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Comment: Re:Old school AA (Score 1) 208

by mveloso (#48868741) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Drones can fly fast and fly low. If you can detect something flying fast and low from background noise and target it, that's great. If there are 30 of them flying fast right at you, that's a harder problem.

If there are 50 of them (they're cheap), then you're SOL.

If there are 100 of them (for redundancy) coming at you from all directions, then you're totally SOL.

Again, you only need a parrot-sized drone to do damage. Those can really go fast, especially if you don't care if they come back.

Comment: That would be a Directed EMP (Score 5, Interesting) 208

by mveloso (#48862619) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

The problem with an EMP is you can't focus it. Focus an EMP and blast the electronics out of the sky. If anything you could disrupt the motors.

These things are going to become a major problem. If you have enough of them, you could outfit them with grapeshot and basically saturate an area. If they're cheap enough you could cover a really, really, really large area. Put lots of plastic explosive on them and you could do some serious damage to buildings and depots.

Today, a drone swarm would be basically unstoppable. Take a bunch of parrot AR drones and some plastic explosive and you'd be able to destroy or heavily damage any facility from afar. Good luck trying to stop them with anything.

Comment: Income Inequality? (Score 0) 153

by mveloso (#48778143) Attached to: Fewer Grants For Young Researchers Causing Brain Drain In Academia

It's amusing that academics complain about the salary differentials in the private sector, then do the same thing in their universities. Change yourself first, then agitate for change in the outside world.

If you aren't willing to eat your own dog food why are you trying to get someone else to eat it?

Comment: Calling bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by mveloso (#48768101) Attached to: EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

It's a labor camp where people are making money.

Go back to the day to app stores like getjar. Did you even know they existed? Did you know how people bought and sold software before app stores? Did you know how developers did?

I do, and it was expensive to sell. The app store led the way to what is almost a zero-cost way to sell your software. You didn't have to provide a few thousand copies of your software as "payment." You didn't have to print a box, manual, and make physical media.

Saying the app store and its execution weren't a great revolution shows that you are totally ignorant of how software was made and sold only a few years ago. Small developers for software really didn't exist. Nobody pays for shareware, and making a living as a small dev was basically impossible. The app store basically recreated the hobby developer market, period, and brought it to a level of mainstream that was never attained by normal PCs.

Better PR? Apple does have better PR. But Apple also does things that nobody else things will work, and makes it work well. Making something work well is substantially harder than you can imagine.

Comment: Sounds like public school education (Score 1) 169

by mveloso (#48736583) Attached to: Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not

What the principal says can translate to practically the whole public school curriculum:

"learning gains don't necessarily transfer to the real world, or last much longer than the end of the school year"

Very little in public education in the US has actually been proven, vetted, or has any evidence of efficacy. In fact, the PS system as a whole has been condemned many times for poor performance, bad practices, lack of accountability, and is essentially a money pit designed to enrich union teachers.

Kids get "educated" despite the public schools, not because of them.

Comment: Bogosity (Score 1) 112

by mveloso (#48701389) Attached to: Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

What he's saying is that the only "secure" version of something is x.x, x.y, z.x. Anything else is "insecure."

Well fuck, what about all those XP installations? Default apache configs? Systems using heartbleed SSL? What about if they're hosted on platforms that aren't current? What about embedded platforms?

Basically, 99% of the internet is insecure.

I mean, come on: 82.27% of perl installs are secure? 77.59% of python installs? Get real.

Comment: Gate check like a stroller (Score 1) 349

by mveloso (#48697887) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

When you gate check a stroller, you get the stroller at the next hop, not at your destination.

You can also gate-check your bag, and it gets dumped into the normal cargo hold and meets you at the final destination. That's not the one you want.

Be sure you do the right one.

Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.