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Comment GoPro. (Score 1) 133

I use a battery eliminator with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black, together with an external (11500 mAh) battery pack. The combo will power the GoPro for far longer than the (maximum supported) 64GB microSD card has video capacity. Perfect for long cross-country flights that exceed the ~1.5-2 hours of internal battery capacity (the internal battery is 1150-1200 mAh, so the 11500 mAh external is good for about 18 hours of video recording; a 64GB microSD card can hold about 7 hours of video).
 

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say. (Score 5, Informative) 117

Looking at the pictures, he glided the aircraft to an open field and landed without the landing gear.

The PT-22 doesn't have retractable landing gear. They were there. They probably broke off in the crash. What he did is pretty much all you can do if you lose an engine at that phase of departure (all fixed wing aircraft departing KSMO on 21 turn to climb out over Penmar - a municipal, public 9-hole golf course - for noise abatement). Here's me departing that same runway over that same golf course, a little bit ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fv0_gLG3C4 He was probably 2-300' AGL, not high enough to return to land on 3.

Comment Re:Lol... (Score 1) 296

I'm assuming this was a trolling attempt but I'll take the bait.

OSX is *NOT* rebranded FreeBSD. It's rebranded NeXTStep/OpenStep where they updated the userland w/ the FreeBSD userland to replace the ancient 4.2BSD underpinnings.

"The BSD portion of the OS X kernel is derived primarily from FreeBSD." https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Conceptual/KernelProgramming/BSD/BSD.html

Comment Re:The usual disinformation (Score 1) 154

There are still thousands of crazy-sounding laws on the books all across the country - many in places like CA and NY which so many people consider "progressive".

In New York, it's still, to this day, illegal to break the sabbath. http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=@SLGBS0A2+&LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=45235476+&TARGET=VIEW

Comment Re:Not in trouble for hacking... (Score 1) 43

That's the bummer about hacking, you can't brag. If you're black hat, you get caught, if you're white hat, the NDA hits you.

So, kids, hacking ain't cool. Even if you hack the worlds best secured fortress, it's like doing the once in a lifetime stunt that nobody will believe you did but you forgot to record it.

http://www.anyclip.com/movies/sneakers/martins-job/#!quotes/

Comment Re:Still should be hands free (Score 2) 142

Except ironically that would require repealing laws in California since windshield mounts were made illegal many years ago.

Whatchotalkin' 'bout Willis?

Cal. Veh. Code 26708(b)(12): “A portable Global Positioning System (GPS) ... may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver ...”

Comment Re:The key to success. (Score 2) 365

Do not ask a computer scientist to be an electrical engineer.

Except ... Wow. An early course in my computer science curriculum was:

201. Computer Logic Design I (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 113 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
Basic topics in combinational and sequential switching circuits with applications to the design of digital devices. Introduction to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. Laboratory projects with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).
(Lecture 2 hours, lab 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

(We used Verilog and a Xilinx FPGA board.) I'm surprised a reputable CS degree wouldn't require at least a basic course in digital logic; Cal State Long Beach is a great school, but it's certainly not a standards bearer...

Comment Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (Score 2) 382

So spoof your browser id string.

Oh. Let me guess. Apple and Safari won't let you do that.

Safari (desktop version) has a developer menu that lets the end user specify any HTTP_USER_AGENT string:

https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B3wWtj5n3Y6QZzFwb0h1YlJLQkU&export=download
https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B3wWtj5n3Y6QVEdMc0tnZGlwSHc&export=download

Apple (all iOS versions) will let browsers change their HTTP_USER_AGENT; here's the Mercury browser doing just that:

https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B3wWtj5n3Y6QWlJKSk9uOUhOVG8&export=download

Comment Re:But that's not a company's goal (Score 4, Informative) 168

If they don't focus on making money, their shareholders can sue them. Companies are there to make money, they can't be twisted into innovation factories. If they could we'd probably have free energy and plentiful drinking water by now.

Anyone can sue anyone for anything. (Whether or not they can do so successfully, or without being sanctioned, is another story -- I just won a nice attorney fee award from a father (lawyer) son (douchebag) team that sued a client of mine in state court, and then dismissed when we filed the Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike I'd warned them repeatedly was coming... sigh...)

That said, the "must increase shareholder value" trope is a myth: "This common and widespread perception lacks any solid basis in actual corporate law." http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2012/6/18%20corporate%20stout/stout_corporate%20issues.pdf (p. 4)

If a business wanted to spend three years on R&D, as long as the directors embarked on that path in good faith, with appropriate consideration and care, and reasonably believed that they were acting in the best interests of the company, they'd be able to do so under, e.g., the Business Judgment Rule.

Comment Re:This is not news anymore (Score 1) 171

Most device manufacturers do not have a lot of budget on their firmware development, so, what they do is to have a generic-enough firmware developed, then they add and/or delete a couple of options, depending on the price point of their device model, package it as the firmware for that particular model

Back in the olden days when we were using USRobotic dial up modems we used to buy 2400 baud modem and then re-flash them to run at 4800 or even 9600 baud

Dating back to at least 1990: http://steveblank.com/2009/04/16/supermac-war-story-7-building-the-whole-product/

Comment Re:Legislation? (Score 1) 3

My fear is that we're getting away from the "market forces" that used to work. Netflix couldn't care less if they lose me, the Windows Media Center folks with the same problem, or the thousands(?) of Apple TV users with the same error message who haven't dug as deep into troubleshooting. With 30 million subscribers, 2,500 of us is a rounding error.

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I remember when there were but a handful of Linux users (I've had a Linux shell account since '93), and we were perpetually in danger of being steamrolled by the Big Corporations who could change things on a whim (Winmodems... Microsoft's SMB protocol...) and shut us out.

This isn't quite that, but it's similar. (It's also 2:45 a.m. and I'm not sure I can express myself as coherently as I need to right now...)

After a bit of brainstorming / research, I put up this Google Doc draft, that more clearly outlines what I'm talking about...

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel

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