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Comment Re: So what's the story? (Score 1) 73

Wake me up when any of these bloggers demonstrate ethics. They're FAR too interested in posting things meant to gain clicks and ethics is somewhere down the ladder below "feed the dog" in terms of importance.

Not only that but they tend to be PROUD of not having to act like real journalists with sources and confirmations and ethics and an editor to answer to. None of that stuff matters or has ever mattered to most bloggers, and yet they demand press credentials to events and get them, companies like Apple shower them in invites and free review samples and treat them occasionally to travel costs and meals and even stipends. All the while, they run around acting like they have a better grasp on things than "real" journalists for traditional media outlets.

It's all bullshit. There are SO many kickbacks and spiffs and freebies flowing, it has spawned hundreds of bloggers and Youtubers and Twitchers many of who are in it for the free shit they can snag and the ego kick from having people read and click.

Comment Re:Don't rush to conclusion (Score 1) 84

It's easy to bash the incumbents but let's not just hand the keys to the city over to Google just yet.

They're not handing over the keys. OTMR is a normal part of wiring poles. It happens ALL the time. Google is asking for something that Comcast and AT&T themselves use in other areas for the same reasons: OTMR works and everybody wins.

Unless you are an AT&T or Comcast and you don't want a competitor coming in. Then suddenly it becomes a big deal.

Comment Drastic must have special meaning in Tenn (Score 1) 84

OTMR is done ALL the time, all over the US and probably in other countries. It's not drastic. It's NORMAL.

You know, a word that means the opposite of drastic. Normal. A word that means, well, normal.

AT&T and Comcast NORMALLY have little to no problem with OTMR except well, in this case, a competitor they don't want is the one who needs to do a lot of OTMR. And then suddenly the thing everybody has done for years is drastic.

Riiiight. Nothing fishy going in here. They just, you know, faxed it over, while the rep was out of town. Perfectly drastic. I mean, normal.

Comment Re:Two thoughts (Score 1) 73

How and why Star Trek did what it did was a LOT more complicated than simply beaming onto whatever miscellaneous set was available, as you state.

Go read the "These Are the Voyages" books. Even the free sample from Amazon will do.

Star Trek had almost nothing to work with and no budget and went to extremes to make the show look as good as they could. Sometimes they failed but a lot or times they succeeded. I never much cared for the old show but having now read how they did it and why, and how much genius went into simple things like lighting a set... it's completely different now.

Comment Nobody gets it (Score 1) 66

Of course they knew all along how to get into the phone, probably five different ways.

But all the public+media+dog had was speculation and unfortunately a big spotlight on the subject device.

Normally they work in secret and in the shadows and crack these phones all the time. But this one had everybody watching, and when everyone is watching, you do not get out your best-kept secrets and reveal them in front of the cameras. The agencies didn't want to confirm any of that by suddenly showing up with a cracked phone, thus revealing they had various techniques to do exactly what they wanted. So they tried the front door approach with Apple, and then some other approach where they can make some outside company look like the source and patsy.

Meanwhile all the much more secret techniques remain secret. Done.

But all the various bloggers and media people want to know exactly how it was done, which is exactly why they went to some effort to find a disposable way in rather than reveal their secrets. Meh. Who cares. Privacy is an illusion. If for a moment anyone thinks their iPhone is some kind of sacred secret place only they can access, well, they are fools. Nothing is secret.

Comment Here comes a bill (Score 3, Insightful) 337

Since every KB is tracked and recorded, what he REALLY hacked is T-Mobile's latent power to bill his sorry butt for the data he used. And I am sure they will do just that.

And if he refuses to pay, it becomes theft of service just like stealing electricity or cable TV and his sorry butt will end up in jail.

Smart move there Einstein.

Comment We have no right to (Score 1) 231

We don't "own" any of these worlds so we have no right to do jack shit to them.

And if these worlds already have some kind of life, then we might jeopardize that life by dumping ours on top of it. We already know life on Earth comes in a Bazillion(TM) different forms, some of which look like your annoying cousin Larry, and some of which look like rocks. So we go off to some world that looks like it's all rock and seed it, and whoa, it turns out the rocks are a life form and we just wiped it out. Nice work humans. Assholes.

Comment Re:Satellite owner is full of shit. (Score 1) 239

Then they were stupid as fuck to allow that contingency clause for a series of actions (the launch contractor phases) that Spacecom itself had NO control over and didn't actually do itself.

Their job was to build the bird and deliver it. They did that. Hopefully Facebook paid their sorry butts for it. So the next set of steps was on SpaceX and it blew up. OK, well it's probably not Spacecom's fault.. Nobody knows. But probably not their fault.

Now they are saying the buyer they had no longer wants to buy them because something that was probably not their fault was a contingency? Are they idiots or just THAT fucking desperate to get the company sold? Maybe they are both.

What the hell is a big dollar client like Facebook doing contracting satellites out to a company apparently effectively insolvent and running on promises of being bought out? Facebook could buy a satellite from anyone. Maybe they need to rethink who they hire. These people look like morons.

Comment They got paid, why do they even care? (Score 1) 239

Presumably Facebook contracted with this company to supply the satellite. They did that. They should have gotten paid.

If you or I go buy a new car, we pay for it, and wreck it on the way home, the car dealer is not going to be out. We agreed to pay. Likewise Facebook surely agreed to pay for the damn thing. So what are they whining about?

