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Comment: Re:Other Motivation? (Score 2) 101

Here are a few things that will make you seem like a sane human being instead of a loud-mouth idiot. First, TYPING IN CAPS IS OFTEN CONSIDERED YELLING, and when you type IN CAPS something as inconsistent as what you typed, then you seem, well, idiotic. If they were granted an exemption by the FCC (or a conditional waiver, whatever the case may be), then they're not in violation of current FCC rules. They can't be both at once, and the FCC granted their conditional waiver in January. They would be in violation of Section 25.149(b)(4) were they not granted the waiver.

Second, hyperbole like "GPS [will be removed] as a useful technology in North America" or "It will put North American users in the dark ages" often works well on political forums, but Slashdot is a technical forum, and this kind of thing should be left to the politicians. The truth appears to be that the tests requested by the FCC indicate that 99.5% of the GPS devices on the market are compatible with the technology and will be unaffected, and the remaining .5% of the potential interference issues have been mitigated by the GPS manufacturers**. LightSquared intends to use a frequency that is 23MHz lower than the GPS frequencies for their initial roll-out, in response to the GPS interference concerns. It would appear the LightSquared is doing their best to avoid any interference with GPS. (**Note that there is good reason to doubt these numbers, since they come from LightSquared themselves, but your hyperbole is still bizarre and unwarranted.)

Third, your request to "blow them the hell up" could be considered a violent threat, which I would advise against doing on a public forum. People may get the wrong impression, and think that you are a violent psychopath, instead of just a bumbling idiot.

Finally, the "powerful backers" you mentioned probably refer to someone named Phil Falcone from Harbinger Capital. The narrative that is being pushed by some congressional republicans is that Phil Falcone gave money to the Obama campaign, so there is a possible impropriety. Again, the truth appears to be that "Falcone has contributed $50,500 to Democrats since 2007. He’s also contributed $85,500 to Republicans since 2007." (that's from the Washington Post, which don't recommend believing, but those are the numbers being touted.) Also, Falcone is alleged to be a registered republican, and he has never donated to the Obama campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.

So, personally, I think there is good cause to investigate the technical issues being brought forth by LightSquared , but this push for investigation appears to a politically motivated. IMO, you appear to be a shill, and not a human being after all.

As an aside, Phil Falcone sounds like a character from Harvey Birdman. Just say'in.

Comment: Re:It is not theft (Score 1) 34

by uufnord (#38069244) Attached to: New Malware Signed With Stolen Government Certificate

Should I have modded you as funny? X.509 certificates don't contain copyright notices anywhere within them. I believe they would be treated as non-copyrightable, since they are statements of fact, and not creative works. So, no it's not theft, and it's not copyright infringement. It's merely "copied"..

malware spreading via malicious PDF files is signed with a valid certificate which was copied from the Government of Malaysia...

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 382

by uufnord (#37502198) Attached to: US Gov't Pays IT Contractors Twice As Much As Its Own IT Workers
Do you have any first-hand experience with this? I do, and you're wrong. As a contractor for a gov't office (previously), I wouldn't get paid if I wasn't in the office, with time accounted for by a manager who worked for the office that I worked at. If you're allowing contractors to become "pampered telecommuters", you're doing it wrong. If you or your office are managing these contractors wrong, it's not the contractors fault, it's the fault of the manager. You're assigning blame incorrectly.

Comment: Damage done:Dumscheit+OpenLeaks are untrustworthy (Score 1) 469

by uufnord (#37162450) Attached to: Former Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Documents
If this is true, then he hurt his own cause by doing this. The self-inflicted damage to his reputation is severe, and noone can trust him now. This is how he will be held accountable: by the lack of faith in him and his organization. Sad, really. Entirely preventable, had he taken 2 minutes or less to think about it. It is good that this information is being presented to the public, as this gives a chance for the original leakers to re-present the material to Wikileaks, if it is still available to them.

Comment: Re:very high level article (Score 1) 413

by uufnord (#25167255) Attached to: SDK Shoot Out, Android Vs. IPhone
shudder, shudder, 20 minute build cycles, shudder) Complete OS build in Platform Builder for WinMo takes about 2 hours. I try and avoid it. I feel like that Monty Python sketch, "I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay the mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah."

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