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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

ScentCone Re:It's not enough (202 comments)

Also, there's a high likelihood that anything from a link to Fox News doesn't contain much factual information.

So rather than address the issue linked to, you're just going to slip into typical lefty ad hominem in order to avoid the substance of the matter? Yup, that's what you did.

4 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

ScentCone Re:Wah, wah (722 comments)

"The numbers turned out *much* higher than Fox News predicted

No, the numbers have turned out AT ALL. Because we haven't been given actual numbers. The numbers we got don't tell us who's paid (thus making time spent filling in an online form into an actual money-changes-hands transaction that actually insures somebody), and don't tell us how many people in that mix were the ones who had their insurance cancelled on them (roughly 6-million, so far).

So, actually, the numbers turned out pretty much right where critics said they would: abysmally low.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

ScentCone Re:Plan not grandfathered and minimum standard. (722 comments)

The US will catch up to the idea that every human has the right to health without concern for cost or it will fail.

I think you don't understand what the word "right" means.

Should people also have a right to housing, clothing, food, climate control, utilities, and the rest, without concern for cost? Does everyone have that right? Because if you don't have those things, you could die. Just like you could by not having a "right" to the services of a podiatrist when you have achy feet.

If everyone has a right to the labor of professional medical people, and everyone has a right to the medicines, supplies, facilities, and multi-million dollar test equipment ... how does that work? We all have the right to assemble, the right to free speech, etc. The constitution protects us from government interference in such things. If we have a right to a little bit of the waking hours of a nutritionist, or the right to something that a bunch of people working in the pharma industry spent their week making, does that mean that everyone should get those things for free? Who pays? How can it be a "right" if you have to force your neighbor, on penalty of losing their wages or their home, to provide it to you? That's your idea of a right? Get a grip.

about a week ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

ScentCone Re:just stop it.. (178 comments)

This only shows that UAV's should only be used by licensed people with certified/licenced UAV's ... they fall under the same law's as RC planes/helicopters

Maybe we can apply the same thing to language, including - especially - the dangerous mis-use of apostrophes near crowds of people. Punctuation should only be used by licensed people certified in the language being used. We could avoid so many horrible, fatal collisions between plural and possessive traffic. Think of the children.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

ScentCone Re:The Pilot Was Far Out Of His Depth (178 comments)

Those "flyaways" are grossly over-reported. Every noob who does something stupid with a machine that happens to have the very widely used Naza on board immediately throws their crash into that same causative bucket. It's ridiculous. Can't tell you how many "DJI Flyaway" videos I've watched that clearly show gross operator error, sloppy builds, GoPros with the WiFi turned on, uncalibrated compass modules, take-offs before the GPS head count is high enough, no home point set, landing gear caught in the grass, flight controller on a hexa set up for a quad ("OMG, it's the Naza flip of death!") and so on. To say nothing of smoked ESCs, never-maintained bearings, and flying right in front of the radome on a utility tower ... if it weren't all so bad for the hobby and the industry in general, it would be funny. But it's not. Because of clowns like the guy in question here.

My personal bet: he outflew his probably badly maintained LiPo until it went over the volate cliff, and the rig dropped like a rock.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

ScentCone Re:Pilot Made Multiple Errors, "Hacking" Claim Is (178 comments)

It's all wi-fi. Fancy wi-fi may more reliable than crap wi-fi, but it's still all wi-fi, and it all has a range which when you go past, you still lose control.

This is factually incorrect. If you're out of range, the bird falls back on another kind of control that you exerted before you even took off (a GPS-based return-to-home waypoint and associated climb/travel/descend procedures - all things the operator controls). Never mind that the pro-level RF gear one would use with a "real" bird for RCAP isn't WiFi at all, and doesn't resemble WiFi in any way that matters.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

ScentCone Re:Sounds like a RC plane not a drone (178 comments)

In the US the FAA would also probably be fining him.

Well, that's not entirely clear just this moment. In the now-headed-into-appeals area of Huerta v Pirker, it kinda looks like the FAA doesn't actually have any formal, properly constructed rules in place. Guidance only. Their distinction between recreational and commercial use of the very same RC machines used by the same people in the same place at the very same time is pretty ridiculous - and the administrative law judge handling round one of that case agreed. But the case is still baking.

