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Comment: Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (Score 1) 184

by gibbsjoh (#48579813) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

As someone who grew up in an Arab country still technically at war with Israel, and with a passport filled with Arabic stamps, I had a very courteous experience with El Al security both at LTN and TLV. Maybe it's because I've flown in and our of JED (and RUH) 50+ times, and I'm used to Saudi security, I didn't find the folks at Ben Gurion too bad at all. Always very polite.

The story above sounds a bit fishy as well - a little bit too horrible for an international travel experience.

Comment: Re:Murica Fuck yea! (Score 1) 635

by gibbsjoh (#46007995) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

** Except the UK for 1, 2, 4 and 5...

It would cost me nearly £10 per day to commute 15mi each way on the train. Compare that with around £3 in my (1.0L engined) car. The UK is back-asswards when it comes to public transport. Even the bus to the station would cost me almost as much as driving to my damn office.

Comment: Re:Fuck the TSA (Score 0) 337

by gibbsjoh (#45431113) Attached to: TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

> Punch a few half-inch holes in the skin and the pumps will just compensate by increasing the flow a bit

Not necessarily true. Put a hole in the pressure vessel in the wrong place and that escaping air will do a lot of damage. Some good examples of what explosive decompression can do out there (JAL comes to mind, Aloha too if memory serves).


Comment: Re:How does this compare to the way Israel does it (Score 1) 437

by gibbsjoh (#45200929) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

I just got back from the US (British citizen) and a couple of years ago I went to Israel to visit my then-girlfriend (now wife).

TSA wasn't as bad as I thought and even though we both requested not to go through the scanner the staff were polite and professional (this was at El Paso, and later at Orlando-MCO). I've had more, erm , invasive patdowns before and they explain everything. However, it seems to me that they give the same level of scrutiny to everyone.

Flying to and from Israel (on El Al certainly) there's a level of profiling. They come through the check-in line "chatting" to people, looking for holes in their story and subconscious giveaways that they're lying. Me, I lived in Saudi Arabia for years and had Egyptian stamps in my passport, so I was deemed in need of a few extra searches, but nothing out of the ordinary. My wife, on the other hand, an Israeli national, gets basically no questions when travelling back. Again they were very professional, even friendly.

So, I'd say the US system is pretty thorough with everyone, whereas Israeli security find out early on if you're a person of interest and if you are, they take a bit more time to "chat" to you.


Comment: Re:Dev Certs are Not Worthwhile (Score 1) 267

by gibbsjoh (#38915705) Attached to: The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

This. We're hiring a 1st line support tech / "IT assistant" in a 2 man IT team, and although it's a gigantic pain to go throughthe 30-40 CVs per day, it's good that I am doing it because I know what to look for. So many of them have almost no real world experience yet have CCNA, MCITP etc which to most HR folks looks very good.


Comment: Re:One other thing... (Score 2) 1002

by gibbsjoh (#38739180) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

I thought of this a few days ago, basically we can all help out friends/relatives (and strangers) by setting up DNS servers, VPN servers etc. Helps if you have a static IP but there's ways around everything. I blogged about it at the time (shameless link: http://blogwithoutportfolio.dyndns.org/blog/?p=21) but forgot to add anything about Tor.

It's a sad day when we have to help people in the US get around web censorship. I really really hope this mess doesn't get passed.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"