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Submission + - The Ham Radio Parity Act passes the house! (arrl.org) 1

bobbied writes: The House of representatives passed HR 1301 "The Ham Radio Parity Act" without objection on September 12, 2016. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” This will allow for the reasonable accommodation of armature radio antennas in many places where they are currently prohibited by HOA's or private land use restrictions. This will be similar to the FCC's PRB-1 ruling in 1985 that did the same thing for Over The Air Television and Data service Antenna Structures. If this bill passes the senate, we will be one step closer to allowing armature radio operators, who provide emergency communications services, the right to erect reasonable antenna structures in places where they cannot do so now.

Comment Re:Current version is just .... so..... slow.... (Score -1) 119

I was perhaps too ranty there. On several lower-end machines, I've seen Office suffer terribly until both animations and hardware acceleration are turned off. It would be nice if it benchmarked itself during setup to see if there was actually something to gain from it. After moving to a much faster laptop (i7-2670qm vs A6-6310, and their respective integrated graphics devices), I see no continuing issues that aren't just caused by some broken spreadsheets. Not sure how the truly latest version of Office performs, as I'm stuck using Office 2013 via Office365 at work. I'll shush now.

Comment Current version is just .... so..... slow.... (Score -1, Troll) 119

All current office products (2013) seem to be designed to be horrendously slow. Excel suffers most terribly from all the graphical bloat. Even after disabling the "animations" and "hardware acceleration", it's still a barely-responsive lump on anything that isn't a top-notch workstation/gaming PC. No amount of tweaking seems to be able to fix it, leading me to believe that it is broken by design. Whoever thought that flashy animations should be enabled in a "productivity" suite by default should be condemned to an appropriate level of hell. The lack of benefit from hardware acceleration on low to mid-range hardware (trivial even on higher end stuff) should call into question the competence of many involved.

Comment Re:American vs. European 'safety' (Score 1) 181

I envision a future in which the pillars are made effectively transparent by way of some fancy sciencey stuff that was probably mentioned on this site back when it was cool to post news for nerds. Seriously though, a periscope of sorts shouldn't be impossible to come up with; I see no need for anything electronic. Visual distortion within some reasonable bounds seems acceptable as well. The main thing is that the ability to exercise our binocular depth perception be possible. I don't even like the stupid window sticker(s) states force people to display for registration/inspection; the less crap up at that height the better. In Texas, this is finally being reduced to one sticker. Reassuring, perhaps, that Texas gets a little bit less backwards every now and again.

Comment Re:American vs. European 'sanity' (Score 1) 181

Suppose you doze off/are distracted/something something and drift against a curved dividing wall at highway speed. This event can be somewhat violent, and you could be displaced from your seat. You then stand a chance to become an uncontrolled mass veering in the direction opposite of the wall. I guarantee (and can attest from my own experiences) that someone wearing their seatbelt in such a circumstance would have a vastly greater chance of regaining control of the vehicle before a second collision occurred. It only takes thinking one single extra step ahead to see why seatbelts are not unwise.

You are not the only one that stands to be harmed from not wearing one; the (unspoken, but seemingly implied) logic behind your notion being reasonable is fallacious or non-existent. Other such fun that can put you out of your seat, or cause unintentional control inputs to the accelerator pedal, brakes, steering, gear shifter,etc.:

Being rear-ended under any circumstance
Departing the roadway onto a rough shoulder or ditch
Speed humps
Dips, for traffic control or due to road degradation
Actions of an unruly or malicious passenger
Abrupt changes in road grade
Striking a cow, moose, elk, exceptionally large deer, horse, gorilla, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, refrigerator, jacuzzi, pallet of canned goods, motorcycle, small aircraft, etc.

Running over any of the following, in anything save for the heftiest of vehicles:
A wheel/tire assembly laying in the middle of the road
4x4, 4x6, etc. and larger lumber
Logs, other natural debris
Driving over a curb
The remains of a previously destroyed cow, moose, elk, exceptionally large deer, horse, gorilla, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, refrigerator, jacuzzi, pallet of canned goods, motorcycle, small aircraft, etc.
Pretty much anything thicker than a few inches, and not physically compliant

This "why can't i drive without a seatbelt" crap needs to vanish along with the turds that find it acceptable to plow through stop signs without so much as a tap on the brakes.
The same applies to motorcycles, to a lesser extent; in the scenarios I could come up with, all revolve around being suddenly blinded by debris or various other unfortunate interactions between your head and foreign objects. It's fortunate, I suppose, that the casualties your arrogant asshattery can cause (under any reasonable circumstance) are far lower than what a larger machine can do. Sounds like a bicycle might be a safer bet for these sorts. Better still, just walk. Every bit of stress experienced by people that get fined under these laws is well deserved.

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