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Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by TerraFrost (#47482841) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
Quoting the American Airlines website,

Domestic Wi-Fi is now available on nearly all flights within the U.S.

The following URL breaks it down even more by the various airlines:

Sufficient to say, wifi on US flights isn't that uncommon. And unlike you, I've never had wifi on any of my flights over Europe or Asia.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 2) 503

by TerraFrost (#47482777) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

My guess is cost. Sending data via satellite is very expensive, and there's a lot of data recorded. As for ground stations, I'm not aware of any plane-to-ground data communications currently in use (other than radio for voice) so that would need a completely new infrastructure built.

Quoting's entry on Gogo Inflight Internet,

Air-To-Ground (ATG) Gogo's ATG network is a cellular based network that has more than 160 towers in the continental U.S., Alaska and soon, Canada. The towers are cellphone towers that have been outfitted to point their signals at the sky rather than along the ground. The aircraft picks up the signal through a receiver installed on its underside. When it reaches the aircraft, the data signal is distributed throughout the cabin via a Wi-Fi system.

Comment: wouldn't the spoofer be piloting blind? (Score 1) 140

Presumably the person doing the spoofing would be piloting blind since their GPS would be effected just as much as the target's GPS?

If so then it seems like GPS spoofing would be of limited usefulness unless you just wanted a ship or plane or whatever to get lost and expend all it's fuel in the process.

Comment: maybe they just don't care about this project (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by TerraFrost (#43877461) Attached to: When Smart Developers Generate Crappy Code
Good code, it seems to me, isn't so much a reflection of someone's skill level as a developer in-so-much as it is a reflection of how much they cared about that particular project. Designing and architecting takes time. If you're a good dev but all you're aiming to do is write something that gets the job done here and now without regard for maintainability or scalability or anything... well that's how you get bad code. It seems to me.

Comment: it's been a week thus far? (Score 3, Insightful) 636

by TerraFrost (#43422929) Attached to: North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Five days ago North Korea was moving their missiles and they're only now getting them in firing position? How long does it take to ready a missile? Seems like the US had patriot missiles halfway across the world in South Korea in less time than it's taken the North thus far.

Comment: Re:Companies don't want to take the time/$$ to tra (Score 1) 419

If they're wanting experience with specific products seems to me like they should be looking for people who went to a community college or other associates program - not a four-year university. In theory, four-year universities.are trying to prepare you for tomorrow - not for today. They're supposed to be more about the theory behind EE and not the immediately practical application of it.

Comment: Windows Marketplace is the only source of apps? (Score 1) 427

by TerraFrost (#31146530) Attached to: Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?

According to this article, "Apps would also have to go through a "service based delivery" system such as Windows Marketplace to install, reversing a years-old ability to download apps through the browser or other sources.". If that's true, I don't care how much of an improvement the interface is - I want no part of it.

Among other things, that would require you buy a data plan. As if PDA cellphone's couldn't possibly be useful without one. Sure, sure, you could just buy a dedicated PDA, but those are becoming increasingly difficult to find (certainly Palm doesn't make them anymore) and something does have to be said for device consolidation. I'd rather have a single HTC Touch Pro2 in my pocket than trying to stuff a cellphone, a PDA, a camera and a GPS unit into my pockets.

Further, even if you do have a data plan, requiring all apps be sold through the Windows Marketplace will give Microsoft an unreasonable amount of control. Remember Google Voice for the iPhone? Apple denied Google the right to offer it through their App Store because it competed with their own product lineup. What's to stop Microsoft from doing the same thing?

And what about apps that are no longer maintained? There's an SNES emulator available for Windows Mobile and a TI-89 emulator available for Windows Mobile. Both, near as I can tell, haven't been maintained since Windows Mobile 5 or so. If those apps didn't work in Windows Mobile 7 because the API changed, that's one thing, but it would be unfortunate if the only thing preventing those apps from being installed was the fact that Microsoft wanted more direct control. It's like being rejected for a job interview not because you're skills were insufficient but because you didn't put the right buzzwords on your resume to get past the regex HR was using to filter out resumes. Because you said PHP on your resume instead of PHP5.

But then again, it seems unlikely Microsoft would let anyone offer an SNES emulator or TI-89 emulator through their app store, even if they were to be actively maintaining it, on the basis that it encourages piracy or some such.

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