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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Nidi62 Re:2nd tweet (787 comments)

I would have made a 2nd tweet that Southwest threatened police intervention due to the 1st tweet then asked for the city police (not the airport police)

In many airports the airport police IS the city police

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Nidi62 Re:Customer service? (787 comments)

kids in strollers

Most strollers are too big to take as carry on.

Strollers are always gate checked. You wheel the stroller down the jetway, take your kids out, and leave it by the door. After everyone has boarded, either the gate agent or the ramp gate crew will take the strollers and any carry-on bags that didn't fit in the overhead bins and stowes them in either the bulk bin(for widebody aircraft) or the front compartment (generally bin 1) in the belly of the plane (this bin is usually the last one filled up in an aircraft). When the aircraft lands that bin is the first one open and the gate crew takes the strollers and leaves them by the door of the plane. The gate checked bags end up at baggage claim or transferred to a connecting flight. But if you are flying with a stroller, you really don't need to bring your every day stroller that seats 4, has 6 cup holders, and has enough storage space you could live out of it for a month on your 5-day vacation to wherever. Those things are a bitch to try to lug up those stairs, especially when you have 4 of them. The small ones that fold up (some even have carrying bags with a shoulder strap) are so much easier and lighter. I have worked as a gate agent and on the ramp on gate crews at the busiest airport in the world, and my advice is this: make things as easy as you can for the crews, and your things are less likely to get damaged. Not out of malice, but because the amount of gate checks gets larger every year and right before departure is the busiest time for the gate crew.

yesterday
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Nidi62 Re:But... (115 comments)

I'm not buying it unless it has gold plated connectors.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Nidi62 Re:lol (667 comments)

But still, interpreted literally the new statement is far more factually correct and unbiased than what it replaced. Whoever shot down the plane, they were "soldiers" or fighters of some variety and almost certainly can be described as Ukrainian, given that everyone seems to agree that the fighters are actually eastern Ukrainians and at most Russia is supplying weapons to them.

Not exactly. There is a distinct difference between a soldier and a combatant. A soldier is trained and is a member of a standing military. The separatists can at best be described as "irregulars", or insurgents or rebels if you want to go with slightly more charged terminology. And who exactly is this "everyone" who are agreeing that they are all Eastern Ukranians? I have yet to see any reputable source make that claim. And Russia is not just supplying small arms to these groups. They are giving them tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery, and anti-air systems (both MANPADS and tracked systems). You don't just pick these systesms up and start using them. They are recieving training, either in Russia or locally from trainers that Russia has moved into Ukraine. And given the fact that the missiles were launched from inside territory controlled by the rebelsis a very important detail. Why would the Ukrainians have anti-air equipment deployed in an area they do not control, against an enemy with no air power? All evidence points to the missiles being fired by the separatists, which means Russia had a hand in at the very least training them on how to use the equipment if not providing that equipment as well as continuing to use their influence to keep the conflict going.

5 days ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Nidi62 Re:Not doing it in real life? (154 comments)

C'mon, be honest, don't tell me you don't duck when trying to avoid bullets flying over your head, or leaning to the side when trying to make that tight bend in GTA.

The other night I was playing Red Orchestra 2 and I was prone behind a fence and found myself craning my head to try and see under the fence a little bit better.

about a week ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Nidi62 Depends on the FPS (154 comments)

OF course, twitchy fps's such as CoD or CS would be horrible with VR, as the movement is way too quick. But slower games such as Red Orchesatra 2 or more survival-type games such as DayZ would be incredible with VR. While "e-sport" type FPS's like CoD an Halo might flounder, I think VR will be a boon for more realistic sims and tactical shooters. I look forward to the day where I can play a game and look around and feel like I'm crossing the scorching hot steppes of Russia in 1942, crawling through the jungles of Vietnam in 1967, or even combing through the passageways of a dark deserted space station not knowin if a horde of aliens or zombies (or alien zombies) are waiting around the next corner for me.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Nidi62 Re:This is just how people are. (708 comments)

You can see the different attitudes people have. Watch some homeless guys for a while asking for money. Some people walk by, and give them money. Other people walk by and say, "someone should help them!"

