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Trumpet Winsock Creator Made Little Money

horatio Provided by university (358 comments)

Trumpet Winsock was provided to us (though I don't recall if it was hosted or just a link) by Ohio State when I was a freshman there. I definitely didn't pay for it, but it got me started into the world of networking and TCP/IP.

more than 3 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

horatio Re:"Over"? (244 comments)

Technically, you're correct. I primarily dealt with class D airports with only one runway so it wasn't as big of a deal. I wouldn't call it a direct contradiction, but you're right - pilots should identify their aircraft in every transmission.

more than 3 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

horatio Re:"Over"? (244 comments)

Correct. I last flew about two years ago. We don't say "over". Ever. You sound like a trucker on a CB and you're only going to piss off the tower and the other pilots on the freq because you're wasting airtime, and sound like you don't know what you're doing. ATC comms can get super busy, and lives are (literally) at stake. If you listen to even a Class C approach frequency, it will sound like a nearly uninterrupted stream during busy times of the day. There isn't time for extraneous nonsense when Cessna 241H is trying to declare a fuel emergency, or Southwest 2301 needs to expedite their climb. I know it sounds silly "what is the big deal with just saying 'over'?" but that is extra two syllables in every communication between pilot & controller or pilot & pilot which are totally superfluous.

It is superfluous because ATC comms have a cadence that makes it pretty clear when you're finished with a routine call. Pilots and controllers are both familiar with this cadence, so we know generally what information to expect from each other. This is what a typical sequence would sound like at a field in class D airspace:

P: Bolton Tower, Cessna niner five four seven whiskey
T: Cessna niner five four seven whiskey, Bolton Tower
P: Bolton Tower, Cessna niner five four seven whiskey over Lily Chapel, inbound for full stop
T: Cessna four seven whiskey, proceed inbound and report midfield right downwind for runway two two
P: Right midfield for 22, cessna four seven whiskey

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P: Bolton Tower, four seven whiskey midfield downwind for two two
T: Four seven whiskey, you're number two behind the Baron on one mile final
P: Four seven whiskey, number two looking for traffic
P: Four seven whiskey has traffic in sight
T: Roger. four seven whiskey, cleared to land runway two two
T: Baron three foxtrot six, turn right on alpha four and contact ground point eight
B: Right on alpha four, ground point eight. good day

...

T: Four seven whiskey, turn right on alpha three and contact ground point eight
P: Right on alpha three, ground point eight. good day

That is a very normal,typical airspace entry and landing procedure. Even in an emergency, we don't use "over" - because again, time is critical and time wasted saying things that aren't needed is concentration and mental energy taken away from the pilot's number one job - flying the airplane.

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman Writes On Broadband, Net Neutrality

horatio Wrong, wrong, wrong. (125 comments)

The internet has flourished precisely because the government regulators (aka nannies) have stayed out of it. Yes, there were some great engineers earning government paychecks through the military and universities who got it started - but the bureaucrats largely ignored it because they didn't know what it was, or how important it would become.

No good can come from the clowns in Washington "tweaking" the Internet. This is not about "openness" or whatever other word they want to use. This is about exerting top-down control, and the power that comes with that kind of control.

more than 3 years ago
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Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes

horatio Re:Too fucking bad.. (502 comments)

WTF. Are we advocating low impact crimes to help society?

I don't see this as much different than the cash-for-clunkers program. The idea is that after rendering all moving parts inoperable so they can't be sold as used replacements, you smash what was a perfectly good car. Then you give someone $8000 ($4000?) in tax payer money to buy a new car. This helps the economy. If that is really true, we should start leveling houses - to boost the construction industry. We should start breaking legs - to show how beneficial single payer healthcare services are. We should have the National Guard out to burn our wheat fields - so farmers can plant organic crops.

The same logic applies to "low impact crimes can help society". We should encourage these so-called "low impact" crimes so we can increase the pool of "low impact" criminals that will do community service. Except, the criminal smashed something that belonged to someone else. In this clown's case, it was someone's privacy and their personal property (email account). The logic is so absurd it is almost funny - until you find out the people advocating it are completely serious.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers

horatio Re:Hotspot -- Verizon exclusive -- for a while? (101 comments)

With all of the nonsense that AT&T has with iPhone users and their data (plans are now limited, tethering wasn't an option until recently (and imho is way too expensive on top of the not-optional cost for the iPhone data plan), "enterprise" data is more expensive, f'ng with the network in various markets, sometimes shutting it down completely or severely restricting it with no explanation), I cannot possibly see them enabling a "wifi hotspot" feature. Unless of course, your phone is connected over wifi (yes, it defeats the purpose).

Hell, skype video just came to the iPhone. For a long time lots of apps simply weren't permitted to use 3G, including Slingbox and Skype. Any app over 10MB had to be downloaded on wifi (I think the limit is 20 now). I have no doubt this was an AT&T thing to protect their fragile network, rather than an Apple-imposed restriction. Any time I've been to an event that is attended by more than a few people, I get no data on my phone. Apps like twitter just churn waiting for the network. Maybe that last one isn't just an AT&T thing, but holy crap is it irritating.

more than 3 years ago
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Jerry Brown Confiscates 48,000 Cell Phones

horatio Re:He is not taking privately held phones (738 comments)

I'm not a fan of Jerry Brown. I'm not a fan of California, either. A beautiful state is near financial collapse because of total mismanagement and a massive entitlement burden. California has created this mess for themselves.

However, credit where credit is due -- I think this is a great first step. Of course some are going to scream because their toys are getting taken away. But good for Brown for doing this. On the other hand, I'm just cynical enough that I half expect to hear something like "we just saved $20,000,000 with those cell phones ... in other news we're giving all state union employees a 6% pay hike, and even more generous pensions. It was going to be $40mil, but it'll only cost half as much now because we just saved like $20million!"

more than 3 years ago
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Thieves in South Africa Hit Traffic Lights For SIM Cards

horatio Re:Organized crime (181 comments)

The crime is not likely to be easily repeated

No? It sounds like the city got a "shark bump" as it were. Someone tried stealing a few of the cards, and it worked. Only after succeeding, and no mitigation efforts, the thieves went to town From TFA:

The vandalism began with a few lights in November and we repaired them. Over December the thieves struck again, this time hitting hundreds more, including the ones we had repaired

This isn't unlike homes targeted by burglars who return a couple of weeks later after the owner has purchased all new shiny, expensive electronics.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case For Lousy Passwords

horatio Re:Bad usernames too (343 comments)

I think that possibility always exists - from a keylogging app running inside something else innocuous, to something buried in the OS by a rogue developer. Hopefully there are enough checks in place during the development cycle of any given reputable development house/piece of software to avoid this.

Perhaps the benefits of using something like 1Password to generate unique/random passwords outweigh the risk/possibility of the above happening --- in the sense that it is more likely that signing up for a random website with the same email/password you used for your email account and paypal will lead to a compromise of something important.

about 4 years ago
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The Case For Lousy Passwords

horatio Re:Bad usernames too (343 comments)

Finally, if you use a password manager (I've been using KeePassX, it's pretty good and cross-platform), then you don't have to remember passwords anymore, so there's no reason to use a weak password for anything. I don't have any idea what most of my passwords are.

Yep. I use 1Password and have the encrypted file synced through dropbox to my iPhone and other systems. I really don't know what most of my passwords are anymore.

about 4 years ago
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The Case For Lousy Passwords

horatio Re:Password keychains? (343 comments)

Then there are completely unimportant webfora that insist my password has to be at least 8 characters long and contain letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters.