So, if you dropped your camera drone on someone's head in the US right now, and weren't flying next to an airport or beyond line of site or over 400' ... then the trouble you're in is roughly the same as if you'd hit the same person in the head with a lawn dart or a football. Good ol' fashioned reckless endangerment, having nothing to do with the FAA pe se.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

ScentCone Laughable CYA Maneuver (178 comments)

I don't buy that excuse for a second. But let's say, for the sake of argument, that he's right. That means he was using cheeseball home entertainment mall kiosk grade equipment. Nobody doing for-real media coverage of a sporting event and intending to fly over people's heads is going to be using anything that could possibly be so easily "taken over." If nothing else, the drone should have a good enough flight controller to allow it to realize that something is swamping the RF control side, and have it climb to a previously identified altitude, and maneuver back over the spot from which it took off, then to make a nice gentle decent and landing. This is vanilla COTS stuff, now, with even inexpensive FCs. The good ones - which any pro should be using, and which cost more like $1k - are really good at high speed frequency hopping and only paying attention to the controller to which they're bound.

Basically, this clown sounds completely negligent.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

ScentCone Re:Cool! $50 million USD = $54 million! (233 comments)

Way to fail, brah.

There is no context in which that phrase can be used - earnestly, ironically, sarcastically, ignorantly, juvenilely, ham-fistedly, or otherwise - in which the person saying it can ever, ever tell someone else they've failed.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

ScentCone It's worth it. (233 comments)

Understanding what happened could be worth a lot more than $50m, or twice that.

Major issue with the airframe, or propulsion? Very important to understand that. There are a lot more of them flying around.

A third party's influence and/or an attempt to steal the plane? Whether that ended in a crash or a successful theft, we need to know everything we can about who, what, why, to what end. If it was stolen and landed (extremely, very unlikely), gotta know where and why. If it went in the drink during an attempt, still have to understand what the game plan was.

Suicide? Hiding in regular traffic, then flying low and into the most remote, deepest water possible in the interests of never finding the plane - the better to make sure family collects on insurance money? Would be good to know, and will remind airlines to get harder about knowing their pilots and the pilots' current circumstances.

Regardless, the navy assets out looking are using the whole thing as an excellent training exercise. Lots of smart people have had to whip up new ways to think about what happened, using only traces of satellite/comms data.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

ScentCone Re:Yea Right... (137 comments)

... Look at the overweight+ people in Hawaii. And we live in the sun virtually year round!

If we can take their small sample and methodology as meaningful, and presume that you mean that Hawaiians all get up early and go right into the sun... then the point is that whatever lifestyle things make a lot of Hawaiians fat would be even worse if they all rolled out of the cot in their mom's basement and stayed there until lunchtime.

about two weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

ScentCone Re:THIS is what will destroy the human race (517 comments)

.. these are not what will destroy the human race. Willful ignorance is what will, along with it's partners, superstition and religion.

No. It's mis-use of the apostrophe that will be our undoing.

If, that is, people who say "I could care less" don't cause the world to explode, first.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

ScentCone Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Because internet traffic is internet traffic is internet traffic. It doesn't matter if that traffic is Netflix, Bittorrent, email, youtube, World of Warcraft, etc.

But this particular kind of use of it absolutely dwarfs everything else. Streaming media is a huge payload.

And, come on now, tell the whole story. For AT&T to be able to deliver Netflix's data all the way to the home routers of their customers, they also have to maintain arrangements with other carriers to handle that data as it comes in from Netflix. Those peering arrangements are not free, just like maintaining that last mile to their end user customers isn't free.

Meanwhile, the guy who buys bandwidth and uses it for a less Netflix/YouTube-centric array of connections absolutely is going to be asked to contribute to his neighbor's entertainment costs if the GP has his way and AT&T raises their rates across the board to deal with the behavior of a subset of users and remote content sources.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

ScentCone Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

It's simple, AT&T should increase their subscription costs to pull them more in line with actual costs for keeping the infrastructure running flawlessly, or decrease the advertised technical parameters of their end user connections, or both. Blaming it on Netflix doesn't seem fair.

