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Comment Re: Why do airlines overbook? (Score 1) 575

Actually there are other industries that will not refund money if you fail to turn up, though usually they will refund you a percentage or keep the deposit.

At the same time, you accepted the terms when you bought the ticket. The forceable deboarding is not a set of terms anyone agrees to.

Comment Re: NOT a United Airlines flight. (Score 1) 575

It may not be a United run flight, but by code sharing they should require to have their partner provide equivalent service. By having their name associated with a flight they share some of cost and responsibility for anything that could go wrong.

This is always the risk associated with subcontracting. As the entity subcontracting out, you should always accept that you image depends on whoever is getting the work done or it is time to find another partner.

Comment Regulation to prevent forceable rejection? (Score 1) 575

Could the FAA step in and create regulation preventing an airline from ejecting an already cleared and boarded passenger, unless:
      - volunteering for another flight, with compensation
      - life threatening situation

Sure it comes down to the decision of the pilot, but there should be a culture of customer service and if the paying customer is getting shafted then there is a problem. It shouldn't matter that they are in 'cattle class'.

Clearly staff shouldn't have been treated as VIPs and the screw up happened because people had already been allowed to board.

I hope this passenger gets more than just a flight home as compensation, since the way he was abused should never been permitted. I am thinking of an all expenses trip to Hawaii?

BTW with the attitude of the current administration towards any form of regulation, I am not too optimistic that the FAA will do the right thing.

Comment Re: But where is the rush? (Score 1) 113

Uh, heck. Typing on a phone with auto-corrupt :(

Corrected English:

I wonder how much of this is from tech teams denying that IPv6 is coming and not doing the homework and proper security analysis? For example, I have observed tech teams who didn't want anything to do with IPv6 and then ended up having systems that were kinda talking IPv6, but under the radar. No IPv6 firewalls and not even specifically deactivating IPv6 link-local on devices.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 667

Well considering:
      - 49% of eligible Brits said 'no'
      - Another portion indicated they didn't really want to exit, and was using this as a protest vote
      - Brits outside of the UK for more than 15 years weren't allowed to vote
      - The younger portion of the population generally voted to stay (ref)
      - Financial institutions may move their HQs, with some having started (ref)
      - Airlines such as Easyjet will need to move their HQs to benefit from the European continent (ref)
      - This may be the trigger for Scotland to have another referendum (ref)

With the above I am wondering who will really be happy? Maybe those who were living in a bubble and reading tabloids? I am not saying the EU doesn't need some fixing, but being a non-team player may really hurt.

Comment Re: Can't blame NASA (Score 1) 166

You're right it didn't start with Trump, but he definitely has become the flag bearer for everything that seems wrong with the GOP and US politics in general.

NASA unfortunately is the toy for the ambitions of many senators. Either they get tasked with missions that are overly ambitious or get critisiced for missions that were dictated by the same unrealistic ambitions of politicians.

Comment What type of attack? (Score 1) 151

What type of attack is being mitigated against and how does the risk of failure of the encryption solution compare to that of the attack vector? There are many ways encryption can fail, including loss of keys or too much exposure to the passwords for these keys.

For example, are we talking about hardware theft or software based intrusion?

For hardware theft, then you would probably want to find a solution where no one needs to know the keys, but it is part of the local infrastructure. This would mean that once hardware is taken out of said infrastructure then it can't access the keys it needs to make sense of the data. Just like anything there are still scenarios where this could fail or be a hinderance.

For software there are so many variables and use cases, I am not going to try to list them, but remember there are both internal vectors of attack and external vectors of attack. Sometimes the hardest one to defend against is social engineering.

Comment Re:An American patent? (Score 1) 65

If a patent or copyright makes a reasonable profit during it's term, the intent of those exclusive rights is met. Beyond that, locking up IP impedes progress, since others can't freely build on the original. Disney built their business using the works of the bros. Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Kipling, etc., but now work diligently to steal our culture from us by preventing newcomers from doing similar.

In the world of software I would argue that patents impede more than they help promote innovation. Many of the motivations for developing software aren't because there is a promise of a patent or monopoly, since if it were we wouldn't have the huge number of open source solutions. If a company hasn't capitalized on a software 'invention' within a couple of years, then there is a good chance someone will come up with and equivalent solution, without evening needing to see how the 'original' works and in a number of cases we even see evidence of parallel creation.

It has been argued that copyright is more valuable to software than patents.

One interesting article on software patents is here:

Comment Re:An American patent? (Score 5, Insightful) 65

People need to complain and stop this nonsense. Patents and copyrights should expire at 20 years max. Maybe less. This stifles creativity and productivity, and has nothing to do with the original intent of protecting inventors and writers. It has to stop.

If an idea can be conceived in an hour and implemented in a under a month, then 20 years is far in excess of anything reasonable. This is part of the problem with software patents: many of the patents can be designed and implemented in less than a month. Contrast that to hardware, where the cycle can often closer to a year, or more, and many hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent, so an extended protection makes some sense to recoup R&D costs.

Comment Re: Big blow to apple? (Score 0) 79

We all know how well this type of vision has worked for Google and Microsoft. Unless you have a healthy market of third-party manufacturers you may well end up needing to go your own way.

I think this may be a case of Apple rushing things. The MacBook Pro feels the same, where they could have left one legacy port as a compromise?

Comment Re:Sorry, but, (Score 3, Informative) 155

Wasn't Java open source at some point? And besides why is anybody using it now? (Here's looking at you Libre/OpenOffice) Rewrite Android in C, or better, Assembly, and the problem is solved.

Wikipedia's entry, has this to say as intro:

OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit) is a free and open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE).[1] It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006. The implementation is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) version 2 with a linking exception. Were it not for the GPL linking exception, components that linked to the Java class library would be subject to the terms of the GPL license. OpenJDK is the official reference implementation of Java SE since version 7

There is a post here on StackOverflow on this:

My cynical side feels whatever the reality is, this is Oracle and well lets just say that I haven't ever felt Oracle to be a community player, unless that involves providing consults at cost.

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