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Comment: Re:The cost of anti-terrorism (Score 1) 737

by toddestan (#49358869) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

I don't understand how Helios Flight 522 could be related to anti-terrorism measures. The cause of the crash seems to be pretty clearly due to some horribly incompetent pilots who failed to check the state of the pressurization before takeoff, then completely failing to recognize the problem once they were in the air.

Comment: Re:This validates the US policy... (Score 1) 737

by toddestan (#49358779) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Another idea is that you make a regulation that always requires two people in the cockpit, and then redesign the system so that there are two switches that must be pressed simultaneously to lock the door that are positioned in such a way that one person can't physically trigger them both at the same time. This has its own flaws, most notably that if one person is left in the cockpit during a terrorist attack, they can't lock the door. But at the same time it would prevent a lone person from being able to barricade themselves in the cockpit and do as they please.

Comment: Re:Love how they avoid the things humans CAN NOT D (Score 1) 177

by Qzukk (#49348853) Attached to: German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

As soon as any autonomous car advocates start talking about 'what actually happens'

Why yes! Just the other day a baby stroller magically appeared 2 feet in front of me while I was doing 90mph on the local autobahn, forcing me to make a snap decision between creamed baby or ramming the President's car which was carrying a gaggle of pregnant neurosurgeons to a peace conference that just happened to be in the other 5 lanes of the freeway and the shoulders and the sidewalks and the ditches, all at the same time (except for the lane the baby stroller was in, of course).

    Fortunately being the superior human being that I am, I was not constrained by mere binary thinking and through a little ingenuity and physics, managed to lean my manly, manly physique across the vehicle just in time to ski past the baby and land safely on the other side. Not only that, but as it gracefully settled back onto four wheels, the breeze from the air displaced by my HMMWV (only the real ones are worthy of my leisure time) blew out a forest fire that was threatening to ignite a fireworks factory right next to a nuclear waste storage shed.

Let's see one of those auto-no-muss cars do that!

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