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Comment Re: Nice. (Score 1) 238

The target does not change the legalities of the action. The state is compelled to investigate and rule. But the punishment is up to their discretion (barring horrid minimum sentencing laws like some jail obsessed countries have). So while they likely will be found guilty, a smart judge will punish them with a pinkie promise not to do it again.

See, when I first heard these girls are going to be charged I was thinking the state was playing the long game. Charge them, and when it comes to the trial have the victims come to testify and then arrest them. After all, it is a staple of a true justice system of being able to face your accuser.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 528

That's not what the FAA says. In fact, if that neighbor had been flying his toy quad for $15 to check someone's gutters for debris, the FAA says that he needs an actual pilots license, same as he'd need to fly a Cessna.

The FAA is just like many other government organizations in their tendency to overreach.

But it seems many quad operators would like for their toys to be considered real aircraft too. In fact the FAA has published their proposed rules regarding unmanned aircraft systems, which the vehicle in the story would fall under. Some of the more interesting requirements include licensing of operators, registration of the aircraft, and preflight inspections. Oh and no operating these vehicles over people not involved in the operation (this means the neighbor's back yard). The expected cost of all these regulatory requirements is around $6000 dollars, just to use a quadrocopter.

So I guess the drone owners are getting what they want, recognition as a real pilot. Not too sure they will enjoy it though.

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 528

You think the law doesn't apply, the FAA says it does, the courts will have to decide.

The FAA hasn't said anything about this case and I doubt they will. The only charges were related to firing a shotgun within city limits. As for the law the previous poster cited it is obviously concerning commercial and civil aircraft, aka real airplanes and helicopters. Not someone's overgrown RC helicopter. Or do you think the FAA should press charges the next time dad steps on little Timmy's Air Hog?

Comment Re:Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 528

Federal Law does not put drones in a special category. They are just another aircraft. The penalty is up to 20 years in federal prison, and a $250,000 fine. That's in addition to the charges this individual has already faced for discharging a fire arm in the city he lived in, as they make that illegal there.

Don't try to embellish, the guy was flying a quadrocopter not a Cessna. It is a toy and not an aircraft. So that law does not apply.

Comment Re:Finger and Sand (Score 1) 620

Unless there's someone here who made productive use of throwing their own excrement in a production environment.

You've obviously never been in a department head meeting when production systems go down. Shit is flying everywhere and everyone is throwing it at each other.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot so focused on counting penises? (Score 1) 280

In short there are differences, but they are not enough to account for there being no females or very few on most of the teams. That suggests that selection for the teams is either not based purely on merit, or there is some issue preventing more girls studying mathematics to the highest levels.

Should of read your own link, it was literally the entire second paragraph.:

In a 2008 study paid for by the National Science Foundation in the United States, researchers found that "girls perform as well as boys on standardized math tests. Although 20 years ago, high school boys performed better than girls in math, the researchers found that is no longer the case. The reason, they said, is simple: Girls used to take fewer advanced math courses than boys, but now they are taking just as many."[51][52] However, the study indicated that, while on average boys and girls performed similarly, boys were overrepresented among the very best performers as well as among the very worst.[53][54]

Boys have a larger variance in their scores than girls, so if you are trying to form a team of the very best of math(s) students it will most likely have a majority of boys if not be exclusively boys. And it is not a matter of only boys taking higher studies in math, as the third sentance explicitly calls out that girls are taking higher math courses as well. So no, there is no gender driven discrimination going on here, It is just a reflection of the team members performance. That you simply don't like it or feel threatened by it is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot so focused on counting penises? (Score 1) 280

The Wikipedia entry also provides a link to studies which explain why high performing math teams tend to have more males than females. Linky.
The long and short of it is that while both boys and girls have similar average scores, the boys have a higher variance than the girls. Meaning they have more very high scoring members of the population and also very low scorers. The girls scores were more clustered around the mean.
So if there was a team made up of the highest scoring math students there is a much higher chance it will be mostly boys. No penis driven oppression, no grand conspiracy, the teams are drawn from the best in the population. Though, if it makes people feel better they could form a team of the absolute worst math students and it would be mostly boys as well.

Comment Re:Resume Red Flag (Score 1) 296

Kind of like seeing "Microsoft Office" listed prominently under their "Skills" section.

Tell us, how close are you to the hiring process? I ask because I applied to a company for an IT security analyst position a few months back, and I spent 45 minutes talking to some HR person about my skills in MS office before they would even let me schedule a talk with a hiring manager. Including asking if I would consider myself an expert in MS Word! So if you are getting tired of seeing "Microsoft office" as a skill on developers resume I would recommend you get HR out of the god damn way and start looking at resumes yourself. Don't blame people for gaming the system HR set up to filter resumes for you.

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 2) 266

SOME guys went off road - but their trucks looked like they had rolled over (and they had).

Ironically, most of the off-road enthusiasts I know preferred older vehicles because of that reason. A new vehicle getting rolled is a tragedy, while some old truck/jeep rolling is no big deal. And roll overs are a way of life in off-roading (hence why they have roll bars). So it doesn't make much sense to buy a brand new shiny jeep if it might get rolled on it's first outing, it is a better idea to buy an old beat up jeep and build from there.

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 3, Insightful) 266

I see some of them commuting into downtown Chicago for their jobs in the financial district and wonder what went into their decisions to purchase such vehicles.

Conspicuous consumption mostly, with a hint of posering. They see that ranchers and cowboys are seen as manly, and want to be seen as manly too. So they buy a truck, which is what cowboys and ranchers drive. And of course only the latest and most bad ass will do, so it gets the full treatment: Lift kit, over-sized tires, brushguard, fog lamps, the whole works. Of course they will never use even a quarter of the features they bought, but that doesn't matter cause it is all about appearances.

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson