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99 years ago today - robot

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From the Infogalactic entry for R.U.R.

R.U.R.
R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the English phrase Rossum’s Universal Robots had been used as the subtitle in the Czech original. It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction as a whole.

R.U.R. quickly became famous and was influential early in the history of its publication. By 1923, it had been translated into thirty languages.

The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people, called roboti (robots), out of synthetic organic matter. They are not exactly robots by the current definition of the term; these creatures are closer to the modern idea of cyborgs, androids or even clones, as they may be mistaken for humans and can think for themselves. They seem happy to work for humans at first, but that changes, and a hostile robot rebellion leads to the extinction of the human race. Čapek later took a different approach to the same theme in War with the Newts, in which non-humans become a servant class in human society.

R.U.R. is dark but not without hope, and was successful in its day in both Europe and the United States.

Emphasis mine - 99 years ago today, the word robot entered the language. The Infogalactic page has a story-line of the play - looks interesting. Have to look for a current english-language version of it. YouTube?

Spending money at IKEA

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Bought some furniture for the living room and then found out about this upcoming opportunity - there has been a very interesting renaissance in analog synthesizers. All of the old patents have expired and the circuits can be made with modern components. You get the same sonorities with a lot less noise, better stability, smaller size and cheaper cost.

teenage engineering is one company in Sweden making these new devices and they paired up with IKEA for a limited run of devices. From this IKEA document (PDF):

FREKVENS
A limited collection in collaboration with teenage engineering

No music, no party, right? Music is one of the most powerful and uniting cultural forces in society. It is something that unites people and amplifies emotions. Social life in homes are often centered around music, so having good sound in every room of the home has become a dream for many. This inspired a limited collection called FREKVENS.

Sales starting February 2020, FREKVENS limited collection consists of products that allow you to start a party easily in your home, or somewhere else. Wherever the music takes you.

The core of the collection, a portable music system was created with the creative collective teenage engineering. Inspired by the movement and ambience of a party, the solitaire speakers have modular possibilities allowing you to turn them into a sound system. Then just attach some LEDs, spotlights and choose your spotlight accessories for a totally unique party.

There are a lot more than just speakers and lighting at the document - some great mugs (tiki and totem) as well as furniture and wear. 

Fun with lasers

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Cheap chineseium for sure - zero guarantees of long life or true rated output power but this caught my eye.
From BangGood (one of the more reputable of the Chinese dealers out there)

Ortur Laser Master 15W Desktop Laser Engraver Cutter Laser Engraving Machine 32-bit Motherboard LaserGRBL Control Software Easy to Install
32-bit Motherboard with STM32 chip for Faster Speed and Higher Precision. Multiple Safety Protection Making You Safe to Operate

Fast and Precise Engraving
Ortur Laser Master is a portable laser engraving machine, which is easy to install and safe to operate. It has a built-in G-sensor. When the machine tilts, it will automatically stop laser work and protect against laser damage. Support for GRBL open source software for operating fun. It supports dynamic control laser module, and PWM power regulation, low brightness regulation. It also supports lasers of different powers, so that this is a great device for DIY project.

Under $200 for the next 12 days. To be sure, that is 15 watts input power with probably about 2-3 watts delivered at the lens but still...

It runs LaserGRBL which runs just fine on an Arduino board. GRBL? From GitHub

An open source, embedded, high performance g-code-parser and CNC milling controller written in optimized C that will run on a straight Arduino

g-code is the command set that makes CNC machines work their magic.

LibreCAD

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Got turned on to this software - very simple 2D CAD program designed with CNC in mind.

Completely free and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux - check it out.

A very nice move - Spectrum Software

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They closed their doors after a forty-year run. They opened in 1980 providing software for the Apple ][ personal computers. Their latest product is an electronics simulation program which allows the user to draw the schematic of the circuit, import the various part specifications and then calculate the response of the circuit to various electrical parameters. This is very handy when the circuit is a complex one (audio / radio / laboratory equipment / etc...). Their flagship software was Micro-Cap. The full version retailed for around $4,800 and was worth every last dime. Golden stuff.

Like I said, they closed their doors but when they did, they released the full versions of Micro-Cap without any software locks or copy protection. It is now free to use. For anyone. For anything. Of course, there are no more updates and no maintenance but the software is already very mature and stable so no problems anticipated. They allow customers to build custom parts so if some new widget comes along, it will be possible to incorporate that into a Micro-Cap project. Very cool.

Micro-Cap User Downloads
Micro-Cap 10, 11, and 12 are now free and require no key. You can download the full CD or the executable only.

Download page here. Download the brochure.

From Dosa Schweiz

Tip of the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man for the link.

Well crap - RIP Syd Mead

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One of my favorite futurists and graphic artists - from BoingBoing:

Legendary sci-fi artist Syd Mead dead at 86
The futurist and artist Syd Mead died today, according to his partner and business manager Roger Servick.

The news was first broken by according to auto industry veteran John McElroy and other associates of his on social media, leading fans and peers to post their favorites from the legendary designer's work on social media.

"I've called science fiction 'reality ahead of schedule,'" wrote Mead.

Some samples of his work at the site. He was ahead of his time. Brilliant.

Chuck Peddle? He designed the 6502.
6502? Read on - from Hack A Day:

HONORING CHUCK PEDDLE; FATHER OF THE 6502 AND THE CHIPS THAT WENT WITH IT
Chuck Peddle, the patriarch of the 6502 microprocessor, died recently. Most people don’t know the effect that he and his team of engineers had on their lives. We often take the world of microprocessor for granted as a commonplace component in computation device, yet there was a time when there were just processors, and they were the size of whole printed circuit boards.

Chuck had the wild idea while working at Motorola that they could shrink the expensive processor board down to an integrated circuit, a chip, and that it would cost much less, tens of dollars instead of ten thousand plus. To hear Chuck talk about it, he got a cease-and-desist letter from the part of Motorola that made their living selling $14,000 processor boards and to knock off all of the noise about a $25 alternative.

In Chuck’s mind this was permission to take his idea, and the engineering team, elsewhere. Chuck and his team started MOS Technologies in the 1970’s in Norristown PA, and re-purposed their work on the Motorola 6800 to become the MOS 6502. Lawsuits followed.

My first experience programming was batch processing on an IBM System 360. Hand in your deck of cards. The operator would wish you good luck and you would come back that next morning for your printout.

A couple years later, I was working for a computer business in Boston and these things called KIM-1 came out. A single board computer for $150 complete with peripheral ports, keyboard and rudimentary display. It could run BASIC and had a pretty goot monitor program in ROM so programming was pretty easy. I was hooked. Fun times.

The KIM-1 was sort of the Raspberry Pi of its day.

More at the site - a fun trip down memory lane. More here.

I know that I love mine - Raspberry Pi

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Been playing around with them and with the Arduino single-board computers. Interesting announcement from ZD Net:

Raspberry Pi has now sold 30 million tiny single-board computers
Developers and makers around the world have snapped up 30 million units of the Raspberry Pi since the diminutive British-designed computer began selling in February 2012. 

Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder Ebert Upton had far more modest expectations at the outset, predicting sales of just 10,000 units.

But the $35 mini computer — which has grown through four generations and branched out to the smaller form factor Raspberry Pi Zero — has turned into a permanent fixture on the DIY tech scene.

It hits a real sweet-spot in design. Powerful enough to do some real work. Cheap and small enough to be dedicated to a specific task.

Not a bad way to go - Recompose

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Startup near Seattle - an alternative mortuary service: Recompose

WHAT WE DO
Recompose offers an alternative choice to cremation and conventional burial methods. Our service - recomposition - gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die.

OUR MODEL
We believe that death care is an essential part of life. In addition to creating a system that will gently return us to the earth, we encourage participation and strive to make the experience transparent and meaningful for everyone.

Lots more at their Frequently Asked Questions - takes about 30 days and costs around $5,500.

Not planning on going anytime soon - looking at another 20-30 on this planet but - when the inevitable happens, this might not be a bad way to go.

One hundred and sixteen years ago today

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From Vanderleun

We seldom have an image of the exact moment when the history of the world changed. But we do have this one from one hundred and sixteen years ago today at 10:35 AM Atlantic.

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Sixty-six years later:

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Truly a fun time to be alive.

Done spaghetti western style:

Been there, done that, got the shirt

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Networking fun and games:

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Well dang - Crooked River

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I have had a great delight in reading the Agent Pendergast series from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Special Agent Pendergast is - to say it very mildly - a very eccentric character. Highly intelligent but very quirky in his training, skill set, upbringing, etc...

Recently received an email from the authors mailing list saying that there was a new book coming out. Immediately went to the library website to place a hold only to discover that there were 32 people ahead of me. News travels fast on this little island.

Please Note - the series is highly chronological and needs to be read in order. The first two or three are well written but nothing really special but they take off after that and are most excellent reading. Start with Relic. Website here.

Geeking out tonight

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Recently purchased a new radio - the Baofeng DMR-6X2. What makes this one interesting is that it is your regular two-band FM ham radio handheld walkie but it also supports digital transmissions using the DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) protocols. These were developed by commercial and emergency services to allow encrypted communication over digital radio. This allows more "channels" (called "talkgroups") in a band. The repeaters can be connected to the internet so you can be driving down I-5 and keep on your talkgroup as you get handed off from repeater to repeater. Different technology but it works a lot like a cell phone.

Something new to learn.

From Reuters:

Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets
President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem - water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms,” Trump told a meeting of small business leaders at the White House. “You turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water ... and you don’t get any water,” he added.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency was looking “very strongly at my suggestion.”

The fixtures “end up using more water,” Trump told the roundtable where U.S. officials also reviewed his agenda of slashing regulations such as those on efficient light bulbs. “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” he said.

And this from San Francisco:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed accused Trump of “taking swipes” at her city for “no reason other than politics.” It was the latest clash between the Republican president and Democratic officials in the state.

I wonder if Mayor Breed read this article from the February 28th, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle:

Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF
San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.

Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.

San Francisco is dumping large quantities of bleach to mitigate the bad odors and is having to inject municipal drinking water into the sewage lines to "flush" the accumulations through the system.

Low flow may be a very wise idea in the desert but in an area with plentiful water - especially an area with older treatment plants, low flow can be a disaster.

Batteries - coming down in price

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An interesting observation at Energy Dive:

Average market prices for battery packs have plunged from $1,100/kWh in 2010 to $156/kWh in 2019, an 87% fall in real terms, according to a report released Tuesday

Much more at the site. Fun time to be alive.

I love this tree

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Great idea for a Christmas tree:

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A fun ride - Cannonball Express

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The record just got broken shattered - from Road and Track:

These Guys Just Drove an E63 AMG Across America in a Record 27 Hours 25 Minutes
Three guys you've probably never heard of recently broke a speed record most people don't care about—the New York to Los Angeles run referred to colloquially among aficionados as the Cannonball. Unlike most speed records and races, there's no sanctioning body or official rules. That's because setting a Cannonball record invariably involves breaking multiple traffic laws. In other words, it's illegal. But that doesn't stop people from doing it.

You may or may not be aware of its existence, but there's a robust subculture within the automotive enthusiast community that obsesses over the New York-to-L.A. land speed record. Many of them even go so far as to race beater cars coast to coast every year (also against the law) in most-holds-barred Cannonball-style races called the 2904 and the C2C Express. Two members of the informal "fraternity of lunatics," as it calls itself, are Arne Toman and Doug Tabbutt, who—along with a new-to-the-mania young spotter named Berkeley Chadwick—are the latest Cannonball champions. At least two dozen attempts are known to have been made by others since the last record was set in 2013, but only one managed to break 30 hours. Toman, Tabbutt and Chadwick succeeded not just in breaking a record many people thought would be difficult or impossible to break. They utterly destroyed it, making the trip in less than 27 and a half hours.

That was an average speed of 103 MPH.

Great scrap-wood shop heater

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Been researching heating sources for my forge building. Came across this - love the double-wall construction and recycling scrap materials.

