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Comment It is nothing but a stage prop in an interrogation (Score 5, Informative) 262

Penn & Teller "Bullshit!"

"60 Minutes"

I had a personal friend who has a PhD in Engineering who worked for an US govt agency with a 3-letter abbreviation. He got so fed up with the idiocy of periodically put put on a polygraph, that he quit. It seems every time it happened, they would come up with yet another bogus accusation, and try their damnedest to get a confession.

Comment Re:Strange comparison (Score 1) 502

Rather like apples and oysters, these two. Both do CAS but in very different ways. It seems like test parameters could easily be skewed to give one an advantage. Also, the A-10 has the home team advantage because of more mature tactics/doctrine. In any event, it seems silly to choose one over the other as they have such different roles.

Then again, the USAF is looking for any excuse to kill the A-10. Sadly, the A-10 is dying because it bridges the Air Force and Army and neither side wants to pay for it; each claims it belongs in the other's bailiwick. The Warthog is too good a plane to lose to infighting; they should just bring back the Army Air Corps and be done with it.

"On 4 November 1952, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between United States Air Force Secretary Thomas K. Finletter and United States Army Secretary Frank Pace that removed the weight restrictions on helicopters that the U.S. Army could use. It also widened the range of tasks the Army's helicopters could be used for. However, it also created an arbitrary 5,000 pounds weight restriction that limits the Army's ability to fly fixed-wing aircraft. As a result, the U.S. Army today is dependent upon the U.S. Air Force to purchase and man fixed-wing ground-attack aircraft to fulfill close air support missions."


Comment Re:ipv6 (Score 1) 390

I've had Comcast and native IPv6 since the fall of 2012, (about 6 months after they brought it up on Memorial Day). I have had no trouble with it, and about a year ago they began issuing /60 prefix delegations. An interesting thing is that since they bumped up my speed to "50Mps" (download), their speedtest website consistently shows ~41Mbps for IPv4, and ~59Mbps for IPv6. I have no idea why. Back when I was getting 20Mbps downloads, there was no significant difference.

Comment Westinghouse used to produce TV *monitors* (Score 1) 330

They were available in 37" & 42" under the model numbers LVM-37W# & LVM-42W#, where # was the version number.
They were 1080 LCD units, with *no* tuner.
They had all the usual analog inputs, plus (2) DVI inputs and an HDMI input.
I'm still using the 37" I bought years ago, wishing I'd opted for the 42".

Comment Re:Understand your rights!! (Score 2) 291

Basically, don't talk to the police without a lawyer present. Period. I mean, I'm not going to stonewall a cop that pulls me over for a broken taillight, but if the line of questioning goes any further than what's immediately relevant to said taillight, that's when I shut up. And you can guarantee that I will be videotaping the entire encounter! Cops are under no obligation to tell you the truth about anything; it's up to you to know what your rights are in a given situation and assert them.

Absolutely true, and here is an excellent 50 minute video with a law professor explaining why:

Comment My favorite feature of the iPhone is... (Score 1) 217 be able to have an entry in my contacts named "Spam", add the number of a telemarketer, block it, and never hear from them again.
Caveat: Each time I add a number to "Spam", I must unblock, then block it. Apparently, the blocking action operates only on the numbers that are in the contact entry at the time the block is applied.

Comment Re:Why is it regrettable? (Score 1) 106

I'd like to hear him explain his regret in a little more detail. Was it morally wrong? Was it against civil ethics? Was it anti-democratic? Was it illegal? Or was it that they got caught?

Also, "is regrettable" is basically the passive tense. Does he regret it? Does he thing that the congressional oversight committees are morally culpable for not having stopped it?

Here is the video:

Comment Re:Fine (Score 1) 293

Additionally, what they are doing is interfering with the operation of your own network. I think of it a little bit like a denial of service attack. You're running your network just fine and the hotel is actively launching an attack to prevent it from functioning. It seems like they could detect your network, locate you, and ask you to turn it off or leave. Actively interfering with its proper operation...I'm not so sure.

Not "little bit"; It *is* an active attack that forges packets to de-authenticate your client.

Comment Re:Change log? (Score 1) 115

I just noticed something: While I have "Install OXS X updates" set to off, there is another checkbox for "Install system data files and security updates" which was checked. That must be why it installed automatically. But the fact the App Store updates does not show it installed it still lame.

Comment Re:Change log? (Score 1) 115

Is that what that is?! I just saw a pop-up telling me an OS X update applied when I returned to my desk. Curious, I checked the updates and didn't seen anything new installed today. I figured it was some malware clickbait popup that came and went from inactivity on my end.

Same thing happened to me.
I have the App Store setting configured to *download*, but *not* install automatically.
It installed anyway.
I verified it by checking the version of the ntpd binary.
And the App Store update tab does *not* show it was installed.

So I went to another Mac, booted it, and immediately brought up App Store updates.
It showed the update, and I selected it for installation.
On that Mac it now *does* show the update is installed.

This is broken behavior.

Retirement means that when someone says "Have a nice day", you actually have a shot at it.