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Comment: Re:Truth be told... (Score 2) 148

by Smallpond (#49764273) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

These 'applicants' would probably never consider the path to jihad if they had a decent job and the ability to earn a living to raise a family

The unemployment rates are 27% with even higher rates for people in their twenties
The application takes advantage of their desires to have a 'real' job and twists it into continuing strife that does nothing to improve their economic conditions

The 9/11 hijackers included an architect, a law student and a school teacher. A significant number of suicide bombers have technical backgrounds, have families and have had a pretty good life. They have found solutions to the problems of jobs, food and home life and choose to focus on a perceived evil in the world that they don't think they can change in any other way.

Comment: Re:I guess that if a Mathematician... (Score 1) 176

by Smallpond (#49763793) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

When Barack Hussein Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing ... oh yeah, absolutely nothing, the entire credibility of all Nobel prizes took a swift kick in the gonads. Including those based on science and mathematics.

It was to make up for having awarded it to Henry Kissinger in 1973.

Comment: Re:Somewhere in the middle... (Score 1) 341

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.

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