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Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 379

by TimSSG (#49358401) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

No predictive power?

What is the most frequent cause of suicide? At least 90 percent of all people who died by suicide were suffering from a mental illness at the time, most often depression. Among people who are depressed, intense emotional states such as desperation, hopelessness, anxiety, or rage increase the risk of suicide. People who are impulsive, or who use alcohol and drugs, are also at higher risk.


There are VERY FEW people who "just snap" and decide to kill themselves - it's not a crime of passion. It's usually an act born of a LONG bout of depression, despair, and suicidal ideation, and if you're doing constant, frequent screening for mental illness, you may prevent these sorts of things. Don't fire the guy, but make him get treatment until a doctor clears him to resume flight status. In fact, if they're actively screening for suicidal tendencies and ideation, many factors are highly correlated with suicide attempts, and could easily help screen people who are not in a mental state to perform their flight duties.

I think that likely 90% of the people in car accidents ate carrots in the prior month. FYI: This does NOT mean carrots cause car accidents. Tim S.

Comment: Re:There are a bunch of consequences for not doing (Score 1) 734

by TimSSG (#49193095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

If you fail to register for the draft, you are ineligible for any sort of educational federal financial aid (should you choose to take advantage of it), and you will have great difficulty ever obtaining federal employment in many different agencies (if that's something you'd like to do.)

Not true for any female!! I have never heard of any women posting not having this "right" when they complain about NOT being treated equally. Tim S.

Comment: Re:So, pass the buck to government ... (Score 1) 214

by TimSSG (#49006305) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans

By "Obama Phone" I assume you mean the Lifeline Assistance program, which was put in place long before Obama took office. In fact, it was instituted under none other than Ronald Reagan. I have an uncle like you., and it's depressing.

Most likely you are wrong; most common meaning of "Obama Phone" is the free cell phone program. Which was started under G.W. Bush. Tim S.

Comment: Re:Lasers are easy to stop (Score 2) 517

by TimSSG (#48997565) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder
The poster likely meant they can NOT destroy the correct target over the horizon. Think about it; they want no explosive in the projectile; therefore the speed of the projectile is needed to destroy most if not all military targets. When the projectile slows down it will likely tumble therefore the chance of missing the correct target goes up. And, with lower speed the likelihood of damaging the target goes down. Tim S.

Comment: Re:The EFF is nuts in this case (Score 1) 90

by TimSSG (#48975463) Attached to: Hundreds Apply For FAA Drone Licenses

I think most people would prefer that it reduces the possibility of a visit from the men in the black suvs. As well as wasting taxpayers money dealing with repeat performances, or losing their toys to an anti-drone system. You simply don't have the right to fly drones just anywhere.

Does it reduce the possibility of a visit from men in black helicopters? Or visits from government drones (flying or other types)? Tim S.

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