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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

mysidia Re:This warning reads like a challenge to me (228 comments)

25-35 minutes to climb to cruising altitude in a 747. Doesn't seem to radical to me.

Also... To achieve maximum fuel efficiency, usually the DESCENT will be near the maximum safe rate. Around 4000 to 4500 feet per minute. A pressure increase of approximately 0.3 atmospheres per minute during descent, so there may be a possibility of barotrauma, as the ears do not equalize pressure this quickly. The 1500ft/second ascent is still pretty darn dangerous in terms of possible decompression sickness.

Of course, within the pressurized cabin there is little change.

But outside the cabin... this is definitely an extreme stress.

There are pretty much no natural circumstances, for sure, where the human body would be subject to sudden 1000s of feet of pressure being added or removed per minute.

11 hours ago
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

mysidia Re:This warning reads like a challenge to me (228 comments)

A quick search led me to an airline pilots forum, where they say it generally takes 25-35 minutes to climb to cruising altitude in a 747.

That would be the pilots choosing not to immediately ascend to the highest cruising altitude. But that can be more related to efficiency, and it's still 45000 feet in 35 minutes. Which is still approximately1500ft/minute; or a decrease in atmospheric pressure by ~1 PSI per minute.

This decrease in pressure is still at sufficient rate to cause outgassing of N2 CO2 in the blood, resulting in possible decompression sickness and alkalosis.

These can result in loss of consciousness, which in such a risky environment could result in death by falling or getting trapped crushed in the wheel.

yesterday
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

mysidia Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (435 comments)

I don't know how or where this "grow or die" idea began, but it's just plain wrong. You can't have infinite growth within a finite market.

The market is not finite. It is subject to continuous inflation of the currency at levels currently exceeding 10%, due to the fed's shenanigans including "Quantitative Easing".

If there is not at least enough growth in earnings justifying the current stock price to offset inflation PLUS taxes on additional dividends and deferred taxes ("taxes on the growth"), then investors are actually losing money, and should therefore refrain from investing their money in the losing proposition.

For example.. if you buy $10,000 in stock of company X. In 1 year due to inflation, you have lost $1,000 just from inflation. Then for your investment to retain just the initial value, the company needs to have grown in underlying capital value and earnings sufficiently at least so that your investment is now worth $1000 more PLUS the deferred taxes attributable to $1000, so... essentially minimum $1350 in growth.

If your initial $10k investment is not worth $11,350 at the end of Year 1, then you as an investor have actually lost money due to the decline in purchasing power of your investment.

To actually earn money, which is the point of investing.... the underlier needs to grow sufficiently to increase the value of the company by MORE than that.

Also; populations are not fixed in size, populations are growing --- so more utility demand is occuring year-by-year.

yesterday
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

mysidia Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (435 comments)

Why do investors think they are entitled to growth?

Why do random people think that companies are entitled to an investment?

There has to be earnings growth to justify investment in equities.

Otherwise, the investor may as well buy an annuity or treasury bond.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

mysidia Re:This warning reads like a challenge to me (228 comments)

All told, what you seem to need are high altitude mountaineering gear. So, some cold weather gear, an oxygen bottle, and some ropes. Doubtless it would be a nasty ride but you'd probably survive.

The only thing left is about... the crushing risk. And radical sudden air pressure changes you may be exposed to.

Also... the difficulty of getting in and escaping while carrying all this gear.

In this heavy winter gear... you will likely stand out for sure.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

mysidia Re:Thank goodness for these experts. (228 comments)

I'm glad the "experts" cleared that up for me. I guess I'll have to change my vacation plans!

Yeah... I'll have to remember to bring my coat, and extra bungee cords and parachute..

yesterday
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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

mysidia Re:Apropos of "ethical dilemmas programmers face". (188 comments)

On the government's use of surveillance technology in public places.

I'll yield to them public places.. maybe... the problem is their recordings don't even exclude private property. How about... no surveillance of any private places or of public spaces that includes incidental coverage of any private space, without prior express written revokable permission from all property owners and any lawful residents (or rental tenants) freely and voluntarily granted with no order, reward, or coercion, or in excess of the permission granted in writing by all property owners and tenants.

