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Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 74

by Opportunist (#47715273) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners


9/11 was much like the trojan horse stunt Odysseus pulled. Worked great back then. Won't work again, ever.

The reason 9/11 worked out was because people were used to other kinds of plane hijackings. Hijackers that steal a plane, fly it somewhere, then demand something to be fulfilled before returning plane and passengers. That was the standard of plane hijackings before 2001. That's why it worked. Everyone expected just that. That's why the pilots opened the cockpit doors, that's why the passengers stayed in their seats.

Today, neither would happen. Nothing you would threaten the pilot with could make him open that door, and if you have anything short of a machine gun you'll certainly find passengers willing and able to come to the conclusion "if I fight I have a chance, if I don't I'm dead for sure". In a 300+ passenger plane, if only one out of fifty people gets that idea it's enough to make the whole hijacking very unlikely to succeed.

Face it, flying is safer than ever. Security theater or none, one thing is certain: 9/11 will not happen again. Simply because the people involved will react very, very differently.

Comment: Re:Let us redefine "progress" (Score 1) 83

by Opportunist (#47713209) Attached to: World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

While true there is "progress" that serves no purpose. This is one of those cases. Sure, it is interesting that it is possible. But where is the progress? It will not be more stable than concrete, it will not be more durable than concrete and for sure it won't be faster than pouring concrete. The huge advantages of 3D printing (like the ability to seamlessly put something into something else or create durably connected locked joints) simply don't come into play when it comes to building a house.

Comment: Re:Every iPhone poops because it isn't an Android (Score 1) 69

by Opportunist (#47712797) Attached to: YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Well... allow me to translate the lyrics and you tell me, ok?

Bend over, I command you
turn your visage away from me
I don't care about your face
bend over

A biped on all fours
I take him for a walk
ambling down the hallway
I'm disappointed

It gets better, but I don't know how many kids or Apple fanboys are watching. ;)

Comment: Re:Hydroelectric Dams (Score 1) 416

by nine-times (#47711373) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

About 40,000 people die in car accidents every year, in the US alone. It's one of those things that I keep pointing out because people keep seeming to fail to realize how many people that is. When people say, "We can't have solar power because it'll kill a thousand birds!" or "We can't have freedom (i.e. NSA spying and CIA torture is ok!) because otherwise we might have another 9/11, which killed a thousands of people!"

40,000 people die every year due to car accidents. Nobody is talking about giving up cars.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen