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Comment: Wrong - make it easy (Score 1) 351

by SuperKendall (#49356757) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

No airline takeover/sabotage attempt that passengers could reach has succeeded since 911 (the most recent just a week or two ago when some idiot ran down the isles towards the cockpit door screaming - was tackled and pressed).

Stop locking the door altogether. If there's a problem, you'll have a line of people waiting to destroy whoever tries to take over a cockpit now. Threaten to hurt someone with a box cutter? Whatever damage you can do to one person is outweighed by every other person on that plane wanting to live.

Locking the cockpit doors has, to date, only brought disaster. You have to think that had the airplane that vanished had open cockpit access passengers could have got in there over the many hours the thing was off course (there are a lot of people that monitor aircraft position during flight).

Comment: Re:Not sure if this is worse (Score 1) 121

by SuperKendall (#49355879) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

No, I think the ISP's will only keep it for two years - but that is gauranteed.

Right now in the U.S. everyone blindly assumes the data is kept for NO years, and we aren't even given an imaginary date when it might be deleted.

The Australians are at least all aware for sure the data is being kept, in the U.S. it's still possible to imagine it is not... That's my point.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 351

by Ichijo (#49355641) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

I think it's more likely that the male co-pilot could overpower the female flight attendant while the pilot is in the lavatory--no conspiracy necessary.

Putting guns in cockpits only makes the task easier.

Really what's needed is to have 3 people in the cockpit at all times to eliminate the near-guarantee that a single person could take over the plane.

It would also help to give airliners a "return to home" feature that could be triggered from outside the cockpit, similar to the emergency brake on passenger planes.

Comment: Re:Congress is a bunch of fucking retards (Score -1) 127

by SuperKendall (#49350733) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Voting for the other corporate-controlled, militaristic party doesn't seem like a viable plan for getting out of this mess.

We already tried that a few times; voting in Democrats does not help.

Republicans are only into conflicts they can win and stop fighting; Democrats are the ones who like to cause endless conflicts they can pour money and people into. Under Bush we helped turn Iraq into democracy; under Obama we abandoned them to be consumed by ISIS, at least to the point we get to go over and fight for the same land all over again.

Comment: Re:Reveal what? (Score 1) 167

by SuperKendall (#49350397) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

So you have no philosophical objection the the NSA acting completely outside the law

Everyone else is acting completely outside the law these days, and the law has been built up over time to give too many protections to guilty people, so I've pretty much stopped caring.

My objections are on the level of "well, I wouldn't do it personally, but whatever".

Especially for the guys that encrypt other people's data and ransom that. Who cares what happens to those jerks.

Comment: 2016's Headlines.... (Score 1) 323

by cayenne8 (#49349315) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

And, much like Comdex of old, another convention that has been a part of CS for years, has to fold due to low attendance.

The RSA convention downfall seems to be 100% attributable to last years rules forbidding Booth Babes. That combined with 2016's proposed "no more free trinkets and TShirts" rules sealed the deal on the once mighty security convention.

The beer-cooled computer does not harm the ozone layer. -- John M. Ford, a.k.a. Dr. Mike