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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

aviators99 Re:Maths (525 comments)

Apparently you don't need to know math to become a Senator. Montana isn't big enough to save you "an hour" by going an extra 10mph end to end, let alone Bakken to Bozeman.

I "I meant over my lifetime," said Senator Sales. ;-)

about two weeks ago

Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

aviators99 Re:Drake equation (219 comments)

This impacts Drake equation and might shed light as to why we have not detected any other sentient life in the universe.

No, it does not impact the Drake equation at all. The drake equation is based on R* and f(p) which are the the "rate of star formation" and the "fraction of those stars that have planets" (from your link on wikipedia). Both of these numbers are not affected by this finding.

about a month and a half ago

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

aviators99 Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (372 comments)

Strictly speaking, he was not asymptomatic when he took the subway rides. He was not yet febrile, but "felt run down".

about 2 months ago

Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

aviators99 Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Reinforcing an already existing ban was to make sure foreign markets don't try to muscle in and sell direct.

The last minute change to the law was to change one word; the word that caused Massachusetts to lose the case against Tesla. This had nothing to do with foreign cars.

about 2 months ago

Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

aviators99 Re:So now he has no nose? (161 comments)

(Forgive me. The first image that came to mind when I read this story was the movie "Sleeper", when they were trying to clone the assassinated leader using his nose.)

Yes, I am shocked at the lack of quotes from "Sleeper" in here.

"I've seen him shoot a nose!"
"Checking the [nose] cell structure!"

about 2 months ago

Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

aviators99 Re:Hmm, strong evidence of null-activity by NSA? N (20 comments)

"... our detector" = "strong evidence of a negative we're trying to prove..."

It's interesting how one detector can be "strong evidence" that the NSA didn't do something in secret, I think.

The research had nothing to do with the NSA (the article about the research decided to bring them up). To me, the main objective of the study was to see if the widespread revocation of certificates in a short period of time was really warranted. IMO, it was not, and my opinion seems to be validated by this study.

It *is* possible to prove this sort of negative (I'm not saying they did). For example, if you wanted to prove that heartbleed was not used on a particular system, you could set up logging in advance. You could then extend that to multiple systems, and so on. My point is that you can't use the "you can't prove a negative" argument for things like this (and also that the NSA had nothing to do with this study).

about 3 months ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

aviators99 Re:...really? (157 comments)

Simple solution: they can see them in the showroom, and buy them online..

This is already Tesla's model. You can't buy a car at the showroom; only online. Each showroom has at least one Mac you can use however you want, and an employee will help you if you have any questions. But you can't pay there.

about 3 months ago

Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

aviators99 Monitoring the sky 500 feet up? (215 comments)

Seems impossible. This would have to be some peer-to-peer/mesh network model of traffic control. I hope they aren't really planning on using ground-based radar for this. It would require too much infrastructure.

about 4 months ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

aviators99 Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

"Dumping" as an economic term refers to protectionist rules that disallow foreign companies to "dump" products into the US. It wouldn't apply here because Google is a US company.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

aviators99 Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

So there is a problem and they are avoiding recall?

A problem doesn't have to be out of warranty to cause a recall. This move would not make a difference.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

aviators99 Re:Poor password selection (59 comments)

Yes, thank you for correcting the inaccuracies. There is no "PIN" for accessing a Tesla. There is a password, with complexity requirements.

You cannot honk the horn or control the windows from the app while the car is moving.

The "hack" was likely a set-up. Could potentially be done with a MitM/replay attack, but that would still lead me to believe it was a set-up.

about 5 months ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

aviators99 Re:SSN on POS? (68 comments)

Full-featured POS systems can handle things like payroll, invoicing, inventory/food ordering, bill payment, appointment reminders for customers, etc.

about 5 months ago

German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

aviators99 Enigma (244 comments)

Check the museums and see if the Enigma Machines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine) are mysteriously missing. A layperson might call that a "typewriter".

about 5 months ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

aviators99 Re:Personal opinion on this.... (199 comments)

Controlled airspace goes down to ground level in an inverted cone shape at controlled airports, that is quite wide. This is to allow IFR traffic to take off and land at controlled airports and never leave controlled airspace. So you can't fly 10 feet next to a large airport without breaking the law, but you can fly 10,000 feet in remote areas without telling them anything and be legal. It can get a bit complicated when learning to fly in the midst of 3 international airports while taking off from an uncontrolled one. I usually flew without touching controlled airspace, but had to keep track of my position when I got near them.

Just trying to give you some information for your viewpoints.

I think you're confusing "positive controlled airspace" with "controlled airspace", but you are otherwise correct.

But I do wonder about the true "uncontrolled" airspace and how the FAA's rule-making may or may not apply. This is different from what you describe. I believe you are regularly flying in "controlled airspace", in which you usually don't have to deal with controllers Uncontrolled airspace is rare in areas where manned aircraft fly, but is probably more prevalent where drones fly.

about 5 months ago

Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

aviators99 Re:Too many Republicans (561 comments)

That mentions their no alcohol rule. I guess Republicans aren't smart enough to understand that prohibition didn't work. Those stupid Republicans are still living in the 1800s.

There was no prohibition in the 1800s.

about 6 months ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

aviators99 Help Yourself (184 comments)

My WiFi SSID has been called "Help Yourself" for years. I've never had any issues, probably because every router I've had has turned out to be so crappy that I can barely get a signal from the other side of the house, let alone the street. Every now and then I see some people joining. I don't use WiFi encryption, because I don't think the speed loss is worth it, and all of the websites I visit that contain information I don't want to share use HTTPS.

about 6 months ago

Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

aviators99 Re:Improper use of [sic] in TFA (100 comments)

Yes, but:

The notation's usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in the transcribed material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, and the errors have been repeated intentionally, i.e., that they are reproduced exactly as set down by the original writer or printer.


But not worth arguing over.

about 6 months ago

Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

aviators99 Improper use of [sic] in TFA (100 comments)

Yes, it's a British article, but they put "[sic]" in a quote that contains "favorite" as opposed to "favourite", I guess without taking into account that the perpetrators might be American. On the other hand, while typing this post in Chrome, the browser marked "favourite" as a misspelling :-)

about 6 months ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

aviators99 Re:Drones over the matches (138 comments)

I actually believe that "drones" were being used at the matches. They were certainly used at the Olympics this year.

I also think the objections do have to do with the thought that it was another team trying to watch training.

The Phantom 2 has a range (out of the box) of approximately 800m. So whoever was controlling it was nearby. It might have been possible to track him/her down.

I've been told by my friend who has one that it uses point-to-point 802.11 in order to communicate, so you can imagine all sorts of ways to mess with it.

about 6 months ago

Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

aviators99 Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (54 comments)

Two bytes of BCD.

about 6 months ago



Forecast Calls for 7 Hurricanes in '08

aviators99 aviators99 writes  |  about 7 years ago

aviators99 writes "AP delivers a story about a Colorado State University researcher, and his 2008 prediction for Atlantic Hurricanes. The fact that he was off by 40% in 2006 and over 30% off in 2007 doesn't seem to phase this mainstream university. Note also that in 2007 hurricane predictions were changed after the season started. I guess in pseudoscience you can have do-overs."
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