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Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 4, Insightful) 342

by FlyHelicopters (#49186997) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Bullshit. Watch Air Crash investigations, there are enough autopilot caused incidents to show why pilots are needed.

You might think that, but you'd be wrong...

Pilot error is the single largest cause of all aircraft crashes...

The reality is, if you simply accepted that every time the computer messed up, everyone would die, you would have FEWER deaths than you would with the current system.

Because no one wants to hear that and can't emotionally accept any deaths as "known", we have what we have.

Source? 15 years of aviation experience, thousands of hours of flight time in everything from helicopters to corporate jets, Certified Flight Instructor in both airplanes and helicopters. I know better than most people on Slashdot about this subject. Just because you watched something on The History Channel doesn't make you an expert.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 651

by FlyHelicopters (#49176113) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Yep, but my reply to you on Slashdot does nothing and changes nothing. It might as well not even exist.

I live in Texas, over the past 3 years, protesters have been holding a weekly rally in my town against Obama and various things from Obamacare and gun control. Groups of between 30 to 50 people get together on a bridge over the highway near my home and wave flags and hang signs.

It does nothing, there aren't nearly enough people there to make anyone care. If the media isn't showing up to record and broadcast it, then it might as well not be happening. I hope they have fun or maybe are hanging out with friends, because no one cares and it changes nothing.

Get a hundred thousand people together and maybe you'll have something. If the media decides to report it.

Comment: Re:Fair and impartial? (Score 1) 651

by FlyHelicopters (#49175893) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Can he get a fair trial anywhere in the US, given that the entire pool of jury candidates has heard about him and his alleged acts (remember - he's still innocent until proven guilty, much as many people find that concept hard to swallow).

And this is the problem with the Jury system... people like me never end up on Juries...

If Snowden was in front of me, I would vote not-guilty.

Why? Because his release of classified documents is nullified by the documents containing information about illegal acts by the US Government.

It is the right of a Jury to decide if the auctions SHOULD be illegal or not, it is the ultimate check and balance against the government.

Judges often try to tell Juries otherwise, but at the end of the day, the Jury can vote any way it wants.


Did he break the law? Yes, he did.

Is he guilty of a crime? No, he is not.

If you can follow that, then you get a cookie. :)

Comment: Re:Full blooded American here (Score 1) 651

by FlyHelicopters (#49175805) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

While I agree with you, I grew up "proud" of the USA, as I have grown older and (hopefully) wiser, I've come to learn that nations are just put together to give those in power a way to control those who are not.

Is the USA better than North Korea? Of course... but it isn't heaven, it is just a matter of degrees...

As long as I stay on the happy side of the government, they leave me alone. But I don't believe for a second I really have the right to protest things they don't want protested. Look what happened to OWS.

Comment: Re:Jail time (Score 1) 535

Yes, that's exactly that would happen if Anonymous Coward was appointed supreme emperor. Fortunately, the existing corrupt politicians are unlikely to give up their power that easily. AC would be floating in a river by sun up.

I suspect the sentiment was more frustration that politicians are almost never held accountable.

Best idea on term limits comes from a bumper sticker: "Two terms. One in Congress, the other in federal prison for what they did while in Congress."

Comment: It doesn't make any difference what we do... (Score 1) 340

by FlyHelicopters (#49157647) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

I've said it before, I'll say it again...

All this talk is just a bunch of hot air going back and fourth... unless you get the whole planet on board, nothing we do will make any difference...

Oil and coal are easy to move around, if we don't burn them, someone else will... the US could cut all emissions to nothing tomorrow, it would make no difference.

China, India, Russian, and Brazil will replace everything the US produces today within 20 years...

Unless we plan to go to war over this, we as a human race are going to burn all of it, that's all there is to it.

Everything else is just happy, happy talk.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides