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Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 2) 127

No one seems to have pointed out this portion of TFA:

"During a time of great technical innovation in aviation — when fighters planes became fighter jets, and later super-sonic fighter jets — the design of the cockpit became more and more decisive in determining whether a pilot could stay ahead of the plane and successfully execute the mission, or whether the plane would get ahead of the pilot and fly out of control."

The nature and reliability of how this was determined is left unexplained, but it does at least clearly state the basis for the argument -- that cockpit dimensions played a large role in a pilot's ability simply to fly the plane.

Comment Re:Who authorized go on launch? (Score 1) 174

The video zoomed in on the crane, so it's hard to tell, but I wonder if the recovery chute inflated and yanked it off the crane. That, or it deployed after the initial failure, but it becomes visible and semi-inflated later. At the least, I'd guess it was the chute that did the dragging rather than the balloon itself.

Comment Re:Explanation of the attack -- enforcement issues (Score 2, Interesting) 312

It is an interesting attack, and IANAL, but I'd be curious about the legal ramifications. If I slip a carbon (ah... the way-back machine) in a stack of papers and ask someone to sign the top one without thus informing them, I think my stealth probably invalidates the additional document(s).

You could argue that there's a noticeable difference between pen and carbon -- making the copy hard to enforce -- but I'd argue the digital version is even easier: at least in the PS example, both "copies" of the document need to be present to preserve the hash.

In normal (pen/paper) signature situations, I get a copy of what I signed. The same ought to apply to digital sigs, resulting in a simple legal challenge to the validity of the document.

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