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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

Wintermute__ Re:Having a private pilots license (269 comments)

I seem to remember reading that the Boeing 747 has a glide ratio of 1:17. Meaning it can get 17 feet of forward motion for every foot of altitude. Honestly that kind of amazes me.

That's because of the speed that they'll likely be starting the glide at. Doesn't take long to go 17 feet when you're doing several hundreds of knots.

If you were to slow a 747 down to Cessna 172 speeds, you'd likely already be stalling out and dropping like a rock depending on your weight, flaps, etc.

about two weeks ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

Wintermute__ Re:disposable tech worker (323 comments)

Put down the crack pipe. That stuff is bad for your teeth.

about a month ago

Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

Wintermute__ Re:Wow (463 comments)

No, quite the opposite in fact. The owners need to earn more to afford to buy or build replacements, and the producers of the replacement ships need to make more, which requires the production of more raw materials and components, on down the line.

The destruction of ships is one of the major drivers of demand in the Eve economy.

about 3 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Wintermute__ Re:feature bottleneck (437 comments)

Another (automotive-related, even) example of the "premium" feature effect you describe:

Automatic transmissions. They are mechanically much simpler, and cheaper to manufacture, than old-fashioned manual transmissions. Yet you will pay more for an automatic transmission. Or, pay even more yet for an automatic transmission with a manual shift feature (just a software change in most cases).

about 3 months ago

Creating Better Malware Warnings Through Psychology

Wintermute__ Re:Not Realistic (85 comments)

The real problem here is that most people view computers as little black boxes that use a lot of elves and magic to keep them working.

There's the problem. We need to inform people that computers are little black boxes that use smoke to keep them working. How do I know? Because every time I've seen the smoke escape from the computer, it stopped working.

The empirical evidence is, indeed, compelling. My results correspond to your own.

about 3 months ago

Creating Better Malware Warnings Through Psychology

Wintermute__ Re:Hmmm ... (85 comments)

Or like the apoplectic fit browsers go into every time you want to use a self signed cert! Yes, my router/ap/storage appliance is self signed. Shut up already!


Why do browsers show warnings when self-signed certs are encountered?

A self-signed cert says 'I am yourbank.com because I say I am.'

A certificate from a CA says 'I am yourbank.com and Verisign can vouch for me.'

Or perhaps 'the Hong Kong Post Office can vouch for me'.

about 3 months ago

Why CES Is a Bad Scene For Startups

Wintermute__ Re:Startups should not be at CES, or CeBIT (89 comments)

100% agreed. Excellent points.

I think the anomaly that allows CES to continue is that it is for the journalists, not for us.

about 3 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Wintermute__ Re:Managers (249 comments)



about 4 months ago

NASA Could Explore Titan With Squishable 'Super Ball Bot'

Wintermute__ Re:Am I the only who saw... (59 comments)

DO NOT TAUNT the Super Ball Bot

about 4 months ago

New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

Wintermute__ Brought to you by Bridgestone (290 comments)

Wonder how much the tire companies paid Ford to put this in.

Also, if you need a button to do a burnout...

about 4 months ago

Why Reactive Programming For Databases Is Awesome

Wintermute__ Re:silver bullet (165 comments)

Vampires do not fear silver bullets. They fear stakes and sunlight. Werewolves fear silver bullets.

That's why they said, "I'm not too worried about that"

about 4 months ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

Wintermute__ Re:What's wrong with Tokens? (196 comments)

How's your productivity when the system is down?

about 5 months ago

23% of IT Workers Spend Thanksgiving With Coworkers

Wintermute__ Re:Sad (111 comments)

How far does your definition of required jobs go? I get the FD and PD you've got there. No argument. How about gas stations? Should they be open to supply the millions of travelers on the holiday? If yes, then what other service industries should be open? (I'd argue that places like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. - who, instead of competing on price, value, service or something are competing on "how early we open on Thanksgiving", should be closed on the holiday and let their employees see their families since the services they provide are far from critical.) But of course Marketing ruins the world.

No and No.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Wintermute__ Re:Eve Online (555 comments)

That depends. If what you are doing in the game is boring or not fun, then you are absolutely correct.

If, however, playing the game as you like provides you enjoyment and also gains you the virtual currency to pay for your subscription, well then you are ahead.

about 5 months ago

Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

Wintermute__ Re:Heat related? (190 comments)

Although true, I don't imagine vibration has any effect on SRAM error rates. Hard drive failure rates, I could imagine (though that's a big stretch).

I wonder if it has to do with the upper servers shielding the lower ones on the rack from the cosmic rays. Time for a tinfoil hat for my servers!

about 5 months ago

NHTSA Tells Tesla To Stop Exaggerating Model S Safety Rating

Wintermute__ Re:Try this excuse (284 comments)

Quick. Guess what 5 decimal is when converted to base 12.

about 5 months ago

Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

Wintermute__ Re:That's not exactly right... (206 comments)

Mmmm, I love the smell of zombies in the morning.

Or was that napalm? I never can remember.

about 5 months ago

Explorer Plans Hunt For Genghis Khan's Long-Lost Tomb

Wintermute__ Kublai Khan (243 comments)

'I couldn't stop thinking about it. But I'm not happy just reading about it, or knowing about it. I need to have my feet on it.'

I'd much rather stand within the Pleasure Dome / Decreed by Kubla Khan / To taste anew the fruits of life / The last immortal man...

about 5 months ago

Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts

Wintermute__ Re:Yawn. (47 comments)

Wake me up when they've scanned the original Enterprise.

That would be quite a feat, considering that that one was burned in 1777 to prevent it's capture by the British.

about 5 months ago


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