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Comment: Re:gosh (Score 1) 161

by jittles (#49584971) Attached to: The United States Just Might Be Iran's Favorite New Nuclear Supplier

America has more than enough problems to solve at home - like when you're going to do SOMETHING about Puerto Rico - either give them statehood or given them back their independence but right now you're conquering overlords there - no better than Iran's government.

The people of Puerto Rico have been given the choice to choose independence or statehood MANY times. The people of Puerto Rico would prefer to stay the way they are, and I don't blame them. They may not have the same legal rights as a state, but they receive all the other advantages of being US Citizens without having to pay federal income tax, in most cases:

Though the Commonwealth government has its own tax laws, Puerto Ricans are also required to pay most U.S. federal taxes, with the major exception being that most residents do not have to pay the federal personal income tax. In 2009, Puerto Rico paid $3.742 billion into the US Treasury.

Comment: Re:assuming they reverse-engineer the libraries (Score 1) 223

by jittles (#49584431) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps

Why would anyone need to reverse engineer open source libraries from Android?

because they are also providing MSFT implementations of the Google APIs which of course are not open source. should be easy enough. e.g., provide a maps implementation that works exactly like Google maps.

They probably are pushing Bing maps on Windows phone and so they probably just use a wrapper library that translates Android and iOS calls to the appropriate Windows Phone equivalent. From what little I saw and heard of their presentation yesterday, it sounds like you have to compile your Android and iOS apps inside of Visual studio to run it on Windows Phone 10.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 262

by jittles (#49579773) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Interesting. Thanks. But the entire fleet was not down, only several dozen. The ipads "powered down unexpectedly", not the type of behavior you expect from changes to a document data change, but a very common problem when an app or OS has been updated or changed in some manner.

You're right, it was just dozens - I misremembered the article. But they all appeared to be at the same time. You can't do auto update on the OS itself, though an app update could happen automatically. But supposedly they could not get the iPads to work at all without reconnecting to the airport WiFi network. That doesn't make much sense for any kind of update.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 4, Informative) 694

by jittles (#49578649) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Um... Climate Change?

Here is what the sitting Dem President has to say: “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” - President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013"

Here is what the Dem candidate for President in 2016 says: "Clinton began her remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit by laying out the problems climate change is already causing today, including extreme weather and droughts. “[These are] the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face,” she said. “No matter what deniers say.”"

Here is what the last Rep President had to say: " In 2001, President Bush decided to pull out of the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol, a worldwide agreement to try to keep greenhouse gases down. Environmentalists were aghast. The president said he had his reasons. "That I felt the Kyoto Treaty was unrealistic. It was not based upon science. The stated that mandates in the Kyoto Treaty would affect our economy in a negative way.""

And here is what a Rep candidate for 2016 has to say about it: " Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions whether global warming is real, arguing that the "data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing." "The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn't happened," said Cruz." http://politicalticker.blogs.c...

So, yeah there are real differences between US political parties, particularly on the subject of this article, Climate Change

I Think that just goes to show that they target different members of the population, not that they have real meaningfully different agendas. They almost always vote the same on things like domestic spying, invading foreign countries, etc. The only thing they really fight over is how to slice the pie.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 3, Insightful) 262

by jittles (#49578365) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

The update was likely to some item of data the application uses, not the application itself.

I don't see how you have any information to support this assumption. I'd guess its more likely an IOS update and some resulting incompatibility. Updating the data itself is probably the least likely change to cause error. Also, that data probably doesn't change very often, so it would have been pretty obvious if that were a root cause.

The evidence to suggest that it was a data change and not an application update was that their entire fleet of 737's was down. There was no report of another airframe being affected. Also, the data does change on a regular basis. From the FAA:

if your chart is more than 8 weeks old it probably isn't current. Aeronautical information changes frequently; more frequently than every six months. That is why we publish the Aeronautical Chart Bulletin in the back of each Airport/Facility Directory (AFD) every 56 days and why it is important that you consult the Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) prior to each flight.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 2) 262

by jittles (#49577113) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

These ipads were replacements for a big bag of relatively static documentation. For that purpose, you'd think that you would freeze the iOS version for long periods of time(and have IT test the hell out of any updates), and have a similarly static app that Nobody Touches without substantial approval, with only some PDF or HTML documents specific to the flight swapped out as needed.

The data is not static. And the fact that it happened only to the 737 aircraft in the fleet suggests that it had something to do with data that was specific to this aircraft and not the application or iPad OS itself.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 262

by jittles (#49577083) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Redundancy doesn't need to be hardcopies. Either bring backup I-pads, or better maybe a backup windows tab so you have both diversity and redundancy. Also, since this happened to many at about the same time, I assume an update or change was to blame. Don't update these unless there is a reason. And test if you do update, or keep a non-updated backup on hand until the update is proven reliable.

