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46. Small business co-owner. IT Professional by trade.

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USSC to take on question of Electoral College votes
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 05:47 PM (19 replies)

Who'da thunk it? The Bee Gees cover Bob Dylan

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 03:25 PM (1 replies)

Razorfist rants on the new Star Trek: Picard series

It really looks as if they've gone back down the misguided Discovery path. Instead of making good sci-fi, like The Expanse, they've decided to make it political commentary again.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:37 AM (3 replies)

Well I am finally going in for my colostomy reversal, this time for real.

Wednesday. I'll probably be in for 5-7 days, give or take. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to argue whilst I lay in my bed waiting for my guts to wake back up.

There is no delicate way to talk about your digestive system. I'll literally be waiting in bed to crap, at which point I'll be sent home, to basically potty train again at 51. Really when you get past the "ick" factor your anal sphincter is an amazing muscle. It can tell from solid, liquid, or gas. I have to relearn that. Until I do I suspect I will need to stay close to the John.

I am told by my surgeon that unfortunately unlike many patients so much of my colon has been removed (I am told they are 3-4 inches into the Transverse) that this cannot be a laparoscopic procedure. It will have to be a full open abdominal exploratory reconnection, which means they will have to yet again split me stem to stern.

I have made my peace with the indignity of it all. After all it's better than being septic and dead a year ago, which I was pretty close to.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 10:04 PM (18 replies)

Sen. McSally give CNN a giant FU
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jan 16, 2020, 02:34 PM (12 replies)

Thinking about putting my Raspberry PI operated SDR online

I currently have a Funcube Dongle Pro Plus SDR.

Here are the specs:

Guaranteed frequency range: 150kHz to 240MHz and 420MHz to 1.9GHz
Typical frequency coverage: 150kHz to 260MHz and 410MHz to 2.05GHz
192kHz sampling rate
Eleven discrete hardware front end filters including:
6MHz 3dB bandwidth (10MHz at -40dB) SAW filter for the 2m band.
20MHz 3dB bandwidth (42MHz at -40dB) SAW filter for the 70cm band
Third- and fifth-order LC bandpass filters for other bands

Right now it's hooked up to a random length longwire, about 50 feet (really just some speaker wire) tossed out of a window and draped and wrapped around a bunch of trees in my yard. I do plan on putting in a real antenna in the spring.

I have it running off of a Raspberry PI back in my office. The only reason I even set this up initially was so I could DX from anywhere in the house without actually having to physically go back to my desk and plug into the longwire. I could just hit the radio across the LAN from the dining room table, or wherever from a PC, tablet, phone, whatever. It was probably an overengineered solution to a problem I have here. Since we rebuilt our home after our fire, we covered a larger portion in cultured stone. To do this requires a metal lathe to hold the mortar scratch coat. An unanticipated consequence was we ended up turning our home into a giant Faraday Cage; great for the next EMP, lousy for radio reception.

Overall this works rather well. The question I have is if I shared this, like the University of Twente, in the Netherlands does, would anyone find it fun or useful?
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 11:02 PM (3 replies)

One could really hope for a Ceausescu moment here

Go to about 2:40 for it to get interesting

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 10:05 AM (3 replies)

Entire Russian government resigns

Sorry to have to resort to a propaganda mouthpiece

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the government is resigning. The statement came shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address.
Accepting the resignation, Putin asked the ministers to function as a caretaker government until a new one is formed.

Before announcing the resignation of the cabinet, Medvedev met with Putin to discuss his state-of-the-nation address, which took place earlier on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s press office said.

In his address, Putin proposed several amendments to the constitution.

Medvedev explained that this cabinet is resigning in accordance with the Article 117 of the Russian Constitution, which says that the government can offer its resignation to the president, who, in turn, can either accept or reject it.

“In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions,” which are required to implement the proposed plan, Medvedev said.

Putin also said that he plans to create a position of the deputy secretary of Russia’s security council, and offer it to Medvedev.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jan 15, 2020, 09:32 AM (2 replies)

Geek? Here's some CPU Pr0n. Seriously it looks like AMD is back in the game

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 09:16 PM (0 replies)

Kids in LA school playground dumped in jet fuel on by jet in emergency
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 04:32 PM (3 replies)
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