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Comment: Like Nikola Tesla... (Score 1) 436

by technosaurus (#47691617) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?
Who said the same thing 100 yrs ago (about a wireless "grid") only to be faced with the reality that energy companies are in business to make money, not supply electricity (kind of hard to do when any good hacker can tap into it freely). A fully wireless "grid" could only work in a communist/socialist society where "the people" are the suppliers.

Comment: Former construction/contract manager. (Score 1) 194

by technosaurus (#47682639) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website
I used to work for NAVFAC, the U. S. Navy version of contract management for construction projects.  Though there was a lot of bureaucracy involved, the planning and design phase always had plenty of experts to ensure the specifications were above most commercial standards (LEED certifications, military requirements, utmost safety requirements, etc...)  Though many aspects of the process used archaic technology (lots of paper forms, area expert controlled word documents as best practices,...), the end result was that most projects ended up being completed on time and on budget (though the start sometimes got shifted so the review could be thorough ... unless October 1 was coming, but that is a different subject - or maybe not, this project had similar time deadlines).  A lot of this success was due to savvy construction managers doing appropriate "horse-trading" with contractors to avoid the lengthy change processes (which could delay anywhere from a day to 12 months).  When you have (non-technical) contract managers who don't know the reasoning behind the requirements, they have little recourse but to go through the official processes to resolve complex issues... _This_ is where you get your delays.  For the most part, a good hour spent in design/planning will yield ~10 in production, but it is important for the project manager to be intimately involved so this wisdom can actually be _useful_.  I can attest to my own anecdotal experience and my observation of others, that coming into a project at production phase is more than just a steep learning curve; some things just have weird historical issues.  Here are a few that I ran into after another CM was transferred elsewhere:
- endangered species in the area
- abandoned toxic waste in the soil
- asbestos
- this site used to be a WW2 bombing range and guess what?...We found a bunch of unexploded ordinance.
- hurricane damage
- tornado damage

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 1) 427

by technosaurus (#47674771) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++
1 example:
Rather than incorporating the typeof() extension that almost every compiler supported, Bjarn decides, nope, we'll call it decltype()

Its stupid shit like this that fucks up the whole damn language _extension_.
Use syntax that programmer's already know/use and compilers support rather than making up insane new ones.
At least we have C and Objective C.

Comment: Easy fix: homemade faraday cage. (Score 1) 224

by technosaurus (#47636205) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router
1. get an old cardboard box big enough to fit your xfinity cable modem and put it in there.

2. wrap it with a metal screen and put holes in it just big enough to fit your coax, power cord and an ethernet cable through

3. hook it up and connect the ethernet cable to your own router

4. use all your bandwidth

Comment: Should not be blanket banned (Score 4, Interesting) 28

It should ban any entities with another spectrum in that location in round 1.  If no bidders then round 2 allow smaller entities with other spectrums in other areas.  ... if still no takers round 3 it should be open to all entities.

This would increase competition in rural areas where there may be no existing infrastructure, but not eliminate the possibility of allowing existing entities to provide service to those areas if no _local_ company wants it.

Comment: I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script (Score 0) 113

by technosaurus (#47495951) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN
I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script that used curl and the wordnet dictionary to query every possible dictionary name + a random string and log the tried combinations.  Unfortunately the log ran me out of disk space before I could check to see if it worked, but hopefully it got them to register a few useless domains in the mean time.

Comment: Easy fix - faraday cage (Score 1) 474

Just get some metal screen and make a box to put the comcast router in. (you can just line a small cardboard food container with the screen)
Cut small holes to fit power cord, coax and ethernet cable through.
Connect the ethernet cable to your own router and BAM!! you are opted out.

Comment: Re: What a great idea! (Score 1) 230

Stirling engine would work just as well but more efficiently... Warm-up times prevented their use in the past but that was before hybrids.  They are more efficient than getting it from an outlet and can burn nearly any fuel.

The future research is mostly in battery but a Stirling engine with a better drive train would be worth looking into.

Think of a maglev train wrapped around a circular track except the train is the tire (actually probably more like a "twheel") and the rail is the "motor".

This would make for an incredibly smooth ride, extremely high speeds, independent traction control and many other benefits.

It doesn't even need to be maglev, a simple AC motor where the rotor and stator are swapped and controlled by DC powered SCRs (or whatever) would be fine for non-luxury models.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way