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Comment: Re:Anyone who knows avionics knows he's full of sh (Score 1) 200

Can a $1 calculator download porn? No. But if you solider new chips into it and a new screen and a new os then yes. But is it a calculator now no it isnt. He's suggesting that insitu hacking of the plane which just his magic box. That's not possible. Now if someone has both computer hardware, programming and avionics skill sets and access to a plane on the ground could he? Yes. But it would require the same bastardization and the flight data recorder would know. That's what really did Roberts in. What he suggested would be recorded. And doing it is a felony.. And he wasn't playing with a rig at home. He tweeted while in flight that he should drop the passenger oxygen masks after taking over the system. If it wasn;t for Baltimore and Ferguson he would have vanish. He still needs to be charged with 'incitement' and willfully interfering with the duties of a flight crew'

Comment: Re:Anyone who knows avionics knows he's full of sh (Score 1) 200

So you are suggesting that dial up bulletin boards that required telephones to literally dial up a connection through Compuserve or Genie are comparable to the modern internet?
In 1994, Amazon, Yahoo! and Mosaic Communications (later Netscape) were in the beginning stages. Poynter reports Netscape Navigator was the first commercial web browser launched that year, two years before Microsoft Internet Explorer and 10 years before Mozilla Firefox.
Eternal September hadn't began. And it was a dream to download movies, music or TV. hell a single 1 mb porn image took hours.
E-commerce also launched in 1994. The first online transaction was allegedly for a pizza from Pizza Hut, while CNET reports a group of Swarthmore College students created the first secure "on-line" marketplace -- called NetMarket -- long before clicking to buy via eBay and other sites became the norm.
Wired claims it launched the very first banner ad ("Have you ever clicked your mouse right here? You will") in 1994. Graphics for AT&T and Zima, at just 468 pixels wide and 60 px tall began shortly thereafter. All of this after the shiny 737/800 was finished and sold. So I stand by my statement that the planes are and internally pre internet.

Comment: Anyone who knows avionics knows he's full of shit. (Score 1) 200

Obiligatory Xkcd
If you see the explaination and think TL;DR read the xkcd it will explain too. But this below is why everyone is ignoring him.
Once again this is nothing more than fud. its FUD because there isn't a way for him to alter them.
He says he hacked into the actual flight controls via the onboard entertainment system. So I am going to explain how this is not on any plane outside a 787 or Airbus a-380 (both use an ethernet bus for the main connections between suites so a person with advanced knowledge who is an asshole enough to want to be banned for life from flying while committing several felonies [interfering with the flight crew for one is since 9/11] could.)
First the magic tweet states its a 737/800. This link is a pic the avionics bay of a 737/800.
They were introduced in1994. That's pre-internet. The IFE the In-flight entertainment system united uses was added in 2010. Its a redundant system not essential for flight or navigation so therefore its not connected directly to the rest of the avionics suite. But let me prove that.
Actual boeing operations manual.
but lets go back to actual tweet "Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? "PASS OXYGEN ON" Anyone ? :)" lets see he has a custom made hacking box, this where he knows it or not is a felony when he hooks it to the IFE. That's in the 14 CFR Part 91. What is 14 CFR Part 91? its the 1000+ page rule book that FAA details every aspect of flight in. From the size of the screws to what can actually be on board as a part of the plane. its in there. So back to the tweet. Chris hooks up an illegal hacking box to the IFE which is a redundant system separated from the navcom because requires an antenna to operate and there bandwidths can cause electrical issues with other systems (like aluminum foil in mircrowave issues).
Said box supposedly breaks firewall around IFE to get out. But to go where? He would be using command line and be seeing machine code at the core of a Boeing system.
So assumable he is seeing the maintenance list (unaware that the moment the firewall is breached in flight the in flight data recorder starts recording this) and he picks ICE?
ICE isn't ice its a function of the flight management system (FMS). IThe FMS will use ARINC 653 partitioned operating environment software, which allows multiple applications on the same processor.
What is ICE inside of FMS? Its to keep track of the ice buildup on the plane and to create solutions. But Ice can't drop oxygen masks nor can ice communicate with Satcom. And what is satcom?
SATCOM is satellite communications. Its an antenna on the fuselage of the plane. Its is not only for TV and wifi. It is a another way to communicate with Flight Ops, specifically with dispatch. It is just same as you use cellphone. If ARINC comm is not available, SATCOM comes to play, especially in remote areas and over polar regions. But here is the catch. IFE is directly connected to Satcom because thats Satcoms primary purpose on the 737/800. Satcom can't be used to change stuff internally because its not designed to. Its designed to be a communications channel for voice, internet and TV. sacom on 737 is wired through no 1 hf. so you can select hf or satcom.. Its manufactured by Thales UK The Thales TopFlight SATCOM is the first ARINC 781 SwiftBroadband-enabled SATCOM. However this wonderful device is connected to the rest of the suite via a Arinc 429 data bus.
its a 32 bit serial bus (for more in depth explanation as to why a group of chips similar to the ones used at the end of 'Real Genius' can't do what Chris suggests:
So even if he got into Satcom he couldn't command Pass Oxy on (passenger oxygen on)? Why? For it to bypass the manual switch in the cockpit the internal oxy mix in the cabin would have to drop below the breathable level. He would have to know what that sensors name is from the list on the maintenance screen he is looking at (think dos without help, or better yet that scene from real genius again)
. then He would have to know what the parts per million is the correct number to input (this is without internet because above 10,000 feet cell connects to too many towers which will overload a device and ping satcom will require another program which would also be logged. In fact everything is logged.).
To add the final nail on the coffin
that is the oxy panel from the manual.
So all chris did was reveal:
He's an insensitive wanker
He thinks he knows about avionics but does really because you can read all these manuals all you want but that doesn';t substitute for actually being in the avionics bay of a 737/800 and looks at the wire holding screws and the tiny chips with their heatsinks and realizing your computes has more abilities that an 737 avionics suite does.
He needs some serious time in jail.
So no this won't happen. You can't move a plane sideways because it doesn;t exist. Only pitch, roll, yaw and thrust exist.

Comment: Re:His viewpoint is staggeringly ignorant (Score 1) 618

by thunderclap (#49712161) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
You do realise that you are being fairly pendantic about that.
American Heritage dictionary defines antisocial as:
antisocial antisocial (nt-sshl, nt-) adj. Shunning the society of others; not sociable. Hostile to or disruptive of the established social order; marked by or engaging in behavior that violates accepted mores: gangs engaging in vandalism and other antisocial behavior. Antagonistic toward or disrespectful of others; rude.
Violent is defined:
1: marked by extreme force or sudden intense activity
a : notably furious or vehement
b : extreme, intense
3: caused by force : not natural
a : emotionally agitated to the point of loss of self-control
b : prone to commit acts of violence
and antisocial is:
violent and harmful to people.
Even Oxford English dictionary defines it as harmful or annoying to other people, or to society in general

All of this to show you I'm not incorrect, society's handing of it is. http://www.oxforddictionaries....

+ - Men's Rights Activists Call for Boycott of "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Submitted by ideonexus
ideonexus writes: Aaron Clarey, author of the blog Return of Kings and prominent figure in the Men's Rights Movement, is calling for a boycott of George Miller's new edition to the Mad Max franchise "Mad Max: Fury Road," calling the film a "Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things..." and citing the fact that "Vagina Monologues" author Eve Ensler was brought in to coach the actresses on playing sex slaves who escape a warlord's possession. Critics have been applauding the film, which currently scores 98% on RottenTomatoes.

Comment: Re:His viewpoint is staggeringly ignorant (Score 5, Interesting) 618

by thunderclap (#49710811) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

While he has a point that ads do fuel much of the content on the Internet, where he goes horribly wrong is to think that it is advertisers RIGHT (instead of PRIVILEGE) to beam their messages into our brains. He probably also thinks you shouldn't go to the bathroom during commercials on TV.

