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Comment: Re:Don't make it impossible, just make it hard (Score 1) 311

by OzPeter (#49355891) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

If a two-person rule is put into place, also put into place two switches further apart than arm's reach that have to be pressed in-sync or in very close succession.

So the pilot and co-pilot are in the cockpit and the door is locked. Then one of them has a heart attack and is incapacitated. Now no-one can get into the cockpit.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 5, Insightful) 721

by OzPeter (#49344243) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Regardless, was 16 schoolkids (amongst others) on that flight. You wanna hari kari? Go ahead, but keep it on your own dime.

Invoking "Think of the children" is just as bad here as anywhere else. None of the people on that plane deserved what happened to them*

  * with perhaps the exception of the co-pilot

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 2) 140

by OzPeter (#49339879) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Could someone fill me in on the economics of nuclear power generation? I'd like to know what the usual payback period for a plant is, and how much it costs to operate a plant over that period.

Well in terms of foreign aid and keeping a positive political presence in the area, the payback for Russia is priceless.

Comment: Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 4, Interesting) 264

by OzPeter (#49335053) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Yep, yep, sorry... Apple (as an organization) has consistently delivered hardware that we could count on, met or surpassed our needs (and alternative vendors)

Devils Advocate here, look what Apple did by gutting the hardware specs of the latest release of the Mac Mini. In addition they had slowly been morphing their hardware into something that is pure commodity - no user changeable RAM, Flash etc so you have to pay the full Apple price for those items when you buy the complete system, and you are limited by what they offer on the Apple store. As a result their hardware offerings are becoming less desirable every year to the point that I am considering that my next apple computer will be a hackintosh.

And I say that with 2 Apple computers, an iPad, an iPod touch and an iPod nano on my desk (and a Mac Mini in the other room)

Comment: Re:Good / Bad (Score 2) 316

by OzPeter (#49319375) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

In the U.S. the supreme court allows mandatory checkpoints only because they are pre-published where the driver has the ability to be informed and can take a different route.

There is also the fact that the US government defines the "border" as including 100 mile in from the physical border and can pretty well do what it likes in that zone. This "border" conveniently includes where the majority of the population lives. Are You Living in the Government's "Border" Zone?

Comment: Re:Good / Bad (Score 4, Insightful) 316

by OzPeter (#49319231) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

Unfortunately, Costa Rica still allows their police to search all cars at a checkpoint in the middle of the country so any feeling of freedom or closeness with nature is quickly soured.

Gee, that sounds familiar, sort of like what the US currently does with its border checkpoints that are in the interior of the country, and not on the border.

Comment: Re:Electric pumps for when it's not raining (Score 4, Informative) 316

by OzPeter (#49319171) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

Now, they only need to install electric pumps for when it's not raining, and they're 100% renewable forever!

The jokes on you as the US already does this. The Bath County Pumped Storage Station at a capacity of 3GW is the largest pumped storage station in the world.

Comment: Re:Not just Monsanto (Score 1) 179

by OzPeter (#49314411) Attached to: WHO Report Links Weed Killer Ingredient To Cancer Risk

this is more just for the workers, which to be fair, should be limiting their exposure to it in the first place. It's well known that it can cause health effects if mixed without any respirator coveralls etc..

I was at the dentist the other day, and the tech taking X-rays of my teeth was in the room while the x-rays were taken - and she said to her friend "If I wore a (dosimeter) badge, I'd probably get in trouble for what I do". So she knew the risks, yet still did the work in a manner that exposed her to x-rays. That was a great example of how you can't fix stupid.

  Now apply that to workers mixing chemicals who are probably far less educated in what the risks of what they are coin are.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll