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Comment Re:Just a flyby of Pluto... (Score 1) 66

9 years ago I typed my name in to the JPL website (I think it was JPL) along with 434737 others, these were added to a CD and attached to the probe. Kind of cool thinking a few bits of all that data are mine. Even if it's just a fly by, it's still pretty awesome. Unless future humans venture out after it, it's never coming back our way, for me this seems just as worthwhile as if it had fuel enough to slow down and place itself in orbit.

Comment Re:What about military satellites (Score 1) 178

Seems quite logical that someone would have been looking at the area, though the Indian ocean is a massive expanse of absolutely nothing but water. Generally speaking most LEO birds would have been in darkness for most of the flights duration in that region - I would humbly suggest another possibility would be that spy satellite operators take that as an opportunity to conserve power by shutting down EW kit, it is probable nothing was picked up at all - then again, why build a satellite that could pick up transmissions intended for Inmarsat when Inmarsat could just do that for you on request? (I'm not suggesting they actually do, but they certainly could)

If you tune through the HF band you can hear OTH radar active pretty much 24/7 - seems like that'd be the most probable system to have detected anything. Early on there was a suggestion that one of the pilots cell phones contacted a tower - seems like most people jumped on wiki and concluded this wouldn't work given the range of the system, or that the fuselage would block the transmission - if you delve a bit deeper in to the GSM spec., the distance from the tower would prevent the phone registering on the network due to the nature of TDMA, but it doesn't mean they didn't communicate with the base station controller at all.

Maybe in 30 or 40 years some 3 letter agency will declassify a mostly redacted but still interesting story...

Comment Re:Wired article wheel fire (Score 1) 208

Think bigger than just the Ocean. The general consensus is that it went south, the inmarsat data alone certainly points toward a southern track, but some of that data is based on assumptions about hardware calibration - the data alone does not rule out the possibility of a northern flight path no matter how remote. I'm a former Australian 3 letter agency drone, I have no additional insight on this than anyone else, though I do have a rather solid background in electromagnetic radiation.

Maybe some day a seat cushion will wash up on a beach, or someone motorbiking in northern china or climbing mountains in one of the 'stan' countries will trip over an aileron or something. I certainly hope so anyway, just so the families can get closure at the very least - might be some lessons in it for the aviation sector as well.

Comment Re:Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 2) 161

From the website you linked - in reference to the shim.... Seriously?! Which part of that doesn't take a month to understand for someone that just wants to zip down to staples and grab a laptop with the expectation the install media will "just work" like it always has done for the last decade?

To use it, rename shim.efi to bootx64.efi and put it in /EFI/BOOT on your UEFI install media. Drop MokManager.efi in there as well. Finally, make sure your bootloader binary is called grubx64.efi and put it in the same directory.

Now generate a certificate and put the public half as a binary DER file somewhere on your install media. On boot, the end-user will be prompted with a 10-second countdown and a menu. Choose "Enroll key from disk" and then browse the filesystem to select the key and follow the enrolment prompts. Any bootloader signed with that key will then be trusted by shim, so you probably want to make sure that your grubx64.efi image is signed with it.

Comment Re:Node.js is server side (Score 2) 319

I'm not sure about games, though I build web based medical imaging systems for a living these days, along with a whole slew of related information systems. DICOM objects are decoded fully in the browser and render on canvas almost as fast as they do in native applications - this includes features like window level, stack scrolling, X, localizer lines, multiple viewports, and a myriad of other computationally expensive features. Managing memory is the most chalenging aspect by far.

It's all written in native javascript, for what I do the frameworks are all too slow. So why web based when native performance is better and there are a thousand pre-built libraries and applications that are very nearly plug and play?

In simplistic terms, it's what people want, all they have to do is open a web browser and they have the latest version.

Comment Re:This is an ad, right? (Score 1) 150

Not really impressive, there are already loads of phones beteween $30 and $50 USD being sold in Asia, most running stripped down versions of android. They may recapture some of the audience from back when Nokia was considered a leading brand, but this segment of the market is already flooded with 'China Phones', most offer better features as well.

Comment Re:Spoofing (Score 5, Insightful) 234

You need root, XPosed and XPrivacy allow you to give bogus info to apps. The UI could use a little work but you get a deep level of control over app permissions. Along side auto run manager and a firewall of some kind and you pretty much have a non leaky tame android.

Comment Re:Enough already (Score 2) 57

I agree with you, one difference though. There are tablets out there that have 2560x1600 pixels or more, and people with 20/20 that want everything to be tiny. The problem is the lack of choice, most apps dont include any way to shrink the giant fisher price widgets and 20 point fonts. I know I can change dpi settings per app with root, but this doesn't address poor UI design and the trend toward bigger, more white space, and fewer configuration options.

Comment Re:Not a win (Score 2) 228

It's not about terrorism, it's about mass surveillance and the wildest dreams of people like Robert Hannigan. Osama and others were unpleasant for sure, but they also provided a convenient excuse for an enormous power grab. Every country with one or more three letter agencies were moving firmly in this direction since the early 90's (storage started to get cheap), we'd be in exactly the same place right now anyway, just that nobody would be talking about it.

This was lost decades ago.

Comment Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (Score 4, Interesting) 160

Malcolm Gladwell has an interesting take with his 10,000 hour theory. If you are passionate about something and you live and breath it for long enough, you obviously get good at it. Most people are not quite so fanatical - but this is a choice, meaning they could be if they wanted to. And what is intelligence anyway? How do you quantify it such that one person is born with more of it than someone else?

Comment Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 4, Interesting) 162

I write medical imaging software, surounded by dozens of doctors every day that are not just out of earshot of the patients but sometimes not even in the same country. My sample size is obviously not representative of much at all, though at least in my tiny corner of the world the situation is the total opposite of what you describe. These people sigh and get upset when they see terminal disease, they cry when children are dying, they don't enjoy seeing people hurt and don't waste a second if it means life or death. They are often detached but they still care.

Don't mistake the human factor for doctors that are worried about getting sued because someone broke their pinky finger and had to wait for the guy having a heart attack to be treated first.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford