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Comment: Manditory Car Tracking (Score 1) 114

by BlueCoder (#49382449) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Police and cities might not like it (I'll get back to that in a second) but I think car tracking should be mandatory for everyone. Cars should track their position and speed and report to local antennas located along the road and at intersections where there are signals and infrastructure in place. This achieves a few things...

Traffic tickets are automated. And not just speeding tickets. So everyone will become better drivers since it's no longer a game of catching someone doing something stupid and giving them a big ticket. People WILL change their driving habits. Furthermore since you have half the equipment in your car anyway; electronics systems/software can be installed that will warn/prevent you from doing things that will give you a ticket.

Traffic cops will no longer be necessary. So less police will need to be employed. And since cities save on salaries they can afford to shift some of those people to real crime and violence. Cities will miss out on ticket revenue and will have to make up for it some other way but they will save with fewer police.

Every car is tracked. It will become 100 fold harder to commit a crime. You can't rob a bank, the police will know the location of the getaway car and any cars one could switch to. You can't steal a car. You can't turn off your transmitter or impersonate another car since traffic systems will notice you. You can't get away from the scene of a crime except on foot. They have cameras on buses already. Security cameras on the street are common enough. The more likely are you to being caught the less likely you will commit an offense or in cases of violent passion to flee.

For those of you fearing a tracking state there is just no way to avoid it. Cameras will be installed on traffic lights anyways and with computer software will be able to read every license plate as it goes by. You are and will be tracked according to your car. What I suggest actually gives more benefits to society since they are tracked anyway.

There still can be legislative and judicial rules on using stored tracking data. First rule is every query of the data is tracked and must be reviewed during or after the fact. Further there should be hard penalties for abusing the system. Specifically fines and jail time for cops or exposing them to a personal civil suit. Second there should be security audits by civil panels. In case of ANY critical security flaw the system will be taken offline until fixed.

Comment: Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 2) 152

by BlueCoder (#49362821) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Please explain to me why it needs to be replaced? It's took a lot of money to get all that weight up there in the first place. As an engineer I want to reuse and expand and not throw anything away.

NASA can't build tin cans that can survive in space for a hundred years? There are planes from WW2 that are still flying and those rattle. And yes I can understand that they can turn into swiss cheese but that's what patching and welding is for.

Hopefully at some point Elon Musk will be able to back away from the day to day operation of SpaceX and start recycling and manufacturing facilities in space. Things get at least a hundred times cheaper when they don't have to survive the stresses of liftoff. I can see a day when everything is covered with shielding panels and as they get corrupted are replaced, melted down and recast.

Comment: Same facts different spin. All about the dollars. (Score 1) 441

by BlueCoder (#47735687) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

It's all about cheaper salaries. The truth is that the vast majority of US techies are far superior. But for big box companies with all their managers trying to justify their jobs they actually just want the equivalent of code monkeys and lots of bureaucracy. Americans are truly lazy; we actually want the systems to work and work well so that we can relax and think up new ways to make the system actually easier or more flexible. Code monkeys know the managers only care about numbers so they actually want to make buggy code with lots of simple fixes so as to create the illusion of doing something called work. Fix one error and create two more for next time; this makes your manager happy. These people can be just as smart/lazy/efficient as their American equivalents; they just understand their job is to make their managers look good.

What is happening is that the majority of H1B workers are being hired through labor agencies. They are indeed making a better living than they would back at home. The labor agency is rotating the workers though. There are working more than a 40 hours a week and they know better than to complain because the culture is such that whomever breaks the unwritten rules of silence can expect consequences from their fellow workers/friends at a later time. Your friends and family are punished as well. Think back to the early union days but the union thugs are there to make sure no one complains which would ruin it for the group as a whole.

I have no problem with having unlimited H1B workers so long as they are being paid slightly more than what comparable US workers would cost and are actually getting the benefits they earned according to our labor laws here. So theoretically the number of $100,000 H1B's should be unlimited.

And 90% of the problem would go away if you simply get rid of the agencies and made the tech companies hire directly. They know they are cheating the system and would fear class action suits. They use agencies to buffer their legal exposure.

Comment: Combining subjects (Score 2) 634

by BlueCoder (#45161029) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

For the people on the bottom that physically work and produce nothing really changes. All that people really need is food and shelter and in the western world we can afford to eat a lot less. The people at the bottom already live paycheck to paycheck and they know how to do physical work and how to fix things themselves. The people that will be hurt are the infirm that our modern society supports which includes the elderly, chronically sick and cripples. Most of us will someday at some point join the infirm.

This is the scenario after a "worldwide bankruptcy" All the land with all the houses and apartments will still exist. All the farmland that produces all the food that overfeeds our country and the rest for the world will still exist. All the fertilizers, chemicals, and natural resources will still exist. At least two thirds of the people, working to produce and distribute the above, will continue doing what they already do. Many of the poorest people of today live in luxury compared to a hundred and two hundred years ago. What will change is the "rich" will be out on the street sort to speak with their bank accounts decimated. There will be a memorable backlash against lawyers, investment bankers, and politicians that support their rackets and games.

