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Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 176

by IamTheRealMike (#49186799) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

That article says the autopilot was disconnected and "[The investigation] will help us to understand whether there was a problem with the Airbus or in the training received by flight crew in manual aircraft handling at high altitude."

In other words they don't know what happened, but at the time of the near stall the plane was no longer under the control of the auto pilot. BTW if a plane suddenly finds itself overspeeding, climbing to lose speed is the right thing to do.

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 215

by sycodon (#49186287) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

So the EPA should be able to make rules and then say," Because...this". What is this? No one knows.

Making rules, regulations and public police is serious business and should be done open and above board.If you want to restrict or prohibit something, you should have real science, available science to back it up. All this garbage about privacy is just that. Scientific studies are done all the time protecting the patient's info and is perfectly acceptable science.

I think they don't want to be forced to show their work...just write down "the answer".

Comment: Re:Snowden threads: first few comments, same disin (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49186269) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

"Muddy the discussion"? You mean like having two opposing viewpoints represented? Having an actual discussion instead of choir practice? Well, that's the problem isn't it? Far too many people are here for choir practice instead of discussion, and a lot of that "music" is pretty crappy given the varous claims about geeks and "superior" intellects. Too few people post correct information about this and related topics.

And your crack about "same worn-out arguments" cuts both ways. Or at least you would realize it if you have any genuine insight. The right answer doesn't change just because you're tired of reading it.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49186183) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

A standing president tried to warn the American people about the Military Industrial Complex. What did that do? Not a damn thing. Should you be surprised? Not really. George Orwell warned you about all of this other shit over sixty years ago. No one listened. No one believed it could ever happen. And now it has happened. And there are no vehicles left for you to use to change or stop it.

Not many years before that warning the US devoted about 40% of GDP to defense spending. The long term trend of the percentage of GDP devoted to defense spending has been a long decline until today where only aroud 5% of GDP is spent on defense. That wouldn't happen if the "MIC" were all powerful as some people mistakenly claim.

There appears to be a gap between the facts of history and your theories.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49186137) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

If you're in their crosshairs, you'll get bagged, tagged and shipped off to Gitmo, which is what would have happened to Snowden if was caught before he fled.

There is essentially no chance of that happening. The only prisoners sent to Guantanamo were people known or believed to be members of al Qaida, or its affiliates. That doesn't describe Snowden. Or are you calling Snowden an al Qaida terrorist?

Snowden would end up in ordinary Federal court.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49186111) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

In a post above you made this claim:

What they ARE doing is building up a retroactive database of our information, so that its friends can comprehensively destroy us or our reputation at a moment's notice.

What you posted there doesn't seem to support that claim. Would you care to provide an actual example of that happening to an ordinary American (or Briton, or Canadian, or Australian, or New Zealander) with no involvement in terrorism or organized crime? Do you have in mind someone running or office, or what? There doesn't seem to be much to your claim.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49186059) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

The US is positioning US marines in Australia, fully armed and munitioned (so called firing range practice), as a measure against China .... Hmm, to me it sounds like more the number you would need to take over and occupy the Australian government parliament should they disobey.

You poor soul.

Australia counters Chinese threat
Ascendant China spurs increased military spending in Australia

There is a very large gap between your thinking and reality. Think of the Marines as a "trip wire" protecting Australia.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49185999) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

Have you failed to see how often a preferred ally of the US, suddenly becomes a distant ally, than a country of concern and finally a supporter of terrorism, as they refuse to obey US government dictates. Along with that goes regime change and bringing of US favoured 'er' democracy or autocracy or total chaos in order to remove actual democratic governments.

Most people fail to see that since it doesn't actually happen.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 1) 109

by cold fjord (#49185959) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

.... I do believe that they lose all reason when it comes to pleasing the US.

Rather like many do when discussing ..... hating the US?

Well, there is plenty of madness to go around, isn't there? I seem to recall a certain faction of the NZ political establishment thought cozying up to the People's Republic of China was a better "fit" for NZ than allying with the US. I wonder what the people in Hong Kong would think, or the Philippines? Of course, what could possibly go wrong? What madness.

Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 176

by IamTheRealMike (#49185845) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Do pilots still need licenses in the age of autopilot? Well yes because machines aren't infallible.

Not quite. It's "yes" because most people would be unable to get over their fear of flying in an entirely autonomous plane, not because we need heroic pilots to override the computer when things go wrong.

Consider that about half of all aviation accidents are traced to pilot error. The percentage of crashes caused by autopilot error is zero.

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