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Comment Re:Am A Noob Too (Score -1, Flamebait) 199

"Dude, I'm not a network technician but I've been putting computers together since the late 80s and have been running Linux OSs as my desktop OS for over a decade now...

And I couldn't set up the network you described without some serious googling."

If you don't know what pfsense is (and you claim to run Linux as your desktop OS for over a decade) and if you don't realize that almost everything described is actually a cable job (outside of making VLANs and configuring pfsense) then I suggest you get out of the IT field entirely.

Comment Re:Php tied to platform? [Re:PHP] (Score 1) 289

R has a big following amongst people who aren't actually programmers per-se. Typically you see it used for analytics everywhere ranging from credit scoring, to insurance risk analysis, to demographic/health/geographic analysis by health services, city planning services and so on and so forth.

That's probably why R does so well because although it's not a great choice for programmers in a lot of cases, it's fantastic for analysts.

Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 198

Even this DDoS attack is still drastically smaller than Akamai's purported bandwidth. The whole point in their network is that they're supposed to be so distributed, with so much bandwidth that withstanding even this should be trivial - they claim to serve upto 30% of the world's daily requests, their network has a capacity of 30 Tbps and they're bottling it in the face of a 0.6 Tbps DDoS attack.

This was really always Akamai's selling point - precisely that they do have far more bandwidth than any DDoS will ever muster. DDoS protection is in fact one of Akamai's single largest selling points - it's plastered all over their site, so if they're now saying they can't be bothered to deal with them then again, what's the point in Akamai?

So sure you're argument makes sense for a provider that doesn't own a colossal amount of bandwidth, but you obviously don't know Akamai else you'd realise your entire argument is moot in relation to them because they're not short on bandwidth. You argued that you can't ever win against DDoS attacks unless you have more bandwidth, and, er, well, they do - by a massive margin and the chance of anyone building a bot net with the bandwidth to rival Akamai's capacity is basically zero.

Taking the DDoS on the chin, which they could trivially do even with existing customer commitments whilst working with ISPs to deal with infected machines would've been a massive benefit for InfoSec (and been great for their profits as it would let them boost their reputation further and reduce future impact on their network). Instead they've decided to act with the attackers and tell the world they can no longer be trusted on their main selling point.

Comment Re:Look a bit higher (Score 1) 266

The over .55, under 55 pound RC aircraft must carry a registration number in plain site.

Nope. It just has to be easily accessible. It can be inside a battery door if the cover doesn't screw on.

If you own four of them, all four must carry that number.

Yes. Which drives home the point that this is not a registration number for your model aircraft, but for the operator.

Comment Re: Yup (Score 1) 266

Unless you own the land outside the city you plan to fly on I wouldn't suggest that either.

Some of us live in areas with substantial public lands which are not wildlife preserves. Now, to be fair, my local BLM land is also a MOA, and in theory people aren't supposed to fly model aircraft in special operational areas. But on the flip side...

There is a reason there are rc clubs with private airstrips and tracks.

...a famous rc club strip in the Mojave is also in a MOA. And aircraft are allowed to use MOAs without permission at their own risk, so it seems like so long as I obey all the usual restrictions (max 400' AGL, LoS or in communication with a spotter with LoS) that's not a problem.

I could also just go fly at Highland Springs reservoir, which (like my house) is within the 5 mile circle around the local airport, if I just notify them ahead of time. One is not required to ask permission either, although they'd surely let me know if there were going to be firefighting aircraft in the area, at which point I wouldn't be permitted to fly. The only place around an airport where you're really not allowed to fly is within a certain relatively short distance around the air strips of controlled airports themselves. You can fly RC around private airstrips (as in, for real aviation) with permission, but you are required to keep a certain distance from actual aircraft in operation.

Comment Re: Look a bit higher (Score 1) 266

Oh, for pete's sake you can't shoot people for trespassing on your property either, but that doesn't mean your property is fair game for anyone who wants to tramp around on it.

That's a pretty great analogy, though. I wouldn't argue that invading someone's privacy or even just noise polluting their airspace isn't being a dickhead. I'd only argue that shooting down a drone with a shotgun when you could start a fire is being a stupid dickhead. It's also unnecessary. Odds are someone is just GPS drifting. If you think otherwise, gather some evidence like an adult. Nine times out of ten, the drone pilot is your neighbor, not a bunch of houses over. The further you get away from home around other people's houses and thus potential sources of interference with both your TX signal and with GPS, the greater the chance you're going to wind up leaving it in their yard or on their roof.

Comment Possible (Score 2) 174

First, I'm sure there's lots of Open Source being used in Google's implementation - just not where we can see.

There is a speech recognizer from CMU that might be a good starting point. I haven't heard about plain-language software, though. There is additional rocket science to be done. Not insurmountable given things we've already done.

Training with millions of people? Actually, that's the part that community development is good at.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 293

For one thing, I think you're taking quite a lot of advantages in your own background for granted that are not likely typical for immigrants from many African or Asian countries.

People who are raised to expect things to be handed to them are at a disadvantage in the real world where you have to go get things. So yeah, what you're saying is absolutely true on one hand, and yet not the whole story on the other. Also, the advantages that we enjoy from our own backgrounds aren't necessarily the types that get you a job. They can help keep you out of prison, and don't think for a second that I want to diminish the value of that, but it's not exactly the same as helping you succeed. Once you're successful, it is pretty much exactly the same, because the goal then is to hang on to what you've earned.

Immigrants have access to programs designed specifically to help them. Locals (of the "proper" color) are not subjected to abuse to which others are. Those things lead to different ends.

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