Excluding incidental surveillance from cameras mounted in the windows of a manned non-aerial ground-based police vehicle, no more than 5 feet above the ground, or carried by officers on the ground, during routine law officer duties.

2 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

mysidia Re:Maybe it is for manufacturing? (229 comments)

Seems like if they want a feature like this to support manufacturing that it should be something that is only accessible on one *internal* (non-ISP facing) Ethernet port and only within a certain amount of time since bootup.

Then they should deactivate the functional test feature, as soon as the admin password is changed from the default.

2 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

mysidia Re:You say tomato? (229 comments)

Really? How many people knew about heartbleed 3 weeks ago?

I didn't know about it 3 weeks ago. But none of my Linux SSL-enabled servers were affected, either.

It did help that most daemons were linked against libNSS. Many of the Apache installs were using mod_nss for SSL instead of mod_ssl, and.... most of the other servers were CentOS5 with openssl, but not a buggy version.

2 days ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

mysidia Re:I am all for this research (70 comments)

Wrong. Don't pass go don't collect $200. Sure solar activity follows an 11 year cycle. But that simply means that the probability changes over that 11 years.. a bit. But not much.

Sounds like you're just bullshitting your way through this.

The de Vries solar cycle is approximately 205 years. Your argument that relies on statistical independence and a reasonably uniform probability distribution does not hold any water.

2 days ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mysidia Re:Good. (155 comments)

Also, trying to rely on security through obscurity would be extremely dumb. The moment an LEA got the address the whole game would be up.

Yes.... once their operation gets big or important enough... they are basically guaranteed that the feds will find out.

Hell... the NSA are probably already surveilling any/all high traffic Tor nodes to locate IP addresses associated with "important" or "popular" nodes in the network, then surveil those, until they have mapped the topology of the Tor network; then sharing pertinent info with the FBI when detected that some nodes might be running a service such as Silk Road or Illegal Goods search.

A Tor hidden service does not work against well-funded adversaries who can make efforts to "trace the traffic"

Ultimately point A has to receive some bits and Point B has to receive and send a lot of bits, or the pairs of endpoints don't communicate.

2 days ago
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Drones On Demand

mysidia Re:How long before the FAA stops this? (49 comments)

Which effectively kills the FAA's regulations that said commercial drone use in the US was illegal.

No it doesn't. The ruling affects the case at hand only -- not precedent-setting, and the matter is still under dispute with the FAA appealing.

It is quite possible the FAA could kill this company and apply some severe penalties.

2 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

mysidia Re:Don't tell them that... (330 comments)

I imagine they at least run it through a filter before it hits the pipes.

I believe so. The water needs to be enclosed before they can test that the water is in compliant with state and federal standards: I am pretty sure, they must be doing something else... or the people in the area are already at risk (Not from Urine, from lax water safety standards).

The reservoir is "open" and accessible to animals such as birds who can deposit feces containing pathogens such as cryptosporidium: which form oocysts (spores) that can pass through a number of types of filters and survive in high-chlorine (and otherwise chemically treated) waters.

Therefore... they need to either be doing UV or ozone treatment after pulling water from the reservoir, or using a membrane/diatomaceous earth/slow sand filter to successfully filter out most crypto s..

I wonder if this incident shouldn't raise alarm bells, that the post-reservoir treatment is ineffective, and members of the public might be endangered if an infected bird shits in the lake!

2 days ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mysidia Re:Good. (155 comments)

Otherwise it would be kinda useless, since to use it you would have to have contact with other users which is risky.

Because it's incredibly easy to distribute physical contraband without making contact with your users, or risking revealing your identity or your user's identity: in case either buyer or seller is actually a LEO or hired informant?

2 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

mysidia Re:Don't tell them that... (330 comments)

Actually, Portland doesnt treat its water after this resivour. This doesnt imply that I agree with their decision.

In other words... the water already has enough chemicals in it that nothing will grow.

They still gotta do something to keep the turbidity down, from dirty in the reservoir... however....

2 days ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

mysidia Re:I am all for this research (70 comments)

If the chance of it happening is .5% per year, then it not happening for 200 years means the probability of the event next year is *still .5%*.

No. That's not true. That requires making an unwarranted assumption of independence. You are assuming that the passage of time is independent w.r.t. the solar activity.

You are essentially assuming is true that is something already known to be totally false.

Just because you haven't won lotto for the last 100 years does not make you more likely to win lotto this week because your "overdue".

A carrington event is not a lottery win.

Astrological events are cyclical.

There is not a probability that this event will happen selected by random chance. It's essentially certainty that this event will happen.

2 days ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

mysidia Re:Good. (155 comments)

The real hidden service URL probably just changed.

The site advert'd in the Slashdot article is probably itself a "Sting" operation to tag members of the public for the purpose of building a blacklist for the /real/ search site at some URL we don't know about.

3 days ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

mysidia I am all for this research (70 comments)

This could save billions of people. And it's one kind of threat -- that in principle: we should be able to see coming, if we are just looking

We could also do well to have solar flare early warning and harden the power grid against the next Carrington event; which is overdue and expected every couple hundred years.

However.... what happens when there is an Asteroid that will threaten earth... in between the time the telescope is developed, but before the asteroid diversion tech is developed?

3 days ago
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

mysidia Re:But do you want it? (50 comments)

you don't "help" a company or technology by buying their stock since the said stock is owned by some other dude and the sale does not bring a single more dollar to the company

This is not quite true. Most companies dilute their stock regularly, to compensate management and founders with stock or option grants.

The collection of buyers of those shares set the price for the stock -- which is ultimately being used to provide the company's equity financing.

Now it's true if you bought a share of stock for $1000.... well it's not $1000 that goes directly or indirectly to the company.

But you are trading places with someone who ultimately up the chain bought into their offering.

In the event the buying volume ran out... the stock price could easily fall by a few %. Even a $0.01 price decrease is significant.

So it's not that you aren' "giving" to the company --- it's just that the relative proportions of what you are giving are probably very very small, for a multi-billion$$ company.

4 days ago
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

mysidia Re:But do you want it? (50 comments)

What is very disappointing is the heavyhanded regulators have blocked this kind of market in the US, the supposed "land of the free"? What happened to our economic freedom??

Indeed. If you stand to lose financially -- in case the technology DOES succeed, then you could make a Bet that it will succeed, in order to offset your losses.

If the technology succeeds, you win your bet, AND your winnings offset the financial harm. If the technology doesn't succeed, then you lose your bet, BUT you are not financially harmed.

Investing would help finance its success, which you definitely don't want.

Instead... in the US you are banned from placing the bet. So you can't protect yourself --- except from a narrow band of risks by purchasing insurance :-(

4 days ago

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Senators petition to censor DUI checkpoint apps

mysidia mysidia writes  |  about 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Senators, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, sent etters on Tuesday requesting Apple, Google, and RIM remove or modify apps that notify users of police checkpoints. According to the senators, the apps are "harmful to public safety", because drunk drivers could use them to evade police detection.
BlackBerry maker RIM ceded to the request on Wednesday."

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R.I.P. OpenSolaris 2005-2010

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Last month, on July 14th, it was mentioned that the OpenSolaris governing board issued an ultimadum to Oracle. It turns out that Oracle continued to ignore requests to appoint a liason after the OpenSolaris governing board's demands. This morning, the OpenSolaris governing board unanimously passed the resolution to dissolve itself.

Source code changes are no longer available, and It would appear that OpenSolaris and community involvement in the development of Solaris have been killed as rumored.

A recent article on slashdot discussed a "Spork" of OpenSolaris, Illumos. Perhaps now, this will have a chance of becoming a true fork."

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US court strikes down media swearing ban

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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IPv4 free pool drops below 10%, 1.2.3.4 allocated

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1 and 1.2.3.4 have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project.
The major address blocks 1.0.0.0/8 and 27.0.0.0/8, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia.

In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4 (4,294,967,296 IP address numbers), only 24 network blocks (402,653,184 IP addresses) remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated "RESERVED" IP addresses as "freely available" for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for Late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by Late 2012.

Services such as anoNet, and other private Enterprises that have been using 1.0.0.0 IP addresses, such as "1.2.3.4", for their private networks or intranet applications, are on the verge of impairing their activity to legitimate users of those IP addresses in the next few years.

So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"
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How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software."

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