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Comment: Re:But... its fiber?!? (Score 4, Informative) 153

by pryoplasm (#38745830) Attached to: Google Fiber Work Hung Up In Kansas City

Somtimes fiber optic cables have a metallic sheath around them, not so much for protection but more to make it easier to detect. If you are doing a site survey, your conductive cables will come up, and you can mark them accordingly. If you have a fiber cable without that jacket, then you run the risk of not knowing where it goes, then snapping through the fiber, and spending some fun time either in a hole or a tent with a fusion splicer.

Accidentally digging up fiber isn't fun...

Comment: Justifying a need or a want? (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by pryoplasm (#38515340) Attached to: Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

If it seems like the engineers of the station can handle it, what exactly are you looking to get out of a standalone IT department? They can be useful if the engineers are overworked, but really you should not try to shoehorn an IT department if it isn't needed.

Do you use Avid or another computer based editor there? Perhaps what the engineers are doing for their role along with IT isn't too much of a burden, or might be a way to clear their mind and work on something simpler.

My first reccomendation would be to check in with the engineers you want to "help". Second would be to check with whoever does budgets or accounting to see if there is any room for it...

Comment: Shelterbox is a decent one... (Score 4, Interesting) 570

by pryoplasm (#38409418) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

Basically, after any kind of disaster, natural or otherwise, they deploy a team out with plastic tubs filled with just about anything a family would need to start getting back on their feet like a tent, some basic food and water purification type things, along with some tools to improve what they have available. They are also constantly tweaking the box as better items become available, or in some instances they tailor the contents to where the boxes are being sent.

Decent charity that I found out from a friend. I've started to donate to them yearly now, along with some other charities for more personal reasons.

Comment: Re:As I said before... (Score 1) 94

by pryoplasm (#38249420) Attached to: San Francisco Team Wins DARPA's De-Shredding Contest

It seems to me that a large amount of people commenting in this have not tried to burn a large amount of paper, something easily 20-30 reams worth of documents worth....

From personal experience, burning is an option, but as my oh so wise leadership mentioned during the burning " It would burn quicker if you shredded it first...."

Comment: Frequency Hopping (Score 1) 41

by pryoplasm (#38247630) Attached to: FCC OKs On-Body Medical Networks

But for the medical devices, could a circuit with fast enough frequency hopping be resistant to being jammed by your repeater.

So they might accept interference for some fraction of a second then hop onto the next frequency on the table. If a patient is having issues with interference from devices, they should be able change the table of frequencies it gets chosen from.

Wiki link for those interested in more about frequency hopping

Comment: Cool, but effective? (Score 2) 60

by pryoplasm (#38173480) Attached to: UK University Creates First Inkjet-Printed Graphene Circuit

I like the idea of a transparent circuit, however when it comes to troubleshooting it or trying to find a break in it, transparent might not be the best thing...

still, interesting. I am wondering if they can add something to the graphene to make it more visible without taking away some of graphenes properties...

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 1) 112

by pryoplasm (#38106730) Attached to: Inside Newegg's East Coast Distribution Center

Thats a horrible sterotype, and one that can cause you to overlook things. Smart people can steal things as well, it takes all walks of life. And by thinking someone is too smart to steal, you automatically rule them out when they might be the one behind it in the first place.

This isn't Scooby Doo, the creepy old guy trying to make a land grab or shut down a factory isn't always the criminal you are looking for....

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten