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Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 259

by istartedi (#49500615) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

He has been charged with a felony. They could keep him in jail. Based on that, I'd say that banishment is quite legal. They're saying "everywhere except DC until your trial" vs. "noplace but this cell until your trial".

It doesn't become an issue unless they deny him the right to a speedy trial.

Comment: Re:Turing complete protocols (Score 1) 112

by Zero__Kelvin (#49499109) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public

"An operating system has a API through which you communicate with it."

You are joking, right? Out of curiosity, as you are communicating with your OS, do you use Pascal or C calling conventions as you type?

"Much like a protocol."

Considering that "protocol" allows me to type 'sudo rm -rf /' Turing doesn't actually give an fsck at that point now, then, does he?

Comment: Re:YES the must be dicks (Score 1) 261

by Rich0 (#49498677) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

It's the other way around buddy. If he builds the tools to pen-test an aircraft system with his own money he is under NO obligation to share that information.

Sure, but that doesn't mean that he's free to use those tools in an operational aircraft.

He can of course mess with an aircraft with the permission of the owner on the ground. Legally he probably can't mess with any aircraft in the air, since that would be a violation of its type certificate (it was certified with one set of software, and he introducing another).

Comment: Re:misdemeanor?? (Score 1) 259

by Rich0 (#49498667) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

You can't legally fly within 60nm of the center of DC without taking an online training course. If you want to fly to an airport right on the edge of the restricted area it is probably complicated, but for the most part you just need to stay outside of a certain distance and you're fine. If I were operating anywhere near that area i'd probably request flight following as well - then you're broadcasting a transponder code and talking to somebody who can tell you you're wandering towards trouble before they are scrambling jets.

Isn't that odd how during 9/11 NORAD went some two hours without scrambling a single jet, despite the normal response time measured in minutes they aim for and we have witnessed in every other instance of a flight going so far astray?

Every other instance before or after 9/11? A lot of attitudes changed after 9/11.

However, this wasn't a commercial flight. In general small aircraft can go from anywhere to anywhere and nobody takes notice. The exception is controlled interface and ADIZs, and the SFRA around DC is even more of an exception. Any aircraft that enters that airspace is subject to interception, or possibly even being shot down.

Comment: Re:Open Source implementation of Play Services (Score 1) 238

by Rich0 (#49498603) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

Google is moving more and more utilities to Play Services, which is not open source.
Play Services is not only about Google-related services, it is also about OAuth for instance.
Unknowing developers rely on Play Services, making their apps incompatible with pure-Android devices.

To solve this problem, an Open Source implementation of Google Play Services is being developed:
http://softwarerecs.stackexcha...

Google really needs to split Play Services.

I get that they want to make the framework updateable without a full OS update. I think that is a great idea. They should make an "Android Frameworks" app and release it as open source. Mandate that it be pre-installed on any device that passes their QA, and recommend that everybody else use it as well. Why wouldn't they - it is FOSS and just makes the device better.

Then limit Play Services to, well, Play Services. It might handle authentication to your Google Account, verify that paid apps are legit, and so on. If you remove it then you might not be able to use your Google account with the device, or use the Play Store, but otherwise Android works just fine. This can be proprietary.

Honestly, though, I'd actually like the Google Account stuff to be FOSS. I should be able to sign into my own server and have contacts/etc sync and backups and all that. It is great that you don't HAVE to use Google's services, but it would be better if you also had the option of rolling your own.

Comment: Re:Lets use correct terminology. (Score 1) 168

by lgw (#49498497) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

in the US, if you're laid off you can collect the unemployment insurance you've already paid for. If you're fired or leave voluntarily, you can't collect unemployment insurance.

Can you point to a single state's laws that use that terminology? I've never heard of one. It's all about "fired for cause" vs "fired without cause". You may prefer the terms "fired" vs "laid off", but that's a newish meaning for "laid off".

What really matters to me is "do you get a respectable severance package?" You don't necessarily get one even if you're 'laid off", as some companies are really broke, and some are complete assholes.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 293

by Jack9 (#49498495) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

> Then maybe we should change the GMO laws so that someone other than a multinational can afford to get a GMO plant certified as safe to eat

That is one approach, but not the only one to reduce dependence on GMO foods. I would argue that hoping that a corporate-supported legislature to legislate against their donors is the least effective approach.

Comment: Re:Open Tech is closing? (Score 1) 108

The real question is, after 30 years of personal computers, why can't we simply hit the "off" switch or pull the power plug?

On my Windows boxes, the (soft) power switch works just fine, thanks. It's set up to do a graceful shutdown, so it won't shut down if an application foolishly needs to ask me whether or not to save changes, but that's mostly the application's fault (see Notepad++ for how to do it right), and I could set up the power button to do a "maintenance shutdown," which force closes everything, if applications were written better.

Powering off without any notice at all, safely, would really limit performance in many ways - I'm just as happy to wait a second or two for unsaved changes to be parked, all the write caches to flush and so on.

I want a computer that I can just switch off, then switch on and be instantly back at what I was working on, or at a login screen. Instantly.

Basic physics will keep persistent storage slower than volatile memory, but if you're content with 1990s performance, you could probably build a PC that worked that way. Heck, it probably exists for some exotic use case.

Comment: Re:Awkwardly enough... (Score 1) 259

by Rich0 (#49498219) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

He failed to register the LSA. If everyone who did this were locked up for 3 years there would be a lot of harmless aviation enthusiasts in federal prison.

From my experience with regulators from several countries, they tend to not sweat the small stuff until it is obvious that you aren't paying attention to the big stuff. Then they go through everything with a fine-toothed comb and throw the book at you.

The guy flew into the DC SFRA. If the FAA doesn't ruin his life, then everybody and their uncle will be doing it, and then they don't really have a buffer zone in which to shoot down aircraft that are potentially threatening.

The fuel tank issue is a bit like citing somebody for worn wipers in a vehicular homicide investigation. They're just padding the charges.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 259

by Rich0 (#49498197) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Quite the contrary. He sent them a message a full hour in advance, saying that they should expect him.

The White House knew he was coming and expected him

You've got a lot of faith in Uncle Sam if you think the left hand (whomever reads info@barackobama.com) talks to the right hand (FAA, NORAD, USSS, and a few other agencies in the alphabet soup)

Heck, it's not even a Government address, it's BHO's campaign organization's address.

Agree. Can you imagine how much noise those addresses get?

This is a bit like explaining to the IRS that it shouldn't have been a problem that you filed your taxes late, because you told the postal delivery agent that you were running a few days behind when he was dropping off a package.

Comment: Re:misdemeanor?? (Score 1) 259

by Rich0 (#49498181) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Pilot here. Even though this guy clearly did it intentionally, accidentally violating an airspace in a small plane without sophisticated navigation equipment is easier than you would think. Someone does it every once in a while. Don't get me wrong, it's still a big deal, but not a felony. I wouldn't ever fly near the D.C. area out of fear of doing exactly that. The airspace up there is pretty complicated.

You can't legally fly within 60nm of the center of DC without taking an online training course. If you want to fly to an airport right on the edge of the restricted area it is probably complicated, but for the most part you just need to stay outside of a certain distance and you're fine. If I were operating anywhere near that area i'd probably request flight following as well - then you're broadcasting a transponder code and talking to somebody who can tell you you're wandering towards trouble before they are scrambling jets.

Obviously flying IFR is the simplest solution. ATC tells you where to go and you follow the route and you're fine.

But, if you're just buzzing around sightseeing over the white house, then sure, you're going to be in a lot of trouble. They actually have lasers to illuminate aircraft to try to warn them off, so that shooting them down isn't their only recourse.

Comment: Re:Turing complete protocols (Score 1) 112

by Zero__Kelvin (#49497961) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public
Do you not realize that you are running an Operating System, written in a Turing Complete language, and that it is only possible because the other problems can (and have) been addressed? Also:

" Now solve all the other problems without knowing what they are ."

Just because you don't know what they are doesn't mean that they aren't well known and understood.

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