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September 20, 2006
News - IoTuesday: New Year's Res…
about 3 weeks ago
Nick, any chance you might be able to do a post on GUI options for connect to Arduino, Teensy, etc. (embedded platform)?
News - SparkFun Supports Immigra…
about 3 weeks ago
We as Americans have long paper trails (birth certificates, school records, immunization recorders, etc.). It is difficult for use to understand that these records (many times) do not exist in countries like Iraq or Iran. Many of the UN validation amounts to taking names and pictures to village elders to determine if the person is who they say they are and whether they may have had any association with ISIS. This is not a great way to valid and verify for someone who may be an ISIS fighter assuming someone’s identity. There is also a lot of documents (from ISIS themselves) identifying the refugee program to get their fighters into other countries to cause problems or become sleeps (or in roles to raise money for ISIS).
Member #394180 speaks eloquently of immigration as a backbone of America. This is true, but remember… American immigration has ALWAYS been selective. At Ellis Island immigrants were tested and turned away if they had diseases like TB. We SHOULD be testing for diseases still, but also testing for sympathies with ISIS and groups that do not want to not be apart of America, but instead embed and harm the US. They should not be admitted as citizens if they believe in Sharia Law. I don’t understand how anyone can believe that Sharia Law corresponds with American values. There has always been religious questions for immigrants (especially if claiming political/religious persecution). They should not just be asked if they agree with ISIS. They should be asked if they agree in a Caliphate, if they believe that Sharia Law is just and should be practiced in America.
Just a question to the people who have posted. Did you read the Executive Order, or are your comments purely generated from pieces from media? Have you looked into how “vetting” has been conducted up to this point on refugees?
News - According to Pete: SMD so…
about 3 months ago
A good tip for desoldering (especially QFP packages) is ChipQuik. It works great!
News - Friday Product Post: MyoW…
about 8 months ago
I agree with sgrace. Is there more data that you can provide? Strength is an interesting parameter, but what about how it holds up to heat, water, sun (UV)? What is the texture differences (for if you are going to hold it)? Are you able to sand all these materials to make them smoother? I know that if I were making something (say a case for something) these parameters may be more important than just strength.
News - Arduino + Chromebook
about 2 years ago
Now you just need EagleCAD for Chrome…
News - FCC To Reclassify Interne…
about 2 years ago
Your point is still not valid. The virtual infrastructure is already there and will require continuous improvements and scaling. The bigger question I have for you is whether you believe (for example) that the FCC’s involvement in radio stations makes for it easier or more complex for a start up to create a radio station. I believe, based on numbers, that it makes it more difficult. Like everything that government does (through regulation) it makes it more difficult to do anything (not less difficult).
Further examples… since the department of education was created have schools gotten better? Has college tuition decreased since the government began backing grants and student loans? Has energy gotten cheaper since the department of energy was created?
I am not totally against government or regulation, but it is important to understand that the founders of our country did not believe in the things that the present government is doing. The government was not created in a way to allow for efficient providers of services (that is why it sucks so badly at doing it).
Your examples are not valid to this situation. The electrification and Communications Acts were passed at a time before the industries were up and running. The Internet is already running. Here is a better example. How much do you know about Armstrong (invented of FM radio)? He invented and built up radio stations with FM and then the FCC (pushed by lobbists - especially from RCA) changed the frequency spectrums for FM and let him to bankruptcy and then suicide.
The naivety in the post defending the FCC’s actions is fascinating. Expecting the government to solve any issue with respect to the Internet is misguided. I like the person talking of taking back the Internet from the big corporations. The problem is that the large corporations have all the money and lobbies. They will ensure that they are protected. It is like when people press for taxes to be raised on the rich. The rich will use their money to find the loop holes and create them with lobbyists.
Seems like another instance of “solve a problem that doesn’t exist”. The internet, as it stands today, works well. Obviously there are some bad things that occur, but allowing government into it will be bad for everyone. This is certainly a step forward towards taxing it.
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