When I worked for a major university a few short years ago, they contracted our paperless pay statements and W2s to Talx -- who only allowed numbers in the "password". Super frustrating, and of course no one in HR understood why I had a problem with this. They may have gotten smarter since then, but doubtful.

about 4 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

horatio Re:Using TOR? (390 comments)

Palin may be human but public figures open themselves to criticism.

You're free to criticize her all you like. You are not free to damage, attempt to damage, or otherwise engage in any kind of criminal mischief against her, her family, her property, or her vendors (ISP, hosting provider, etc) because you don't like something she said.

about 4 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

horatio Re:Using TOR? (390 comments)

So what you're saying is that if I don't like how you conduct your legally operated business, I have the right to come and smash your stuff, or superglue the locks to your shop? You have to accept the negative consequences of your lousy business decision to sell my competitor plumbing supplies at a good rate.

Wrong. What I did is criminal damaging at the least -- it is illegal for a reason. You have the right to enter into or terminate a business relationship with anyone you please, without any interference from me. I do not have the right to torch your business because I don't like something you said, or something you did. The United States is a nation of laws, not men, not anarchy. I don't have the right to torch your shop even if you did something illegal or unethical.

If you're doing something illegal, I report you to the authorities. If you're operating a legal business and I think you're doing a terrible job, I'm free to open a competing enterprise and do it better. I'm not free to steal your stuff or deprive you of your property/income by theft or damage because I don't like something you said.

about 4 years ago
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'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

horatio Re:Using TOR? (390 comments)

Yes, it is. It is also some kind of hubris to scream about Wikileak's "1st amendment rights" to then attack MC, Paypal, ....and Sarah Palin's website? These entities have a right to conduct their business however they want without undue criminal interference. Palin, whether you agree with her or not, certainly has a right to post a dissenting opinion on FB without having her place (website) smashed up by a bunch of thugs.

"More speech for Assange and wikileaks --- but no speech may be heard from, no business may be conducted with anyone who thinks this was a stupid/criminal/illegal/unethical thing to do and chooses to terminate their business relationship with Wikileaks!"

about 4 years ago
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Goodbye, VGA

horatio Re:I'm sticking with VGA (356 comments)

I'm not 100% sure, but the HDTV set I bought just a few months ago came w/ a VGA port, but no DVI ports. I think this is because HDMI and DVI are somehow compatible without conversion?

From wikipedia

Because HDMI is electrically compatible with the signals used by Digital Visual Interface (DVI), no signal conversion is necessary, nor is there a loss of video quality when a DVI-to-HDMI adapter is used.[3]

about 4 years ago
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Bill Calls For Wi-Fi Base Stations In All Federal Buildings

horatio Re:Bah (196 comments)

These are my exact sentiments. I'd say thank you, but you posted AC. This is nothing more than a subsidy to the wireless companies by another name. I have three distinct problems with this, besides it being another colossally stupid waste of tax payer dollars.

  • How much coverage would federal buildings really provide, and how much EDGE/3G/4G traffic would be relieved in reality? Certainly not the vaunted "poor and underserved" the elites are always bitching at it about and supposedly taxing us more to give stuff to.
  • The feds now don't need a warrant to sniff whatever you're doing. All your packets are belong to them. (Yeah yeah, I know warrantless stuff is already happening - but now it becomes trivial.)
  • I'm sorry, but aren't we in the opening stages of one of the largest know breaches of confidential government documents? How dull do you have to be to make it easier for this to happen again? That doesn't speak to the current state of ease with which such a breach could happen, but only that with a public wifi hotspot in easy reach, you suddenly have an external network in range.

about 4 years ago
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House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

horatio Re:Doh (408 comments)

Flash ads on the web != tv ads. TV ads (tend) to be more sophisticated because they're much more expensive to produce and get on the air (meaning you need to justify a non insignificant ROI to your boss), they have to go through an editorial process, and because they're put on the air by the broadcasters - by choice. If you come up with a really stupid ad that just flashes RED/WHITE and screams at the top of his lungs, the broadcaster is probably going to slap you. So no, I haven't noticed a major change in TV ads - except maybe some ad firms are trying to be more creative/entertaining to get viewers who would otherwise skip the ads.

