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Comment Not Just Parking.... (Score 1) 427

Actually, a form of this has been going on in San Diego for some time, but with golf tee times. Torrey Pines is a public golf course that the PUBLIC gets to use. Each and every damn morning, two or three groups (with a dozen or so low-income/shelter 'contractors') phone in and grab ALL of the daily tee times. These folks then turn around and sell them for 3x to 5x the normal public price.

The city can't do a damn thing about them, since each reservation is under a different name......

Comment Re:So, how much does it cost? (Score 4, Informative) 269

ROUGH numbers (and yes, I know GPH not MPG).

Typical Cessna 172 flown by a decent pilot, not a speed-demon, will see a burn of about 10-12 gallons per hour in calm skies. 100LL (avgas) is running here at Montgomery Field in San Diego (Gibbs FBO) $6.19/gallon. Assume a full 56-gallon fill ($346), you are are looking at 5-hours runtime @ 105kts, or about 500 miles before refueling.

Not the cheapest way to get there, your plane/burnrate/mileage WILL vary.

Comment At least there is no cameras (Score 4, Interesting) 664

True story: My CEO (US company, California) tasked me to install 3 motion-detection CCTV cameras at all of our remote staff locations (3 part timers, in their homes, in eastern Europe), and then review the footage daily to determine if they 'were at their posts' during working hours (and did not take 'too many' breaks during the day). Of course, the reason for this was to 'make sure we are getting what we paid for.' I'm glad this device was not around last year (or will be very expensive THIS year).

No, I did not install the cameras, I just let the issue die. (still have a job, too).

Comment No way to change (Score 4, Interesting) 232

(this is NOT a troll)

As a person (senior management) who has been told by his CEO "I don't care about what happens to the employees, I care about my company making money," I don't see there is anything you can do to get 'companies' to recognize the value of vacations... other than quitting and making them scramble to find someone else they can screw over. Sadly, the perception of vacations, much like IT and paid training in general, is that it is a drain on the company (doesn't produce IMMEDIATE revenue but DOES result in IMMEDIATE costs), and if it was possible to run the company without it, most companies would do so in a heart beat. Of course, those companies are often hell-holes to work in and fail on a regular basis.

Comment You have a chance, of course (Score 1, Troll) 314

There is always a chance. if....
      you never get hit with the non-existent age bias in the tech industry
      you like the smell of curry and noodles
      you don't mind ramping up on a skill set and then seeing your job get outsourced
      you hit the lottery
      you work AT the office
      you can hide your grey hair (or if you have no hair, keep the dome waxed)

Life may suck, but if you enjoy what you do, you will always have something to fall back on, even if that something doesn't pay the bills.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 18

Wait a second. You mean that despite this company's security and operational protocols and supposed firewalls, they found that they had a server compromised by a SQL injection in 2012, took it offline, and then BROUGHT IT BACK ONLINE in 2013 w/o wiping it???


They had a SQL injection on a server in 2012, never saw it but turned off the system anyway, and then brought the SAME system back up in 2013?


Comment Re:DMCA Takedown Notice - I got one (Score 4, Informative) 199

FYI, this is what their notices look like (cut/paste, left the speling errers in place)


We are in receipt of a takedown notice affecting the following public link in your account:

(link removed)

Please be reminded that MEGA respects the copyrights of others and requires that users of the MEGA cloud service comply with the laws of copyright. You are strictly prohibited from using the MEGA cloud service to infringe copyrights. You may not upload, download, store, share, display, stream, distribute, e-mail, link to, transmit or otherwise make available any files, data, or content that infringes any copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.

Furthermore, please be reminded that, pursuant to our Terms of Service, accounts found to be repeat infringers are subject to termination.

For further enquiries or to file a counter notice, please do not hestitate to contact us by replying to this e-mail.

Best regards,



I sent the reply to their message at 7:00pm last night (Pacific, GMT-8) but as of 1:00pm pacific today, have not heard anything back.

(watching for replies, black helicopters...)

Comment DMCA Takedown Notice - I got one (Score 5, Interesting) 199

Mega cannot see the contents of files. The DMCA notices are simply based on the filenames when linked through search engines.

I created an 80 byte text file that contained the words "star" and "wars" in the FILE NAME, with the actual content being "This is a text file..." with no internal links or other content. Using the mega-&&&.me search engine, I posted the link NAME.

Not surprisingly, I received a DMCA notice within 10 hours of uploading, SOLEY based on the file name.

No big surprise here. I expected the result from the test.

Comment This affects access to news crews folks.... (Score 2) 183

With drones in the air, the access to crime scenes by news helicopters and planes will be a thing of the past. The neat thing about this issue is that the gov. can say "I didn't pass any laws restricting news access to sites, it was the feds!" since the FAA will have final determination regarding access to the airspace.


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