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Comment Re:I feel proud as an American! (Score 0) 500

I'm not an American but I think becoming an American is a bit like becoming a Muslim - there's no way out other than in a body bag.

So if since you are an American I'd keep the true faith ... abhor, detest and abjure, as impious and heretical [traitors like Snowden] if I were you. That buzz in the sky above you could be a Predator drone.

Comment Nonsense (Score 3, Insightful) 139

Nonsense. Job titles in IT are just "guidelines" as for your job duties and job duties are what decide salaries once you've become established at a company. I've seen "sys admins" who wrote C++ code all day long for various system tools and got paid well into 6 figures for it. I've seen DBA's who spend there days building systems and configuring various components of the server who also make 6 figures. I think the bottom line is generally that you need to have multiple strong skill sets and to find ways to apply these various skills at your job. A quick story that probably has no real merit: A linux admin at my current job got saddled with trying to get the microsoft system suite to do a few fancier things in terms of configuration management. This means that he had to write a few dozen modules in C++ to get the right data placed into the microsoft suite. He makes well into 6 figures (we're drinking buds). Talent + effort + correct company == high pay.

Comment Re:Paranoid, but mostly appropriate (Score 4, Interesting) 90

I'm sorry but you are wrong. The privates pilot license isn't "easy to get" it requires hundreds of hours and over 10 grand. "The rules of the air" don't apply under 400 feet in rural areas anyways. The medical certificate is a joke because these aren't planes, they're drones largely driven by software. This isn't a guy pushing a rod connected by mechanical linkage to some flaps. Its a guy pushing a joystick which is just 2 sets of POTS that gets translated into a number and fired off to the drone. The drone then checks those numbers and attempts to perform the command.

Almost all recreational drones(IE the cheap crap ones) have autoland feature when something goes wrong.

So where is the concern? If the FAA wasn't a bunch of ignorant old people the requirement would be straightforward and simple for testing this:

1. GPS must be active. If it goes off or detects it leaves the area permitted it MUST immediately land using an auto land feature.

2. Drink hot coco while flying. For the hell of it,

Comment Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 1) 129

Nobody forced Mozilla to make the stupid decisions that they did. In fact, a lot of Firefox users very vocally said, "No! We don't like that!" time and time again, release after release. But Mozilla didn't want to listen. Mozilla did everything in their power to ruin the Firefox experience. And now the entire web has to suffer.

Opera did the same thing. I still like Opera 12.x. But I prefer Chrome to the newer, Chromium based, versions of Opera. And the problem is that Opera 12.x is doomed in the long run.

Submission + - Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play (theregister.co.uk)

Hal_Porter writes: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Microsoft tested Picco in two group of interns and a family. All groups found the device amusing, but also reported that Picco and Picclets were useless for any functional or meaningful communication. Subjects, did, however, feel that the appearance of Picclets made the workplace feel a little more intimate.

“Two studies of the device at work demonstrated how crafting was an expression of intimacy when the device was used to connect the workplace to the home, and a way of demonstrating skill and humor to a broad audience when messages were sent amongst co-workers,” the paper reports. It also says Picco helped to personalise workspaces, but some testers felt left out because they were either lousy artists or couldn't make clever messages. As the paper puts it, “the level of skill needed to produce these messages became a barrier to entry for some co-workers.”

I'm making a note here — Great Success

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 46

It seems like it's based on dynamically allocating spectrum between GSM and LTE


However, using a technology called GL DSS (GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) Vodafone and Huawei have shown a way to allow GSM and LTE to coexist.

In a traditional mobile network, operators allocate each technology an exclusive set of frequencies. For example, many operators, including Vodafone, currently hold 20MHz of spectrum at 1.8GHz, of which 10MHz is used for LTE and the rest for GSM traffic.

GL DSS lets Huawei's SRC (Single Radio Controller) give GSM a higher priority during periods of heavy traffic, ensuring that voice calls get though unharmed. But the SRC can also provide more room for LTE when users aren't making calls, allowing for better throughput, the vendor said on Tuesday.

There's a paper on it (or at least a similar idea) here


It's interesting because it seems like GSM will live on for low bandwidth machine to machine applications even though most of the spectrum has been converted to LTE. So if you've got an embedded system with a GSM modem, there's no need to worry that the carriers will cut off the signal in order to get more LTE bandwidth.

Comment Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (Score 0) 348

You presume that U.S. citizens are the only ones whose rights matter. Don't feel badâ"many of us U.S. citizens think the same way. But you will find if you talk to citizens of other countries, like Germany and Canada and France, that they also care about these issues, and care that the NSA, GCHQ and others have spied on them.

Totally dude. If only Alan Turing had done some whistle blowing on how the privacy of German U boat captains was being violated the world would be a much better place.

Comment Re:Dump kernel to serial printer (Score 1) 175

You could sound the message out in Frequency Shift Keying.



1200 baud is 120 characters per second. So you could dump an uncompressed 80x24 screen of text in 16 seconds. You'd just repeat the dump over and over again.

Software on a mobile phone would capture the FSK and submit it as a bug report.

Perhaps a less whimsical way to do it would be to write to a dump file and submit when the system reboots. E.g. the kernel could keep enough of the Bios alive so that it could switch back to real mode and use int 13h to write to reserved bit of the disk.

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