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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Nightwraith Re: That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

Don't forget to factor in the fuel costs of toting around four 150lb bags of water for EACH flight. That's not an insignificant portion of the cost.

about 3 months ago

FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

Nightwraith Re:Dragnet (129 comments)

Well, they'll just claim you're out in the public eye and don't have any expectation of privacy.

I mean it's not like the Civil Forfeiture laws where they can take any cash/property on your person without cause or due process. You're not even required to have been *charged* with any crime. Stop & Frisk has been replaced with Seize & Threaten.

They're betting that you'll walk away from lengthy, expensive legal fight to get your property/rights back.

about 4 months ago

FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

Nightwraith Tinfoil hats now available with facemasks! (129 comments)

Seems like I'll need to get a hockey mask to go with my tinfoil hat.
OOooo, or maybe one of those high-def ex-Presidential masks!

about 4 months ago

ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

Nightwraith Re:Bravo! (56 comments)

It was certainly nice that this was approved with a great deal of speed by all the agencies involved. Good news too that they were able to preempt other previously approved projects.

But in reality, it sounds like they had an excellent plan and at least some proof-of-concept design done when it was pitched to those agencies. Also, it's pretty time-sensitive and a great PR win if it succeeds, which the space industry desperately needs right now.

When the grease is available, all those wheels of government can turn pretty quickly!

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Nightwraith Re:the syntax is the easy part (466 comments)

None of this is more than a web search away.
Besides, we're talking about the 'competent' coder anyway. Who's leading this team? Hellen Keller?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Nightwraith Re:meaning of competence (466 comments)

This is where the understanding of Programming Language Concepts comes into play. If you understand the basic principles of what you want to do the syntax will come.

Mod Parent Up

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Nightwraith Re:Know what you're asking for (370 comments)

Now, where'd I put those mods points...

about 10 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Nightwraith Common Examples (285 comments)

Boy, I might have included examples (Jalapeno, Habanero) of said peppers in the Poll instead of only one at the very end of the scale.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

Nightwraith Re:Yes.. (130 comments)

You hire someone to check it in and out.

Wish I had mod points for a 5-digit uid reply which should have been obvious to the OP.

As mentioned below, surely there can be a work-study position funded for an inventory clerk. I'm sure there are already people being paid to check-in/check-out books & videos at the library or equipment at the gym/fitness center.

about a year ago

Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

Nightwraith Where will it end? (1199 comments)

Now Tobacco/Nicotine, soon to come:
Meat eaters need not apply, only strict vegetarians. The risk of eating high fat dietary items carries a higher risk of medical issues.

more than 2 years ago

Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Nightwraith Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (841 comments)

Mod Parent Up!

I was fortunate enough to attend a college prep school. A number of classes had homework counted as the number of problems you attempted, but was NOT included in your grade. Some folks lied, others would say they attempted 0 questions. Your level of participation was usually directly related to your understanding and ease with the material.

The best college math professor I had simply asked if there were any questions about the homework that was assigned at the last class. No questions? Class dismissed.

The trick here was that the homework assigned was on NEW MATERIAL. You weren't expected to know how to do the assignment, you were expected to ATTEMPT the assignment and try to work out the process on your own and bring your questions about the process to class.

Learning needs to be an ACTIVE process. Simply attending class should not be enough to graduate.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Image Recognition For Race Timing?

Nightwraith Re:Eh. What? (170 comments)

I'm your Huckleberry.

Cat got your tongue? Don't want to spill the beans?
Why not outline some basics of your design and we'll help identify where the weaknesses are. Cause there's a HUGE hole there right now...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Image Recognition For Race Timing?

Nightwraith Fill out the requirements! (170 comments)

So many things missing from the OP's requirements like:

Must work in ALL weather conditions (fog, rain, snow, dust)
Must be accurate to 1 ms
Must identify which DRIVER is in the car as more than one person may be driving any given car, and drivers may have full face helmets
Must handle backward/spinning/sliding finishes
Must process in near realtime ( 20sec between finishes)
Must handle multiple cars on course at once (at least 3 running)
Must handle GoKarts and other strange pieces of machinery that may not have roof/hood/doors

What else is my caffeine starved brain missing?

more than 3 years ago

USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

Nightwraith Re:an engineered crisis (734 comments)

Ah, but how many of these other businesses are still paying their pensions? Too many simply went bankrupt or just closed up shop and the benefit recipients were told to pound sand.

Most people would be thrilled to have a pension for retirement, but most would rail against the idea that part of their benefits they EARNED were simply stripped away years later due to a cash flow problem.

Here, with this law, the problem has simply presented itself earlier in the life cycle.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

Nightwraith Re:Make your bets (1027 comments)


I'm sure someone will help trigger the programmatic trading tomorrow and drag everything down. That stock price will do more rising and falling tomorrow than a collapsed souffle.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Creating Laser Communication System For Mars

Nightwraith What's new here? (104 comments)

I'm not sure what the big deal is. I've seen this decades ago.
Granted the end points were stationary relative to each other and the distances were slightly shorter.

But all you'd really need is a 50MW laser and a phase-conjugate tracking system.

more than 3 years ago

Vint Cerf Keeps Blaming Himself For IPv4 Limit

Nightwraith Re:Why is in a class A? (309 comments)

I don't know about you, but I'm extremely satisfied that my interface's home is in a Class A network.

I mean, who wants to live in a sub-class neighborhood?

more than 4 years ago

Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

Nightwraith Re:Begging the question (390 comments)

Since we cannot determine your place of residence, I'll assume you do not know of 'At-Will-Employment'.

In Indiana (and many other States), employment is 'At Will' which basically boils down to this: You or your employer may terminate the employee/employer relationship at will, with no notice, for any reason OR NO REASON AT ALL.

Legally, they can terminate your employment at anytime.

Only if you can PROVE that you were terminate due to a federally protected status (race/sex/religion/etc...) do you have any legal ground whatsoever.

Personally, I'd have to REALLY LOVE that company and the job to put up with accusations and a lack of trust that's being displayed.
This is definitely not the type of behavior that they would accept from you...

more than 4 years ago

Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

Nightwraith Re:Hey Apple fanboys... (588 comments)

After all no one in the industry cares more about the customer experience better than Apple. Right?

Of course not! No customer should want to watch movies on Blu-ray(tm) discs.
That kind of behavior is just a bit too extreme.

more than 4 years ago

Am I and/or my company liable for breached system?

Nightwraith Permission or !Permission? (2 comments)

If you were not authorized to access the things that you accessed on their systems you did breach their systems.

Doesn't matter if they 'left the door unlocked" or not.
In fact, I think there may be precedent for this kind of thing before...

more than 4 years ago



MagicJack Inventor Dan Borislow Dead at Age 52

Nightwraith Nightwraith writes  |  about 6 months ago

Nightwraith (180411) writes "Dan Borislow, whose “MagicJack,” peddled in television infomercials, helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet, has died. He was 52.

His death was confirmed by Brad Shewmake, a spokesman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., the maker of the device. Borislow was the founder and former chief executive officer of the company, based in Netanya, Israel, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

He died yesterday of a heart attack after playing in a soccer game in West Palm Beach, according to an e-mail today from his friend, Douglas Kass, founder of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida.

“Dan was a true telecom pioneer whose vision, creativity, energy, passion and single-minded focus was the driving force behind the success of MagicJack,” the company’s CEO, Gerald Vento, said today in a statement. Vento replaced Borislow as the company’s chief executive on Jan. 1, 2013."

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