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Comment: Re:Fuck flying (Score 1) 309

by stridebird (#49364759) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Would you let someone stick you in a tube of metal and then blast you into the air at 500+ mph?

Well, that's basically what flying is. If you're dumb enough to do that, you deserve to crash in a pile of smouldering flames.

That's not really what flying is at all. Sounds more like rocketry. Aircraft accelerate to 500+ mph in a really quite smooth and comfortable way, at least in commercial aviation. And as intelligence might well be defined by an ability to make good choices based on available information the fact that aviation is, currently, both safer than ever and really really safe means choosing to fly, on the basis of piles of "smouldering flames" is really not a dumb decision.

Comment: Re:Legal (Score 1) 171

by gtall (#49362623) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Hehehehe...and there are two congresscritters who want to do away with Wash. D.C. gun laws. There are only several killed every week using guns in D.C., of course they can always walk them over the border from Virginia which is awash in guns and dumbfucks toting them around to make their dicks look bigger. Wait until one of those congresscritter's loved ones get whacked, we'll see how enthusiastic those dimbulbs will be then.

Oh, and say away from Republican candidates for president, they are all packing guns for the cameras. Shouldn't be too long before one of them blows his foot off.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 365

by stridebird (#49359191) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

You are right, although it's a lot less likely then this current type of very nasty yet very passive crime. Your scenario requires the perp to commit another crime and it's a crime of a very different nature - visceral, physical and in this context likely very personal as the cockpit victim will also be a colleague.

However, with so many flights, pilots and aircrew operating in budget air space and pilots increasingly looking like interns paying for their own training, it's impossible to discount your scenario. Given time, it will happen, basically. If it can, it will.

All this of course takes place in a context of a massive reduction in risk to passengers in commercial flight. These events are, every time, examples of "availability bias" in human decision making.

The most intriguing part of this, for me, is to what extent this event will foster debate on fully autonomous computer flight systems and remote cockpits. I think we will soon see pilots at the front of the plane removed of final authority to command the aircraft controls. The fact that this is technologically available now, practically off the shelf in a hardware store, makes this, for me, an absolute certainty.

Comment: Re:Not The First (Score 1) 727

by gtall (#49346413) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Ackkkk! You don't know your theology, Allah is so other that he never communicates directly with man, he sends an angel. Even Muhammad was communicated to by an angel...oh piss, he was communicated to because the idiot part of his brain was speaking voices to the other idiot part of his brain and he took it to be Gabriel. Being someone afflicted with grandiosity (among his other mental ailments), he went on to conquer a good part of Saudi Arabia, blame the Jews for his problems, and declare himself Prophet Forever, i.e., there'll be no other such deluded soul to follow him...typical scam produced by a mental illness. Putin isn't quite as far gone but I deem he'll get there in the end...maybe that wax Lenin will start talking to him.

Comment: Re:Explain this to me. (Score 1) 148

by gtall (#49343261) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Yes, let's forget the Hezbollah in Lebanon who started the last Lebanon-Israeli war, the Shi'ite stooges of Iran in Iraq who are helping turn the country into a continuous civil war, the Houthis in Yemen who decided their neck of the woods wasn't enough that they needed to try to take all of Yemen which will probably spark the next Yemen civil war, the help the Iranians gave to al Qaeda when all those nice al Qaedians wanted was a safe place to hide after attacking the U.S., the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina, etc. The list of Iranian atrocities is very deep including their repression of minorities in Iran, the repression of gays in Iran, the repression of any serious opposition to the nutjob mullahs in Iran and using Hezbollah thugs to silence the opposition during previous elections, the periodic stealing people from other countries for stupid show trials in Iran, etc. And Iran attempting to build a atom bomb because they fear their dicks will be too small without one.

Yep, the Iranians are a bunch of fluffy bunnies. Hey, you aren't really Joe Biden, are you?

Comment: Re: Invisible hand (Score 4, Insightful) 536

Another problem are price controls.

Often the local franchise authority (set up by the city or state or county) sets prices for services.

If the price is set too low, then the cable company can't legally charge enough to pay for the infrastructure to reach certain customers, even if those customers are willing to pay more to get service.

Comment: Re:it always amazes me (Score 2) 339

by gtall (#49334401) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Turkey is Sunni and vies for influence in the region, Erdogan won't lose any sleep over the U.S. attacking Iran. He'll wax indignant because that's what he does best, but he'll be looking for geopolitical gain out the situation. He's a whore.

China isn't going to go to the mat for Iran either. And they certainly don't want the U.S. providing lethal arms to Taiwan. And there'll be no PLA in Iran either, with or without nukes. China will see what advantage it can make out of an attack, but putting their own people in to get clocked by the Americans isn't something they'd want; it would pop their little bubble of how effective their military is.

That said, the U.S. isn't going to attack Iran any time soon, they have nothing the U.S. wants. And the U.S. realizes attacking the nuke sites will only delay Iran and its love affair with nuclear weapons, not stop it...well, short of nuking Iran which won't happen because the U.S. has friends downwind. It would make the Saudis happy campers though.

My own opinion is that Iran will tiptoe up to a nuclear weapon so they can toss one together at a moment's notice...unless they think they can produce them without being noticed. They also realize Obama will be gone in two years, so the days of the Joe Biden Bunny World Foreign Policy are likely over. That won't stop Saudi Arabia from attempting to get nukes. Sooner or later, something will slip out and either a terrorist cell will get their hands on a nuke and let it off, or a crazy government will do it for them. The only question is where and how long we have until that happens. N. Korea is unstable or at least their leader is. And Iran's mullahs do not have a lock on their government, the right ideolog in Iran could easily think it a bright idea to send one Israel's way thinking that if Iran is the one to knock off Israel, all the Sunnis will switch to being Shi'ite and they'll be in Muslim shit-heaven.

Comment: Re:Google wants a monopoly... (Score 2) 133

by swillden (#49332903) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

Google is completely OK with sharing personal info with all governments

Not true, not in the slightest. Google has fought hard to minimize the information they have to give to governments, and to be as transparent as the law will allow about what they do give. Remember that Google created the transparency report, and was the company that managed to negotiate permission to share aggregated data about National Security Letters. Many other companies have followed suit, but Google led the way.

They have already been caught supplying users' data to the US government.

No, Google has been shown to comply with legal requirements, and to fight questionable requests in court. Snowden also revealed that the NSA was tapping Google's fiber. Google responded by encrypting the data on that fiber.

They make money on that as well because they charge the US government a fee for that service.

Cite? Since Google is a publicly-traded company, it should be easy to point to that line item in their SEC filings.

Stood up and achieved what? Get told by the Chinese government to STFU or GTFO?

No, told by the Chinese government to participate in government-mandated censorship or GFTO. Google participated for a while and then decided it wasn't what they ought to be doing, and so chose to GTFO of the biggest market on the planet (albeit one in which they had a small market share.

Comment: Re:Just put the date on the webpage (Score 1) 68

by stridebird (#49332827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?

This. They want a semantic web and so far we haven't even got a reliable DatePublished. Technical search is slowly going to shit at the moment on account of this issue. And each lost forum post by bewildered users unable to parse search results for relevance adds further to the problem. Google has date search filters - they should be much more prominent.

Comment: Re:Constitional Rights (Score 1) 339

You're joking but I feel that the 2nd Amended does guarantee the people the same weapons to which the government has access. Now of course we can't have John Q Public running around with a thermonuclear device so I believe the solution would be that the government can't have them either.

Comment: Re:Halliburton builds the robot factories (Score 1) 291

by SlayerofGods (#49329237) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk

Ahh but the displacement of work by AI is different then the displacement of humans by AI.
I would agree that if we create really good AI then there are going to be huge economic impacts.
But if you want to take it to the next step and then suppose we as a species are going to be replace by AI and that it is going to be our master or whatever. Then in order for that step you need not only really good AI but a way for AI to replace our bodies as well.
If that's the case then the AI would need to then design, one generalized or more likely 100s of specialized, machines and then field them in the millions.
I'm not saying it can't happen. It's just that A needs to come before B. And for however long it takes for AI to happen, you then need to take even more time on for the machines to come along after that.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein