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Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by Kythe (#47484279) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
While true, many satellite earth stations require dishes that track satellites in order to provide an uplink (depends upon the band and the satellite system used). Within reason, a system can maintain a lock under a variety of circumstances. A hit from a missile and the resultant, immediate aircraft disintegration probably presents a situation that would make such a lock exceedingly difficult to maintain.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 2) 503

by Kythe (#47484271) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
I work in this field (aeronautical communications, including satellite systems), and specifically with FAA personnel who are tasked with knowing and regulating such systems (spectrum managers). What I'm saying comes directly as an answer from them in response to a query about why we don't do exactly as you suggest. It's not merely a question of the total satellite bandwidth available. Satellite bandwidth is used for a lot of things, remember -- and only a small subset is used for protected aeronautical satellite (AMS(R)S) assignments. It's not as simple as you suggest.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 3, Interesting) 503

by Kythe (#47482237) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
It's not a matter of technology. It's a matter of satellite bandwidth, given the number of flights in the air. One possible solution has been developed that predicts imminent disaster and rapidly commences data upload. I'm not sure whether that would work in the case of a missile attack, though.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441

by Kythe (#47348975) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year
I'm sorry...did you think you were responding to the post above you? Because nowhere did I see a refutation of what Burz wrote regarding WUWT (which was linked to in the abstract, making it relevant) taking funding from Heartland.

You see, "both sides do it" muddying of the waters may work in right wing circles, but it's really not a solid argument. Media Matters' funding or skew isn't at issue, here, nor did I see anyone deny it -- they cited several sources, including Watt's own post commenting on news regarding his ties to Heartland, as a reference, and had you bothered to click through, you would have seen that.

Undisclosed conflict of interest - a major difference between what you're citing and what Burz mentioned - is a serious problem. You might want to read up on it.

Comment: Re:Fishy (Score 1) 566

by Kythe (#47114623) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker
It is possible the Truecrypt project has been bleeding what developers it had for some time. It hasn't been updated in a while. Maybe this was the last one standing saying "enough, I want to do something else". Also hoping for a fork if this is legit, and with the audit and the change in license, it's the perfect time (which may also have occurred to whoever decided enough was enough). State actor or court order theories don't seem to make much sense, and given the effort involved to do all that was evidently done (beyond defacing a website), I'm now doubtful this was a compromise.

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