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Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 442

by WhatHump (#49366237) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Agreed. So the solution appears to be to screen pilots for current or past occurrences of mental illness that could lead to incidents like this. Which will then lead to a percentage of pilots being removed from duty. Which will lead to fewer flights (unless you have a hidden pool of available pilots despite their being an ongoing shortage of qualified pilots). Which will lead to reduced revenue for airlines and diminished enrollment in pilot unions/associations. Yup, I can see the airlines and unions fighting that tooth and nail.

Comment: Re:Boston, in the winter? (Score 2) 112

by WhatHump (#49200985) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year

How about Sudbury, Ontario, Canada? This past winter a "pothole" (more like a sinkhole) ate a resident's Ford F150. We set a record here in Ontario for coldest February in recorded history. Roads are buckling everywhere here in Toronto, and there have been so many watermain breaks some people have been without running water since January.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 533

You want to stop ISIS? Fix the Middle-East's economy. Give people stable, productive jobs.

Good plan. Any suggestions on how to navigate around the massive corruption in most of these countries that funnels money to the elite and powerful? Or how to enforce rule of law that would convince new business investment in the region, without having to pay bribes so that your company isn't suddenly put out of business when it starts to compete against the "wrong" people? There are too many kings, sheiks and dictators (and their supporters and sycophants - that includes the West, by the way) in that part of the world for meaningful change to happen. Egypt had as close to a real election as they've ever had, putting the Muslim Brotherhood in power, and the military decided that little experiment was a failure and arrested the elected president. A job is not on the top of your priority list when the police can make you disappear into a prison where you are denied justice and tortured.

Comment: Re:Consumers are cheap (Score 1) 415

by WhatHump (#48558061) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Yes. You're making a down payment of $199 on the phone and paying off the balance in $10 monthly installments for 24 months. Makes perfect sense to me. Same approach many people take to buying a car. I don't agree with it - I have a Nexus 4 and am on a prepaid plan - but if that's what people want to do, I see nothing legally or morally wrong with it.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 301

by WhatHump (#48367275) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

2. Those in a recording can sign a release to allow for earlier public release...

Seriously? Are you going to log on daily to the web site hosting the recordings and scan every minute of footage for your image (or images of family members/loved ones)? Just because you weren't arrested doesn't mean there isn't an image out there of you that you would prefer not to be in the public domain. The ability to record everything/everyone/everywhere necessitates a new set of laws and controls to protect our privacy.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 0) 236

by WhatHump (#47943983) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

You are assuming that capitalism would survive and there would still be "rich" and "poor" people. At some point the economy will start to shrink because there are not enough people earning enough money to buy more than just essentials (e.g., cars, trips, consumer electronics). Once automation displaces enough workers, discretionary spending would plummet, taking with it any company that depends upon it. That would lead to more unemployment and even less discretionary spending, reducing corporate earnings and dividends/capital gains for the upper class. The economy craters, much like the Great Depression, throwing millions out on to the street, including members of the middle class whose taxes support the state. Where is the state going to find money to run these three letter agencies if no one is paying taxes? The rich? They would have abandoned the state long before that, forming their own feudal territories in an attempt to protect themselves from the roaming hoard of hungry and desperate peasants. I believe society will have to find some alternate approach to capitalism. I'm not sure what that is, but I do believe it is coming in our children's lifetime.

Comment: Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (Score 1) 730

by WhatHump (#47865817) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

... I predict that in the not too distant future, things will flip-flop with phones: The thing on your wrist will provide the connectivity for the other devices you carry.

The engineering challenge will be to come up with a battery small enough to fit in a watch, that can power all the functionality of a phone.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by WhatHump (#47818911) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

What if it's not intimate photos? What if you have a bad day and type out a rant about your employer or the government in a document on your PC, and it gets auto-sync'd to the cloud? Most of my family and friends who mentioned this issue had no idea that when they checked the "backup" option on their phone, that it was copying EVERYTHING to a cloud server. They're just not that technically-literate.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.