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Comment Re:energy and commands by cable (Score 4, Informative) 48

But, can it fly with 1km of power cable hanging off it? My guess is about 125g / m, but even 1/5th that you can get 25g / m or 25kg of additional weight. That's as much as my 9yo son and I'm pretty sure the current rig couldn't lift him. Where are my numbers wrong or do you really think this is doable? I realize the flight time of current batteries is low, but there aren't many other options. Perhaps supplemented with solar energy or at worst a gas-power motor with an alternator.

Comment Re:energy and commands by cable (Score 1) 48

Well, I could see a separate copter unit with a whole lot of batteries. It would tend to become the center piece. A special slot would then allow it to recharge other copters as needed in a distributed power array. This copter unit probably doesn't even need propellers, though I'm unsure if the others could lift it easily. There are a lot of cool extensions to this, and it'll be interesting to see the practical applications.

Comment Re:Release of documents (Score 1) 159

Your example makes no sense as it doesn't relate to the story. If you as an organization do something wrong, the judge wouldn't do anything except authorize a search warrant, at which point the police will take everything they can find. If you try to hide/destory/whatever, you face significant punishments, above and beyond whatever else they can prove. What's happening here, however, is that MIT is trying to block release of documents from the Secret Service, not themselves. MIT doesn't have those files.

Comment Re:Hello from my iPhone... (Score 1) 62

So here are the results. As I write this, it's currently +5 Funny. Honestly, this is the intent, regardless of whether you believe me or not. So, we can say from this single sample point (obviously insufficient for true science) that the /. moderation system works! Here, however, are the moderations on this post:

  • Initial Karma: +2
  • Informative: +1, +1, -1 (user posted), +1; Total = +2
  • Funny: +1, +1, +1; Total = +3
  • Offtopic: -1
  • Flamebait: -1
  • Insightful: +1

Oddly, no troll moderations, but I assume that's because the person who chose flamebait didn't understand the difference. I am a little surprised at the Informative moderation. Do people not realize that you cannot set the default maps for apps to launch? to launch Google Maps (or anything else) an app would have to specifically configure it.

Comment Re:Stretching the laws for corporations (Score 1) 161

Apparently you're not interested in trying to explain to your 6yo what freedom of speech or proportional justice means either.

That's a stupid response. Do you honestly think the origin of the goatse name is appropriate for 6 year olds? What the fuck does freedom of speech have to do with this? Or, did you seriously fucking think I really mean for him (Weev) to be punished solely on the name of the company? Can't you understand sarcasm? The fact is that Goatse Security is a really stupid name and I hope the company never gets any customers. But, no, he shouldn't do jail time for it.

Comment Re:Stretching the laws for corporations (Score 1) 161

If AT&T had left printouts of highly personal data in a dumpster and someone had found it right there, then I don't think you would've had a problem fingering the culprit. AT&T, right? Dumpster diving would certainly not get someone 41 months in the slammer (e.g California v Greenwood).

In other words, it was right there in the open. Hence, the blame lies squarely with AT&T for not properly securing their customers' private information.

This is a terrible analogy, and tnk1 has covered most of it. Let me further clarify that most locations for AT&T that I've been to do not maintain their dumpsters outside their curtilage. This would negate the reference to Greenwood v CA. Additionally, I know AT&T regularly uses a shredding company, so any really important stuff (especially for government contracts) goes through that. In any case, I think the better analogy is if I place my wallet on a counter and walk away from it. I say that it's still my property and you do not have the authority to go to it, open it, and take the money. You, apparently, think it's perfectly okay to take the money out of my wallet. Or, if you think taking the passwords was not "stealing" then let's say I have a password on a piece of paper in my wallet, it's okay to open up the wallet, copy it, and put it back. Let's take this one step further, though, which is closer to what happened. Let's say you're skilled enough to pick my pocket (e.g., skilled enough to spoof addresses). You pick my pocket, copy off the passwords, and then drop the wallet or somehow give it back (reverse pick pocket?). That's okay to you?

Your obvious lack of parenting skills is not his responsibility.

This is almost a non sequitur. I don't care to explain the origin of goatse to a 6yo and I have an obvious lack of parenting skills? Honestly, I would have thought the opposite! Do you really agree with the idiotic response by VortexCortex? You must like goatse, then?

Comment Re:Stretching the laws for corporations (Score 2, Insightful) 161

Whoa, easy on the vitriol there, bub. Don't let bad design cloud your judgment of the actual case. It matters not how badly the AT&T folks implemented security (or not) on their system. The fact is Weev "stole" it (copied without permission) and then stupidly publicized it. What's more, he "shared it with various interested parties."

As far as I'm concerned, anyone calling their group Goatse Security needs to be punished anyway. I'm not interested in trying to explain to my 6yo what the fuck that means.

Comment Re:gag me with a shift button (Score 1) 153

I agree that the meaning of this one liner is not easy to guess but there are other more fundamental things that bother me in Lobster.

I think you're agreeing to something the GP didn't say. By virtue of the subject, he's referring to the number of times you have to use the SHIFT key to type up that line, slowing your programming down. Understanding the line is a different question.

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