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Comment: Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (Score 1) 173

by Col. Klink (retired) (#48621095) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

I was a regular user on groklaw as well. She quit because she was a private person and email was no longer private. You may be able to protect the contents of your email by encrypting it (assuming that the encryption hasn't been intentionally compromised, which is NOT a safe assumption), but that doesn't encrypt the "From/To" fields. PJ quit the internet (not just groklaw) because she's a private person who didn't want to be watched.

You have your view, I have mine. Everyone else can read what she wrote and decide for themselves.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Hot Glue Guns (Score 1) 173

by Pharmboy (#48615937) Attached to: 3D Printer?

And they can't afford $500 for a phone or $800 on a game console but they still do. $1000 is within reach of enough people to be called "consumer grade". That doesn't mean everyone can afford it. Not everyone can even afford a computer, but we still consider them consumer goods.

Comment: Re:been there, done that (Score 3, Informative) 279

by Nethead (#48614073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

I work for an aerospace cabin integrator and we're always looking for good TechPubs people. My company offers fully paid classes within our field. The great thing is that the TechPubs folks work hand in hand with the engineers. You can talk with them and figure what type of engineering work you want to do, stress, electrical, structures, flam, systems, furniture... and we just touch the inside of an airliner.

Email me if you live in the Puget Sound area.

Comment: Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (Score 1) 173

by Col. Klink (retired) (#48610693) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

You claim you can "just encrypt" your email, but it was the creator of lavabit, the "secure" email system that Snowden used, who stated essentially that email can NOT be made secure. It's not just a technology problem. When Secret Courts tell citizens they can't talk about Secret Orders, "encryption" isn't the solution. It's not just what you're saying, but with whom your talking to (e.g. metadata).

You may not agree with that, but you can't declare that no one else can believe it. You can read PJ's statement for yourself. You may not believe her, but you can't look into her heart and know that the reason she gave wasn't sincere:

My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.

Comment: Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (Score 1) 173

by Col. Klink (retired) (#48609789) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court
She didn't quit because it was time consuming or because her collaborator wasn't precise enough. She quit because she can't communicate securely:

The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.

There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.

Comment: Re:Don't forget batteries for storage (Score 2) 280

by Nethead (#48561305) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Off-topic side note about WalMart. I've done data cable work at more than a few and found that they do one really neat trick when they build: For their main electrical room they haul in a 40' container (before the walls are up) and set it in the back of the store. All the electrical mains come in there through a wall. All the main breakers and the telco demarcation point is in there so if they catch fire the rest of the store has a chance. Off-topic but kind of cool if you're into that thing, which I am.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 4, Informative) 772

by Col. Klink (retired) (#48558397) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

The Committee's Study outlined 20 specific cases that the CIA claimed either solely based on EIT (torture) or thwarted attacks. In ALL cases, there was either other corroborating intelligence (so they didn't need to torture anyone) or that the "attacks" were either fantasies or non-operational.

Brennan's statement doesn't actually refute this. Providing intelligence that "helped" is not the same as intelligence that was critical.

Comment: Re:Very cool. (Score 1) 127

by Nethead (#48550079) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Good solution. I do like my pure 480GB SSD in my work laptop for the battery savings. I get 6 hours out of an i5 laptop now. It's an HP Elitebook 840 if you're interested. For pure storage I have a 2TB USB3 drive that holds things like music, software packages and all the found Doctor Who episodes, just in case, ya know.

Comment: Re:.50 WHAT? (Score 1) 127

by Nethead (#48550033) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Blame ASCII. There is no standard (7-bit) ASCII symbol for cents. Back in my day we use to just type a c and then backspace and type a / to make the US cents symbol. Of course, back then most typewriters didn't have a numeral 1 and we just used a lower case L for that.

The lack of cent and degree symbols always bothered me when it comes to the ASCII set. Before all you internationalists get upset about including a US centric symbol, remember that the A in ASCII stands for American.

Now why the author of the article decided to use a useless trailing zero...

Comment: Re:What to wonder about? (Score 2) 197

by Nethead (#48538519) Attached to: Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

That being said it should be mentioned that a variant of TFTP (35years old) is the standard for Loading SW onto parts in Planes.

I've had to buy up old Win95 Toughbooks for our engineers so they can load the cabin lighting into a Boeing 747. There's a place in the plane that takes a 3.5" floppy with the settings. The only program that writes that disk needs to run on Win98 or below and won't work with a USB floppy. Just bought three more that came out of cop cars in Iowa.

There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak