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Comment: Why do they want to climb? (Score 1) 132

by Milharis (#48700001) Attached to: Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

It's probably not the (only) reason for the crash, but I don't understand why they want to climb in this situation. The Air France flight did the same IIRC.
They can't hope to outclimb a CB and at FL390, the difference between stall speed and VNE gets pretty damn small.
Maybe it was too late to do anything else, but then they really need to improve their weather forecast in the area.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 334

by Milharis (#48445123) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

The problem is that you can't have a better product in six months, at least not a search engine that provides more relevant results.

I've recently had a lecture from a guy from Bing, and when asked who was more relevant and why, he simply said "Google", especially outside the USA.
The reason is that search engines are now way more about user data than any IR algorithm.
Simply put, without the huge market share and time advantage Google has, you won't be able to match them is relevance.
Now, you can compete on features or things like privacy, but Duckduckgo hasn't been able to upset the market with that.

To go back to the story, I don't think it's Google's monopoly the problem, it's that Google is accused of leveraging its monopoly to promote their other products.

Comment: Too little time in the air (Score 3, Interesting) 270

by Milharis (#44354287) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage

I don't know if that's as true as in Europe, but the biggest complain I've heard by far from would-be pilots as well as pilots is that they don't fly enough. A flight is so costly that they don't fly more than a few times a month.

What's rather funny though is that in Europe the situation is reverted, there are far more people that want to become a pilot, fighter or commercial, than jobs available. A lot of airlines have totally frozen hiring for a few years.

Comment: Re:Naivete, Stupidity, Etc. (Score 0) 204

by Milharis (#43696373) Attached to: Smartphones Driving Violent Crime Across US

I'm not from the US, but it works the same everywhere.
Most of the time, it's not someone who steal your phone and run, it's 2 or 3 guys with knives waiting in an alley near a building lot.
When they see someone alone, they threaten/beat him, and take everything, including the smartphone which is often the most valuable thing.

It's common here to have two phones, a shitty dumbphone with a prepaid card as a bait, and a smartphone hidden somewhere safe.

Comment: Re:Speaking for German language, yes (Score 1) 330

by Milharis (#42837813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

It's probably because in French bit and byte are pronounced the same way, so you have to either pronounced it like in English, or use a different word.
While your average French IT worker might understand written English rather correctly, their pronunciation clearly suck, so the first option is a rather bad idea.

Octet is based on octa, the 8 prefix, so it makes some sense too.

Comment: Re:For the record -- why do we still need pilots? (Score 1) 125

I doubt commercial pilots are going to disappear anytime soon, though their number will decrease, and their role might change.
Autopilot might be able to perform as well as real pilots (or even better) for normal flight, and during some emergencies, but there's still the problem of catastrophic failures.
If the whole system shut down (or has to be shut down) on an automatic train or car, you can just stop the vehicle. Obviously, that's not possible with a plane, you need a real person there to handle the situation.

For the record, you're right about the Skymaster, it was in 1947.

Comment: Re:Take-home exams? (Score 1) 264

by Milharis (#42772485) Attached to: Dozens Suspended In Harvard University Cheat Scandal

Here in France in the Classes Préparatoires, students have written and oral exams. And it's not only in humanities, but in science as well.
Basically, you've got 20 minutes to prepare 3 exercises on paper, and 20 minutes to present them. And unless you're really good, you don't have the time to prepare everything before going to the black board, so you have improvise.
It works quite well, people are rarely contesting the grades, and there's no way a student can cheat.

Comment: What if there was a mistake? (Score 1) 1130

by Milharis (#42725979) Attached to: Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

Apart from the stupidity of using real infrastructure instead of false ones, or at last empty highways, what if one guy mistakenly took real ammo instead of blank ones?
Don't tell me it can't happen, it already has in France.

17 people hurt, and it was with firearms during the day.
Now imagine a Blackhawk at night...

Comment: Ubuntu 32-bit? (Score 1, Interesting) 363

by Milharis (#41899213) Attached to: Nvidia Doubles Linux Driver Performance, Slips Steam Release Date

"All tests run on the same system using Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit."
8 GB of RAM, and they're using the 32 bit version of Ubuntu ?
I know it's what Ubuntu is recommending by default, but come on, with the rig they have, why go for 32 bit?

Comment: Almost no harm can be done (Score 1) 503

by Milharis (#41715427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

Since he will be the only one to use it, and for games, there should be nothing of value on the computer, so some malware are not going to be the end of the world.
At worst, he will have his battlenet account hacked, so just teach him to use secure passwords and an authenticator. (You probably already did.)

As some others have already pointed out, the best is to let him experiment by himself. However, there aren't that many (common) ways to get malwares; if it happens, you'd best have a talk with him about not going to shady websites, or download random stuff (plus you don't necessary want him to go to porn websites too).

Comment: Why I would never participate (Score 5, Insightful) 128

by Milharis (#41289445) Attached to: Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

"entrant agrees to allow Sponsor and its designees to use entrant's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and city and state address for advertising and promotional purposes for this and similar promotions, worldwide, and in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known or hereafter devised without additional compensation, review or approval rights, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law."

This is why I'm never going to participate to something like that.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.