atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#867: New router; and NASA vs model rockets.

I finally replaced the Airlink 101 with a Belkin G+ MIMO router.

The Airlink was new whenever it was we switched to DSL here. March of 2006 I believe. We got it at Fry's for the princely sum of $20. It worked.

...but it had some annoying foibles, such as the fact that it would spontaneously lock up when I was downloading torrents. There was no rhyme or reason to it; sometimes it would happen, and others it wouldn't. It was a crapshoot.

The new computer only helped matters to a degree; Vista has UPNP and once I got a version of uTorrent which could handle UPNP, Vista style, the number of hard locks went down, but it didn't stop happening.

I'm hoping that with a brand-name router (which cost 3x what the Airlink router cost) this problem will go away. Here's hoping.

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NASA and Air Force red tape kill commemorative launch.

Read the article. Try not to swear angrily at the stupidity of bureaucrats.

As a former model rocket enthusiast, let me tell you, model rockets are safe. They're about as safe as you can make something that uses black powder as fuel--which is to say that if you were to stand with your chest over the launch pad and launch the rocket you might get hurt.

I don't know what the hell the bureaucrats are worried about. On the other hand, several government agencies have been extra gung-ho about shutting down model rocketry. BATF is one agency which has really put the screws to people who want to do more than what they can do with Estes kits. In the wake of 9/11 there was some talk of banning model rockets--thank God that nonsense didn't come to pass.

Even if you ban model rocketry, someone who wants to take out an airplane with a home-made surface-to-air missle isn't going to be deterred just because he can't buy Estes motors at Wal-Mart or Target any more.

So I'm always pleased to see that little "FLAMMABLE SOLID" placard on boxes coming down the line at work. At least we can still fly our models when we want to, even if we can't do it at a real rocket range because the Air Force is afraid our cardboard-and-balsa rockets will damage something.

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