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Comment: Re:antibiotics (Score 2) 174

by ebonum (#47851689) Attached to: Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Yes. Broad spectrum stuff for bacteria that most likely already has resistance. If there is an infection and it does turn nasty, then they will worry picking their antibiotics more carefully. Or should I say correctly?

I'm a big believer in getting a culture to be positive of what needs to be killed and then picking an antibiotic that has some chance of working. I should add: IAMAD.

Comment: Weight (Score 1) 215

by ebonum (#47803921) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

"Wind is a particular hazard, because drones weigh so little compared with regular planes"

I'm not so sure about this one. A 747 in a 20 mph cross wind does 20 mph sideways. A drone in a 20 mph cross wind does 20 mph sideways.

When there is a gust (or any change in wind speed), there would be a difference. An object with a lot of mass will react more slowly to the same force. That said, once a 747 starts blowing sideways in the wind, making a correction is going to take more time and a larger force that it would for a light drone. In a big plane you do a lot more planning ahead for good reason. There are more "well, it depends on.." Even when mass is equal, a plane with a small tail (vertical stabilizer) close to the center of mass is going to react very differently than a plane with a large vertical stabilizer far from the center of mass. (Think lever arm/torque) In one you need a lot of skill to keep it from ground looping when landing in gusty cross winds.

Comment: Will download (Score 5, Insightful) 67

by ebonum (#47794713) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

Google maps doesn't work offline. I know you can download and save maps. I downloaded sections two months ago. They where about 11 to 13 MB each. When I needed it, I pulled out my phone. GPS worked and it took me to my location on Google Map. But there was one problem. Only the major roads had names. All the small roads were missing names. To get that part of the map you need to connect to wi-fi or a cellular network - which wasn't an option. Caching a section of a map should mean just that - the map and all the important stuff, like road names, get cached. Perhaps at this point all the smart people have moved on an left Google leaving only the marketing and business people. Google's absolute insistence that you should not be allowed to do anything without being connected is infuriating. I assume Google can't stand the fact that there might be 10 minutes when they are not actively tracking one of their users.
To make things worse, when you have no signal and you need maps, you will find Google has deleted all your cached maps older than 30 days, so you are shit out of luck. Will someone inform Google that in most parts of the country it takes 3 years to build or change a road. Not 30 days. An old map is better than nothing. Actually, 99.99% of the time it is just fine.

I previously used Nokia Maps. I only use the map. No directions or other crap. As a simple map, it was an excellent product. I don't need or want anything else other than a map with correct, up to date roads and road names. I somehow passed the 3rd grade, so I have the intelligence to figure out directions on my own.

Comment: Re:Just don't try to write an OS in Java (Score 1) 511

by ebonum (#47744893) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

I'm partly in agreement with you. If someone puts something on their resume, if they say: "I know C", then I consider C questions fair game. If they can't answer your very simple question about C ( It is a good C Language lead-off question. I will use it in the future. ), I might get the impression that the person was being deliberately deceptive when they wrote up their resume. The most likely explanations are: Either they did use C and they are an idiot OR they are pumping up their resume with bs.

That said, eliminating someone on one question is a bit harsh. People become nervous in interviews. Anyone can have a brain freeze for 20 seconds. I would want to see some form of pattern before turning someone down.

Comment: Access restrictions (Score 1) 89

by ebonum (#47711207) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

How does getting onto the VPN equate to accessing the secret stuff? Isn't there another layer of security?

Whatever punishment these guys ( the sys admins ) get, it won't be enough. At some point it would be nice to see people who screw up suffer the consequences.

I admin a few machines (annoying, but required). Heartbleed got so much press, I thought everyone patched all their systems within days. I did.

Comment: "other than U.S. dollars" (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by ebonum (#47348183) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

"Section 107 of California's Corporations Code, which prohibited companies or individuals from issuing money other than U.S. dollars"

So issuing US dollars in California is fine? I thought issuing US dollars was called counterfeiting.

Time to see if the the big color laser printer at work is up to the task!

Comment: Re:Much adu about nothing (Score 1) 90

by ebonum (#47219369) Attached to: Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

Yes. The blocking changes all the time, and it changes by location. Sites that work at the office might not work at home. Go to the areas that are closer to Xinjiang (the western parts with more Muslims), and it becomes very difficult to get over the GFW. PPTP works nearly 100% of the time. OpenVPN has more issues. It might work for 30 minutes then cut off, then work fine for a few days, then go off for a week.

Comment: Much adu about nothing (Score 3, Informative) 90

by ebonum (#47217967) Attached to: Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

I live in China. Everyone I know hops the GFW with ease. It is a non-issue on laptops and cell phones.
These guys have a storefront in Shanghai:
You go to the store, you pay in Chinese currency and they give you a log in. It is fast and reliable.
Lots of people I know use Astrill. (
Of course anyone who is actually worried about security will set up their own server abroad and use putty or OpenVPN to access YouTube.

Comment: better idea (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by ebonum (#47085767) Attached to: US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

Bar members of the Chinese military from attending. Even that is purely symbolic.
Someone should tell Obama that in American we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

Keep in mind. The US sets the standard. If we start doing things like this, don't whine when the China does the same thing. They could make the same case for any conference on any topic. If Americans come, they will steal XYZ.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten