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Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 2) 408

by Tom (#49369385) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

If this guy was suffering from depression, no background checks or security measures would have filtered him out. Depression is a civilisation disease, caused by the fucked-up society we have created around ourselves, the non-stop pressure, the endless competition, the constant message that you're not good enough that everyone is sending to everyone else. The artificial fear for survival that our governments create to drive wages down and create the economic pressure that corporations than exploit to get people to work under conditions that our parents would've scoffed at.

The solution is not in more pressure, the solution is in making a society that is made for human beings, not for robots, stock markets, the goddess of economic growth or any of the other crazy things that we're sacrificing millions of lives to.

Comment: One non-political report. (Score 4, Informative) 363

by TapeCutter (#49367995) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
All IPCC group reports are finalised via political negotiation except for one group. WG1 is the scientific group, all the others refer back to the WG1 report for factual information, the other groups argue about how to present those facts in their own working group(WG). In 25yrs of incredibly intense scrutiny, nobody has ever found a factual error in the final versions of a WG1 report. That really is a very robust outcome and a credit to the scientists involved.

Only nations that donate to the IPCC budget get a vote on the other reports, last I checked there were ~135 nations who together represent pretty much every political view in the rainbow, it takes a long time for them to agree. The IPCC budget is $5-6M/yr, nobody who actually works on the reports is paid a dime by the IPCC, all of the scientists involved DONATE their time. Their financial accounts are on their web site. Try finding the accounts for an anti-science no-think-tank such Senator Inhofe's barking dog - the heartland institute.

Comment: Re:Conditional recording (Score 1) 408

by Tom (#49366917) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

There could be streaming capability to the ground

Because never in the history of the world has any such capability been abused.

In the case of Germanwings, ground control would have been able to see what's going on once they detected the loss of altitude.

And then do what about it? Collectively praying that FSM picks up the plane with his tentacles?

t stifles me that in 2015, a young troubled copilot can end 150 lives in a way that can easily be prevented with simple technology.

Technology is not a panacea. Add one thing to make flying more safe (locked cockpit doors), create another problem without which a catastrophy could have been prevented (locked cockpit door).

Something I learnt in my first leadership position: When someone has an idea, ask them about the downsides and potential issues. If they can't think of any, they haven't thought it through enough.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 408

by Tom (#49366877) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Follow the money. Who is asking for video cameras?

The last thing you would have seen would have been a smug face and a victory sign. Maybe not in this crash, but in the next. That, my friend, is headlines material. That's a breaking story right there. That picture is worth a hundred times its weight in gold, even if you print it on the most heavy paper you can find.

Comment: Re:Nutz (Score 1) 363

by ColdWetDog (#49366847) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Again, it's philosophical. If you believe that, ultimately, the gene pool needs some chlorine then perhaps massive die offs of humanity (and lots of other organisms, remember, this is a high extinction event we are going through) are a good thing.

If you are a politician or an administrator trying to keep a society happy, or at least alive, not so much.

Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 0, Troll) 363

by ColdWetDog (#49366817) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Drains flowing backwards and docks disappearing under high tide is the fault of increasing local population??

Have you seen who is moving into Florida? Those land whales are heavy. It's not so much that water levels are rising, it is that the land mass is sinking due to all that extra weight.

Those Double Cheeseburger / Extra Fries / Monster drink calories have to go somewhere.

Comment: Re:Nutz (Score 1) 363

by ColdWetDog (#49366129) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

While undoubtably true, one of the big issues with our currently changing climate is that the anthropogenic forcing is supposedly pushing change faster than historical 'natural' climate change. Thus, ecologies will have less time to adjust and that is generally considered to be a Bad Thing. The problem with that theory is that some of the finer grained climate studies - mostly from newer ocean sediment cores - indicates that some significant changes have happened over periods of decades. That clearly is putting increased stress on some critter populations and, in fact, entire enviroments but sometimes life is a bitch.

From a purely practical, selfish standpoint having significant changes in climate (and therefore resources and therefore economies) is going to put even more stress on H. sapiens sapiens so we will tend to screw things up more than ever. Might very well suck to be us in a couple of decades. And this is irrespective of whose 'fault' it is. Remember, the current period - the Holocene - has been characterized by very stable weather patterns. This is not normal and probably won't stay stable - again, no matter if it's caused by a volcano or big coal.

As to whether or not we can actually influence things by cutting down on carbon consumption - that is a completely open question. There are lots of good arguments to make about not using up all of the planet's resources in 200 or so years and mitigating our species impact on the rest of the planet. But that is very much a philosophical argument.

Comment: Re:Ikea (Score 3, Funny) 66

by Tom (#49364081) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

That's a meme, but also a lie. As IT people especially, we can take a big hint from IKEA in this regards. Their documentation is short, mostly visual, always step-by-step and gives the user exactly the information he needs, with none of the unimportant blabla that many blow up many other documentations from the necessary 3 pages to the actual 30.

If the instructions for Windows were made by IKEA, thousands of IT support people would be out of jobs because users could actually do simple tasks by themselves.

Somebody's terminal is dropping bits. I found a pile of them over in the corner.