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Comment Re:What's the fuss? (Score 1) 259

The fuss is that many/most of these rentals are in formally-quiet residential neighborhoods.

I just moved from a place where the neighbor across the street frequently AirBNBs. One weekend, quiet Japanese tourists. Next weekend, college kids from Arizona whooping it up and getting into fights. And ALWAYS Uber drivers honking, alcohol-serving limo-busses making a bad problem worse, etc. etc. etc.

This is expected - to some degree, at least - in a beach area, hotel district, etc. (But the hotels, at least, have professional staff to keep things capped to whatever is acceptable for the area.)

Comment Tone-deaf (Score 3, Interesting) 43

Microsoft's tone-deafness today is astounding!

Right on the heals of a SECOND embarrassing public failure of their idiotic haywire 'bot, now they've announced how it's going to save the world and obsolete sliced-bread.

You'd think there would be somebody in the right position and with the common sense to cancel those unfortunate announcements, and quickly book some entertainment (maybe clowns... yes, chair-throwinxxxxxx er, balloon-animal-making clowns) to fill the conference slots vacated.

Did I miss something? Did Donald Trump take a position at Microsoft?

Comment Good "problem" to have (for consumers!) (Score 1) 301

The "problem" is that most iPads currently in user's hands work perfectly fine, and there is no need to replace them. Yes, iPad 1 and 2 are slow and obsolete. There's nothing wrong with the rest.

Phones are an entirely different matter. In the first world, at least, there is peer pressure to have "the latest" and actually there are some real benefits (camera improvements, radical speed improvements, larger screens, touch ID, ApplePay, etc. etc. etc.) to recent iPhone models.

I see no good reason to upgrade my iPad Air2. I'll wait for at least the next one. (I have a 1 and a 2 as well, I keep them just because I am a developer.)

Comment Re:GPS clocks? (Score 1) 291

If the guy cant receive sw radio i think GPS is not going to work either.

He didn't say that he can't receive shortwave radio.

And, in any case, that's irrelevant, since WWVB uses longwave radio.

While there are time signals transmitted over shortwave - in the U.S. by WWV and WWVH - wall clocks (at least generally) don't use shortwave signals.

Shortwave, longwave, and the microwave frequencies used by GPS all have different propagation characteristics.

Longwave follows the curvature of the earth, at least to a point.

Shortwave at lower frequencies can follow the curvature of the earth, but not as well as longwave. As well, it can bounce off of the ionosphere. But YMMV. Greatly. Depending on time of day, location, and solar cycle.

Microwaves only work (with few special exceptions) line-of-site. Fortunately, the GPS satellites (those currently in view, at least) are line-of-site...

Comment Re:Remove Adolf Hitler from Wiki and YouTube Copri (Score 1) 178

If I was exterminated today my diary could not be published for 95 years.

No, that's utter rubbish.

The legal holder of the copyright would have exclusive control for 95 years.

That might be some assignee that you sold right to, your heirs, etc. etc.

Nobody is being denied reading The Diary of Ann Frank. You can buy it on Amazon. Or in probably any of the remaining walk-in bookstores.

While, yes, a copyright holder might without a work from the market for some political or other nefarious purpose, you've chosen a poor example. And, the sad fact is, most unavailable works are unavailable through neglect or disinterest on the part of the copyright holder, not willful withholding from the market.

Comment The most value from such an exploit... (Score 2) 57

The most value from such an exploit...

... would be being able to accumulate a list of the users stupid enough to still have Flash installed! (Or allowing it to be run indiscriminately))

(If you do have it, please use a flash blocker, so that you then only click on the button to run the flash on trusted sites.)

Comment Re:Time Warp (Score 1) 91

You wrote code for position loops? Congrats you've just ruled out 90% of the market because you wrote code yourself.

To clarify: I wrote the code for a company. (Omicron Systems.) Allen-Bradly subsequently bought the company, to start their first line of microprocessor-based CNC controllers. (Before that they had used HP minis). That code is many of those 80's and 90's CNC controllers...

Comment Time Warp (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Where have you been for the past 40 years or so?

OK, let me actually read the article, and see WTF they are talking about vs. the almost certainly misleading post title... I suppose they mean, like "personal CNC"...

Oh, I see. We're talking about "desktop CNC printers" and "hobbyist CNC Mills".

Is it really that hard to come up with a title that expresses that, or at least include it in the body of the post? No? Too much to ask?

The reason I ask is that you've been able to buy CNC tools easily for the past 30-40 years or so, if my memory isn't failing yet. Because I remotely remember writing Z-80 code for the first microprocessor-based CNC controller a long, long time ago! (They were all minicomputer-based before that, and mainframe going even further back. BTW, Allen-Bradley bought the company that I wrote that code for...)

So, yea, the only people buying CNC machines back then were GM, Ford, Chrysler, Boeing, their suppliers, etc. etc. etc.

The truth is, this could have happened in the 80s, if only there had been Harbor Freight! Z-80's were certainly affordable to hobbyists. What didn't exist - I don't think - was decent, affordable, small mills. No reason it couldn't have happened were there a demand.

So, the excitement over 3D printing is past, and now people are realizing that there are CNC mills too?

Did we have to wait for affordable, powerful processors? Funny, that 4mHz Z-80 could run a 5-axis mill, with the position loop(s) running in the Z-80 (not in the specialized hardware used today.)

I wrote the code for those position loops. And counted every machine cycle by hand!

So, yawn. Big breakthrough.

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