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Comment Re:this thing comes and goes. (Score 4, Informative) 818 818

The 3/5ths compromise is so misunderstood. Southern, slave-holding states wanted the slaves to be counted as people for the purpose of apportionment for of Representatives and Electors for President. Northern, non-slave states said they shouldn't be counted since they weren't going to be citizens. By counting them as 3/5ths of a person for the purposes of apportionment, it bolstered the power of the Southern states (who had a much smaller White population relative to Northern States) in the legislature and allowed them to come to terms and agree to move forward with the Constitutional Convention. It's convenient how people who misinterpret the 3/5ths compromise also generally neglect the "and Indians not taxed" portion of the clause, which is meant to draw distinction between those paying taxes and submitting to the power of the State and those who weren't.

For the tl;dr crowd, the South wanted to count them as 5/5ths of a person and the North wanted to count them as 0/5ths of a person.

Comment Re:Matlab (Score 1) 181 181

Are you saying that if they were overwhelmingly female that they would appreciate MATLAB more? I don't see how that has anything to do with the other things, which merely point out how a bunch of hipsters who don't really understand computers would rather work with mostly easy languages to do "app" development than to work with anything in environments that indicate either some domain knowledge (MATLAB) or a "real job" (Salesforce, SharePoint).

Also, consider that it is Stack Overflow. It's mostly code-snipet "programmers" and people looking for help with homework.

Comment Re:Shouldn't that be sign? (Score 1) 93 93

There's a difference between "reliable technique for script kiddies and Anonymous" and a "reliable technique used by foreign intelligence services who, if they want something bad enough are going to get it one way or another". For them, the "cyber attack" aspect is only one method and if it becomes untenable they'll revert to HUMINT means. Human infiltration or malicious insiders can be used to gain the access necessary to propagate the dylib injection attack and gain a more long-lasting digital foothold.

Comment Training resources (Score 2) 205 205

SANS training is pretty good, if you have the money (or can get work to pay for it). They start at the very basics and go up to advanced pen testing, reversing, etc.

Offensive Security has some good free tutorials and paid training, including lab work, for their OSCP/OSCE series of certifications.

Skip the CEH. I don't know anyone who takes that seriously, even if they have one. It's basically just an expensive way to prove you know netcat.

Comment Re:Five months? (Score 1) 65 65

This plane is really battery powered; the solar cells charge the batteries and take in enough over the course of the day to power the batteries over night. The plane could stay aloft indefinitely, if it weren't for the pilot's biological needs.

I agree that a 'solar powered' commercial airliner isn't realistic. however we very well may see some 'hybrid' type of aircraft in the future where large portions of the electricity necessary to run non-propulsion systems is provided by solar-rechargeable batteries (if that isn't a thing already... i'm not an aeronautical engineer, though I do come from a long line of pilots). Applying solar power to other methods of transportation could be the next experiment.

Sometimes stuff like this is just cool on its face regardless of practical applications in industry.

Comment Re:Five months? (Score 4, Interesting) 65 65

When SI1 did the trans-american flight, they had a stop-over at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazey annex out near Dulles and I went to go see it. I got to meet Bertrand Picard, which was really cool, got to touch the plane, and it was also a good excuse to go and see the rest of the collection.

With this aircraft, we're talking about something that has the weight of a car but the wingspan of a commercial long-haul airliner. It is largely constructed out of carbon fiber, and with proportions like this I would assume that sufficiently strong winds could cause it to snap. There are also the stop-overs for educational and marketing purposes (such as spending 3 days at Dulles with the first plane 2 years ago), as well as rest and recuperation time for the pilots. They have a large ground crew, engineering team and marketing team that moves with them. It's kind of like picking up the circus and moving it to a new city and trying to get there in time before your elephants, which are on a different train.

That said, it's one of the coolest things I've ever gotten to see in person, and Bertrand Picard is an amazing guy, from an amazing family. His grandfather was a high-altitude balloonist and scientist who inspired Professor Calculus in Tin-Tin. His father went with Challenger Deep to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. His uncle was also an explorer, Jean Picard, after whom Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek was named. The idea for this plane came about after nearly running out of fuel during an around-the-world balloon flight in the 1990s.

Whether we'll be seeing solar air transport on a commercial level in my lifetime or not, they're definitely attacking various engineering, scientific and social problems in a high-profile way.

Comment Re: What *is* their market? (Score 3, Informative) 59 59

End to end encrypted communications and the concept of circle of trust. The original creator of PGP is involved, but this product seems to be much easier to operate (although they still haven't fixed the problem of me convincing friends or family to also want one, therefor justifying my purchase as a personal device. They are therefor the BlackBerry of the Android world)

Comment Re:Traditional crimes (Score 1) 140 140

I should say, that this had a lot of bearing on the status of California, the South West and Louisiana being Community Property states. Washington and Wisconsin and Idaho are as well. The status of most of these states as community property states is a direct result of a system inherited from Spanish rule.

Comment Re:Traditional crimes (Score 4, Informative) 140 140

I think the term you are looking for is 'civil law', not 'letter of the law'. US legal system at the federal level is heavily influenced by common law, as it is in most states. States which cover areas originally colonized by France or Spain have a tradition of civil law.

https://www.law.berkeley.edu/l...
http://www.economist.com/blogs...

The history of common law in the US is why you'll hear in trial coverage or in shows like law & order, lawyers will use precedents when raising their objections or filing motions. This is usually called 'case law', as it is law which hasn't been written by the legislature, but which has come into common practice as a result of a judge interpreting a written law and setting a precedent. If subsequent judges agree to that ruling, eventually it because sort the way things are, until the Supreme Court weighs in, or the legislature spells it out (in a statute).

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