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Comment: Re:Get the right breed of dog. (Score 1) 221

by Ihlosi (#47964019) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
I think one of my buddies has a dog like that. Boxer English bull dog mix,

Are you sure it's a mix, and not an actual bullmastiff? They look a bit similar to boxers in coloration, but are much more massive (45-60kg). And they're the breed of dog I was thinking about. They instinctively knock people over and then keep them from getting up, either by sitting on them or headbutting them.

Comment: Get the right breed of dog. (Score 1) 221

by Ihlosi (#47958671) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
do you unleash a dog and risk having cell phone video shot from Pennsylvania Avenue of an unarmed, mentally ill person being bitten or menaced by an attack dog?

Get the right breed of dog and give it the right kind of training. There are dogs that were bred specifically for catching people while causing minimal harm - back then this was desired so the people caught could be publicly hanged, but I guess the dog won't really care that today it's more about avoiding negative publicity.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 2) 232

by Ihlosi (#47943413) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
Its the day when everything from picking beans to paving roads can all be done by machines that never get paid, never ask for days off, its the corporate idea of heaven!I

Not really. At that point, money becomes pointless. Shortly thereafter, corporations (and highly-paid CxOs) become pointless.

You'd find within a year all the fast food workers replaced with an automated system that not only wouldn't get paid but would probably have a better track record than the underpaid overworked employees do know when it comes to getting orders correct.

You'd also find that since most people aren't employed and therefore have no money, your fast food joint would go out of business due to lack of customers.

The second option would be the "Star Trek Socialist paradise" which would be the most humane of the three,

Or something along the lines of "The Culture".

Comment: Re:Fear of changing code.... (Score 1) 232

by Ihlosi (#47935925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
Food & Beverage and Medical are harmless in comparison to continuous Chemical. If a contentious chemical plant fails, you don't just have loss of production, you may need to scrap part of the installation.

Yes, um, killing people by zapping them with too much ionizing radiation is "harmless" compared to having to scrap large pieces of machinery.

And "not killing our customers" isn't a business case if you don't kill too many of them.

Comment: I've had legacy-product-driven development. (Score 2) 232

by Ihlosi (#47925423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
"Your specifications are 'must not perform worse than the old version', with 'worse' meaning any kind of different behavior."

I hate this. It's pretty much impossible to test for complete identity with the old product, unless you build an exact copy of the old product (which you no longer can, thanks to RoHS and such).

Comment: 99.99%, eh? (Score 1, Insightful) 599

by Ihlosi (#47901589) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
So that means that one in ten thousand people who really need the gun to fire will instead get mauled by a bear, stabbed by a crazy or shot by a terrorist.

Also, how long does the fingerprint analysis take? Sometimes you need to fire in a hurry. One second might make the difference between you walking away and the other possibilites mentioned above.

Comment: Re:The hosers are right (Score 1) 462

by Ihlosi (#47889933) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
IIRC there's also a US law about carrying more than $10k or so... usually by that point I'd go with traveler's checks, registered checks, cashier's checks, or some other method personally and/or have an account at a bank that covered most/all the travel area.

You have to declare if you're carrying over $10k in certain kinds of monetary instruments (cash is just one of them, certain kinds of cheques are another).

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller