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Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 1) 91

by bloodhawk (#49383189) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

the vast VAST majority of actors and actresses never make anything. You could pick a whole range of big budget movies where the actors and actresses have never gone on to anything else of significance. Any person that would throw away such a massive opportunity in a movie because it "might" stunt there future prospects had better already be famous and making a fortune as most likely they won't actually have any future opportunities.

Comment: Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 179

I was thinking everywhere, not just the U.S., but I have to admit I did not remember only the FAA could regulate local airspace, and I have no idea what other countries do in that regard.

It seems like communities could address this to some extent not just trough airspace, but using zoning to disallow facilities where the drones could take off and land.

Comment: Perhaps less noise, but wider spread (Score 2) 179

If the drone confines its flight path to mostly over the road systems it will make a lot less noise than a passing car.

I thought about that too, but the problem is road nose is well contained to buildings on the side of the street, while drone noise is elevated and thus can reach out a lot more.

Perhaps drone noise at 200+ feet would not be as bad as I'm thinking of, but it seems like these would be pretty large drones at 55lbs, thus quite a bit noisier than many of the drones we are used to hearing.

Comment: Although unused, not useful (Score 4, Interesting) 179

The main problem (well, perhaps not the MAIN problem) I see is that no-one signed up to have drone flights right over their houses. You can buy and plan for where airports are going to be, but the "drone corridors" will just appear overhead one day. Drone sounds are (I think) especially obnoxious buzzing...

It'll be interesting to see if communities try to ban this.

Comment: Re:Oh the humanity! (Score 1, Interesting) 310

by peragrin (#49380331) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Without a college degree your pay. Is capped at $40k a year which isn't enough in most areas to buy a house let alone have a family. Now that doesn't apply to everyone and some push beyond it but trade jobs for all but really good welders are basically capped at 50% more than poverty level for single people, and for under the poverty level for married with families.

So trade jobs equals poverty. Do you want your kids in poverty? What we need is not to boost minimum wage but to boost median wage. This country needs the 20million people earning 40k a year to earn 50k a year. That would boost the economy more than all the we combined did and would cost significantly less.

Comment: Re:Only need one Steve Jobs (Score 1) 310

by LWATCDR (#49379863) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Apple only counts for money made.
What a load of garbage.
I love OS/X but the latest round of Apple hardware shows what happens when the "designers" run the show.
New Mac Pro... Stuck with Ivy Bridge CPUs when Haswell-e CPUs are out. GPUs are good but not near the best you can get plus no Nividia option for Cuda.
Mac Book line. You can not upgrade the ram and can not upgrade the SSDs. Prices for SSDs are going down but if you need more you have to buy a new notebook.
Apple is making money hand over fist but RIM and Nokia made a lot of money after the iPhone came out as well.
As much as I love OS/X and my MacBook Pro it is PCs that still do most of the real work. Servers run Linux, BSD, or Windows and not OS/X for the most part.
Desktops are running Windows for the most part.

Comment: Re:So worried about Microsoft (Score 2) 167

If you take a whizbang feature from Java and use it in Python, you're more likely to be sued by Oracle than doing the equivalent getting you sued by Microsoft.

Except that Java is covered under the GPL which would forbid that. Oracle can still be dicks about it but the Oracle - Google case, the lower court ruled for Google. It was remanded for reconsideration back to the lower court. The other difference is that Sun open sourced Java and Jonathan Schwartz (former Sun CEO) did not think that Google did anything wrong. It was Oracle who later bought Sun that re-interpreted what they would allow.

In this case MS from the beginning has issues with claiming .NET to be "open source" if it imposes these conditions.

Comment: Re:Avoiding smart risks is often far riskier. (Score 1) 209

by rjstanford (#49379185) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

That's why the article didn't suggest not using them. It suggested only using a few of them at a time, backfilling with boring, well-understood technologies, so that you're not betting the farm on a house of cards when nobody's making you do that.

The odds that your business problem requires or can even benefit from a brand new language (that you can't hire for), a new storage system (that you can't find dev-ops support for in your data center), the latest methodologies (that nobody knows, hello training cost), et cetera, all at once, is just ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 209

by rjstanford (#49379153) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

And indeed, when MongoDB first came out it had all sorts of issues living in production environments. Now, on the other hand, its well-understood, the serious bugs are fixed, and its ready for casual users. How long would it have taken you to get everyone (including dev-ops) up to speed on MongoDB as opposed to actually building product over MySQL until (as it is today) a competitive solution was stable and "boring" enough?

If handling data elegantly is your company's selling point, then maybe its worth innovating on your storage engines and being on the "bleeding edge". If that's the case though, the article is suggesting that you don't simultaneously innovate in your development language, source-code storage system, and business model. That's all.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"