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A C++ Library That Brings Legacy Fortran Codes To Supercomputers

cwebster Re: Its code not codes FFS (157 comments)

Please don't learn FORTRAN, learn Fortran instead. (For the pedantic, all caps is F77. Normal caps is F90 and later.)

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:I have no sympathy (353 comments)

You'd be surprised how far they go to really minimize "time spent on the job". We had to get special language put in our contract requiring our employer to make us eligible for FMLA because by their definition of "time at work", we did not meet the 1,250 hours that would otherwise require them to offer it.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:I have no sympathy (353 comments)

My first 12 months as an airline pilot I grossed $22,000. Whether that is above or below minimum wage depends if you define my pay time as "flight time", "duty time", or "time away from base". It is for some of those and it isn't for others.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:You're wrong on all counts. (353 comments)

Airline pilots *ARE* hourly workers. If you know so much about how my contract is negotiated you should have taken a moment to actually read it.

I'll give you the comparison on time on job related duties though, we don't spend 40 hours at work a week. We tend to spend 48-60 hours "on duty" a week being paid a maximum of around 30 hours (pay time and duty time tends to be a 1:2 ratio) and may only be home 2 nights a week sometimes.

I don't need to negotiate by the hour pay, I already have it. I just don't get paid for all of the hours I am actually working.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:I have no sympathy (353 comments)

Pilots are not salaried, we are hourly workers.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:I have no sympathy (353 comments)

We are paid by the hour from the time all exterior doors are closed and the parking brake is released at our origin until the parking brake is set and a door opened at the destination.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster Re:I have no sympathy (353 comments)

My citation is the contract governing how I am paid. Pay time begins when all exterior doors are closed and the parking brake is released. Pay time ends when the first exterior door is opened (our contract says the it should only be the main cabin door, but in reality the clock stops as soon as the rampers pop the bag door).

And yes, pay is by the hour. The excuse of the airlines pushing for these pay rules is that our hourly rate is high enough that it covers all of that stuff too. They'd be happy to switch to pay by the duty day if we in turn halved our hourly rates. Just to put it in perspective, On a busy day I may be on duty 12-16 hours and only paid for 6-8 hours. The shortest possible duty day is a single flight day which will have a minimum of 1:00 of time I am "on duty" but not being paid, and that does not include getting through TSA which I am supposed to do before my duty day starts.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

cwebster I have no sympathy (353 comments)

No sympathy whatsoever.

As an airline pilot I do not get paid while I wait in line and am checked by the TSA. I do not get paid while I wait in line for customs. I do not get paid while I get the flight paperwork and verify it is safe and legal. I do not get paid while preparing and inspecting the airplane for flight. I do not get paid while I wait for everyone to get on the plane and coordinate with gate, ramp, fuel, maintenance and catering to ensure an on-time departure.

about a year ago
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

cwebster Re:but, back to root cause (423 comments)

99% of landings are done manually. Contrary, you only use autoland when you have to because of weather conditions or it needs to be demonstrated for aircraft currency.

about a year ago
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

cwebster Re:but, back to root cause (423 comments)

The glideslope is not a "automatic landing system". In any case, if its not working you look out the window assisted by an array of white and red lights next to the runway to fly the glidepath visually.

about a year ago
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

cwebster Re:so what we're saying is true (423 comments)

The computers will still talk to you, but for other things. "WINDSHEAR" and "GLIDESLOPE" come to mind (yea, I know the glideslope was inop at SFO).

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

cwebster Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

I did however buy a mac osx because it has a unix userland

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

cwebster Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

>The thing is, there isn't much Linux to Android outside of the kernel

Makes sense, considering Linux is just a kernel.

about a year ago
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Intel Removes "Free" Overclocking From Standard Haswell CPUs

cwebster Re:Nice biased wording there (339 comments)

> I don't think I have any spinning rust that can beat that.

I have a 4x2TB SATA II array in RAID 5 with LVM on top (5.46 TiB available) that beats that write speed. 367 MB/sec reads, 240 MB/s writes.

about a year ago
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IAU: No, You Can't Name That Exoplanet

cwebster Re:So what (142 comments)

While your statement is true it missed the point. If I am looking through a telescope at an object that is 1,000,000 light years away, yes, that object is 9.4605284e21 m away from me. What you are missing though is that light I am seeing in the telescope was emitted from the planet 1,000,000 years ago. I am not seeing the object as it is today, I am seeing it as it was 1 million years ago.

about a year and a half ago
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Happy World Backup Day

cwebster Foolproof backups (154 comments)

I catalog all of my 1s and 0s in a series of sequentially numbered composition notebooks. College ruled, 100 pages each.

And then I photocopy them for redundancy.

about a year and a half ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

cwebster Re:Information wants to be free (128 comments)

1 - yes
2 - no, that is the editor's job, and he is just as unpaid as the authors and reviewers. And so are his assistants.

about a year and a half ago
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FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics

cwebster Re:Avionics (369 comments)

Hey, I'm all for letting you do what you want. If I ever botch it up enough to need to evacuate my passengers under duress, I have a window up front I can open for egress.

about a year and a half ago
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FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics

cwebster Re:Avionics (369 comments)

I haven't noticed it since HSDPA/WCDMA/LTE have taken over.

You are right about people. You could have 99 people on a plane that can close a laptop or hold a kindle and proceed to an exit. It'll be guy #100 that fiddles with putting the laptop in a sleeve and getting his bag out from under the seat to put it away, and luck will have it that he is sitting in an exit row, blocking people from getting off of the plane. Perhaps people who fail the certification can be seated furthest from the exits so they do not inconvenience the rest of us.

Cell phones though, as I posted above, is tied to an FCC rule. The FAA could completely overturn the PED ban, but you still couldn't use a phone from wheels up until wheels down until the FCC decides airborne cell phone use does not interfere with the ground network.

about a year ago
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FAA Pushed To Review Ban On Electronics

cwebster Re:Avionics (369 comments)

The real reason for the ban on portable electronic devices (the cell phone ban dates back to an FCC reg on the adverse effect of having an old-school cell phone at altitude where it could see many towers) is not to protect against interference, it is to protect lives in case of evacuation.

Are you sure about that? I mean honestly knowledgeably sure?

Here are relevant regulations governing use of cell phones and portable electronic devices:

14 CFR 91.21 Portable electronic devices.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no person may operate, nor may any operator or pilot in command of an aircraft allow the operation of, any portable electronic device on any of the following U.S.-registered civil aircraft:
(1) Aircraft operated by a holder of an air carrier operating certificate or an operating certificate; or
(2) Any other aircraft while it is operated under IFR.
(b) Paragraph (a) of this section does not apply to—
(1) Portable voice recorders;
(2) Hearing aids;
(3) Heart pacemakers;
(4) Electric shavers; or
(5) Any other portable electronic device that the operator of the aircraft has determined will not cause interference with the navigation or communication system of the aircraft on which it is to be used.
(c) In the case of an aircraft operated by a holder of an air carrier operating certificate or an operating certificate, the determination required by paragraph (b)(5) of this section shall be made by that operator of the aircraft on which the particular device is to be used. In the case of other aircraft, the determination may be made by the pilot in command or other operator of the aircraft.

47 CFR 22.925 Prohibition on airborne operation of cellular telephones.
Cellular telephones installed in or carried aboard airplanes, balloons or any other type of aircraft must not be operated while such aircraft are airborne (not touching the ground). When any aircraft leaves the ground, all cellular telephones on board that aircraft must be turned off. The following notice must be posted on or near each cellular telephone installed in any aircraft:
“The use of cellular telephones while this aircraft is airborne is prohibited by FCC rules, and the violation of this rule could result in suspension of service and/or a fine. The use of cellular telephones while this aircraft is on the ground is subject to FAA regulations.”

The FAA has a blanket ban on PEDs and the FCC further restricts cell phone use while airborne. The FCC reg dates back to analog phones and interference when the phone could talk to many towers at the same time, and continues to this day for the same reason, though it has not been shown to be a factor in modern networks. The FCC has a few rules planes have to follow. Every plane you ride on has a FCC radio station license on board, and pilots that may communicate with foreign ATC carry restricted radiotelephone operator (RR) permits from the FCC.

I dont really care about the cell phone ban, and people that do cite the reason as everyone talking on phones. That may be a factor on and near the ground, but at cruise good luck getting a signal (you are at least 7 miles from a tower) and phones these days will drain their batteries looking for a tower and you'll have a near-dead phone by the time you are low enough to actually make a call. You'll also notice that the flight attendant reminds you that you can turn on your phone and make calls as soon as the wheels touch the ground upon landing. The FCC reg on this is not likely to change.

The blanket ban on PEDs may get relaxed, and I am in favor of that. However, I think we'll still see a ban from the time the aircraft closes its doors until it is airborne, and another one sometime before landing until wheels touch down. The goal there is to have things put away during takeoff and landing. The problem is if you let them use things during taxi it is not reasonable to expect them to follow the rules and put them away before takeoff.

The reasoning being evacuation is supported by the other requirements that baggage be stowed above you or completely under your seat during takeoff/landing, that seats are forward and tray tables stowed. This is to provide you with clear walkways to get in/out of rows, navigate the aisles and get to an exit ASAP. Anything that slows someone down is also slowing down everyone behind them. Count the doors next time you are on a plane, there really are not that many.

And lest you think evacuation is still not important, realize that is the primary reason you have a flight attendant. You will have at least 1 for every 50 people on board and they are there to get you out of a plane alive if an emergency occurs. Instructions such as how to brace, how to operate doors and the helpful reminder to leave your bags behind and get off the burning airplane.

If the ban is not relaxed or overturned, look for this to be the reason cited. It is supported by current practices, regulations, training and analysis of accidents.

about a year ago

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The space sim isn't dead after all!

cwebster cwebster writes  |  about 2 years ago

cwebster (100824) writes "Chris Roberts' (creator of the wing commander series) new foray into PC games is officially a "go". The new game, Star Citizen, is slated to be what anyone who has played wing commander or privateer dreams it could be. Best of all, Chris cut out the publishers (EA owns the rights to WC) and is self funding this project. There are 20 days left in the funding campaign to meet the ambitious stretch goals. Contribute at kickstarter or the main site for the game."
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Linux power regression on the way?

cwebster cwebster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cwebster (100824) writes "Linus shared the release of 3.1-rc4 on google+, "Most noticeable thing for most users is likely the lack of warnings about duplicate sysfs files for backlight control on intel laptops. And if that kind of solid regression fixing doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will.""
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cwebster cwebster writes  |  about 8 years ago

cwebster (100824) writes "Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. Following the acquisition, YouTube will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate community."

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