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Comment: Trusting the passengers (Score 1) 379

by Latent Heat (#49355625) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
Actually, we are trusting the passengers, in the words of Jerry Pournelle, we are trusting the passengers to riot rather than submit to a hijacker.

The Shoe Bomber Richard Reid got stomped by the other passengers, and the Underwear Bomber Abdul-Mutalub was fought and stopped by a fellow passenger.

On the other hand, if someone really wants to crash the plane, can the other pilot or the pilot with volunteer passenger "muscle" stop this. The passenger on that one plane in 9-11 broke open the cockpit door -- they were able to thwart a fourth attack on a building, but they were unable to prevent a crash. It seems they knew there chances of living were slim and they gave their lives to prevent loss-of-life on the ground.

Comment: Pilot range extender (Score 1) 379

by Latent Heat (#49355539) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
They sell them as a "pilot range extender" at the FBO (fixed-base operator) plane rental counter for private pilots.

But what do women pilots use? What if the call is for Bodily Function #2? Even with an all-male crew, do you really want to expose yourself this way to your colleague? There is this protocol with the urinals in the Men's Room of not looking over at other dudes -- at the controls of the plane, should the other pilot have to limit their gaze of the instruments and controls?

Comment: And your point being . . . (Score 1) 356

by Latent Heat (#49330457) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
Someone asks why there is "pushback" against mandating/subsidizing renewables, an explanation is offered on the beliefs/reasoning/prejudices of those offering the pushback, and then this explanation is deemed "irrelevant wandering"?

It seems people can get very huffy about something deemed irrelevant?

It seems someone can get quite imperious about an enterprise that garners pushback for being heavyhanded?

It seems the word "conversation" really mean "shut up and hang your head in shame while I explain to you what you should think?"

Comment: Re:The modern version of (Score 1) 237

by donaldm (#49305459) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

The atomic bomb is the destroy anything anywhere no matter what weapon, and one of the few weapons too nasty to actually have much practical use. That said, Isaac Asimov wrote a very interesting short story about atomic bomb shields. Look it up.

Yet that very same weapon was used in a combat situation and was extremely effective although not very nice, but wars are not very nice to begin with.

Comment: Re:IE Fell first. (Score 1) 237

by donaldm (#49305369) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

From the article I could not find what OS the browsers were running on although it does not take much in the way of brain cells to guess which one. Before anyone points at Safari that browser can be run under Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX and Linux. We also know that the browsers mentioned can also run under Apple OSX, however MS IE does not work on Linux unless you use a virtual machine or do some hacking. It is possible to run MS IE on Android although to be honest I could not find it when I searched the app store and there are quite a few browsers that have the big "e" as their logo.

It is one thing to pawn a browser it is a different thing to pawn the browser and the operating system. The article is not very specific on those details.

Comment: Re:A turd by any other name (Score 0) 317

by donaldm (#49281639) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

Err lets see!

Google Chrome: Version 41.0.2272.89 (64-bit) - Check

Firefox: Mozilla Firefox 36.0 - Check

Konqueror: 4.14.4 - Check

Microsoft IE: ???? - Nope not there

Hmm better check my system:
- Operating System: GNU/Linux 3.18.9-200.fc21.x86_64 - Err!
- System Release: Fedora 21 - The alarm bells are ringing

Well colour me surprised that's why I couldn't find Microsoft Internet Explorer \(^o^)/

Comment: Ridiculous non sequitur (Score 1) 356

by Latent Heat (#49275547) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
This perspective (jamming something down throats until blood is vomited, metaphorically of course) is not being advocated, by I am quoting from your prior post where you just advocated it (metaphorically speaking, of course). Only you didn't write that?

I believe Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) wrote of such a thing . .

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 75

by donaldm (#49255501) Attached to: UK Police and PRS Shut Down Karaoke Torrent Site

I cannot imagine karaoke being that popular.

Rather than debate this if you have and Android phone or Apple iPhone for that matter go to to the App Store and search for "karaoke", you will find that there are quite a few apps (I counted 250 on Android) dealing with that. Now just for fun why don't you "tap" on an app (don't install unless you want too) and see how many downloads of that app has had.

Basically you are going to see 100's of thousands and even millions of downloads per app so just because you can't see karaoke being that popular I think 10's of millions would disagree with you.

Who would buy/download karaoke for personal use?

If you like watching Japanese Anime you may find the introduction and ending song if there is one set-up with "karaoke" and people do buy the dubbed/subbed anime.

why is this a target for the police when there are plenty of other, and larger, trackers out there? Nothing in this story makes any sense.

It looks like the big corporations want their pound of flesh and they don't care were they get it.

On a side note, do you know it is actually illegal to sing "Happy Birthday" in a public place without paying the copyright owners. Now IMHO that makes no sense but the law is definitely on their side.

Comment: Ms. Rosie Scenario (Score 2) 356

by Latent Heat (#49240749) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
Both the Right and Left are guilty of this.

But when there is an ideological agenda, there can be a lot of confirmation bias.

Start with the title, "New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again." Is this an objective, nerd-centric assessment of scientific fact? Or is it a victory-lap "Eat stuff all of you doubters and deniers"?

The concern is that Renewable is not quite ready for Prime Time and being jammed down our throats.

Comment: Re:I'm a Member of That 1% (Score 1) 192

by donaldm (#49237221) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Let's just stipulate that the answer to every summary-ending question is "No."

Is this the year of the Linux Desktop?

Been using a Linux Desktop professionally (no dual booting) for over seven years and I have not missed MS Windows.

Is this the year of Wearables?

Who cares it's your choice, but what has this to do with the Linux Desktop?

Will Mars One ever land people on Mars?

I think I will stay on a planet with a breathable atmosphere.

Is this the year of the Linux Game Console?

Over a billion of android users (smart phone and tablet) would like a word with you.

Is this the moment when Ruby on Rails takes over the programming market?

Who cares one way or another.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.