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Comment Re:Liit hit! (Score 2) 84

> Think of the amount of data you could store in a single copper BB if the atoms could be used as memory. Holy fuck.

> Ten million Libraries of Congress? 100 million? A billion?

Well -- copper BB's are usually copper coated. Let's assume it is SOLID copper... BB's weigh 5.28 grains at ~6mm; but that is copper coated. I don't remember my density formula at the moment. Let's call it 5 grains.

Copper has a molar mass of ~63.5 g/mol. One mole of an element is defined as 6.022 x 10^23 -- so there's that many atoms in 63.5g of copper. That will give us 9.5 x 10^21 atoms in ONE g of Cu.

Your copper BB storage device would hold roughly:
47,500,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.
That's 40 zettabytes or 40 sextillion bytes.

Roughly. :)

Comment Missed (Score 1) 176

Radio Shack, of old, has long been missed. They were dust in the 90's for me. Forget all the up-selling batteries, phones, what's your ZIP? marketing annoyances... I mean the STUFF Radio Shack of the 70's and 80's had. By the 90's it was all gone, too much cell phone, and too much MADE IN CHINA crap that broke too easily.

I just remember way back when. First place I saw a TRS-80. I still use an alarm clock I bought there in '79 I think. I even remember how COOL it was. Compact. Almost LED'ish, and a auto-light sensing dimmer. That didn't make it quite dark enough for me.

Back to Radio Shack. Get some wire. I want a push button double toggle switch -- to cut full power +/- to the display circuit only. Grab a bit - cut a hole, and wire it up. I still push that button to this day. It's probably why it has lasted so long -- the display is usually off...and hasn't faded either.

Synthesizers, drum-pad sets, ah the music you could make there! Bought my first keyboard there. I wouldn't have if I couldn't play with it, in the store, for months -- until I could save up enough to one day finally be able to walk in and buy it.

And what happened to those 100 in one, 150 in one, or the holy grail (for me :) 500 in one electronics sets you could wire up. It had resistors, meters, light sensor, tons of various wire lengths with a great big 11x14 book of schematics and instructions on how to wire cool projects up? It's what got me into electronics, computers, et al. It's the reason the garage door light triggers a circuit and rings the house doorbell today. And why I can change my lights to any color and control them from anywhere on the planet. I was doing that in the 90's -- and sadly Radio Shack never had the parts I needed.

That Radio Shack has, sadly, long since been gone.

Comment Easy (?) (Score 1) 196

I'm trying to understand *how* this is happening.
First I always change the admin password. Manufacturers should require this, step 1, before the device will work. Problem 1 solved.

I use a router. UPnP is always disabled. Thus:
The IoT devices should also be configured to work "openly" (IMHO) if they're on 192.168, 169.254, or a 10. DHCP'd network. Are people plugging them into a ISP port directly giving it full inbound access from the Internet? I've never set one up that way. Only a router.

I guess now I expect people to know which port and how to open it up. I'm paranoid enough to not do that even directly -- ie: all video sources are aggregated to a server which *is* open on one https port. I know to except my self-signed certificate. Yeah, I guess this should be easier if security is required (it should be).

I won't use Comcast to check / open my garage door remotely. I wrote my own program. The idea of using *any* service provider with access to my cameras isn't going to happen.

What users need is a touch-screen router with easy setup buttons for user specific settings (port, type, etc), and a menu for known IoT devices: ie swipe to find Frigidaire milk cam, enter admin password. Configured.

Only the router goes to the ISP.

Comment Fuckin' Drive (Score 1) 313

Overbooking flights is the least of the problems that you (or I) have with the Airlines. Frankly, flying just sucks all around now.

How many seats can we cram in? How many more rows can we stuff them into? How small can we make the bathroom. Just how bad can the food get? What else can we possibly do to charge these slimy people we call customers? How much more miserable can we make them???

It's why I don't fly that much anymore. I'm talking maybe one flight every ten years now. If I can drive it -- I will. It's the reason I bought a really really nice fucking car.

Let's see -- be at the airport 2-3 hours BEFORE the flight. I remember showing up half and hour before the flight and it was no problem. That was then. This is now. It takes another hour to get to the airport (my problem, but now theirs). Sometimes two hours if traffic is shit like it is during the holidays. Plus flight time to get where ever I'm trying to go. Plus another hour or two at the other end to get to the final destination after getting a car, etc. Add it all's almost 10-12 hours to get somewhere within 5 hours of flight. I can drive that in a couple of days -- and here's the thing ... be much more RELAXED when I arrive. Did I mention the nice fuckin' car? LOTS of room. I can get out and walk around any time I want. I pick the washroom I want to use. They're huge.

Thank god I don't need to travel for business. Suckers.
I wish I could drive to Hawaii. That flight sucks...

I remember going to the movies. Then the seats started getting smaller and smaller. Cram more people in. Just like the airlines. I stopped going there too. Except one recent movie trip -- and I was blown away. HUGE electric reclining seats. Almost as good as the ones in my home built theatre. I may just go back again.

Funny -- if the airlines would charge me TWICE as much, and cut the bullshit charges along the way. Remove half the rows (or more now) and give me a nice big lav -- perhaps the entire tail section would be nice. You know, make it like it was in the 60's and 70's ... or better. I just might consider flying a whole hell of a lot more than I do now (which is never).

Oh, and fuck United. I am a Delta share holder. LOL


Comment Fuck them (Score 1) 254

I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again: FUCK MICROSOFT

Fortunately for me, myself, and I don't use their product(s) anymore. Haven't for over a decade now.

And thankfully, where we must (accounting at work) ... I control the router. * was/is blocked. Windows is an appliance to run a few apps and those stations are blocked from any Internet access altogether anyway.

Fuck Microsoft. See, I said it again.

Comment Deleted it (Score 1) 403

I had Windows 10. Gave it a honest try. Piece of shit. Reminds me of Vista and Me...but slower and uglier. And they had to "move" everything. After 10 months or so I just realized I hated using it. So I deleted it -- last week actually.

I have really only one need (left) to run Windows anything -- accounting & reporting software @ work. Windows for me has just become an annoyance appliance required to run a couple of windows.

My "go to" today would be Windows 7. 32 bit is still faster (?) and 64 bit is problematic for the one 16 bit app __still__ in use. Ugh. I was just this past week deciding if I should just go back to XP to run the required apps. XP is still WAY faster than all of the above. It's not like Windows is used for web access anymore (or even has access to the Internet). It's just a intranet app layer...

iOS in my pocket, MacOS on my desktop, and Linux for literally everything else -- IoT and every damn server I have.

Fuck Microsoft.

Comment Another good product gone (Score 3, Interesting) 238

I find this disappointing. For me the AirPort Express was *THE* choice to use -- and I still use AirPlay on them too.

My biggest problem was covering 90 thousand square feet area (indoors and out). I bought thousands and thousands of dollars worth of various router brands (and returned them all) trying to do this. Key word would be reliably. They all suck. Except Apple's. The AirPort's ability to relay / extend the network wirelessly made it the winner. They just work...

Their form factor made them easy to deploy too -- no ugly antenna's all over the place. Sure, lack of antenna may have limited their range ... I just bought more of them.

Now I'm back to square one again. Ugh.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 2) 81

> Wireless charging is fucking stupid [...]

I have to respectfully disagree. Yes, you still have to plug something in somewhere (usually usb)... But beyond that it just gets so simple.

I still have to put my phone down -- before I was hunting for a cable, or always had a cable draped over something. Ugly. Now I put the cable away, plug it in (once) and decide where the charging pad is to be. I still have to put my phone down / charge it at night -- now it's easy. I rarely have to go hunting for it either it seems.

The car charger / holding dock has saved me a few times too. There have been nights I forget to charge and in the morning the phone is at 9%. Instead of leaving in my pocket as I usually do -- just dock it in the car and it's almost fully charged by the time I get to work. It's also a great location to hold the phone when using it for navigation (rare for me).

And the other benefit is I've never worn a plug (on the phone) out like so many around me seem to do all the time. Once every so often I'll have the need to plug directly in for iTunes, sure -- then just unplug the case from the phone (good cases won't require you to remove them from the phone IMHO) and plug in for iTunes (my choice :). Easy.

I gone as far as to add Qi receivers to old unsupported iPad's -- they're ugly as fuck stick on the back of the device / one size fits all ... but they sure do work. Just set the iPad down under the monitor (here) and it's charging. iPhone and old iPhone now used as a remote for TV more than anything too.

Ugh -- I'd always be unplugging and plugging shit in all day long. Instead I just set them down [charging]. Too easy.

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