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15 Mar 2013, 8:05 pm

finally another fan of HD radio! :) wish there were more HD AM. but being able to listen to "coast to coast" on HD-FM in crystal-clear sound is a revelation. :o



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15 Mar 2013, 8:07 pm

I love satellite radio but it's WAY too expensive to justify it.

It's on my list of things to buy if I win the lottery though... 8)



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15 Mar 2013, 8:12 pm

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Terrestrial television is a debatable one. Some critics say that digital terrestrial television was developed primarily to appease older people who preferred the look of a yagi to a satellite dish.


Television has no right to exist! The internet can deliver pretty much any show you wanna watch, without some moron TV planner deciding for you what to watch. The concept of force fed entertainment has to DIE.

all these tech elitists are getting me down. :hmph: not everybody lives in the cities where high-speed internet infrastructure enables superhigh-bit internet service for web-based tv service.


True high-speed internet is not aviable every where and it's not free. You can receive TV without paying every month a suscribtion to some provider (with a good Yagi). If you are poor it's good thing.


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15 Mar 2013, 8:21 pm

^^^
i didn't want to spring for a rotator, so i opted for a 100' tree-mounted 4-element flyswatter. living 50 miles from the nearest transmitter meant i had to pay somebody several hundred smackers to climb the tree and mount the antenna. but it was still cheaper than the $60 per month cable i had been paying, in terms of paying for itself after a year, and it's been 3 years now. DTV is generaly a drop-out-ridden [non-robust] signal outside of the city, in the countryside. and KCTS [seattle] has the further disadvantage of having their antenna radiation 1]aimed primarily north to where the rich people live [bellevue] and 2] the southern part [token, really] part of their radiation is partially obstructed by KOMO's antenna tower. so half the time i can't get PBS [KCTS-9]. damn. :hmph:



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16 Mar 2013, 1:58 am

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They have other uses.

I use mine along with a special adapter cable to charge my cell phone while driving.


It's a kludge. Large chunky connector that only exists to work with an existing piece of technology. When the connector is removed a gaping hole appears in the dashboard that fills up with dust and crud unless it is filled with a cigarette lighter or a rubber bung. A modern dashboard power connector would be more compact and there would be several of them to power multiple devices.

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-Flathead screws


I have thought about fastener heads. Are Philips heads still required nowadays? They were deliberately designed for the screwdriver tip to cam out under force in the days before automatic screwdrivers were torque limited to prevent overtightening. The exact opposite of Torx which are designed for maximum grip and power transfer between the screwdriver tip and the fastener.


Pity you Americans flat-out REFUSE to use our vastly-superior Canadian Robertson square-head screws. ;)


Hardly superior, every kind of fastener I've encountered has been stripped at some point. However I have been able to use a Robertson tip to extract a stripped Phillips on a few occasions. Along that line I don't think we'll ever see the total extinction of the flat head because the drivers themselves are such good multi-taskers. Pry bar anyone?

My vote for extinction goes to the Can Opener and the archaic tin can that goes with it.



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16 Mar 2013, 2:39 am

phonograph records like LPs. a technology 3 decades obsolete but for some reason there are legions of surface noise fans who won't let it die.



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16 Mar 2013, 7:17 am

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RS-232 is very usefull if you are hacking with hardware (microcontroller) it's very simple to use, don't need complicated code. You can rx/tx data with less than 10 assembly lines. Simple, clean and easy to implement.


I agree with you that simple serial interfaces like RS-232 are very useful when hacking with microcontrollers and I even bought a laptop with an RS-232 port on it for that purpose. However, I find it hard to understand why RS-232 is still the prominent data interface on loads of medical devices and scientific instruments nowadays when there are more modern and user friendly interfaces that would probably work better.

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The 80x86 architechture is what I think should be extinct but it stubbornly refuses to die. It's a 8080 patched to run in 16 bits ( 8086) patched to work in 32 bits (80386) patched to run in 64 bits, etc. Resulting in an assymetric (erratic)instructionset and an unpleasant memory model. Add to this an unwise initial MMX design patched to repair those mistakes, etc. This is the most ugly instructionset I ever worked with. And I worked with many.


80x86 architecture is hideous and it is propped up by Micro$oft. There was a theory in the late 1980s that RISC computers was the way to go but Micro$oft killed it in the early 1990s with Windows that only runs on an 80x86 CPU. The alliance between Micro$oft and Intel is probably the worst crime Bill Gates has committed.

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My vote for extinction goes to the Can Opener and the archaic tin can that goes with it.


You can still buy cans of meat that open using a key. A potential health and safety hazard.



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16 Mar 2013, 7:25 am

Florescent lighting, LED's are so much better for a lot of reasons.



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16 Mar 2013, 7:34 am

You guys are still missing my point: TV is force fed, preprogrammed s**t where the consumer has little to no chance of deciding what to watch. With digital, non broadcasted media, I - the consumer - decide what to watch and when. I can also chose to pause, rewind and fastforward however i like. Since i buy my series on DVD, i also get zero commercials.

Btw: Where i live, you have to pay a license to have a TV. I have lived several years without it and i'm doing just fine thanks to the internet. I get by just fine with purchased series, computer games and surfing the net - for me - television has no right to exist and i see my friends also getting tired of television.

TV is a mass medium with an expiry date. When fast broadband becomes universally available (which is already ARE in northern Europe), TV will become less and less important and will eventually fade into oblivion as the older generations die out.


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16 Mar 2013, 8:26 am

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Florescent lighting, LED's are so much better for a lot of reasons.

Eventually, yes.
But all LED lamps that I've seen so far are either rather low-power, or they have a bad color/spectrum, or they're very expensive. (Usually, two of them apply.)



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16 Mar 2013, 10:43 am

Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. There are still many businesses using those :o .



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16 Mar 2013, 11:45 am

XP's still functional. Oftentimes I miss it. Seven's okay... but it's just not the same. And less stable in my experience.



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16 Mar 2013, 2:47 pm

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XP's still functional. Oftentimes I miss it. Seven's okay... but it's just not the same. And less stable in my experience.


Agreed, XP and 2K were probably the best products that MS put out. --That being said, after downloading SP3, I had a trojan install itself on a clickthrough screen on Firefox.

Still though, there were no issues after removing the thing, and getting rid of SP3.


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16 Mar 2013, 3:21 pm

Electro-Convulsive "Therapy".


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16 Mar 2013, 3:35 pm

Fnord wrote:
Electro-Convulsive "Therapy".


I was under the impression this was already gone?

Aside from young children learning not to stick metal things into sockets and careless electricians>?