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Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 149

by PPH (#49372635) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

I choose to worry about things that are more likely, like identify theft.

So putting back doors in encryption software is OK when done for national security purposes. But bad when hackers exploit these same engineered weaknesses to steal your personal information. Leave your front door unlocked so the police may more easily conduct searches. Never mind that the incidence of burglers cleaning your house out will be orders of magnitude more common. And don't forget that Snowden was an anomoly only in that he forwarded data he absconded with to the press. The NSA/FBI/CIA is full of "contractors" that slip copies of data to buddies in private enterprise for purposes of industrial and commercial espionage.

Our civil rights take a back seat to the needs of law enforcement to manage the populace for the benefit of the elite.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 733

by TheCarp (#49369289) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Then they should be issued to the public who can't seem to stop shitting themselves every time there is an incident. Frankly I think planes are victims of their own success, so safe that crashes are too unusual and people can't handle it makes them freak out more.

Fact is when this happens it is major international news. That right there tells you something. This is not even worth the time we have spent talking about it, never mind wasting time playing musical chairs every time someone has to take a piss.

Comment: Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 376

by PPH (#49356853) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Actually, not a bad idea (sort of). Add a door just aft of the front restroom and galley. Close and lock it and the cockpit door unlocks and remains unlocked. Flight crew have access to restroom and front galley. Crew returns to the flight deck and the outer door unlocks so passengers and cabin crew can access facilities.

Some work will have to be done to ensure no-one can hide in this area during the locking procedure.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton