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10th Jul '17 6:52:54 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr Jon Osterman is trapped inside the Intrinsic Field test chamber by the door closing behind him when the automatic timer starts up the generators for that afternoon's experiment. As Dr Glass puts it, "I'm sorry, Osterman. The program's locked in and we can't over-ride the time lock. It's a safety feature."

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Dr Dr. Jon Osterman is trapped inside the Intrinsic Field test chamber by the door closing behind him when the automatic timer starts up the generators for that afternoon's experiment. As Dr Dr. Glass puts it, "I'm sorry, Osterman. The program's locked in and we can't over-ride the time lock. It's It's... it's a safety feature."" His last words indicate how horribly aware he is that this trope has come into play.
10th Jul '17 6:42:57 PM Fireblood
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** There is no way that the bridge life-support systems would fail on their own, as Geordi points out; there are seven independent interlocks to prevent it. Data is able to seize absolute control of the ship's computer, mainly by virtue of the fact that, having sophisticated speech capabilities, he can ''precisely'' mimic Picard's vocal patterns and fool the voice biometrics authentication that the computer uses. The fact that "Picard" is giving verbal orders to the ship's computer from the bridge when he is actually in main engineering (location supposedly being something that the computer tracks) does not hinder Data in any way. It could also have been avoided by just requiring more biometric controls than just Picard's voice (like scanning his eyes and face too). It's really unsettling too seeing how easily one android hijacks the entire ''Enterprise'', and none of the security holes this reveals are ever mentioned or shown to be fixed. (TNG: "Brothers")
27th Jun '17 1:07:15 AM morane
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* Probably the worst known roller coaster incident in history occurred on rhe Battersea Funfair Big Dipper on 30 May 1972. The lift chain malfunctioned, followed by the anti-rollback mechanism, and the train rolled back to the station and collided with the other train. Five children died and another 13 were injured. The park struggled on for another 16 months, before closing at the end of the 1974 season.

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* Probably the worst known roller coaster incident in history occurred on rhe the Battersea Funfair Big Dipper on 30 May 1972. The lift chain malfunctioned, followed by the anti-rollback mechanism, and the train rolled back to the station and collided with the other train. Five children died and another 13 were injured. The park struggled on for another 16 months, before closing at the end of the 1974 season.




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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_activation_device Automatic activation devices]] are lifesaving devices in skydiving, and they are intended to automatically deploy the reserve parachute if the main has failed or is not opened and flying at certain altitude. They have saved hundreds of lives, but sometimes they can fail disastrously. As they register the air pressure changes and acceleration, they can sometimes fire unintentionally if the skydiver tries something daring at very low altitudes, resulting in both main and reserve canopies flying simultaneously. There are three possible [[ParachuteMalfunction malfunctions]]: ''biplane'', where the canopies are one above each other, ''side-by-side'' where the canopies are aside each other and ''downplane'' where they are ''vertically'' aside each other, creating no lift. Biplane and side-by-side are mere nasty nuisances, but the downplane malfunction is likely to be fatal unless the skydiver a) has enough altitude and b) manages to perform immediately main cutaway. And pray...
19th Jun '17 9:03:07 AM Macsen
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->''"Out of order?! ''Fuck!'' Even in the future nothing works!"''

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->''"Out of order?! ''Fuck!'' ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]]!'' Even in the future nothing works!"''
16th Jun '17 1:26:31 PM nm3youtube
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* Class D cargo holds were designed to be airtight in order to starve cargo fires of oxygen, preventing them from bringing down a plane. However, in the case of [=ValuJet=] Flight 592, the fire was caused by [[NoOSHACompliance incorrectly declared, unsafely packaged oxygen generators]], resulting in a self-sustaining inferno that brought the DC-9 down within minutes, killing all 110 occupants. Class D holds were discontinued after the accident because the FAA realised how useless hoping a cargo fire would peter out was.
9th Jun '17 1:39:06 AM Medinoc
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* sudo (in POSIX style operating systems) and UAC (in Windows) is a failsafe, sort of, to make the user aware that whatever they're going to do may have an impact on the system. When used, most programs that try to do an action that will cause system changes will trigger this. Bypassing it, by either running as root or disabling UAC, will allow a program to do whatever it wants.

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* sudo (in POSIX style operating systems) and UAC (in Windows) is a failsafe, sort of, to make the user aware that whatever they're going to do may have an impact on the system. When used, most programs that try to do an action that will cause system changes will trigger this. Bypassing it, by either running as root or disabling UAC, UAC (or even [[https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20160816-00/?p=94105 leaving the latter at its default "recommended" setting]]), will allow a program to do whatever it wants.
8th Jun '17 12:09:46 PM Madrugada
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* In Literature/TimeScout the many systems Time Tours and BATF have in place are ... completely useless. And then some.
8th Jun '17 8:20:02 AM Medinoc
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Contrary to popular understanding, "fail safe" does not mean "safe from failing", i.e. [[TemptingFate "failure-proof"]]--it means that if (when) it fails, it will do so in a way that leaves it safe. When something is described as "fail safe", it means that it has been designed and built so that a critical mechanical failure or operator mistake will cause the system in question to default to its safest possible state, quickly and automatically, without any human intervention. Consider the following: if you're at an intersection where there's a traffic light, and it fails, if it "fails safe" then either it goes dark or all four directions show a red signal. If it showed green in all four directions, that would be a failure to fail safe. For more info, see [[Analysis/FailsafeFailure the Analysis page]]. Real Life Failsafe Failures are often caused by an improbable and unanticipated conjunction of two or more failure conditions.

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Contrary to popular understanding, "fail safe" does not mean "safe from failing", i.e. [[TemptingFate "failure-proof"]]--it means that if (when) it fails, it will do so in a way that leaves it safe. When something is described as "fail safe", it means that it has been designed and built so that a critical mechanical failure or operator mistake will cause the system in question to default to its safest possible state, quickly and automatically, without any human intervention. Consider the following: if you're at an intersection where there's a traffic light, and it fails, if it "fails safe" then either it goes dark or all four directions show a red signal. If it showed green in all four directions, that would be a failure to fail safe. For more info, see [[Analysis/FailsafeFailure the Analysis page]]. Real Life Failsafe Failures are often caused by an improbable and unanticipated conjunction of two or more failure conditions.
conditions (one of which will often turn out to have never worked in the first place).
15th May '17 8:32:17 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a preassigned city ... and having the missile technician add "Mojave Desert" into the missile's launch code database.

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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, Malware Tech, a British research firm, puts it, described it: "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a preassigned city ... and having the missile technician add "Mojave Desert" into the missile's launch code database.
15th May '17 8:31:33 PM staticat09
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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... and having the missile technician aim it at the Mojave Desert.

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* In 2017, Wanna Cry -- a ransomware botnet -- affected more than 20% of hospitals in the UK, later spreading to over 74 countries. The malware was designed to automatically ping an unregistered domain name, and would cease to exist if it found a domain name that actually existed. A twentysomething hacker found this flaw, registered a previously unregistered domain name, and began to intercept the botnet's packets. This registered domain's IP address reached all affected PC s... shutting down the virus. As MalwareTech, a research firm, puts it, "It thought it was in a sandbox [testing environment] and killed itself." Or, to put it another way, it was the cybersecurity equivalent of launching a missile that will only detonate if it hits a populated area ... preassigned city ... and having the missile technician aim it at add "Mojave Desert" into the Mojave Desert.missile's launch code database.
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