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NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes

nettdata Re:Whats this?! (235 comments)

I'm also impressed that the investigation was done so fast and the apology given as quickly as it was.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

nettdata Last Modified Date (481 comments)

Is it a coincidence that the last modified date on the PDF is March 31?

You know... as in the day before April Fools?

If that were the case, I'd be even more scared... who would have thought the FBI had a sense of humour?

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

nettdata Re:No (327 comments)

The pressure drop is much, much more than 8.5 psi.

As I said in a previous post, the wind velocity over the opening lowers pressure much, much lower than they would normally be than if the aircraft wasn't moving and you just had the different pressures due to altitude.

Think of an aircraft with a door open, either a side door to release parachutists, or rear cargo door on a Herc. The pressure difference creates a relative vacuum from inside to outside, because of the wind speed caused by the forward flight. And that's at speeds that are easily 1/4 of the speed of a commercial airliner.

And the speeds of those airliners are closer to 400 knots, not 700mph, which is almost mach 1.

Mythbusters does get a fair bit of stuff wrong, you know.

And it wasn't Hollywood that put this into my head, it was my Air Force flight instructor.

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

nettdata Re:They must have overlooked this (327 comments)

Just to add to this, and to see the theory at work, you can do this simple exercise (like we did at flight school).

Open a can of some liquid. Coke, Pepsi, whatever.
Get a straw, and cut it so that the bottom end can be submerged a bit in the liquid, and the top end is about an inch over the opening in the can.
Blow across the top of the straw.
Liquid will come out, even though you're at the same altitude.

Same concept here, but with 400+ knot windspeed.

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

nettdata Re:They must have overlooked this (327 comments)

It's got more to do with the speed of the aircraft than it does the altitude.

The airspeed across the open/busted window creates a huge pressure differential, basically sucking the contents out of the space (in that instance, the cockpit).

If you've ever seen the small size of the window in question, and realize that the pilot was sucked halfway out of it, you might understand the level of force we're talking about here.

more than 3 years ago
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US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

nettdata Re:"face" prevents asking for real help (580 comments)

That's not the case at all. They're fighting like hell to run power to the cooling systems to bring them back online. The brief withdrawal of workers was due to a temporary spike in radiation.

And the US and other nations have sent people there, on site, to report on what is going on. No sats required. Hell, the US Military has helped put out some of the fires, so they are RIGHT THERE.

The Emperor went on TV to ask the world for help and patience while they work on the problem. China has been asked for help in supplying boron to help cool things down.

Go follow the BBC News coverage for some real information on what's going on, they seem to be doing quite well at providing it.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Stops Shipping Kernel Changes as Patches

nettdata Re:CentOS Impact? (184 comments)

The Oracle improvements, for the most part, are actually kernel level modules and services that provide the required functionality to facilitate their database clusters. They basically provide the inter-node communication and shared block access management services among other things.

I'm a long-time Oracle DBA, and could care less about this little war. I just know that it pays the bills.

more than 3 years ago
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Teenagers Jailed For Criminal Version of Facebook

nettdata Not quite... (122 comments)

They weren't jailed for a social website, they were jailed for stealing and selling credit card numbers for millions of dollars and had offshore bank accounts.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype For iPhone Now Makes Video Calls

nettdata Re:Betting pool (102 comments)

Dude.

Totally true.

Really.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

nettdata Re:This isn't censorship (764 comments)

Yeah... I don't think he knows that censorship doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

nettdata Re:This isn't censorship (764 comments)

No, I'm Canadian, hence the "here's my two cents worth, Canadian" signature.

And you're a fucking moron.

Wups.... that might not have been nice enough to convey the proper level of Canadian politeness.

My bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

nettdata This isn't censorship (764 comments)

This isn't censorship, it's a corporate policy decision. Big difference.

This is them determining what items they want in their catalogue.

They have no requirement to put everything that exists in there.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

nettdata Re:Take Note (394 comments)

You might want to buy better textbooks.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

nettdata Re:Take Note (394 comments)

This has nothing to do with terrorists winning, and everything to do with people who are friends and associates of those that are in power, taking advantage of a fictitious threat scenario, and cashing in on it. It's greed, plain and simple.

Idiots are getting more and more power granted to them, and making more and more cash in the process, all for dealing with this "threat" that they've manufactured. They will do anything and everything they can to perpetuate it, as long as they retain and grow that power base and make more and more money.

Security Theatre relies on keeping the public ignorant of what the real threats are, and of the proper ways to deal with them.

And the morons in charge are making laws to protect themselves and keep it all going.

The real terrorists are running the show.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

nettdata Re:Why would Verizon care? (481 comments)

Again... .cooperate with WHAT exactly?

These guys aren't doing anything wrong... they're just editing some pages. The Wiki admins SAY they're libelling people, etc., but since when is it Wikipedia's responsibility to handle that for those that have been wronged?

If they're claiming illegal activity, then follow legal means to take care of it. They can't just say "they're doing illegal shit so we should take some vigilante action to shut them down".

Again, I'm not agreeing with what these vandals are doing, but I'd never condone Wikipedia using their popularity to influence an ISP. That's just a bully trying to get their way. At that point they stop getting any and all support from me.

Wikipedia apparently has a system or process with a few holes in it, in that they are relying on people being good and doing the right thing. That is flawed. It's not up to Verizon to deal with it, it's up to them to adapt their process to handle it. Either that or wait until the vandals get bored and go away.

Mind you, a story on /. will probably not help it go away any time soon. If anything, you can expect to see a bunch of new "vandals" start fucking with them any time now.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

nettdata Re:Why would Verizon care? (481 comments)

As opposed to going to the local Starbucks and using their Internet. Or scarfing any other source of non-Verizon internet access.

I highly doubt that someone going to this much trouble to cause them problems is going to stop the first time he runs into a simple block like this.

I guess I should have reworded my response to "adapt their process to something that will effectively take care of the problem".

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

nettdata Why would Verizon care? (481 comments)

This seems silly to me... why would Verizon care?

If the vandals are doing something illegal, then go ahead and follow the legal procedures to get it stopped, which would probably include subpoenaing Verizon for the identity of the vandals and going after them directly.

If it's not something that can be handled in the courts, (being a dick hasn't been made illegal, last time I checked) then Verizon may well open themselves up to a lawsuit for helping Wikipedia with this "wrongdoing".

If it's not illegal, then they'll probably have to adapt their process to take care of the problem.

And I'd be very interested to see how many good edits or entries were being made from that block of IP addresses. They may well be cutting off their leg to cure an ingrown toenail.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Demands Canada Rework Its Copyright, Patent Law

nettdata As a Canadian... (271 comments)

As a Canadian Citizen, I'd just like to say to the EU...

"Go fuck yourself."

That is all.

more than 4 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

nettdata Re:Section 502 (498 comments)

The man was the network administrator; he was authorized to make decisions about how the network is accessed, it goes along with the job. Who was he to get permission from, himself?

Oh please...

You have NO way of knowing that it was his decision. And it's a government... odds are that he was NOT allowed to make that decision.

I know that in my shop, the network admins do not have that kind of autonomy. They can make all the recommendations they want, but it's not their decision.

For all we know, he may have asked his superiors for permission and they failed to give it, and he went ahead and did it anyways.

more than 5 years ago

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