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Comment: Re:Give firefighters shotguns (Score 1) 175 175

The FAA already has that authority.

Yes, you are right.14 CFR specifies that the FAA has authority over everything that is man-made and flies.

People are ignoring the rules, or just aren't aware of them. This not evidence that we need more regulations.

The FAA has authority to create rules, but the current set of rules need to be applied to newer technology. In short, the rules are limited to:

restricting operations to 400 feet above the surface; requiring that the devices give right of way to, and avoid flying near manned aircraft; and using observers to assist in operations;


What we should have is a set of rules which make a clear distinction between a "drone" and a toy aircraft. For example, I have one of those tiny Hubsan x4 quadcopters. The maximum distance it can fly is 300ft according to the spec, but by then I've already lost it as it is so tiny. A friend of mine has a $2000 GPS-equipped quadcopter with a call-home function. That would probably fit in the not-so-toy specification.

At this time, no skill-test is required to fly a heavy drone. All I'm advocating for is that we get people certified in rules and regulations, and make RC pilots aware of the NOTAM and TFR systems.

Comment: Re:Give firefighters shotguns (Score 4, Insightful) 175 175

Let them clear the airspace.

No, the FAA should have clear authority in clearing the airspace. The FAA should regulate drones as any other aircraft, and make a clear distinction between a "drone" and an RC toy.

That means that drone operators must comply with FAA rules, check weather briefings and NOTAMs before every flight and stay the F out of a TFR.

Comment: Re:Frivolous (Score 1) 88 88

I stand by my record. Better part of a decade as the technical lead of a regional Internet Service Provider. Frequent participant in the North American Network Operators Group. Participant in the Internet Research Task Force's Routing Research Group.

Bill, you should know that peering has nothing to do with CoS (fast lanes). Peering is about two networks agreeing to directly exchange traffic when that makes operational and business sense. When Snake Oil Inc with a /19 and 5000 dsl subs wants to peer with Cogent, I will guarantee you that they will be redirected to the sales department. And justly so.

If you're advocating that unless one peers with everyone who sends a peering request, one is violating "net neutrality", you really need to go back to networking school.

I totally understand your point that refusal to peer can be construed as willingly disrupt the shortest path between two networks, but that is an operational decision left to the owner of the network, and does not imply a lower priority on the network. If the FCC would mandate all networks to have a public and open peering policy, I will guarantee you that they will lose every single lawsuit as the government does not need to dictate how someone routes their traffic.


Comment: Re:Frivolous (Score 3, Informative) 88 88

Peering IS an Internet "fast lane," at least in a coarse sense. Your paying customers have the most favorable data rates in to and out of your network. Next come your reciprocal peers. Finally, you keep the connections you have to pay for at the highest congestion levels in order to minimize your cost.

You clearly don't understand the internet.

Peering (as opposed to transit) is two private networks deciding that they exchange enough traffic that it justifies the capex and opex of a dedicated network port or dedicated peering session between the two networks.

If large network A already sees small network B through peering with large network C (in which case usually B is a customer of C), there is little reason for A to peer with B unless bi-directional traffic reaches certain levels. Those levels are part of network A's peering policy.

This has nothing to do with net neutrality.

By refusing peering to a third party, you force them to either pay you or suffer degraded data rates through your paid channel. This is throttling.

Total and utter bullshit, and FUD originating from Netflix etc in their "peering dispute" with Comcast. Network B can purchase enough bandwidth from network C. If there is an issue with bandwidth between network B and network A, they will figure it out and add additional ports.

+ - Airbus confirms crash as a result of software failure.

sabri writes: As far as I know this is the first time that a manufacturer has confirmed that the root-cause of a plane crash is believed to be a software error. Airbus writes:

CITAAM confirmed that engines 1, 2 and 3 experienced power frozen after lift-off and did not respond to the crew’s attempts to control the power setting in the normal way, whilst engine 4 responded to throttle demands. When the power levers were set to “flight idle” in an attempt to reduce power, the power reduced but then remained at “flight idle” on the three affected engines for the remainder of the flight despite attempts by the crew to regain power. This statement is consistent with those three engines being affected by the issue addressed with our AOT.

Dutch newspaper NRC confirmed as well that the root-cause is believed to be software related.

Are these the first confirmed dead due to a software issue?

