I thought several banks were already working with or experimenting with Ripple.
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They could also have taken the route of putting a fraud alert on people's credit reports which wouldn't even bother those trying to get credit as a stop gap measure while they were busy screwing the pooch between when they discovered the breach and now.
I'll be sending the bill for my freezes at the other companies to equifax as well as a bill for the time it took for me to do it since it was considerable as the web sites and automated phone systems of both transunion and equifax fell over multiple times for me. Fortunately experian worked on the first go. I'm thinking somewhere in the $75-$100/hr range is a reasonable rate and if they don't pay I'll be happy to take them to small claims court.
I recommend everyone else hit by the breach do the same as it will be fun to watch equifax implode responding to 143 million small claims cases worth about $250 a pop. A rough calc shows that to be about three times their market cap of ~$11.2B
Re: CIO & CSO Steps down
How many people are in jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with their academic degrees, yet still manage to do a perfectly good job?
Probably plenty but if it's the case where she had a dozen years of experience in the field then why has nearly every trace of her experience been wiped from the internet? Appearances matter and it looks more like a coverup. It only raises suspicions that the job was filled by "who you know" rather than "what you know" and if it comes time to sit and answer questions in front of congress how do you think it will play out? I'm not saying she wasn't qualified but it's pretty clear that the ball got dropped on her watch and everything that's being done only makes it look worse.
Well the CIO and the Chief Security Officer both just retired. My question is why did they hire someone with a degree in music composition for the position of Chief Security Officer? That's not to say the CSO wasn't qualified but I'm not sure where security and music intersect especially when it comes to throwing nearly half the population of the US to the wolves with their lax patching practices.
I already put a security freeze on both my and the wife's credit at experian, transunion, and innovis. I couldn't do equifax because shockingly the website refuses to place one but I'm sure it will allow me to sign up for the $19.95/month lock option and the phone system is so overloaded I can't get through even to the "All of our representative is busy" spiel. Seriously, it's been a long time since I heard a busy signal. They do have the option of putting on a freeze by mail but they want a copy of some form of government ID and I definitely don't want them to give them any additional information.
I will be sending them the bill for the credit freezes at the other agencies however.
Re: Probable cause
I always wonder why when they reveal that it's a retriever, shepherd, malinois, or other general purpose breed which is what I'd expect for dogs on patrol. Given these are dedicated sniffer dogs, why aren't they scent hounds like beagles, foxhounds, bloodhounds, etc.?
Re: I wonder who the real oppressor is here...
Yep. It's hunting for an enemy because there is the possibility that people may start to get wise to "the war on [non-entity]" that results in unending warlike behavior. It's one of the main reasons I have a love/hate relationship with Rand Paul. Sometimes he's just a bit too far out there like it should be the state's right to decide on whether marriage is strictly hetero or allows homo which is total bullshit because the state has no business getting involved in the relationships between consenting adults. Other times it seems like he is the only member of congress who has any lucid thoughts at all.
Re: @Eddy Ito
Ah, I see. These nouveau teche must be a lot like my long departed gran; she was always forgetting to shut off the hob after pulling the kettle too.
Re: @Eddy Ito
Sure if I forget to check traffic before I leave the office it takes 10 seconds and doesn't deplete the battery appreciably and it isn't often that I need directions. Not really given every computer has a player of some sort as does the car. Once at a home improvement store I looked up which aisle an item I was looking for was in but not the price as I looked that up before I left the house it didn't tax the battery to the point where I had to recharge it that evening. No I'm not at all concerned about the sports team from my geographical area humiliating the sports team from your geographical area. The weather forecast in SoCal, it's the same as yesterday, the day before, etc. A what's it now group?
I get that there are some professions where it would be seriously draining on a battery. I'm sure several of the sales reps I deal with fairly regularly are constantly either on the phone or using maps or shuffling files on their phone because they have a mobile lifestyle and they seem to have a new phone every year which I don't doubt is in part because the battery issue. I don't take issue with any of that but I do find the charge of "fucking neo-luddite" to be a bit arseholier than thou.
Re: My Battery lasts all day...
Fucking neo-luddites. Why wouldn't I use the computer in my pocket as a pocket computer?
