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Comment Re:Bad journalism (Score 1) 68

You are correct, I have a line conditioner for my scope and atomic clock (admittedly a low end rubidium model) that is only a big-assed inductor and a capacitor. Works great at cleaning up AC, but I did assume DC-DC in my post since this was space-based GPS stuff and AFAIK the power bus on those is DC only.

Comment Re:having kids is dumb (Score 2) 490

Being married does not save on taxes.

It does compared to being divorced and paying extortion money via child support to an ex that refuses to work...
heh, ask me how I know.

And before someone says something about the CS comment, I have my kids half the time, but I bear vastly over half their expenses, even after 4 years where their other parent could have gained meaningful employment with the 6! (4x 4.0 AS, 2x 4.0 BS) degrees they have.

Comment Re:New hard drive? (Score 1) 612

I *loved* my ESDI drives. WREN III nominal 160MB drives with dual read/write heads on linear actuators (yes, I know, this was after steppers).
Formatted by using the debug routines in ROM on the controller, you could pick space or reliability. 62, 63, or 64 sectors per track with 2, 1, and 0 spare sectors respectively that the hardware could re-map for you.

Comment Re:bitwise math (Score 1) 612

Any time I've had to *really* tune something I've left the clear simple C code in a block comment in the source.
I leave a note: This code is not cruft, this is what the below sub with inline asm and crazy bit operators does but in a vastly more readable form.

As a matter of course I try to make those crazy optimizations as self contained as possible, ideally as their own sub.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

Not so. I switched to Linux about 10 years ago because I was tired of continually having to tinker with windows to get it to do what it was supposed to do. Linux allowed me to use my computer to do actual work, and not have to do worry about the machine doing what it wanted to do instead of what I wanted it to do.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

Except Office and Outlook are better than LibreOffice and Thunderbird.
I was a hardcore OpenOffice and Thunderbird person for more than 10 years. They do work but Office and Outlook work better. I still spend 90% of my time on my Linux machine at work but I also have a Windows machine just for Outlook, Office, and Skype for Business. I still have a lot of problems with Windows like my machine dropping the network connection, getting the installing 1 of 5 updates until I restart it, and every now and then an email I send sits for a day or two before it goes out. Those issues are probably EIT's problem and the crazy level of security we have to have.
LibreOffice is pretty good but Office is still better. BTW Photoshop is also better than Gimp and you will not find a 3D FOSS CAD system that is close to SolidWorks.
If I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux box at work I could drop the windows computer. The Outlook web interface works really well and I use that with Chrome on my Linux machine all the time.

Comment Re: I predict (Score 1) 557

"There isn't a huge difference in terms of capabilities and usability between Office 16 and LibreOffice, "
No, you are wrong.
I had not use Office for about 10 years and just got a new version. It is really much better than LibreOffice in terms of performance. For grammar checking and spell check, it is not even close. As an OS Linux is fine, I use Linux every day for development at work but I also have a Windows box that I just use for Skype and Office.
Honestly, if I could get Office and Skype for business on my Linux machine I would not need the Windows machine. Before anyone suggests Whine, a VM, or some other solution let me add this. I work for a large company so they have to dot every i and cross every t. We can spin Linux VMs up and down all day long but when we touch Windows it must be done by EIT.

Comment Re:Bad journalism (Score 5, Informative) 68

Noise filtering.
Often these DC-DC stepdown converters can leave lots of ringing on the DC Rails (bot input and output). The capacitors (chosen for their ability to both absorb the peak and fill the trough of the ring at the requisite frequency) are responsible for making that DC nice and smooth.
When they fail it can be an open (common, and problematic) in which case the downstream components and assemblies are subjected to EMI and ring noise that may be out of their tolerance and thus degrade performance (or ultimately fail them); or the caps can fail shorted, which more often than not quickly becomes an open rather violently... unless the power supply dies from being shorted first.

there's the easy reader version.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

More deliveries per hour means a shorter work day unless other steps are taken, steps which may not always be possible.

The other steps would mean firing some drivers and making the rest do more deliveries. Did you think that UPS was run by Sister Theresa?

The other steps would mean not hiring more drivers and making the existing ones do more deliveries.

Comment Re:Against TOS (Score 1) 652

Actually I am well aware.
The doctrine is being abused.

This doctrine is not actually an exception to the Fourth Amendment, but rather to the Amendment's requirement for a warrant or probable cause. [...] This balance at international borders means that routine searches are "reasonable" there, and therefore do not violate the Fourth Amendment's proscription against "unreasonable searches and seizures"

And the intent of said doctrine is much more mudaine. The are supposed to be looking for drugs, illegal weapons, and proper visa papers... not trawling a giant-assed fishnet looking for any scrap of information that could be used to convict someone.

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