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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Crashmarik Really wish I could edit (362 comments)

Anyway, realized I was being too terse again, The electrical code and government regulation are the applicable metaphors as opposed to physics. Cable companies don't build out because they feel they can use the money better elsewhere. Governments can force them to build out, by taking away their monopolies if they don't.

It's mostly an economic/political question where broadband gets deployed.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Crashmarik Re:Doesn't suddenly make your DSL faster (362 comments)

Are you certain of that ? I know lots of people that have mistaken beliefs about just how much technical merit really counts.

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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Crashmarik Re:Depends... (210 comments)

Pretty sure there's a good chance it may be evolving in my fridge.

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Actually there is a simpler resolution to his. You are saying it can't be done I have seen it done.

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Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

Crashmarik Re:Add noise (80 comments)

Really it's amazing how easy it is for people to forget things like Van Eck phreaking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V... have been around for going on three decades now

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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Crashmarik John Varley Press Enter (217 comments)

1985 Hugo Winner

Really, the fact that coding style is recognizable was so well known it made it into pop culture 30 years ago.

Also, on the smaller sample size the program might just be recognizing the parts of the style that come from the corporate standards. It would be interesting to see if it could recognize code from people who all work at the same company.

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Do you think the added size/complexity of such a thing would be any impediment whatsoever to a determined aggressor?

Amazing do you think FAA regulations are going to bother a "determined aggressor" ?

DEW's have (almost) none of these

Just what do you think a focused microwave beam is ?

P.S. Didn't mention it before but you would have to be a complete moron to try to use acoustic sensors in this context. It's not like there isn't traffic visitors and noise in general around the Whitehouse.

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Wrong. Metal is not the only thing that returns RF.

There was never any doubt of this. The point is Metal is a much better reflector than flesh.

To Jam maybe but a jamming is not "frying" and a jammed drone does not really help a lot because it is just out of control at that point.

You can overload and shutdown unhardened circuitry. Here is a little experiment put a 25 watt transmitter in the 300 mhz, next to your pc after taking off a side panel.

  If your pc still works you can post the results. Oh put in your application to the Xavier school for the gifted if you can even sense the power output let alone get harmed by it.

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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Crashmarik Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Sorry the false equivalence thing is very overdone here.

When you feel the need to risk your life to get out of this country you can talk about how the U.S. is just as bad

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Wrong.

A radio controlled quad copter would have about the same RCS as a bird

Not unless it was a bird wearing plate mail or a lot of metallic jewelry. Also the rotors of the quadcopter will have a very different signature than a bird.

To burn out the electronics you would put just about everyone around the Whitehouse in danger of being hurt.

The power levels required to jam control signals or overload unhardened systems are nowhere near the levels needed to harm people. It's doubly true when they are focused and only achieve high intensity levels in a relatively small area.

2 days ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Crashmarik Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Well if you can get it to run on a portable why choose one or the other ?

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

If you shield a drone it becomes heavier and then needs to be bigger. Also at that point the drone needs to either be self guiding or have a communication/control system that won't be knocked out. You get the old little more weight little more propulsion to carry the weight cycle going and all of a sudden your drone isn't small anymore.

"Radar, backed up by lidar and acoustic sensors, is the best route. Threat mitigation is best handled by a point defense laser. End of story."

That seems an incredibly strong statement. So strong that it looks like it doesn't have enough thought behind it.

2 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Phased Array Radars can be focused on incoming targets and burn out their electronics. Small drones should be easy meat for them.

2 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

I'd lay in but I already strongly suspect you have no idea what you are talking about.

So please tell why a radar system would be in some way inadequate to detecting drones, or even operating in an offensive mode to burn out their electrical systems.

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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Crashmarik Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (234 comments)

Seriously, regulate the entire country because somebody's toy landed on the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ?

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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Crashmarik Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses."

Just my favorite line from the movie.

  Anyway seeing as I wasn't familiar with their government, decided "why curse the darkness when you can light a candle"

http://www.economist.com/news/...

Since then the Nordics have changed course—mainly to the right. Government’s share of GDP in Sweden, which has dropped by around 18 percentage points, is lower than France’s and could soon be lower than Britain’s. Taxes have been cut: the corporate rate is 22%, far lower than America’s. The Nordics have focused on balancing the books. While Mr Obama and Congress dither over entitlement reform, Sweden has reformed its pension system (see Free exchange). Its budget deficit is 0.3% of GDP; America’s is 7%.

On public services the Nordics have been similarly pragmatic. So long as public services work, they do not mind who provides them. Denmark and Norway allow private firms to run public hospitals. Sweden has a universal system of school vouchers, with private for-profit schools competing with public schools. Denmark also has vouchers—but ones that you can top up. When it comes to choice, Milton Friedman would be more at home in Stockholm than in Washington, DC.

It seems they have a very interesting hybrid model based around pragmatism rather than ideology. So they fail Marx and Engels on the mandatory state control of the means of production.

2 days ago

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