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Comment Re:Insane (Score 1) 125

I was an infantry machinegunner.

That doesn't mean that I don't know anything. I've been building computers since before I was in high school. Taught myself C and C++. Went to Digipen Institute of Technology, worked for my school district as a network admin while still a student...that was all before the military.

We did have technical staff (MOS code 06xx) to do such things, but every one I met knew less about computers and networks than I did. They guy that taught my UAV course knew less about flying the aircraft than I did (due in part to experience flying R/C airplanes, and an understanding of the fundamentals of aerodynamics). The guy that taught me the GBOSS system knew less about the system by the time he got there than I did (I took the time to investigate and figured the entire system out, there were some things I taught him).

Is my case unique? Most definitely. But the point is, the military's technical aptitude falls short. I group them all because I've used some Army systems as well and found them to be lacking obvious features.

Comment Re:Insane (Score 3, Interesting) 125

I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

Do you realize the technical ineptitude in the military?

Our Network guys didn't even know what a routing loop was, or how I could take down the network in this one relatively unguarded room (that happened to house the routers).

We were lining up a satellite for our network access and it had to point x degrees; my lieutenant (college grad, because all officers are required to have Bachelor's degree in {INSERT RANDOM FIELD HERE}) requested I ask the guy if this azimuth had to be shot from the base, and if so if it was along the side or from the center.

I was the only non-officer in my company that could keep a generator running; if it died, no one knew how to start it, despite the instructions being written fairly clearly.

A sergeant fulled said generator with oil until it was full (full being to the top of the fill-tube). Then we had a geyser of oil coming out of the exhaust. A Marine was moving our front end loader and rounded a left hand corner that had a bank sloping down to the right...with the bucket up. Of course it tipped over.

These are but a few examples I've seen. The Army's SOP (standard operating procedure) for the Raven B UAV system is to stall it at 100-150 feet (I think) and let it fall to the ground to land. We were taught that $1000 in damages for 5 flights was acceptable/expected. The Marine's SOP was to do the same but at 50-75 feet to minimize damage.

I was a Marine. I'm proud of my service, but I'm not proud of the Marine Corps. It's full of a bunch of coddled stupid pussies. But the military should NOT be in charge of their own control systems for technical devices, not without a lot more technical education for those serving in the technical fields, which isn't going to happen with 4 years of service then treating everyone like shit so the majority leave.

IOS

Submission + - Is The Jailbreak Community Contaminated By Leeches? (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: Stefan Esser, better know as i0n1c, is famous for his jailbreak of iOS 4.3.x. But he has also shown a YouTube of his iPad running iOS 5.1 jailbroken as well. Esser has refused to release the hack he devised that allowed him to jailbreak his device. This has angered many in the jailbreak community who think Esser is un-rightfully "holding out."

Rumors were rampant that Esser was not giving up his jailbreak secret because he did want to be part of the pirating of software that many who jailbreak iDevices are guilty of by using cracked applications. But that is not the reason for Esser keeping his jailbreak to himself, according to an interview he did with the Italian language site Ispazio.net (Google translation link included).

Esser says the real reason he has not released his jailbreak is because the jailbreak community is contaminated by "leeches"; Ungrateful users who harass Esser and other jailbreak hackers for not jailbreaking devices fast enough. Some of these users have adopted the attitude, according to Esser (and I have seen this myself in the comments on jailbreak sites), that these developers would be nothing without the people using the jailbreaks. That the jailbreak community has made the jailbreak hackers rich and famous beyond imagination. Therefore, the jailbreakers owe it to the masses to work night and day on jailbreaking the next version of iOS and getting it out as soon as possible.

User Journal

Journal Journal: From Congressman Doc Hastings, RE: CISPA

Mr. [REDACTED]

Dear [REDACTED]:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me.

Math

Submission + - World's Subways Share Common Mathematical Structure

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "No two subway systems have the same design. New York City’s haphazard rail system differs markedly from the highly organized Moscow Metro, or the tangled spaghetti of Tokyo’s subway network. Now BBC reports that a study analyzing 14 subway networks around the world has discovered that the distribution of stations within each of the subway networks, as well as common proportions of the numbers of lines, stations, and total distances seem to converge over time to a similar structure regardless of where the networks were, when they were begun, or how quickly they reached their current layout. "Although these (networks) might appear to be planned in some centralized manner, it is our contention here that subway systems like many other features of city systems evolve and self-organize themselves as the product of a stream of rational but usually uncoordinated decisions taking place through time," write the study authors. The researchers uncovered three simple features that make subway system topologies similar all around the world. First, subway networks can be divided into a core and branches, like a spider with many legs. The “core” typically sits beneath the city’s center, and its stations usually form a ring shape. Second, the branches tend to be about twice as long as the width of the core. The wider the core, the longer the branches. Last, an average of 20 percent of the stations in the core link two or more subway lines, allowing people to make transfers. "The apparent convergence towards a unique network shape in the temporal limit suggests the existence of dominant, universal mechanisms governing the evolution of these structures.""
Security

Submission + - Henry Kissinger Gets TSA Pat-Down (washingtonpost.com) 1

TheGift73 writes: "Seems no one is immune from the tender mercies of the TSA pat-down. First, we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was subjected to a handsy search. And now we learn of the latest high-profile search-ee: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Yeah, the guy who was once an advisor to presidents, the one who helped negotiate the end to the Vietnam War...and, oh yeah, he’s got a Nobel Peace Prize."

Power

Submission + - Is the SATA power connector design flawed? 8

An anonymous reader writes: My computer caught fire today. I saw flames and smoke coming out. When I opened it I saw that the SATA power connector on the back of my samsung DVD drive was cooked. I looked around on the internet and found that I was not alone. A lot of other people have already reported their computer catching fire and almost all of them caught fire exactly the same way, the SATA power connector was burnt. In some cases it was an HDD and in others it was a DVD or blue ray drive but invariable the fire started at the SATA power connector.

Now I am wondering if the there is a fundamental flaw in the power connector design causing the fire? I am not sure where to complain or send feedback so that it gets aggregated and someone in the industry can take action and possibly work on changing the connector design. So I am writing on slashdot.

Comment Re:Yep, more of the same (Score 1) 200

Not more industry shills, not business leaders. Leaders of people, leaders that know the industries. Let's put Richard Stallman in the FCC. He's certainly not an industry shrill.

Voting MAKES the difference. The electoral system is broken, certainly, but it isn't handled the way it was intended to. A simple majority popular vote in a state gets ALL the states electoral votes, that's not right.

I've talked to several people about net neutrality. Afterward, they all understand it well enough to decide for themselves (some even do opt against it, which I take to mean I keep bias out of the explanation). You must be doing something wrong when explaining it to them and here it is: "common carrier." Keep the technical terms to a minimum. Sure, "common carrier" isn't REALLY a technical term, but it sounds technical to them. You have to explain it in common terms.

Here's basically how I do it. Take the internet right now, that's all we want to keep (usually this is enough, don't change it AT ALL). Say you have Comcast as your provider. No what they want to push is a tiered system, where, say, Microsoft pays Comcast more than Google does, so your Google traffic is slowed down, but Bing is super fast, so you might switch to that; and since youTube is owned by Google, their traffic gets slowed down because Microsoft paid for the priority.

You have to use simple terms, and relate it to stuff they care about (youtube).

I view your post as you being defeated before you even try. Money controls politics, that's great, but voting controls who even gets into office, and who is into office determines whether money controls their politics.

Programming

Submission + - The Rise of "Brogrammers" (cnn.com)

ideonexus writes: "Several news stories in recent weeks are covering a culture-shift in computer programming from being a nerd-culture thing to becoming more of a frat-house thing with the rise of "Brogrammers." Businessweek describes it as a "new, more testosterone-fueled breed of coder", while Mother Jones editor Tasneem Raja laments that the culture-shift is alienating women. Users on Quora posted satirical answers to the question "How does a programmer become a brogrammer?" with answers about sunglasses, energy drinks, protein, and time at the gym."

Comment Re:Laugh (Score 1) 399

I think about 7 pounds. To me, weight of a laptop has never been an issue, so I don't even consider it, and often forget that most people care about this a lot.

