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Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47433029) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I don't dispute that and that's why a few evaluations were performed by the government. If they haven't shut them down or modified their duties it's because they are either in on it or it's actually working.

TSA claims that some terrorist were detained but cannot provide details due to national security (Sounds like dog poo to me but who knows).

If they are as ineffective as they appear who is protecting them and why?

Comment: Why was it logical before now? (Score 1) 468

Sound cards were popular for a few reasons:
1. Many motherboards back then didn't have sound
2. Those that did required more CPU processing time which resulted in lower gaming multimedia performance, instead let an better optimized chipset dot he work
3. MIDI files were popular for games and music and the better the sound card the better the pre-recorded instrument library to play the mid music
4. Early 2000 onboard sound is good enough for most users but for encoding / decoding you need more horse power which you could get from sound cards

Today there is still a need for sound boards but usually for specialized applications. Your day to day user or gamer gets all the features he needs a decent onboard sound implementation. Buy a cheap board and get a cheap sound chipset (in most cases)

 

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47426805) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I can predict an attack in 2015 and still not have a means to stop it. These procedures are the last line of defense.

Before 9/11 travelling by air was less complicated than now but if we left it like it was we would have probably dealt with more than one instance of 9/11. Everybody continues to travel so it can't be that bad. People are making it more than it really is. Lots more time goes into waiting for the damn plane to land. The 10 minutes you wait in line (make it 15 now) is nothing compared to the rest of you travel time. Boarding the plane takes 25 minutes depending on passenger capacity.

If you look at the whole process you quickly realize that this procedure increases you travel time by less than 2% on a 5 hour flight (since this only applies to international flights). Is 2% more time on you travel worth more than your life?

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47426723) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

How many terrorists have the TSA caught and prosecuted?

Just replying to your comment.

As for the citation:
I though it was 4 but it's actually 2 which resulted in more arrest earlier this year. I cannot find an article although I remember reading it on CBC.ca
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/r...

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47425463) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Actually. Many more than you think? Just in Canada recently a border crossing gone wrong for 4 alleged terrorist resulted in 40 arrests of a group planning acts of terrorism.

My neighbor works for the RCMP and is stationed at the local airport. He told me you would be surprised how many people are taken in due to terror related activities. He obviously cannot provide details but he assures me the services are there for a reason.

I have a question. What is the $$ value of a human life?

Even if this procedure adds 15 million $ to the annual cost of operation the value of the equipment alone is worth more. Add saving lives, emergency service cost and all the resources that go into finding the culprit and you are way ahead.

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47425393) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

And we had such luck with that on 911. Pro Active means putting procedures in place to avoid a problem before it happens. The borders is another good place to be pro-active.

The article here really miss lead people by not giving enough details. Read the other responses I've sent and you'll see why everybody is over reacting.

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47425363) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Again, same reply as the others. The article doesn't go into specifics BUT they will only ask you to turn it on if the Xray shows something that appears off and they can't make it out. Not every single device will be checked. This is typical over reaction from the readers due to lack of information in the original article.

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 683

by Ravaldy (#47425349) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Again, read further than the summary and actually read a little further than the original article that didn't have specifics. The article lacks tones of details. They will only require this if they feel the X-ray could not identify if a there was dangerous materials within it. I wrote another comment about this.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.

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