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Comment Turn the Tables? (Score 2) 186

Let's ask Time Warner Cable News for 190 hours of specified short segments of their raw video material with perpetual, unfettered rights to republish, for profit, and with no ongoing royalty. If you could get them to to agree the conditions (unlikely) then I bet they would charge way more than $36k for the privilege. Somehow though they expect the State to do just that without even cost recovery.

Comment Aeronautical Hazards (Score 2) 103

I can see a lot of fun with aeronautical obstacle databases if this takes off in a big way. Essentially a power plant will need an airspace allocation up to 10000 feet AGL and a nautical mile or two across. Put a lot of these around a city and there are many aeronautical procedure designers that will certainly be cursing as they try to thread an aircraft safely between them.

Comment Re:Don't even need to board it ... (Score 1) 400

I'm a frequent flier, and the extended search happens regardless of watchlists. I get it randomly about every 30 flights - 2-3 times a year. It's a bit annoying as it takes me out of the priority line, but the extra search is not really that extensive - a palm check for chemicals and a few extra questions.

Granted, frequent fliers know how to expedite these things: look bored, tired, and very slightly annoyed. Have everything exactly in order. Fly carry-on. Have your FF badge visible and be part of TSA-pre or whatever you can find.

Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 284

This is not minor news. This was a major news item when the long-form was made optional, and it's been a plank of the Liberal platform to reinstate it.

Statistics Canada is a point of pride in Canada, albeit minor. That organization has been referenced internationally as an example of how to collect and provide information for detailed governance. When the long-form was made optional, the Harper government came out and said that an optional long-form would be nearly statistically identical in results, yet provide privacy to those who wish it. The head of statscan resigned over this.

See: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...

So yeah, bringing it back is pretty recognized here.

Comment Re:Happening Downunder (Score 1) 104

The headline is consistent with the article, which does not say there were no humans involved.

At the Ornskoldsvik Airport, one control tower has nobody inside. However, the tower continues to perform its job of guiding planes to the ground safely. The person who controls the landing is in another complex, roughly 90 miles away. That individual has access to cameras which reportedly function better than the average human eye.

That is, the tower building is not manned but there is still a human controller or controllers. Precisely what is being trialled in Alice Springs only with longer distances. It is partly about consolidating the controllers in a less remote area: easier to get people to live there, more likely to retain experienced staff, easier to maintain training currency. This is similar to the existing concentrations of sector controllers in Brisbane and Melbourne, only with different sensor inputs.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 4, Interesting) 706

This is a bit like saying you're going to send someone to jail for getting rear-ended waiting at a traffic light.

I totally agree, data security is a big deal - but I think "gross negligence" probably covers the fact that someone did not put proper security in place. Beyond that, it's an arms race. You can't hold someone responsible for being hacked, unless they've demonstrated that they didn't even try to avoid it. Reasonable preventative measures.

The same reason you can't claim insurance when you don't have any locks on your house. But if they really want to, that moat and electric fence won't stop someone from breaking into your house.

Comment Warship Anyone? (Score 1) 377

Mid 90's. Spent a lovely weekend below the waterline on a frigate updating the ship's maintenance system with a new data picture of its systems. All went wonderfully well and I walked ashore late afternoon on Sunday and flew back to my home city. Fast forward to 4pm Monday and we get a call from the ship at sea saying the maintenance system no longer functioned: get your butt out here and unf*ck it. So, in the car, 3 hours drive to where the ship anchored for the night, RHIB ride out to the ship, up the rope ladder, about 10PM... fix it, you have until 6AM or you are sailing with us (for a week). That, my friends, is great motivation to work fast. To cap it off, there was a small fuel leak in the space outside the computer room: wonderful aroma to deal with. Tried to work out the obscure linkage between existing maintenance jobs and the system description that was causing the issue. Ultimately had to roll the database back to the pre-update state. Off the ship at 6 along with many bags of oil-soaked rags used on the fuel leak. Ship lost a few days of data and a day at sea: captain not happy... and we had to do the whole exercise again later.

Tape for data, $100, Airfare and and accommodation, $600, warship all at sea, priceless.

Not entirely my doing (what is these days) but I was the man that delivered the fun. No names, no pack drill over this.

Comment Re:$100k License (Score 1) 201

If your hotel was inside the Aurelian Wall then there is a flat EUR48 fare from Rome Fiumicino regardless of time. For destinations outside the Aurelian Wall the fare is metered. I hope you weren't additionally fleeced by a trustworthy licenced taxi driver turning on the meter for these fixed fare trips in peak traffic: the timed fare works out much better for them.

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