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Comment Re:It's called a black box (Score 1) 283

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the black box, it's just that it's designed to survive practically anything rather than being as easy as possible to locate, and it's hard to see how you could make it do both. My thought was to leave it alone to do what it does so well and add a second piece of emergency gear designed to help searchers locate the crash site. Then, if there's no other wreckage visible, they can send divers or underwater drones to locate it and recover the black box.

Comment Re:It's called a black box (Score 1) 283

Black boxes are already as optimized as they can be for cost and recoverability.

Indeed they are, but they're not built to be easy to find. Something that's designed to break away from the plane in a crash, float and be easy to spot might not tell you why the plane crashed, but if it's found soon after the crash it will tell searchers where to look for the rest of the wreckage. Give it a battery operated beacon and a sea anchor to minimize drift and will be easy to find under most weather conditions and should stay fairly close to where the crash happened.

Comment Re:weigh the risk = speed (Score 1) 132

I learned decades ago that the more vulgar your password is the easier it is to remember. When I worked for an (unnamed) ISP, they decided that it was a Good Idea to make all of our internal passwords (only valid for on-site connections) expire every 60 days, probably because somebody discovered that they could do it and conflated "could" and "should." At one point, my password there was FuC|y0U! Then, I had trouble with it and had to give it to my lead to see if she could make it work. She was quite amused by it, and even more so by my explanation of why I'd picked it.

Comment Re:Age bias much? (Score 0) 153

Oh, I'm not claiming that I'll never grow old, or that I'm still the same as I was at 35. I am, however, active enough that most people who don't know me wouldn't consider me elderly, and as Asimov used to say, I consider myself to be in late youth. Among other things, I still have most of my hair and it's not even started to turn gray yet.

Comment Re:I suspect its just normal diesel (Score 1) 400

Sorry, but no. I was in the US Navy in the early '70s, and the only time there was black smoke was if the engines weren't getting enough air. Oddly enough, if they were getting too much air, you'd get white smoke. If everything was adjusted correctly, there was no visible exhaust at all.

Comment Re:We've hit the big time, folks! (Score 1) 36

Usually, when people talk about Linux being impervious to attacks in comparison to Windows, they're talking about desktop machines.

In many cases, they're talking about getting infected by installing some program you found somewhere on the web and didn't bother to scan, or that you got stuck with in a drive-by download. Most if not all modern Linux distros have built-in security, such as SELinux or AppArmor to prevent malicious programs from damaging your system, and the standard file permissions (including the fact that newly-downloaded files aren't executable by default) make it even harder for them to get installed, or to wreak havoc if they do. None of this matters, of course, if somebody finds a security hole in a program you need running, such as a web server, and exploits it, although SELinux and AppArmor may be able to block the malware if it tries to access parts of your system it has no legitimate reason to use.

Comment Re:There are 2 kinds of people (Score 1) 91

You do like missing the point, don't you? First, random attacks come from skr1pT Kidd13s who only know how to get into unsecured Windows boxes; my computers all run Linux and are about as secure as you can reasonably expect unless you have Very Sensitive Data (which I don't). Second, professional data thieves don't go after random home computers; they're only interested in commercial boxes with financial or other valuable data, or high-profile users with files they can use for blackmail or other forms of extortion. That's why their attacks are called "targeted:" they know exactly who's computer they're breaking into and what they expect to find.

Comment Re:There are 2 kinds of people (Score 1) 91

Nobody thinks they are a target for anything until they are.

True. And, I'm well aware that my box might attacked at random, and no matter how careful I am it's always possible that somebody might get in. However, there's a vast difference between that and a professional data thief tracking down my public IP and making a concerted attempt to break in because they think there's something valuable for them to take. People who do that sort of thing don't go after random people like me, they go for high profile targets who can be expected to have something on their computer that's worth stealing. After all, isn't that where the money is?

Comment Re:There are 2 kinds of people (Score 1) 91

I won't say that you're wrong, because you're not. However, I must admit that it's hard for me to imagine anybody specifically targeting me; not grabbing my email because my provider's servers have been hacked, but going after me personally. I'm retired, and the only time I had access to classified material ended over forty years ago, when all of the records were on paper.

Comment Re:Didn't Really Care For It (Score 1) 351

My favorite were always the Redneck Rampage games, partially because the bad clipping added to the surrealism. That's where I learned how to bounce sticks of dynamite around corners, a trick that still comes in very handy with grenades. And, of course, later on there was the crossbow with the dynamite taped to the quarrel to give you more range, and eventually the chicken crossbow where the ammo had a kamikaze guidance system.

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