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Comment: Re:Pilots must remain in control (Score 1) 329

by Jeremi (#49355927) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Hm, maybe FOUR people in the cockpit. Plus an armed TSA agent. And an armed TSA agent agent. That'll do the trick.

I say we get rid of the cockpit entirely, and instead provide a set of virtual controls in every passenger seat's seatback touchscreen. That way the passengers can fly the plane democratically. It will only fly into a mountain if that's what a majority of the passengers want it to do.

(Now, where do I pick up my consulting fee? ;))

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 146

by Jeremi (#49344295) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Chernobyl had nothing whatsoever to do with maintenance. It happened as the direct consequence of an ill conceived experiment, which deliberately bypassed safety protocols

Granted, but the fact is that people occasionally do make dumb mistakes. The fact that a dumb mistake in a nuclear power plant can render an entire region uninhabitable is what makes nuclear power so risky, and hence uneconomical to insure. Most other forms of power plant might in the worst case be badly damaged, but they wouldn't also permanently remove the surrounding zip code from civilization.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 3, Interesting) 724

by Jeremi (#49344117) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

You already need a pass code but, apparently, also whoever is in the cockpit also has to authorize.

The above is incorrect -- the person in the cockpit doesn't have to authorize, he just has to not actively prevent re-entry. (The PIN system is designed so that if the person in the cockpit passes out, another flight crew member can get into the cockpit. A requirement that the person in the cockpit actively grant access to the cockpit would defeat the purpose)

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 724

by Jeremi (#49344021) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

what are we left with? keep the door open and we have murderous hijacking? keep the door locked and we have murderous pilots? yeah both are extremely rare outliers, but it's fucking scary either way

I imagine the eventual solution will be an airplane control system with software that does not allow the airplane to be deliberately crashed. (Of course then we'll have to worry about bugs in the software and/or evil programmers instead)

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by Jeremi (#49333051) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

As they get older girls are told that some jobs are not for them, that they should be working to get good husbands. TV says to look pretty. [...] So by the time it comes to pick out a career or major in college these days, the number of women choosing computing, mathematics, or engineering is small (and in my experience much smaller than it used to be).

Granting all of the above is true, it's still not clear what can be done when many/most women, whether for reasons inherent or socially acquired, are simply not much interested in programming as a career(*). You can't tell them "oh yes you are interested, you have to be, because women are under-represented in this field" without denying them the right to make their own decisions about what they want to do with their lives.

It seems to me that if you want to crack this nut, you'd have to teach better parenting skills and try to reach girls at the elementary school level. By the time the woman is a young adult, her preferences are likely already largely formed.

(*) in this case, "not much interested" can be defined as "not sufficiently interested to spend the thousands of solitary hours necessary to become really good at it"

Comment: Re:And one single USB-C port (Score 2) 204

by Jeremi (#49324023) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

So you can hook up to an external monitor OR charge your Iphone OR make a powerpoint presentation! In 2016, it will be even lighter when they reduce the number of letters in the alphabet for the keyboard.

Dunno if you were joking or not, but in case you weren't, note that the MacBook Pro has (by my count) 8 ports. It's the new MacBook (not Pro) that has only the single USB-C port.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

by Jeremi (#49304749) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

If we don't stop using fossil fuels at the rate we currently are, then CO2 will just keep building up in the air.

I'm curious... say we wanted to keep the level of CO2 in the atmosphere constant at its current level. What level of carbon emissions would we need to have? (Or, to put it another way, what is the natural "Carbon sink rate" of the Earth?)

Comment: Re:You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 166

by Jeremi (#49303905) Attached to: Internet of Things Endangered By Inaccurate Network Time, Says NIST

Do you really think the outsourced programmers developing Things for the 'Internet Of Things' will do anything but hack together the code in Java or Python on the cheapest OS they can find?

Some companies will do a half-assed job, and some will do a more thoughtful job. Then the market will decide whether or not it's willing to pay the extra money to have things done well. The outcome will depend a lot on what the particular Thing is used for, and what the costs of the occasional malfunction are vs the extra development costs of developing the software 100% correctly.

Comment: Re:Elon Musk just lost my respect (Score 1) 341

by Jeremi (#49297287) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

DISCLAIMER: I don't give a flying fuck if you agree with me or not, I don't give a flying fuck about your insults, and you're not changing my mind, EVER, either, so just don't bother commenting on the above at all, deal with it.

Your post sounds so much better when read in an Abe Simpson voice.

Comment: Re:Renting private chargers (Score 2) 341

by Jeremi (#49297049) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

They should let owners lend their private chargers for a fee, handled by Tesla. Something like Uber but for charging your car.

Well, there's PlugShare which pretty much does that, although I don't think people typically charge a fee; rather they do it pro bono on the assumption that when they need a recharge someone else will do the same for them.

Comment: Re:From another article... (Score 1) 341

by Jeremi (#49296931) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

How do you define test coverage for "traffic situations"? How would it at all be possible to make a "safe system" without even a concept of how to define or measure test coverage? How do you *prove* that the remainder of the situations pose an acceptable risk to the public?

I can predict how it will actually be done... release a product and see what happens. When something goes horribly wrong, wipe up all the blood, review the log files, figure out what went wrong, and issue a software patch. Repeat as necessary until bad things don't much happen anymore. It was good enough for Windows, and by God it will be good enough for Tesla. ;)

Comment: Re:From another article... (Score 1) 341

by Jeremi (#49296883) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

Why would I want to travel in a self-driving car that drives worse than I do?

So you can get yourself and your car home when you're drunk.

Seriously... if you want to manually drive your self-driving car, go right ahead. Even that weird Mercedes prototype thing still has a steering wheel and pedals so you can drive it manually if you want to.

The question is, do you want to have the option of not driving in situations where it would be inconvenient, tedious, or dangerous for you to drive? If so, you might find a self-driving car useful.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't that be sign? (Score 4, Informative) 93

by Jeremi (#49275809) Attached to: Ex-NSA Researcher Claims That DLL-Style Attacks Work Just Fine On OS X

don't the shared libs need to be signed.

I was under the impression that as of MacOS/X 10.9.x, all distributed shared libraries in your .app directory needed to be signed as well, or Gatekeeper would treat the app as if it was unsigned. (See the "Code Signing Changes in OS X Mavericks" subsection at this link)

Is the vulnerability described in the article applicable only to older versions of MacOS/X, or has the researcher found a way around that test?

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.