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Comment How is this news? (Score 3, Interesting) 104

Remote ATC controllers are very common in Canada and USA (Peterborough for example). How is this anything new?

Nav Canada has had ATC controllers sit in the ATC facility at Pearson airport while controlling multiple other airports for years or maybe decades. This is very common practice and all pilots know what an RCO is.

The only difference I can spot here is they get webcams. That's hardly an important bit as the ATC never has to have visual of the plane. In a controlled airport the pilot just has to declare I have visual and thats good enough. Works similarly for taxiing aircraft.

Comment Been through it (Score 5, Interesting) 200

I was asked to login into my phone emails and facebook on the laptop flying back to Miami from Bahamas in my private plane.

4 officers took over an hour going over all pictures in my camera, emails going way way back, friends posts on facebook and facebook messages some over a year old.

I gave them all access immediately, but then asked about this process and they gave me a CBSA leaflet that explained if I denied them access they will confiscate the device, copy the contents and ship it back to me.

I got to keep my electronics because I gave them immediate access even though it cost me long distance data plans there.

Being a Canadian citizen, I dont think I have any teeth to complain to anyone but our own politicians here. And all they can do is make life miserable for US citizens entering Canada in retaliation.

I'm just so glad I havent cracked any stupid jokes regarding violence, drugs or terrorism in the last 1-2 years in any facebook messages or comments.

Comment Re:Will it have the same garbage CPU? (Score 4, Insightful) 141

It is garbage because a very closed CPU is used as an educational platform without datasheet availability.

This Broadcom SOC is great for mass-produced routers, bad for sharing with people trying to learn how Linux boots, learning assembly and possibly advancing to their own RTOS. I'm aware of the measly peripheral datasheet sections that are available online, but for Atmel and NXP chips one has to read a LOT more to make basic hardware level programs (how are the VICs nested, timing and boot issues/settings, other exceptions made by Broadcom i their ARM11 implementation etc).

Consistency is unimportant if youre giving people a board with the OS pre-installed, the kernel can handle different CPUs while users use different programs. But if you want to learn a bit more and go lower level (for example from Arduino), you're screwed by Broadcom SOC's severe lack of documentation. And forget about learning to code for the GPU.

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 395

I was thinking the same thing. AIM was the first feeling of being online? Hell no! It was 9600 baud modems, BBSes and the first live chat for a lot of us was IRC.

I know I know unix has a chat thingy too, but it was IRC that connected the world, in strange little dungeon chatrooms, where you had to smell the bots before trying to download mp3s from them :)

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1486

When the first-ever reactor was being setup by Fermi, he know exactly how to build it and what the results will be. No human had ever built one before. And yet it was 'science' before the first reactor.

More than being 'testable', science gives you results rather than emotional satisfaction. There is much of science not testable (immediately) such as time travel and the likelihood of intelligent aliens in nearby galaxies.

A different definition might be:

- Science is the most likely truth given the observable

- Religion is usually the least likely truth, but one that emotionally appeals to us.

It was religion that claimed the world is flat, and sits on the back of a giant tortoise and a few other animals piled up. Science claimed the world was round before it was directly testable. It because testable when people sailed around the world. Yet there are still people in the 21st century who believe the world is flat, and they're being lied to.

Comment Re:Or ... (Score 1) 223

Holy assumptions in the original article. It links the core's relative rotation to the magnetic field. The magnetic field exists because a huge mass of ferroelectric material rotates.

Now which do you think affects the magnetic field more, the cores RELATIVE rotation speed (a few degrees in a million years?) or the overall Earth rotation (roughly 365 degrees in a day)? This is like putting a magnet in a plastic cup, rotating the magnet, and rotating the cup SLIGHTLY slower, and saying the resulting magnetic field is due to the cup rotating SLOWER.

Comment Re:Much welcomed tech (Score 1) 141

Can you install Windows/Solaris/Linux/AIX on file-level storage, install Oracle/DB2/Exchange/Domino?

Block-level storage can and does completely replace local harddrives. Thats the reason for bladeservers, where blades have everything but harddisks. They're given volumes of fiber channel, iscsi or fcoe to become their local virtual disks. NFS or CIFS would be completely useless to them without first having block level volumes (except for the rare case of Linux/FreeBSD installed on NFS).

Comment Re:Much welcomed tech (Score 2, Informative) 141

I do not believe you've actually used iSCSI, at all.

The performance numbers are very different and so are the technologies, Microsoft filesharing is file-level and iSCSI is block level. It means with an iSCSI card, the machine can treat volumes as local disks and install any OS.

Secondly, you're confusing iSCSI with NFS. NFS has been freely available even back on Windows NT4. However it was not created to counter Microsoft, it was ALREADY there.

iSCSI until recently has been the only technology that provides block-level storage access and as efficiently as possible on a routable ethernet network. The recent FCoE is even more efficient but its not so easily routable.

Comment Much welcomed tech (Score 4, Interesting) 141

It's interesting how this will increase the adoption of iSCSI storage, yet the original reason to go to iSCSI will be lost since fiber cables will have to be laid.

Either way 1Gbit Ethernet is beginning to feel a bit like a bottleneck with storage and other bottlenecks being removed.

It'll take some time between ratification and cheap D-Link switches...

Comment So happy at first (Score 2, Funny) 34

I was so happy about a detailed book (700+ pages) on a 'flash on devices' book. I've been wanting to know more about the intricacies of flash chips before I put them on my dev boards. Embedded development gets far less attention regarding literature than web programming. ... and then I was let down. :) A book on flash chips (NAND, NOR, XIP, various voltages and tricks) will have to wait for a better day.

I hate flash.

"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics