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Comment millions still using incandescent bulbs (Score 1) 217

Millions of Americans (hundreds of millions, really) are still using incandescent light bulbs, a technology that is almost 150 years old.

Millions of Americans are still driving cars powered by internal combustion engines, a 150 year old technology.

What's the problem with a 60 year old programming language? Should these agencies re-write to run on a 40 year old operating system using a language based on another 40 year old language? Hell! maybe they should re-write the whole stack in Rails! We've seen how successful that has worked out.

That old code, with some new code too, running on modern mainframes forms the backbone of the worlds business. Mainframe technology, though seemingly dated and arcane, is extremely robust and supports exceptionally high volumes using COBOL and in many cases, mainframe assembler.

You don't replace something because it is old, you replace it when the economics of not fixing it demand replacement.

Comment it wasn't always this bad. (Score 1) 267

I am by no means a Apple or Mac Fanboy, but I must say that iTunes 4 was pretty decent. I used to use it to play music as well as loading my iPod.

That was the last version that was usable. iTunes 5 sucked, and every version since has sucked harder.

Now I only start iTunes to mess with what is stored on my iPod. I should probably convert to RockBox

I will not hesitate to bitch about the new iPods, disposable pieces of crap that they are. I'm on my 2nd iPod, and I intend to keep it running as long as possible: a iPod Video 30GB from gen 5. It's on it's third battery, and last Summer I replaced the internal 30 GB drive with a SD card (which sadly is not easily removable.) It works better than any other player I've used, though when if finally dies I will simply stream everything from "the cloud."

Comment there's an inflection, all right. (Score 1) 431

Our grandparents' parents electric lights and telephone are now the internet and wireless and google and wikipedia -- nearly instant access to nearly the sum of human knowledge nearly anywhere.

There's an inflection in the productivity graph, yes, but it is opposite of what Gordon says, productivity will go up, not just in the USA but worldwide.

Comment Re:Why New Hampshire? (Score 4, Informative) 388

1. it is a small state, with about 1.3 million residents
2. it is a rich state, #6 on per-capita income and household income
3. there are jobs to be had, the state has a favorable economic climate
4. there's a lot to do, mountains, lakes, the ocean.
5. no sales tax, no income tax (OTOH property taxes are very high)

Comment Visit your local store. (Score 1) 138

Visit your local surplus stores and buy stuff. Let's keep these places in business.

Or when traveling. If you go to Orlando, you should visit Skycraft. You can spend a long time browsing in there. And buy stuff the TSA is never gonna let you take on the plane.

ESS in Manchester NH is a good place for some odd stuff, too.

And as one other poster mentioned, there are a lot of components and other oddities to be had at hamfests, especially the bigger ones.

Comment more proprietary stuff from Apple (Score 0) 412

More proprietary stuff from Apple, and is anyone surprised? This is bad for the consumer, but great for Apple's stockholders.

What happened to their D-shaped 3.5 mm plug they patented recently? another proprietary connector that nobody's headphones -- except Apple's -- will fit.

Don't even get me started on the patented and essentially single-source MagSafe, and the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converters.


Comment flawed "research" (Score 5, Insightful) 199

30 mA will light most modern LEDs screaming bright. Or very bright, at least.

Deciding that the camera is not uploading images to the cloud based on power consumption is like deciding that water is wet by looking at clouds... I did not see any mention of ethernet packet capture in TFA. You want to see if the thing is uploading? show me some captured packets.

The argument is specious at best. It is a wireless camera, administered over an internet connection. In "power down" mode it still needs a way to be powered back on -- so it needs to keep its microprocessor and wifi radio on.

The researcher says that power down mode should reduce current by 10-100 times. Let's see. 1/10 of the 322 mA cited for 360p "video record -- no motion" would be 32 mA. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you cannot run a microprocessor and wifi radio at that power level. And the 1/100th? 3.2 mA? NFW.

TFA is a troll, perhaps by a shill. it is a crock of shit, and it stinks.

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