The update was likely to some item of data the application uses, not the application itself. Otherwise it would have affected the entire AA fleet and not just 737's. This data is updated frequently and using old data could be dangerous to that flight and other planes in the air.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 262

by jittles (#49577069) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

But there are millions of flights every years. So are you saying that they saved $1 per flight? Wouldn't it make sense to keep copies of the manual around at the airport so that they could use them if necessary? It wouldn't have any fuel costs to keep them on the ground.

Try each airline is saving millions of dollars of fuel, not the industry as a whole. And it's not just fuel, they have to worry about these things being out of date - version control is critical with this data. So they also spend money on having people verify that the pilots have the correct data that could be used for other purposes.

Comment: Re:Its about child support (Score 0) 367

by jittles (#49576945) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

Were that the case then the woman would not have custody of the child.

Again it all comes down to the welfare of the child. If the child has never seen his father, then ripping the child out of the home of its mother would not be in the best interest of the child. You can look at a court case, or talk to a lawyer and you'll see that in this case the father would almost certainly be held liable for support, regardless of whether or not he was involved in the life of the child. And even if the father is involved, he would not likely be granted sole custody just because the mother lost her job, or was otherwise on state assistance. That would just be ridiculous in cases where the mother was, for instance, a stay at home mom prior to a divorce or separation.

Comment: Re:Its about child support (Score 1, Interesting) 367

by jittles (#49576201) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

So, the issue with those eggs set aside is child support. If she signs something to the effect that he's not on the hook for any of the child support... I'd see no reason for him to care one way or the other.

The support is to provide for the needs of the child, not the mother. The right of child support belongs with the child, and not the mother. The mother is the custodian of the support. The mother can claim that she will never request child support, but the state can garnish money from the father whether the mother likes it or not. If the mother ever goes on welfare, WIC, or the child on medicare, the state will seek repayment for its expenses from the father regardless of the mother's thoughts on the matter.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 615

by jittles (#49536511) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Your choice to not vaccinate, you get to pay.

And that's why there's opposition from people. Anti-vaxxers are dumb as shit, but they have rights. If they're paying for schools (through taxes) then they get a say in how the schools operate.

No taxation without representation.

If I live in State A and own property in State B, I cannot vote in elections in both states. That is taxation without representation as well - assuming I pay taxes in both states (property or income). How is this any different? Plus they can still run for school board, go to district meetings open to the public, and participate in the PTA.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 615

by jittles (#49536487) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

That is fine, then give me the money that would otherwise be given to the school so I can pay for another option.

School vouchers fixes this problem instantly. Give us that option and you'll have no problems.

Is your school voucher program going to give me back the money I have paid in taxes for things like welfare, unemployment, medicaid, school districts, universities, medical research, and other programs I am not taking advantage of at the present moment? No? Oh, that's right, sometimes we pay taxes for things that don't benefit us directly because it makes society a better place.

Comment: Re:Very true (Score 1) 74

by jittles (#49536261) Attached to: Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To Developers

That is my guess as to why these emails were not sent out sooner. From pre-orders Apple knows now what are the less popular watch models so this one is probably the bottom of the list (most people from the sound of it like the dark bodies more than the silver). That makes it less likely someone would buy one to re-sell, or just to order to have a watch early instead of actually needing one to to testing with, and thus any developer sales will not really affect shipping dates for anyone who ordered this model since they probably already had enough of them made to ship out some extras.

I also think that as the emails get sent out, Apple waits a day or so to see if the person bites, then they send someone else an email... I have no idea how they choose who to send these to, as I'm an iOS developer working on an Apple Watch compatible app and I didn't get one.

I would have thought the blue band was one of the more popular band colors, but perhaps not. Or perhaps that's to make up for having to get the silver watch... :-)

Every single iOS developer at my company got one of these emails - except me. Apple asked us back in November to create an app for the Apple Watch, so maybe that has something to do with it. I'm also the only person who won the WWDC lottery at my company. So who knows?

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 622

by jittles (#49529717) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

I have a crossover SUV that gets about the same gas mileage as a Nissan Altima (3.6L though, which means a lot more kick). I can fit every single piece of furniture I own in that thing (not all at one time, obviously), except for my bed. It seats 5 people more comfortably than a sedan of that size. I bought it to haul around gear that I was using on a weekly basis - though I no longer need that capability. I ended up getting an inexpensive scooter to save on gas.

Comment: Re: So what? (Score 1) 407

by jittles (#49528329) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

Would you feel as coldly towards a person suffering diabetes? A person who needs daily finger-prick blood testing and may even require insulin injections?

We didn't get to choose our brains or our bodies, just like you didn't get to choose yours.

Besides, if I had a choice I'd naturally rather be a unicorn, just like every other sane person out there.

I know someone who has diabetes who does not (and should not drive). They have historically had trouble controlling their blood sugar properly and, as such, have had trouble remaining consciousness from time to time. No one mandated that this person not drive, but they felt like it was in the interest of safety that they not drive.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz