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Comment: Re:If it bother you that much (Score 1) 944

by stalky14 (#45789145) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

First off, I have both CF and incandescent fixtures in the bathroom (wife likes more light for makeup). If I wake up in the middle of the night to pee, I actually _prefer_ the CF warmup time so it's not so harsh going in there.

BUT: I've actually found myself leaving certain CF lights on continuously whereas I wouldn't have with incandescents, because the warmup time is such an inconvenience. No net savings there!

Comment: Re:had 50% better signal reception (Score 1) 495

by stalky14 (#45557719) Attached to: I wish my cell phone was...

I believe the issue here is not that it can't be done (T-Mobile offers WiFi calling on certain phones), it's that it can't be done well. The transition between WiFi and Cellular is often far too bumpy for a low-latency, bi-directional audio stream to sustain, so the call will drop. This would result in a service that would get more complaints than praise from most phone companies' point of view. So they don't offer it.

That and probably also patents. It's always patents with this kind of shit.

Comment: Re:TRS-80 all the way, baby! (Score 1) 135

by stalky14 (#43334229) Attached to: Radio Shack TRS-80 Vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans

Ugh. I remember taking an 8088 class after knowing 6502/68000 well.
Multiplexed address/data bus, segmented addressing, little-endian, and backwards operands.
I was like, "Is there anything left for them to be contrary about?!! How did this get to be the dominating platform?!"

I blame Intel for single-handedly turning subsequent generations of programmers off from assembly language.

Comment: Re:I am an AV technician (Score 1) 105

by stalky14 (#42198003) Attached to: I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

I am too and I haven't been to any in over 2 years. Last one was some shitty regional vendor expo. My employer has been really tight with travel budget lately while at the same time prodding me to do "professional development" activities. I'd love to finish out my Crestron cert. but that's several days of classes in another city (mostly for stuff I've already figured out on my own in the meantime). Oh well.

Is InfoComm worth it anymore?

Ma Bell is a mean mother!