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Comment: Re:Kidnapping. (Score 2) 175

by Nidi62 (#47407129) Attached to: US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Not exactly new, or even news. The (US) Marines' Hymn opens with the lines:

From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli...

Referring, IIRC, in the case of the shores of Tripoli, to where the Barbary Pirates took refuge while raiding shipping in the Mediterranean.

The US Marine Corp went in to Tripoli to root out the pirates. That was in 1812.

The Marine Corps (it has an "s" in it-it isn't a business) isn't exactly known for arresting people. And in 1812 they were nothing more than naval infantry, which is why they went to the Barbary Coast. They were protecting American- and other states'- shipping. You know, kind of like what the US, France, Great Britain, and even Russia are doing right now off the Somali coast. The assertion you are trying to make is a very tenuous one.

Comment: Re:Submarines have been doing just fine for year (Score 1) 463

Why do they need windows in the first place? I mean subs don't have any and they do just fine without them. There's arguably less things to hit flying than there are in a sub as well. OK there is the small matter of subs cruising at 32 MPH ( ~31 knots) and a plane cruising at 750 MPH (0.75 Mach) but really a pilot should be able to compensate for that...right?

Sure, in the open sea subs use instruments. Even the periscopes these days are simply cameras. But in harbors or waterways subs move on the surface with conning tower manned. And all they have to deal with are a few larger ships and a couple more smaller harbor craft. Now, take a plane's equivalent: ramp areas or taxiways. They have to deal with houndreds of ground service equipment, aircraft service equipment, cars, and trucks. Not to mention thousands of people. As someone who has worked on a ramp around wide-body aricraft, I'm not going anywhere near a plane where I cannot see the pilot.

Comment: What about on the ground? (Score 4, Interesting) 463

As someone who has worked on the ramp of a major international airport, I have concerns about how this would affect ground operations. On the ramp there is a lot of visual communication between the pilots and the gate crews and others on the ramp. Major airports have bag tugs, cars, aircraft service trucks, buses, and even commercial delivery trucks driving around on the ramp, and where the vehicle traffic intersects taxiways, being able to actually see the pilot in the cockpit is very useful so that you know that they can see you. It is not uncommon for a pilot to wave traffic across to indicate they are not ready to taxi yet (usually this is signaled by the lights on the front landing ger being on, but to due a bright day or a bad angle they can often be hard to see). While there are plenty of aids for flying that reduce the need for a pilot to have visibility, when they are on the ground operating alongside hundreds of vehicles and thousands of people, sight and visual communication play very important roles.

Comment: Re:Would be different (Score 0) 185

by Nidi62 (#47377371) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

After 9/11 we actually got pretty good at keeping terrorists from getting to the United States, so I don't think attacks like these are a particularly likely occurrence. First you've got to get enough committed people here to carry out the attacks, which means you have to find people that aren't already on the radar of American intelligence, then get them through the Visa process. Once they're here you've got to obtain all the weaponry you'll need, because you're sure as hell not bringing it here in your checked baggage, so now you've got to deal with the American criminal element (not exactly the most trustworthy lot) to get your hands on a cache of firearms and explosives, all while remaining off the radar of law enforcement. It's really not as easy as it sounds when you open those technothrillers....

Remember how they got over in the book: our southern border is very porous. And once inside the country guns are very easy to get, and even semi-automatic rifles purchased legally can be dangerous in the wrong hands. All you need is one convert or supporter here to buy the guns at a gun show, gun stores, or even privately over the internet.

Comment: Re:Would be different (Score 1) 185

by Nidi62 (#47377119) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

I bet you if he wrote about child pornography or terrorism it would be a different story.

Tom Clancy penned a novel in 1994 that ended with a 767 being flown into the United States Capitol. Seven years before 9/11. Nobody put him in jail, before or after.

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

Comment: Re:The obvious question: (Score 2) 236

by Nidi62 (#47350995) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Similar attitudes? I dunno, Tesla seems to be building luxury EVs and google want's to turn your car into a self driving spam box since you can focus your attention on ads during your commute time.

That's probably going to be fine for mass marketed cheap crap, but probably not if you are trying to sell 80k+ luxury cars.

The Ford Model T cost $850 in 1909. The average hourly wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour. That is a luxury price for a car. 5 years later as demand rose and production capacity expanded the price cut in half. The successor to the Model T was the Model A which, almost 20 years later, cost $500. Building luxury cars gets you a brand name, it brings in capital, and it lets you develop and expand production capacity. As your costs go down you can lower prices and expand into more economically priced models.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.