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Comment: This must be a test of humanity by alien intellect (Score 1) 382

by Ghosthorseman (#47776481) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
@RailGunner has a good list. I might replace Final Fantasy 9 with Final Fantasy 3 or 5, but the Zeldas, Metroid, and Castlevanias that he mentions are strong choices.

And I'll agree with others that Mario Kart is a good choice. I was always partial to the older Battle Mode part of the game. I think that will serve you well in your interstellar travels.

Let me add Pikmin3 to round out the list. It's beautiful and intelligent and endlessly playable. I'm sure your machines can design algorithms to solve some of the levels, but the zen of it is to play until the ancient parts of your brain kick in and guide you to the right solution.

I hope humanity passes the test. But if not, could you take me to live in the intergalactic zoo?

+ - TSA Gender Bias in Millimeter Wave Scanner 1

Submitted by Ghosthorseman
Ghosthorseman (2708223) writes "Today, my wife took United flight 304 from DFW in Dallas to IAD in Virginia. She elected not to use the millimeter wave scanner, and instead to be patted down. This is something I tend to do, and being male, I've never had to wait for an agent to arrive. But my wife was told that there were no women available to pat her down, and that she would have to wait.

She was moved a little to the side, and told to wait in traffic as folks passed. It was an uncomfortable position to be in, and after 15 minutes, no agent had yet arrived. So ultimately my wife felt compelled to go through the wave scanner to get out of everyone's way, and to get to her flight on time.

I'm furious. It's not because the wave scanner presents some sort of terrible danger. But if you're presented with a choice, it should be an honest choice. Waiting an inordinate amount of time, in people's way, with the clock ticking on your departure, is not a fair alternative. Maybe I drink the Kool-aid a little bit on this wave scanner. But making alternatives extremely inconvenient is a devious way of removing all choice.

Maybe more importantly, there apparently was a gender bias at play here. It's hard to believe that there was not a female security agent in all of DFW that could pat down my wife. But apparently a male pat down was available.

To make things worse, there was some kind of glitch in the machine and she had to go through it twice. My wife left teary eyed and scrambling to her flight. As a traveler myself, I'm frustrated that the pat-down option is, or can be made into, a false choice for flyers. As a husband, I'm upset that my wife was treated unfairly and embarrassed.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Can the TSA create alternatives that don't work and still say they give travelers a choice? What recourse do we have to change things?"

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