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Comment Re:You're barfing on the wrong tree (Score 1) 35

Tens of thousands killed in the US-supported civil wars (supported by massive weapons supplies [blablabla]

You want stories about a major airline's IT infrastructure shitting itself? Slashdot is the right place.

You want stories about the latest twitter feud between Katy Perry and the Kardashians? Go on TMZ or

You want to discuss your alleged "US-supported civil wars", Bush's crime against humanity or the plot to discredit Hillary Clinton? Go see Mother Jones or some other left wing website.

To each his own, and if you don't respect that there's other websites for you out there, lookup the website of the Westboro Baptist Church or the various youtube channels supporting ISIS, those people also think they know what matters and what doesn't.

The story is not much about the IT infrastructure, as it is about the number of inconvenienced people and flight delays. Barely a word on the technical side of what went wrong and how it's being solved (which would for most of this tech and IT minded crowd be quite interesting), and what's said about that part is mostly marketing speak. How does this make the story slashdot-worthy? Just because it involved computers?

Comment Re:An article the same day? (Score 2) 35

Wonder why every little issue with aviation is newsworthy.

A couple thousand people delayed/inconvenienced due to computer glitch - headline news! Big problems! Get out the disaster mitigation plans!

Millions of people lost personal information to identity thieves: minor issue.

Tens of thousands killed in the US-supported civil wars (supported by massive weapons supplies - which recently I read are being increased significantly in the wake of Russia's involvement) in the Middle East: no problem, as that's not Americans/Europeans dying, and they're fighting "some evil regime".

Even hurricanes that swamp and knock out parts of Manhattan (without anyone wondering how come the US is so ill prepared against a bigger-than-average rainfall) for weeks, and it's barely as much reported on as a little aviation-related issue.

Comment Re:Big secret: you don't need Facebook (Score 1) 232

I have no idea what you're trying to say as Facebook is not a file sharing service, it's not an RSS feed service, and certainly not a Google search replacement. What I use Facebook mainly for is to reach out to and keep in touch with other people. For those purposes I see no viable alternative, as those people are on Facebook, and not on - well - basically any fancy social network you can write the software for. Even Google terribly failed with their attempt to create a serious competitor.

I do hope at least that you realise that the value and popularity of Facebook has nothing to do with the crappy interface and lacking features. It has everything to do with the people that use it.

Comment Re:Plummet????? (Score 1) 570

Soda - a luxury product as it's not a necessity and there's the much cheaper alternative of tap water - down 25% while the population overall has increased a lot in size, and has become a lot richer within that same period.

Maybe not plummet, but a serious decline, and a decline that should worry any manufacturer.

Comment Re:Oy (Score 1) 451

First thought, I can fly up at maximum rate to a toll booth line, or line of traffic at a red traffic light, and the car will stop me without collision in dry conditions? That'll be TERRIFYING to the car in line. That'll mean MORE accidents for those accustomed to such systems in the wet or snow.

These systems do indeed not prevent moronic behaviour. Yet they do help to keep such morons (and, more importantly, the other people on the road) safe.

(It's like antilock brakes, they increase the stopping distance for those who properly apply brakes, but reduce it for those that don't, but nowadays everyone has to adapt to a different technique that is a greater stopping distance.)

Citation needed.

Second thought, I can push a button to keep the guy next to me from going anywhere because his brakes are now activated? I can get the guy on the highway who is a jerk to suddenly be stopped by using an app on my phone? The hacking potential is awesome!

Only if the system is somehow connected to an open network. Which is not necessarily the case.

Third thought, now if you drive over the speed limit, your car will brake wherever people decide you shouldn't be going faster than some amount, regardless of reasons for doing so, or your brakes will be worn down and overheated. Great.

Again only possible if your car is network connected, and the breaks have such a feedback possibility to reduce your speed. The easier way to accomplish this is course to fiddle with the throttle, considering you have gained access to the car already that should be no problem.

Comment Re:Translated (Score 1) 451

Your example shows poor driving overall: in this case keeping far too little distance between your car and the car in front of you.

There's not much technology can do against poor human driving, short of fully automating the car and removing the human factor from the equation all together.

Comment Re:I always assumed they were (Score 1) 220

Once in Korea I was picked out from the passport line: there was a ticking alarm clock in my luggage, and I had to come with them to open my luggage and show what's in. They didn't open it. The TSA destroying bags to inspect them is just sickening and reeks of arrogance and laziness. These "TSA-locks" are just one of the many symptoms of ineffective air traffic security theatre imposed on the world by the arrogant US government.

I never bother to put a lock on my luggage when flying. Those common tiny locks are ineffective anyway. If someone wants to open your bag, they can do anyway - just like the TSA - and you have no way to prove it was a thief, not the TSA, or that even anything was stolen. There's no insurance for checked luggage for that very reason, and it's always advised to not put any valuables in checked luggage. I just make sure my bag is zipped up properly, if a thief (either one working for airport or one that doesn't) wants to open the bag, they will do so no matter what lock you put on it. No lock is maybe even better than a backdoored lock.

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