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Comment: Safety In Numbers (Score 1) 385

by jman.org (#49361341) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
Someone on the radio yesterday suggested having three people in the cockpit at all times.

That's not going to work in all situations, but what could work is drawing three people from a pool of available onboard staff (taken from pilots, air marshals when they exist, and flight attendants).

In a situation such as the tragedy that happened to Germanwings, any two of the three would be able to override the door lock, and hopefully regain control of the plane before things became dire.

Pilots and air marshals (when available) would always be part of the pool. Flight attendants would be picked randomly per flight, if necessary (due to current level of airline/government paranoia) being informed of their additional "duty" from the tower just before takeoff.

Comment: Hit The Little Guy (Score 1) 385

by jman.org (#48868029) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
And just how many legitimate small businesses run vpn over the open internet to connect their offices?

This is, alas the "guns don't kill people" argument all over again. The weapon (or in this case, technology) is in and of itself not the problem. It's the way it gets used by a small subset of those who employ it.

Comment: Define "Limited Budget" (Score 1) 163

by jman.org (#47825155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
I know you're focusing on open source due to the high cost of Premiere, but these days you can get every Adobe app for $50/mo.

If in the past you had their products and upgraded when the new versions came out, you were looking at several hundred dollars or more depending on what you had; now that's all rolled into a much smaller monthly fee.

You can also get any single app for $20/mo.

Having used various Adobe apps for well over a decade, am used to the cost (which by going monthly is a smaller bite), and the tools (which keep improving).

Comment: Quacks Like A Much Faster Duck (Score 1) 427

by jman.org (#47641203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
It's not a Linksys, but since you're running Tomato I'd consider ASUS. Their RT-N66U is a good router, with a micro SD slot (have to pop the case though, so good-bye warranty), good for logs if you keep them and won't wear out the flash so fast.

The AC-66U adds AC support, and the newer AC-68U offers faster throughput than the AC-66U, though the spec hasn't quite settled yet so you may or may not actually be able to take advantage of it. Still, the AC-68U has been coming up the winner in several head-to-head router comparisons.

Plenty of memory and a fast CPU, pretty much a requirement these days for households with multiple streams going on.

You're looking at around $150 ~ $200 or so depending on model.

The Advanced Tomato - http://www.advancedtomato.com/ - firmware has been looking pretty good too, based on Shibby's mods but way-ajaxified, a good GUI design for when you have to get into it.

Comment: Serve, Lock and Load (Score 1) 1633

by jman.org (#46781663) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
As others have said, when written it was assumed every citizen would be part of the militia, thus the terse text in amendment II.

I've always thought a good way to enforce the spirit of the words would be to deny gun ownership to anyone who has not served their country.

It could be civil - postal worker (no 90's jokes please), firefighter or police, someone in the executive such as alderman, mayor, congressman - or active duty military.

This harks to the thinking of Robert Heinlein, who in Starship Troopers commented that if you wanted to vote, you needed to have served.

Having gone straight from high school to the Air Force, this has always seemed a sound principle.

Of course, certain individuals (the current NRA leader, for example, who claimed a nervous disorder to avoid the draft) may have different feelings on the matter... ;)

Comment: Print Supply Depot (Score 1) 400

I'm still wondering why Exxon, et. al don't get heavily into solar, tidal, etc. They've got to know what they're peddling will run out one day. Why not just corner the next market? They certainly have the resources.

Similarly, yes, folks will print more and more things on their own, but the end of the consumer chain is always the most expensive.

Today, printer ink is ridiculously higher in cost than petrol (try over $2,500 for a gallon of Black). For 3D, it's still pretty much all plastic filament. Five pounds of ABS white can run up to $50. Say, a couple of bookends if you're lucky.

Printers of tomorrow will be able to use many more raw ingredients as input. Right now it's all lamination, laying down layer after layer of the plastic filament until your object is complete; but down the road they'll act more like proteins, simply re-arranging supplied atoms into a new configuration and spitting them out the 'tray'.

Thus, the big winner will be the company that sells easy access to what you feed the printer.

And yes, DRM will creep into the hardware, ensuring the more-or-less law-abiding of us don't print bombs and such, though of course that will never stop the truly determined.

So sure, down the road you'll be able to print a house. But buying enough cartridges at the Depot will break you.

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