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Comment: You already have a scouting drone for driving (Score 3, Interesting) 23

by SuperKendall (#46803191) Attached to: Drones On Demand

I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates.

You do, it's called the Waze user that is ten minutes ahead of you down the road, mixed with many road sensors reporting traffic flow rates.

If you are using navigation many mapping applications automatically route around traffic issues (including Waze). I personally just have it up while driving, not really using navigation but just to keep an eye on traffic rates and issues. I've turned off many a highway before to avoid a Waze reported issue and taken a pretty obvious alternate route you could see at a glance on the map.

For anyone that has not tried leaving modern mapping applications open with traffic status enabled, I highly recommend it - just get a decent car mount so it's easy to see the display. I recommend Waze in particular only because it's one of the best at taking in user reports as to police or road hazards (like chair in right lane! just one example of something I have reported in the past).

Comment: It is possible to know (Score 1) 115

by SuperKendall (#46803131) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

It's probably impossible to know until you are actually in the same situation.

It's possible to know because you know how it is from the side of people noticing things. I find artificial hands immediately obvious, as much so as a robotic hand would be.

I think either would fare just as well in terms of not attracting notice when covered by a glove. Why not, then you would just look a little odd in summer...

Comment: Re:Refinery (Score 2) 179

by russotto (#46801555) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Thanks to the EPA and the power of NIMBYs, it's basically impossible to build a new refinery in the US.

Yep, the NIMBYs and BANANAs will scream "No, no, no, no dangerous pipeline, no smelly industries or farms, no ugly windmills or cell towers". Then in the next breath they'll be "Why are we importing all this food and energy? We should buy local. And why does my cell phone reception suck?" And they'll never make the connection, ever.

Comment: Don't be ridiculous (Score 4, Insightful) 149

by russotto (#46800015) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

They're already unenforcable -- against criminals, who steal them (both wholesale and retail, sometimes even from police evidence rooms) and illegally import them.

If you're an enthusiast, they're already unenforceable in the sense they won't stop you from making one; if John Browning could build a machine gun with 19th century technology, and third world armorers can build them in primitive conditions, then someone mechanically adept with the benefit of all those past designs and 21st century tooling can build a gun, even a machine gun, without purchasing any restricted or even suspicious items. Modern ammunition is hard to make but easy to legally obtain, so the only thing stopping an enthusiast is the desire not to get caught and subject to the harsh penalties.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant... (Score 1) 179

by roman_mir (#46799913) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Oil used to be 13 dollars a barrel in the late nineties (circa 1999). The inflation (money creation) is 800 percent since that time, now that the price of oil is over 104 dollars a barrel.

Inflation is expansion of the money supply, nothing else. This is how much money has devalued over this short period of time.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant... (Score 0) 179

by roman_mir (#46799703) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Wrong, wrong and once again: wrong. You can't adjust for inflation based on the mainstream definition of inflation, which is completely off the rocker. Real inflation is a number of times higher than the numbers that are being propagandised for the popular consumption. Quite the opposite, if you want to understand inflation, look at the prices of oil.

As to supply and demand, the world is producing much more oil and gas today than it produced previously and even with growth of demand, the supply is still able to cover the demand. What the supply cannot do is fight inflation.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant... (Score 0) 179

by roman_mir (#46799593) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Cost of oil has nothing to do with Keystone pipeline and such, it is directly related to the value (lack of value) of the dollar.

But you can still thank your federal government with the Federal reserve for that. Just like you can thank them for the prices of food going up (and of-course all other prices, including the stock and bond and housing markets' prices, which is their intention in the first place)

Comment: Re:Milk/Beef prices as well? (Score 0) 375

by roman_mir (#46798529) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Don't you worry about increasing prices, your government, the Federal reserve, main stream 'economists' and all the media is telling you that you don't have inflation... all that while the Fed is printing money like crazy, you know it as QE, but that's just an euphemism for inflation.

All of the recent articles that are coming out are trying to justify prices going up with 'bad weather', 'disease' even 'cartels'.

The reality is of-course that the only real reason your prices are going up is because the value of your money is being destroyed and you are being fed propaganda that it is exactly what you need: more inflation.

The ONLY people that would NOT buy something today if they knew that tomorrow the item they are after would fall in price are INVESTORS, who will not buy an asset if they expect the price of an asset to drop.

Normal consumers buy things today because they need them today, they even pay a PREMIUM for these things (since they are buying so much on credit, so the cost of credit should be also counted towards the cost of the items they buy).

The standard arguments for inflation are all nonsense, government propaganda. They are brainwashing all of you, every day, every minute of every day, and so many people end up arguing for this government propaganda, that you can be certain about one thing: people are stupid and advertising works very well.

As to beef and milk prices, again, that's inflation. But ALSO you can blame other government created problems, such as this nonsense that started a couple of decades ago, where large factory beef and milk producers (factory farmers) lobbied the federal government to impose these new taxes on small ranches, that used State lands to allow their livestock to graze there. That is by the way, what you are observing in Nevada. When the feds come to a State land with land taxes, taxes on the land that they are not actually involved with, taxing lands where they are not building any infrastructure, then you know that there are special interests in play.

How many small ranches were shut down because they couldn't afford the millions of dollars that they would have to pay for letting their cows graze on those lands (that nobody else uses for any purpose)? This is lobbying by the factory farms, the type that holds cows in enclosed cages, where the cows never see any grazing lands at all.

Anyway, enjoy your inflation, enjoy your lobbying, all of it is just a reflection of one singular problem: the federal government usurping unauthorised powers to destroy your individual rights. But at least learn what exactly is happening around you.

Comment: This does not seem to be news (Score 4, Insightful) 75

by SuperKendall (#46797891) Attached to: Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

I have no love for Healthcare.gov, but honestly just about every site is sending out notices that people may want to change passwords. Heck, Yahoo *made* me change my password.

Like everyone else they don't know if anything was taken. And frankly, Heatbleed is probably the least of the security issues Healthcare.gov has... I'd be way more worried about backbend systems, and then it doesn't matter what your password is.

Comment: Re:Licensed Software Engineer new in USA. Ethics o (Score 1) 170

by russotto (#46797851) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Frankly, getting a PE license is not difficult, provided you are not a totally shitty engineer.

Cut the bullshit. The Texas Software PE license required among other things "At least 16 years of creditable experience performing engineering work" and "References from at least nine people, five of whom must be licensed engineers." Note that "creditable" means "experience working under a professional engineer".

Fortunately, despite the IEEEs push, very few states require licensing of any sort to write or sell software. If they do, I suppose I'll be forced out of my career, which has included working on medical devices. Fuck them and I hope they all die; they're certainly trying to kill me. Also note that the ACM split with the IEEE over this very issue.

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