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Comment: Re:Economy (Score 4, Interesting) 150

by 0123456 (#49362137) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Big retail chains are doomed. They can't compete on price with online stores, and they can't compete on service with local stores who don't have to send most of their profits to the stock market. This has little or nothing to do with Harper, unless you believe a more left-wing government would have nationalized Future Shop to keep it open.

Comment: Re:Monopoly (Score 1) 150

by 0123456 (#49362117) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

We had Future Shop and about four other chains and a ouple of local stores. Then we got Best Buy as well, selling the same things as Future Shop, at the same prices. Now we have Best Buy and about four other chains and a couple of local stores. Hardly a 'monopoly'.

I buy most of my electronics from Amazon or one of the local stores. Future Shop was usually more expensive, and the staff clueless. I never understood why Best Buy kept them around.

Comment: Re:Silly two person rule (Score 1) 364

by 0123456 (#49356621) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Two persons in the cockpit won't help a thing.

There's already been at least one case of a homicidal pilot being overpowered by the other people in the cockpit. if I remember correctly, some people on board died, but, if the pilot had been on his own in the cockpit, they'd probably all have died.

So... BZZT... wrong.

Comment: Re:Flight Attendants Can Fly Better Than Pilots (Score 1) 364

by 0123456 (#49356101) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

So, if a pilot decides to crash a plane into a mountain, do they think the flight attendant will be able to overpower the pilot and bring the plane back up to a safe cruising altititude on their own? Crashing a plane is a lot easier than flying one safely.

There's a thing called an autopilot. A few hours with MS Flight Sim would be enough to train them how to set a safe altitude and ensure it's turned on.

But that would only matter if the other pilot couldn't get into the cockpit.

Besides which, even someone who's willing to take a ten minute ride to certain death probably wouldn't do so if someone else is sitting there watching them. They could have crashed the plane into the ground during the takeoff or landing, with the captain right beside them, but waited for him to leave instead.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of one thing (Score 2) 727

by 0123456 (#49345911) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

We (almost) have self-driving cars. Aircraft generally self-drive themselves almost all time now. Why not have self-driving aircraft?

Because then everyone dies when the computer fails. Autopilots regularly fail and expect the pilot to take over; sometimes, like AF447, the pilot flies it into the sea, but most times they resolve the problem and continue.

This is particularly problematic when sensors fail, as they did in AF447, and the computer doesn't know what's going on any more.

Comment: Re:Our laws (Score 1) 129

by 0123456 (#49337691) Attached to: Do Robots Need Behavioral 'Laws' For Interacting With Other Robots?

It would be like the end of Logan's Run, or those bad SF movies of the 70s where you ask the computer to tell you the square root of minus one and it goes into a loop and explodes.

'Our laws' are illogical, contradictory, and impossible for a human to understand. A robot trying to follow them to the letter would be unable to do anything, if it ever reached the point of understanding them all.

Comment: Re:Chatting with passengers (Score 2) 224

by 0123456 (#49329113) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

However, the real difference is the Israelis actually have highly educated and trained people doing this checking and investigation.

I've obviously never run into those, then.

Back in the real world, a nutter who's expecting to be shagging his seventy-two virgins in two hours is unlikely to be nervous, whereas people faced with the thought of being dragged off for an interrogation if they look nervous.... probably will be.

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