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Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 336

by SuricouRaven (#49357101) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

It's not that easy. Land based nuclear sites in the US do require the two men with two keys - and then another two men with another two keys at a distant location.

Nuclear submarines have no distant location to validate their order, but they are incapable of launching nukes by the command of even the entire crew: The nukes require a code before they'll launch, and these codes are only transmitted to the sub via radio along with the attack order. I don't know how second-strike capability is handled, but if I were designing the system I'd simply give each submarine the codes to launch a few other submarines, so that no one sub acting alone can fire but collectively they can still act as a deterent with the promise of counterattack.

Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 529

Sorry. Easy mistake for me: I'm over the other side of the world. If Comcast are present here, they aren't going by that name. I do have a local cable monopoly, but I'm not too bothered because they are providing a good service to me personally - though I've heard horror stories from elsewhere in the country, so it probably varied by region.

Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 3, Informative) 529

He contacted two major cable companies prior to purchase to confirm availability of service. Both of them lied, due to improper checking of the address: They just looked at the zip code, confirmed that they serviced that area and promised him they could supply cable broadband. Neither comcast nor xfinity checked throughly enough to be sure that individual property could be serviced.

Comment: Re:Some things you can automate, some things won't (Score 1) 56

by SuricouRaven (#49340259) Attached to: Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation

They will do evaluations to see which is cheaper, of course. A great many low-paid pickers, including management overhead, verses a much smaller number of high-skilled, high-paid service people and a higher outlay cost. One serviceperson could maintain a great many robots, each of which could replace two or three human pickers.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (Score 1) 143

by SuricouRaven (#49316071) Attached to: Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates

Don't forget that life expectancy is going up too, and old age is getting more manageable - that should partially compensate. Extended childhood may take some years of adult life away, but medical technology will give them back at the other end.

Here in the UK, the age of independence is shooting up. For practical reasons: We've got a housing shortage. Can't afford a mortgage, can't afford rent, no option but to stay with the parents a few more years. I moved out, but I had to move back in again for financial reasons: I'm in a skilled job, but I still wasn't earning enough to cover rent and utilities.

Comment: Re:It is a start (Score 1) 233

2. They do not have confidence in the testing system (eg, 'I'm studying to be a technical writer, so it isn't fair that I need to dissect archaic character descriptions in Romeo and Juliet to pass this english course.')
3. They believe other people cheat ('It's only fair, I'd be at a disadvantage otherwise.')

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (Score 1) 143

by SuricouRaven (#49312039) Attached to: Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates

There were three stories you could have linked to:
- A reputable source, the BBC story.
- A slightly-less-reputable but still decent enough source, a Daily Mail column commenting on the BBC story.
- A rambling political nut commenting on the Daily Mail story while trying to turn it into a rant about how leftists are trying to destroy adulthood in order to force everyone to live off the government.

Why did you decide option number three was appropriate?

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982