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Comment: Re:"Over"? (Score 2) 244

by horatio (#35213938) Attached to: Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

Correct. I last flew about two years ago. We don't say "over". Ever. You sound like a trucker on a CB and you're only going to piss off the tower and the other pilots on the freq because you're wasting airtime, and sound like you don't know what you're doing. ATC comms can get super busy, and lives are (literally) at stake. If you listen to even a Class C approach frequency, it will sound like a nearly uninterrupted stream during busy times of the day. There isn't time for extraneous nonsense when Cessna 241H is trying to declare a fuel emergency, or Southwest 2301 needs to expedite their climb. I know it sounds silly "what is the big deal with just saying 'over'?" but that is extra two syllables in every communication between pilot & controller or pilot & pilot which are totally superfluous.

It is superfluous because ATC comms have a cadence that makes it pretty clear when you're finished with a routine call. Pilots and controllers are both familiar with this cadence, so we know generally what information to expect from each other. This is what a typical sequence would sound like at a field in class D airspace:

P: Bolton Tower, Cessna niner five four seven whiskey
T: Cessna niner five four seven whiskey, Bolton Tower
P: Bolton Tower, Cessna niner five four seven whiskey over Lily Chapel, inbound for full stop
T: Cessna four seven whiskey, proceed inbound and report midfield right downwind for runway two two
P: Right midfield for 22, cessna four seven whiskey

...

P: Bolton Tower, four seven whiskey midfield downwind for two two
T: Four seven whiskey, you're number two behind the Baron on one mile final
P: Four seven whiskey, number two looking for traffic
P: Four seven whiskey has traffic in sight
T: Roger. four seven whiskey, cleared to land runway two two
T: Baron three foxtrot six, turn right on alpha four and contact ground point eight
B: Right on alpha four, ground point eight. good day

...

T: Four seven whiskey, turn right on alpha three and contact ground point eight
P: Right on alpha three, ground point eight. good day

That is a very normal,typical airspace entry and landing procedure. Even in an emergency, we don't use "over" - because again, time is critical and time wasted saying things that aren't needed is concentration and mental energy taken away from the pilot's number one job - flying the airplane.

Comment: Wrong, wrong, wrong. (Score -1, Flamebait) 125

by horatio (#35122052) Attached to: Congresswoman Writes On Broadband, Net Neutrality

The internet has flourished precisely because the government regulators (aka nannies) have stayed out of it. Yes, there were some great engineers earning government paychecks through the military and universities who got it started - but the bureaucrats largely ignored it because they didn't know what it was, or how important it would become.

No good can come from the clowns in Washington "tweaking" the Internet. This is not about "openness" or whatever other word they want to use. This is about exerting top-down control, and the power that comes with that kind of control.

Comment: Re:Too fucking bad.. (Score 2, Interesting) 502

by horatio (#34878634) Attached to: Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

WTF. Are we advocating low impact crimes to help society?

I don't see this as much different than the cash-for-clunkers program. The idea is that after rendering all moving parts inoperable so they can't be sold as used replacements, you smash what was a perfectly good car. Then you give someone $8000 ($4000?) in tax payer money to buy a new car. This helps the economy. If that is really true, we should start leveling houses - to boost the construction industry. We should start breaking legs - to show how beneficial single payer healthcare services are. We should have the National Guard out to burn our wheat fields - so farmers can plant organic crops.

The same logic applies to "low impact crimes can help society". We should encourage these so-called "low impact" crimes so we can increase the pool of "low impact" criminals that will do community service. Except, the criminal smashed something that belonged to someone else. In this clown's case, it was someone's privacy and their personal property (email account). The logic is so absurd it is almost funny - until you find out the people advocating it are completely serious.

Comment: Re:Hotspot -- Verizon exclusive -- for a while? (Score 1) 101

by horatio (#34857940) Attached to: Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers

With all of the nonsense that AT&T has with iPhone users and their data (plans are now limited, tethering wasn't an option until recently (and imho is way too expensive on top of the not-optional cost for the iPhone data plan), "enterprise" data is more expensive, f'ng with the network in various markets, sometimes shutting it down completely or severely restricting it with no explanation), I cannot possibly see them enabling a "wifi hotspot" feature. Unless of course, your phone is connected over wifi (yes, it defeats the purpose).

Hell, skype video just came to the iPhone. For a long time lots of apps simply weren't permitted to use 3G, including Slingbox and Skype. Any app over 10MB had to be downloaded on wifi (I think the limit is 20 now). I have no doubt this was an AT&T thing to protect their fragile network, rather than an Apple-imposed restriction. Any time I've been to an event that is attended by more than a few people, I get no data on my phone. Apps like twitter just churn waiting for the network. Maybe that last one isn't just an AT&T thing, but holy crap is it irritating.

Comment: Re:He is not taking privately held phones (Score 2) 738

by horatio (#34853448) Attached to: Jerry Brown Confiscates 48,000 Cell Phones

I'm not a fan of Jerry Brown. I'm not a fan of California, either. A beautiful state is near financial collapse because of total mismanagement and a massive entitlement burden. California has created this mess for themselves.

However, credit where credit is due -- I think this is a great first step. Of course some are going to scream because their toys are getting taken away. But good for Brown for doing this. On the other hand, I'm just cynical enough that I half expect to hear something like "we just saved $20,000,000 with those cell phones ... in other news we're giving all state union employees a 6% pay hike, and even more generous pensions. It was going to be $40mil, but it'll only cost half as much now because we just saved like $20million!"

Comment: Re:Organized crime (Score 1) 181

by horatio (#34811002) Attached to: Thieves in South Africa Hit Traffic Lights For SIM Cards

The crime is not likely to be easily repeated

No? It sounds like the city got a "shark bump" as it were. Someone tried stealing a few of the cards, and it worked. Only after succeeding, and no mitigation efforts, the thieves went to town From TFA:

The vandalism began with a few lights in November and we repaired them. Over December the thieves struck again, this time hitting hundreds more, including the ones we had repaired

This isn't unlike homes targeted by burglars who return a couple of weeks later after the owner has purchased all new shiny, expensive electronics.

Censorship

Amazon Censorship Expands 764

Posted by samzenpus
from the seven-words-you-can-never-read dept.
Nom du Keyboard writes "Recently word leaked out about Amazon removing titles containing fictional incest. Surprisingly that ban didn't extend to the 10 titles of Science Fiction Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein that incorporate various themes of incest and pedophilia. Now, it seems that the censorship is expanding to m/m gay fiction if it contains the magic word 'rape' in the title. Just how far is this going to be allowed to proceed in relative silence, and who is pushing these sudden decisions on Amazon's part?"
Earth

Living Earth Simulator Aims To Simulate Everything 241

Posted by timothy
from the why-didn't-the-mice-think-of-that? dept.
H3xx writes "An international group of scientists is aiming to create a simulator — nicknamed The Living Earth Simulator — that will collect data from billions of sources and use it to replicate everything happening on Earth, from global weather patterns and the spread of diseases to international financial transactions or congestion on highways. The project aims to advance the scientific understanding of what is taking place on the planet, encapsulating the human actions that shape societies and the environmental forces that define the physical world. Perhaps this is Asimov's concept of Psychohistory come to fruition."
Cellphones

US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier 279

Posted by timothy
from the can-you-hear-me-now dept.
destinyland writes "The US Army is seriously considering the idea of issuing a smartphone to every soldier, and they're already modernizing one Texas brigade 'through a range of electronic devices that will include not just smartphones but tablet devices, e-reader and mini-projectors.' The company that developed Patriot missiles has already created several dedicated military apps for both iPhone and Android phones, including one that allows soldiers to track colleague's locations on the battlefield. Interestingly, the army is likely to use an off-the-shelf model, heightening the war between Apple and Android phones. Apple's non-replaceable batteries may become an issue in the field, since 'plugging the phone in to recharge isn't always a viable option in the middle of combat.'"
Security

Spamhaus Under DDoS Over Wikileaks.info 295

Posted by timothy
from the you-got-the-wrong-idea-mister dept.
achowe writes "Steve Linford of Spamhaus sent this to a private anti-spam list and asked that the message get out far and wide: 'For speaking out about the crime gangs located at the wikileaks.info mirror IP, Spamhaus is now under ddos by AnonOps. As our site cannot be reached now [actually sporadic], we can not continue to warn Wikileaks users not to load things from the Heihachi IP. ... AnonOps did not like our article update, here is what we said and what brought the ddos on us.'" At the conclusion of this message: "Spamhaus continues to warn Wikileaks readers to make sure they are viewing and downloading documents only from an official Wikileaks mirror site. We’re not saying 'don’t go to Wikileaks' we’re saying 'Use the wikileaks.ch server instead.'" Here is Spamhaus's full warning.

Comment: Re:Bad usernames too (Score 1) 343

by horatio (#34575150) Attached to: The Case For Lousy Passwords

I think that possibility always exists - from a keylogging app running inside something else innocuous, to something buried in the OS by a rogue developer. Hopefully there are enough checks in place during the development cycle of any given reputable development house/piece of software to avoid this.

Perhaps the benefits of using something like 1Password to generate unique/random passwords outweigh the risk/possibility of the above happening --- in the sense that it is more likely that signing up for a random website with the same email/password you used for your email account and paypal will lead to a compromise of something important.

Comment: Re:Bad usernames too (Score 1) 343

by horatio (#34573732) Attached to: The Case For Lousy Passwords

Finally, if you use a password manager (I've been using KeePassX, it's pretty good and cross-platform), then you don't have to remember passwords anymore, so there's no reason to use a weak password for anything. I don't have any idea what most of my passwords are.

Yep. I use 1Password and have the encrypted file synced through dropbox to my iPhone and other systems. I really don't know what most of my passwords are anymore.

Comment: Re:Password keychains? (Score 3, Interesting) 343

by horatio (#34573614) Attached to: The Case For Lousy Passwords

Then there are completely unimportant webfora that insist my password has to be at least 8 characters long and contain letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters.

When I worked for a major university a few short years ago, they contracted our paperless pay statements and W2s to Talx -- who only allowed numbers in the "password". Super frustrating, and of course no one in HR understood why I had a problem with this. They may have gotten smarter since then, but doubtful.

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