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Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 796

Shrug.

In air travel, there are only really three sizes of carry-on luggage: Fits under the seat, fits in the overhead, and should have been checked in.

If a $30-$50 checked bag fee would alleviate your anxiety about staking your inviolable claim to the overhear rack, why don't you spend it? Life's too short to be voluntarily stressing yourself (and intentionally putting yourself into competition with other passengers) over completely avoidable shit.

Space

Preparing For Satellite Defense 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the road-to-kessler-syndrome dept.
Taco Cowboy sends a report into China's development of anti-satellite technology, and efforts by the U.S. and Japan to build defenses for this new potential battleground. Last year, China launched what they said was a science space mission, but they did so at night and with a truck-based launch system, which are not generally used for science projects. Experts believe this was actually a missile test for targets in geostationary orbit. U.S. and Japanese analysts say China has the most aggressive satellite attack program in the world. It has staged at least six ASAT missile tests over the past nine years, including the destruction of a defunct Chinese weather satellite in 2007. ... Besides testing missiles that can intercept and destroy satellites, the Chinese have developed jamming techniques to disrupt satellite communications. In addition, ... the Chinese have studied ground-based lasers that could take down a satellite's solar panels, and satellites equipped with grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive U.S. hardware. To defend themselves against China, the U.S. and Japan are in the early stages of integrating their space programs as part of negotiations to update their defense policy guidelines. ... Both countries have sunk billions of dollars into a sophisticated missile defense system that relies in part on data from U.S. spy satellites. That's why strategists working for China's People's Liberation Army have published numerous articles in defense journals about the strategic value of chipping away at U.S. domination in space.

Comment: Re:could use a turret (Score 1) 90

The article's about a half-scale prototype. The real deal is supposed to be lightly armored and have a few self-defense machine guns. The real deal will also be too big to be an actual tactical vehicle, comparable in size a current LCAC.

That said, there were interesting experiments in putting self-contained 30mm antitank gun pods onto the cargo deck of LCACs, making them into ghetto gunships, and I bet that would work here too. Something to make beach defenders keep their heads down long enough for the landing craft to land and disembark.

Security

The Hacking of NASDAQ 76

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the tales-of-hacking-and-intrigue dept.
puddingebola (2036796) writes Businessweek has an account of the 2010 hacking of the NASDAQ exchange. From the article, "Intelligence and law enforcement agencies, under pressure to decipher a complex hack, struggled to provide an even moderately clear picture to policymakers. After months of work, there were still basic disagreements in different parts of government over who was behind the incident and why. 'We've seen a nation-state gain access to at least one of our stock exchanges, I'll put it that way, and it's not crystal clear what their final objective is,' says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, who agreed to talk about the incident only in general terms because the details remain classified. 'The bad news of that equation is, I'm not sure you will really know until that final trigger is pulled. And you never want to get to that.'"

Comment: Re:Hmm... perhaps a more passive review? (Score 1) 424

by idontgno (#47466975) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

That might be a little too subtle. You might have to do the Internet equivalent of grimacing and gesturing in the direction of what you mean.

"Je ne suis pas autorisé à se plaindre du service, ni la nourriture."

(This was a French review of a French restaurant, so it made sense to bust out the Google Translate.)

Comment: Re:I wanted to write about this place (Score 1) 424

by idontgno (#47466751) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Well, sometimes the anticipation heightens the pleasure when, finally, at long, long LOONG, last, you're served. The fact that the bar staff waits until physiological dehydration sets in to bring you your drink makes the pleasure more than emotional, but a deep body-felt satisfaction.

Microsoft

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return 346

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-soon dept.
Billly Gates writes A leaked alpha of Windows 9 has been brewing on the internet. Today a screenshot shows what MS showed us at BUILD which includes a start menu with additional tiny tiles for things like people, calendar, pc settings, and news etc. "The new hybridized Start menu appears to be part of build 9788, which was compiled on July 4. While no one seems to have leaked the ISOs for build 9788 yet, the general consensus seems to be that the build does indeed exist somewhere at Microsoft — and that it might also feature Windows NT kernel version 6.4 (i.e. the complete version number is 6.4.9788). The screenshots show a Windows 8.1 Pro watermark, but this isn’t unusual for a very early alpha of a new build of Windows. If this really is the next version of the Windows NT kernel, then we’re most likely looking at an early build of Windows 9 (Threshold) rather than Windows 8.2."

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