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Comment For context (Score 1) 238

The average scheduled flight time for jets crossing from London to New York is 7 hours. Seven hours includes scheduled taxi time, which can be fairly long at both JFK and EWR. So add 30 mins in for taxi time for the new jet and we're looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 hours 30 mins. So you pick up roughly 3 1/2 hours on the crossing. That could be valuable, but the it comes at what cost? If its roughly the cost of a business class ticket $6000 - $8000 then that becomes a possibility. However, as we have seen with both the failures of MaxJet and Silver Jet - business-only across the Atlantic does not seem to work when not run by a major. Unless one of the major carriers purchases this aircraft AND its fairly inexpensive from an acquisition standpoint and is easy and inexpensive to maintain and run (this was also a real problem for the Concorde) then you might see it. Given all the above AND the market is being addressed pretty well at the moment I don't see this ever going beyond the design stage.

Comment If the WiFi system is not connected to the Plane (Score 1) 151

...then I don't care. Very simple question; can you get to the avionics of the plane through the WiFi? If you can that's poor system design and someone should be beaten with a wet noodle; if you can't then I don't care as the network is physically disconnected from the actual movement and functioning of the aircraft. If the best you can do is spy on the passengers of the aircraft through the WiFi or use the WiFi without paying then I don't care. Anytime I log into a flight I go encrypted through VPN as you never know what's traversing a suspect network.

The actual article and any of the other information seems to be very lacking in this sense. If all you can do is break into the WiFi, congrats you got into a Internet Cafe at 33,000 feet.

Comment Settle Down... (Score 4, Informative) 294

Full Disclosure: Worked at one of the money center banks in both Small Business and Credit Cards for six years and a foreign bank with a US presence for 4.

What is this thing and do I need to get my foil hat?

The database they are constructing is being used to conduct performance reviews on originated mortgages. The database won't pick you up unless you start a mortgage. Once you originate the mortgage this database is being put into place in order to monitor your performance on that mortgage and your corresponding financial condition.

Why are they doing this?
To stop the next credit crisis as the system would allow surveillance over mortgages originated by banking institutions. Today, banking regulators have broad powers to request information out of banks including everything that's going to be held in this database (personal information about you, you bet - your bank is pulling regular credit reports on you and the regulator can check your progress when they come in for an exam. Building the database would shortcut that request and help get a better view as to how institutions are originating. No longer would regulators have to show up and start poking around at a bank, but they could monitor the health of the banks portfolio.

Who would be against this? This sounds like a way to crack down on banks.
It is a way to crack down on banks and ensure that what's being originated isn't crap. Think about it. We could have better monitored the health of the entire mortgage system by have having this database in place. Those who are against this are most likely those who have a vested interest in ensuring that the mortgage industry opaque to regulators. Those concerned about privacy should realize all of this data is being collected today, I can pull your credit report and cross it with data from CoreLogic and do roughly the same thing. Yes it is all in one place and with a government entity, but so long as its being used responsibility I don't have a problem with it as it would create an excellent tool for finding bad actors within the mortgage industry.

Comment Code Complete by Steve McConnell (Score 4, Informative) 352

My boss gave me this book when I started by my first job out of college. By far one of the best books on software development and construction out there. It is timeless and even though I no longer write code for a living, I refer back to it on many occasions still. You want a book to make a you a better programmer; you can't go wrong here.

Comment Banks Don't Like It Either (Score 5, Informative) 548

Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma and FBI agent who is now head of the American Banker's Association came out against Choke Point in a WSJ op-ed a week ago.


When you become a banker, no one issues you a badge, nor are you fitted for a judicial robe. So why is the Justice Department telling bankers to behave like policemen and judges? Justice's new probe, known as "Operation Choke Point," is asking banks to identify customers who may be breaking the law or simply doing something government officials don't like. Banks must then "choke off" those customers' access to financial services, shutting down their accounts.

Justice launched the effort in early 2013 as a policy initiative of the president's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which includes the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory agencies. Though details are scant—much of the investigation has been conducted in secret—the probe aims to crack down on fraud in the payments system by focusing on banks that service online payday lenders and other services deemed suspicious by the government....

Comment Re:San Francisco is just an extreme example... (Score 1) 359

THE reason California's personal income taxes are so high is that nothing can be collected through property taxes. Property taxes in California are in a perverse way the same as rent control. The property tax pricing has gotten so far out of whack due to Prop 13 formulas that the only way the state can get any revenue is on personal income tax. Of course where people always own home, personal income tax is cyclical so a lot of the boom - bust cycle plays out in California's budgets because the state is levered up on the economy. Economy does well, everything is great. Economy does poorly, whole thing fall down.

Comment Funny Enough When You Put Deadlines On Something (Score 1) 723

How many do things at the last minute? Homework, tax returns, bill pays, website traffic, contract signings, same thing goes for sign-ups. If demand were linear jobs would be easier, but instead it's lumpy. Given a deadline a great majority will wait until the last minute so it doesn't shock me whatsoever. Anyone who thinks the number of folks wouldn't spike hard ahead of a set deadline has never had to deal with demand.

Comment Best Thing You Can Do for Your Box (Score 1) 353

Most computers are fine on 4-8 GB of RAM. The processing slowdowns come from the HD. If you are looking for recommendations, I recommend the EVO 840 Series from Samsung. Great speed, fantastic tools to move and config your drive, and price competitive. Yes, you can do cheaper but I prefer not too. Right now you can grab a Evo 840 Series - 500GB for $270.00. I own three of these beasts (2 500GB, 1 TB). My wife was complaining about 3 year old laptop performance and I agreed. Swapped the drive and BOOM, no more problems. She is happy with her computer again and we didn't have to buy a new laptop. Sure, its possible you can get at low priced 120GB drive and start moving things around to make it work but for a little extra cheddar just keep it all on one drive and save yourself the pain.

Comment This sucks... (Score 1) 303

If this does go through and I have my doubts, I want the FCC NOT to force them into divestiture but offer higher speed Internet, ala carte pricing, sign off on Net Neutrality, and remove all bandwidth throttling and caps. The time is not to try and create competition, because there is none in cable, but to actually make a company perform like it is in a competitive environment.

Comment Re:Battle (Score 5, Insightful) 214

Exactly this version of Tor was installed in a non-obvious and non-trivial location to get to and as a service. Microsoft asked the Tor developers "Anybody actually do this?", Answer: "Nope.". Microsoft then nuked the rogue Tor apps either through Microsoft Security Essentials or through Malicious Software Tool removal app.

Comment Re: It's not actually a problem. (Score 3, Informative) 120

That's because "data management practitioners" spend their time practicing data management. I bet if you asked the "data analysts" about it, they'd say most of the important work dealing with data is in the analysis, but they still need to waste 20% of their time on data preparation and integration.

Actually the number we quote is analysts spend 60 - 80% of their time manually prepping their data for analysis if they don't have a solution in place. Its a BIG problem. Just because you can ingest everything in the world doesn't mean you should.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis