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Comment Re:Why should the FAA allow drones without COAs? (Score 2) 184

should require the drone operator be a licensed pilot

I hope you don't mean the same type of pilot's license required for manned non-ultralight aircraft. I think there should, however be a separate license for drone pilots. There needs to be a set of rules and procedures, with a license test that requires you to demonstrate you know them via a written test, similar concept to a HAM technical class license . It doesn't have to be a huge barrier to entry, just make sure you know the rules. If you fly a drone without a license or you break the rules then you get a fine. The problem is that the FAA would take at least 15 years to come up with such a thing and the rules would be an arcane mishmash of 15 years worth of bureaucrats adding to them.

Comment Re:My sister is a nurse (Score 1) 232

This is only really an issue because all the big EMR products are flaming piles of crap. If the software was decent, there would be no reason to have to memorize so much stuff, the software should guide them through it in a matter of seconds. The folks who deal directly with insurance should be the only ones that have to memorize all that.

Comment Re:Interesting drop off of attacks from China toda (Score 1) 108

So I assume this means that as part of the treaty, the US government disclosed to China the honeypots it knows about. China is in the process of disclosing it to their pet script kiddies, but only 75% of the script kiddies have so far stopped hitting those known honeypots.

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 2) 618

And even then, a programmer or his/her manager could claim that code was for testing purposes, it should have never made it into production. It could all be copped up to an accident. It will really depend on whether the company wants scapegoats or wants to cop it up to institutional incompetence. Unless they find documentation that says, "TODO: Remove this test code" or "Bwahahaha cheat the emissions test!" how are they going to prove it either way?

Comment Re:To be expected. (Score 1) 88

Constant investigation of databases, storage, and records, as of this of a continuous FOIA request.

This is meaningless without a real consequence. If the consequence is merely that evidence gathered using it is inadmissible, so what? If they stop doing it, there is nothing anyway so there is no incentive to stop. How about prison time for those that knowingly violate the constitution?

Comment Re:Bold print, 20% discount (Score 1) 215

Aside from the fact that they're suing the refilling company and not the consumer who you're saying is the one who agreed to it, let's pretend they're suing the consumer. So then it's really a question of how much power seller should implicitly have over consumers. If it's a contract the consumer signed, then this makes sense. But to have it be automatic by virtue of purchasing a product? Should companies have control over how their products are used once they are purchased? If I purchase a Kenmore oven, should Kenmore be able to tell me what kind of food I can bake with it? Now if they offered me a discount in exchange for signing a contract saying I would bake pizza in it, then fine, if I signed the contract then I'm bound to it. If I go to Lowe's and see that it's 20% off and buy it...then what?

Comment Re:Blasphemy! Oh boy. (Score 2) 622

I wonder how many people will die over this revelation?

None, because nobody will give a shit. The same goes for little things that contradict any other religion. Christianity, Mormonism, etc etc. Plenty of evidence to contradict it. In this case, it's not even that contradictory, which is why it's a minor thing, not some Earth-shaking revelation that contradicts all of the teachings of Islam. The dates are still within his lifetime so he still could have received the words from God. Even if you want to take it all at face value, perhaps it means the Koran was compiled (written down in one place) a few years early that originally believed, which is a small detail that doesn't completely shake up Islam. The dates are close enough such that those who still want to believe the Koran wasn't actually compiled until 650AD could reasonably assume that the paper could be 18 years older when it was written on.

Comment Why pay to beta test? (Score 1) 149

Why should municipalities be paying for these "pilots?" They're really beta-testers of new stuff. The companies should be paying for the beta test, not the taxpayers. This applies to all kinds of things, not just IoT, although I know /. commenters really like to bitch about IoT.

In my municipality, the corrupt mayoral administration wants to do waste-to-energy. Okay, great, the problem is that they want to be a beta-test for an entirely new technology - a method of fermenting municipal solid waste into biofuel. The company, Anaergia, has plants in Europe that convert cow poop, human poop, and food waste into fertilizer and some fuel, but that's very, very different than regular trash. Same bullshit. Whether it's IoT or any other domain, municipalities shouldn't be footing the bill and the risk to beta test a for-profit company's technology.

Comment Re:watch the test conditions carefully (Score 1) 502

The F-35 will win, and the pork will continue to flow to the hundreds of congressional districts that get money from the F-35. The A-10 doesn't funnel billions of dollars to congressional districts

That is no longer the case. It doesn't have anything to do with congressional districts any more, it has everything to do with campaign contributors. It used to be a congressman would go to his home district and say, "reelect me, I brought in X jobs!" But now, they simply are bribed by defense contractors from any district and then use that money on TV advertisements that convince the people in their district that the other side wants to take away their guns and their medical care, sell baby parts on eBay, and let Muslims behead their children.

Comment Re:Two wrongs don't make a right... (Score 1) 301

which will just cause someone else - presumably with better network security practices - to launch an identical service

People used the service because they thought it was a way to cheat without getting caught. While I'm sure there would be enough demand to make a future service profitable, I would expect the demand would be significantly reduced by this incident.

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