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Comment: Re:Don't make it impossible, just make it hard (Score 1) 365

by jez9999 (#49355885) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Why would the cabin crew have the code? The code is for the pilots. If the cabin crew want to come in then the pilots unlock the door from the inside. If your'e talking about eliminating edge cases, giving the entire cabin crew the code is a great place to start looking.

Erm, this is a good idea, but surely the cabin crew WOULD have the code. If one pilot incapacitates the other, the cabin crew realize the plane is going down, they need to get into the cockpit. It's OK because as long as both pilots are AOK, you can't get in - terrorists locked out. But one crazy pilot tries to crash the plane, the second one refuses to stop the door unlocking - plane saved.

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 728

by jez9999 (#49349951) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

what are we left with? keep the door open and we have murderous hijacking? keep the door locked and we have murderous pilots? yeah both are extremely rare outliers, but it's fucking scary either way

Give the pilots (NOT the cabin staff) PIN numbers that cannot be overridden from inside. That way at least the pilot could have forced the door open. Have the pilots immediately go to and stay in the cockpit any time a terrorist situation looks vaguely possible.

Comment: Re:This validates the US policy... (Score 1) 728

by jez9999 (#49349861) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

A guy capable of killing himself and 150 other people like this is perfectly capable of knocking the flight attendants lights out before locking the door, and if he really intended to crash the plane... he would indeed punch her/him out first.

Yep, totally agree. I'm amazed I haven't seen the solution I came up with posted elsewhere; simply give the pilots PIN codes that can't be overridden from inside. In a suspected terrorist situation, tell the pilots to immediately get into the cockpit, and if necessary, take a bullet to the head instead of let terrorists into the cockpit.

Comment: Re:Think of it as evolution in action... (Score 1) 335

So I just bring up copies of the Skeptics Annotated Quran on my browser and then -- wait for it -- close the browser window. Just like that, I make my current copy of the Quran disappear, even worse than just burning it.

Always restart the PC to make sure it's not still in memory.

Comment: Re:Vice Versa (Score 1) 274

by jez9999 (#49283843) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Yeah, I find it difficult to get better at French because exposure to it is difficult: it seems like the French generally get annoyed quickly with people who don't speak Fluent French, and the one site that was quite good for being able to speak with those who were willing (Livemocha) got bought out by Rosetta Stone and totally fucked over.

Are there any decent online resources now for being immersed in a new language?

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.