How is that not fair? External networks like Netflix are hugely disproportionate users of ISP's infrastructure. Who should be "blamed" for that flood of traffic if not hte ? If those specific sources of traffic, on the other side of a peering relationship, weren't there, this wouldn't be an issue. A handful of traffic sources are burning up the lion's share of the bandwidth, and making money off of their customers while doing so. Why should an AT&T customer who doesn't drink from the Netflix firehose have to subsidize the people that do? Let Netflix and AT&T work out those costs, and let the people who actually consume the traffic pay the tab in the form of slightly higher prices for the entertainment they want from Netflix. Expecting their neighbors pay for it, instead, is pretty jerky.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

ScentCone Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

as a practical matter actually finding the plane won't change much

Really? You don't think there's much of a difference between knowing it was a mechanical failure (or fire, etc) and knowing it was a deliberate criminal act? If the problem was related to payload or the aircraft's infrastructure or maintenance, you don't think it's vital for all of the other people flying on that same equipment to know what went wrong? If this was done by the pilot(s) at the behest of some organization or state, or otherwise in the service of some agenda, you don't think that's meaningful, in the context of trying to prevent it from happening again? Glad you're so relaxed about it. You probably don't do much business overseas, or ship expensive things that are central to your mission, or have relatives that fly on that equipment or in that part of the world, so that's probably why the death of hundreds and the loss of a huge, expensive aircraft is a yawner to you.

about a month ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

ScentCone Re:my thoughts on conspiracy's (395 comments)

my thoughts on conspiracy's

I'm still trying to figure out what the Trilateral Commission, the Rothschilds, the Masons, and George Soros hope to gain by tricking people into being so actively bad at understanding the difference between the plural and possessive uses of the apostrophe. There must be some money in it, somewhere.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

ScentCone Re:We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop hol (300 comments)

True capitalism should require a level playing field when you start, and to really do that, when the final score is tallied, the slate should be wiped clean.

No, true capitalism involves you deciding, for yourself, what you want to do with the money you've made. That might very well include giving it to your wife or kids, as part of what you intended all along as you worked 100 hour weeks growing a business.

To follow your logic, a successful parent shouldn't be allowed to send their kid to a better engineering school (which because of staff and facilities, costs more), because that's not a "clean" slate for the college student compared to everyone else. But since plenty of parents are lazy wastes of oxygen, the only way to even the slate for you would be to make sure that no kid gets a better childhood or education than what the kid with the worst possible parents get. There! That way everything would be "fair" for you.

And typically they're not for you and me, it's for people over a certain threshold (say $1 mio + in assets)

Yeah, I can tell you've never had a single conversation in your life with a family farmer. Or someone who's launched a business that's modestly successful. You need to get out more. Oh, wait. That might make you more worldly than someone else's kid, and that wouldn't be fair.

about a month ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

ScentCone Re:And that's my problem with Snowden... (77 comments)

No, you deliberately answered the wrong aspect of the question in order to avoid addressing the fact that you can't run a society that is plagued by a small but toxic fringe of awful people and groups without telling them everything you're doing to stop them, minute by minute. You know this, but you're pretending you're too dumb to grasp it. Why, I can't imagine. You're a transparency puritan troll, I guess.

about a month ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

ScentCone Re:And that's my problem with Snowden... (77 comments)

Play stupid? I thought I answered the question adequately. If all this information is public, how the hell wouldn't they find out? Looks like cops will have to find another way of enforcing the law, which may be less effective, but that would be for the best.

Ah, you really are that dim. Is that physically painful?

about a month ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

ScentCone Re:And that's my problem with Snowden... (77 comments)

If it's available to someone like me, don't you think it would also be available to the general public? What a pointless question.

You can't really be that dim, which means you're just being disingenuous in the extreme.

But I'll play along.

So in exchange for total transparency, you're willing to let gangs, child traffickers, massive scam operations, and much worse simply carry on? People we now lock up for really evil crap, based on the hard work of undercover cops ... you're cool with them doing business as usual, unmolested by law enforcement because you'd like the child-pimping slime to get updates from the Bureau Of Openness on all government activity?

And don't play stupid. Address the issue.

about a month ago

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ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "The ELF (Earth Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility for destroying the primary AM towers used by KRKO in Washington state. From their statement, 'AM radio waves cause adverse health effects including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with home phone and intercom lines.' The poor intercom performance must have been the last straw."
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Three Indicted In Very Big Identity/Data Breach

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "Three New Jersey-ites have been indicted in a crack/breach caper that netted them 130 million credit/debit card records and other sensitive info. Astonishingly, this was chalked up to SQL injection attacks, with data stolen from Heartland (a large card processing operation), 7-Eleven, and a grocery chain. The man named in the indictment, Albert Gonzalez, is already waiting trial for his alleged involvement in similar attacks on other retailers and restaurant chains in 2008. DoJ says the new data theft is the largest on record. Anybody recently buy a Slurpee with a credit card?"
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Michael Crichton, 66, has died of cancer.

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "Author Michael Crichton has died of cancer . The guy behind the Adromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, and a deliberate irritant in the global warming debate ("If we put everything in the hands of experts and if we say that as intelligent outsiders, we are not qualified to look over the shoulder of anybody, then we're in some kind of really weird world.") was 66, and has one more novel waiting in the wings."
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China Says It Lacks Skills To Hack US Systems

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "A spokesman for China's foreign ministry says that — China being the "developing nation" that it is — he doubts that his country has the sophistication to hack foreign systems. This in response to statements by two congressmen regarding apparent probing by China-based crackers into congressional systems for information about communication between US officials and activists in China."
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Mankind damages universe by looking at it.

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "The Telegraph covers a New Scientist report (subscribers only) about two US comsologists who suggest that, a la Schrodinger's possibly unhappy cat, the act of obvserving certain facets of our universe may have shortened its life . FTA, 'Prof Krauss says that the measurement of the light from supernovae in 1998, which provided evidence of dark energy, may have reset the decay of the void to zero — back to a point when the likelihood of its surviving was falling rapidly.' Warning: if you've read this summary, you may have already changed the article."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "In hopes of disrupting small droplets of water before they are able to form into an approaching storm's fruit-damaging hail, some farmers are spending $50K+ each on sonic cannons. Like most, this New Zealand company's gear uses acetylene gas charges. The technique has a long history, but there is continued debate about its effectiveness. Nissan, though, has got their own version to protect lots full of shiny new cars."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "US District Judge James Roberston has directed the US Treasury to start working on a way for the blind to differentiate between printed denominations. He said that the government is violating the Rehabilitaion Act in discriminating against those with a disability. He cites other countries' use of varying currency sizes as evidence that there are solutions, but does not prescribe a particular approach. Possibilities include raised ink and punched holes. Newer bills already support infrared features for use with readers, but such technology gets some complaints. The vending machine industry, which has participated in previous redesign discussions, may have a lot of work to do."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "New Zealand's Qualification Authority (which sets testing standards for the public schools) is confident that those grading papers will understand the meaning of students' responses, even if they use phone/IM-style text-speak. FTA, "credit will be given if the answer 'clearly shows the required understanding,' even if it contains text-speak." Many teachers are not amused, and critics say that the move will devalue NZ's equivalent of a high school diploma."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "A Florida woman made the (unopposed) case that she was defamed and suffered business damages because of what a Louisiana woman was posting about her online. She has no expectation of collecting the money, but says "People are using the Internet to destroy people they don't like, and you can't do that." Libel is libel, but a libeler now has more/easier reach than before, and things like the Google cache add a new dimension."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "North Korea says that it has conducted its first nuclear weapons test and "brought happiness to its people."

Japan and China earlier issued an unusual joint statement saying that such a test would be "unacceptable."

As of 11:10PM EST, the USGS says that it has not detected any unusual seismic activity on the Korean peninsula in the last 48 hours. Is NK's declaring a successful test with no apparent seismic indicators suggesting that they have actually done so just a more over-the-top-than-usual bit of propoganda?"

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