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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

yabos Re:Fuck the TSA (337 comments)

Actually you can't get signal up that high(~35,000 feet). Around here when I fly my plane you lose data service above 3000 feet or so and at 10,000' you have no signal whatsoever. Now I'm not sure what altitude these calls were supposedly made at but I have first hand knowledge of when my phone will and won't work.

about 10 months ago

Hacking Lightbulbs To Cause a Sustained Blackout

yabos Re:wireless basic needs (115 comments)

I can't wait till everyone's toilet starts tweeting every time they take a shit.

about a year ago

Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

yabos Re:Not sure this is good (153 comments)

Except when you're in a foreign country where having a functioning GPS map is very useful, you don't usually have a data connection since phones are often locked to your home carrier making data fees astronomical.

about a year ago

WWDC Sells Out In 2 Minutes; Ticket On eBay 45 Minutes Later

yabos Re:Entrance exam (162 comments)

Only the keynote on the first day is public information. The rest is NDA. Press shouldn't be buying a full conference ticket just for the keynote.

about a year ago

Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

yabos Re:Cost Per Lumen? BS! (308 comments)

Nice to see that we get ripped off in Canada on these bulbs too compared to the USA...
I bought 2 of the 60w equivalents and they look pretty good. I'm not a fan of the bluish ones, but the yellowish ones looks great. I like that they rate it to a comparable incandescent. Most LEDs seem to give you a lumens output value but for most people, that requires some research into what that is in equivalent incandescent bulb.

about a year ago

Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

yabos Re:multiply (308 comments)

Yes but only if the lightning bolt moves across the wire at a speed that the human eye/brain can detect.

about a year ago

Huge Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant

yabos Re:Ya, happens all too often (422 comments)

Yes, and then you have the idiots that move close to the airport or whatever and complain about the noise. Well don't bloody well move somewhere near an airport if you don't want to hear the jets!!!

about a year ago

Twitter Launches the World's Umpteenth Online Music Site

yabos Oh great... (45 comments)

It'll just be all justin dweeber crap.

It seems like they're just acting like an affiliate that recommends music based on tweets?

about a year ago

Open Source ARM Mali Driver Runs Q3A Faster Than the Proprietary Driver

yabos Re:Optimized Code (71 comments)

Quiet, you

about a year and a half ago

Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

yabos Re:Interesting (513 comments)

Then if they are really interested in you, they can get a warrant. Stand up for your rights.

about 2 years ago

iOS 6 Streaming Bug Sends Data Usage Skyrocketing

yabos Re:Bypassing wifi too (98 comments)

My GF's iPad keeps complaining that she's nearing here data usage cap(1GB). When you go to check the usage on the cellular provider's website(Bell Canada), she's well below the cap. Something is indeed a little buggy with iOS 6. Most of the usage is on WIFI also.

about 2 years ago

RIM Offering Free Voice Calling In Attempt to Remain Competitive

yabos Re:What RIM needs to do to remain competitive (134 comments)

I used to think it'd be a good idea if Apple integrated with BBM, assuming RIM would allow it. Now that they have iMessage, I don't think they care at all about BBM even if RIM offered to do all the work.

about 2 years ago

Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

yabos Re:LSD and Unix (878 comments)

Or meth and Windows 8?

about 2 years ago

Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

yabos You won't know what you're losing... (866 comments)

Until it's too late. I didn't plan on going to university after high school. I still took biology, chemistry, calculus, linear algebra, etc. in high school. A few years after graduating, I decided to go into software engineering at university, which requires a first year in general engineering consisting of most of the above topics except biology. Had I not taken those courses(which btw I was bad at chemistry in both HS and uni), I would have probably not been accepted into university without taking some other courses.

Just because you don't think you'll need a certain course in HS, doesn't mean you won't be glad you took it later in life.

about 2 years ago

Teardown Finds iPhone 5 Costs Apple About the Same As Did 4S

yabos Yeah like, (143 comments)

Bigger screen, faster CPU&GPU, more ram, new camera? Oh wait.. they did that.

about 2 years ago

RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

yabos Re:Canada will soon be on its own (241 comments)

No major ISP has IPv6 here. Teksavvy's is a beta still, you can request to join.

about 2 years ago

Cutting the Power Cable: How Advantageous Is Wireless Charging?

yabos Re:Interference with RFID (284 comments)

Luckily NDB is being phased out. The airport I live near has ILS at one end of 33/15, NDB at the other, and VOR for the 09/27 runway. NDB is not very accurate compared to the more modern VOR and ILS. There are some NDB only runways in the world but they are usually remote so perhaps the interference issue isn't a big deal.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

yabos Re:Hey buddy (347 comments)

I've thought about buying a used couch, but you never know what went on on the thing.

about 2 years ago

Makerplane Aims To Create the First Open Source Aircraft

yabos You don't know what you're talking about (100 comments)

1. Experimental aircraft can take passengers. After they are built they require a proving period where the builder flies it to prove it's safe. The airplane gets a certificate of airworthiness and is legal to carry passengers after the inspector looks over the plane and the pilot meets the minimum solo hours proving it's safe to carry passengers. Have you ever actually looked at any kit planes? Do you see any with more than one seat? I certainly do, including some of the most popular kit planes in the world, Van's Aircraft . A kit plane does NOT have to be a certified airplane to be able to take passengers. They operate under the Experimental Aircraft category in the US.

2. IFR has NOTHING to do with built up and urban areas. This may surprise you but the big jets you see landing at a major international airport are often operating in VFR. VFR is visual flight rules, it means the pilot is responsible for see and avoid, as well as being required to be able to see at least x miles, which is different between countries and jurisdictions. VFR pilots can operate in controlled airspace, except class A which is 18,000 and above.

3. Ultralights are not limited to under 100 feet. Do you realize how low that really is? Yes you can not usually fly them over congested areas, but congested does not mean IFR. Ultralights may fly in controlled airspace, both class B and C, with prior permission. Ultralights typically fly out of a farm field or grass strip and generally those are in uncontrolled airspace, class G. For the type of flying one usually does with an ultralight, this is generally fine since they go slow and have a small payload. They are really for recreation anyways. I don't know why you would think anyone would WANT to fly an ultralight in IFR conditions. First of all you need expensive instruments which won't likely even fit on the instrument panel in an ultralight. Second, IFR conditions are usually cloud, rain, snow, ice, etc. and ultralights are extremely light weight(duh) and a lot are open cockpit. So what's the issue here? Ultralights fit many people's needs for recreational flying and are quite cheap to build and operate.

4. Experimental aircraft are making great strides forward compared to the FAA certified aircraft such as Cessna, etc. The engines are using half the fuel(such as the Rotax) compared to the certified aircraft engines(Lycoming, Continental). The reliability is also on par with certified aircraft engines. The same thing is happening with avionics. Kit planes are often built with full glass panel cockpits and much cheaper cost than doing it with certified avionics. They are just as reliable as the certified avionics. Having everything require certification makes the price 2-4 times as much and slows down the progress. For commercial operations, I can see the need for certification, and the piece of mind it gives people. But the EAA has shown for non commercial and personal flight, the certification does not give you much if any benefit.

about 2 years ago

US Adoption of 10 Mbps+ Broadband Nearly Doubles In a Year

yabos Re:Pathetic (172 comments)

But in the USA you can't have socialist government owned fiber. People would revolt!

more than 2 years ago


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