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Comment From whose point of view? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

A operator running a drone that can hover near motionless may not consider things a 'near miss'. On the other hand, an airline pilot flying a jumbo jet that can not be maneuvered travelling at several hundred miles an hour is something completely different. At the speeds Jumbo jets travel, by the time they see something as small as a drone it's already passed by them. That's a near miss. They saw it. There's no time for them to avoid an object like that. So while the drone operators are bitching that - hey I was near a half mile or a mile away. Or even two miles away. The airline pilots are saying - get the hell out of my way. I can't turn and by the time I see your little hobby I'm either running it over or passed it putting my entire crew and my passengers at risk. It's not even an argument.

Comment Re:automatically install firmware updates (Score 2) 278


One of the biggest issues with today's technology is the difficulty non-technical users have in getting it running. I just purchased a new truck, and learning how to run all the different systems is anything but trivial.

Turning routers into automated appliances is precisely what needs to happen. Google isn't the first to understand it. But they are the biggest, so perhaps they can be successful at it.

Give me something I can plug into my network and will auto-configure everything. An app to manage it, as long as it is straightforward, is a great idea. Auto updates for firmware are absolutely needed, as it a robust fallback.

Comment Why is this even a story? (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm struggling to find the point in this story. Are you really asking if anyone who wants to shouldn't be able to learn to code?

And it took you half a page of text to ask the question? A huge number of the 'advances' in technology have been made by people working out of their garage. People who would never have been allowed to program given this ridiculous elitist attitude.

Oh. Right. I forgot to check who posted the story.

Comment It's a Good Idea.... somewhat (Score 4, Insightful) 628

I love Android's auto-update functionality. Except when I don't. For instance, if I'm doing something like recording an hd video of my son wrestling, the last thing I want on planet earth is for the phone to start updating and slow to a crawl.

That same issue is shared at my work, where we already have this system of forced updates. I'll be working and notice the computer progressively getting slower, and slower..... to the point where I can't open documents, pull something from the network drive, or read email. Why? Because it's updating in the background while I'm trying to work.

Then, of course, there are the forced emergency security updates. The ones where I leave my desk for a meeting with a bunch of stuff open, and return to my desk with a rebooted computer because IT pushed an emergency patch.

These are all problems that can be solved, but the tech industry has chosen NOT to solve them. Limit background transfers to a 100kB a second. Don't update while users are working. Don't reboot while things are open. Yet they ignore all that. THAT's where they're really out of touch.

Comment Re:Please Stop. Enough. (Score 1) 173

Sex sells. The majority of people who buy gadgets (especially 'tech' ones) are guys. So they get marketed to.

Go to a cooking expo. Guess what you're going to see?

You're a prime example of political correctness gone to far. I like sexy woman. I find them attractive. By the very definition I'm sure that I'm sexist.

Recently, a cosmetics company stepped in as a big sponsor for a worldwide robotics competition. Some of the competitors complained because "makeup objectifies women - the very thing we're trying to avoid in this program". Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Comment It's the circle of life..... (Score 1) 204

Because... mainstream media.

Why would you run a story that says "Treatment of cancer type "A" has been marginally improved and an additional .3% of patients will survive", when you could instead report that "Scientists at have taken another important step toward the curing of cancer. Cancer cells injected into mice have shown a significant reduction after... etc etc".

Why did I call this the circle of life? Because the media jumped on the initial sickness for great sensational headlines. Then they sensationalize the research. Then they write a story about how we have a 'cure culture'. Next they'll write a story about lack of coverage of another disease in the news and start all over.

Comment Hey Google..... (Score 4, Interesting) 88

We run a robotics team. This team is extremely well known, and the students pride themselves on writing a web page every year full of useful information. It was well-visited, and when you searched for the team name and number it was the top result.

Now? Searching for the team brings up youtube. And vine. And twitter. And facebook. And other social media sites that the team uses. The team web page has been pushed to the SECOND PAGE of the search results, because the kids didn't build a mobile web page.

You're breaking your own search engine for your business plan. What happened to 'do no evil'?

Comment Not getting the whole story..... (Score 1) 379

If the parents of the students participating in the game haven't signed a release to have their pictures taken, and someone is taking them, then the school could have major legal issues. At our school, staff and volunteers are banned from taking anything home that has children's names on it like seating charts, absent logs, or even track schedules. It has something to do with the kids being minors.

That said, the principal should have handled this way, way differently.

Comment Re:And Northrop is right to do it. (Score 1) 133

Really? Show Northrop Grumman the law that says they have to comply.
Auditing is a self-perpetuating (see how smart we are?) parasite that has come about mainly because someone wanted to make some money and was good at blowing smoke up other people's asses.
Punish companies that break the law equal with how badly they broke it. After they break it. ANY company that wants to hide thing from auditors knows just how much of a cakewalk it is. After all, the only way a company can incriminate itself to auditors is if it is stupid enough to actually GIVE them the incriminating data. Motherfucker.

Comment And Northrop is right to do it. (Score 3) 133

Fuck auditors. I have yet to meet a single auditor *ever* who is qualified enough to be asking questions of the experts - the engineers - who are working on the project. Almost universally the auditors work from a pre-made playbook that looks for the same thing. They have neither the time nor the intelligence to actually understand why decisions were made the way they were made.

We recently had an quality audit at the manufacturing firm I work for. The auditor noted that several of our part-feeders had parts laying underneath, and broke into a full fledged 'teach moment' about how we could save money and lower scrap by correcting the feeding issues. I bit my tongue.

At the wrap-up meeting with directors present, the auditor pressed the point. I was quiet as long as I could, then I carefully explained that we had a $2,000,000 capacity problem that our engineers were working on, and politely asked my director if he'd like me to pull those engineers off that to work on saving a couple dozen parts a day that cost a fraction of a penny a piece.

Auditting rarely adds anything of value anywhere. If it were that easy to the correct the problems, the competent engineers would have already done it.

Comment Re:What are you planning to do? (Score 5, Insightful) 165

Are you an American? I ask because I cringe when I see this type of comment from a people who should understand what freedom and limited government is supposed to mean.

We don't use a metric of what I 'need' to do to determine what freedoms I should have. I don't need to purchase a 64 ounce mountain dew. That hardly means that I should be protected from doing so if I choose to. It's not exactly analogous to the drone situation, but it's a good representation of why the metric you propose is NOT one than anyone worried about personal freedom would ever support.

I don't need to make an argument of why I should be able to do something. You're trying to put the onus on the users, when it fact the onus is ALWAYS on the person trying to take away. Do we have systems in our cars that prevent us from crashing the gates at the White House? Do we have systems in our phones that prevent us from abusing the 911 emergency line?

I could continue, but frankly if you don't understand or agree with the argument it's pointless to go on. You comment regarding the United States being 'not so different' that China is fairly telling. It's not based in any semblence of reality. Censorship? Political arrests?

You argument is completely nonsensical on both counts.

You've been Berkeley'ed!