On the other hand…

It’s the batshit crazy stuff like this that makes The Daily Mail so much fun to read:

An anti-terror expert believes the speed, altitude and direction of the aircraft could have been changed, simply by sending radio signals from a small remote device.

A framework of ‘codes’ created by cyber terrorists would also be able to get into the plane’s in-flight entertainment system and override the security software.

Question: does the ‘expert’ really believe you can hack into the flight computer through the in-flight entertainment system, or is this merely the interpretation of an dimwitted reporter?

Experts and The Daily Mail. What would we do without them?



Even though the political side of Slate has moved more and more towards strident, progressive harangues—trying to give Salon some competition, I guess—the non-political stuff remains interesting. Their coverage of the missing airliner has been great. Here’s Jeff Wise, arguing that the plane is in Central Asia. Not only does this agree with it’s possible location as noted here a few days ago, it also agrees with what George Jonas wrote last week. One of the reasons information has been trickling out the way it has is the reluctance of countries to reveal not so much what they know but how they know it. And, just as importantly, what they don’t know. As pointed out in the Slate piece linked above:

Too many movies and Predator (unmanned military drone) feeds from Afghanistan have suckered people into thinking we know everything and see everything. You get what you pay for. And the world, by and large, does not pay.

Was Nietzsche right?

John Gray at the New Statesman:

Nor was Nietzsche, at bottom, a tragic thinker. His early work contained a profound interrogation of liberal rationalism, a modern view of things that contains no tragedies, only unfortunate mistakes and inspirational learning experiences. Against this banal creed, Nietzsche wanted to revive the tragic world-view of the ancient Greeks. But that world-view makes sense only if much that is important in life is fated. As understood in Greek religion and drama, tragedy requires a conflict of values that cannot be revoked by any act of will; in the mythology that Nietzsche concocted in his later writings, however, the godlike Superman, creating and destroying values as he pleases, can dissolve and nullify any tragic conflict.