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Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

bluemonq Re:Looks like Terry Childs had a point (125 comments)

BART is a metropolitan transit system. The city government of San Francisco has practically nothing to do with day-to-day operations.

about 10 months ago

Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

bluemonq Re:BART (125 comments)

> 30 years later they extended to one of them but you still have to transfer to a bus for the last mile on another.

Pity you didn't have a spare $100 million a couple decades ago. I'm SURE you'd have been willing to pay for it, right? The extension to SFO wasn't built until recent times because back in the '60s San Mateo County quit the BART project, and the money wasn't around until the tech bubble started growing; ground was broken in 1997. The Oakland extension wasn't started until recently (opens in 2014) because again, there wasn't any money for it. The only reason it's getting built now is because Feds are footing a good chunk of the bill. OAK wasn't even all that popular an airport until last decade, after their renovation.

about 10 months ago

Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

bluemonq Re:Never upgrade (125 comments)

It was broke (and remains so) decades ago. The automated system never really worked properly.

about 10 months ago

Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

bluemonq Re:BART has drivers. (125 comments)

You've almost certainly never ridden BART, much less seen the driver's cab. Why do I say this? Because there's a section of the BART system (the Oakland Wye, bane of commuters who want to get anywhere during rush hour) where drivers are instructed to go to manual control, limited to 25 MPH. It's the result of your vaunted "automated" system designed in the '60s never having worked properly in the past 50 years, and one of the contributing factors to a crash in 2009 (thankfully no one was seriously injured). There are many well-documented incidents of entire train sets disappearing from the computer system, as well as "ghost" trains randomly appearing.

Here is what an actual BART cab looks like:

about 10 months ago

US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

bluemonq Re:Translation (233 comments)

Forget about taxing. Imagine how much mining the federal government could do.

about 10 months ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

bluemonq Re:old, really old, news (586 comments)

>At least in my opinion.

And does your opinion about the benefits of failpositive (as opposed to failsafe) nukes take into account the plane falling apart/being destroyed just after launch from friendly territory, like a military base or a carrier air group?

about a year ago

Those Magnificent Googlers and Their Flying Machines

bluemonq Re:Much like the grid... (53 comments)

>Can we NOW put the "do no evil" bullshit

It's "Don't be evil", not "Do no evil". It would be ludicrously impossible for any publicly-owned and traded corporation to achieve the latter, while within the realm of possibility for the former.

about a year ago

A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

bluemonq Re:closed source triumphs again (172 comments)

Couldn't you just quickly turn off WiFI with the new Control Center?

about a year ago

A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

bluemonq Re:can anybody explain? (172 comments)

>You certainly would use streaming audio in that situation...

Considering the size of a music file, you would most likely already have the entire song buffered, so that's pointless.

>And you might check your phone when getting out of the car and send a message of some kind.

Easy solution: system waits to switch from cellular to WiFi until after the message has been sent.

about a year ago

2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

bluemonq Re:A conspiracy... (470 comments)

>Neo-Nazis as "pro-Israel"? Aeehmm.. most definitly no.

You have a really poor imagination.

1) Hide neo-Nazi leanings.
2) Target "dem Muslim foreigners".
3) Pin blame on "the Jews".
4) Watch sparks fly.

about a year ago

4 Microsoft Engineers Predicted DRM Would Fail 10 Years Ago

bluemonq Re:DRM is not useless (142 comments)

Actually AZW has long been cracked. It was initially done to create DRM-free copies that Amazon could not revoke (remember the incident with 1984?). Of course, there are those who use it to share ebooks without permission to do so. There is even a plugin that integrates into Calibre to strip DRM out of your books,

about 2 years ago

Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life

bluemonq Re:This is FUD (162 comments)

Is it really that friggin' difficult to read the summary? 'They shared their activity between each other and she noticed he was active at 1-2AM, when he was supposed to be home.' She didn't gain access to his location, he gained access to the fact that he was moving around. Presumably on most days, he would be asleep, as opposed to being active.

about 2 years ago

The Internet Archive Starts Seeding Over a Million Torrents

bluemonq There's your problem... (180 comments)

"I've lost count how many times I've walked into BestBuy..."

Why would you ever walk into a store when you could get what you want off of Amazon?

more than 2 years ago

RMS Responds To NPR File-Sharer's Blog

bluemonq Re:He must be joking... (634 comments)

>However, all it would take would be one person who could change the software to no longer require the malware and share that with the others.

Funny, I seem to recall there being a light version of Kazaa without all the malware and stuff.

more than 2 years ago

Laser Powers Lockheed Martin's Stalker Drone For 48 Hours

bluemonq Re:Nice (129 comments)

Perhaps it would have only gone 36 hours without the laser, but they were able to extend operational life by 33%. That's not chump change. Maybe what's limiting the use right now is cooling for the laser system?

more than 2 years ago

How Steve Jobs Changed Google Plus

bluemonq Re:FFS. Steve Jobs is not god, you dimwits. (243 comments)

Apple themselves readily admit their own mistakes.

"You're holding it wrong." "Just avoid holding it that way." "Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong."

more than 2 years ago


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