Well, really just giving them money doesn't help them, as a significant number of homeless in American abuse either drugs or alcohol. If you do want to give them immediate help it is better to give them food or water.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Nidi62 Re:France built something like this back in the 19 (379 comments)

Well, really France's mistake was assuming that during war the Germans might actually respect international boundaries. Either that or they simply forgot what happened only 30 years earlier.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Nidi62 Re:We are winning! (188 comments)

Each bullet creates two more "terrorists",

Not quite. Getting blown in half by a .50 round isn't exactly the best recruiting platform. Especially if they can't even spin it as a brave sacrifice facing the evil infidels/Zionists/whatevers. A bullet hitting from a mile away with no warning whatsoever is a very demoralizing thing. Terrorists actually would hate technology such as this because it is more accurate and reduces the chance of collateral damage. Collateral damage is what they want, because all their potential recruits/supporters see are innocent women and children blown up and dead-not how or why they died, only that they died.

The best thing to do is provide aid from a distance, but otherwise don't get involved. No troops, no arming one side or the other, just food and medicine.

You have to do both: provide both the carrot and the stick. Show people that fighting will only earn them a useless, painful, and messy death while peaceful coexistence means prosperity, safety, and education. You are correct in that food and medicine are important (more important than money because they are harder for government, criminals, or elites to divert) but you need boots on the ground to provide stability and protection for those communities that have embraced peace. These boots on the ground also help by building/repairing roads, schools, and houses. When communities see that working with the goverment and denouncing extremism makes them prosper they are more likely to embrace it as well. Because let's face it: most of the people fighting in the world do so because they have greivances such as lack of educational, economical, or political opportunities. Given the choice, most people would choose those over fighting. You simply have to show them that choice actually exists.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Nidi62 Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

Not exactly new, or even news. The (US) Marines' Hymn opens with the lines:

From the halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli...

Referring, IIRC, in the case of the shores of Tripoli, to where the Barbary Pirates took refuge while raiding shipping in the Mediterranean.

The US Marine Corp went in to Tripoli to root out the pirates. That was in 1812.

The Marine Corps (it has an "s" in it-it isn't a business) isn't exactly known for arresting people. And in 1812 they were nothing more than naval infantry, which is why they went to the Barbary Coast. They were protecting American- and other states'- shipping. You know, kind of like what the US, France, Great Britain, and even Russia are doing right now off the Somali coast. The assertion you are trying to make is a very tenuous one.

about two weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Nidi62 Some good news (530 comments)

Will be easier on the cleanup people when the robots commit suicide by jumping off the building. At least until the cleaners are replaced by robots too.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Nidi62 Re:Submarines have been doing just fine for year (468 comments)

Why do they need windows in the first place? I mean subs don't have any and they do just fine without them. There's arguably less things to hit flying than there are in a sub as well. OK there is the small matter of subs cruising at 32 MPH ( ~31 knots) and a plane cruising at 750 MPH (0.75 Mach) but really a pilot should be able to compensate for that...right?

Sure, in the open sea subs use instruments. Even the periscopes these days are simply cameras. But in harbors or waterways subs move on the surface with conning tower manned. And all they have to deal with are a few larger ships and a couple more smaller harbor craft. Now, take a plane's equivalent: ramp areas or taxiways. They have to deal with houndreds of ground service equipment, aircraft service equipment, cars, and trucks. Not to mention thousands of people. As someone who has worked on a ramp around wide-body aricraft, I'm not going anywhere near a plane where I cannot see the pilot.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Nidi62 What about on the ground? (468 comments)

As someone who has worked on the ramp of a major international airport, I have concerns about how this would affect ground operations. On the ramp there is a lot of visual communication between the pilots and the gate crews and others on the ramp. Major airports have bag tugs, cars, aircraft service trucks, buses, and even commercial delivery trucks driving around on the ramp, and where the vehicle traffic intersects taxiways, being able to actually see the pilot in the cockpit is very useful so that you know that they can see you. It is not uncommon for a pilot to wave traffic across to indicate they are not ready to taxi yet (usually this is signaled by the lights on the front landing ger being on, but to due a bright day or a bad angle they can often be hard to see). While there are plenty of aids for flying that reduce the need for a pilot to have visibility, when they are on the ground operating alongside hundreds of vehicles and thousands of people, sight and visual communication play very important roles.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Nidi62 Re:Would be different (185 comments)

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

After 9/11 we actually got pretty good at keeping terrorists from getting to the United States, so I don't think attacks like these are a particularly likely occurrence. First you've got to get enough committed people here to carry out the attacks, which means you have to find people that aren't already on the radar of American intelligence, then get them through the Visa process. Once they're here you've got to obtain all the weaponry you'll need, because you're sure as hell not bringing it here in your checked baggage, so now you've got to deal with the American criminal element (not exactly the most trustworthy lot) to get your hands on a cache of firearms and explosives, all while remaining off the radar of law enforcement. It's really not as easy as it sounds when you open those technothrillers....

Remember how they got over in the book: our southern border is very porous. And once inside the country guns are very easy to get, and even semi-automatic rifles purchased legally can be dangerous in the wrong hands. All you need is one convert or supporter here to buy the guns at a gun show, gun stores, or even privately over the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Nidi62 Re:Would be different (185 comments)

I bet you if he wrote about child pornography or terrorism it would be a different story.

Tom Clancy penned a novel in 1994 that ended with a 767 being flown into the United States Capitol. Seven years before 9/11. Nobody put him in jail, before or after.

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

about three weeks ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Nidi62 Re:The obvious question: (236 comments)

Similar attitudes? I dunno, Tesla seems to be building luxury EVs and google want's to turn your car into a self driving spam box since you can focus your attention on ads during your commute time.

That's probably going to be fine for mass marketed cheap crap, but probably not if you are trying to sell 80k+ luxury cars.

The Ford Model T cost $850 in 1909. The average hourly wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour. That is a luxury price for a car. 5 years later as demand rose and production capacity expanded the price cut in half. The successor to the Model T was the Model A which, almost 20 years later, cost $500. Building luxury cars gets you a brand name, it brings in capital, and it lets you develop and expand production capacity. As your costs go down you can lower prices and expand into more economically priced models.

about three weeks ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Nidi62 Re:All wars ... (192 comments)

Technically the Cold War is so named because it was a time of hostility, but not outright and open conflict, between 2 powers. And power and influence-which is what the US and USSR were essentially fighting over(who would become the dominant superpower)-are very much types of resources.

about a month ago
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When Drones Fall From the Sky

Nidi62 Re:Terminology? (97 comments)

A fastball to the head can kill you. That's where the standard should be.

So you want the FAA to take over the MLB?

about a month ago
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Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

Nidi62 Re:And Watch_Dogs just came out (107 comments)

Even Abstergo Entertainment's offices in Assassin's Creed 4 were directly modeled after Ubisoft Montreal's.

They have cells in the basement?

about a month ago

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GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "The GAO, through a fictitious company, recently requisitioned parts from China in order to determine if the Chinese government was living up to its promises of battling counterfiet parts. The report from the GAO found that "
334 of 396 vendors who offered to sell parts to the fictitious company were from China" and that "
all 16 parts eventually purchased by the fake company came from 13 China-based vendors and all were determined by an independent testing laboratory to be counterfeit." The parts requested were supposedly for use in F-15s, MV-22 Ospreys, and nuclear submarines, and were asked to be new parts. It also says that over the past 3 years, over 1 million counterfeit parts have been found to have come from Chinese companies. This stands in sharp contrast to the Chinese government's promise to clamp down on the production of counterfeit parts in China"

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Michael Bay to remake TMNT as aliens.

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90 minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in which the turtles are not created with ooze, but rather are "from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable." There is no word yet on whether or not he is consulting with George Lucas on how to totally destroy the origin and essence of a classic story."
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University Copyright Case About To Go To Trial

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "A Duke University blog covers the possible ramifications of the latest motion in the copyright case against Georgia State University. Cambrigde, Oxford, and Sage have proposed an injunction that would first enjoin GSU to include all faculty, employees, students. All copying would have to be monitored and limited to 10% of a work or 1000 words, whichever is less. No two classes would be allowed to use the same copied work unless they paid for it, essentially taking fair use out of the classroom. Along with this, courses would be allowed to be made up of only 10% copied material, the other 90% must be either purchased works or copies that have been paid for by permission fees. And, if this isn't enough, the publishers also want access to all computer systems on the campus network, to monitor compliance and copying.

This proposed order, in short, represents a nightmare, a true dystopia, for higher education....Yet you can be sure that if [these] things happen, all of our campuses would be pressured to adopt the “Georgia State model” in order to avoid litigation.

Disclosure: I am currently a graduate student at Georgia State University."
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Anonymous to Attack Iran?

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "CNN has an article that Anonymous plans to use International Worker's Day as a basis to launch an attack on Iran, in an attempt to bring the revolutions spreading across the Middle East into Iran. Supposedly the attacks are supposed to start at 5am GMT Sunday. Other than that, the article is very short on substance. Is this really Anonymous, or could this actually be an attempt by Iran to make themselves look like the victim of another cyber attack?"
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