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Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 306

That's my entire point. Until they're actually using the aircraft for combat we won't know how they truly perform. Hell, until they're engaging targets they don't know how they'll use the aircraft, how they'll patrol, what kind of approach they have to take to the target to blow the hell out of it without taking fire, etc. I'm not optimistic about the F-35, but I'm also not even a pilot, let alone a military pilot.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 76

If all of our stuff is going to be networked, having us be the gatekeepers for our own security is paramount.

Because you can't design something intended to be remotely accessible and not expect there is a likelihood of someone else being able to access it.

The problem is there's currently no model of security that works for nontechnical users that doesn't involve an outside party. As long as there's an outside party there's a vector of exploit, even if it's simply the field service consultant jotting-down the passwords and keeping his notes as he leaves.

What we need is a standard that allows for local-control to the exclusion of the original vendor or manufacturer for those of us that are capable of managing our own devices, while allowing nontechnical owner-users to use that vendor-provided support if they're unable or unwilling to do it themselves or to pay someone else to set it up privately. Right now we're not seeing that, and consuming these made-for-marketing brochures won't show us that even if the local-control aspect did exist.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 76

In large installations it's common to use layer 3 switches instead of routers at the service entrance simply because they're going to distribute to remote telecom closets, so it's more cost-effective to enter into an L3 switch through a routed port, then leave the switch through the trunked fiber ports for the various remote closets. Otherwise they'd have to leave the L3 router for an L2 fiber distribution switch, to then leave through the trunked fiber ports.

Granted, these are for campuses that have leased lines back to the central office so they're not live on the Internet and they don't have to have the same service entrance security as an Internet-facing router.

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 4, Interesting) 306

The F-35 will simply require different doctrine than the A-10. I really like the A-10, and it's apparently very good for the morale of the ground troops to whom it's providing support, but that's in-part because it's a known quantity to them. Right now the F-35 is unknown to them and to us; there aren't that many people that know how operates in these quarters and I would not be surprised if its procedures and doctrine are still evolving. Hopefully it won't be as poorly performing as Vietnam-era fighters lacking machine guns were, but we'll just have to see how things turn out.

Comment Re:What is UNUSUAL (Score 1, Interesting) 206

That's what he wants you to believe.

Every time I grow concerned that I've gone from skeptic to cynic something inevitably vindicates my position.

This situation with Mr. Assange is strange enough that I'm simply going to watch what happens. I also have a hard time believing that there is no way for him to leave the Embassy if Ecuador wanted to get him out of the Embassy. I have no doubt that they have either diplomatic means to move him or they have the ability to smuggle him in a way that the Brits could not investigate without causing a major diplomatic incident. If that's true then a lot of what we're seeing is theatrics on both sides.

Comment Re:3 billion buildout 1.2 million served? (Score 2) 169

It depends on how rural they're expected to go. It's not exactly cheap to upgrade infrastructure that's probably PTSN or at most ISDN, and service providers have not done so because it will literally cost them more to do the install than they can guarantee they'll make back out of it. There's still a lot of copper backbone out there, with the associated problems that old copper has with corrosion and other line degredation that can be worked around with voice (anyone remember pair gain?) but will play havoc on any sort of high-speed data.

I don't think that those that live in rural areas don't deserve to have Internet access, but everywhere we live we make trade-offs. I have to put up with high property costs (relatively speaking), pollution in several forms, traffic, restrictions on the kinds of things I'm allowed to do on my property and in the surrounding area, and being forced to interact with others. On the other hand I get inexpensive shopping, relatively short travel distances, numerous entertainment options, and access to infrastructure and utilities that require a certain minimum density to have.

Those that live in rural areas generally have more peace and quiet, less traffic, less pollution, fewer rules on property use and other activities, and lower property costs, but have longer drives, more expensive shopping, more expensive or nonexistent utilities or infrastructure, and less in the way of entertainment choices. Them's the breaks. That's also why we have taxes that pay for infrastructure in rural areas, like roads, power distribution (yes, the electrification of rural America was subsidized), telephone, mail, and depending on the area sanitation and water. Even with those subsidies there will still be a dearth of some services though.

Comment Re:Don't buy in. (Score 1) 95

That only works if the instructor specifically makes a point of ridiculing the use of the specific buzzwords.

Part of the trouble that I've observed in groups is that at least a slight majority of the group will go with the slickest, most optimistic presentation or performer and will be taken-in to agree even when they either have no understanding of what's going on. These same people will often accept buzzwords despite there already being generic terms for what's described. Worse, after drinking the kool-aid these people get upset if one attempts to correct the misconception.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

Sounds like they're allergic to going in to work.

I would like to see real studies on the effects of the EM spectrum, but such studies would be extremely hard to perform given both the lack of controls with everything else being equal, and given that the ramp-up of the use of radio in general has been slow and steady as opposed to instantly punctuated.

Comment Re:Account should not try to "get knowledgeable" (Score 1) 87

Honestly, the odds are so stacked against the idea-man that doesn't have the technical resources to be heavily involved that I don't know if it's worthwhile to do the development in the first place. First off, the standard boiler-plate contract with the developer will grant that developer full rights to the project if the idea-man can't or doesn't pay him, so the developer could end up profiting off of a finished product even if the idea-man contributes a significant amount of professional knowledge to the project. Second, the idea-man will effectively have to write pseudo-code to explain functions of the profession to the developer, so if he doesn't come into the project without at least a modicum of programming knowledge he'll poorly convey what the developer needs to do, even if he is an expert in the profession. Third, he won't be able to himself maintain the project as accounting rules and other laws change that dramatically affect the product, so maintenance will continue to be a problem.

Without already having some development experience I don't see this really working.

Comment Re:Let's wait until al Quadia discovers it (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Just because they're the only ones that have done it, doesn't mean that interested parties wouldn't want themselves to do it.

Which is more terrifying, the enemy that personally attacks you, that you can boast and brag about fighting him before he kills you, or the enemy that kills you that you never had a chance of defending against?

Now, imagine that the Toyota unintended vehicle acceleration problem manifested on all of the vulnerable cars at the same time . There are a LOT of Toyotas out there, and as a global car make it would not be hard for an organization, anywhere in the world that wanted to try this, to get vehicles to use to test discovered exploits on.

Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.

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