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Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 550

Ya, I spotted it immediately. He was really brave when he was sure he wouldn't have to do it. Kind of like all the people who claim they'll leave the country over [insert socio-political atrocity]. If they ever followed through, it would really be a newsworthy event.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 492

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

So in rural Oregon - Josephine county - where they are no longer prosecuting property crimes (Google it)... I have friends who live there still (because they grow certain green flowers) and have been involved in actual shootouts. They called 911 - who said see and wait if they stop shooting and call back.

So in my example - shit has already hit the fan and life seems somehow indifferent from the inner city. People want your stuff and they'll cap your ass to get it.

Comment Three choices. (Score 1) 432

You have three choices.

  • 1) Quit. You won't have to put up with their shit, and you keep your sanity.
  • 2) Wait to get fired. That's their end goal. If you can't complain to your superiors and/or HR, you're going to get fired anyways.
  • 3) Be BOFH and fight back. Depending on how you try to do this, you'll end up fired, in jail, or both. It only goes well in fiction.

Comment Re:Apple seems stuck in profit trap (Score 1) 293

Its funny you mention blackberry - they are still on the slide down:


All of their phones have always been "lets do xyz really well" (speakerphone, camera, battery life etc) but totally ignore all the other features of the phone. Nokia had this issue as well - awesome battery life or camera, but shit memory and shitty software.

Comment Re:You don't want to hear my call (Score 1) 164

Nope, you're absolutely right. Well, mostly right.

Over the last 10 years or so, I've had things on my phones that track me. Most of them also tracked what towers I connected to. I left the phones turned on accidentally a few times. Generally, in the air there weren't enough towers to attempt a conversation from. If it even connected to a tower, it would disconnect in less than a minute.

Here's a composite map of several trips in 2010. There were stops at Boston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Tampa. I think there may have been another flight change in Charlotte.

Cell towers are tilted down slightly because that's where the customers are. That also works against making calls from aircraft. Sometimes that's built into the antenna, so you won't see it from the ground.

I was on one flight where the captain got on the intercom and asked everyone to double-check their phones, because he was getting noise on the radio. Mine was already off on that flight, so it wasn't me. :)

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