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Comment: Re:projectiles are a reasonable concern (Score 1) 405

by tipo159 (#48142037) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Projectiles are a reasonable concern, but projectiles are not limited to personal electronic devices. Books have been mentioned here and were mentioned by the FAA lawyer in court. The seat belt buckle used in the safety demonstration could become a projectile as well. There are lots of non-electronic items inside of an aircraft that could become projectiles.

Comment: The synopsis is not quite right (Score 2) 405

by tipo159 (#48141889) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

One basis for the lawsuit is that the FAA did not follow the rules for changing its guidelines, because, for example, there was no public comment period before the change was made. Saying that the "new rules violate federal regulations requiring passengers to stow all items during takeoff and landing" is non-sensical because the new rules are federal regulations.

Note that this was a change in the rules for what the airlines can allow, not what the public can carry on and use on the airline. It does not give you the right to play Angry Birds during taxi; it allows the airline to verify you playing Angry Birds will not interfere with the operation of the aircraft and, if it doesn't, allow you to play Angry Birds during takeoff and landing.

Here is the FAA notice on expanded electronics use in case you want to read more about how the change was made and what the change was.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by tipo159 (#47715121) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

From the linked story:

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Lots of people drive their cars because it is enjoyable to drive. But I guess that isn't a reason to drive.

Comment: Re: It's a still a nice PC. (Score 2) 337

by tipo159 (#47646571) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I have an iPhone, an iPad mini (with a keyboard cover) and a laptop. I always have my phone with me. Whether I also bring the iPad (and whether I also bring its keyboard cover) or the laptop depends on stuff like where I expect that I might be able to get work done, how much stuff I want to lug around and the specific tasks that I expect that I will try to do.

My mom hasn't even bothered to figure out why she can't connect her laptop to her Mifi, so seldom uses it, because she can do everything that she needs to do with her tablet.

There are a lot of people here who seem to take the view "well, it doesn't work for me, so how useful can it be". If you feel strongly enough about it to post the opinion, maybe you should look beyond examples that confirm your bias.

Comment: Re:Why the Australians? (Score 1) 92

by tipo159 (#47612153) Attached to: Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

So while everyone assumes that MH370 crashed due to the pilot committing suicide ...

Who is this everyone of which you speak? A pilot committing suicide drops the plane into water/ground when he decides it is time to go. MH370 flew until it ran out of fuel and then went down. That does not seem like what a pilot committing suicide would let happen.

Comment: Re:Snake Oil (Score 1) 114

by tipo159 (#47599699) Attached to: How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

A problem is, for all of the data that they have available, at least among the group of people that I have discussed this with, Facebook is not doing a very good job at analyzing that data. For example, they grouped a friend into the "Politics (US Conservative) audience" despite the fact that he scored 90+% Green and Democratic Party (and under 15% Republican) on the "I Side With ..." FB application.

Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by tipo159 (#47523693) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Clearly you are not the only one. The flat UI seems to be the hot idea among UI designers and I am sure that they are all impressing themselves with their work. But, to me, as a user, it is just a gratuitous change that does not contribute to the UI's usability. And, to my kernel s/w engineer eyes, it, for the most part, doesn't look as good as what it is replacing.

I wonder how long I will be able to get by with OS X Mavericks.

Comment: Legitimate engineering uses (Score 4, Interesting) 98

by tipo159 (#47502639) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Apple is often prone to adding capabilities without thinking through the security implications. But this researcher should do some more research into what constitutes legitimate engineering uses.

From TFA:

“Some of this data shouldn’t be on the phone. HFSMeta creates a disk image of everything that’s on the phone, not the content but the metadata,” Zdziarski said. “There’s not even an engineering use for that.”

I can imagine plenty of legitimate uses of just metadata. For example, the old iOS backup mechanism basically took a snapshot of everything and something like HFSMeta could be used to identify the files that have changed so only those files are backed up.

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

by tipo159 (#47490655) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

>we had enough regulation already, look where it got us.

To the most economically, technologically and military powerful nation the planet?

America only started falling off once Reagan and Clinton started busting unions, signing free trade treaties, giving amnesties to illegal aliens and deregulating wall street.

Actually, no. America started falling off in the late 60s.

Comment: Re:What the senator is really saying... (Score 1) 529

by tipo159 (#47490653) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Unless you are Native American, you are a foreign worker too.

My most recent immigrant ancestor came to North America in 1869.

How many generations of ancestors have to born in an area before their descendants can claim to be native to that area?

There is a good chance that the people living in a particular area in North America when the Europeans arrived are not descendants of the very first people ever to inhabitant that area. Were they foreign as well?

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by tipo159 (#47486099) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

However, how often are black boxes not recovered?

After the AF447 crash, there was a push for real-time flight data. However, the people who argued "the flight data recorder was recovered 90+% of the time, so it is unnecessary" ultimately won the argument. I had a link to a story about this from back then, but I can't find it.

Meanwhile, I found this link to a NY Times article that was written before the post-AF447 real-time flight data discussion was settled. It seems that we keep having the same discussion over and over again.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990