+ - SSDs Drop In Price 25% Over Past Year->

Lucas123 writes: Computer makers are paying on average $50 for a 128GB SSD and about $90 for a 256GB drive, according to DRAMeXchange. The average retail price that consumers pay for a 128GB SSD is $91.55, and for an SSD in the 240GB to 256GB range, the price is about $165.34, DRAMeXchange's data showed. A combination of denser NAND flash manufacturing process and laptop industry adoption has lead to a massive drop in SSD prices over the past year. The latest numbers from DRAMeXchange indicates prices for internal SSDs are declining at an accelerated pace as the production of NAND flash migrates to 15 nanometer process, triple-level cell and 3D NAND technologies. Previously, NAND transistors size was in the 19-plus nanometer range: More density equals lower production costs. Additionally, hard drives in notebooks are quickly being swapped out by manufacturers and SSD market penetration will be more than 30% for 2015 and will surpass 50% by 2017 to dominate the sector. The sheer economies of scale is also leading to SSD price decline.
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+ - First electric hoverbike takes to the skies->

MikeChino writes: A team from Hungary has developed an all-electric flying bike that just took off on its first test flight. The tricopter vehicle—dubbed Flike—has so far stayed aloft in controlled tests for over a minute, and with lithium-polymer batteries to power the cycle’s six rotors it has the capacity to sustain a 30-40 minute flight.
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Comment: Re:uh... (Score 2) 170 170

What will be expected maximum throughput over TCP/IP with 5s ping, with 0% packet loss, 0.1% packet loss and 1% packet loss?

Hypothetical question with no real-world application.

1. The guy talks about "5s ping". That means 2500ms latency one-way.
2. You will not find 2500ms latency anywhere in the world. You did not even find that in 1994.
3. Even satellite will provide better than that: ~300ms.
4. Your question lacks an important parameter: bandwidth and server/receiver memory.

As long as you have enough memory, you can store the entire transmission without acking.

Comment: Re:no... just, yes? (Score 1) 254 254

Fuck them

Yes, totally agree. Line all of them up against a wall in Utah please.

and fuck the attendant, who is probably complicit in the scheme.

Disagree there. The attendant is most likely a minimum wage working hanging on to a job to make a living. I don't think a lot of people would like to have that job. That worker did not deserve that treatment. The attack was not aimed at the company or even at the fact that a car was being towed, but merely to humiliate someone in a low-income job who is most likely struggling to meet ends (otherwise, why take such a shitty job?). All out of sheer frustration.

Being nicer would probably have helped a lot more. I had a similar experience the other day. A company did something I did not like, in fact, I was more than pissed. I called the company and before a started my rant, I told the person on the other line: "I know you're only picking up the phone so what I'm about to say is nothing personal. BUT I AM PISSED LIKE CRAZY FOR COMPANY XYZ TO DO ABC". She totally understood ("yes sir, I'd be quite upset as well), and fixed the problem on the spot, apologized on behalf of the company and sent an internal note to prevent this from happening again.

Comment: Re: Must example set of him (Score 1) 629 629

This kid's parents aren't too bright either

I agree, but for a different reason.

I would have threatened to sue the school for the lack of proper information security. If teachers are allowed to use their last name as their password and type it out in front of students then something is severely wrong and it has to be assumed that a data breach has already happened undetected.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 407 407

Your numbers may be in in the correct ballpark, but they overstate the real numbers. Firstly, I don't think that the full quota was used when the H1-B program started. Secondly, some H1-Bs went home. Others may have gone home for a year or more and come back to the USA on a new H1-B (don't discount this, I did it and I know many others who also did). Finally, many of those former H1-B workers may not work in tech any more

Totally fair comments. My goal was not to say that you are wrong, but to point out that a significant amount of the current tech force may come from oversees. One thing that rarely gets mentioned in the H1-B discussion but should be included is the amount of L1s that are working in the tech industry. For L1s it is more difficult to displace US workers as they are already working for the same company, but with an L1-A it is extremely easy to get a green-card so the chances of actual displacements are higher.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442 442

This is exactly the problem with most Americans.

I'm not American.

You simply judge people based on their "Grammar" and write them off!

Yes. If someone is unable to properly write English, I write them off indeed.

Care to think that English might not be everyone's mother tongue?

Yes. In fact, it is not mine either. But at least I scored 115 points on the TOEFL-IBT.

How many languages do you know anyway, for you to judge anyone else's speaking/writing ability?

Four, to be exact. English is one of them.


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