U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX
You might be talking about this copypasta:
Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren. Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. “Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check.” Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a read-out? Then I got it, ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: “Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground.”
And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done - in mere seconds we'll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now. I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn. Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet. Then, I heard it - the click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: “Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?” There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request. “Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground.”
I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice: “Ah, Center, much thanks, we're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money.” For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the Houston Center voice, when L.A. came back with, “Roger that Aspen. Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one.”
It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work. We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast. For just one day, it truly was fun being the fastest guys out there.
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Intel Releases $99 'MinnowBoard Max,' an Open-Source Single-Board Computer
Someone ought to post this announcement to slashdot. I wonder if it's something slashdot might cover. :-)
Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity
You know what would be cool? Some "facts" of your own you could share with us. How about +5,Interesting worth of facts? Would that be appropriate on a "news for nerds" site?
Even for those of use who are not fans of Jackson nor on his side on any issues, we might be more easily persuaded with actual citations than vague references to "facts".
Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers
For the record, I'm not american, so I can't vote but I imagine I might support just about any other candidate except her based solely on her position on NSA spying up to now.
You, however, haven't said anything except that you hate her. Your vitriol is rated at 5,Insightful. I see no justification for that except from people living inside the same media bubble as you. Maybe you could post something insightful or informative such as positions she's taken or legislation she's voted on.
How can I tell the difference between you and some right wing crazy that thinks that hurricanes are caused by gay marriage?
Forget it, just keep ranting about how stupid and how much of an asshole she is, that's good for karma.
Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan
One of my favourite things is being told what the Atkins diet is by people who haven't read the book but might have observed someone eating pork rinds for lunch who is "doing atkins."
In his book Atkins urges readers to eat their vegetables with a emphasis on leafy greens. If you don't know that then either read his book for yourself or go back to watching the big bang theory and leave me alone.
As to Atkins' death, LMGTFY: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=atkins+de...
Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware
Even though what this AC said isn't very helpful, it expresses frustration with what happened. I think it deserves a better response.
Lots of posts here say we should punish the malware author very severely. I say punish him like a small town vandal. Give him a talking to, maybe make him give up his earnings, tell his parents, and then leave him alone.
You're missing the actual criminals here:
1. The people who installed this malware.
2. The people who sold the credit card records.
These guys deserve the full brunt of the law for damages done.
But even those guys don't deserve the strongest of punishment. The harshest criminal proceedings should be meted out to the CIO and CEO of Target (and Needless Markup et al :-). They should be held criminally liable for not securing customer credit card information. Surely with the myriad of laws that congress has passed there has to be some law or statute around storage and transmission of financial records that would stick. Sadly I feel like I'm deluding myself with that hope.
I imagine even one single CIO going to jail or merely facing a judge during criminal proceedings would make a much bigger change in how financial information is treated by officers of companies in the US.
This situation avoidable. We have technology that mitigates these risks enormously. What keeps theft of credit card information from ending is that the people who make decisions don't need to care. Make that change and the network effects might do the rest.
Whatever Happened To Sanford "Spamford" Wallace?
Who is the slow learner here, him or the legal system that failed at prosecuting him? He recognised a (criminal) opportunity before everyone else and has the wits to stay out of jail. Crime doesn't pay unless you do it well.
Torvalds: Free OS X Is No Threat To Linux
Go ahead and hate on the mac and mac users all you want, just come out and say it. Justifying it is not necessary. It's easy to demonstrate what you say is not true. You don't need to pretend to be rational about it.
Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius
I don't accept your premise, but even if I did, your line of reasoning doesn't work. It sounds something like this:
"There are two explanations for our existence: 1) My ignorant portrayal of science I learned in church 2) God; you cannot show me that missing link, therefore god did it."
Charles Carreon Finally Surrenders To the Oatmeal
I imagine that you might get along with Otto as you're hostility to the facts seems to match Otto's. :-)
Pwnie Awards 2013 Winners: Barnaby Jack, Edward Snowden, Hakin9, Evad3rs
Is this not the conference where they held a bake off to see which browsers and platforms withstood hacking attempts? I can't find any updates on their site about that.
New Study Fails To Show That Violent Video Games Diminish Prosocial Behavior
Watch a lot of fox news, do you?
Just because a couple of idiots in some school district did something dumb doesn't make it an epidemic. And just because the tv shows you watch hype the crap out of these stories all day long doesn't make it an epidemic either.
Don't believe the fear-mongering.
Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom
Stephen Colbert said it best: "Reality has a well known liberal bias."
You're implying that being educated makes one a liberal.
I'm sad that you got modded down, not because I agree with you, but because people need to see this. There is a segment of our population that hate educated people. I get skeptical comments when I point this out.
Maybe you're being sarcastic and it went over my head. Joke is on me?
Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
Don't forget the patchouli, man.
Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of RonPaul.com Domain From Fans
Libertarianism itself is hypocritical...
Shouldn't it be called "Republicanism" then? :-)
Seriously though, are you saying it is internally inconsistent as a philosophy? If so, I would find it hard to distinguish from Anarchism.
Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?
I'm replying just to undo my accidental moderation mouse click.
Fedora 19 Nixing MySQL in Favor of MariaDB
Have you heard of pgmodeler?
PostgreSQL Database Modeler, or simply, pgModeler is an open source tool for modeling databases that merges the classical concepts of entity-relationship diagrams with specific features that only PostgreSQL implements. The pgModeler translates the models created by the user to SQL code and apply them onto database clusters from version 8.0 to 9.1. **
Fedora 18 Released
I wish yum handled this better. I've been getting by with the yum-plugin-show-leaves, it at least tells which packages are new leaves when you uninstall something. Have you tried yum-plugin-remove-with-leaves ? Quote:
This extension removes unused dependencies which have been incorporated by an installation package that would otherwise not be removed. Helps maintain a system clean of libraries and unused packages.
Getting Better Transparency From Oil Refineries
I don't think you understand how it works down here. Down here people live their lives knowing that corporations have more rights than everyone else the same way that the aristocracy had rights that commoners and peasants did not have in olden times. Your Canadian values are not welcome down here. :-)
Apple Files Patent For "Active Stylus" For Use With Capacitive Touchscreens
Hey! No one cares!
We're here to hate on apple. Keep your history and information to yourself. Unless you can use it to make us hate on apple some more.
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