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Comment: Re:Very much unfinished (Score 1) 107 107

Though if you think about Amazon's use case for it, this makes sense. Amazon's main business involves running web servers, not clients so much. I could see them writing a server-only TLS library, though they certainly could make use of the client side as well (in Kindle, for instance), so it makes sense that they'd start out with the server side and add the client functionality later.

Comment: Re:IMAX sucks (Score 1) 190 190

That's true that the mainstream movies on IMAX, even on a real IMAX screen, aren't the same. I saw one of the Matrix sequels on a real IMAX screen in San Francisco and there was a good amount of unused space on the screen since the film was shot widescreen and the traditional IMAX screen's aspect ratio is closer to square. Mainstream movies, at best, have a few key scenes filmed with IMAX equipment.

Now, real, made for IMAX films on a proper IMAX screen (whether flat or domed), that's something else. I grew up going to IMAX at what's now called the California Science Center and that was the real deal. Space Station 3D (which I saw at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida), for example, was impressive. That's 3D and IMAX worth paying for, not the postproduction conversion 3D crap that Hollywood has been putting out. I want to see Living in the Age of Airplanes but the closest theater showing it is over 700 miles away.

Comment: Re:IMAX sucks (Score 1) 190 190

Sounds like you have things a bit backwards. IMAX is known for really big flat screens. As in, 5 story tall screens. Then, what was then known as the San Diego Hall of Science, went looking for a large format projection system for their dome planetarium, and wound up working with IMAX to redesign the system for the planetarium. The result was initially called OMNIMAX and is now known as IMAX Dome.

IMAX's real downfall was the introduction of their digital projection system into retrofitted multiplex cinemas. Sure, IMAX makes the projector and improves the sound system, but it's not the huge screen that people associate with the IMAX brand. And since there's no distinction in the branding between traditional large format IMAX and the new thing, people might not know what they're getting. Ticket prices are the same, and there are multiplexes out there that have real large format IMAX screens (Edwards Irvine Spectrum in California is one).

Comment: Incomplete comparison (Score 1) 36 36

At least in the summary. So a 3D video game is better than a plastic card. Which nobody ever looks at. How about useful comparisons, like comparing to a prerecorded video demonstration and to flight attendants doing a live safety demonstration in the cabin.

Comment: Re:Ironicly, some older OSes are easy to "patch li (Score 1) 117 117

That's how BootX (one of the Mac OS 8/9 Linux boot loaders for PowerPC Macs) worked. Mac OS would start loading, then a dialog would come up and you could select Mac OS or Linux. You could also run the application from Mac OS anytime after the OS was fully booted. In either case, when you selected Linux, it pushed Mac OS out of memory and Linux would start up.

Comment: Re:Not going to disappear quickly.... (Score 1) 293 293

The 747-400 is rapidly disappearing from the long haul passenger travel market. The A380 is being used on some high demand routes and on the longest flights (the current world's longest nonstop flight is Dallas-Sydney, operated by a Qantas A380). Virtually everything else is going to twins, with the 777-300ER proving particularly popular by providing near 747 capacity and range on two engines.

Comment: Re:Singapore Airport (Score 1) 168 168

True about showing ID and tickets, but as far as I know, they don't record that information, they just inspect it. (I could be wrong on that one too).

TSA don't need to record your information at the checkpoint, because they already get it from the airline as part of the Secure Flight program.

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132 132

A PIN is not required to use a debit card today. The vast majority of them support running the transaction either through the debit networks, where you use a PIN, or through the credit networks (Visa or MasterCard) where, today anyway, you sign. So the thieves can still steal the card number off a debit card and use it just like a credit card. The only difference is that your checking account is the money that gets tied up in limbo until it's sorted out, instead of the the bank's money (in the form possibly of your credit limit).

Comment: Re:article summary is wrong (Score 1) 51 51

This is why I simply cannot understand United's new policy of buying aircraft with NO entertainment system at all, not even one where you can just plug a headphone in so you can hear the announcements.

United and other airlines are seeing the trend of more and more people bringing their own devices and using those, thus they can save several hundred pounds of weight by removing the inflight entertainment systems. US Airways did this a few years ago. Southwest never had a built-in system.

But your point about the built-in systems' ability to be automatically paused when the pilots and flight attendants make an announcement is an interesting one; something I hadn't thought about before.

Comment: Re:Digital stamping (Score 1) 144 144

I don't know much about how PGP works, but with S/MIME, you attach the certificate containing the public key to the e-mail, as well as the encrypted ("signed") hash of your email.

The next question is how do you know the certificate is genuine? Well, that's why you pay VeriSign, DigiCert, or whatever your favorite Certificate Authority (the same people who create certificates for web servers) is, to sign your public key and issue you a certificate.

Your statement that PKI is hard is absolutely correct.

Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about. -- Philippe Schnoebelen