The failure on the pad probably wasn't their fault so even if there was some kind of contingency, they should still get paid. They delivered the vehicle to the launch contractor. The launch contractor is responsible for the rest of the process. Blabbering about demanding a free launch or something AT THIS POINT is really unprofessional when the cause is not even known. What if it turns out the satellite WAS the cause? Then they are demanding someone else cover their failure.

I hate to say it but they sure sound like Ferengi demanding compensation or something of equal value well before anyone even knows what really happened.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 2) 151

None of it is plausible. You space nutters with your "antimatter fuel" nonsense. You can't travel near the speed of light. We know that from basic Physics. How are you going to travel "a few thousands light years"?

Bah. Fully qualified experts used to insist going faster than 35 MPH would be fatal. Not crashing, mind you: just going faster than that. It would turn the body to jelly and shatter all your bones. You'd die instantly. When that turned out to not be true, the bar was moved to 100 MPH. That wasn't true either. Then they said we would never fly. We did. Then they said we'd never survive breaking the sound barrier. We did. Then they insisted 1000 MPH was lethal. It isn't. They said helicopters were impossible. They aren't. They said we would never survive going into space, that we would die the moment we tried, that we would never get to the moon much less back from it.

A lot of supposed experts have said we can't do one thing or another, and of course always backed up with charts and numbers and science and stacks of absolutes. And yet time after time they are proven WRONG. The science they relied upon and swore upon to say 35 MPH was lethal---- absolute crap, despite their assurances to the contrary. Most of us break THAT one multiple times a day. I know I have exceeded over four times that speed in my car and I am still here.

The only thing these experts have proven is the overwhelming ability to be wrong about their science and underestimate what people are capable of doing. So perhap it is possible to break the C barrier. We will try. We might even do it. And perhaps it will become just another 35 MPH barrier, meaningless and forgotten.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 1) 644

Agree totally, airspace over a property does not belong to the property owner. It 'belongs' to the Federal Government and is managed and otherwise supervised by the FAA. Property owners can no more shoot at drones than they can shoot down airliners or shoot at cars passing on roads next to their property. Can't do any of those things.

However states ARE passing laws regarding airspace use, in what seems to be clear violation of FAA jurisdiction. For example, the State of Georgia has designated six-mile no-fly zones around the state capitol building and governor's mansion residence. This means most of downtown Atlanta is in a no-fly zone and this impacts various users including all sorts of legitimate motion picture or TV productions, at least four colleges which might have drones in their course work, and of course any private citizens who might want to fly one on their own yards.

The mansion sits in the middle of a heavily residential area surrounded by some of the wealthiest homes in the area, which means those residents are more likely to have high end drones fully capable of performance flying, but the state says no. There is no justification given for this; the state simply doesn't want anyone flying near these places. It scares them. Terrifies them.

With several airports also scattered around Atlanta, the two zones marked off limits by the state add to a huge area where drones aren't allowed, and virtually guarantee people are going to fly anyway because such a huge area leaves few options for drone users except to break the laws.

Comment Re:Not drones (Score 1, Informative) 47

You have no right to open fire upon drones any more than you have a right to do that to cars passing by your house.

Destruction of property, discharging a firearm in a dangerous manner, reckless endangerment, criminal damage to property, vandalism, theft... there's an endless list of crimes someone can be charged with for shooting at drones.

You do not own the airspace over your home. You have absolutely no right to shoot at drones or aircraft or anything else, because, well, you don't own the airspace. If you do shoot at them, I hope you enjoy the massive legal machinery of Amazon landing square on your head. They have bored lawyers waiting to eat this one for snacks.

Comment Re:Only in Google Fiber Cities + Chicago (Score 1) 93

Well, for now it is only in those few places. But DOCSIS 3.1 does offer the potential to easily upgrade almost any cable customer, eventually. Minor head-end changes and new customer modems are all it needs, so at some point probably almost any Comcast customer will be able to get it.

And "at some point" is going to be soon, as this is rolling out everywhere in the next 18 months. The fact that they can do this without digging one shovel of dirt is pretty neat. It is a solid solution. It's too bad it's Comcast.

Comment Re:I saw this coming, except the pilotless part (Score 1) 70

The TSA is security theater. They do nothing to address the actual security risks and vulnerabilities, which are numerous and very dangerous.

For example, the major airport near me is extremely vulnerable to things like vehicles getting on a runway. There is less protecting those runways than there is protecting my backyard. Oh there are cameras and crap but it's far too big to patrol. Security cannot stop someone who really wants to get out there, so imagine if some terrorists on the back of a truck got on to the runways and began shooting up planes in the queue to take off. Hit the first plane and it stops, Then go down the line taking out plane after plane which can't escape, can't back up, can't go anywhere. Thousands could die. Blow up the fuel depot for extra fun. It's unprotected. Hit more than one airport like this at the same time and air travel will collapse worldwide.

Even the TSA checkpoint is meaningless. Someone with a backpack bomb could kill hundreds queued up in those lines. You don't need to get through security. The potential victims are all nicely lined up there.

Comment Local helipads? Where? (Score 1) 70

Where are these "local helipads" supposed to be? There are various private buildings with helipads on their roofs, and plenty of open parks and maybe some parking decks with room on their roofs, but nearly all of these are private properties not open to the public. Most of them show "PRIVATE!" when seen from the air.

I can't think of a single spot in my city where you could do this kind of operation. Sure you could use a park once or twice, but try to make it routine and the cops will probably cite you for trespassing.

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