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Comment Re:Encryption across radio waves is illegal? (Score 2) 138 138

I tuned in to say the same thing. Police departments all over the US use encrypted radios every day. I bought a used Motorola Sabre II on Ebay for use on the Ham bands & it still had the encryption chip installed. I removed it because even if you're not using it it's a heck of a drain on the battery.

Comment Re:B-29 (Score 4, Interesting) 54 54

Back in '92, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first B29 flight, the Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society (BEARS) had a special event ham radio station on the air. They were set up near the airplane and when one engine was fired up as a demo, their station was unreadable for about 3 minutes. It was pretty neat to hear just over the radio. ...and, yes, I made a contact & got my special event QSL card from K7NWS with a nice photo of a B29 in flight..

Comment What about Apple? (Score 1) 57 57

It seems every few months someone discovers a vulnerability in a home router, and some websites even test multiple routers in a security "shoot-out". I've been reading these reports for years, but I've never seen an Apple router mentioned. Are Apple routers that much more secure or does no-one bother to test them?

Comment This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (Score 5, Insightful) 135 135

Back about the time of the first iMac, Apple also introduced the "G3 (blue & white) Tower". A few months later, when everyone knew that a G4 Mac tower was in the works but hadn't been introduced yet, some aftermarket outfits offered an upgrade kit which allowed you to install a G4 processor in your G3 tower.

Apple released an update (disguised as something I can't remember, a video card update, perhaps) which broke all of these aftermarket G4 upgrade kits.

The behavior described in this court case was just the way Jobs ran things.

Comment Some is better than others (Score 1) 430 430

Some years back I decided to play around with FVWM. I was astounded with quality the man pages. FVWM isn't so much a window manager as it is a window manager *kit*, with lots & lots of configuration options. But the documentation is some of the best I've seen.

I've just been trying to work with lightdm here, myself (disable guest login & not auto-fill-in the last user name) and found the same as you. The config files have even been moved and no-one bothered to mention that.

Anyway, I usually end up in some user forum or other. Luckily I haven't had many unique problems. Almost always someone, somewhere, has had to figure it out before me & is willing to pass on the info.

Comment Not in the USA (Score 1) 753 753

This is the country where those in charge are so terrified of any change they had TV commercials promoting $1 coins - and then gave up on them. They are also afraid of big changes to US notes (why not make them from plastic like Australia does?) in order to fight counterfeiting. In this, as in all other technology, the USA will be well behind the rest of the world.

Comment Free (Score 3, Interesting) 196 196

My most recent acquisition was 2 cfl lamps included in a free energy-saver kit from the city. Included was a water saver showerhead, water-saver nozzles for the kitchen & bathroom faucets & 2 cfl lamps. Not bad for free. 'Course if you break down my tax bill I figure those cfl lamps cost about $22.25 each.

Comment Ala Carte my ass (Score 1) 340 340

You all know that they have the technology - via the digital set-top boxes - to only charge you for the minutes you watch, but no-one even talks about that. Why am I paying for ESPN even when I'm watching NBC?

That's why the cable companies are "fighting" ala carte & will finally give in. They don't want folks really thinking about this.

If my phone company can charge me by the minute why can't the cable TV company?

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"