Medical patents will be vacated and health care will go back to being affordable. Doctors will be better protected legally and not need insurance like the do now but will be subject to more public records, reviews and audits. Medicine will go back to being affordable comparable to the 1960. There will be no million dollar procedures unless you have a million dollars. People will die at 85 instead of 90. Doctors pay checks will no longer be quite so big but they will no longer need to support the insurance industry and lawyers. They will become more respectable and esteemed members of society back when children wanted to grow up to be a doctor not because of the paycheck but rather to be a hero of society.

Higher education will become affordable again but no longer be government subsidized.

Comment: He's was a nut job; his bosses should be in prison (Score 1) 784

by BlueCoder (#44652237) Attached to: Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

Manning is a confused nut. He obviously had and has issues. I could theoretically admired him and condemned him before I found out he was a nut case. (He's not a nut for wanting to be a women; that confusion is just part of his problems.) I have to put blame of those under whom he worked. You don't let a nut job (confused and troubled individual) handle and process classified information. You supervise your employees. I believe his commanders should be the ones in jail.

He was working with classified info. The moment he said he didn't want to be in the army his security clearance should have been revoked and he should have been moved to non secure work. It's really that simple.

P.S. I remember my short stint in the military a long time ago. They kicked me out because I couldn't do enough pushups. My MOS was 74D. I would like had the same access as manning or probably even better since all he did was have access at a terminal. I wanted to serve, had skills far beyond my MOS training and I knew my place and yet they kicked me out because my body didn't respond to traditional physical training.

Comment: Stereo vistion is the first step to VRTV (Score 1) 120

by BlueCoder (#44196393) Attached to: BBC Gives Up On 3-D Television Programming

I think they will change their minds later but I do agreed that stereovision is a joke. With the Oculus Rift in beta things are just getting started. Anything recorded now in stereovision can later more readily be converted to to whatever VR format evolves. The future is the Oculus Rift and then augmented reality displays that overlay 3d on top of what you already see. Then a shift hopefully of contact lens display.

And finally bionic direct optical nerve interface which could leap frog the contact lens display in my opinion. A similar nerve interface for the ear but not so much for sound but for virtualizing balance and momentum. And finally either a spinal tap or direct brain implant for tapping into the rest of the nerves of the body to simulate touch. There is zero chance of this not happening outside of the human race destroying itself in the next 50 years. The more sci-fi-esque future will be when your injected with nanites at birth and the implants automatically grow in the body.

Back on the subject of 3D. VR/AR displays make real hologram displays academic. If they ever become reality they will be pointless to implement commercially.

Comment: But what is natural? (Score 1) 214

by BlueCoder (#44002729) Attached to: Supreme Court: No Patents For Natural DNA Sequences

I can easily see that question coming up next to bring back this case.

First you can have someone do an exhaustive search to prove that a sequence has occurred naturally through random chance. And just because it occurs does not mean it will catch and become significantly dominant. I can predict right now that every possible sequence has probably occurred many times on this planet.

Second one can create the environment for the sequence to naturally evolve. And even if you did define something like this as unnatural you can't so easily prove such an example if released in the wild didn't evolve naturally.

It also doesn't address the issue of artificial human DNA. Can a corporation sue for infringement if a modified human has a child?

Comment: So sole authors really need to choose? (Score 1) 356

by BlueCoder (#43991779) Attached to: Your License Is Your Interface

The simple fact is that the majority of accounts are just single people; sole authors. The vast majority of whose hello world programs will never gain any traction. It the least they want to know if anyone even looks at their code and said person will ask about the license if they have any intention of using it. Seems reasonable to me.

It also defers the question of which license until there are at least a couple other people willing to invest their time in the code. By choosing early you are creating more friction where a project really needs to gather developers to achieve some momentum.

Comment: So finance R&D and we can talk about it (Score 2) 750

by BlueCoder (#43786531) Attached to: House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

You can't mandate a technology that doesn't exist or isn't practical. So invent it before you make it law.

I think such a requirement if made into law should be found to violate the 2nd amendment. But I do want the option of such technology so what you could do is mandate the availably of the tech for all new firearm models. Kind of like requiring automobiles be made with seat belts but not requiring people to use them.

Comment: I don't like US double taxing (Score 1) 716

by BlueCoder (#43785807) Attached to: Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

The US taxes income that is already taxed in another country. It should be that money is taxed where it's earned. If something is sold to someone in France then the seller needs to pay French income, vat and sales taxes. If it's sold to someone in Germany then the French should collect no taxes and nor should the United States.

You simply can not survive as a business without tax shelters if you have to pay foreign and US taxes. So in for a penny, in for a pound. Your forced to do business so may as well defraud as much as you can and the taxes they would normally pay is used for buying off US federal politicians. That is politicizations rig the game so money goes in their coffers.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"