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Comment: Re:Gov program performs audit to ask for more mone (Score 4, Interesting) 88 88

You laugh at that, but with private corporations, sometimes things aren't much better. At one point in time, for about 4 months, I was the only person managing all the systems for around 250 branch banking offices in Japan for Citigroup. 1 person. This included the servers, diskless clients, and printers for them all. Across 3 data centers for load balancing and redundancy, so, counting spares, nearly 1000 servers. Stress level was increased until I quit.

Comment: Re:The videos are bad (Score 1) 160 160

Could it be because nobody who uses slashdot comes here to watch videos? There's already a million sites out there with that stuff on it. We now have slashdot tv, video stories, and that stupid video bites section sitting in the middle of the page.

Someone over there needs to figure out that nobody wants videos on here. None of the videos have any amount of comments on them at all.

Open your eyes.

Also, the fucking logon system is broken. Can't log in anymore. I hit the front page, login, it takes me to my profile, and then when I click on this story, it says I'm not logged in anymore. Had to log in while making the comment.

Comment: Re:epyT-R why'd you "Run, Forrest: RUN" (Score 1) 290 290

APK, will you just give it a rest already. Nobody's going to install your shitty software. The world has moved on. You've already been debated point by point on why your system is worse and you couldn't refute any of the rebuttals made without it sounding like you're sticking your fingers in your ears and chanting "la la la".

Give it up already.

Comment: Re:faster than light never violates Relativity (Score 4, Interesting) 226 226

I realize that this is a very simplistic explanation, but think of quantum entanglement like this:

You have 2 cubes. Each cube can be only either blue or green. You have no idea what color each cube is as you packed them into boxes for mailing across the galaxy in a completely dark room. They are then mailed.

Now, you open your box. Turns out that your cube is green. You instantly know that the other cube is blue, even if it's on the other side of the galaxy, however, you have no way of communicating your discovery to the other party.

You now have instant knowledge of what color the remote cube is, but no information has been transferred.

Simple enough?

Comment: Re:Sure, let's make everything tiered (Score 2) 392 392

No, it's not. It's exactly what the parent said it is. If you're driving along, and under 30kph, and someone stops in front of you, or someone walks in front of your car, the car will make every effort to stop itself before the collision will occur. That has nothing to do with cruise control, adaptive or otherwise.


Chris Roberts Is the Least Important Part of the Airplane Hacking Story 200 200

chicksdaddy writes: Now that the news media is in full freak-out mode about whether or not security researcher Chris Roberts did or did not hack into the engine of a plane, in flight and cause it to "fly sideways," security experts say its time to take a step back from the crazy and ask what is the real import of the plane hacking. The answer: definitely not Chris Roberts. The real story that media outlets should be chasing isn't what Roberts did or didn't do on board a United flight in April, but whether there is any truth to longtime assurances from airplane makers like Boeing and Airbus that critical avionics systems aboard their aircraft are unreachable from systems accessible to passengers, the Christian Science Monitor writes. And, on that issue, Roberts' statements and the FBI's actions raise as many questions as they answer. For one: why is the FBI suddenly focused on years-old research that has long been part of the public record.

"This has been a known issue for four or five years, where a bunch of us have been stood up and pounding our chest and saying, 'This has to be fixed,' " Roberts noted. "Is there a credible threat? Is something happening? If so, they're not going to tell us," he said. Roberts isn't the only one confused by the series of events surrounding his detention in April and the revelations about his interviews with federal agents. "I would like to see a transcript (of the interviews)," said one former federal computer crimes prosecutor, speaking on condition of anonymity. "If he did what he said he did, why is he not in jail? And if he didn't do it, why is the FBI saying he did?"

Comment: Re:Wasn't there an Apache helicopter simulator... (Score 1) 83 83

I work on full motion flight simulators (MD-11 and 747-400) and those things can move!

Like, several tens of tons of metal going from one extreme to another in less than a second in some cases. Building shaking? Not so much. Air displacement and the sound of the hydraulics moving that much mass that quickly? Scary some times.

Imagine something the size of a large dump truck moving straight up 4 meters, then straight back down 4 meters and them back up in just a second or so. It just "feels" wrong.

Comment: Re:One Criterion Missing (Score 1) 416 416

I think they should fly a tested copy of the thing up the the ISS, attache a MecJeb control unit and a solar panel to it, point it into deep space, let it go, and keep an eye on it.

All joking aside, one of these EM drives with an RTG and a transmitter attached and launched into space for testing should be done. Just get it up to like L2 and point it to celestial north to get it out of the ecliptic. Fire up the drive and see what happens. Use the transmitter to track acceleration.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers