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Comment: Re:Its the anti-gun agenda, seriously, read articl (Score 1) 252

by Splab (#46803487) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

No, it's not anti gun propaganda. I'm from a country where guns are banned and people are wholeheartedly against guns, but we aren't fucking stupid! We enjoy science and experiments like these are allowed; but under proper supervision.

This smells a lot like someone wanting an excuse for firing this particular teacher.

Comment: Re:Never! (Score 1) 323

by Splab (#46782137) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

It is sort of weird, not sure where old programmers go.

When we had our last round of hiring, oldest applicant was 38 (and got hired) - in my earlier jobs I can't recall anyone over the age of 50 applying; I guess programmers of the 80s and early 90s where so uncommon and all have matured to management - or given up on keeping up and found a new career?

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 2) 496

by Splab (#46647985) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

You obviously don't bike...

The mirror is important because that's when the car is interacting with your space - when both parties are going straight, you don't care about their brakes or speed; The time for danger (provided you as a bicyclist actually adhere to the law) is when a car is trying to do a right hand turn - this is when they enter your domain and this is when you are going to get killed (statistically speaking); this should never happen at high speed, nor with malfunctioning brakes (yay for mandatory two year inspections).

As a bicyclist you (should) pay very close attention to what's going on in the right turn lane, are they slowing down? Have they seen me? *CAN* they see me? And trust me, I assume that all drivers are idiots playing on their phone will trying to eat a sandwich - having a indication that the driver turning right is absolutely blind and oblivious to my presence just means I can react a second earlier.

(I treat vans and trucks like they have zero mirrors)

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 4, Interesting) 496

by Splab (#46646559) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

I live in Copenhagen and drive a bike, I think replacing sideview mirrors with cameras is a horrible idea. If someone is driving around with a broken mirror, I can tell from a long distance, and I will know to be careful around that driver - if he breaks his monitor or camera and don't get it replaced, I will have zero "heads up" about his lack of information.

Comment: Re:Physical access? (Score 1) 150

by Splab (#46574777) Attached to: Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Wrong century... ATMs of today are running on off the shelf hardware, with "special" (as in special needs) operating systems (Windows). They have exposed USB ports under the hood and to make it completely idiotic, the only thing locked behind high security is the money. The motherboard is quite often found just under the keypad, which can be accessed by standard keys.

See these guys (Unfortunately the actual hack is poorly recorded, but still quite interesting).

Comment: Re:This story is so strange (Score 1) 491

by Splab (#46565795) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Well the problem with that story is it ruins perfectly good conspiracy theories, an airplane going down due to a fire is horrible, but it just isn't sexy enough to keep us news zombies interested.

(Also, one thing I don't like about his deduction is how the airplane managed to stay airborne for 6 more hours; as he himself writes, a fire onboard an aircraft is a major problem, one does wonder how a fire managed to kill everyone on board but in the process also managed to put itself out before anything important for continued flight went dead).

Comment: Re:I'll make it easy (Score 1) 145

by Splab (#46505319) Attached to: US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

There was a plane some time back that dropped out of the sky, due to black market parts, since then it has been cleaned up quite a bit, but if you are a cheapo operator, picking something up in the far east, that happens to be the real thing for 1/10th of the price, might seem like a good deal.

Granted I personally doubt this is the goal of this disappearance, iff, and that is a big iff, the airplane was stolen, it is most likely because someone wants to do some terror, e.g. fill it with radioactive materials and stick it in a building somewhere.

Personally I believe it to be somewhat more mundane, electrical fire taking out systems ad-hoc, pilot tries to save his plane, gets his bearings wrong and plane ends up in the water somewhere unexpected.

Comment: Re:I'll make it easy (Score 1) 145

by Splab (#46499745) Attached to: US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

The big question is what was worth killing 238 people for (the airplane is most probably still intact, the passengers however, was probably killed when they climbed to 45.000 feet)? While an airplane like the 777 clocks in at $250 million, it's probably only going to fetch between $25 million and $50 million as spare parts. One does wonder what was in the cargo; military equipment? Dollars? Perhaps a passenger was carrying high value trade secrets?

Perhaps someone is planning to stick it in a building at some point in the future (even worse, load it with a nuke - damned thing can easily be disguised as civilian traffic and can fly around the world and place it where ever they want...)

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun