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Comment: Re:Oh goody (Score 2) 299

by DoofusOfDeath (#49365855) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

Maybe she can fire Congress and fill their positions with H1Bs. Not like they can do any worse.

Wait until the SCOTUS tells states that immigration enforcement is a federal matter, and that states therefore cannot prevent illegal immigrants from voting or holding elected office. That's basically your joke come true.

Comment: JoCo...calling the future (Score 1) 65

by Overzeetop (#49361357) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Ikea: just some oak and some pine and a handful of Norsemen
Ikea: selling furniture for college kids and divorced men
Everyone has a home
But if you don't have a home you can buy one there

I can now wait for the day that some idiot shows up at my office asking me to certify/upgrade their Ikea shelter the bought on CraigsList for use as a permanent dwelling.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 373

by smellsofbikes (#49357965) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Would it help much? A rogue pilot has the advantage of surprise. They get the first punch - and with a little luck and some practice, one punch is enough. Lock door, punch unsuspecting attendant in the face, pummel them unconscious before they recover.

Or, as I've posted elsewhere, don't even bother with a physical flight. In the US, where two people are required on the flight deck, all flight personnel are automatically eligible to be Federal Flight Deck Officers, meaning that after taking some amount of training they can carry firearms on the plane with them, and other flight officers/staff are prohibited from asking or knowing that they're carrying weapons. If pilots want to crash a plane, it's not going to be difficult for them to succeed.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 373

by smellsofbikes (#49357083) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Much less likely, I'd be more worried about the "depressed narcissistic arsehole" overpowering the stewardess and crashing the plane anyway.

Or just pulling out a gun and shooting the other person in the cockpit, locking the door, and doing the same thing that happened here.
All flight crew members are automatically Federal Flight Deck Officers and are allowed to carry guns on the plane, and other flight officers are prohibited from knowing that their coworkers may be carrying guns.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 3, Insightful) 373

by smellsofbikes (#49356917) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Would this not merely cause people to avoid psychiatric care?

In the case of pilots, there is a legal requirement for the pilot to get checked out medically on a regular basis. For US airline pilots the maximum time between medical checkouts is six months.

However, that statement is completely orthogonal to the other problem, which is that many people who could pass a psychiatric assessment kill themselves or others, and a large number of people who would come out of a psychiatric assessment with a big thick file of observed problems are perfectly reliable individuals in their daily lives and would likely be completely competent pilots.

Comment: Democracy in action (Score 5, Insightful) 68

by Dunbal (#49350681) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

That's the nice thing about lists. The government says you're on it, and that's that. No proof required. No means to defend yourself or prove your innocence. Nope, you're on the list, and now we're going to bully everyone and cut you out of all the conveniences of modern life. Those who don't co-operate, well, you wouldn't want to be "aiding a terrorist" now would you?

The "free" world has gone insane, and I despair when I see a whole new generation growing up that doesn't seem to have a problem at all with this modus operandi.

Comment: Re: Or... (Score 1) 194

by Overzeetop (#49345379) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis

Compared to downtown Hong Kong, Japan is mostly uninhabited country. Everything is relative.

What this means is that coastal areas where tsunamis are likely are off limits to certain types of development. Farm land would be a great application for this area, for example, but not so good for high rises, nuclear plants, and hospitals. The actual impact force of the tsunami is far, far smaller than the flood area (which can be relatively easily dealt with). You're talking about the major restrictions covering a fraction of 1% of the land area.

Comment: Re:I'd rather the FAA get it's ass in gear (Score 1) 60

by Overzeetop (#49345101) Attached to: Amazon Blasts FAA On Drone Approvals, Regulations

I'd rather the FAA take a proactive, and active, role in creating rules which allow operations and enforce existing damage and nuisance laws. Letting the FAA "take it's time" is like telling ID that there's no rush on getting Duke Nukem Forever out as long as they do it right.

Comment: Re:I just think drones will become a problem (Score 1) 60

by Overzeetop (#49345039) Attached to: Amazon Blasts FAA On Drone Approvals, Regulations

They're not going to be flying UAVs continuously. If Amazon gets the autopilot right, everything except the final approach and landing at the delivery location will be automated. A bank of "pilots" could easily cover 25-30+ drones each, given a 30 minute flight time from the distro center to the delivery and a 2 minute land/deliver/relaunch sequence. Distro centers would have automated guidance and pads that wouldn't require piloting. It would be far more human-cost efficient than truck delivery which requires the "pilot" to actively travel with the vehicle (weight limitations notwithstanding). That's 200 deliveries a day per person - twice what a UPS/FedEx driver does.

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