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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

sabri Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

People who live in the same area.

Well, I'd like to see the innocent ones evacuated. No need for more people who have nothing to do with the conflict to die. But those pro-Russian separatists and every single civilian supporter (how can you still support them after this?) can get a nice one way trip to hell as far as I am concerned. I'm sure the folks in western Ukraine agree with me. Seal off that self-imposed border, get your own people out and nuke the damned place. Let's spend our vacation money elsewhere then Crimea.

about a week ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

sabri Re:Did he just notice that? (528 comments)

Heck, even the concept of health "insurance" as we have it today seems broken - does my car insurance pay for tune-ups? I'd like nothing more than being able to buy catastrophic care insurance (what was once called "major medical") like I buy car insurance (including the government-mandated high-risk pool so that no one gets priced out - we made that work for car insurance after all), and let all the day-to-day medical stuff be a cash transaction no different from an oil change.

Well, I did just that. I have an individual health insurance package with a very high family deductible. After meeting the family deductible: no copay, no coinsurance, no thing. Insurer pays all.

By doing it like this, I'm using insurance as it is meant to be: I pay the small stuff myself, but should I get into an accident or get very sick, I'm covered.

about a week ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

sabri Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

my friends and family in Eastern Ukraine

Your friends and family shot a plane with my friends out of the sky and then looted their belongings and passports.

So Fuck you, Fuck Ukraine, Fuck the Russians.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

sabri Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Russian separatists give themselves a huge black eye.

Not just the Russian separatists. The same goes for the irresponsible idiot who allowed these terrorists access to surface-to-air missiles, as well as the idiot in the Kremlin, who approves these activities.

In my book, everyone in that region is considered an idiot. Just nuke the damned area and get it over with.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

sabri Re:So (310 comments)

Cars on the ground can, with little exception, stop any time they feel like giving up the chase and turning themselves in to the officers. Aircraft have no such ability, and if you were being actively closely pursued by another aircraft it could even prove fatal to try and land. That doesn't even take into account the risks involved to the people on the ground below, who the police in this case endangered by engaging in pursuit -- the correct action would be to have the ATC track the belligerent until it landed, and arrest the pilots there. Following it at high speed, closely, it precisely what FAA regulations were intended to prevent.

I could not agree more. One addition:

In the air, pilots have the authority to deviate from every rule in the book, if they deem it necessary for the safety of the flight. This is even stressed out by the FAA themselves in every WINGS seminar on this topic I've attended. Roughly the same authority goes to Air Traffic Control when a pilot declares an emergency.

Yes, my non-pilot friends, you read that correct. If a pilot declares an emergency, he is the ultimate authority in the sky over what he does, with ATC being his best wingman with broad authority to divert anyone else. That includes everyone with a badge as well.

Obviously, with authority comes responsibility. Once the flight has ended, the pilot must usually attend a hearing where he (or she) must explain their actions and may even lose their license on it. Every pilot is expected to show good airmenship, and the helicopter pilot pursuing a drone may have been making some judgements that are open for discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

sabri Re:So (310 comments)

Since I'm here, I'll point out that cops do the same thing on the ground.

But they are not. And while they are police officers, they generally have no authority in the air. What flies in the air is all subject to the FAA and a regular officer (even those flying a police helicopter to assist ground units) are limited to FAA rules and regulations.

Unlike ground vehicles, a police helicopter will not be exempt from FAA flight rules and regulations. If the pilot is flying VFR, he is to maintain VFR separation from other flying objects, whether they are in the air lawful or not. The reasoning behind this is obviously that if he fails to do so and somehow crashes into it, his badge will not protect anyone on the ground from getting hurt from the crashing helicopter or whatever object he flies into.

Furthermore, his badge will give him police authority, but the FAA can simply revoke his pilot's license and ground him.

about three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

sabri Re:Perhaps stupid question (310 comments)

Please educate.

They were under ATC. ATC can track objects in the air, even if they're not using a transponder. Using primary radar, ATC will be able to provide traffic advisories. Police helicopters usually fly under "flight following", meaning they would like to be informed of other traffic.

about three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

sabri Re:So (310 comments)

How is it reckless endangerment when the police were supposed to be in the area and did their job by investigating something suspicious?

Basic VFR separation guidelines still apply, even to a police helicopter.

about three weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

sabri Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

People are not disappearing in the UK

David Kelly..

Campaign leader Dr Stephen Frost said: "The continuing cover-up of the truth of what happened is a national disgrace and should be of concern to all British citizens."

about three weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

sabri Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

in any way incriminating yourself?

This. Exactly this. When any law enforcement agency suspect that I am guilty of a crime, I have the right to remain silent. With these "tiny little" exceptions, governments are getting onto a slippery slope. Right now it's just passwords. The next step will be the location of harddrives with evidence. Then it will be "tell us where the body is so we can convict you, if you don't tell us you'll go to jail anyway".

In my opinion, the right to remain silent is absolute. No matter how you look at it, this man is being jailed for remaining silent in a criminal investigation. And that, my friend, are Soviet practices.

Not being able to prosecute certain crimes for lack of evidence is the cost that a society pays for having a level playing field and a fair trial.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

sabri Re:Ooh, ooh, I have a bogus theory (144 comments)

I have an even better theory.

It's the Goa'uld, trying to destroy earth by slowly warming it up so we all cook to death.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

sabri Re:Power? We dont need no stink'n power! (468 comments)

Considering modern planes are fly-by-wire, can you even land without power? (wondering, don't know myself)

Short answer: yes.

Most passenger aircraft that require electronics to fly are outfitted with a so-called RAT: Ram Air Turbine. In case of a catastrophic engine failure (or fuel burnout), the RAT will be deployed and provide power for critical systems. The RAT is a small device that looks like a propeller and is usually mounted underneath the aircraft. The forward momentum of the plane will provide sufficient wind to generate power.

There is good episode of Air Crash Investigation on this as well.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

sabri Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

A take-over is easier than a reapplication for a new visa, if the current visa limit is exhausted (which it constantly is), so unless this happens at the start of a year, and you have all the ducks in a row before tendering notice, you are likely going home as soon as you give notice to the current visa sponsor.

H1-B Portability takes care of that, this process is cap-exempt.

A take-over is allowed, but voluntary on the part of the original sponsor, who may be, er, a "little spiteful"...

The original sponsor does not have to cooperate. You may be mistaken with an older practice where I-140 sponsors would withdraw the petition when a worker left, and the process had to start all over again.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

sabri Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

H1-Bs in America currently have two options: 1) Remain at current sponsoring employer or 2) go home, because quitting means immediate revocation of their visa.

2B: Hop to an employer that is willing to sponsor a change in their H1-B.

From Wikipedia:

Despite a limit on length of stay, no requirement exists that the individual remain for any period in the job the visa was originally issued for. This is known as H-1B portability or transfer, provided the new employer sponsors another H-1B visa

From the employees perspective, there is one problem with this: once an employer has started the permanent residency (greencard) process, it is a bad idea to move because you'll be starting all over again.

about three weeks ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

sabri Re:How are they going to get proof? (65 comments)

If the ECJ rules something, the EU Member State must abide by that ruling, even if a more local court has already ruled differently? If so, then the ECJ is a superior court. If there is no court above which can be petitioned to hear the matter, they they are the supreme court.

I totally follow your line of thinking, I just slightly disagree. The EU is a not a country. It is a group of countries which have a bunch of treaties together, making them close friends. The ECJ hears and rules on disagreements between countries.

The ECHR only rules based on the ECHR, and can only marginally touch the "local" member states' parliaments decisions (local laws) and practices.

The SCOTUS is the highest legal authority for a federation. If you'd like a EU comparison: Germany is a federation. The SCOTUS makes decisions based on the US constitution, not on a bunch of treaties between member states.

Now of course, you can go back and say "that's not what I intended to say", but in that case I'd like to refer you to the original message I was responding to which said:

the EU supreme court

and my simple response was "there is no such thing as the EU supreme court". And I'll happily stand by that. No single court has been appointed the Supreme Court of the European Union, with jurisdiction of every legal matter in the EU. SCOTUS does have jurisdiction over pretty much every legal matter in the US. And that is what I pointed out.

about three weeks ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

sabri Re:How are they going to get proof? (65 comments)

*cough* The European Court of Justice has ultimate jurisdiction if plaintiffs can show that GCHQ violated any EU ordinance.

Did you even read the page you're quoting? The ECJ is not a Supreme Court, as national cases cannot be appealed to the ECJ. Even if you were confused with the ECHR, you're still mistaken. The ECHR only takes on cases involving human rights (i.e., no patent cases) and is limited to the interpretation of European Convention on Human Rights. Furthermore, the SCOTUS (with limited exceptions) only handles appeals cases.

The Supreme Court has a much broader horizon when it comes to legal issues, most notably they can declare a national law to be unconstitutional. There is no European Constitution and even if there were, the ECHR has no jurisdiction in that area at this moment.

So no, the ECJ or ECHR are NOT an equivalent of the United States Supreme Court.

about a month ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

sabri Re:How are they going to get proof? (65 comments)

And even if they do, the ISPs can go to the EU supreme court.