It was a good time, but I kept hard drive activity down, I had firefox open usually with several tabs, some documentation, my IDE of course (Visual Studio), winamp streaming from my home computer, all over wifi. If I turned my monitor brightness back up, I'd still get over 3 hours.

Comment Re:Another Wired Non-story (Score 2) 200

I didn't read your comment, just your subject: Another Wired Non-story

I like it. I wrote this for a college assignment. Probably inaccurate, but I wanted to see what I could get away with in the course:

Assignment: 1. The death of the web http://www.onthemedia.org/2010/aug/20/the-death-of-the-web/ Summarize the directions that commercial use of technology is moving to provide content, away from the open, free web.

I followed the link to http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/

The article focuses on users' widespread use of specific and specialized apps to retrieve internet content and dramatizes the difference between “web” and “internet.” This latter distinction is, in my opinion, entirely incorrect, as the world wide web, though often now not being used by a browser, is still a world wide web in that it is a web of networks that covers the world; much like the internet is a larger network connecting smaller networks. There is no difference between “web” and “internet.”

The article makes a big deal out of the fact that most data transmitted over the internet is no longer “the web” which it declares as HTML and data seen in web browsers, but, typical of Wired, it takes a naive point of view and understanding of root concepts and technology (Example: first paragraph; almost all of those are NOT necessarily apps, but can in fact be checked from a web browser, and it does not indicate any sort of decline of the web). In my opinion, people don't generally understand technology and try to dramatize what is new in order to impress others with their cutting edge knowledge; Wired epitomizes this.

Commercial use of technology, in the scope of this article/assignment, is moving content to dedicated apps/services whereas in the past it used to be up to the user to find such things via a web browser. Services such as Netflix, games such as World of Warcraft, specific apps to check specific services such as Facebook and WSJ, media streaming via Flash or otherwise embedded formats are taking away from what the author considers to be the open web, and bringing specialized data to specialized apps that are specifically requested by users. This is in comparison to the “open web” where a user used a non-specific app (web browser) to find the content they sought. The only real difference is ease of use; if a user wants to only check Facebook (on a mobile device, the article often leaves this subtle yet significant distinction out), they need only to launch the Facebook app, which has much less overhead than a full web browser which allows it to launch quicker, saving them the time of the full web browser launch, and navigating to Facebok; Bam! It's already up. It's like having a different browser shortcut, each with it's own homepage to whichever service the user is seeking.

But it is still an open and free web. There are options that simplify the enormity of the web, and the largest example of this is Apple and the Walled Garden analogy: their iPhone/iPad model is that you have THEIR hardware using THEIR software or software THEY approve for YOUR web-browsing experience, limiting the openness and liberty of the world wide web in return for simplicity for the user. Will this trend continue? Yes. Is it the death of the internet, or web? Absolutely not. People still go home and check E-mail and research on the web using old-fashioned web browsers, not their iPhones or iPads. The web is not dead, it is simply more widespread and used in more and different ways than in years past.

Comment Re:Yep, more of the same (Score 4, Insightful) 200

You act like We have a say. Wake up.

We do. Voting.We got ourselves into this mess and we perpetuate it by voting for the same sort of morons over and over again. Purge the system. Vote every incumbent out. Never vote for politicians again, we don't need politicians in government, we need true leaders who understand industry.

You're part of the problem with that attitude, that helpless, infantile view of not being able to do anything about it. Unfortunately, most of America shares that point of view, which is only a problem because most of America shares that point of view, which is only a problem because most of America shares that point of view...

Do something. Write letters to your senators. To your congressman (and to be politically correct, to your congresswomen). Call them. Don't vote for the status quo. Let people know you are standing up for what is right. They just need to see someone doing something, because most of America is a flock of sheep. They don't know, nor care, about the issues plaguing their life because, like a poster said below, they can't be bothered, 'Dancing with the Stars' is on.

Do something, and be public about it. Perhaps I have a naive point of view of it, but it's better than rolling over and giving up. At THAT point, you have lost everything. When you've given up, then all hope is lost. America hasn't given up, not quite yet.

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