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New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel

longacre Re:Why? (170 comments)

Nope, you're right. In addition to the construction costs, the security cost will be massive and ongoing forever, and I don't buy the idea that tourists want to take a 30 minute ferry ride to ride a ferris wheel with okay views of the harbor and skyline.

about 2 years ago
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New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel

longacre Re:Why? (170 comments)

The wheel is to be built in a wasteland section of NYC which currently attracts zero tourists.

about 2 years ago
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New iPhone Prototypes Have Integrated NFC chips and Antenna

longacre Re:NFC and hacking (114 comments)

How is an OS that only runs white-listed software more vulnerable?

about 2 years ago
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At Long Last, a Private Cargo Spaceship Takes Off (Video)

longacre Re:Popping sound (137 comments)

NASA probably used special $3 billion taxpayer-funded microphones for their launches, whereas cost-conscious SpaceX bought theirs at Best Buy.

more than 2 years ago
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Kickstarter Leaves Project Ideas Exposed

longacre So what? (56 comments)

This is obviously a bug, but if anyone is actually hurt by this, they shouldn't have been posting their idea to Kickstarter in the first place. Markets will not be affected by a pre-production, pre-funding idea becoming public knowledge earlier than it should have: Anyone who could act on such info would have done so when it became live, anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

longacre Re:A triumph! (339 comments)

Boeing is doing the same thing with their 787 Dream Tour: They outfitted a test aircraft with a semi-realistic interior to fly around customers, suppliers and media. It is not a full production model...the plane still wears "Experimental" badges warning that it does not meet federal safety regulations and many of the seats are not usable as they are not certified for whatever reason. That said, when I flew it, I was completely confident that Boeing wouldn't do any hot dogging to impress us, and they didn't. It wasn't a sightseeing trip, they let the passengers concentrate on the plane.

more than 2 years ago
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Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous

longacre Re:How is this news? (355 comments)

The article seems to give all the credit to this Imperva company, who sounds like maybe the source for most of the story. This could mean they convinced a NY Times reporter to write an unverifiable story to boost they're street cred, or maybe they're actually better at defending websites than the Feds.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea's High-Tech Counterfeit $100 Bills

longacre Re:Math Pedantry (528 comments)

Typo perhaps? Instead of 100 percent, it should have read 100 fold?

more than 2 years ago
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NRC Emails Reveal Confusion In Aftermath of Fukushima

longacre Re:Republican Bashing? (113 comments)

Also, there is no such thing as the National Republican Committee. It's the Republican National Committee (RNC).

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

longacre Giving too much credit to Indian politicians (600 comments)

FTA: "Indian law requires the government to negotiate a contract with the lowest bidder." That would seem to be the end of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Railroad Association Says TSA's Hacking Memo Was Wrong

longacre Re:Fearmongering (121 comments)

TSA is already allowed to handle ALL modes of transport. TSA screens passengers at some Amtrak stations. The NYPD subcontracts TSA to perform random screening at subway stations (it's cheaper than having cops search bags). TSA also recently started set up some checkpoints along interstates.

more than 2 years ago
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A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

longacre Re:Angry Birds a real killer (220 comments)

I used Kim's 72 day marriage as the basis, but yours works too.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Servers Used In Sony Playstation Hack

longacre Amazon PR Disaster (135 comments)

Revenue from cloud services: 1.5%
Retail revenue lost from consumers who will forever link one of the greatest breaches in history with the Amazon brand: Priceless

more than 3 years ago
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Government Funded Atomic Clock On a Chip

longacre Re:Thanks but no thanks! (134 comments)

"The secret to the new atomic clock on a chip is a solid-state laser illuminating a tiny container holding normal non-radioactive cesium vapor."

more than 3 years ago
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10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year

longacre Re:"Lost" (163 comments)

There's a whole season of "The Wire" about this very topic.

more than 3 years ago
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Epsilon Data Breach Bigger Than Just Kroger Customers' Data

longacre Only Names and Emails? (115 comments)

Usually email marketing databases include a lot more than name and email. They can include identifying demographic info such as home address, sex, age, income, and more to allow for message targeting. Now it's possible that these guys only took names and emails as Kroger and US Bank have announced, but I wouldn't be surprised of Epsilon perhaps underplayed the severity of the breach to their clients.

more than 3 years ago

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Michael Dell Is Buying A Boeing Dreamliner

longacre longacre writes  |  about a year and a half ago

longacre (1090157) writes "Dell Computer scion Michael Dell is reportedly buying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It is not yet clear if Dell plans to use the state-of-the-art, 250-passenger jet for personal travel or as an investment. Ironically, it wasn't that long ago that one of Dell's products had a similar problem to that which caused the FAA to ground the 787: Exploding lithium ion batteries."
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"Miracle On The Hudson" Was Just Two Pilots Doing A Good Job

longacre longacre writes  |  about a year and a half ago

longacre (1090157) writes "It was 4 years ago today that US Airways Flight 1549 glided to a safe landing on the Hudson River after losing both of its engines. Were Captain C.B. Sully Sullenberger (and his frequently forgotten first officer Jeff Skiles) heroes or were they just doing their job? From the article, "There’s little harm in celebrating the unlikely survival of 155 people, but terms like “hero” and “miracle” shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. A miracle describes an outcome that cannot be rationally explained. Everything that happened on the river that day can be rationally explained. And a hero, to me, describes a person who accepts a great personal sacrifice, up to and including injury or death, for the benefit of somebody else. I didn’t see heroics; I saw professional execution in the throes of an emergency.""
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Overheated Voting Machine Cast its Own Votes for Governor in NY Election

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "Tests of a number of electronic voting machines that recorded shockingly high numbers of extra votes in the 2010 election show that overheating may have caused upwards of 30 percent of votes in some South Bronx voting precincts to go uncounted."
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High School Principal Forced to Quit After Posing as Student on Facebook

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes ""Suzy Harriston wanted to be friends on Facebook. The profile said she was from Clayton [Missouri] and had more than 300 friends, many of them from Clayton High School. No one seemed to question who Harriston was. That is, until the night of April 5, when a 2011 grad and former Clayton quarterback posted a public accusation. "Whoever is friends with Suzy Harriston on Facebook needs to drop them. It is the Clayton Principal," wrote Chase Haslett." Suzy Harriston quickly disappeared from Facebook, and Louise Losos, the principal, subsequently took a leave of absence, and then resigned."
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Inside the Mummification of Space Shuttle Discovery

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "When Space Shuttle Discovery goes on display at the Smithsonian next month, it will be a shell of its former self, with most of its critical systems removed. Here's a behind the scenes look at the removal of the engines and their replica replacements, as well as photos of the orbiter in various states of deconstruction."
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Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "One dull morning last week, two teams of NASA technicians simultaneously gathered at two iconic buildings—the 525-foot Vehicle Assembly Building and the shorter, but equally important, Orbital Processing Facility 1 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, tasked with moving a space shuttle orbiter from one building to the other thus effectively swapping their positions. The “shuttle shuffle” would have Space Shuttle Discovery (the oldest and most flown orbiter surviving in the three-ship fleet) in OPF-1 swapping places with her sister ship, Atlantis, the second oldest and second most flown orbiter. Fleet leader Discovery would emerge from OPF-1 as a preserved spacecraft, gutted and mummified for museum display."
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Virgin America Names Plane In Honor of Steve Jobs

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "Virgin America has named a new Airbus A320 in honor of Steve Jobs. "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish," references Jobs's famous 2005 Stanford commencement speech.

The honor is dually fitting, not only because Virgin is a tech-forward company and the only airline based in Silicon Valley, but also because the plane is an Airbus — undoubtedly the "Mac" to Boeing's "PC" in the endless debate over who makes the better airliner."

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How the Ice Fighting Technology on Your Plane Make

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "Three deadly airliner crashes over the course of 10 years in the 1980s and 1990s forever changed how winter weather flight operations in the United States are conducted, spurring advances in technology including infrared hangars to melt ice and new chemical solutions."
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Apple & Android Devices Overload ActiveSync in

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "Just a few months after the New York City Dept. of Education shelled out over $1 million on iPads for teachers, the agency has stopped accepting new users on its Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync server as it is "operating near its resource limits" due to an influx of iOS and Android devices. A memo from the deputy CTO warned, "Our Exchange system is currently operating near its resource limits and in order to prevent Exchange from exceeding these limits, we need to take action to prevent any more of these devices from being configured to receive email. As of Thursday, November 10th no additional users will be allowed to receive email via NYCDOE's Exchange ActiveSync." Existing setups will continue to operate, and students will not be affected."
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DARPA Space Robots Could Revive Dead Satellites

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 2 years ago

longacre writes "Approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth, $300 million worth of retired satellites are simply taking up space in geosynchronous orbit. Like anything a bit elderly, they might have problems, but they'(TM)re far from useless. A network of robotic satellites being developed by DARPA could put them back to work."
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Air France Flight 447 Black Box Data Downloaded

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "In the biggest breakthrough yet toward discovering the cause of the mysterious crash, French investigators this past weekend successfully downloaded the entire record of data from the recently retrieved flight data and voice recorders of Air France Flight 447."
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Boeing 747-8 Extreme Braking Test Video

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre writes "How does Boeing test the braking limits on the largest aircraft they've ever built? File the brake pads down to the rivets, load up the plane to nearly a million pounds, gun the engines to 200 mph, then mash the brakes as hard as possible and watch them burst into flames."
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Engineering Marvel: The Modern Jet Engine Cowling

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "Rarely is much attention paid to one of the most important design aspects of modern jet engines: the pieces of metal and composites that enclose them. Aviation safety expert David J. Williams explores the history and evolution of the engine cowling."
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Free WiFi For All at Super Bowl XLV? How It’

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes ""At this year’s Super Bowl, AT&T is promising free wi-fi for all its customers. With over 100,000 fans expected to be in attendance, some serious computing power is needed. Here are details on the 8 million feet of ethernet cable, 6 million feet of copper wiring, 260 miles of fiberoptic cable and computing power aimed at giving fans instant digital gratification.""
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Free WiFi For All at Super Bowl XLV? How It’

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "At this year’s Super Bowl, AT&T is promising free wi-fi for all its customers. With over 100,000 fans expected to be in attendance, some serious computing power is needed. Here are details on the 8 million feet of ethernet cable, 6 million feet of copper wiring, 260 miles of fiberoptic cable and computing power aimed at giving fans instant digital gratification."
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Frozen Corpse of Pilot Found 20 Years After Crash

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "The corpse of a Bolivian pilot was found in the country's snow capped mountain tops east of its capital, La Paz, 20 years after a plane crash, local media reported Wednesday. Benjamin Pabon Galindo died on October 19, 1990 after crashing a plane while transporting meat from Bolivia's northern Amazonian region of Beni to La Paz. Apparently, due to technical failure and severe weather conditions, the plane crashed into the Huayna Potosi mountain. Around 7 years after the accident, the body of another pilot that was also on board was found, but Pabon's bodily remains were not found until last Sunday by mountaineers hired by family members."
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Google Maps Blamed for Invasion of Costa Rica

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "A Nicaraguan military commander is blaming Google Maps for accidentally leading his troops across the border into neighboring Costa Rica for a river cleanup operation. The official maps of both nations agree that Calero Island is within Costa Rican territory, but commander Eden Pastora inexplicably used Google Maps to plan his operation, in which Nicaraguan troops allegedly destroyed a Costa Rican forest, scooped sediment out of a river and dumped the sludge on Costa Rican land. SearchEngineLand notes that use of Bing Maps would not have resulted in an international incident."
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Travel Sites Go to War Against Google-ITA Deal

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "On Tuesday, the online travel powerhouses Expedia, Kayak, Sabre and Farelogix launched an alliance to lobby the Department of Justice--and the public--against Google's purchase of ITA, arguing that the deal would give Google an unfair influence over the air travel market. Not only could Google's own flight search detract from how these sites attract travelers on Google, but they fear Google could limit access to ITA products and services while keeping them for their own use. The alliance's website, FairSearch.org, details a number of their interests in the market, and their concerns based on Google's previous brushes with anti-trust regulators. They are also pooling their resources to put lobbying boots on the ground in Washington."
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Pentagon Selects Companies to Build Flying Humvees

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes ""The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected two companies to proceed with the next stage of its Transformer, known as TX—a fully automated four-person vehicle that can drive like a car and then take off and fly like an aircraft to avoid roadside bombs. Lockheed Martin and AAI Corp., a unit of Textron Systems, are currently in negotiations with DARPA for the first stage of the Transformer project, several industry sources told Popular Mechanics at a robotics conference here in Denver. DARPA has not announced the official winners yet.""
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Why Alaskan Pilots Refuse Safe-Flying Technology

longacre longacre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

longacre (1090157) writes "Primitive technology and a cowboy mentality might have been to blame for the deaths of former Senator Ted Stevens and now the legendary Alaskan bush pilot John Graybill. Jeff Wise writes: "What makes it especially bitter is that technology exists which could make flying much safer, if only pilots would use it. Unfortunately, the frontier mentality so prevalent among bush pilots is often resistant to relying on technological solutions. ... The major killer in bush flying is "VFR into IMC," short for visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions--in other words, a pilot who is navigating by looking out the window suddenly finds himself in clouds. ... Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, ADS-B, is a new technology that can prevent crashes. It relies on GPS receivers in each aircraft that broadcast their location to ground controllers and to other aircraft.""
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