Must be a slow news day, I guess.
Must be a slow news day, I guess.
I am always suspicious of web sites that present only one interface -- something like "sign up here". No reading what the implications are first. No up-front disclosure of how to terminate the agreement if you change your mind. Basically, no information disclosed until you are already committed.
The web site appears to have a glaring omission. Provides for easy opt-in, but what about opt-out?
Suppose you own a property, and the previous owner was on the list. You buy a drone, and want to fly it on your own property. Oops!
Even if they fix that problem, and provide a way to remove an address from the list, there needs to be a robust way of ensuring that the change propagates quickly to new and existing drones.
Seems very half-baked and gimmicky to me.
The article is a little light and fluffy. Doesn't say how these passwords were leaked.
Seems likely, though, that the very fact that they were leaked at all might be a form of selection bias. For example if the leakage vector involved some sort of cracking, it is hardly surprising at all that simple passwords dominate the list.
I have lost four of my friends to airplane accidents. Two were pilots -- in one case the it clearly his own fault, and in the other it was extremely bad piece of luck. The other two deaths were the direct result of naively trusting the wrong pilot.
I see two flavors of comment so far. Non-pilots saying they think the idea is scary, and pilots saying "aw, pshaw, I am well trained, what is the problem?". Well, I am a pilot myself (commercial pilot and certified flight instructor), yet I strongly agree with the "that's scary" crowd. I've flown many thousands of hours in all sorts of locales, weather, and equipment. I've handled numerous emergencies, with never a scratch. I've taught hundreds of other pilots to fly. But, in all that time, by far the scariest moments I have ever had in the air were occasions where I made the mistake of riding as a passenger with the wrong choice of pilot!
Those who place their faith in the FAA's training standards, simply fail to understand that the ratings indicate compliance with the bare legal minima -- essentially they mean nearly nothing.
Nor does safety correlate with pilot rating. I've met some mere student pilots that I'd sooner trust with my life than many commercial pilots. The variation from one individual pilot to the next, regardless of qualifications, by far exceeds the variations from one rating to another. That variation comes from preparedness, attitude experience and common sense. Bottom line, with the exception of airlines (where I have no choice!) I will NEVER ride with a pilot whose experience, skills, and attitude I do not personally know first hand. And, I'd never advise friends or loved ones to ride with "just any old pilot".
Very little problem with receiving someone else's mail, so I voted 1-10. Closer to the 1 end of the scale.
But, a bigger problem is items mailed to me that never arrived.
Historically, that number has been zero. But in the last month, I have had three separate items that were sent but never showed up. Mailed about a week apart, from three different senders. Percentage-wise, three missing items is plenty, as my (junk-mail-adjusted) received mail volume probably only amounts to about 10 items per month.
I'm not convinced.
IMO, expanding via RAID card is a bad idea. (Unless you need RAID for other legitimate reasons, such as redundancy/reliability, etc., and throw a lot of money at doing it right!)
RAID costs more energy. Say $10/year per SATA-internal disk, regardless of capacity. Assuming 24x7 power applied. Maybe a little lower with spin-down.
That may not sound like much, but it doesn't yet include the biggest cost of that additional energy -- heat. If your PC enclosure is remotely typical, its air circulation around the disk drives is pathetic. Pack two or three close together in most PC enclosures, and they will over-temp in almost any PC enclosure. (Check your SMART data, if you don't believe me.)
I'm not saying that high-density RAID drive cooling and powering is not possible. Indeed, it is. There are plenty of well-engineered commercial RAID storage solutions on the market (and plenty of bad ones too, BTW). They have great cooling and power distribution. But, they are EXPENSIVE! Your $69-versus-$99 disk comparison is a drop in the bucket compared to the costs of doing RAID well!
A week hiking on the Colorado Trail.
Five days in Iceland (Reykjavik area), including a trip down an extinct volcano core (http://www.insidethevolcano.com/).
A coupla days in and around Edinburgh, Scotland.
Several days hiking on Ireland's Beara Peninsula.
A week-long family reunion in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland. (My family).
24 hours in Boston, Massachusetts, reunion with old friends.
A week-long family reunion in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (My wife's family).
I checked the "spectacular" box.
(I don't usually get that much time off work, this took some special arrangements!)
Second place goes to Rube Goldberg.
Honorable mention goes to Wallace (of Wallace and Gromit), but I don't think he's dead. Or alive, for that matter.
Not another one!
Browse this list before you get too excited about this development.
Just for the heck of it, I tried searching for downloads of known 100% legal content -- Linux distributions, kernels etc.
Sure enough, there are people (well ok, IP addresses actually) accused of being thieves because they downloaded perfectly legal materials. Nowhere on Ter's web site did I see a single mention of the distinction between merely using file sharing (which is legal) and using it to violate copyright laws (which is not).
This distinction is apparently unknown to Suren Ter, or more likely deliberately ignored. His rhetoric clearly states that if you ever use file sharing, under any circumstances, you are a thief!
What a bozo!
I cannot believe that God plays dice with the cosmos. -- Albert Einstein, on the randomness of quantum mechanics