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Comment Re:Not possible (Score 1) 68

How did they "connect directly to the IP address"? Did they place a wiretap on each of the 84 IP address to siphon the data?

Like another poster said, they're probably relying on the BT client's list of addresses. If that isn't sufficient, it's trivial to set up a monitor like Wireshark and be able to identify exactly which IP address sent any specific block of data.

Comment Re:Ignoring the point (Score 3, Insightful) 141

Likewise. I have a 12 Mbit business Uverse connection through AT&T. It has plenty of drawbacks - in particular the modem takes about 10 minutes to reboot/resync if the power blips, which happens several times a week where I live, and they can't decide whether or not I have problems with the physical line. One time they'll say, "oh yeah, we need to get that line replaced", and then the next it's "the line test looks fine to me". However, it's $65/month, I have 5 static IPs, IPv6 (finally) works well, and I can run whatever the hell I want on my connection. Every year or so, I get a quote from Comcast to compare. This year, it was $75/month for comparable service, plus another $30/month for 5 statics, plus $7.50/month for the modem rental (they won't allow customers to use their own gear with static IPs), and a $300 installation charge plus a 1 year commitment. I specifically told Comcast to contact me via email as I wouldn't be available on the phone during the day. Over a period of two weeks, three different sales reps called a total of 5 times while I was at work, and each time I responded via email and reminded them that they should contact me via that means. I never got a response, and eventually they just stopped calling. If that's how conscientious they are when trying to get my business, I shudder to think what the customer service would be like once they have my money.

AT&T sucks in a lot of ways, but they're cheaper, they're responsive, and if I have issues I can usually get in touch with someone that actually knows something instead of having to walk through a useless 45-minute script with some phone jockey. I'd like to avail myself of better/faster service, but Comcast seems to do everything they can to keep me from switching.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

I have no idea why the "yellow before green" or the countdown timers are not more common, or why neither is used in America.

Because you never should let the enemy know what you're about to do! Seriously though, a lot of the crosswalk signs in the U.S. do have a countdown timer, and if you can see them you can have at least some idea when the traffic lights are about to change.

Comment Re:What it will really mean (Score 1) 394

You think so? Apple has to license anything thats Lightning capable. Do you really think Apple will allow someone to sell a cheaper adapter then their own?

Unless Apple gets the entire U.S. Customs Service on board with it, there's not much they're going to be able to do, practically. Licensing has not been a particularly big concern for Chinese counterfeiters, nor has the Customs Service.

Comment Re:Smart key for ignition, not access. (Score 1) 215

Can't do it on my truck ('02 GMC Sierra) unless you have REALLY long arms, but I have key locks so it wouldn't be a problem. In contrast, on my old '86 Silverado I could do practically anything from underneath. I could replace both the water pump and fuel pump together in less than 10 minutes.

Comment Re:Incompetent IT (Score 1) 239

AFAIK pretty much all airlines run scheduling software from a single company (I remember reading an article about how Southwest moved from an in-house system to the same as everyone else due to complexity issues), so it's not so much the airlines but this 3rd party that seems to have somewhat fragile software.

Dunno about the scheduling package, but most airlines contract with one of the major providers of reservations management services. At the time I worked in the field (little more than 10 years ago), the big names were Worldspan, Sabre, Navitaire, and a couple of others. I remember a HUGE clusterfuck that happened when Navitaire went down, and just completely screwed one of our major customers, grounding flights all over the country for several hours. Listening to the Navitaire folks and the airline folks screaming and pointing fingers at each other on the conference call was a hoot (once we'd shown that the problem wasn't at our end, of course), although I'm guessing the thousands of people stranded all over the country wouldn't have thought so.

The point is that an airline can experience a system failure somewhere and not have it be due to anything they did/didn't do. In that particular case, the airline hadn't done anything wrong, and their end of the system was up and working properly. I'm sure Navitaire wrote a big check after that incident.

Comment Re:Smart key for ignition, not access. (Score 1) 215

You just use a jumper cable to bring power to the hot terminal on either the alternator or the starter.

If you can get the hood open. Not all hoods are easy to unlatch from the outside to get to the alternator, and plenty of starters are mounted such that you can't get cables on them. On my truck's starter, it has to come completely out in order to reach the terminals.

Comment Re:Smart key for ignition, not access. (Score 1) 215

My mom's 2015 jeep cherokee latitude doesn't have key locks. If you have the fob, you can just open the door.

Assuming the car has power. Earlier this year I had to replace a corroded battery cable, and a lack of key locks would have made that a bit more challenging.

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