Now this looks cute as can be

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Had a train set growing up and loved playing with it. The hobby just got updated:

From their website:

The toy train of the future
For generations, toy trains have brought children joy and sparked their imagination. Intelino smart train makes the train playtime more magical and exciting than ever.

Our smart train combines the intuitiveness of a familiar toy train with intelligent features of an advanced robotic toy. The result - a whole new level of interactivity and fun!

Order online or from Amazon - starter kit for $100 and track extension pack for $25

Do you have an HP Solid State hard drive?

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Check this out - from Hewlett Packard:

Bulletin: HPE SAS Solid State Drives - Critical Firmware Upgrade Required for Certain HPE SAS Solid State Drive Models to Prevent Drive Failure at 32,768 Hours of Operation
This HPD8 firmware is considered a critical fix and is required to address the issue detailed below. HPE strongly recommends immediate application of this critical fix. Neglecting to update to SSD Firmware Version HPD8 will result in drive failure and data loss at 32,768 hours of operation and require restoration of data from backup in non-fault tolerance, such as RAID 0 and in fault tolerance RAID mode if more drives fail than what is supported by the fault tolerance RAID mode logical drive. By disregarding this notification and not performing the recommended resolution, the customer accepts the risk of incurring future related errors.

Atomic Fungus runs the numbers:

32,768 is 2 to the 15th power. Exactly. And so what happened is, some register or counter or something hit 32,767, and when it tried to go to 32,768, BLAMMO.

If you look at it in binary it becomes more obvious what happened:

32,767 is 0111 1111 1111 1111. (Hex: 7F FF)
32,768 is 1000 0000 0000 0000. (Hex: 80 00)

The drive bricks when bit number 15--the most significant digit--goes from a 0 to a 1. I've got a fiver that says that someone used a signed variable when he should have used an unsigned one. Because when you're talking about signed binary numbers?

0111 1111 1111 1111= 32,767
1000 0000 0000 0000=-32,768

...and the software reads out those bits and says "Negative hours! Nope!" and crashes.

Classic PEBCAK error.

They got it right - B-1 bomber

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Interesting bit of history - from The National Interest:

Why All of America's Enemies Should Still Fear the B-1 Bomber
Huge yet surprisingly sleek and agile, the U.S. Air Force’s B-1 Lancer strategic bombers—popularly dubbed “Bones” for B-ONE—circles over battlefields in Syria and Afghanistan like angels of death dispensing GPS-guided bombs from on high. Yet the B-1 started out as an over-priced nuclear bomber that was arguably obsolete by the time it entered service. Thus, a bomber designed to dodge Soviet surface-to-air missiles and interceptors found its niche battling Taliban and ISIS insurgents.

A bit more - America's second-worst President:

Advised that the ALCMs were adequate and that the B-1’s concept was outdated, President Jimmy Carter canceled the expensive B-1 in 1977—believing it more sensible to invest in the top-secret B-2 stealth bomber instead. Four years later, a newly-elected Reagan, who had blasted Carter for canceling the B-1, revived the Bones with an order for one hundred aircraft.

This time, the Air Force sought a cheaper, revised B-1B model which could fly further (6,000 miles!) with heavier payloads but at a reduced high-altitude speed of Mach 1.2 (830 miles per hour) or Mach .95 at low altitude. This was because the aircraft’s four F101 afterburning turbofans nestled into the wing roots were no longer designed to swing back with the wings. There was no longer any pretense that the B-1 would outrun fighters and air defense missiles.

Instead, the B-1B’s aluminum and titanium skin surfaces were reshaped and coated with radar-absorbent materials to reduce radar cross-section to just 2.5 meter, roughly that of a small F-16 fighter. Though far from being a “stealth” plane, the B-1 would not be susceptible to detection and targeting at very long range like a B-52 would be.

Another example of a timeless design. Like the A-10 Warthog and the SR-71 Blackbird. I love those airplanes.

Out the door

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Ready to roll - ham radio network this morning.

