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Comment: this has been a passive attack for a while now. (Score 1) 94

by nimbius (#47711599) Attached to: Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope
originally researchers analyzed the data in the following categories. wobbling or wiggling in android devices indicated stress patterns, while violent shaking concluded frustration or rage. Finally, a single impact for iPhone devices registered as a trip to the genius bar and an unpaid credit card bill.

Comment: a poor parallel (Score 1) 417

by nimbius (#47679701) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone
Call of Duty is nothing like actual war. instead, you should make the kids go camping for 3 days with nothing but ritz crackers, peanut butter and beef jerky. at the end, when they want to come home, phone them and let them know they did a great job so they get to camp for 3 more days. Occasionally drop off toilet paper and a roll of smartys, tell them its good for their morale. At the end of this 3 days, insist they stay 3 more days but this time leave a gas generator running next to the tent. If this is done in July, remember to stop by and stand near the generator telling bad jokes. Insist that they should appreciate it because its part of your effort to boost their morale as well. replace the beef jerky with baby food randomly. At the end of the week, take them a package of socks, gatorade and deodorant, then remove it and apologise as its for another kid with the same name also camping.

Comment: speaking as a senior engineer (Score 4, Insightful) 160

by nimbius (#47679327) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

young engineers find that they spend a lot of time with bureaucracy, the pace is slow, their projects often get canceled or delayed, and the creative job satisfaction is poor.

Yes. im sorry you had to find out this way, but most engineering work is a bureaucratic rats nest. most of the meetings you're involved in are already pre-determined. That is, tens or hundreds of meetings in the past, before you were hired, determined the scope and pace of the particular project you've been tasked to work with. I dont task my young engineers with small tediums like compressor analysis or or structural meshing to torture them. New hires and college grads need to understand the fundamentals of our project before they dive into the bigger picture. the thermodynamic elements of most projects are a moebius strip of endless complexity few people under 10 years of experience with the company could ever comprehend. If you want creative freedom, pack your cube and go be a designer. Creative freedom may make you feel good, but when we're designing a thermonuclear power plant turbine, your special snowflake idea isnt being rejected because we dont like you but because our design has 40 years of in-the-field testing and functionality, and includes a fully scoped maintenance cycle that keeps america from celibrating its very own chernobyl.

projects can and do get cancelled. deal with it, because its rarely the result of anything you did. Maybe the nation-state that wanted your new jet engines decided to spend the money on ethnic cleansing, who knows. dont take it personally. make sure you at least learned something from that project. Finally, i cant stress this enough: you are an engineer, and the pace should be slow. part of that is in your software. ansys, nastran, and fluent jobs will run for weeks at a time, wiping your ass to make sure your design or part is solid and incapable of immolating a school under normal operational parameters. you can quicken the pace by specifying realistic resources to use before you submit to the simulation cluster, and optimizing your simulations instead of queueing them up, locking your screen, and going off to lunch. monitor your checkpoints for failures in convergence. use the latest software instead of demonizing it. run it multicore, and for god sake stop being retiscent and stubborn about new shit that can help you like simulation timing blocks. and another thing, close the application so your license is returned to the pool and can be used on other projects, most of which yours depends on.

now get off my lawn.

Comment: as a rider, a lot of questions still remain. (Score 1) 126

by nimbius (#47663697) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding
the excitement about the ironman theme seems to have eclipsed some major questions that I feel haven't been answered for many riders. call me a hater, but I guess the customer reviews will need to answer these:

1. what is the weight of this helmet?
2. did we ever solve the battery issue? how long, really, does this thing last?
3. im sure skully is all ears in san francisco, where your average motoring speed is well under 35, but can this thing communicate with me at highway speed?
4. is this device water resistant?
5. can it be charged from my bike like my phone?
6. what about riders with glasses?
7. many bikes already include bluetooth interfaces, how does Skully play with them?
as it stands, i can only see the helmet being adopted by vespa riding hipsters and the 20something lowered litrebike crowd; both of whom never leave main street or the comfort of first gear. anyone familiar with interstate and cross country riding already enjoy most everything skully provides. radio, pandora, gps, bluetooth, camera (front and rear) as well as realtime weather and traffic. its all been there for around a decade and already interfaces with bluetooth equipped helmets that are far more battle tested.

Comment: still the same galaxy. dont worry. (Score 5, Funny) 220

by nimbius (#47662313) Attached to: Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners
For those wondering if the dimensions will change with the rounded edges, dont worry. the Galaxy Alpha will still continue to ship with mounting equipment for roadside billboard, stadium jumbotron, and IMAX auditorium. It will also still include the ever popular 130 decibel klaxon for informing you of Amber alerts at 5 AM on a saturday.

