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Comment Re:US lagging behind in pricing compared to world (Score 1) 356

If any company could lay cable in a town, there would be more competition and better prices.

There is little justification for that position. Instead, it is far more likely that there would be no cable laid or prices would be higher. This sort of infrastructure is known as a Natural Monopoly.

Comment Re:Hey look, it's Commodore and company! (Score 4, Insightful) 42

Oh yes in the 1960s all "lab" grade electronics like power supplies, oscilloscopes, whatevers, came with thick manuals with schematics, part lists and theory of operation as well as the basic user manual.

That's still the norm for many Amateur Radio products. What is missing from many products supplied by the big name manufacturers these days is source code for the embedded MCUs.

Many radios and test equipment used to be available in kit form too. But that has gone away since the advent of surface mount technology. Most Amateurs don't have the equipment, patience or eyesight to do SMT at home. Besides, pick and place robots will assemble a circuit board in minutes, reducing labor cost to a few cents per board. So, instead of saving a bunch of money on hand-built hardware as it used to, it actually costs more to offer kits than it does fully assembled boards. The technical support costs for kits is pretty high.

Comment Re:Boulder vs. SF!? (Score 2) 947

Coming from Boulder to Chicago, the difference is insane. The drivers in Chicago are, by and large, a "me first" crowd. They cut off other cars by driving in the bike lanes. Even Chicago's police regularly park and drive on bike lanes, setting an excellent example for the citizens to follow. Delivery vehicles think nothing of blocking a bike lane. But the issue doesn't end with bad drivers. The city streets are so littered with signs (business signs, parking, no parking, street sweeping, snow route, speed limit, school zone, bus stop, pedestrian crossing, tow zone, one way, no left turn, and then two names plus a state route for some streets!) that it is impossible to read them all, making it very likely that you'll miss an important one (was that a stop sign?!?). Lanes appear and disappear without warning. Did I miss a sign that said this lane was ending? No -- there is no sign. (There was no room for that sign.) And some stop lights are placed where it is almost impossible to see until it is too late to stop. It's really insane. And the natives have no clue how bad it is. Drivers are so distracted by the insane signage and roads, that a bicyclist will get lost in the noise.

Comment Re:The Fine was $12 M, but, (Score 1) 192

Right. So the regulations were clear about Knight's responsibilities. The Knight board hired executives to run the company. Either those executives are negligent because he did not meet their obligations under the law or they was prevented from meeting those obligations by actions of the board. If you are saying one or more executives were ignorant of the law, then the board was negligent in their duty to hire competent executives with the proper industry knowledge. The idea that ignorance or willful negligence is an excuse in white-collar crimes is absurd.

Comment Re:The Fine was $12 M, but, (Score 1, Insightful) 192

If board members and directors are found "personally liable" then why bother incorporating in the first place?

Are you telling me that all I have to do to get away with murder is form "Murder Inc." -- sorry, I meant "Loving Hands, Inc."? And then as chairman I can just hire a hit man and shield myself from liability? Shweet!!

Comment Re:god-like vs. measuring observer (Score 1) 530

I'm sure he's exactly as Michelangelo painted him on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling in one of the other universes. And one of those universes in our multiverse is a place called hell.

It is a solid, falsifiable theory. At least as solid as any of the other multiverse theories I've come across so far.

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Informative) 268

I disagree. I have been playing around lately with GNU Radio Companion, designing SDR (software-defined radio) tools using a cheap DVB dongle. The transformations of the signal into a human-digestible format is made very easy. I am a software engineer -- I have written a lot of code. But there is a certain class of problems that lend itself to flow-based programming. GRC is one. And ETL tools are another. That is not to say that one does not, from time to time, have to write one's own code block. I have done that for GRC and for some ETL tools. But for 99% of what I have needed, a simple flow graph was all that was required.

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