There is no EU supreme court, Johan.

about a month ago
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Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

sabri Re:The US government (104 comments)

Prohibited areas are few and far between, and don't include power plants as you suggest

Well, if you would actually take the time to look at the sectional chart, you'd see what I mean. It clearly says "plant" and pilots are requested> not to overfly it at a low altitude.

The guy who was arrested a couple of years ago should not have let his case get dismissed on the condition that he would not sue the local Buford T. Justice. If it was me, I'd challenge them in court. They had no business talking that glider down or arresting the pilot.

about a month ago

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No shortage in tech workers, advocacy groups say

sabri sabri writes  |  about three weeks ago

sabri (584428) writes "To have a labor shortage or not to have, that's the question. According to the San Jose Mercury News:

Last month, three tech advocacy groups launched a labor boycott against Infosys, IBM and the global staffing and consulting company ManpowerGroup, citing a "pattern of excluding U.S. workers from job openings on U.S soil."

They say Manpower, for example, last year posted U.S. job openings in India but not in the United States."
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City of San Jose wants to snoop private CCTV camera's

sabri sabri writes  |  about 6 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "The City of San Jose, self-proclaimed capitol of Silicon Valley, wants to snoop into the security camera's of private citizens, in an effort to combat the rising crime figures of the city. The councilman proposing the ordinance says " The new database "is something that costs very little but could have a big impact in making San Jose safer."". Full article available on the website of the San Jose Mercury News website."
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Woman facing $3500 fine for posting online review

sabri sabri writes  |  about 8 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "Jen Palmer tried to order something from kleargear.com, some sort of cheap Thinkgeek clone. The merchandise never arrived and she wrote a review on ripoffreport.com. Now, kleargear.com is reporting her to credit agencies and sending collectors to collect $3500 as part of a clause which did not exist at the alleged time of purchase.

Now I'm wondering whether or not the terms and conditions even apply, since the sales transaction was never completed."
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Second SFO disaster avoided seconds before crash

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year ago

sabri (584428) writes "On July 25th, flight EVA28, a Boeing 777 flying from Taiwan to SFO, was on the final approach for runway 28L when they were alerted by ATC that they were only at 600ft above the ground at less than 4NM from the threshold. SFO's tower directed the flight crew to climb immediately and declare missed approach.

Assuming they were flying at 140 knots (typical approach speed of a 777), they were less than 2 minutes from the runway and at a 3 degree angle (approx 500ft/min descent), about a minute from impact. This is the same type of aircraft and runway used by the crashed Asiana flight. Similar weather conditions and awfully similar flight path. Is there a structural problem with computer-aided pilot's ability to fly visual approaches?"
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USCIS receives 50,000 packages of H-1B petitions on first day

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year ago

sabri (584428) writes "The USCIS has received 50,000 applications for new H-1B visas on the 1st day of the H-1B season for FY2014. It is expected that this years season will not last longer than the minimum of 5 days.

While the proponents and opponents of the H-1B visa program still disagree, one thing is sure: the increased H-1B visa demand is a sign that the economy is improving."
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Huawei got caught copying - again

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sabri (584428) writes "Huawei, the industry leader in copying other companies code and property, has done it again. This time they did not even bother removing their victim's contact information:

"Sabina Berloffa, vice president of marketing at Kapsch CarrierCom, made her views quite clear on her company's website — see Kapsch vs. Huawei: Find the differences — after Huawei issued promotional materials that not only resembled Kapsch's in practically every respect but which also included a hyperlink to Kapsch's contact details."

You'd think they would learn at some point..."

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Security expert: Huawei routers riddles with vulnerabilities

sabri sabri writes  |  about 2 years ago

sabri (584428) writes "Cnet reports in this article that German security expert Felix Lindner has unearthed several vulnerabilities in Huawei's carrier grade routers. These vulnerabilities could potentially enable attackers, or the Chinese government, to snoop on users' traffic and/or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. While these routers are mostly in use in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, they are increasingly being used in other parts of the world as well, because of their dirt-cheap pricing.

Disclaimer: I work for one of their competitors."

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"Cyber" criminals distribute infected USB sticks on parking lot

sabri sabri writes  |  about 2 years ago

sabri (584428) writes "The Dutch news-site Elsevier is reporting that cybercriminals attempted to steal data from a multinational by "losing" spyware infected USB sticks on the companies parking lot. Their attempt failed as one of the employees who found the stick dropped it off at the companies IT department, who then found the spyware and issued a warning.

So next time, don't expect to find someones dirty pictures on a USB stick you just found..."

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