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Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 477

by cyphergirl (#33886832) Attached to: FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

We were with Cingular and had a family plan. My husband's phone broke and had to be replaced. What they didn't tell us was that since one was a now TDMA and the other was something else our free "mobile to mobile" minutes were now void. Very next bill? $230. We had been with them for 10 years and they refused to work with us or re-instate the m2m ("We can't because it's two different networks, but you can upgrade the other phone for more $$ and a new 2-year contract!"). When I mentioned I might have to shop other carriers the rep's response was "Bye!".

Bye-bye indeed, Cingular.

Comment: Re:Human brain activity fetus (Score 1) 246

by cyphergirl (#33725602) Attached to: Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

I think it depends on how you define "brain activity". I believe that fetal movement (willful movement, that is) starts around 15 - 16 weeks of gestational age. Commanding movement would have to involve brain activity by definition. Involuntary movement starts around 10 - 12 weeks.

Comment: Re:They can't ban them. (Score 1) 560

by cyphergirl (#29887967) Attached to: Laptop Fires On Airplanes

On one of my recent business flights, the aircraft ran out of room in the overhead bins (since when is it ok for passengers to bring two full-size roll-aboards with them on CRJs?!) and made the rest of us start gate checking all of our carry-ons. Before I could check my laptop case, they made me remove the battery and keep it with me at my seat. I'm sure this is why (fires in the cargo hold == very bad).

Comment: Re:kinda like... (Score 2, Interesting) 352

by cyphergirl (#29438351) Attached to: Windows 7 Touch, Dead On Arrival

I've always thought it would be kEwL to have a tablet-like computer mounted on the front of one of my kitchen cabinets, wirelessly downloading recipes from my main desktop through a custom cookbook client-server software. With a touch screen, I could easily control it to view parts of a recipe or do measurement conversions (after wiping my hands off, of course). Mounted vertically on a cabinet keeps it out of range of splashes and spills, and out of the hands of the kids. Alas, I am not a software engineer and my husband is a bit too busy to hack things like this together at the moment.

So, I guess I'm the one screaming "Hey I WANT to put big honking greasy fingerprints on my screen!", but not "Oh, and I want my kids to scratch the living hell out of my screen....".

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Interesting) 203

by cyphergirl (#29046577) Attached to: Can Unmanned Aircraft Mix With Commercial Planes?

I spent a brief part of my career writing code for avionics. A serious amount of testing goes into the code before the FAA will certify it to fly; you have to prove that you've executed every line of code, that every line of code does exactly what it is supposed to, and that there are no paths that are never executed. But even with all of the testing we did, we would occasionally get a value we completely didn't expect and crash the demo box. Lucky me, I was just writing code to encrypt ACARS... nothing that actually made the airplane fly (or not fly...).

My husband and I were at AirVenture checking out EFIS sytems for an experimental aircraft that we're building. We managed to crash one of them not once, but three times, just by pushing a few buttons in rapid sequence. Granted, they were experimental and didn't go through all of the testing, but every now and then you also hear about a certified system resetting in flight. In fact, a friend of ours recently had his certified EFIS go into a reboot loop while he was in flight due to a faulty database update; luckily he was flying VFR and had backup gauges, so he didn't need the EFIS. There are procedures in place to handle this, but there are also people present in the cockpit to follow them. This is why fly-by-wire scares me, and why it's still a Very Good Thing that commercial aircraft have co-pilots and manual flight systems as backups. There's just too much that can go wrong to be able to trust everything to fly itself -- sometimes you really need a human in the mix thinking "outside of the box" when the feathers start to fly. I think the Sioux City incident is a major example of that, despite how long ago it was.

Comment: Re:Dumb. (Score 1) 513

by cyphergirl (#29038407) Attached to: Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job?

They granted him a clearance and allowed him to posses it for 19 years with this on his credit record until they changed their policy on credit reports and then canceled his clearance. I was just pointing out that this is fairly new in the world of clearances and that they are pulling clearances over your credit record -- which could very well be why the TSA are getting letters threatening them with termination if they don't clear up their debts.

Comment: Re:Dumb. (Score 2, Informative) 513

by cyphergirl (#29036373) Attached to: Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job?

No matter how many times I get it "fixed", my credit report keeps being re-connected with my ex-husband, who I haven't been married to for over 10 years. Last year when I pulled my free annual report, Experian had me listed as living at his address. If they are going to keep this info, they need to have a reliable process for straightening these things out. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to fax in a notarized copy of your drivers license, birth certificate or passport -- it's just easier and cheaper for them to ignore you

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