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Comment Maybe not... (Score 1) 251

In my case, it showed that the company was storing my account information in cleartext to be able to e-mail it back to me.

You don't know that for sure. It's entirely possible that the password was generated, sent to you in the clear, stored hashed and the clear version discarded. They can only do that once. If they can do it more than once, it's not being hashed before storage.

The problem with passwords is that at some point, it has to flow in a form it can be read by a human. We're not to the point where everyone on the planet can do everything with key pairs that prevent it.

Comment Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

If the students own the images, then how are the students compensated for the use of those images in the yearbook?

Compensation is being able to point at some of the pictures and say "I took those" and put "yearbook photographer" on your college applications. If you're in a school system where yearbook is a for-credit class, taking the pictures is classwork for a grade.

Other than a desire not to be a dick, there would be nothing to stop a student photographer from demanding compensation for his work before allowing it to be published. Of course, there's also nothing preventing the photo editor (a job I did for two years) from telling anyone who pulled a stunt like that to turn their school-owned equipment to someone who understood why we were all there and what we were trying to produce and go alphabetize student portraits instead.

There must be some sort of agreement.

Why must there be some sort of agreement? Back when common sense prevailed, it was implicit that taking a picture for the yearbook and providing it to the editors meant it might be published and you were okay with that. These days, I'd have to imagine that our overlawyered world would require a bodily fluid transfer agreement before it would be okay to take a leak in a school bathroom.

Comment Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

Additionally, I have to imagine there is some sort of agreement when a student signs up for yearbook. Clearly some of the photos they take end up in the yearbook. Either they must give them away wholesale to the school and they are the schools property completely, or at least the student relinquishes license to the picture and may not demand compensation for the money which the school receives for publishing the picture.

Nope all the way around. The LISD's own IP policy says that students retain the rights to all works unless they were an employee of the school system. If the student wasn't being paid to do what he did, the district has no rights to the images.

The fact that the administrators shifted their reason from copyright to privacy says they're not looking for a reason to punish this kid, they're looking for an excuse.

Comment Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 1) 350

That may have been a matter of zoning, and Cisco may have put location over uptime if the Santa Cruz office being up and running wasn't critical to the business. Santa Cruz may have some sensitivity to fuel storage, either because of previous disasters (floods?) or because the city doesn't have the resources to ride herd over more than the gas stations.

Tall buildings in large markets tend to have tenants who require generator power and make good homes for radio and TV stations. The station where I worked was in a mid-sized, coastal market that didn't have tall buildings, so our transmitter was out in the boondocks 35 miles west of town. The location kept us from radiating signal out to the ocean where the fish wouldn't be listening and gave us access to two adjacent markets with their own ratings books. More importantly, it was far enough inland that the 1,000-foot tower was unlikely to be damaged by hurricanes and arrangements for backup power weren't a problem.

Comment Re:Also on /. today, "Norway switching off FM" (Score 1) 350

Norway is eliminating FM, but about 60% of listeners in the country are already getting the same content via DAB. Broadcast isn't going away, it's just a format change, same as the transition of TV from analog to digital in the U.S.

In-chipset DAB demodulation wouldn't be any more difficult than FM, and if the demand is there, it'll be added.

Comment Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 1) 350

Useless is a strong word, and "absolutely" is a strong modifier. Neither is warranted here.

Point taken. I've held an amateur license for 25 years, and the nature of the gear people own and operate has changed a lot. I question how useful a gaggle of people with low-powered VHF gear at low altitudes will be when information needs to be passed around a metropolitan area after the local repeaters have run out of juice. Thanks to HOAs, It's difficult for the average urbanite or suburbanite to operate a station that covers the HF bands that are most effective for local and regional communication (40m and below). It doesn't do any good if the nearest guy who can get away with the required antennas is 40 miles out of town.

Meanwhile, those people are likely to have disconnected power sources...

