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Comment: The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Insightful) 44

The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.

Comment: Re:Next up... (Score 2) 92

by Shakrai (#49551825) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.

Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.

Comment: Re:Windows !!! (Score 5, Insightful) 79

by Shakrai (#49548841) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?

Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.

Comment: Re:Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . (Score 1) 112

by Shakrai (#49547423) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

Where I live they haven't bothered to make any provision for back up power to the repeaters on their coax plant. Power goes out? Kiss your phone service goodbye, even if you've got the battery in your modem. They finally did upgrade us to DOCSIS 3, about eight months ago, so now our peak hour speeds have gone from atrocious to tolerable FWIW.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 331

by gl4ss (#49542755) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

there's no war in pakistan... officially anyways.

so this was a police operation or police assistance operation or whatever the fuck - which made _no_ attempt to apprehend the suspects(no attempt at a trial, just a long range killing).

so yeah, he's not taking full responsibility. he knew that when he was saying it. he's not even taking war crime responsibility for it. he's not actually taking any actual responsibility for the act or ordering a hit that resulted in a dead american - or the others which have resulted in scores of dead civilians.

and quite frankly, you should already know that the drone hits are just call-a-hit's for local governments - they define who is a terrorist or not in pakistan, and those actual terrorists they don't want to whack they don't order hits on - they get to choose and USA gets the blame. yemen for example was using them for getting rid of political opposition figures(and now the whole country is a mess).

Comment: Re:Caller ID (Score 1) 78

by gl4ss (#49534929) Attached to: Facebook's "Hello" Tells You Who's Calling Before You Pick Up

there has been caller id apps on some markets(like, fetching from the phone companies directory the name) ever since shortly after 3g was rolled out.

why 3g was important for this? why not on pre-3g smartphones? on gprs+gsm network your data access got cut when you received a phone call, thus making it impossible to try to query the database just in time and keeping the entire database for a country of 5 million people on a smartphone that had a 16mbyte memcard was not feasible of course.

and you already had this with facebook for your friends who had put in their phone numbers as public too, if you synced the contacts.

of course facebook could just put anybodys phone number matching who is on facebook - but that would be quite a big of a privacy nono so I don't think they're actually doing that.

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