Cute price

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Got to wonder if the manager knew what they were doing when they priced it:

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Pure genius - Buster Keaton

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Advancements in technology - I could use some of these:

Great deal on a simple laptop

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From Tom's Hardware:

Walmart's Best Laptop Deal? $249 VivoBook has 1080p, SSD, Ryzen 3 CPU
Remember when you couldn't find a laptop with a 1920 x 1080 screen or an SSD for under $600 (or even under $800)? Thanks to some slick black friday tech deals, you can now get a laptop that has both of these key features in a lightweight chassis for just $249.

Reduced from $349 at Walmart, the Asus VivoBook 15 weights just 3.5 pounds, which is very light for a 15-inch notebook. It packs in premium features like that full HD screen, a fingerprint scanner and 128GB SSD. It's powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, which is icing on the cake for AMD fans and should be just fine for those who don't take a side in the processor wars.

It is a little shy on RAM but:

The biggest drawback for this VivoBoook 15 is that it comes with only 4GB of RAM. However, both the RAM and storage are user-upgradeable. You can grab a an 8GB stick of RAM for around $30 or a 16GB module for around $60. You can also swap out its 128GB SATA SSD for 256GB or 512GB drive for less than $60.

Cheap to upgrade and it has the available slots. Great deal for a modest machine.

I am a big fan of their in-house brand gaming keyboard: SteelSeries Apex 150 Gaming Keyboard, Black

Happy Fibonacci Day

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From the website:

Fibonacci Day is a chance to celebrate an interesting and ancient concept at the intersection of math, nature, technology, and art.
Math holidays like Pi Day and Pythagorean Theorem Day are a fun way to learn about new topics. You may have never heard of it before, but Fibonacci Day takes place annually on Nov. 23, the date of which was chosen because the first numbers of the Fibonacci Sequence are 1, 1, 2 and 3.

What is the Fibonacci Sequence?
The holiday celebrates the legacy of Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Bogollo, better known as Fibonacci (Fibonacci was a nickname that roughly means “Son of Bonacci”). Fibonacci himself was born in Pisa, Italy, around 1170. He’s known for introducing Arabic numerals to the Western world and publishing a work that introduced the called Liber acaci that lead to the introduction of the Fibonacci sequence.

The resulting sequence begins with 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. This sequence appears commonly in nature in areas where growth can be measured. It’s found in seashells, plants and other living and nonliving areas. The sequence also is closely related to a number called the golden ratio and, in addition to being prevalent in nature, this type of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing. When we take any two successive Fibonacci Numbers, the resulting ratio is very close to the Golden Ratio, which is approximately 1.618034.

These numbers pop up everywhere and make for very beautiful forms.

I think I will pass - cybertruck

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Great product roll-out - from Zero Hedge:

"Oh My F*cking God": Elon Musk’s Bizarre Cybertruck Unveiling Goes Horribly Wrong
Elon Musk took to the stage on Thursday night to peddle his latest desperate cash grab pile of shit introduce the first Tesla truck model at yet another sycophant-sell-out unveiling "party". In our wildest dreams, we couldn't imagine a more ridiculous revealing of Tesla's new "Cybertruck" than what took place. 

As the old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words".

And here's that picture: a truck with two shattered windows that looks like it rolled out of a dumpster heap at a metal scrapyard, being offered for the low low price of just $39,900. 

Heh - he was touting how tough it was:

At which point another of Musk's assistants gently threw a similar metal ball at the Cybertruck parked on stage. The driver's side window promptly broke.

"Oh my fucking God," Musk nervously said, live on the stream, after the front window shattered into a million pieces. 

Oopsie. The truck looks hideous. Would not be buying it - no cargo room at all.

Quick run to the library

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Two more music CDs are in - Willie Nelson's Christmas album and one from Celtic Thunder.

Not playing every tune - building a playlist of quiet tunes as this will be background music for the pot-luck party. Using the awesome VLC media player from Videolan as it has a nice playlist feature. The playlist can be built and then exported as a text file so I can bring the thumbdrive to the community center, install VLC on their computer and play the tunes I have selected.

