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To his credit, I do keep listening to his program. Mostly because I am an advocate of listening to all sides before deciding things. But, I have relegated it to just background noise instead of active listening, which I do for things like... GeekNights. And ATW9K. And Fast Karate. And AWO. Among others.
The point is that the dosage administered by these machines is equivalent to the amount of ionizing radiation to which you are exposed in two minutes of flying. Two minutes. That's it. 40-something minutes ofordinary existenceexposes you to just as much ionizing radiation.The FDA info that I linked to spells it out very plainly. You're exposed to ionizing radiation constantly. The amount of additional radiation to which these machines expose you is so small that it effectively does not exist.
FAA's rules for getting a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose among airplanes, gyroplanes, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships.
Put in the time to learn how to fly a Learjet, and you could probably get someone to sponsor a work visa for you.
So, yeah, I really wish someone would make a clone of Plurk, only not ass.
Didn't read every post, but here's my take on the whole opt-out protest:Everyone involved is being a whiny bitch. There are people out there willing to have bombs strapped to their schwantz in order for a small chance to murder you and everyone you know. Do you want the TSA to stop them? Then shutthefuckup and let them scan you.
Adam, you are so insanely wrong it's laugahble.
Adam, you are so insanely wrong it's laugahble.I would pay extra to fly an airline that skipped most of our current security theater.
There is really only two things that have made air travel safer. First is reinforced pilot cabin doors and the second is the fact that passengers know to fight back against any wrongdoers.
Being afraid of terrorists is like being afraid of......winning the lottery.
If winning the lottery means you win getting beat upon and shot, then yes.
Boot to the head?
Nothing that the TSA is doing right now can detect that.
The thing is, it is incredibly hard to smuggle explosives into the cabin.
Adam, you are so insanely wrong it's laughable. You need to start reading Bruce Schneier's blog ASAP.
And you need to read what Adam posted - unless you are making the assertion that flying is a right, rather than a choice, or a private business transaction between you and the airline.
I will argue in his favour, however, that Curry is damn skilled at producing compelling and entertaining media. I would be happy to be apprenticed to someone as skilled as curry for that - But respecting his skills doesn't mean I think him any less delusional.
EDIT: In fact, one of my plans if/when I become ridiculously wealthy is to commission the building of a transcontinental pleasure zeppelin, from which I may better survey my domain.
The only frustrating thing is that the user interface for Plurk is AAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Oh my god it's so bad! It's buggy as all hell, doesn't scroll through multiple days nearly fast enough, and kinda hard to search. I think it's maintained by some people in China, so support's not great either. The only reason I stick with it is that it's the only thing that seems to cater to the needs of our specific friend group, and the advantages described above outweigh the bugs for us. So, yeah, I really wish someone would make a clone of Plurk, only not ass.
It's nice because if people want to IM me while I'm away, it goes right to my phone, and if I'm not busy, I can choose to go active and respond right there, but I can also just ignore it if I'm busy. I don't get enough IMs throughout the day to make it annoying. For the most part it's been all positive since I'm staying in better touch with a few college friends that began to drift away due to infrequent contact. The only issue is that every now and then the app won't realize I'm on the laptop, and will cause the phone to buzz several times during a convo.
Everyone involved is being a whiny bitch. There are people out there willing to have bombs strapped to their schwantz in order for a small chance to murder you and everyone you know. Do you want the TSA to stop them? Then shutthefuckup and let them scan you.
Whine #1: But they might be able to see my naughty bits!
Response #1: Then submit to the pat down.
Whine #1a: But then they might touch my naughty bits!
Response #1a: Then don't fly. No one has a right to fly, and this is how we're protected. Suck it up, pussy.
Whine #2: My religion prevents me from being scanned or patted down!
Response #2: Then don't fly. No one has a right to fly, and this is how we're protected. Suck it up, pussy.
Whine #3: X-rays are dangerous because I fly a bajillion times a year!!
Response #3: Then submit to the pat down.
Whine #4: Bawwww my children baawwwww.
Response #4: Then don't fly. No one has a right to fly, and this is how we're protected. Suck it up, pussy. Also, everyone hates your kids on the plane.
They're also willing to swallow explosives to do the same exact thing.
Nothing that the TSA is doing right now can detect that.
And to preempt "No one has or will swallow explosives to blow someone up" it's already happened.
Security theater will not save us. The TSA will not save us.
IF a TSA agent is all that is standing between us and another attack that means the FBI, CIA, NSA, DoD and others have already FAILED.
You get a fucking bellyache, and then most likely die from ingesting some pretty severely poisonous stuff, is what you do. Because without a Detonator, you're getting nowhere. And Guess what gets picked up REALLY well by a metal detector? Well, If you guessed "A Detonator" you'd be correct - And even if you just had the Det in there, you'd still need some means to set it off, which increases the metallic content, as you're going to need a power source, and either sensors or a receiver for the detonation signal, plus wires to connect it all.
I'm sorry, everybody, but a bomb is a little more complex than a bowling ball with a string hanging off it. You can Read Schneider's blog, or any other blog on the topic, but that doesn't make you an expert, or even knowledgeable on the subject, because you lack the context and experience to apply said knowledge you have gained.
Frankly, both as a professional and as a private citizen, I'd rather just go through the scanner. I don't give a toss about anyone seeing me naked, and even if I did, the person seeing me naked can't identify me from it, I'm pretty much an identity-less mannequin on a screen. So what if they giggle at my cock? They know not at whose cock they giggle. They're completely removed from me, and they never see my face. Nobody anywhere near me who does see me, will see me naked via the scanners. Not even the pissant TSA Rent-a-cop waving me through the scanner will see it. And if they save the image illegally, then the legal system is going to come down on them like the angry fist of god, and with a little judicious civil action, I likely get a tidy cash bonus. This is all just whiny bullshit to me.
Also, I think that people who do not fly often should shut up when it comes to flying. Just like people who don't even own a computer should shut up when it comes to issues of technology.