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Comment Re: The real reason (Score 1) 305

I don't believe this was the real reason at all. The FCC was very consistent here with the regulation. Colbert was crude and inappropriate and there is no place for that in responsible broadcasting or anywhere else. However the FCC regulation which is available for all to read is very clear and he didn't run afoul of it.

Comment Re: APRS (Score 1) 168

Precisely, us ham types have had this virtually forever. Agreed as well, bandwidth is the limiting factor. Really even SSTV or traffic nets could be seen as a simple global network example from which to build upon. Relying on RF over infrastructure has its benefits, and even in a wireless mesh network there is still much heavier reliance on infrastructure than traditional amateur or military radio networks.

-- kc2kth

Comment "GenX will be the first gen to not do as well as t (Score 1) 557

The title is what I recall hearing on an NPR report back around 1990 and this sentiment was echoed for much of the early '90s. As it turns out many of us far exceeded what our parents accomplished financially. I see this as a similar reality check for Millennials. The reality is that it is tough to make a living and build a nest egg, but it can be done.

Comment Re: think (Score 1) 124

I was going to bring up X10, but the protocol and not the company. I just threw out probably 20 various modules with an average cost of around $20 each back in the 90s when I outfitted my home. Someone could have done X10 cheap on that old gear.

I've since switched to zwave and reduced the number of controlled devices. My dedicated controller is Arduino based. I spent under $700 total.

Comment Re: Why not? (Score 2) 133

Not true, menial labor serves to convince people they don't want to do menial labor and strive for something better. It's up to the individual to find their motivation. Would tablet permissions as a reward work for good behavior? Sure, I don't however think every inmate should get one at the cost to taxpayers.

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