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Comment Re:Totally Avoidable (Score 1) 40 40

We're still using C, we're still using ACLs, we now have so many rings below 0 on PCs we don't even use using negative numbers when talking about them any more and they've mostly only allowed rootkits to bury deeper, almost all companies allow people to access the web with the same OS instance they use to work on the internal LAN with.

There are no easy fixes for the situation we're in.

Comment Re:Reminds me of hands-free cell phones (Score 1) 195 195

None of those studies had any statistically significant real accident rate numbers for hands free calling ... the simulation measured metrics during conversation (which is not the critical point of cellphone use in a car) and the questionnaire stuff is all from pre-2005, so they'll have what ... 2 hands free callers in there?

Smoking takes very little cognition ... why does it cause accidents? Because when something burning at high temperature falls into your crotch you start paying attention, it's the edge cases which get you. For cellphone use simulation you need to include call establishment in the equation or you might as well not bother.

No accident has ever happened because someone dropped his (non headset) handsfree kit ...

Comment Re:Headline is bollocks (Score 1) 195 195

Most of these kind of studies are pretty much bullshit ... they tend to try to measure something easy with a correlation with accidents for a given situation and then pretend the correlation will hold come hell or high water.

If they had to actually put people in sims for 1000s of hours for each paper they couldn't publish a lot of papers of course.

Comment Resonance, why? (Score 2) 62 62

The resonant frequency is just going to dance around any way. Why not just modulate the voltage on the plasma directly? (Relative to the metal super structure of the craft.) If you do it with a square wave you can very easily recover the energy the same as if you were using resonance ... and these guys don't have to worry about the FCC.

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