Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed Of Procrustes, p. 84
At the time of this writing there are 1,178 Boeing 777's plying the skies of the world. It is Boeing's most famous and successful jet produced so far. Although the Oracle of Ottawa still believes in his old heart of hearts that the most famous Boeing jet of all time was the Boeing 707. The mighty 707 was the start of it all. And the best thing about the first legend is that a human actually had to fly it most all the time. There was no wussy 'fly by wire' crap, no GPS, it was damn near completely analog all through. If the Oracle of Ottawa ever gets to be as rich as a middle east sand spit oil sheik and could buy any jet he wanted, it would be a perfectly restored Boeing 707, with no computer goodies of any kind. Not even a cell phone.
|Boeing 777 - Was it 'hacked'?|
It was while watching the endless footage on the vanished Boeing 777, that the Oracle of Ottawa for some reason thought of the very weird demise of journalist Mike Hastings. Who was witnessed and recorded on security cameras helplessly caught in a brand new computered up Mercedes Benz! That seemed to be driving itself. Until it was piloted in to the biggest tree on the street. Do you remember that one Dear Reader?
Then that big light bulb of enlightenment come on in the Oracle of Ottawas head again.
Could Flight 370 have been 'hacked'? Could someone have possibly accessed the electronic interface and taken over control of the plane? From where Flight 370 started to Bejing China was a six hour overnight flight. With the technology onboard you set the course and no doubt you could get the console to wake you up at dawn. The Oracle of Ottawa submits that that is exactly what happened, until the pilots realized the sun was coming up on the wrong side of the aircraft. Then they discovered that they were totally locked out from all controls. And being Asians they would not dare try anything dangerous or risky. Cause as all we gajins know, that is how they are raised. Am I right or am I right?
Now of course this pioneer hack was not performed by a first world teenager in his bedroom somewhere in America or the European Union. The Oracle would like to fly the premiss that it was a government that had access to a global satellite chain and the very sharpest digital hackers, that the spying of a very large nation state could provide. The only question that the Oracle of Ottawa can't decide is whether it was the Russians or the Chinese. Somebody should really look into the possibility of this insane theory, shouldn't they?