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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

JeanCroix Re:Beta woes (271 comments)

I don't know how, but I'm still getting it by default as well. I imagine that someone, somewhere, is desperately working to change that.

about 8 months ago
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Journal of Cosmology Contributor Sues NASA To Investigate Mars "Donut"

JeanCroix Re:Thats no rock (140 comments)

I just figured that one of the rover's greebles fell off...

about 9 months ago
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U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

JeanCroix Re:Ummmmm...no. (138 comments)

The MQ-9 Reaper is also known as a Predator-B. It is an evolution from the MQ-1 Predator (the "Predator-A"), but they do not have the same airframe. Their planform is similar, but easily distinguishable by the up- or down-sweep of the tail - MQ-1 is down, MQ-9 is up.

about 9 months ago
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U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

JeanCroix Re:WTF? (138 comments)

GA is privately owned by Neal Blue. There is no stock.

about 9 months ago
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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

JeanCroix Classified markings (144 comments)

If those Powerpoint slides are legit, then someone inside the NSA is seriously negligent in proper portion marking of classified documents. That's a security violation right there.

about 9 months ago
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Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

JeanCroix Re:Tomb of Horrors (218 comments)

Exactly. Being that I was DM, I lost none, but bagged plenty. "I crawl into the tunnel." "You're gone. No saving throw."

about 9 months ago
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Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

JeanCroix Re:Part of the Voynich disease, not part of the cu (170 comments)

I'd give mod points if I had them - thanks for the valuable counterpoint. For those of us who aren't up to date on all the various theories, research, and past work, your take really cuts through the sensationalism of TFA.

about 9 months ago
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I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

JeanCroix Re:Quatloos! (265 comments)

Came here to wager Quatloos. Success.

about 10 months ago
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Cybercrime Marketplace Mastermind Faces 18 Years In Prison

JeanCroix A direct quote... (59 comments)

Cousin, let's go bowlink!

about 10 months ago
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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

JeanCroix Re:They do (406 comments)

Good post. Could not agree more.

about 10 months ago
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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

JeanCroix Re:They do (406 comments)

That's a rather overgeneralized mischaracterization of the ethic amongst those working in the Defense industry. You pre-suppose that what they are doing is wrong.

Here's the way I see it. Show me a largish country on this planet which does not have a military to defend itself, and I will consider your hypothesis that defense engineers are not needed. The fact of the matter is that countries which subscribe to the total pacifist code of ethics simply cease to exist because they're invaded and taken over by other countries. So if the choice is between nonexistence, and designing stuff to help protect and keep alive what I think is a pretty decent socio-political system, hell yeah I'll help design the weapons.

I wasn't attempting to characterize all, just some. And I have no idea where you get the idea I had a hypothesis that defense engineers aren't needed; I've been one myself for the past seventeen years.

about 10 months ago
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Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

JeanCroix Re:They do (406 comments)

There is certainly a sort of "mercenary" ethic amongst many defense engineers. As long as there are soldiers willing to pull triggers, there will be engineers willing to design the guns. As well as simple game-theory type reasoning - "I can take the pay for this job; but if I don't, they'll find someone else who will." I get the feeling the article author doesn't know and didn't really talk with any longtime defense engineers - professors can be quite removed from that world.

And this is to say nothing of the defense engineers who are actually gung-ho about their work.

about 10 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

JeanCroix Re:SHIT (549 comments)

You're pre-emptively out of my yard, correct?

about a year ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

JeanCroix Re:SHIT (549 comments)

Depends entirely on what you'd be selling, of course. Especially if it's an SUV. Unfortunately, the '80s and '90s Japanese compacts would still be modern enough to have electronic ignition, and vulnerable to this.

about a year ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

JeanCroix Re:SHIT (549 comments)

How can I shield my car against this? I'm willing to add up to 20lbs to do it.

Sell it and buy an antique from the pre-electronics era. Carburetor and points ignition. Although I assume most of them will be a wee bit more than a 20lb increase over a modern car...

about a year ago
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Building an 'Invisibility Cloak' With Electromagnetic Fields

JeanCroix Re:I wish they'd stop calling it that. (71 comments)

They're quick to point out that it's not actually a cloak, either. Shades of the Holy Roman Empire...

about a year ago
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Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

JeanCroix Re:It's People. (440 comments)

Soylent Norris is possible, but it survives by eating YOU.

about a year ago
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FAA To Allow Use of Most Electronic Devices Throughout Flights

JeanCroix Re:Different from current? (221 comments)

"Heavier devices". The MP3 player "stowed" in my pocket does me a considerable amount of good. The noise cancelling headphones do me an even greater amount of good when stowed on my head in the 'on' position.

Conceded.

This is no change. There was never a prohibition against using wi-fi or bluetooth.

You are wrong.

Citation needed. The article states that bluetooth may continue to be used. And what's the point of wi-fi unless there's a nearby access point? And the only access point available at high altitude is necessarily provided by the airline, which they've already been doing for years.

This is a very specific exception to the rule against radio transmitters on board an aircraft. Except for the relatively recent addition of on-board wi-fi services, wi-fi and bluetooth have been prohibited while in flight.

Relatively recent? Like 2010? That's when I first started being offered access on Delta flights.

The airline you fly has been letting you bend the rules. The ones I fly are quite explicit in saying "you may NOT use short range".

"You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards." That's a direct quote from the linked FAA notice. Maybe your airlines were just implementing their own stricter rules?

Being insulting doesn't make you right, it only shows that you are overly sensitive when you get caught misreading something simple.

It was a direct response to your snarky tone implying I hadn't actually RTFA. Whether I misread it is another matter. I'm willing to call it even and debate it more civilly if you are.

The only real difference is not having to turn things off during the 10-15 minutes of takeoff and landing.

Plus being able to use wifi and bluetooth in general, and many other kinds of radio receivers. This change would legalize all the people who sneak GPS receivers on board to follow their flight. It would even legalize the use of scanners to listen to ATC. And many people would consider a change that removes the requirement to turn off noise cancelling headsets to be a major change to the rules since it was such a patently absurd side-effect of a relatively simple rule. It was, in fact, a detriment to safety, since people who were wearing noise cancellers plugged into the aircraft audio system were about the only ones who could hear any of the announcement made during takeoff -- like "assume crash positions".

Again, bluetooth and wi-fi have been allowed previously. Both as stated by the article and through the fact that planes offer wi-fi access. I hadn't considered GPS receivers, but for those who follow with them, well, cool. The main change I see here is the allowance of PEDs below 10k feet. This was never a big issue for me, really, so I admit downplaying it - of the ~100 times I've flown in the last ten years, my plane has been delayed on the tarmac for longer than ten minutes all of four or five times. And from past experience, I always bring along a good old paper book. I still don't see this as some grand revolutionary rule change, more of a minor increment. Once they allow actual cell connections (even if only for texting and not voice calls) and LTE/EVDO data connections, I'll throw my hands in the air and cheer with everyone else. And then hope that the technical hurdles can be overcome...

about a year ago

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