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New York governor to launch bill banning smartphones in schools
  • At that point, take your kids out of school if you're that worried about them being able to say goodbye.

    During the 99.99999999% of the time the school isn't being shot up, the goal is for the kids to learn. Even with as many school shootings as we have now, the odds of your kids being in one is still incredibly small. Way higher than it should be, but ensuring the kids are getting quality education is still the top priority on a day to day basis.

  • Apple is bringing RCS to the iPhone in iOS 18 | The new standard will replace SMS as the default communication protocol between Android and iOS devices
  • The exact quote was

    how about no hardware vendor is allowed to produce software that only runs on their hardware

    Why would this theoretical microwave vendor be making software for it in the first place to need to make it interoperate with other microwaves that inexplicably have software of their own?

  • United Airlines passengers to see targeted ads on seat-back screens
  • I expected them to have mechanics working on the planes that had proper training for them. This is based on what I was told by the gate attendants, which I'll admit may not have been accurate.

    That expectation is not levied at anyone in the local chain of command; it's directed at the decision making at he executive level that would lead to maintenance crews working on engines they weren't certified/trained on.

    Part of it I will admit comes down to my frustration with watching the engine become progressively dissembled while waiting for hours and watching the clock run out on my rental, but I never blamed the people there. I've worked IT for a long time and know first hand that the people talking to you are usually just doing the best they can and often following policy that they have no flexibility in. Even local management often has their hands tied.

    If I came across blaming the techs or the crew or management at the airport, which it sounds like I did at least to you, I'm sorry for that, it really wasn't ever my intention. At the point the plane needed something fixed, the situation was already way too far gone to salvage, and whether it was because it was more serious than it first appeared or there simply wasn't the right experience available, the damage was already done and nothing anyone there at that time would have salvaged it.

    Waiting on the replacement plane was frustrating, but logistics are logistics and you can't summon a plane or crew from thin air, crews can only fly so long without a break safely, and keeping additional extremely expensive planes sitting around gathering dust waiting to be needed at every airport just doesn't make sense.

    My expectation (which it sounds increasingly like to me was down to misunderstanding of what's involved, which you've been trying to tell me) was that airlines will have maintenance crews that know the planes they're working on. You're saying this was probably outside the scope of what's a typical maintenance crew is able to tackle in a short time, like a car mechanic checking a seemingly minor leak and ultimately finding out the engine needs to be rebuilt.

    But again, never did blame anyone but upper management, who were nowhere near anyone at that airport during that, and I hope that's now clear

  • United Airlines passengers to see targeted ads on seat-back screens
  • Yeah, no. I was very clear that I was not blaming the techs, but you go ahead, keep insisting on that.

    I do not blame line workers for failings of management, which is exactly what I said I thought this was.

    Maybe I am wrong here, wouldn't be the first time. If so, sorry for busting your chops like that. I've just seen too many businesses cutting corners and compromising safety to save a couple bucks, so maybe I'm overly jaded for this one. But the ire was NEVER directed at the techs.

    United is still garbage and was miserable every time I flew with them, so regardless of the truth behind that incident I still stand by my decision to never fly with them again, and if that hadn't happened on that trip, the rest of the trip was enough to make me want nothing to do with them again.

  • TP-Link Gaming Router Vulnerability Exposes Users to Remote Code Attacks
  • Do you have any recommendations for someone looking to do this? Guides you found useful, videos or YouTube channels, software packages, pitfalls to avoid? I've been thinking of doing something like this for years and lately feel like I need to to get a handle on what's really going on in my network