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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation 157

Posted by samzenpus
from the paying-attention dept.
First time accepted submitter chentiangemalc writes While Australia is on "high alert" for terror threats a man walked past a Sydney Airport security screening while engrossed in his iPad and delayed flights for an hour. From the article: "This event was captured on CCTV and unnerved officials so much that they evacuated passengers. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, the man found himself (or, perhaps, didn't) going into the terminal through an exit passage that clearly was convenient for him, but less convenient for the hordes of passengers who not only had to be removed from Terminal 3, but also re-screened. A spokeswoman for Qantas told the Morning Herald: 'The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn't paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).'"

Comment: Sanitizing comments, trolls, first to market (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by whereiswaldo (#48014065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

How can a developer have a frank discussion about the product's limitations when in a public forum? My feeling is you'd end up having to sanitize comments for public consumption or be self-censoring your real, honest opinions.

What about the trolls who will say "hey this has been filed for X years and still nobody fucking fixes it!?? FAIL!!" Who needs that kind of drama in a bug db.

Yes, open source organizations keep their bug DB public but it is a necessity for them and a different dynamic. Also worth mentioning that security bugs are private even for open source.

How can you be first to market when all your new ideas are available to any competitor via the bug DB?

Comment: Re:Good point about gas. (Score 1) 259

by WindBourne (#48007341) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
I agree with much of what you say. Nat gas is CHEAP, and that is what made this happen. O had NOTHING to do with shutting down a SINGLE coal plant up to this point. Interestingly, W's regs on stopping mercury emissions by 2016, has accounted for shutting down more than 1/3 of these coal plants.
If EPS's new regs go in effect, then yes, more coal plants WILL close down, but more importantly, no more new coal plants will be built (that is NOT a bad thing).
I agree with you about nukes. Obama has it right when he says, that our energy policy needs to be ALL OF THE ABOVE. While I am opposed to burning coal directly, I think that we should fund coal=>methane, and sell it to our western allies.
Likewise, we need to help move our commercial vehicles to nat gas serial hybrids and passenger cars to electric.
And while I like wind, solar, etc. we need more sources. That needs to include Nukes.
Oddly, all of the far left screams about nukes and storage and yet, we have the ability to burn this up CHEAPLY AND SAFELY.

So frustrating that the far right and left are destroying America.

Comment: Re:is anyone really surprised here (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by danheskett (#48005941) Attached to: The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

"Throwing people in jail" also isn't a very good solution. The financial collapse was a result of mistakes, not crimes. We don't arrest people for making bad investments. Ironically, the biggest company betting against mortgage backed securities, was Goldman Sachs. Yet they have probably been demonized more than any other company. That makes no sense.

There were endless amounts of laws that broken all the time. Daily, in fact. We'll never even know about them because most were not investigated, and now we've just decided that jailing people isn't good policy. Throwing people in jail and taking all their stuff is the way to fix white-collar crime.

Banning revolving door employment deals isn't a good solution either. The government already has enough trouble attracting good people. If you want people that know how the system works, you need to hire people that have worked in the system. After their stint in government is over, those people expect to continue in their profession.

This is very easy to solve with good policy:

1. After leaving government employment, your private sector salary above your top government salary is taxed a 100% the first year, declining by 10% each year thereafter.

2. Pay after bonuses for regulated industries is tied to the pay of the regulators. Pay and bonuses and equity in excess of the government regulator salary is taxes at a rate of 90%.

As a matter of fact, this will solve just about 99% of all problems in the financial services industry, because it will remove the absurd profit motive that drives bankers to take massively inappropriate risks. We'll end up with a nice, respectable, small, non-dynamic, stable financial services industries, doing things like encouraging savings, and lending out money that is accumulated through savings at a reasonable rate of interest.

Comment: Re:And thus the balance shifts. (Score 1) 353

by danheskett (#48005155) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Not to my knowledge. The problem comes down to two things:

a. No one has standing. If the person is blown to smithereens, there is no standing. You can't get a write of habeus corpus, as there is no person left to produce.

b. Actions that have been filed get killed by the States Secrete privilege, the government can produce no evidence, can make no response because doing so would reveal state secrets.

It's a perfect kangaroo court. Kill someone, can't face accountability because doing so would expose how you killed them.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson