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Comment Re:If there was a criteria for safe unlocking (Score 1) 68 68

Which by the way, might be able to fail itself, and keep the pilot from unlocking the tail section when it needs to be unlocked. Killing the pilot and co-pilot.Hellova world, eh?

True, but engineering is oftentimes about weighing risks against each other. The risk of pilot error in this case has been demonstrated to be a real threat.

I'm in total agreement there. My point - if there is much of one - is that hindsight is 20/20. Some times we talk about these things as if there was some major negligence by someone - It's thte old "Something happened, so someone has to go to jail" outlook. There will be more problems, and more fixes.

In the end though, if we make the thing the mythical "safe enough", it might be too heavy to fly.

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 219 219

LOL! Spoken from a kiddy point of view or what :)

LOL? Oy...

And no, I didn't do anything embarrasing unless you think getting into fights, trying it on with girls and driving cars fast is embarrassing. But then you're obviously a millennial so who knows.

I read that as violent tendencies plus assault, possible attempted rape, and a reckless disregard for the law in general.

Report to the nearest incarceration facility.

But all joking aside, when these folk are your age, they'll probably say the same thing about showing their junk on teh netz. Just being on the internet at all exposes a whole lot about a person, you and I included. Kid's who get in fights in school aren't just given suspensions, they are some times arrested, and the police are almost always involved. Teenage sex can be a real minefield, and your driving is related to more restrictive licenising for teenagers. So your past wouldn't be quite as innocuous as you think it is.

Comment Re:If there was a criteria for safe unlocking (Score 3, Insightful) 68 68

If there was a criteria for safe unlocking of the hinged tail section then why wasn't it interlocked until the criteria was satisfied?

A bigger error here is reliance on operator training. It's the least reliable form of ensuring a certain outcome.

From TFA:

Those ships will include an extra mechanical device to prevent pilots from inadvertently unlocking the tail sections, known as “the feather” early, Virgin Galactic wrote in a report obtained by Discovery News.

Which by the way, might be able to fail itself, and keep the pilot from unlocking the tail section when it needs to be unlocked. Killing the pilot and co-pilot.Hellova world, eh?

Comment Re:Holy crap (Score 1) 29 29

People still use eBay? Is this the same eBay that became a scammer's paradise where no matter what you do, you're screwed? As a buyer you can be screwed easily enough, but as a seller I wouldn't waste my time. The risks so far outweigh the benefits that it's more like legalized gambling with the loser being the highest bidder.

Despite what the guys at the bar down at the Legion say, there are actual stores run by actual business professionals on ebay. They've got their system pretty well honed to expose anyone who is a scammer. People and businesses I've bought from bend over backwards to keep you happy.

Comment Re:Old tech is good tech (Score 2) 120 120

And this is why I use a $9 phone that has support for nothing other than voice calls and plaintext SMS. Not only is it free from the effects of such exploits but the battery also lasts two weeks between charges, it fits very nicely in even the smallest pocket and doesn't distract me when I should be working or spending time with friends and family.

You insensitive fucking clod, my wife read that, got all excited, and left me. Said something about wanting to have your babies. You must get that a lot though.

Slashdot kooks are getting like that crazy uncle who brags about not having email. Or a computer.

Comment Re:Brilliant (Score 1) 86 86

No, it's not hard. People just don't care. They want the latest cool thing, NOT the latest smart thing.

I think the wireless charging will be as important as curved televisions a big meh. Some folks will buy a charger, then discover they need a number more. We'll not always going to be in the same room with the phone, and instead of the crimes upon humanity horror of actually having to plug something in, you'll have an invisible tether to a nice big monitor.So you get a wireless charger for other rooms. Then they'll need their regular charger, unless they want to lug around the wireless one.

A serious amount of trouble just to avoid plugging in a wire.

Yeah, it'll probably be big hit.

Comment Re:To Olsoc (Score 1) 106 106

when the South was solidly Democratic, its congressional representatives in both the House and the Senate, enjoying great seniority, came to hold leadership positions on powerful committees, which they used to send federal dollars back to their home states in the form of contracts, projects, installations."

Care to try again, or would you like to take your troll for a walk somewhere else?

You are oh so damn right, the Southern Democrats, or th Dixiecrats, used the federal coffers like sailors in a whorehouse bar.

!00 percent, not a possibility of being wrong, and very glad you admit it. They were racist as hell, very conservative, Many were in the KKK. All Democrats.

One small issue.......

During the "Civil Rights" era when the liberals in Washington were trying to ram their agenda down the South's throat. The Dixicrats became Republicans. This is the problem when trying to force-fit the Democrat and Republican labels to all times. The DIxiecrats eventually became what is now the ideological core of the Republican party.

So yes, I agree, the Southern Democrats were a nasty racist, pseudo-states rights group who opposed the federal Government except when they could extract money from it. Not a whole lot unlike today's Republicans. Not surprising - because they are today's Republicans.

Great to find common ground, eh?

Comment Re:It's RTM / Inevitable Disaster (Score 1) 316 316

In any case, given the history of these things, it's inevitable that Microsoft is going to push out an automatic update that massively screws up millions of machines. At the point, the very next update they're going to push out is an update that disables automatic updates.

Assuming the bitched up computers can be booted.

Anyone remember the Vista "eternal reboot" update? I had one of those. Not even safe mode helped. Took a complete reinstall. Must have been my fault, becase as we all know, Windows can never fail, only we can fail Windows.

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 316 316

Why would you want the Pro version except for the privelege of paying more for it?

Actually, the pro version only grants you a little more time before you update or are shut off.

If you want the good old days, ya gotta go to the Enterprise version.

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 316 316

You do understand that this automatic update is only for the Windows Home version. The Pro version (which is what I would guess most people reading this will be using) doesn't have the automatic update with no way to disable 'feature'.

Well Thank God!

There's some more info in that EULA too:

Updates. The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice. I added the emphasis - interesting stuff this. Are they saying that unless they are authorized, you can't update your programs? I have a lot of programs that are updated on a weekly basis - sounds like a problem in the making.

BUt back to the problem at hand.

Note that Windows Pro does not escape unscathed:

Windows 10 Pro users will have a little flexibility; they'll be able to switch from the mainstream release to the Current Branch for Business (CBB). This will give some control over when updates are deployed. While the CBB will essentially track the consumer release, it will allow feature updates to be held back for some amount of time; Anderson quotes a Microsoft executive saying that companies will have around eight months to prepare for each new feature update. Delay the feature update any further and they'll also be prevented from receiving security updates.

Windows enterprise is the only version that approaches the present situation.

If someone wants to pretend that the vast majority of users are just going to sit back and cheer when their computers quit working, or that nothing else exists outside the enterprise, well, okay, but that's still just pretending.

And if Enterprise can still operate the same way as before, isn't that just saying the other systems are working on a pre-broken paradigm?

I suspect the future will look like some of the Windows 7 updates in the past year or so that bitched up people's computers, than the patch had to be patched, and fun fun fun.

There are still some Windows 7 patches that have to be blocked from many computers. Is Microsoft Windows 10 so stable now that this sitution will no longer exist? That after every update/patch, everyone's computers will work 100 percent? A complete turnaround, I'd say.

Which is why I say grab the popcorn and Good 'n Plenty's folks, this is gonna be a fun movie. The Blockbuster of 2015.

"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein