At 06:06 PM 12/17/01 -0500, Bagotronix Tech Support wrote: > > FCC Part 15 be blowed :-) > >How about those gov't regs that prevent stuff from working well? You gotta >love those (NOT).
I'm not expert on the subject, but as I recall, most of the thrust of the FCC regulations is toward preventing interference between the regulated product and other equipment. Yes, almost inherently, this can result in performance restrictions and/or increased cost. However, users may, if they are willing to risk voiding the warranty, modify the product provided they are also willing to take responsibility for any resulting interference. Recall anyone going to jail for tweaking their TV or computer? The worst thing you are going to see, here in the U.S., is a knock on the door, and even that is very, very unlikely unless you start broadcasting at relatively high power, which is hardly consistent with efficient cabling! >Does the "lead-free solder" debate come to mind? What comes to mind is the polarization of society into camps, each one of which trusts the others not at all. As a result, whichever camp happens to be in power makes a huge mess, because it neglects the legitimate concerns of the other sides. So the anti-government libertarians or General Bullmoose business stooges will tear away regulations which protect people and the environment, and the anti-business so-called liberals will neglect real people (after all, business means jobs) in favor of starry-eyed principles. "Liberal" was supposed to mean "willing to consider all sides." And "Conservative" was supposed to mean "thoughtfully protective." In the end, however, society seems to divide all too often between "intelligent" and "stupid." There is a story of the king who stepped on a thorn. He ordered his kingdom paved with leather so that he could walk anywhere without fear of being hurt. His advisors were frantic with worry because they knew that this would not only bankrupt the kingdom but would also have some other negative effects, to say the least. Finally one of them hit upon a solution. He made a pair of sandals and gave them to the king.... We see, today especially, many who would pave the world with leather; any one of us can experience this simply by flying from point A to point B, especially in the U.S. It's easy to understand the response, but the money spent and the economic value of the delay to every traveler could certainly make for some handsome sandals. I.e., secure cockpit doors, air marshals, always-on navigational beacons and cockpit voice transmitters. We might also consider what could be done to ameliorate the conditions which breed fanatics, but that is a whole other level of response, perhaps too much to expect. Anyway, the Protel relevance here is in an encouragement to do what is necessary to make the hardware work well with Protel; I'm probably going to stick with Matrox since the additional cost is trivial compared to the value of my time.... I do encourage users, however, to continue to share experience; perhaps we could come up with a list of widely validated video cards. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Abdulrahman Lomax Easthampton, Massachusetts USA * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To post a message: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * To leave this list visit: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/leave.html * * Contact the list manager: * mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * Forum Guidelines Rules: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/forumrules.html * * Browse or Search previous postings: * http://firstname.lastname@example.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *