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Comment: Re: Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by jrumney (#47487855) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet
There is some sort of regulation though. Flying Singapore to LA earlier this year, WiFi was available from the gate at Singapore until the seatbelt sign came on approaching Narita, then from when the seatbelt sign went off after leaving Narita until we started to approach the coast of Alaska, and while flying over Canada. Basically the only places it was not available was takeoff and landing in Japan, and flying over US airspace.

Comment: Re:And then throw it in a fire (Score 1) 91

As far as I know, the hardware is no different than a standard platter drive

You don't know very far then, do you? But yes, a secure rewrite of the full device should wipe the flash to the point where some serious lab equipment is needed to recover anything from the device.

Comment: Re: No. (Score 1) 502

An SNR of 124dB is 89.1 times as good as approximately 105dB. When your speakers are around 80-90 dB and CD quality input around 100dB (less for most heavily compressed input and MP3s), that 105dB SNR for your internal audio is already the least important component in the chain for sound quality. I suspect though that that is for digital output. The analogue stages in onboard audio do leave a lot to be desired.

Comment: Re:Cheap windows laptop (Score 1) 183

by jrumney (#47423793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?
The vendor supplied tools may be Windows only, but chances are there is a gcc backend available for the target architecture these days. I wouldn't like to be using an ARM board for my cross compiling though, getting QEMU set up for any compilation steps that need to run on the target architecture is enough of a nightmare on Intel, let alone other architectures that noone has used that way before.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 608

by jrumney (#47421639) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
I said vim, not vi. I'm well aware that vi goes back further, but nobody in their right mind would consider using the original vi as their primary development tool these days. And Emacs goes back to 1985, not 1972. Sure, it can trace its roots back to ed, from 1972, but it is even less like ed than vim is like vi.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 2) 608

by jrumney (#47415563) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
In 1980, a kernel or driver developer was entering data into a mainframe using punchcards in binary (or if they were lucky, an assembler was available for the architecture they were targeting). Version control consisted of a row of 7 cabinets, one for each day of the week, where you stored your most recent stacks of punchcards. They most certainly weren't using vim/emacs, gcc and git and debugging in a VM.

Comment: Re:And in other news (Score 1) 139

by jrumney (#47404435) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

On the flip side, taxi drivers have many more hours behind the wheel [aka sleep deprivation]. I thinks it's fair to say that there are many factors which contribute to both raise and lower a taxi's risk of getting into an accident.

So far we've only come up with factors that raise the risk. What are the factors that lower it?

Comment: Re: What else is safe ? (Score 2) 349

by jrumney (#47386545) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice
Easy solution in this case is to remove all Qualcomm code from the Linux kernel. In the short term this will cause a lot of pain for end users and companies that use Qualcomm hardware in their products, but in the long run this will effectively shut Qualcomm out of a very large portion of their market and serve as an excellent example to others why the DMCA should be used with great care.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.