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Comment: Anti-Static Floor Mats (Score 2) 70

by borgasm (#43552213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

I just got a firm foam anti static floor mat for my workstation, and it is the greatest money I have ever spent. Even standing for 20 minutes is greatly improved by something a little squishy under my feet.

If any person might be standing in some spot, put one on the floor.

As for software and digital copies of stuff, buy a big honkin NAS device and store everything in ONE PLACE. Just the fact that its on the same physical machine eliminates people's need to search anywhere else.

Comment: Unlikely (Score 5, Insightful) 131

by borgasm (#43416991) Attached to: Hijacking Airplanes With an Android Phone


The concept of using ADS-B to spoof position reporting doesn't hold water, since there are backup systems (Mode C/S xpdr)...though it may trigger a traffic alert on a neighbor's TCAS if it only relies on ADS-B reports (which it shouldn't). You can't control anything with just ADS-B spoofing.

Hacking the FMS via something like vulnerability in the ACARS receive stack....ok that might be in the realm of possibility. Except its not very useful, because any deviation of course or altitude would be detected by the pilots and ATC nearly immediately. Redundancy is built in at the human level.

Comment: Neither (Score 2) 437

by borgasm (#42617671) Attached to: Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

I ran a similar test like this when I was having performance troubles with one of my QA apps.

I had written it in C# because I was bored and wanted to explore the language a little bit. I ran into issues with threading and performance when ramping up TCP connections and data processing.

I did a line-by-line rewrite into C++ (seriously, I copied the source and translated each line)....and all my performance problems went away.

In my experience, both Java and C# are easy to write, but abysmal when it comes to performance.

Comment: have fun (Score 1) 283

by borgasm (#37813564) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Enter Private Space Industry As an Engineer?

"Academics come first hands down so male/female ratio and party scene aren't too important."

Part of college is to have fun, because once you are older, you're not "allowed" to be irresponsible like you were in your college days. I studied engineering, and looking back, I wish I had been to more parties and met more people.

When you start interviewing for jobs, you need to be able to hold a conversation, be interesting, talk about different things, and generally be a likable person. An active social life will help you with that.

Life isn't all about academics - enjoy it a little.

Comment: Re:Oh, look! (Score 1) 888

by borgasm (#30567590) Attached to: TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

$5000 is on the low end for a PPL.

But there is a big difference between getting a certificate, and being a safe pilot.

As you move forward, you'll realize how unsafe you were, and how little you knew.

Also - make sure to get your instrument rating.

Fuel: approx $4.50-$5.50/gal.
Fuel Burn: 7-9GPH @ 110 KIAS

An airplane gets roughly 16 miles/gallon, but you can go most places in a straight line, so its even better than following roads.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)