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Comment: Re:Somewhere in the middle... (Score 1) 339

by Smallpond (#49524455) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

You whine about shills and them spew the talking points from the anti-vaxers. Seriously? Regarding point 1. You do realize causation does not imply causation, right? The most likely and confirmed cause is later age of parents, which has also risen. The fact that parents are older when they have kids than in the 80s has nothing to do with vaccines.

I'm pretty sure that causation does imply causation.

Comment: Re:Conditional recording (Score 2) 447

by Smallpond (#49364931) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Perhaps they could video the cockpit (and the fuselage for that matter) and destroy the footage once the plane has safely landed. There could be streaming capability to the ground and if the feed is accessed, the pilots and crew receive a notification. Any unauthorized breach would be detected immediately. In the case of Germanwings, ground control would have been able to see what's going on once they detected the loss of altitude. It stifles me that in 2015, a young troubled copilot can end 150 lives in a way that can easily be prevented with simple technology.

How is it any different than a ferry captain or a bus driver? There are many more fatal accidents from both of those occupations and neither has much of any monitoring.

Comment: Re:a reversal to the open cockpit doors of the pas (Score 1) 447

by Smallpond (#49364925) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

would probably help more. exactly how many plane hijackings have been prevented by locked doors in the last 14 years ? that's the problem with security theatre - there's no stepping back until it takes a violent end (e.g. totalitarian society).

One Jet Blue flight was protected by locking the pilot out after he went crazy.

Comment: Re:How it's done: Link to article. (Score 2) 324

by Smallpond (#49158309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

That's a great article. So to answer the question in the summary, the way to verify your firmware is:

        Buy an identical replacement drive
        Use the vendor tool to install the same firmware version
        Use the tool described in the article to read the firmware from each drive over JTAG
        Compare the two copies to see if the suspect drive has been modified.

Comment: I've got one (Score 1) 129

by Smallpond (#49011777) Attached to: Replacing the Turing Test

A test of intelligence should be dealing with unforeseen input. The problem with chatbots is that they are just giving pre-planned responses. How about trying to land a rocket on the moon while being bombarded with spurious input from a radar device that was accidentally left on? Given the computers in use by NASA in 1969 that's pretty intelligent behavior.

Another would be landing a rocket on a small floating platform. We'll see how that plays out tonight.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.