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Comment: Democracy in action (Score 5, Insightful) 68

by Dunbal (#49350681) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

That's the nice thing about lists. The government says you're on it, and that's that. No proof required. No means to defend yourself or prove your innocence. Nope, you're on the list, and now we're going to bully everyone and cut you out of all the conveniences of modern life. Those who don't co-operate, well, you wouldn't want to be "aiding a terrorist" now would you?

The "free" world has gone insane, and I despair when I see a whole new generation growing up that doesn't seem to have a problem at all with this modus operandi.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 736

by Dunbal (#49344617) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Or if that is not possible then there has to be a mechanism for the pilot outside the cockpit to enter irrespective of what the other pilot does.

Agreed. The problem is how do you prevent someone unauthorized from getting hold of this "foolproof" entry method into the cockpit by any number of means, including the low tech solution...

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Insightful) 736

by Dunbal (#49344573) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

No. You are trying to explain a mechanical failure of a door right at the moment when the aircraft suddenly starts descending into mountains all the while during which the copilot also does nothing to try to correct this unscheduled descent and also ignores air traffic control. Seriously if it has wings and floats on the water and looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Your version requires many, many things to go wrong at once. The simple answer is, of course, only one thing went wrong - the co-pilot locked the door and set the plane to descend. Occam's razor, and all that.

Adding fuel to this theory is that the co-pilot was detatched and monosyllabic when receiving the briefing about landing in Dusseldorf - he had already made up his mind that he wasn't going to reach Dusseldorf. If the pilot wasn't going to go to the bathroom he probably was planning on killing the pilot anyway.

Comment: Re:Yeah! (Score 1) 197

by Dunbal (#49344429) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis
You're thinking of a wave not a tsunami. Think about rapids in a river, and the standing waves you get over those rocks that are much higher than the surrounding water. A tsunami has a waveLENGTH of several km at least. That is a LOT of volume of water that is going to move up and over the wall.

Comment: Re:Will that be enough? (Score 1) 197

by Dunbal (#49343445) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis
No and no. This is a "feel good" project so that politicians can convince people they are doing something effective while not actually addressing the problem at all. In the meantime I'm sure that the politician's cousin/uncle/brother-in-law who surprisingly "won" the bid for construction is very happy. Politics as usual.

Comment: Re:End the Fed! (Score 3, Informative) 160

by Dunbal (#49330889) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes
Except a $20 suit in 1913 was probably tailor made for you out of very good fabric. The suit you are trying to compare it to nowadays is a cookie cutter piece of trash made with the cheapest fabrics somewhere in Bangladesh sold in some big box store. You are certainly not comparing it to a tailor made suit nowadays that would cost you easily in the thousand(s) of dollars range.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.