Dear child, some of us have real jobs and that often entails working with a real computer with a 20+ inch display or sometimes multiple 20+ inch displays. As a result we "fucking neo-luddites" as you so childishly call us don't see the need to play pocket pool with our pocket computer that is ill equipped for most computing tasks. Some of us also have a more-or-less regular phone sitting on the desk which further reduces our dependence on said pocket rocket toy with a lousy keyboard.
Personally, I don't feel the need to spend every waking moment glued to a tiny screen so I am not texting or surfing or twattering when I drive a car and instead I drive the car. When I get home there is a computer that is much better equipped than my phone within 30 feet so I prefer to use it. The only time I would use the phone as a computer is when there isn't another computer about but that usually implies that I'm neither at home nor at work which means that more likely than not I'm out with friends doing something social be it eating, talking, or enjoying another activity like a show or exhibit and in that instance I don't feel the need to interrupt the occasion by checking some damn twaddle feed. As a result I still have about 80% of the charge left in my phone from when I unplugged it yesterday morning a bit before 5 AM. We each live different lives so by all means utilize your pocket player as you see fit but perhaps before you start hurling invectives consider taking a step the fuck back and realize that it's actually called a phone and when used as such the battery can last much more than a day.
Now I'm confused. I thought we were talking to consumer deliveries like pizza not deliveries to distribution outlets. In any case alcohol and tobacco require age verification and I don't see a drone doing that although I suppose you could let it scan your ID card. Not that it ever stopped straw purchases of booze and cigs.
I guess the pressing question is does an Uber/Lyft qualify as a commercial vehicle and what about the Domino's delivery guy who supplied most of the folks on campus back in the day?
Re: Interesting principles behind this
The farm analogy is misplaced. Sharks don't farm they hunt so it's closer to shooting Bambi in a meadow than taking a cow from a farm. Hiring a butcher to cut it up is entirely optional so no middleman necessary. Of course I don't think sharks actually hunt humans it's a more opportunistic behavior than specifically trying to track down the ungainly poor swimming stick figure that likely doesn't taste very good to a shark seeing as we lack the blubber of a seal. Of course we could equally be a delicacy or acquired taste.
That said, I don't see how a shark would even entertain the notion of a farm or even a meadow as it is quite impossible for it to visit one let alone comprehend any similarity or equivalence to their environment. To a shark the entire land masses are likely likely little more than holes in the ocean where it's really hard to breathe and best ignored other than those tasty morsels that sometimes wander about on the fringe. That isn't to say sharks are stupid; indeed they are very smart at figuring out how to do what they want to do and very clearly learn new techniques but I don't see why they would devote any brain power to wondering what the world is like outside their own universe when the task of surviving the day is potentially so daunting.
Re: During the meanwhile ...
It would be best if PETA were found to be a vexatious litigant and we could end this nonsense universally.
The neural net won't work because it will take at least six years of continuous and repeated "none of the above" responses before there is even a reasonable chance for a half decent candidate because the people best suited to the job aren't power hungry megalomaniacs and don't want it.
Then again, if government can't screw everything up for six years that may be the best option.
Re: of course there's a point in turning up...
At $1,000, I think you mean "to get screwed." It's not quite the same thing.
Re: As has been said often before
No, jail isn't at all appropriate. Garnishing their personal income and assets to cover the costs of the 130+ million impacted people will incur would be a good start. I'm sure we can find an old Ford Pinto for them to drive to work once the Jaguar has been sold.
In terms of modern personal transport, you have to consider that EVs are in their infancy.
Are they? EVs used to be the preferred method of transportation before internal combustion engines became reasonably stable when they competed with external combustion engined vehicles like the Stanley Steamer. There was no clear winner back then but IC engines won the day with help in part from electric motors which made them easier to start. Today we've largely segregated different power production forms to a particular usage based on ease of use. Perhaps that time is changing for some uses but it remains a stretch particularly for the high power, long endurance, and mobile segments of industry.
Ok, now I feel like I need to know. Let's say they can get the unicorn to only 1,000 kg. That means a hover requires 9,800 N of thrust. They claim 36 fans so 272 N each. Each fan has a diameter of 0.20 m and let's assume the center hub/motor is 0.07 m. That gives a fan swept area of .028 m2 and let's say the duct exhaust is 90% of the fan swept area giving .025 m2. Given an air density of 1.225 kg/m3 we can get the needed flow velocity. v = sqrt(272 / [1.225 * .025]) = 94.2 m/s; that's quite the unicorn fart. Now it's a simple matter of multiplying the need thrust by the flow velocity to get needed power. P = 9,800 N * 94.2 m/s = 923.576 kW = 1,240 hp. At this point I would like to point out that the above is the result of assuming that the fan and motors are operating at a unicorn friendly 100% efficiency and even with a 400 V battery pack like used in a Tesla it's pulling about 2,300 amps. With more realistic efficiencies of 78% for the fan and 90% for the motor it's about 1.2 MW and 3,300 A coming from the batteries or about 92 A per motor.
They could up the fan diameter to 1 meter each and that would reduce the power requirement to a mere 236 kW but then it gets rather large as at best you're looking at a 6 m by 6 m platform and a small helicopter has a rotor diameter of only 8 m so not saving much there.
Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder
The increase in drag on the 'leading' or advancing wing is due to an increase of its effective span (which increases the presented cross-sectional area, not the surface area) but this effective increase in span (and decrease in sweep) results in differential lift, which in turn results in a roll. Because the wing produces more lift than drag, which is pretty crucial if you actually want to fly, a passive solution isn't really viable - the rolling factor will be greater than the retarding factor and you'll soon be inverted.
There are several tricks that can mitigate this to a large degree. Some include adding twist, a variable airfoil shape, or bending the tips down that get dirty faster than the increase in lift. It is particularly troublesome on the flying wing type of craft since even a standard vertical stabilizer doesn't have much of a moment arm to create a restoring torque and the same goes for pitch control as flying wings have no horizontal stabilizers either. Note that I said it was possible, not simple and that likely explains why there are so few surviving attempts at some flavor of stabilizer-less aircraft dating back before computerized flight controls.
Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"
From the video it looks like 36 fans and each fan looks to be about 20 cm in diameter. Breaking out the back of an envelope, lets assume they can somehow achieve a differential pressure of 2.4 kPa, which is pretty good for such a small fan in a short duct, that gives us about 2.9 kN of lift. Now consider that a typical fan three times the diameter will do half that pressure at about 7.5 kW and 36 of those would run 270 kW and you're only half way there. If I had to guess the demonstrator isn't likely to exceed about 16 stone.
Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder
Aircraft lacking vertical stabilizers aren't new and there are several ways to achieve this either actively or passively. Certainly differential thrust is active as would differential braking where the elevator and/or aileron splits (see deceleron) to add drag on the side that begins to advance. Finally, if the wing sweep is sufficient it might be done passively such that as the aircraft yaws the leading wing presents greater surface area and more drag providing a restoring torque in the same way the wings dihedral results in a differential lift when the plane begins to roll.
Given the look of Lilium's aircraft it's a good bet that nearly everything is done actively and why not given the power of modern computing. I recall reading recently that there is a good chance that there will be few if any future military aircraft designed with vertical stabilizers because they represent a substantial design challenge when desiring a stealthy aircraft.
Re: Taken to its logical conclusion
And that's just it. Kaspersky has offered the US gov't the source code so it's not like there could be anything hiding. No, Shaheen is just kettle clanging for the media because she feels Hassan has been too uppity lately and stealing all the limelight by hanging out with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Re: I wonder ........
The question is whether that fear is justified. In some places it absolutely is as gangs like MS-13 who are thriving with the war on drugs and power drunk police who do what they feel like terrorize the population. At least folk have a slim chance if they shoot back at the gangs that are on the "wrong" side of the thin blue line.
Re: It should be illegal.
This is California, all it takes is a little money and a good ad campaign, which could simply be the name of the proposition, and folks will vote yes to anything. I can easily see the spin being something like 'Prop 1984 a.k.a. Amber's Cameras' which would simply say 'help us stop child abduction! Amber alerts are good but we need to the ability to track child abductors and stop human trafficking. Vote Yes on Prop 1984 and save our children from a lifetime as a sex slave in North Korea!'
Seriously, I'm willing to wager real money that gets copied nearly verbatim on at least one California ballot in the next few years.
Re: This is what happens when all the leaders are engineers
From the cartoon mockup it looks like there are only six rows of seats in those pods so even at four rows it's 24 people per pod. That's an expensive trip and you'd need lots of pods to make it mass transit and I don't see it ever being able to handle even a tiny fraction of the new year holiday traffic. I'd think engineers and scientists could figure out those pods likely aren't feasible since there is little else to it other than a few rows of seats and it will certainly need some mechanicals on board such as HVAC which will require some sort of thermal store and longer trips will need some sort of air treatment or CO2 scrubber. Maybe even pump the cabin pressure down to save on O2.