Comment: to understand the attacks, understand NGO. (Score 1, Informative) 25

by nimbius (#47662285) Attached to: A Look At Advanced Targeted Attacks Through the Lens of a Human-Rights NGO
to learn why The Chinese government has designated the WUC and its affiliate groups as a terrorist organisation, people must understand where NGO's came from and why they exist. "non-governmental organization" only came into popular use with the establishment of the United Nations Organization in 1945. it however intensified throughout the cold war as a means by which capitalist nations (namely the united states) could covertly do everything from back the nicacaguan contra to overthrow the government of Iran. At best, they are a destabilizing force as evidenced in Action Aid and Christian Aid which effectively condoned the 2004 US backed coup against an elected government in Haiti. NGO's cheerlead for projects like privatized water and healthcare in mozambique as they are not formally held to standard and adherence within the host country. 'showcase' projects and parallel programs that prove to be unsustainable can and do often show up alongside, but not in partnership with, government efforts.

the World Uyghur Congress is headed presently by an exilee in the United States since 2005 after six years' imprisonment in China for leaking state secrets. it is an umbrella term for an organisation of once small, weak and fractious Uyghur nationalist groups, including the World Uyghur Youth Congress, formed in November 1996. it is at most a separatist group with a line-item budget in the federal government and a testament to americas schitzophrenic relationship with china. We hate communism and dictatorial rule, but the 213 billion in trade this year seems to revise our outlook considerably. We sure hate terrorism but when the 2009 Ãoerümqi riots struck, we couldnt be bothered to care about how our NGO orchestrated and planned the event.

Comment: just ask carriers. (Score 4, Interesting) 247

by nimbius (#47662075) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups
googling verizon, comcast, and time warner it seems like their original pledge in 2012 to start rolling out ipv6 has quietly halted. most of their sites simply say "check back" while others imply certain undisclosed service areas may be exposed to both 4 and 6. forums are another story, with most customers and techs confirming the support exists, but either modems arent enabled to receive ipv6 due to bugs, or the support is broken in all-in-one devices in the case of DSL.

speaking from a linux neckbeard standpoint, i dont care. ive had competent functional v6 support for almost a decade and in many cases implemented it for pay. In my experience the problems associated with implementing v6 are related to companies angry about any downtime at all, or vendor specific appliances that just cant for some reason or another. they either lied about their ipv6 support, only partially support routing IPv6, or have egregious bugs in their implementation that cause stability problems in the rest of the network. Hosting providers have done an excellent job of supporting it from what ive seen, and most (with the exception of godaddy) are very generous in their IP offerings (i get 30 with ramnode.)

Comment: I for one am enjoying our new quiet. (Score 2) 145

by nimbius (#47661795) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution
As a senior engineer, im glad to get some downtime before the "next revolution." I certainly havent had to patch any hacks or bugs related to our transcontinental wonkavator. this week ive done nothing but drink pina coladas and enjoy a long vacation instead of worry about vendor lock-in and incompatibility, which as we all know was solved during the IT Revolution(c). thanks to the IT revolution (and especially the cloud) ive had plenty of time to spend with friends playing my favourite games, which in no way were encumbered by a lack of reliable infrastructure to play them on (thanks again IT Revolution!) Technologies used in the corporate data center like DRAC and EFI PXE have worked so well that i dont even have to worry about security vulnerabilities or bugs. gone are the days when disk and ram shortages were commonplace, as are the days when disks were specifically coded to certain vendors and controllers.

Comment: twitter bots can be helpful. (Score 1) 84

by nimbius (#47661761) Attached to: Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots
companies like ramnode and pingdom often have twitter interfaces to automagically notify customers of potential or actual outages. Call me a graybeard but I for one feel like thats laziness. Back in my day we wrote scripts to notify our customers, and in turn they visited our out-of-band notification box to see what the trouble was. Often times these boxes could fail over, if things were bad enough, pbx and irc for tech support. using twitter as a surrogate OOB channel means, in my opinion, you dont care about accountability when it comes to notifying customers.

Comment: I can just see the convicts now. (Score 1) 146

by nimbius (#47655585) Attached to: Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress
inmate: So youre the new guy. I got 15 years for murder. what did you do?
new guy: suspicion of terrorism at a train station. The cops said their new camera detected my enormous amount of stress.
inmate: thats gutsy. So, did ya pull it off? the terror attack?
new guy: if by terror attack you mean a taco bell breakfast, then yeah. Im sure theres a plumber and a janitor that are pretty terrorized by me.

Comment: the DEA isnt about drugs. (Score 4, Informative) 127

by nimbius (#47654159) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists
This is probably rather controversial, but it should be said. The DEA was never created in order to police drugs.
Richard Nixon created the DEA in part as a reaction to the 60's neo liberal counter culture, and in part at the behest of southern constituents in response to the 1964 civil rights amendment. this is evidenced by the fact that the DEA targets disproportionally minority communities for enforcement, regardless of the well documented fact that affluent communities exhibit similar levels of drug posession. its also supported by the lack of any DEA presence or investigation during the iran contra scandal as well as the existence of numerous politicians and heads of state whom have repeatedly divulged their consumption of narcotics despite our nations zero tolerance policy.

as the push for drug sentencing reform continues, the DEA is finding itself increasingly useless as anything but an obstructionist wing of the government clinging for federal dollars. Blowing a million dollars on an amtrak mole despite existing access is just one example, but their raids on California dispensaries and legislative obstructionism shouldnt be ignored.

Comment: A bit of context on the "anti-american" president. (Score 4, Interesting) 322

by nimbius (#47624963) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal
i know its offtopic, but adding the "anti american" thing is redundant. the US has a well documented 12 year history of funding and training contra rebels to burn down hospitals and schools in an attempt to dissuade the country from communism and socialism. The big news here is that american regional power does not appear to have had any ability to slow or stop this project, whereas 30 years ago a south american country partnering with an openly communist superpower would have likely put an aircraft carrier in the region.

White dwarf seeks red giant for binary relationship.