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Comment Re:'They bluntly allege'? (Score 1) 228

1 - as I said, very very tough. All things are possible, but this would be very difficult.

2 - In 2-D, that would be easy. Very non-trivial for 3-D, especially given the very limited distance you could set cameras apart on a single drone. With several drones and some magnificent way to track them independently in space you would get more information. A radar tracking station would be your best bet... :)

3 - That's kind of cheating :)

The original context of my comment was someone accidentally getting their drone sucked into a jet engine. It would be very difficult to do purposely, let alone accidentally. And of course, once you got your drone ingested, it's not even clear to me that it would seriously endanger the plane.

Comment Re:'They bluntly allege'? (Score 1) 228

I think it would be a very hard thing to fly a drone into a jet engine. Like hitting a hole in one from 100 miles away. Even if you managed it, the engine (the whole plane, actually) is designed to ingest birds - it probably won't crash the plane. Even if it did damage the engine, there are at least two of those.

Comment Re:Software Engineering as unskilled labor (Score 1) 145

Even when management can't do it, Visual Basic can cause trouble simply because they know about it. I was once paid to create a huge abortion of a personnel/resource tracking application inside of Excel, where the managers could each work on a sheet and then through the magic of VBA, upper management could combine all of the data, query Exchange for personnel data, and then make pivot tables. I tried to talk him out of it, but he insisted - so I made it.

He got fired, but the behemoth lives on. For a while I would get asked to help debug it, as it was delicate. Eventually they had me hand it off to this poor bastard in IT, but as far as I know they are still using it.

To my delight, Dilbert published this strip right in the middle of it all.

Comment Re:Drivers, not gov't are choosing to deny rides. (Score 1) 166

To be fair, they are technically in compliance with the law in most/many places. They push the law to the limit, though, and then adjust or lobby when ruled against. They are disruptive, but I don't think that automatically makes them "bad". Change bothers a lot of people - especially anyone content with the current system. Re-balancing the new system is going to have it's ups and downs, but I don't think the shrinking of the middle man is necessarily a bad thing if the law can catch up.

Comment Re:Drivers, not gov't are choosing to deny rides. (Score 1) 166

You are partially right - they certainly do keep the price down by dodging regulations to their best ability. However, the real draw of Uber is the nicer cars and prompt service. Local monopoly providers got too complacent and couldn't be bothered to upgrade their dispatching system, and individual car owners take better care of their vehicles than fleet drivers / renters.

People are always available for work in the past tense.