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Comment He could always put Orgonite around his fields... (Score 1) 475

One of the Wilhelm Reich spinoffs, a bit of metal shavings, a chunk of quartz crystal, and bond the whole mess together with resin epoxy. Supposedly blocks all RF radiation.

Of course, that doesn't explain why all my wireless equipment and cel phone still work perfectly around the chunk I found, which someone ditched next to a local cel tower.

Comment I wish them the best, it isn't an easy chore... (Score 2, Interesting) 174

About 8 years ago, I came up with, but never penned (maybe to the benefit of all), the idea of taking the concept of The Prisoner, and the concept of reality TV and bringing them together.

The psychological aspects alone would have been awesome, get a bunch of unsuspecting "reality show" contestants together, seperate them into groups based on political beliefs, make them increasingly paranoid with each episode, force them in some way to work with/against each other, make them believe they were in fact prisoners in some kind of foreign or even an American prison camp, and totally play on that situation.

Like I said, it may be a good thing I never did that. It could have made me millions, or could for someone daring enough to do that (in which case, send me money via paypal), it could have majorly screwed things up, but it was a concept worth thinking about at least.

Comment Re:Ares Rocket less safe than a Space Shuttle? (Score 2, Informative) 414

Annnnd that the idea of a capsule that could only be opened from the outside was ideal, along with a 100% oxygen atmosphere, and that properly insulated wiring was a "luxury option". They learned that REALLY fast. But that actually had nada to do with actual launch safety.

Now if you were to compare the launch proven Saturn V rocket to the Russian M2 rockets, THERE is the big difference:

The Saturn V was designed by Werner Von Braun, who found that several large engines were safer, because you could build in redundancies, if one out of 5 motors failed, the remaining four could get the job done.

The N1 was designed by an aircraft designer who had no previous experience building rockets, let alone rocket engines. His solution was to build dozens of engines into it, hoping for the same ratio. Of course, the fueling systems were also flawed. The Saturn V used standard hydrogen/oxygen propellents. The N1 used hydrazine/oxygen, IIRC. Hydrazine is highly corrosive, and as they didn't keep that in mind, it ate through seals like a cop at a donut shop. Whenever it did, the rockets exploded, often during fueling, in which case, anyone on site was eaten alive.

It was simply a BAD design.

Now some stuff that WAS well designed: The spacesuit. That lived on to Mir, through the ISS. A part hardsuit/softsuit, that works very nicely. But frankly, the Soyuz design is best for capsule travel. Simple launch system, simple delivery, simple, carrying capacity. Which is why it's used by two countries.

Comment My memory may be a bit rusty, but... (Score 1, Informative) 545

Haven't "docks" been in use since BEFORE Microsoft introduced theirs with Windows 98?

Cases in point, NeXT OS, and IBM's OS/2 4 Warp, both used docks (a dock launch bar in NeXT's case, and a task bar launch bar in the case of OS/2. The Mac OS only picked this up as an official feature with OSX, while before that, you had to run a 3rd party app to simulate NeXT OS' docks (at least back in 1992 with System 7 on).

If one was to claim copying was made, then didn't Apple swipe their docks from NeXT OS (yeah, that was also Jobs' baby), and for that matter, didn't Microsoft in fact swipe their quick launch bar from OS/2 4 Warp?

And before any Mac fans mod this down in an effort to try and rewrite history, remember that the original Mac interface itself was swiped from Xerox PARC. They admitted to it themselves, and after introducing it to the mainstream, the idea of moving an arrow back and forth between graphical icons pretty much became the defacto standard.

It's that, or spend the rest of your life using CLI for *everything*.


Submission + - How to properly start a pirate TV network?

NeuroManson writes: Well, when the digital transition goes through, I've been led to the following conclusion: How does one get into pirate television, hardware and software wise? Sure, you could go to YouTube, but if you want to provide media that is still under (questionable) ownership, if you want to provide media that is also questionable (say the occasional odd show that *gasp8 makes people think), AND you want to provide said material to people who are holdouts, not willing to pay $50 just to watch even more FCC filtered media, what do you do? The massive gap that the loss of broadcast spectrum would represent means there will be a large opportunity (a'la Big Time Television) for pirate broadcasters to use the still unused frequencies available, AND lucrative for advertisers desperate to keep the remaining 100,000,000 roughly audience. So simply put, what equipment would be nessesary to provide broadcasts for the fleeting but still available market?

Comment Smug Mode on. (Score 1) 249

A few years ago, I breached the question of the digital transition for television and its inevitable environmental impact as hundreds of millions of TV sets go this route:

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Actually, judging from this article, we've not only ignored the iceberg, but invited it in for a hot cup of tea, and asked how many people it would like to kill while ignoring the sinking ship entirely.

It's sad that seven years down the line, the obvious severity of the issue has not only gone ignored, but even condoned to date. Hell, even as I write this, I'm on a 5 year old Tablet PC that I also use for graphics (using an Intel graphics chipset, *gag*), most of my electronics are over 5 years old. What's the oldest electronic devices you use today, hmmmmm?

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