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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Coditor I'm 6'5" (819 comments)

I either have to get the exit row or pay extra for better leg room. I physically cannot sit in most airlines seats. I don't mind it since I don't fly often. I wish they offered wide people some options as I am pretty narrow and don't like it much when people intrude on my seat area. But airlines really could care less whether anyone fits in the seats or not as long as they pay. I predict the seat pitch will get smaller and smaller until until double legs amputees can sit.

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Coditor Amazing... (336 comments) some speculation posted on the internet has to be true. So far there is zero evidence it has anything to do with iCloud or even Apple, just speculation. The brute password hack was real but there is no evidentiary connection so far. Unless 100% of the celebrities were using iPhones and iCloud to store their photos it's just as likely there was some other kind of hack such as some place they all were at (people pointed to the Emmys as one possibility). But the internet is all about pumping up the noise. It might be iCloud, or it might not be, we don't have any proof yet. It could be someone at the NSA had too much booze one day.

about three weeks ago

Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Coditor Re:The real hack (131 comments)

If you read the article the information about the exec and where and when he was traveling was public, they just looked up the most likely flight he would be on and used that.

about a month ago

It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Coditor Security... (144 comments)

... is a job best done by people who understand it. Yet the security czar of the US Government bragged in an interview that since he didn't know anything about security he was better able to deal with it.

about 1 month ago

Comcast Confessions

Coditor The easiest thing to do (234 comments)

Is to lie. Tell them you are moving to a city which doesn't have comcast. So they can't do anything but disconnect you. Of course once Comcast is the only Cable company left you are screwed.

about 2 months ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Coditor I'd give you an opinion (139 comments)

but I classified it as top secret.

about 2 months ago

Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

Coditor Just what we need (89 comments)

To be hooked up to some device while we work to measure how likely we are to wind up at the top of the stack rank. It could be completely automated, if it determines you just wrote sucky code it generates a pink slip email and a robot carries you out the door. Instant better code!

about 2 months ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Coditor Having recently endured layoffs (282 comments)

I was constantly amazed at how clueless the executives were when talking about the company with people being laid off present: "We're excited about the future things are going to be great, everything is roses, etc". Like they were saying "getting rid of all of you is so awesome."

about 2 months ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Coditor QA QA? (349 comments)

We don't need no stinking QA on that screensaver. What could possibly go wrong?

about 3 months ago

Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Coditor Like... (80 comments)

anyone there cares about customers.

about 3 months ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Coditor Re:One good sign... (176 comments)

If people were really against his positions, why did he get elected? Probably because he ran against a hamster and they had no choices. I wish we could vote no.

about 4 months ago

Grace Hopper, UNIVAC, and the First Programming Language

Coditor Re:Coined the term 'bug' (137 comments)

The computer with a bug that was actually a fish is a new one to me. Imagine if debugging today was called fishing.

about 4 months ago

Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Coditor Hi, we're so smart... (661 comments)

... we know better than people who devoted their lives and spent a decade being educated in a scientific discipline. We stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

about 4 months ago

U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX

Coditor How is this a new bug? (128 comments)

U2's have been flying for 50 years. I smell rotten fish. How does collision avoidance software not understand altitude?

about 5 months ago

The Million-Dollar Business of Video Game Cheating

Coditor I've worked on countering these type of cheats (102 comments)

and it's very hard. We had good success not in stopping a commercial cheat system directly, but identifying the cheaters correctly. Our game was small enough that by making the cheat developer work too much they eventually decided it wasn't worth the money they spent on development. Most big online game companies don't care enough to even bother doing anything, other than maybe buying some commercial product that's easily bypassed. They make enough money up front that pissing off some customers isn't important. The funny thing is that people spent more on the cheat product than on the game.

about 5 months ago

SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

Coditor The Titanic's owner... (303 comments)

bragged that the ship was unsinkable and look how well that turned out. Of course the CEO is going to say that but that doesn't mean much.

about 5 months ago

American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Coditor Re:No jurisdiction (226 comments)

If the data in question is protected by a foreign law from being disclosed to anyone, such as personal information protected by the EU, then if the company were to disclose this information to a third party such as the court, it would be in violation of that country's laws. Damn if you do and damned if you don't. Who do you want to piss off more? International law is highly complex and probably shouldn't be handled by judges at a local level. I would expect the state department would get involved, as it might cause all sorts of grief to the country.

about 5 months ago

Gary Kildall, Father of the PC OS, Finally Gets His Due

Coditor I met Gary (99 comments)

as a guest on Computer Chronicles in 1987. He seemed like a genuine person, not at all affected by not being Bill. Good to see he finally gets better recognition even if it took so long.

about 5 months ago

Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

Coditor I prefer the variation... (51 comments)

of the null knot. The question is, is a null knot a knot at all or a knot of null?

about 6 months ago


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