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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

mattventura Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

TFA mentions that the screen uses rear-projection, so you could have multiple projectors to display the picture, and redundant cameras to capture it.

about a month and a half ago

Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

mattventura Re:Fine, if and only if it can be turned off. (158 comments)

It doesn't necessarily need to be a permanent kill switch. It could disable the phone until it is returned to the rightful owner. Besides, if the kill switch doesn't physically damage the hardware of the phone in some way (or some other irreversible action), people will almost certainly find a way to bypass it.

about 6 months ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

mattventura Wouldn't work (313 comments)

I remember reading something a while back about how certain people's brains are just more geared towards programming and that other people simply won't really "get" it no matter how much you try to force it into their head. There should definitely be more programming classes available to those who want them, but if you're going to force the less tech-oriented students to take a tech class, it should be something that either teaches them general computer usage or helps them use computers in education.

That's another issue with how computers are used in education: you have to strike the perfect balance between "using teaching time and resources to teach technology" and "using technology to educate". Getting the wrong mix ends up screwing both aspects over since you end up with technology being forced into places it doesn't belong, or you end up with students who only know how to use a computer to do their homework.

about 5 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

mattventura *Puts on tinfoil hat* (289 comments)

Oh wait....

(Cue tinfoil vs aluminum foil pedants)

about 6 months ago

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

mattventura It took 6 years to become a standard (234 comments)

How long will it take to dump the beta?

Alternatively, how long will it take to lose all their users?

about 7 months ago

Wikipedia's Participation Problem

mattventura Re:Unfriendly Elitists (372 comments)

My problem with contributing to Wikipedia is that I just don't see many opportunities to do so. I've had an account there for years with barely any edits on it. Why? because I'll obviously edit something if it's within my area of expertise and I know it's wrong or could be improved, but why would I be using wikipedia to look up something that I already know about? I don't have time to look through a bunch of wikipedia articles to find issues with them.

about 10 months ago

Home wireless security level?

mattventura Re:WEP WEP WEP (438 comments)

This inconveniences yourself much harder than it will inconvenience any attacker. Disabling DHCP, MAC filtering, and hiding SSIDs do nothing for actual security.

1 year,20 days

Google Now Serves 25% of North American Internet Traffic

mattventura Re:Blame ISPs (84 comments)

Most home routers have hardware capable of this (after plugging in a USB drive for storage) but the included OS doesn't support it.

about a year ago

When the NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company

mattventura Re: Terminate contract instead? (309 comments)

They most likely DO require you to keep the service on, which gives me an idea. Put some completely arbitrary rule in your terms of service, like "You cannot run any services on port 11111". If a customer opens up that port, they get a phone call threatening to terminate their contract, unless they're under surveillance.

about a year ago

MasterCard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

mattventura Re:Lucky me. (353 comments)

If he's hosting a VPN with his home internet being the endpoint, then all they have to do is see what's happening on his home connection. The only privacy that would provide is against MitM or people sniffing public wifi.

about a year ago

Comcast To Expand Public WiFi Using Home Internet Connections

mattventura Re:How about no (203 comments)

I'm more curious about how they enforce the "two free one-hour sessions". Sounds like it would be possible (although maybe inconvenient) to get unlimited free wifi from this.

about a year ago

Microsoft Attempts to Woo Students With 'Crowdsourced' Laptops

mattventura Re:they contribute 10% (128 comments)

Isn't that essentially what they already do by giving OEMs cheap windows licensing?

about a year ago

Microsoft Attempts to Woo Students With 'Crowdsourced' Laptops

mattventura Re:Spam (128 comments)

A lot of top-tier colleges actually offer so much financial aid that the tuition is almost nonexistent as long as you/your parents don't make too much money.

about a year ago

Beer Fridge Caught Interfering With Cellular Network

mattventura Re:How (231 comments)

A small device like a cell phone or wifi card might transmit around 1W and receive at orders of magnitude lower than that. Now think about how much power a fridge uses. Hint: It's a lot more than 1W. It's obviously not all going to go into RFI, but a faulty motor with a spark gap could still produce a (relatively) significant amount of radio waves.

about a year ago

Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

mattventura Re:Price-fixing (379 comments)

It's not the same at all. Wal-Mart is free to set their prices as they wish. However, if I wish to sell a Wal-Mart product that I purchased, I can sell it at whatever price I want. Wal-Mart already got my money. This is nothing but greed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

mattventura Re:Too good? I think not (397 comments)

I think the real problem with warning messages is that they're so overused that people ignore them. If UI designers had saved warning messages for things that were actually important ("You're about to delete a file") rather than stupid things ("You are loading a web page with unsecured elements") then people might actually pay attention to them.

Hell, back when Vista first came out I had to go through FOUR, yes four UAC dialogs to create a folder in program files and rename it.

about a year ago

FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

mattventura Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

In TFS, it makes it seem like Verizon complained to him because he was running servers which are generally against the ToS of residential plans, rather than the excessive bandwidth usage. The excessive usage may have been what triggered the phone call (so they could figure out what was actually going on), but it was ToS violations that were the issue at hand.

about a year ago

Nintendo Hijacks Ad Revenue From Fan-Created YouTube Playthroughs

mattventura Re:Nintendo's Right, but being Jerks about it... (297 comments)

The LPers put work into their videos. Nintendo made the game and sold it for profit (not to mention free publicity from videos). So previously, Nintendo and the video producer both put some effort into it, and were both rewarded. Now the LPers not only had to pay for the game, but had to produce the video and are now getting zero revenue out of it. Nintendo just wants to have their cake and eat it too.

about a year ago

Nintendo Hijacks Ad Revenue From Fan-Created YouTube Playthroughs

mattventura Re:Desperate times? (297 comments)

It's not a sign of them running out of money. It's business as usual. Just because a company has X amount of money doesn't mean they don't want to make more. Companies would ALWAYS like to make more money.
Besides, I'm 99% certain Nintendo isn't the first company to do this. I recall hearing about some of the scummier game companies doing this.

about a year ago

Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass

mattventura Re:From the likes of EA, sure.... (74 comments)

That's extremely faulty logic. How does someone selling/giving away a used game cost you more than that same person continuing to play the game themselves?

about a year ago


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