Overall it looks more like a bunch of marketing folk got together to make a sales pitch video for non-engineers.
Re: Remember when...
So you're saying the neo-nazis need to fight, as in non-peaceful, for their 1st Amendment rights?
The thing is that it's more than a left-right split. There's also a forward (latitudinarian) and backward (authoritarian) split as well. One can be either left or right without being backward and you'll get backward authoritarians on both sides as well whether they're backward-right like the neo-nazis or backward-left like the antifa folks. There is also a strong sense of tribalism in the backward mindset and typically there is little concern beyond "the tribe" which is why they have no real response to issues that don't involve good tribe - bad tribe or the response is to simply blame the bad tribe for whatever is wrong.
I fear it is getting worse as the two main political US parties are doing little more than fanning the flames of this tribalism with their hyperbolic rhetoric. Then again maybe I shouldn't be surprised since both parties are largely dominated by authoritarians as latitudinarians usually aren't interested in being in control.
Re: Remember when...
Seriously? Your equating a small group of whinging whitey whack job wankers demonstrating their inferiority complex with WW2 and the holocaust is rather insulting to any and all survivors as well as those survivors' descendants.
At least you've got Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot to prove your point.
My problem is with the "destroy property" first bit since it would imply that it would be able to differentiate between a person pushing a shopping cart and another pushing a baby carriage/pram. Does it take out the leading "property" in an effort to save the obvious person in each case? What about instances like cos-play where someone may be dressed as a horse; does it save superman and hit the "horse"?
If an accident is unavoidable...
Sorry, this is one that irks me a bit so pardon the tangent. I question whether the vast majority of "accidents" are actually accidents. Certainly when the miscellaneous deer, turkey, etc. darts out in front of your car it is an accident but in general when another human is involved it is far more likely that one party is being negligent. It could be the prat who is over tired and falls asleep at the wheel, is too busy playing pokemon on their phone to look up, or is otherwise simply being a dumbass whether inside the car or not. I'll even allow that since we expect some humans to be dumbasses such as the small child who rashly chases a ball into the street because they don't know better and so would fall into the deer category because they're aren't yet fully aware of concepts like responsibility and negligence although perhaps a case could be made against their parents.
A crash resulting from mechanical failure could be an accident if the failure is of the type that isn't foreseen such as an unnoticed defect in a control arm allows it to separate and the wheel falls off, a highly unlikely event. Mechanical failure would be negligence if it was a wear item that wasn't replaced in a timely manner such as the brake pad that's been screaming for several months and has now ejected the cylinder from the caliper resulting in a total loss in hydraulic pressure in the circuit; something I've actually seen when I worked at a service station1 in my youth.
Essentially if we can eliminate the negligence parts we could greatly reduce the number of crashes and we'd be left with the very small number of true accidents that need to be addressed. Unfortunately autonomous vehicles can't do anything about the haphazard dolt who is engrossed with their current texting session and either driving a current vehicle or even walking.
1. For the younger folks, a service station is where someone would rush out to your car when you pulled up to the fuel pump and they put fuel in your car, washed the windows, and checked the oil. The were also capable of performing other repair services on automobiles ranging from anything as simple as a tire repair or changing the oil to rebuilding a transmission. Most of them now only sell soda, chips, coffee, etc. as well as leave you to filling your car yourself unless you find yourself in New Jersey where, if you're lucky, the "attendant" might remember to reinstall the filler cap.
But if the prices don't come down you'll still have a very large number of people sticking with the platter spinners and a whole stack of SSD/NAND piling up. One thing folks like investors don't like seeing on balance sheets is a large quantity of inventory that only grows over time.
It's a bit like the oil market has been for a few years. Some clever guys figured out an easier way to get oil out of the ground while prices were high so they did and at a very high rate to the point where it was becoming difficult to find places to store it all. Remember in 2014 started with a barrel price over $100 and it was about $50 at the end of 2014 and that's where it still sits even with a real cartel doing their best to keep prices up.
In short, I don't see the SSD players being able to sit on a large inventory like DeBeers can with diamonds because they'll be paying real money to have the manufacturing capacity and accumulating inventory doesn't pay the bills as long as there's a ready alternative in HDD. Diamonds come pretty cheap at the wages paid in underdeveloped countries and diamonds also have the advantage of being a Veblen good. DeBeers spends lots of marketing dollars to make sure you believe diamonds are rare and precious stones and that ones dug up are somehow better than the ones you grow in the garage.
Having driven in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, and a few other places in east asia all I can say is that you really have to know your shit because it's a completely different style of driving than we are used to in the west. It isn't that they are bad it's that the cultural expectation for driving is different. Hell when I first came to SoCal from the east coast I was shocked at how bad the driving was but now I know it's just a different set of cultural norms where sweeping across five lanes of traffic and motorcycles whitelining at 95 mph because 70-75 isn't fast enough is more or less normal. The one consistent thing between the east and west coast is that directional are optional although they tend to be more of a last second warning on the west coast when they're used.
It was due to delays in rolling out the surveillance portion as they extended it much further than they had originally intended. This is just an attempt to move on so that they'll finally be able to tick off that box that says "
real time broadband monitoring of everyone all the time". Unfortunately it may allow them to continue the build out of the thoughtcrime units.
Re: Crush depth optimism?
Precisely. There's a reason why crush depth isn't operational depth. Consider a tube 2 meters in diameter with a 25 mm wall, a back of the envelope calculation at 50 atmospheres pressure, which is approximately 500 m depth, only produces stress of 180 MPa which is only about 70%-80% yield for mild steel and your high strength steels can potentially be 3 times stronger if not more. If you could make a perfect vessel it shouldn't have many issues. The problems are going to be in the slight defects introduced in welding and other things like seals for the hatches, shafts, and other miscellaneous but necessary holes which tend to make very nice stress risers.
What do you mean we can't bring our cat? What are we going to do for videos to send back to earth?
Re: Double standards
Sorry, I'll include a #sarcasm hashtag next time.
Re: Double standards
It's simple, permits and licenses promote law and order! Or they're used to bully kids and as politically connected protectionism that protects the guild more than it does the consumer. Seriously, in many professions you aren't even allowed to work for just anybody by law but I don't want to get started on the whole ITAR and EAR intact male Bos taurus excreta.
Kieren, here's a 6th person to add to the dreadful people list.
Admittedly I can't decide if it's real or a parody of Trump as a leftist bro.
Re: Telegraph Pole?
Electric pole, telephone pole, cable pole, utility pole? What difference does it make? I don't think anyone thought it was necessarily near the rail line. Given how many folks are cutting the landline phone and cable TV cords we'll be left with power and data pole until enough folk go solar when it becomes just a data pole, at least until it turns into an antenna or is replaced with underground fiber.
Re: A safe way to do that? Can do.
It's largely worked at JFK for keeping the gulls under control so I imagine drones wouldn't be too different.
I don't see what the problem is. If you don't want BBQ sauce, don't put it on the pulled pork. I prefer the Cuban mojo style myself.
Oh wait, do they automatically bathe it in sauce before handing it to you? Ah, I'll bet it's greatly overcooked, drier than granny's 1 hour per pound roast turkey, and they're trying to cover that up. Seems the UK still hasn't figured out how to break out of that old bland and boring cooking and even messes up the imports. It's a shame really.
No, I think he's saying that Google's left bias is showing and that anything going against the grain would be a reason to dismiss someone. It's a bit like grade school where kids get suspended for chewing wrong, wrong hair cut, being bullied, taking a picture, wrong clothes, snacking, etc. In short the lesson is conform or get out.
Re: Open discussion, oops, oppression
They aren't bound by the First Amendment but they are bound by the National Labor Relations Act. According to Reuters he had filed a NLRB complaint alleging Google tried to "shame him into silence" and it looks like it he is now going to use that as the basis for a suit claiming that his termination was retaliation for filing the complaint. I don't know how well it will fly but it will require more popcorn.
Re: Who's to say we will have to wait until 2020?
Interesting indeed as it seems that desperation has driven the blue team to saw off a rather primary plank from their platform in an effort to get into the good graces of the bible belt. Of course that just evens the field a bit since even true blue Massachusetts has a governor from the red team.
To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine
Re: I could careless
... takes that abomination and gift wraps it in an atrocity.
Perhaps AC was being a little careless and couldn't care less whether others care about less cared for writing.