Very cool technology - airplanes

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Cirrus makes some wonderful airplanes. Here is one example of their technology:

Developed in partnership with Garmin. Fun time to be alive - I can see all sorts of trickle-down with this.

A touch-typer's nightmare

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No idea where this is from but it caught my eye:

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I would be lost...

Interesting use of a radio band

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From Space News:

Satellite operators lose battle for private C-band auction worth billions
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai informed Congress Nov. 18 that the agency will run a public auction of C-band spectrum instead of allowing a consortium of satellite operators to sell it directly to 5G wireless operators.

Satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Telesat, acting as the C-Band Alliance, have been lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for more than a year to approve a private auction of C-band spectrum expected to fetch upwards of $60 billion in proceeds.

A good idea and it should be a public auction and not a private one. Too much insider dealing there. If the 5G people want the band, they can pay for it.

I do like the idea of 5G using these frequencies. They have languished for a long time. Remember all those old six-foot diameter television dishes? Those are C-band. 5G would be a perfect use. Just make it a public transaction please.

Film sound

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I have always been really interested in the music used for movie soundtracks. A friend said that this was "our generations'" classical music and I have to agree.

Was looking at something and ran into this website: Film Sound

It is focused on all aspects of movie soundtracks, not just music. Looks to be a really good resource.

Fun list here: Film Sound Clichés - so true...

Happy Blade Runner day

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Seminal movie Blade Runner was set between Nov 19 and Nov 22, 2019. A classic. Great soundtrack too.

Very interesting - Linux

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I love linux. Use Windows for office stuff but am running Linux on a couple of other systems. Very efficient for older systems and there is a lot of software out there - ham radio, photography, music, programming, etc...

An interesting metric at ZD Net:

The world's fastest supercomputers hit higher speeds than ever with Linux
Yes, there's a lot of talk now about how quantum computers can do jobs in 200 seconds that would take the world's fastest supercomputers 10,000 years. That's nice. But the simple truth is, for almost all jobs, supercomputers are faster than anything else on the planet. And, in the latest Top 500 supercomputer ratings, the average speed of these Linux-powered racers is now an astonishing 1.14 petaflops.

The fastest of the fast machines haven't changed since the June 2019 Top 500 supercomputer list. Leading the way is Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system, which holds top honors with an HPL result of 148.6 petaflops. This is an IBM-built supercomputer using Power9 CPUs and NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. 

In a rather distant second place is another IBM machine: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sierra system. It uses the same chips, but it "only" hit a speed of 94.6 petaflops.

Close behind at No. 3 is the Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer, with an HPL mark of 93.0 petaflops. TaihuLight was developed by China's National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) and is installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi. It is powered exclusively by Sunway's SW26010 processors.

That is fast...

Some really good welding

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I love TIG - it is slow but you can do some amazingly precise welding. I am nowhere near this level :)
2:41 of some amazing technique. From 6061.com (YouTube channel here and their website here)

Cheap at $395K - from Zillow:

24665 S Highway 79, Catalina, AZ 85739
Bold opportunity to own a decommissioned underground Titan II missile complex. This property was once one of the most top secret of government assets and is now ready to fulfill a new mission. That mission is for you to define amongst the limitless scenarios. Secure storage facility? Underground bunker? Remarkable residence - literally living down under? The property is situated on a 12 + acre parcel with boundless views. Private yet not too remote. Quick easy access to Tucson and just 20 minutes for supplies. 

Some great photos of the site. Gorgeous property but needs a lot of work.

Welcome to 1.0 - Brave Browser

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Been using the Brave Browser for the last six months or so and really really like it. A spin-off from Chrome but with a lot of privacy enhancements. It has been fast and very secure.

They just announced Version 1.0 today - they are officially out of Beta test.

Give it a try - I certainly like it.

Ho. Li. Crap - normally, I will use a 1/8" or 3/32" rod (7018) at 30-45 amps.

Red Beard from weld.com teams up with the WeldTube Squad welding with some 3/4" Cor-Met F25 stick electrode. The rod is 4 feet long and weighs approximately 20 pounds. Extreme to the max.

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