No, where he goes horribly wrong is using a violent mental disorder as an illusion to people rejecting an ad. That makes him not just misguided but dangerous.
Yes the internet needs to be paid for. Ads were never the way. They always have been intrusive. Google has been the best of the worst.
What he's truly angry about is that we aren't forced to see them.
I will close this piece with a truth. "For all their sins, ads fuel much of the Web. Cut them out and you're strangling the diversity of online publishers – I think users really want that. Users want to restore the internet to what is was in the beginning. A resource of communication, knowledge and entertainment unencumbered by intrusive, unneeded, bandwidth eating bits of useless info."

Comment: Re: SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 324

by thunderclap (#49595971) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
This is a common people with the term 'Freedom of Speech'.
Freedom of Speech doesn't mean 'Freedom to say anything to anyone about anything without consequences.' Or 'Freedom to say wholly offensive things and no receive consequences for it'. That Freedom has never existed. Nor will it ever exist because human nature won't allow that.
it is better called by its real name: Speech Anarchy. So what is 'Freedom of Speech'? “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison
“If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it."
Thomas Jefferson, The Inaugural Speeches and Messages of Thomas Jefferson, Esq First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801.
So what does these men have in common. Speech referencing the govt.
Freedom of Speech is 'freedom to speak ill about the govt, to suggest they are fools or need to do better without consequences.'
The First Amendment as the Founders penned it was designed with the sole intention of prohibiting the United States Government from interfering with States’ rights. That is why we are a UNION of 50 states not like Russia or china or even Britain.

Comment: Baby boomers want the NSA watching them (Score 1) 686

by thunderclap (#49540129) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Among those aged 35-44, some 34 percent have positive attitudes toward him. For the 45-54 age cohort, the figure is 28 percent, and it drops to 26 percent among Americans over age 55, These are a generation of baby boomers and gen xers who WANT government agencies tracking them online or collecting data about their phone calls and are angry that a man revealed this to them by sacrificing his lifestyle, freedom of movement and social life in an effort to expose the dirty dealing and corrupt hypocrisy the government they still believe serves them is doing.
If you are angry about what Snowden did, or think he damaged our security or think he is a traitor, then you WANT stingray, you want govt intrusions and more and more control via the government. Like John Oliver had Snowden himself explain, you WANT your 'Dick pics' exposed on the internet.
There is NO middle ground here. If the NSA actually served the citizens then Snowden would have needed to do nothing. He is no worse a person that ther founding fathers who are traitors to King George and the british crown.

Comment: Re:Cow (Score 1) 108

All they need now is a nonfat/soy cow so they can make latte.

I think a Llama would be much more suitable than a cow to bring to space.

  • * They're a ready-made scaled down camel. No doubt with selective breeding they could be scaled down further to space-friendly chihuahua size.
  • * Camel milk is a rich source of proteins and has potential antimicrobial activity to help protect against nasty space flu (you may mock now, but anti-gravity projectile vomiting is no joke). Its also lower in lactose, which is difficult for some folks, but higher in nutrients like potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc.
  • * They're hardy in arid climates like heavily airconditioned space stations and early terraformed mars.
  • * If you Google up what a bowl of fresh camel milk looks like, you'll see that it comes in a spectacularly pre-frothed state, just perfect for lattes and cappuccinos []
  • I, for one, welcome our new Chihuahua-sized Space Llama overlords.

I, for one, want a Chihuahua-sized Space Llama just because it would:
a: be awesome to have it run around the apartment
b: it could be a mobile remote holder and it wouldn't climb into the bed.
C: you could use those American doll horse stables for it and mucking it out is a breeze.
d. its quiet. No barking to wake up anyone yet it would spit and scare intruders.
e. Perfect for social media

So yes, I I, for one, welcome our new Chihuahua-sized Space Llamas just not as overlords.

Comment: We need to fork reality first (Score 1) 46

by thunderclap (#49473177) Attached to: The Makerspace Is the Next Open Source Frontier
"We will need to figure out how we collaborate and improve different pieces of these projects. For example, if someone refines a 3D printed fork, how do they fork the fork blueprints, submit their changes, have them reviewed, and get them merged into the project?" Just had to say that. To me there is something funny about forking a fork. In seriousness, it will never happen because big industry wants to monetize. The only way to break that ability is to destroy capitalism. So again this is all fluff and FUD.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai