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Comment No-fly zones are already enforced on DJI phantoms (Score 3, Informative) 90

This no-fly zone feature has been around for quite a while on their high-end models, to prevent users flying over an airport - see

Also, last time I checked the firmware update process involved connecting the quadcopter to a PC via a USB cable, so it's not like new rules are being applied without the user knowing.

Comment Re:More US workers == offshoring?? (Score 2) 484

As someone who works at a company that has branches all over the world (including India) and employs people from all of the world, I've never seen this happen. Instead everyone who comes over on an H1B starts their green card application process as soon as they can, with the aim of staying in the US permanently.

Have slashdot commenters ranting about H1Bs ever actually worked at a tech company? Or tried to hire someone in tech recently? The idea that there is some huge untapped pool of US workers that are being ignored is simply bullshit - demand is so great currently (at least in Silicon valley) that its damn near impossible to hire anyone decent from anywhere.

Comment More US workers == offshoring?? (Score 4, Insightful) 484

Explain to me how allowing more foreign workers to come to the US under H1B visas will increase offshoring? Surely not allowing people to work here is going to cause work to be sent overseas, not the other way around.

Every H1B worker I've met (including myself) wants to get a green card so they can live and work in the US permanently. At which point they are just as much part of the US tech workforce as a citizen who was born and raised here.

Comment Re:There's both a glut AND a shortage (Score 1) 284

You do not have a shortage of good applicants, such a shortage is impossible in a market system like we have. What you have is too low a price point.

I wish that were true .. but there really is a shortage of candidates that know jack shit about coding. I work at a large US tech company as a team lead, so I can see the kinds of salaries that we are paying at various levels. And I do a large number of interviews so I get to see the quality of candidates that apply, and make it past the first couple of levels of filters. New grads are already getting six-figure offers, but we still have trouble finding acceptable candidates.

Comment How about deaths per mile traveled? (Score 1) 322

This chart is nearly useless, as it doesn't account for the average distance traveled per country. You'd be better off reading the wikipedia page that has those stats :

Or looking at trend in deaths / mile over time. For example, the US rate of 1.1 per 100M miles in 2011 is an all-time low :

Comment Open source firewalls? (Score 1) 312

Couldn't a similar suit be brought against the developers iptables or squid if those applications are used by an oppressive government? Just answering a question from a user with .cn email address could be turned into "assisting the censorship of dissidents" by an enterprising lawyer..

Comment Re:More and more... (Score 1) 617

The trouble with Linux, and I'm speaking as someone who's used YaST in precisely this context, is that you have to make a choice - do you let the GUI manage it or do you CLI it?

Or you can use a GUI tool that can parse manually created config files and not break settings in them that it doesn't understand, such as Webmin. YaST has its own separate configuration database that it generates the Apache config files from, so any manual changes you make will either be ignored or over-written.

Comment VPSs and root access (Score 1) 236

On a VPS, it really doesn't matter if the hosting company has your root password or not - they can directly access the filesystem to view or modify any files any time they want.

For some virtualization types (like Xen and KVM) it is more convenient for the host to know the root password so they can login to manage the VPS. Without it, filesystem access requires that the VPS be shut down, with is worse for everyone.

For other types like OpenVZ, the host can login as root any time they want, without even knowing the password.

In the case of GoDaddy, they would probably be better off setting up VPSs they sell with an additional root-equivalent account or using SSH keys - that way the customer can keep their root password secret.

Comment CDNs are good thing (Score 3, Insightful) 164

While I totally agree that overriding NXDOMAIN responses is evil, returning different DNS responses based on the clients location or for load balancing purposes is an extremely useful technique for last companies serving a large amount of web traffic. For example, check out what resolves to from different countries or even at different times - depending on where you look it up from and what network links are up, you will get a different set of IPs.

Sure, determining a browser's location from the DNS client source IP is not totally reliable .. but it is accurate enough to significantly improve user-visible responsiveness by avoiding un-necessary cross-planet network traffic. And even if google gets it wrong, they are no worse off than if they never implemented this in the first place.

Comment Re:They Aren't the ISPs Bits to Sell (Score 1) 439

Wrong wrong wrong!

Do you think Comcast has a connection they own all the way to every website you visit? Of course not .. which means that they have to pay higher-tier internet providers for links of various speeds. If Comcast's customers then generate too much traffic for those links, they have to pay more for greater capacity.

And even at the tier-1 ISP level, fibre in the ground or under the ocean only has limited capacity. When that gets used up, they have to lay more fibre .. why else do you think ISPs and telcos have been building new undersea and cross-country cables?

Comment Many errors in this story (Score 2, Informative) 461

Since I live in the area where this happened and it was reported extensively on the local news, I noticed *many* errors in TFA, such as :

- Morgan Hill was not specifically targeted .. the cuts were in San Jose and Santa Clara. At most, Morgan Hill was collateral damage.

- Cables were cut in four different locations, so there was no single point of failure.

- Hosting everything at your site might help in cases like this, but is your mail really more reliable if managed by a part-time sysadmin on a single $1000 box, or at Google where they have triple-redundant everything?

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