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Comment: General Aviation is dying, somthing needs to chang (Score 1) 269

General Aviation is dying, unless something changes it will dissappear completely. This may assist in reversing the trend, much as the commercial lobby may not like it. Unfortunately FAA has nannied the GA field into the ground, planes are too expensive to certify so the field is dominated by expensive dinsaurs, the average ages of GA planes is so old that if it were alive it would have flaps of loose skin and wrinkes.
In short this is about user choice, be clear about the risks, let people provide reviews of the pilots skills and get on with it.
I don't really think that the 15% margin is justified, 1% should cover costs here and another 4% for lobby expenses, the rest is greed.

As far as the commercial pilots saying this will fail,
1 You have a professional bias, get over it
2 FAA is under pressure to ensure that GA doesn't fail
3 If this is demonstrably "non-commercial" it should succeed

Comment: Education for end users (Score 1) 479

by Stonefish (#46449201) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

Passwords are keys, do you put your house and work keys in a mostly public pigeonhole on a regular basis? Then rail against people who are dishonest enough to collect keys from other peoples pidgeonhole? Yeah the key thief that was caught might be a bit of a dick however their a lot of other people who've already taken copies and sorted through your house while you weren't there.
What the user doesn't say is that
1. She knew emaiing passwords was a bad idea.
2. She know that password complexity was a good thing but ignored it as its too hard

Comment: They took our jobs... (Score 1) 131

by Stonefish (#46350949) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

This is pure protectionism, effectively there are people elsewhere who will do the work cheaper of better. The way to compete against this is to lower your overheads rather than trying to get the government to be your friend.
The problem is that people are too busy trying to create companies which create millionares rather than actually do work. Accept that fact that a VFX company doesn't really have much net worth beyond the capabilities of its employees and adjust margins accordingly.

Comment: Broken Security (Score 1) 148

by Stonefish (#46261433) Attached to: LA Times: Snowden Had 3 Helpers Inside NSA

The key problem with these networks is that there the system which keeps content secure however this content is created on ordinary windows PC and file shares. You create content with word and then you upload this into system X. System X is secure but there's a copy on the local network. Also when viewing content it is downloaded to be viewed in word or powerpoint. ie it goes outside the system into the MS world. The logging in windows is very obscure and rarely leveraged in a manner which audits read only access. From the results so far the following can be ascertained.
1. The windows logging wasn't up to the task and they have no idea what was taken
2. They don't want to move away from the present windows centric systems so poor system design isn't being highlighted
3 They don't use two factor authentication
What they are trying to do is blame administrators when it's their system which is fundamentally broken and leaks like a sieve. Yes they have a safe but the valuables are being left on the outside.

Comment: We need more legislation (Score 3, Insightful) 366

by Stonefish (#46221825) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

Ban voice calls on planes, in airport lounges, subways, resturants and cinema. We need legislation so that the state and lawyer can become involved in the enforcement of manners. Also we need laws on the correct position of toilets seats, cutlery positions after meals and the poking and prodding of bodily orrifices in publice places. Conversations on planes should be banned as well as they annoy surrounding passengers as well as children, infants and movies..........Or we could just ensure that airlines provide earplugs on request.

Comment: reads like an add with a fake storyline (Score 1) 153

by Stonefish (#45105321) Attached to: Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry

Don't read this it's an advertisement. Short story buy brand X fast food using phone app to jump queue. You can save favourites.
Doesn't require any new technology or systems
As an aside, the current payment systems are insecure and cost too much. Show me something that is as cheap, convenient and anonymous as cash. Sure it doesn't make company X rich but that's not my job. Find me the visa replacement with lower margins and better security.

Comment: Of course for a couple of key reasons (Score 1) 252

by Stonefish (#44503025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?

There are a couple key reasons for overvalueing management
1 Management key job is to make you do your job for the least amount of pay. This tends to make them avoid rockstars.
2 Management don't like indians being paid more than them. It happens but if you listen to their conversations behind the scenes they bitch madly about this behind the scenes.
3 Management overvalue themselves because they are managers.

Your response should be
1 I don't enjoy management, I enjoy development etc
2 With self motivated ....... people like me your managers can manage larger teams allowing for a flatter management structure with larger teams.

Comment: Re:Marketing not cutting edge (Score 0) 74

If you though that I didn't understand what "packaging" was you're a clod. The discussion about if sets of packages can be aligned in rings whether multidimensional or not is "marketing" in the purest sense, they aren't and will never be rings, its an attractive term that you're familiar with that they are using to sell the concept. This is a top down approach to solving what could be and arguably should be a bottom up methodology. In essence its about control or more specifically a small group's vision of control about how releases should work. Once you have a classification model (rings) you need a classifier etc and suddenly there a layer of control where there was none before. But is was for your own good ;-)

Comment: Marketing not cutting edge (Score 2, Interesting) 74

If you're concerned about packaging you're in marketing not software development, why not just spend hours talking about the colour of the box and be done with it. This is one of the reasons why debian is making inroads into the enterprise space. Less colour and more bang. Once many years ago I thought that Debian wasn't for business use and only redhat was a contender in this space and I fought hard to standardize on this supported model. Since then the packaging quality of debian has demonstrated its robustness and redhat has been focusing on other things.

Comment: Re:Don't trust 'em (Score 3, Insightful) 97

by Stonefish (#44138433) Attached to: QUIC: Google's New Secure UDP-Based Protocol

It's "like" TLS, as in "its none dairy but it tastes just like milk".
Google's reason for doing this is to lower their costs associated with better security. This creates a 3 way instead of a 5 way exchange for the security protocol setup. Fewer connections less load on their stuff and less stuff they have to buy.

The security landscape is littered with security implementations which tried improve existing protocols. Just type in the terms WAP and security for a story on how to take a secure starting point SSL and bugger it.
Another is Microsoft's introduction of PKINIT for keberos, kerberos is a proveably security protocol which is limitied by the entropy in a users password, MS "fixed" this with PKINIT however they initroduced replay attach vectors precisely because they wanted fewer exchanges. BTW google seems to have done a better job in this regard +1 for google, -1 for MS.

Comment: Re:Stop being stupid, H1Bs are good for the US. (Score 1) 274

by Stonefish (#44138095) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

H1Bs are not good for the US, they are good for a segment of the US population at least in the short term, those who own companies. H1Bs are used because they're cheaper and work longer hours and hence cut my company's overheads. I should no longer have to pay the overheads associated with training them so I pay fewer taxes to support training institutions such as Universities as most are trained overseas anyway. It really depends upon your perspective.

Comment: idiot is the word (Score 1) 67

by Stonefish (#44117027) Attached to: Internet Villain of the Year Stephen Conroy Resigns

Stephen Conroy is an embarrassing idiot and as an Australian can hold my head a little bit higher as a result. Luckily his ineptitude protected the Australian public from his role a media industry stooge. His strategy in relation to the internet was as follows, get a magic filter in place under the guise of "protecting against bad stuff" and then block and stop people from downloading media content. In return provide me with a bit of positive spin in the traditional media space.
Unfortunately (for him) he misjudged this Internet thing which unfortunately didn't have a point of ownership.
Also as the minister for the Australian Broadband Network he has managed to completely cock this thing up so that the rollout is already far behind schedule, great idea appalling execution. It's a bit like expecting your florist to be able to sideline as a bridge engineer, a bit funny on the surface but underneath deeply tragic for all involved.

Comment: This idea is as new as my grandma (Score 3, Insightful) 467

by Stonefish (#44046485) Attached to: Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

There were printers in areas with classifed documents which automatically used to do this. They worked with whitespace, fonts and punctuation. Photocopies of the documents could still be tracked. Great work guys you deserve a badge.
Amazon will be able to close the loop by automatically downloading the books that you have on your kindle to "check" that you don't infringe and stomp on those badguys.

Comment: Not worth the read (Score 1) 406

The guy is a free software developer and his ego is getting in the way. Essentially its "prima donna" syndrome where the reviews are only important when they bath the individual in glory. Yeah none of those reviewers know anything.... but you still read them ;-)
The short story is that ICT in general has more people with ego problems than most segments of industry. Poor social misfit is valued by the company/organisation ego blooms, man-boy finds himself isolated and lashes out, discovers others are stronger, fiercer etc. Shrinks back into shell butt filled with hurt and rage ;-) .. Writes a blog...

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