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Comment: Re: name and location tweeted... (Score 3, Interesting) 860

That was my knee-jerk reaction as well. Thinking it though, SouthWest must have a group dedicated to monitoring social media postings in order to respond that quickly. Surely this group is familiar with the Streisand Effect, and would not take such action against the passenger. Rather, I suspect the punitive action came from the same gate attendant that the passenger complained about.
Gate attendant gets pissy with passenger -> passenger posts complaint -> SW social media group reads complaint -> SW calls gate attendant and tells her to fix it (i.e. apologize) or it will come up at her performance review -> pissy gate attendant calls passenger back to the gate and threatens him.

Comment: Re:what could he possibly have seen? (Score 1) 138

by iksbob (#47254787) Attached to: France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Perhaps when it comes to simple ball handling and player-on-player action, that's true. However, like all team sports, strategy can be applied with respect to general placement of players, passing and the like. Ideally, these strategies should leverage each player's individual strengths, thus making them unique to a given team. Opposing teams could extract much of this strategy from existing game footage, but not newly developed strategies (such as those designed to counter a specific opposing team) or tactics that are being kept 'up their sleeve' to be used in a pinch.

Comment: Re:Fraud? Try Idiot. (Score 1) 99

by iksbob (#46524669) Attached to: More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

Which makes it all the stranger. High-profile area of research, likely to be checked, major journal... It's like a checklist of ways to get caught. The tinfoil hat region of my brain makes me wonder if the research is genuine, but other researchers are refuting it out of fear that the funding for their own research will be cut. After all, who needs an expensive, complex (and patented) method of creating stem cells when a cheap and easy solution produces similar (or superior) results?

Comment: Re:Blue screen of death (Score 5, Interesting) 87

by iksbob (#46037375) Attached to: MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

That came to mind for me. The "display" they appear to be demonstrating uses a projector to illuminate desired areas of nanoparticles. The new technology here is that the particles respond to a specific bandwidth of light, letting others through. If one had a bright light of that specific bandwidth (say, a deliberately de-focused laser), he/she could illuminate the screen from another location, blinding the driver if the screen covered a large enough area of the windshield.

Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 3, Insightful) 698

by iksbob (#45716593) Attached to: NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

In all seriousness, I was thinking the exact same thing.
As others here have pointed out, the premise of a BIOS-flashing piece of malware seems tenuous, and even laughable to those familiar with the subject. So why would the NSA make such a claim? One strong possibility in my mind is that they really have produced such a piece of malware (keylogger, packet sniffer, whatever) and are afraid of the public backlash and/or damage claims (my motherboard failed! it must be the NSA!) that would arise when its existence is made clear by a Snowden release. As such, they are desperately trying to spin it off on China before said release can be made.

Comment: Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (Score 1) 622

by iksbob (#45246241) Attached to: Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

While I generally agree with your statements, the article is discussing the authorities' abuse of power. Pointing to the victim's lack of preparation for such abuse as some form of wrong-doing in the context of discussing the abuse itself is pretty solidly an ad hominem attack.

Comment: Re:I feel safer... (Score 1) 411

by iksbob (#45051981) Attached to: US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

The trouble is that the greatest damage done by rape is often a matter of emotional trauma. As people grow and develop at different paces (physically, intellectually and emotionally), one can't point to a particular age and claim adulthood once it has been exceeded. There may be individuals capable of making a sound decision and coping with the results at age 12, and those that can't at age 35. Thus, the "age of consent" laws may seem rather contrived at times.

Comment: Re:OUCH (Score 1) 479

by iksbob (#44777901) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

So bother to read the article ... where it stated ... clearly ... the aircraft was a gas turbine.

Where is that? Which of the two articles, and in what paragraph? I see no reference to gas turbines what so ever. In fact, the WSJ article has quoted the deceased's post that he was "breaking in some new packs i just got", referring to LiPo main battery packs.

Comment: Re:OUCH (Score 1) 479

by iksbob (#44776983) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

That's interesting. I wonder if it has something to do with CA air quality regulations or perhaps economic demographic? I have seen a grand total of two turbine engines at our club's airfield (very likely the location of the DE event mentioned in the article), one of which was in a heli (at said event no less).

Comment: Re:OUCH (Score 1) 479

by iksbob (#44776825) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

As much a tragedy as it was, he was asking for it. None of the heli fliers in our club (likely the one that hosted the DE event mentioned in the article) take those sorts of risks with personal safety. Risk the heli? Sure... You need to push yourself in order to improve, and it gives the crowd a thrill. However, the thrills and entertainment come to a screeching halt when someone gets hurt.
My best guess is this kid was a budding adrenaline junky, and got his jollies by putting himself in harm's way. Unfortunately, it seems the overstepping of his limits overlapped with his adrenaline habit.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.