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Comment: Re:What's happened to Slashdot? (Score 1) 129

by ari_j (#48042679) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

The number of comments just proves that number of people who read about this in mainstream media several days ago when it was trending on Facebook but who had to wait for Slashdot to catch up to the trend before they could say anything about it that someone else might read.

The fact that it is trending on Facebook this week proves something else, which is that most people think the Aral Sea is a big circle as shown on most world maps and globes and had no idea that the Soviets had diverted its main sources, leading to its shrinkage, about 50 years ago. I admit that I suffered the same ignorance, although I learned about this a few years ago before it was cool and I suspect that I am not the only one whose sole surprise from this story is that it is so popular to talk about this week all the sudden.

The use of the term "inland lake" in the summary proves that no nerds were even involved in getting this article onto Slashdot's front page. A real nerd would not distinguish between inland lakes and all of those lakes in the middle of the ocean.

Comment: The bigger Problem is their "updates" (Score 1, Informative) 145

by Opportunist (#48042031) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Sadly the way updates work with MS they become the far bigger problem. You can easily see this by installing a "clean" system, examine its timing (please don't even think about using system internal benchmarks...), then patch it and notice just how much speed you suddenly miss.

That's a problem you probably won't solve quickly...

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 64

by Opportunist (#48041951) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Really? Wow, I've been living in a totalitarian state the past decades and didn't even notice it. How odd that I could easily travel to the US.

Dude, get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a douche. "Socialism" is a big bad word in the US, but the rest of the world uses it to laugh about you and your irrational fear of something you don't even know.

Comment: Re:PIGS (Score 1) 64

by Opportunist (#48041935) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

And this is what actually is the threat here. The police used to be the "serve and protect" kind of guys. Ya know, back when I was young, there was still a lot of respect and also trust in them. Seeing a policeman walking down the road was something that made you feel safe, secure, protected. It was really a good feeling to know that these people are out and about, you could approach them for aid and even when they knocked at your door, for most people this wasn't something that concerned them. At worst it could mean that someone you knew is either in hospital or had an accident or something like that.

That has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

Comment: Re:Dear MS (Score 1) 629

by Opportunist (#48041755) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

There is exactly no synergy effect between desktop and handheld devices. There isn't even the same kind of market between them. Look at the appliances on the desktop, then look at the "same" kind of tools on handhelds. Can you imagine using the same user interface on both? Or wouldn't you rather think that the appliance that uses the UI of one on the other is "doing it wrong"?

For reference, see Windows 8. Or WinCE for the reverse. It just doesn't work right, look right or feel right.

There is also not the same market in any other area, be it games, development (just in case anyone is crazy enough to actually develop software on a cellphone...) or ANY other area. It just doesn't work that way.

Comment: A government backdoor == a public backdoor (Score 1) 357

by Opportunist (#48041697) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Any deliberately installed backdoor is usually trivial to find with a forensic analysis and it doesn't take a "licensed" forensic analyst to find it. How long do you think it would take until knowledge of how to use that backdoor to enter your kids' appliances reaches the circles that are interested in peeping into your kids' bedrooms?

Dear Obama administration: Bullshitting people with the old "won't someone PLEASE think of the children" works both ways. In this case, I doubt that you have the better arguments. Faced with the choice of you not having access to their kids' systems and your access offering predators access to them as well, I kinda doubt concerned parents will side with you!

Comment: Re:Faraday Cage / Tempest (Score 1) 94

by TubeSteak (#48041567) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Polite language: red herring

Otherwise: I call BullShite

Am I really the only one who looked at the actual FAA Directive?

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing
Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes, and
Model 777 airplanes. This AD was prompted by testing reports on certain Honeywell
phase 3 display units (DUs). These DUs exhibited susceptibility
to radio frequency emissions in WiFi
frequency bands at radiated power levels below the levels that the
displays are required to tolerate for certification of WiFi system installations.

Clarification of Cause of Unsafe Condition
The cause of the unsafe condition stated in the Discussion section of this AD is a
known susceptibility of the Phase 3 DUs to RF transmissions inside and outside of the
airplane. This susceptibility has been verified to exist in a range of RF spectrum (mobile
satellite communications, cell phones, air surveillance and
weather radar, and other systems), and is not limited to WiFi transmissions.

Request to Withdraw the NPRM
(78 FR 58487, September 24, 2013)

[Virgin Australia] VOZ stated that during testing of the WiFi inflight entertainment system on the
VOZ Model 737NG fleet, it noted that the DU blanking occurred only when the WiFi
radiated power source (set-up in the flight deck) was increased to a high level. VOZ also
stated that under normal operating conditions of the WiFi radiated power, there was no
blanking of the DU, but interference was present only at a certain frequency. [...]

Request to Disclose Underlying Data
in Support of the NPRM (78 FR 58487,September 24, 2013)


The susceptibility of phase 3 DUs to RF transmissions was initially identified
during a WiFi STC installation by an operator and a WiFi vendor and reported to the
FAA. As a result of this discovery, we performed a risk assessment for in-service
airplanes equipped with phase 3 DUs using our established COS process, which
determined that an AD action was warranted for this issue. In addition, Boeing did an
independent safety review and also determined that the DU blanking was a safety issue
using its own risk assessment process.

I only got half way through the 23 page directive.
Feel free to give it a full examination.

Comment: Re:And many, many more (Score 1) 782

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#48040355) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I think maybe you read more into my post than was really there. For example, I never suggested we supply all drinks in pints, only milk and beer, because those are what most people are familiar with. Obviously we could sell, say, a half-litre of milk instead of a pint, but what benefit would that actually bring? Every child in the UK grows up knowing how much a pint of milk is, and every shop sells milk in pints, so changing units (and, realistically, slightly changing the familiar volumes as well) seems like a solution in search of a problem to me.

Comment: Re:And many, many more (Score 1) 782

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#48040245) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Except that in this country, almost literally everyone uses that system, and what the metricists are arguing for is the "standard" that almost literally no-one uses.

Losing the Mars mission was very unfortunate, but not nearly as unfortunate as seeing, say, an extra hundred people dying on the roads the year after speed limits changed.

I wonder, do you think we self-absorbed holdouts should drive on the right as well?

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter