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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

gibbsjoh Re:What about radar? (382 comments)

You can still appear on radar w/out a functioning transponder. You just won't have any altitude data, squawk code etc. I've had a Mode C transponder fail in flight - we didn't just disappear from the controller's screen.

about 6 months ago

U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

gibbsjoh Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

** Except the UK for 1, 2, 4 and 5...

It would cost me nearly £10 per day to commute 15mi each way on the train. Compare that with around £3 in my (1.0L engined) car. The UK is back-asswards when it comes to public transport. Even the bus to the station would cost me almost as much as driving to my damn office.

about 8 months ago

TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

gibbsjoh Re:try it, I have. Autoland okay in no wind but fo (337 comments)

Autoland does just fine with windy conditions. IIRC (and this may have changed) the 777 is/was certified for a higher crosswind component with autoland enabled than under manual control.

about 10 months ago

TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

gibbsjoh Re:Fuck the TSA (337 comments)

> Punch a few half-inch holes in the skin and the pumps will just compensate by increasing the flow a bit

Not necessarily true. Put a hole in the pressure vessel in the wrong place and that escaping air will do a lot of damage. Some good examples of what explosive decompression can do out there (JAL comes to mind, Aloha too if memory serves).


about 10 months ago

TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

gibbsjoh Re:How does this compare to the way Israel does it (437 comments)

I just got back from the US (British citizen) and a couple of years ago I went to Israel to visit my then-girlfriend (now wife).

TSA wasn't as bad as I thought and even though we both requested not to go through the scanner the staff were polite and professional (this was at El Paso, and later at Orlando-MCO). I've had more, erm , invasive patdowns before and they explain everything. However, it seems to me that they give the same level of scrutiny to everyone.

Flying to and from Israel (on El Al certainly) there's a level of profiling. They come through the check-in line "chatting" to people, looking for holes in their story and subconscious giveaways that they're lying. Me, I lived in Saudi Arabia for years and had Egyptian stamps in my passport, so I was deemed in need of a few extra searches, but nothing out of the ordinary. My wife, on the other hand, an Israeli national, gets basically no questions when travelling back. Again they were very professional, even friendly.

So, I'd say the US system is pretty thorough with everyone, whereas Israeli security find out early on if you're a person of interest and if you are, they take a bit more time to "chat" to you.


about a year ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

gibbsjoh Re:Is this a hopeless request? (1737 comments)

I'm sure I'd use my fair share of foul language if some stranger started following me at night. Might even throw a punch if I was really worried they were up to something.

about a year ago

Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees

gibbsjoh Re:In conclusion (305 comments)

Yeah, this. Maybe I'm lucky to work somewhere that management is sympathetic to personal crises. But sacking a guy who just got divorced? Not cool. How would you feel if the situation were reversed? Would you "roll with it?"


about a year ago

How To Block the NSA From Your Friends List

gibbsjoh Re:distributed? (224 comments)

This. A thousand times.

about a year ago

Backyard Brains Can Help Satisfy Your Inner Frankenstein (Video)

gibbsjoh Re:So, how's monetizing Slashdot working out? (199 comments)

Asshat. This isn't for medical science or anything as noble - it's "hey look what happens when we do this" and fundamentally no different to shooting things for fun. It's irrelevant that the roaches "feel no pain" - it's unethical, full stop.

more than 2 years ago

The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

gibbsjoh Re:Dev Certs are Not Worthwhile (267 comments)

This. We're hiring a 1st line support tech / "IT assistant" in a 2 man IT team, and although it's a gigantic pain to go throughthe 30-40 CVs per day, it's good that I am doing it because I know what to look for. So many of them have almost no real world experience yet have CCNA, MCITP etc which to most HR folks looks very good.


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

gibbsjoh Re:One other thing... (1002 comments)

I thought of this a few days ago, basically we can all help out friends/relatives (and strangers) by setting up DNS servers, VPN servers etc. Helps if you have a static IP but there's ways around everything. I blogged about it at the time (shameless link: but forgot to add anything about Tor.

It's a sad day when we have to help people in the US get around web censorship. I really really hope this mess doesn't get passed.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

gibbsjoh Thanks and good luck (1521 comments)

All the best for the future, Taco. Thanks for a great legacy.

about 3 years ago

The London Riots and Facial Recognition Technology

gibbsjoh Re:would somebody tell me (482 comments)

"Brought there by our coloured cousins."

Asshole. You had a point right up to that last sentence. Go crawl back under the rock from which you came.

more than 3 years ago

Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

gibbsjoh Re:collateral (494 comments)

Amen to that. I don't have experience with AD integration but even with an all-Mac network we still have all sorts of problems with Mac OS X Server (AFP processes maxing out to 1000's of % of CPU usage, Apple's own apps being very IO heavy, etc). In my experience Apple don't care about the enterprise market, and for all the hype, Mac OS X server can't do (well) most of the things Apple say it can. I've used OS X Server and Xserve since 2003, and for anything more than a small install I don't recommend it.

As the parent said as well, the lack of redundant PSUs (and a power cable that will just fall out!) on the Mini and Apple's policy on virtualisation just make it more clear that it is indeed collateral income for them.

more than 3 years ago

UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

gibbsjoh Re:Not in England (554 comments)

Most of us haven't been British subjects since 1983 when the British Nationality Act (1981) came into force. Even then it was something of an anachronistic term.

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

gibbsjoh Re:STEP RIGHT UP FOLKS! (840 comments)

The rise of Islamist parties notwithstanding Turkey IS a secular state, and the armed forces have stepped in 3 times in the past to ensure it stays that way. They're not perfect but they are one of 2 actual democracies in the Middle East.

Bear in mind there are laws in various EU countries regarding WW2 so the (admittedly wrong) Turkish law about the Armenian genocide isn't all that unique.


more than 3 years ago

DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

gibbsjoh Re:Julius Assange (919 comments)

Maybe they confused him with Julius Malema?

more than 3 years ago


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