* Posts by Brian 18

6 posts • joined 8 Jan 2010

iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

Brian 18

Re: I would prefer convenience at the cost of a few deaths

"Of all the changes since 9/11, the only one that will actually prevent 9/11 style attacks is reinforcement of cockpit doors."

You forgot one other change. Before 2001-09-11, hijakers took over planes primarily to hold people for ransom. Most passengers would be released with little harm. In this condition, not resisting gave the best chance of survival. The hijackers of that day changed the condition. I suspect most passengers today facing the same situation would actively fight back. I also suspect the hijackers would be dead before they could get into the cockpit, even without the reinforced door.


HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Brian 18

Re: I don't buy it

Yes, I've seen the Terminator movies. I loved the end of the third one when SkyNet developed suicidal depression and tried to kill itself. AI so advanced that it even replicated heman mental disorders.

The dialog at the end of the movie clearly said that version of SkyNet had no central computer to shut down. It existed as a virus on the computers in office buildings, homes, dorm rooms, etc. connected through cyberspace. Exactly the same places the nuclear weapons it launched would wipe out.


Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

Brian 18

Re: We'll get used to it. Resistance is futile, as ever.

"I have to wonder if Google had decided to not include a camera would there be so much anti-glass?"

From me, yes. While I admit I find the camera creepy, it is not the most dangerous part of GG. I have seen way too many idiot drivers* using lap tops on the passenger seat, texting, web browsing on their cell phones. These idiots represent one significant advantage to me over GG. I can see that they are not paying attention driving and give them plenty of room. That way when these accidents looking for a place to happen finally find it, I don't get injured. With GG, you can't tell.

* Not sure I can really call them drivers because they certainly didn't pay much (if any) attention to driving.


John McAfee declares war on Android

Brian 18

'It would be something like "GUI-toolkit" commands via TLS over Websocket or something.'

Already exists.



Patent attack on Google open codec faces 'antitrust probe'

Brian 18

Both sides being corrupt makes it alright.

So Obama's corruption is acceptable because his predecessor was also corrupt. This is the kind of rationalization I would expect from a young child. If you are a US citizen and wonder why the government is so fouled up, look in a mirror and the answer will be starring back at you.

As to the original commenter: It is good to be friends with those currently in power, regardless of their names, political affiliations, etc. Examples of this kind of favouritism can be found throughout history.


Ghost of Gates' tablet haunts Microsoft's future

Brian 18

Please not that tired myth again

I have one of the pens in question. It was not developed by the US government or at their request. NASA originally used pencils and continued to use them even after this fabled pen was created.

The space pen was developed by Fisher, a US manufacturer of writing implements. Fisher developed the pen with private funds and actually sells them at a high but reasonable price. I own one of these pens and I have to say it writes beautifully.


PS. I am not now nor have I ever been employed by Fisher or NASA.