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Comment: Re:Australia? (Score 1) 119

I guess because the air is warmer it's less dense, making this kind of record "easier"?

The record was set about 100k SW of Melbourne (Actually the Australian Automotive Research Centre near Anglesea) in Victoria, in Winter.

The temps there in the last week were around 12 Deg C (55 F)

So much for 'less dense' air

I think he was talking cognitively less dense than from a US perspective. The people there are less dense. ;)

Comment: Re:we are experiencing something similar (Score 1) 358

by jittles (#47530255) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

in northwestern Venezuela we are having the biggest drought in 60 years. We only have 57 days left of water, and that's including with limited use (1 and a half days of water per week!)

Our water comes by the way of reservoirs, and we depend heavily on rain. Can't remember the last time it rained and we are getting extremely worried

Ah I used to live on Margarita and the pipe that would supply water from the main land broke. We had no running water for over 2 weeks. They brought it over in tankers and it got incredibly expensive, very fast. It was not a pleasant time. Good luck to you. I miss Venezuela.

Comment: Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (Score 1) 814

For those not familiar with southwest: There is no assigned seating. People board in three groups, A (frequent flyers, people paying extra for early boarding), B and C (everyone else, numbered by check in order). Long story short, he bought the cheap tickets for his kids and wanted a free upgrade. He then threw a fit when he didn't get his way.

No you're wrong. A1-15 are the only spots you can pay extra for. A15-30 are for frequent flyers with certain status. If A15-30 do not fill up by the time you can check in at the gate, those spots come up for sale also. Anyone can get A31-60. It's the people who have nothing better to do but camp out at their phones and check in exactly 24 hours early that get spots A31-60. Believe me, I used to fly Southwest ALL the time (not by choice), and I hate their boarding policy.

The guy has two kids. The odds are good that, even if he wanted to, he was too busy to check in 24 hours in advance to get an A spot. I've checked in 23:30 hours in advance and gotten a B50 spot on busy routes with a lot of business travelers. Cut the poor guy some slack. It's not like he was trying to bring his business partner or coworker with him. They were two young kids that should not be waiting in line alone anyway. They should be sitting together and its much easier for them to do so if they board in the A group. I would be willing to bet that none of the passengers around him would have complained about him bringing the kids on earlier. Not at that age, anyway.

Comment: Re:name and location tweeted... (Score 1) 814

My issue is when they want to say that they deserve to be treated equally and then complain when they aren't treated to a higher standard than men. Not all women do that. I would say most women do not do that. But a lot of the most vocal women I know expect ridiculous double standards between how men treat them versus how men treat each other. I don't believe double standards help anyone. Well, unless the double standard is in my benefit. Then it's the best standard one can apply. ;)

Comment: Re:Works Fine For Me (Score 1) 814

I just hate having to set an alarm on my phone to remember to check into my flight at exactly 24 hours in advance so that I don't get a C boarding pass. I feel like a slave to the airline. When I fly with another airline, I pick my seat in advance and go. Why should someone who bought a ticket the day before get a better seat than me because he has nothing better to do but sit on his computer and hit refresh until he is able to check in for the flight?

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 3, Funny) 814

I have a great solution for this. Everytime I see this happening, I take the bag down and pop it on the floor on a vacant seat. Eventually the bag makes it into the overhead lockers... somewhere. Enjoy your flight Mr. Type - A person, and then enjoy finding your damn bag because you left it out of your sight.

I think I've been on a plane with you sir, and I salute you wholeheartedly. One time a guy game from the back of the plane mid-flight (fasten seat belt light is on due to turbulence mind you), walks to the front row and starts looking for his bag. He can't find it and starts going through the overhead bins. He gets halfway through the plane on one side before a flight attendant came up and asked him what he was doing. He said someone stole his bag off the plane and went crazy. Flight attendant finally told him to sit down and to not look for his bag again or they would land the plane and the local police would help him find his bag when they hauled him off (this due to his belligerence). It all makes sense now!

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 814

flight attendants are great at finding a place for oversized luggage clogging up the overhead bins. if the overhead bin is full sit your carryon on your lap and when they ask why it isn't stowed they will fix it or stow your bag nearby...

Which may be fine and dandy if you're in the back row of the plane, or you have no connecting flight. But I can tell you right now that if my bag gets put 20 rows behind me, I am not going to go against the stream of people to try and grab it. That would be terribly rude. And I do not let other people walk the wrong way down the aisle to grab a bag when they are getting off either. I barely fit down the aisle, both height and width, so good luck getting around me.

That's not to say you can't get around that. A month ago I was traveling and gave up my window seat to a Chinese couple so they could sit together on a long transcontinental flight. I moved back 5 rows. I didn't bother with a carry on for this trip because it was a long one, but their carry on bags stayed in the back. Even though they barely spoke English, I helped them find their bags and pass them 5 rows forward so they didn't have to wait to get off the plane. But in general, if your bag is in a bin more than 1 or 2 rows behind your seat, you're screwed when you go to disembark.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 952

by jittles (#47514535) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Melodramatic? Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when women are playing with men? I've heard guys who threatened to hunt down their female opponents so they could rape them and murder them just because they got their ass handed to them in a game. That is not juvenile "boys will be boys" behavior. That's somebody who might violently act out if the right circumstances (alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, stress, etc..) were to happen.

That's just gaming. You should read some of the stories about women who get involved in politics. Some people get really unhinged when you attack their personal values. Then you have some guys who go completely off the deep end when it is a woman doing it. Threats of murder come quickly and often. It is sadistic and it is ugly.

I still play some older COD games online with my brother. We're pretty good, and we make a great team. If we play on a Friday night there is a very high chance that someone will send us a private message with a death threat or other harassing language. I've heard it all. These people get pissed when they see two people on a 6 person team account for over half of winning score, assume we cheat, and go ballistic. I've got a friend who is much much better than both of us. When I play with him, that guy will get 70% of the points by himself. He gets a lot of hate.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 952

by jittles (#47514501) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I had a girl when I was in my twenties, whom I told that I wasn't interested in her that way call me repeatedly and just breath into the phone when I answered.. that was creepy. Being a guy didn't make me feel better about it either, I didn't know if she would try to cut my brake lines in my car, or burn my house down with me in it. It sucked.

All of the things mentioned in the article are truly lame, and should never happen to anyone , but I don't see them as sexist per se. It's more just about how shitty the world is.

Oh yeah. Had an ex girlfriend do that in college. She called 5-10 times per day for 3 months. Then for the next 3 months after that I would randomly find her waiting for me at places I never expected to see her (but she knew I went to). She would be waiting outside of my place at 2am when I would get home from a night out (she had no car, she would walk 1 hour and then wait for me outside for as long as it took). It was 6 months of wondering if she was going to try and kill me.

Comment: Re:Huge Caveat! (Score 4, Informative) 98

by jittles (#47502721) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

That only happens if you enter your passcode then see the "Trust this Computer" prompt on a computer that has iTunes installed and you click "Trust" at the prompt. That creates a set of sync keys that the iOS device will then accept to access the various services.

The article made that very clear. But it's not clear to me where these keys are stored - is it on the disk, unprotected, or is it in your encrypted keychain? If the former, it seems to me that - unless you encrypt your computer's hard disk - this means anyone with unfettered access to your computer could get at these keys and thereby get at everything on your iOS device. If the latter, it would be much more difficult to do, even if they otherwise got access to your account.

The guy said he uses this to monitor his kids (which, depending on their age, might be a bit jerky in my opinion). However since he seems like an overzealous parent, I'm wondering if he has his kids' passwords etc., which would be necessary if these keys are in the keychain.

Unless Apple has changed the way this process works, the keys you need to get it to sync aren't in the keychain at all. ON a mac you can find them in ~/Library/MobileSync or something like that. On later versions of Windows it'll be in Users\\AppData\Roaming\Apple\MobileSync

You can quite literally copy and paste them from one machine to another in order to trick an iDevice into syncing with multiple iTunes libraries at once, though you can run into problems with that if you're not careful. However, if encryption is enabled on backups, then you must know the passphrase to actually access a device backup. It's been years since I've played around with this, so I may bit a bit off on the exact directory locations, but they are basically just files sitting around in your user folder.

Comment: Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (Score 1) 230

by jittles (#47502235) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

All the companies I've worked for didn't allow a split-tunnel VPN from corporate laptops.

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

Depends on what you're doing. I allow a split-tunnel into my home VPN because I use that VPN connection strictly to access internal resources remotely. I have no need to route all my web traffic through my home connection when all I want to do is SSH into a box, or copy a file off a network share or something like that. When I am on the road and on an untrusted connection, I just VPN into the home network and run RDP and use the remote machine to access online banking, email, or other services.

Sorry, I thought we were talking about corporate networks and didn't think it was necessary to describe all the different ways in which a VPN might be used.

Well, I suppose the point I am trying to make is there may be corporate edge cases where they want split tunnel. In general, most employees aren't smart enough to realize when to use what, and so the best policy from an IT perspective is to keep the user from shooting themselves in the foot with the VPN. Hell I've known IT people who weren't smart enough to configure the VPN properly to force traffic through the connection, and then failed to properly test whether traffic was leaking out of the tunnel.

Comment: Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (Score 1) 230

by jittles (#47502105) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

All the companies I've worked for didn't allow a split-tunnel VPN from corporate laptops.

Split-tunnel pretty much kills the whole point of using a VPN.

Depends on what you're doing. I allow a split-tunnel into my home VPN because I use that VPN connection strictly to access internal resources remotely. I have no need to route all my web traffic through my home connection when all I want to do is SSH into a box, or copy a file off a network share or something like that. When I am on the road and on an untrusted connection, I just VPN into the home network and run RDP and use the remote machine to access online banking, email, or other services.

Comment: Re:cause and/or those responsible (Score 1) 667

by jittles (#47500159) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

They misidentified Flight 655 as an Iranian F-14 operating out of Bandar Abbas, a known F-14 base but also a civilian airport. That may seem strange to us in Europe or the USA where miltary and civilian operations are conducted from separate facilities but in many parts of the world it is not by any means uncommon for a couple of jet fighters packing bombs and missiles to be launching out of the military half of an airport and an airliner taking off of from the civilian half a minute or two later.

Not strange at all in the US. In fact, I had my Airbus rocked by the afterburners of two F-16s taking off of a civilian airstrip in the US just a few months ago. It was an interesting experience being right behind them in the ground pattern. The US uses civilian airfields for National Guard and reserve bases. I used to work right across the street from one such facility. After Sept 11 that facility had F-16s taking off every 60-90 minutes with live munitions.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 667

by jittles (#47499667) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

I seem to recall a murderous kleptomaniac thug being evicted from power on the strength of popular protest.

I think you meant "fleeing from power" after securing all the loot at Putin's holiday home but before anyone could legally hold him to account.

I think he's talking about King George the III bro.

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