It's pretty ironic to blame the victim for demonstrating poor judgement when one of the symptoms of hypoxia is declining judgement. If this was a properly-designed system, the backup O2 would trigger automatically.
This is obviously what happened, back on the lack of control inputs. He passed out and didn't recover until he was back below 10,000 feet or so when the atmosphere thickened up. But by then he was going mach 1.1 and had no time to act.
There's no way, even if it flat-spinned in, that it landed intact (unless it has some sort of parachute recovery system). Also, (I'd like to think that) there's no way that they could take over the control system.
OK, two words (since the program doesn't seem to be written about much): F-111.
That was the same kind of concept -- one plane that could play multiple roles -- but it didn't work out in the end since so many requirements went against each other. You'd think they'd learn from history, but I guess the concept is just too appealing.
While I don't have a problem with people patenting an organism or process they have created, I have a massive problem with people being able to patent a gene or other aspect of the body that they merely discovered.
The real problem with the minimum wage is that it drives up the cost of labor and encourages people and companies to develop these kinds of inventions. It's not a coincidence that McDonald's has started introducing more automation as well-intentioned, but economics-challenged, legislators have raised the minimum wage nationwide. Obamacare also isn't going to make things any better for low-skilled workers.
What really bothers me is that the laypeople get it and are trying to do the appropriate thing, but when they run things up the chain the guys up there clearly STILL don't get it. I don't know if it's arrogance or ignorance or what (but the Opus Dei reference makes me wonder about lingering old-school arrogance).
The parishoners knew for months, if not years, that something strange was going on, but the diocese refused to do anything. There's a letter out there that the principle sent to the Bishop that's quite damning (and that the bishop supposedly never even read).