The advertisers using a flash "hit the monkey" type ad on tv are generally relegated to late night infomercials, because the broadcasters know people would turn the channel, hurting the revenue they get from other advertisers.

Muting TV commercials (or skipping them w/ TiVo) is a sufficient solution. More government is a waste of tax payer dollars at the expense of liberty.

about 4 years ago
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House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

horatio Re:Doh (408 comments)

Before TiVo, there was the remote control with the mute button. My grandfather always muted the commercials, not because they were loud, but because they annoyed him. We don't need more government and more stupid regulations when we already have a solution.

about 4 years ago
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GM Loses Money On Every Volt Built

horatio GM loses money? (471 comments)

GM Loses Money On Every Volt Built

Technically, sure. In reality, because the government owns GM, the tax payers lose money on every Volt. Labor unions made off like bandits at the recent IPO, so I guess someone wins.

Here is my other problem: where do the tree huggers think the electricity to power these "zero-emissions" vehicles comes from? Magic unicorns? No, usually fossil fuel burning power plants, along with all the associated loss of energy down the transmission lines etc along the way. Oh right, and we can't build clean(er) power plants like nuclear because the same environmentalists, w/ their friends 'OMG teh nukeclear!' alarmists, tie up everything in so much red tape it isn't worth it. Like the Prius, this isn't about the environment. It is about status, and acting like you're so much better than your filthy neighbors driving that BIG OIL powered global-warming causing piece of crap.

about 4 years ago
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Debt Collectors Using Facebook To Embarrass Those Who Owe

horatio Re:So pay your bills (266 comments)

For whatever moderator has his head up his ass, this is an absolutely reasonable and laudable suggestion, and a very simple one: don't buy what you can't afford to pay for in cash. You'll have no debt, and no debt collections. Like he said, if you do have debt, and you talk to your creditors - explain that you've taken a second job and a payment of X is inbound, they'll almost always work with you.

When did we get to the point that what was common sense to our our grandparents is now flamebait?

more than 4 years ago

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Judge bars sales of RealNetworks' DVD software

horatio horatio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

horatio (127595) writes "Another DVD copying tool has gone under the judge's gavel, this time from RealNetworks. From the article:

DVD copying software sold by RealNetworks Inc. appears to be an illegal pirating tool, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a legal battle that's been closely watched in Hollywood and elsewhere. The Seattle-based company's RealDVD software violates federal anti-piracy law and also goes against a contract RealNetworks signed to gain keys to unscramble DVDs, U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel said.

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AT&T Resisting iPhone Features?

horatio horatio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

horatio (127595) writes "As if we needed it, another reason why devices locked to specific providers is a big loser. It appears that AT&T may be dragging their feet on some of the iPhone OS 3.0 features like MMS and tethering. From TFA:

If you're like me, you were left scratching your head today as to why AT&T balked at offering tethering and MMS on June 17 along with the release of iPhone OS 3.0...AT&T Executive Director, Mark Siegel told me moments ago that AT&T does plan to bring MMS (multi-media messaging) to the iPhone, but not until the end of the summer. "We're currently upgrading our systems and the overhaul won't be ready until the end of the summer," said Siegel, who emphatically assured me that it had NOTHING to do with their 3G network. He said the system they're upgrading is separate from the 3G network.

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Charter Cable Erases 14,000 Customer Inboxes

horatio horatio writes  |  more than 6 years ago

horatio (127595) writes "Apparently Charter Communications has no backups for the 14,000+ customer email accounts they blew away. From the article "'During this maintenance we erroneously deleted active accounts along with the others ... It's never happened before. They are taking steps to make sure it never happens again.'" For an organization claiming to have more than 2.5 million broadband customers, I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how in 2008 an ISP of this size has no ability to do a restore."
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