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Comment: Re: Interesting (Score 1) 290

by RockDoctor (#48672187) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Why on earth would you need to fly somewhere to apply a software update ???

Just as one hypothesis : air-gapped location. Materials go in (and the bill of lading etc are scanned with a bar code scanner), product goes out with a printed book of certification. Orders, plans and designs come in on hardware of considerable obscurity making it really difficult to get a virus into the system.

tldr version : Stuxnet ; NSA.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 337

by Half-pint HAL (#48671947) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Did you read my message? I was referring to something JJ Abrams has said about his use of lens flares and the reason for them. I didn't say he was the first. My point about Babylon 5 wasn't about the quality or means of creation of the lens flare effects, but their result in terms of the overall atmosphere and sense of illusion. If you're looking for an argument, argue what I wrote. Otherwise it's just boring.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 337

by Half-pint HAL (#48668607) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
You defeat your own argument by bringing up lens flare. JJ Abrams says it adds immediacy by implying that the cameraman was actually there, filming it, and didn't have enough time to set up the camera to avoid it. What Abrams misses is that making it self-consciously "filmed" reduces immediacy, because it means that the audience isn't there. In Babylon 5, the lens flare was mostly restricted to outer space, not inside the station, and the effect was doubly powerful. Lens flare in space said "you are not here", and the viewer was consequently deeper immersed in the illusion of being trapped in a tin can floating in space.

Comment: Re:In other news: (Score 1) 91

by RockDoctor (#48666373) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

And the only reason the risk is higher for longer flights is because, well, they're longer, so there's more time for something to possibly go wrong.

Every flight consists of at least three phases : take-off, cruise and landing. The large majority of airplane crashes occur in take-off and landing phases, and relatively small numbers in cruise (some while taxiing too, but they're mostly survivable - airframe damage only).

If you re-work the statistics in terms of take-off, cruise and landing, then the numerical advantage the long distance flights have in terms of deaths per passenger-kilometre decreases a lot, leaving flying rather more comparable to long-distance train travel. Both still considerably ahead of driving, even if you neglect all the starts and stops of most road journeys.

There's a reason that airlines indirectly quote the deaths per passenger-kilometre figure - it makes them look better. Deaths per passenger journey wouldn't be anything like so good. (still relatively good, but not as good.)

Comment: Re:OH NO. WE ARE ALL DOOMED! (Score 1) 91

by RockDoctor (#48666341) Attached to: Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Hint hint: guns go through the air all day long by accident.

[Citation needed].

To the best of my knowledge, there's never been a problem with carrying knives, clubs and all sorts of other weapons on a plane as long as they're in hold baggage. The only time it would be an issue would be if you carried the weapon in your carry-on baggage or your pocket. And I simply do not believe that happens by accident. Anyone in any of the parts of the world where I routinely travel (not America, granted, but that's not even 5% of the world), simply would not own a gun to travel with it, accidentally or not.

Are you seriously proposing that people accidentally leave a gun in their carry on baggage, coat pocket or wherever (0.01% of passengers, if not fewer) AND the X-Ray and metal detector systems also fail to pick it up (say 5%, for relatively large chunks of metal).

Frankly, I simply do not believe you.

Comment: Re:That seems strange (Score 1) 183

by RockDoctor (#48666241) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

I think there's probably a reasonable argument to be made that a move to a foreign location, even one nominally more "native" than a zoo, is a definite hardship on an animal who has become habituated to a specific environment.

Now, if the "zoo" in question is a 10x10 concrete room with bars, then maybe the quality of life in a larger and more natural (in the sense of less confinement and concrete) environment is worth a temporary disruption.

One of the specific points in the writ is that "Sandra" (yes, he is a she ; suggesting that some commentators above haven't RTFA) exhibits distress at being watched in it's cage by humans, and actively hides.

OTOH, that she does have materials with which to hide suggests that she's in something less brutal than a concrete box. which does not diminish her apparent suffering in the slightest.

To quote an old comic song on a related theme, "Design for Living" :
Mr Swann : "Our boudoir on the open plan has been a huge success."
Mr Flanders : "Now every where is so open, there's nowhere safe to dress."

He who has but four and spends five has no need for a wallet.