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Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 1) 147

by JWSmythe (#48481851) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

When would it be ok for them to stop looking? A year and $182.5M later? 10 years and $1,825M later? An infinitely ongoing mission, searching every square foot of the bottom of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, and Pacific Ocean? MH370's maximum range covers an awful lot of area, including a lot of land.

Comment: Re:The data rate (Score 1) 89

by peawormsworth (#48475775) Attached to: New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

If you are found to be using encryption you become interesting. Create too much interest and your computer gets a visit?

So the reason to not use encryption is because someone may think you have something to hide? So your suggestion is that we should make sure our privacy is easily invaded so that it will not be targetted specifically at some later time?

Are you suggesting that I should not lock my home or car trunk because a would be theif would then suspect that I have valuables to hide inside?

Our private communications are valuable. Goverment agencies (theives) prove this when they pay millions of pounds to the telecomunication companies to steal it.

The truth is... we all have something to hide. We are all things of value and we all deserve protection. Suggesting we should not protect ourselves because it may draw attention to those who wish to steal from us... it's bad advice.

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 1) 147

by JWSmythe (#48475517) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

I presented it as a not-so-plausible scenario. It could be possible to have landed in one piece, so no debris was found. Consider this aircraft which landed itself after the pilot ejected. It's a very doubtful scenario, but not totally impossible.

As others have said, there was likely an electrical fire. It's possible everyone onboard were incapacitated or dead when it hit the water. So they'd be looking for a crash with no loose debris, so nothing to float ashore.

Still, the ocean is a really big place, so they may not ever find anything, even if it did break up when it hit. If debris did wash ashore in Australia, that's still a *huge* area to find relatively little wreckage.

At some point they have to give up search, rescue, and recovery operations.

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 2) 147

by JWSmythe (#48475491) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

No, I was just trying to say that they've been searching for months. The chances of finding it are growing slimmer constantly. They should stop now, until further tangible evidence shows up. Like part of the plane washes up on a beach.

Airlines have insurance, which should be enough to carry out reasonable search and rescue (well, recovery at this point) efforts. The reasonable period has long since passed.

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 2) 147

by JWSmythe (#48473649) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

Don't misunderstand me, I agree. There should be continued search efforts, funded by the airline that lost it. No government is responsible for the loss of those lives. They aren't responsible for notifying the families of the passengers. It is totally up to Malaysia airlines to fund the continued search. Some financial backing can come from governments that represent the passengers, but it shouldn't be a continuing national effort.

As someone else mentioned, Australia is looking for 239 people, while more than that die domestically every day. Even his perception is wrong. There were 6 citizens of Australia on that flight. By passenger count, China should have the largest interest, with 152 citizens lost. As the airline is based in Malaysia, they could be financially responsible for the continuing search.

I believe it's to the point where it's "lost", and until further evidence shows up (washes ashore), it can safely be left marked as in the "lost at sea". That does happen sometimes. Searching could continue when there is new reliable evidence. Otherwise at this time it is a waste of manpower and resources.

Comment: Re:Obsession (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by JWSmythe (#48473257) Attached to: Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

They want closure. They're not likely to get it soon though.

They may not even be looking for floating debris. If the pilot was still in control, he may have made a controlled landing. Like the landing on the Hudson. So it may be a intact aircraft at the bottom of the ocean.

It's doubtful that they'd make a landing like that in open seas, but it's (remotely) possible.

But they are really looking for a really small needle in a fucking huge wet moving haystack.

Comment: Re:Honest, honey... (Score 1) 188

I just created an account for myself. Apparently men can't see what the competition is like (males interested in women can't search for other males). I picked a few people (friends) who haven't used the site, and they aren't present. I don't see anything on the site that shows how old my account is, but it only has the very basic information that I just provided, so I'd say they hadn't previously auto-created my account from Facebook.

When I "created" mine just now, I did the lost password search using the same email address that I use with Facebook. Apparently they let you create an account that way, if you didn't have one already.

I did notice that they have a one-click account creation, so she could have clicked it in the past to log in, and forgot about it.

So much for a perfectly crappy conspiracy.

Comment: Re:Answering machines? (Score 1) 67

The worst debt collection practice I was hammered with, called, didn't state for who they were,, did not leave any options to complete the call from them, but only gave a call back number for Jeromy to call Bob. I'm not Jeremy, so I let it run for a couple of months to see if it would quit. It didn't. Collectors continued to call even after my new number was not so new at 8 years.

I pity anyone who does not speak English as they wouldn't understand the message, there was no option to respond to the call, such as press any key, and it would continue until you did call in. They only quit after I called and didn't ask for Bob, but asked for their legal department. I think I shook them up a bit. Anyway the calls quit from them.

I asked for the legal department. I then told them they can not legally disclose any debt info to third parties. Then told them of the issue with the robocall. I gave them the number they robocalled and the times. They feigned ignorance and stated it must have been forwarded to my number from another number. I then asked for the number they were using to call Jeremy and gave time stamps. They then claimed they could not release Jeremy's contact info to 3rd parties. LOL.. Nice snow job. Anyway the calls quit with threat of $50 for each additional call per the telemarketing and fair collection practices laws.

A Google search of the number revealed the law firm in Chicago IL, their address, office phone numbers, staff names, etc. Nobody there is named Bob or Robert.

Jeromy Taylor, Please update your contact info with your creditors. I'm tired of taking your calls.

Comment: Re:First and foremost (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by JWSmythe (#48441791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

I was going to say something like that, but not as well. I've been in interviews where someone is asked about their experience.

"What experience do you have?"

"I spent 6 years at [university] earning my Masters degree."

"Ok, what *work* experience do you have?"

"I worked for 6 years earning my Masters degree."

"Lets try this again. Have you ever been employed and paid for work in this field?"

"We had projects at [university] where we worked on various projects to earn my Masters degree."

I'm not saying that the original post is that kind of person. He says he worked in IT infrastructure for years. I would think he would have been exposed to the development side, at least a little bit.

Unfortunately, with the questions asked, I suspect it may be more like my example above. If he had the necessary experience, he'd already know, as the owner of whatever new company he's starting, the lead dev is going to provide the best answers to those questions. The lead dev is going to have their own opinions and methods that everyone on their team is going to work with. Unless he's going to do the CEO/CTO/CIO/lead dev rolls all at the same time, which isn't going to work as well as he'd hope.

Comment: Re:Thanks for crashing my web server! (Score 3, Informative) 147

by Technician (#48440275) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

I'm surprised he got it to run that fast. AM radio in the US broadcasts from about .5 to 1.5 Mhz. Without a ground plane and shielding, there is a lot of coupling between wires. I bet he can't listen to any distant AM radio stations in the same room with that running.

Good job getting a breadboard computer to clock over 1MHZ.

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