The OP's problem is that the developers aren't really part of the IT department. If he had 5 support staff available he'd be over staffed, but that's not what he's got. Having developers do basic support basically shatters their productivity to the extent that the 4 guys they have working in that department are probably actually accomplishing less than 50% of the workload they should be able to manage. The current mess is a lose lose situation.
In actuality 5 people is a very large IT department for an organisation your size. The problem is that you don't actually have 5 people in your IT department. You have 4 people doing LoB development and you doing IT.
It's a classic mistake one my employer also makes but Developers are not, properly speaking, part of the IT department. You hire them for a different reason, you expect different skill sets, and the high interrupt nature of regular support work basically kills their productivity. Claiming they're part of the IT department is like saying that Finance is IT because they're pretty good with excel.
Now the reality may be that when you take all the support crap they're not properly qualified to do away from the developers that you actually find out you need fewer of them, but that's a completely separate issue.
There are, but there's always a risk of this sort of thing, as has been pointed out delivery drivers aren't immune from theft either.
The kinetic energy doesn't disappear, but neither do your steering or brakes, you'll probably lose power steering which is inconvenient and may lose ABS which could also be, but compared to spike strips or running them off the road, it's pretty safe.
If you're fleeing the police when they use it, your lawsuit will be laughed out of court.
Laser, yes, though with current technology it'd have to be pretty damned big to get enough power to do any damage, radio nope.
Theoretically you shouldn't be so close to the car in front of you that you'd plow into them even if they slammed on the breaks, let alone just lost power, but of course the world is full of tail gating idiots.
Safe is a relative term, compare this to spike strips.
That'd be a pretty impressive feat, hitting something as small as a car and only that car with any kind of radio signal let alone this specific frequency from even LEO would be damned difficult if not impossible.If the NSA really wanted to do this for some reason they'd be better off mandating that cars have a remote stop system built into them. Making something that works in a range of a matter of meters work at a range of several miles is not a trivial engineering problem.
It sort of depends what it's used for. Deploying it willy nilly is probably a bad idea, but when compared to spike strips and other mechanisms currently used to stop cars whose drivers don't want to stop them it seems dramatically safer for both the driver and more importantly everyone else around them.
When they toss the first couple jackasses who do it as a joke into federal PMITA prison for the rest of their lives the joke will wear pretty thin. It's not even a case where it'd be a disproportionate response, anyone actually doing this for the lulz needs to be off the street for a long time.
4 train lines and a whole bunch of buses, plus the ferry, and a few other things all operated by different private companies, we have zones as well. Not saying it isn't simpler, but Perth did the whole thing in a year when Sydney gave up, and Victoria seems to have had a bit of a fiasco. The smartrider is one card and it just works, even handles the free transit zones in the CBD, kind of neat really. There are a few nice things about WA, even if the rest of the country forgets we exist sometimes.
It's how you guys implement stuff over east. The WA equivalent of MyKi actually works.
Moved down in 2004 and they were talking about the imminent shut off then.
Google Glass's resolution is not anywhere near high enough for diagnostic imaging, doing this sort of crap would be illegal in most countries.