No more likely than the average person. I'm pretty sure I'm the only licensed amateur on my street, but looking out the window I count a few dozen pre-fueled, fully-mobile, disconnected power sources that can be pressed into service on a moment's notice. All of those sources have built-in AM and FM broadcast receivers (some have satellite receivers, too), internal and external lighting, weather-tight shelter, lockable storage and sources of heating and cooling. More on topic, they can be used to charge mobile devices which, even without the network available, stuff a fistful of things that can be useful in an emergency into a very small package that the average person knows how to operate. And most people already own the necessary cabling to do that charging and keep it handy.

...many radio stations are in urban areas and are legally prohibited from having inexpensive, functional backup power.

Can you cite a source for that kind of prohibition?

There's already a surprising amount of generator capacity in the average city and lots more that can be trucked in and functional in relatively little time. I used to work for a commercial FM in an urban area, and our building (downtown) had enough on-site backup to operate the studio and microwave link to the transmitter for several days. The transmitter (outside the city for coverage reasons) had a generator which could run it at full power as long as there was fuel available. I'm pretty sure the station had agreements in place to have fuel available at both sites within hours if needed.

Comment Re:Look at previous disasters (Score 2) 350

And how often do emergencies happen? In all my life I have NEVER been in a situation where my life depended om having an FM radio.

In all your life you've never encountered anything that's killed you, either, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

U.S. carriers don't want FM enabled because it would deny them revenue from streaming services during normal circumstances and would also be an admission that their infrastructure could be vulnerable. Your mobile service is just as reliable as FM until the infrastructure takes a hit. Getting a single broadcast station capable of covering an entire metropolitan area back on the air after a disaster is a cakewalk compared to restoring enough mobile sites to do the same thing.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset found in a very large fraction of major-brand handsets has had the FM receiver hardware built in for years. Even the current 801 has it. If you own a handset, you've already paid for the unit cost of it and a sliver the NRE. Versions of Android on the same handsets sold in other countries have it enabled and there are applications to use it, so it's not as if there's any kind of effort or expense needed to enable the feature.

People with amateur licenses are helpful for some things, but they're absolutely useless for disseminating information over a wide area that's otherwise disconnected and populated by people that don't have receivers covering the amateur bands and wouldn't know to look there anyway.

Comment Re:This should be the common case, though. (Score 2) 140

If you are running a program which costs money or time, you should be considering whether it is worth running periodically regardless of whether it's a program to collect phone data or bringing donuts to the office. If you aren't revisiting that decision, you're doing your job badly.

Govvies don't operate that way. They measure their worth by the dollar value of the programs they oversee. This makes the incentives completely bass-ackwards.

Comment Re:Not going to disappear quickly.... (Score 1) 293

When Boeing made the original 747, they weren't planning to make it with a partial second deck. It was supposed to be a stepping stone to future models with a full second deck ... .

The front-end configuration of the 747 was a holdover from a proposal Boeing made for the CX Heavy Logistics System program, which it didn't win. CX-HLS required a nose door, and because there was a lot of sentiment at the time that passenger service was eventually going to be SST and subsonic planes would be relegated to freight, that feature was carried into the 747. If you order a 747F, you get the nose door whether you want it or not.

Comment Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

There was an amusing scene in Mythbusters about this, where Jamie goes to replace the battery in a Dodge Stratus they purchased and has to take one of the wheels off in order to access it. Needless to say he was unimpressed; I think his quote was "You see, what happened here is some idiot designed this in a computer and didn't think."

What happened there was a special effects guy with no experience in designing products that had to last longer than film production shot his mouth off.

Putting the battery where it was had four benefits. First was that it lowered the car's center of gravity slightly by not putting the additional weight up high. Second was that it added some counter to the weight of the transmission, most of which was on the opposite side of the car and at about the same level. Third, it allowed for a much lower hoodline. Fourth, and most important, was that it got the battery out of the engine compartment, where there's no shortage of a battery's biggest enemy: heat.

That arrangement does actually work well. I bought a car on the LH platform (the Stratus was the smaller JA) in 1999 with the same arrangement and drove it daily through 12 years of hot summers and cold winters, all with the same battery that rolled off the assembly line with the rest of the car. It still started the car just fine, but while doing some other work before giving it to a relative, I threw in a new battery so the new owner wouldn't have to.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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