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Comment: Re:Been through Denver (Score 1) 294

[...] sadly I've got other, more important things to do.

Seriously? What's more important than getting a "Score: 5, Funny"? It means you've made at least five people smile. Isn't giving others that joy more important than whatever code slogging you're doing instead?

Really. You need to work on your priorities.

Comment: Re:Sand in the hand (Score 1) 407

...and, frankly, I don't have a problem with that.

If you want to incur the hassles of off-shore workers in different time-zones and all, that's fine. You will probably find an appropriate balance between on-shore and off-shore environments. I know some companies who have QA teams off-shore, for example, so that they can basically get 24-hour coverage. The developers make the bugs during "the day", QA finds the bugs during "the night", developers come in the next morning and find a load of bugs waiting for them to fix.

It really depends on what you're doing. It can be tough to afford to pay someone to live in southern California or The Bay Area or New York City. If you can find someone who can live and do the work in Harlington, Texas, or Argentina or Cambodia or Portugal, more power to you.

I have a problem with you bringing someone over here to do the work at the cheaper prices.

Comment: Re:How does this work? (Score 3, Funny) 73

by R3d M3rcury (#49433593) Attached to: Phone App That Watches Your Driving Habits Leads To Privacy Concerns

What if you just have your phone turned off when you drive, or don't take it with you in the first place?

I'd imagine there might be an issue if you filed a claim and they looked at the data and said, "Hey, you weren't even in the car!"

"Of course I was! Look at this broken arm!"

"Not according to our data."

"Well, I turned off the phone..."

"Ah! That's against the policy--the phone must be on if you're in the car. We don't have to pay a cent! Whoo hoo!"

Comment: Re:Sensors wrong (Score 1) 460

by R3d M3rcury (#49423801) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

How many accidents were averted due to human intervention?

This is actually interesting.

When things get tough, you want a human being with experience. The problem is, as the computers take over, having a person in the cockpit doesn't really mean anything. Sure, I can fly an airplane. But you wouldn't want me behind the stick if we're dodging thunderstorms. You'd want someone with experience flying in that area in those conditions.

That's the interesting angle. Which would you rather have on the stick? A computer or an inexperienced human?

Comment: Re:Crossed lines (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by R3d M3rcury (#49419249) Attached to: The Arrival of Man-Made Earthquakes

I gotta admit, that caught my eye, too.

But if they can prove it, that goes against claims by many in the state and oil industry. The oil industry would likely try to hound/silence/sue the insurance company.

Not necessarily. Industries and governments are famous for two-faced policies.

If the insurance company says that they were manmade, the government can say, "No, they weren't, but this is a civil matter and we can't interfere." And nothing will happen. Worst case, it will be tied up in courts for the next 20 years. By then, those people currently in charge will have made a ton of money and be retired somewhere outside the US.

It's kind of like the music industry claiming that a 30-second ringtone is enough the song that consumers must pay royalties while, at the same time, claiming that they weren't so they didn't have to pay the artists royalties.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds