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Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 3, Insightful) 353

by St.Creed (#49357787) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

OR for fucks sake, while this is a tragic disaster, events like this are so incredibly rare, that we should be cautious to avoid 9/11 style psychosis.

We should have avoided that psychosis in the first place by not locking the cabin doors. If they had locked cabin doors on september 11, they would have opened them as per the then standing instructions on hijacks and even flight 93 would have ended inside a skyscraper or the Pentagon.

Even in 9/11 the cabin wasn't rushed with grenades and explosives, but with box knifes. Suppose it happens again? How long do the pilots hold out when the hijackers slaughter the passengers one by one outside their door, on their camera? And that assumes the passengers will happily play along - how many hijackings have occurred since 9/11 where the passengers sat idly by, waiting for their fate to be sealed? I bet it's a binary number.

And another thing: now the pilots are in control of all those people. Quite literally untouchable. If you have even the smallest inclination towards a Messiah complex, this will set it right off. Couple that with the enormous pressure on pilots who are in debt, with airlines in trouble and sacking pilots, and you have a recipe for disaster.

The cabin door lock was not meant to protect the passengers, it's meant to protect the skyscraper. I say we should get rid of it.

Comment: Re:asdf (Score 2) 107

And the exception... Dutch judges are using international agreements to see if the laws are violating them. If they are, the plaintiffs will be released/compensated based on the international agreements as they are overriding national laws, especially when they are EU judicial guidelines.

So there is no constitution, but in the EU we are now getting a weird mix of Roman law and case law.

Comment: Re:asdf (Score 1) 107

That depends on whether the law is based on case law and precedents, or statutes. If the laws are based on what parliament passes as law (which is used in most countries under Roman law but perhaps not in the UK) then it would be a matter of looking at the relevant laws. Several centuries of history would not matter one whit if there was a new law passed that allowed it.

Comment: Re: How to REALLY lie with statistics (Score 2) 233

True, but the reverse can happen as well.

My in-law's cousin was top of his class in a city about 150km from Shanghai. Scoring high on tests, he made it into Shanghai university where he also scored pretty high. This got him and his parents a Shanghai Hukou and a job as finance manager after graduation at the same time.

But yeah, if you're of average intelligence you are ordered to stay where you are. Only the very gifted will be mobile both up and sideways.

Totally different from the USA, where every poor kid attends Harvard, of course.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

by St.Creed (#49307633) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

I know they have a horrible track record on brown coal. But right now when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, they produce rather a lot of clean energy quite cheap - so much so the long-standing discussion about grid integration is getting rather urgent.

I think closing their nuclear plants was the wrong decision, in light of the CO2 debate - global climate change is much more urgent than closing well-managed and quite secure nuclear plants. It did take the wind out of the opposition for the government though, which was probably what mattered after Fukushima.

That said, Germany is switching to more green energy because they are running rather low on alternatives.

Comment: Re:Summer cooling? (Score 4, Informative) 247

Actually there's quite a lot of experience with this type of roof nowadays.

Standard roofs locally are covered with bitumen waterproof covering. THis is affected mostly by UV light, which is countered by layering it over with earth and having vegetation on top of it. This can double the lifespan of the waterproof covering.

The weight of a light covering with Sedum (very small, fatty ground-covering foliage that is very robust) will weigh between 50 and 60 kilograms per square meter. If your roof can't hold that, it will have serious trouble with a big snowlayer. Roofs are mandated to hold at least 100 kg/m^2 over 10m^2, and roofs meant to be used as terrace or walked upon for inspection have to be able to hold 250 kg/m^2.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

Actually, several Dutch companies are trying to either move their company to Germany, OR build a long cable to draw power from Germany, precisely because of this point.

Right now it turns out that they were so succesful that Germany actually has a competitive advantage over its neighbours who don't have that nice clean and low-cost energy source between 9 and 5. I bet that half the reason France is doing this is because they're seeing the writing on the wall: clean energy is not just clean, it's also becoming cheaper than fossil fuels once you factor in the cost of pollution in densely populated areas.

Comment: Old news: Vance and Van Vogt were earlier (Score 2) 274

by St.Creed (#49282281) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

I mean, nice to see a study confirming "stuff we already know", but not only has this discussion been done to death in academic circles, it's been such a hot topic it was used as the basis for the Jack Vance story "The Languages of Pao" and a mainstay of the A.E. van Vogt stories, most notably the Null-A novels.

And that is even without going into other literature where this was a hot topic about 80 years ago...

Comment: Re:Look for work you are going to be surplussed so (Score 1) 15

by St.Creed (#49271797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do ITIL hates skilled people?

ITIL is a set of best practices. You take what you can use, mold the rest in shape and it gives you a vocabulary with definitions to use in conversation so everyone has a better chance of understanding eachother. I highly recommend it for developers so they can talk the talk with service desk folks.

That said, there are some managers that raise an altar to ITIL and then start praying to the ITIL gods for deliverance. And if you do not follow the Holy Book of ITIL you are DOOOOOOOMED!

If that's the case, you're in for some heavy weather because how you do it is going to be more important than what you do. Get out fast.

On the other hand, if it's an attempt to get problem and error reporting and detection on a better footing, with more data so problems are solved earlier and better, it's a great way to go.

From the description, it's impossible to tell what's happening.

As for the whole "staying in contact with suppliers" and "project management dependencies" - the new guys apparently do like you, but they want you to take on more managerial responsibilities. Overall scope and strategy as opposed to hard-core hacking at terminals. If they didn't like you, they'd leave you alone.

Did you try talking to the managers and discussing your ideas and fears with management? If they freak out, it's time to go. If not, you could maybe have a discussion about how you see your future, versus their vision?

Comment: Re:Swap drive now? (Score 1) 204

by St.Creed (#49246307) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

. In any case, there are many SSD-only systems now, in which case the swap space is on the SDD whether you like it or not, so there's certainly not an unreasonable thing to try.

The software that comes with my Samsung disables the windows swapfile if you want it to. Since I have plenty of RAM, that's okay with me.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?