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Comment: Re:No kidding ... (Score 1) 88

by Jeff Flanagan (#49423905) Attached to: Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways
That depends on if you have to give the devices Internet access, because someone can potentially take over your whole network via a non-secure IOT device. This stuff needs to stay inside your firewall with no outside connection until manufacturers take security seriously. I don't care if someone messes with my light bulbs, I do care if they wipe my servers via an IOT exploit.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 385

by Jeff Flanagan (#49356001) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
We don't really need to get into genders to illustrate the problem. If the pilot is a less capable fighter than the crew member that's sitting in, an insane crew member can take down the plane. If the pilot is the better fighter, they can overpower the flight crew member. There's no way to make this perfectly safe, but the current door system is pretty good.

There doesn't appear to be space for a 3rd person in many cockpits.

Even if we had software fly our planes, a hacker could bring them down. Total safety from crazy people isn't possible.

Comment: Re:Ummmm ... duh? (Score 1) 385

by Jeff Flanagan (#49355899) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
The technology is pretty well thought out, but clearly can't currently defend against an insane pilot.

This YT video describes the system.

All they need to do is issue different codes to each member of the flight crew, and allow an override of the lock toggle if a certain number of flight-crew codes are entered into the access pad.

Comment: Re:Now, do Firefly (Score -1) 166

by Jeff Flanagan (#49330539) Attached to: The X-Files To Return
Adam Baldwin is a full-blown RWNJ, who's far too much like his character on Firefly, and believes just about all the foolish things that make a person a deranged wingnut.

He's not just on the regressive side of gamergate. He's on the wrong side of every social issue. I'm not surprised that someone who derps about "SJWs" likes this neanderthal.

Comment: Re:Why not be cautious? (Score 1) 294

by Jeff Flanagan (#49328869) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
>The purpose of technology is to aid mankind, not replace it, fix it, or supplant it.

Tech that can replace us is a lot more useful than tech that just helps us, but keeps us as limited as we now are. We may one day create intelligent life, which would be far superior to rationalizing apes with big egos.

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.