grow the Dob mount you can buy some rings and put them on an equatorial mount.
it gives you an upgrade path.

some good links:
great for comparing prices
http://www.optcorp.com/

AWB offers a great little scope for the price.
http://store.astronomerswithou...

It's hard to beat a lot of their prices.
http://www.telescope.com/

Comment: Re:The suck, it burns .... (Score 1) 179

by phrostie (#47672769) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

maybe they should try letting people pick a level of code that they want to update to.

you could have the really overly tested stuff that doesn't break. we'll call this Stable.

then you could have the stuff that fixes the last problem, but might break something new. we'll call this Testing.

then you could have the bleeding edge stuff that you run just because you want the bragging rights of running some truly unstable shit. we'll call this Siri, Sydney or maybe Sid for short.

i'll bet M$ could even patent it.

Comment: Re:Getting popcorn (Score 0) 69

by phrostie (#47305655) Attached to: Google Building a Domain Registration Service

more of a disillusioned former Google supporter. many feel burned and bitter by their big brother crap.

it's not spin, just preparing for the worst, because that is the trend they've been showing us.
absolute control/power corrupts absolutely.

Google grabbing more power?
not surprised. surprised would be if they "did no evil".

Medicine

Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas 132

Posted by timothy
from the where'd-it-come-from dept.
An anonymous reader writes 'Health officials say a patient in Texas has died of a rare brain disorder believed to be caused by consumption of beef products contaminated with mad cow disease. It is only the fourth known case of its kind in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that recent laboratory tests confirmed a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the patient.' From the article: 'The CDC says the Texas patient's history included extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East and that it is likely the infection occurred overseas. In each of the three previous U.S. deaths, the initial infection is believed to have taken place in other countries. ... The Texas Department of State Health Services says there are no state public health concerns or threats associated with the case. State and federal health officials continue to investigate and are trying to track the source of the infection.'

Comment: Re:Deja vu (Score 3, Insightful) 311

by phrostie (#47135349) Attached to: Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

I was a bit skeptical when I'd first heard about this.

What I hope happens is that they start off focusing on commercial applications like parking lots and drive ways.
That will give the technology time mature and the price to come down.

otherwise yeah, I suspect we'll be rebuilding a lot of roads as they work the real world bugs out.

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