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Comment: Misleading summary (Score 5, Informative) 52

by swaq (#49450685) Attached to: How Flight Tracking Works: a Global Network of Volunteers
ADS-B is not powered (in whole or in part) by aviation hobbyists. They are just piggybacking with receivers for flight tracking.

The ADS-B system itself was designed for plane-to-plane communications to improve situational awareness. Ground-based ATC or hobbyists are not required to make the system work.

Source: I worked on an ADS-B product at Garmin.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of Chessmaster cheating (Score 1) 224

by swaq (#48463273) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal
I'm not the anon, but I also did this a little over a decade ago. I made a separate account on a casual gaming site that had chess. I think I was just curious how the program would stack up to real people. Some of the [presumably real] players at the top gave Chessmaster a real challenge. But I think the only times I lost were when I inputed a move wrong. I quit when people started asking me for advice...

Comment: Re:Should have been driving a Tesla (Score 1) 961

by swaq (#45583429) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

And 600HP is nothing. I've got a good friend from college who gets almost 1200HP in his GTR (1192 WHP / 1402 crank, actually). I don't see him wrapping it around vertical objects.

The GTR (unless you are referring to the Ultima GTR) is front-engined and all-wheel drive. One with 1400 hp probably has a tremendous amount of turbo lag as well. I really don't think you can compare that to the mid-engined, naturally aspirated V10 Carrera GT.

Comment: Re:How common is IR arming remotes? (Score 1) 153

by swaq (#44840455) Attached to: $20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors
My car has HomeLink in the mirror. I believe in order to learn the code the remote needs to be close to the mirror (though I didn't test from further away). For rolling codes, I had to capture several button presses in a row (about 5 times, if I recall correctly). I'm pretty sure the captures need to be sequential to learn the rolling code.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.