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Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 5, Insightful) 727

by Ramley (#49343873) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight. If one of the pilots needs to leave the cockpit, a member of the flight crew will step in until the other pilot returns.

Apparently this is not the case in Europe. Perhaps it will be now.

How unfortunate this happened.

Comment: As it should be... (Score 1) 69

by Ramley (#48023081) Attached to: Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards
... at least IMO.

Background: I have been using XCode 6.6 (I think) for about a month now, as swift sounded intriguing. I wasn't a huge fan of obj-c, but I worked with it for a mobile app, so swift sounded like a potentially nice evolution...

One of the plus's of the IDE with Mac OS X is the ability to quickly assemble a UI. I would much prefer being able to work under the hood with the code for the rest of the app... it helps me understand the language, and how everything works together... as well as a sense of control, knowing it does what I intended for it to do.

If you want to create a complex app, it seems that one should know what they're doing... especially if it is to be used for more than personal use... for so, so many reasons.

Comment: "Feels" Unnatural... (Score 4, Insightful) 151

by Ramley (#46614331) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

Business decision(s) aside, it feels completely unnatural that such a cool, grassroots company sold out to a behemoth monstrosity like FB.

I would really like to see FB taken down a notch (putting it nicely), and this I am afraid will draw more people to it, as this tech is very compelling. I don't want to have to use FB to play with VR on this level. Perhaps I won't have to.

Maybe Oculus did need the help referred to in the article, but couldn't there have been another way? $2B would be hard to turn down, but (imho) they could have gotten there another way, and maybe surpassed it.

just my $0.02

+ - Yale Professor 'Embarrassed' to find Tea Party Members Scientifically Literate->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Professor Dan M. Kahan of the psychology department at Yale says he was surprised to discover a positive correlation between science comprehension and members of the Tea Party:

"Identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure.""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Not a bad CMS, Very flexible (Score 1) 70

by Ramley (#43394977) Attached to: Book Review: MODx Revolution - Building the Web Your Way
I have a client who wanted to implement ModX (Evolution, the prequel to Revolution). I took a look at it for them, and found it to be very simple to work with, and was quite flexible to be able to do what you needed with it.

It has its own coding standards, and allows for static templates or DB storage for HTML. It's definitely easier to use/customize than Joomla, and some of the other (more popular) CMS's. Out of the box, it just works, and works well.

Would I recommend it for everyone? Definitely not. I would compare its ease-of-use to WordPress, but I tend to like it better... if for no other reason than its not WordPress.

Just my simple 2 ... it's worth a look.

Comment: Re:So do something about it. (Score 2) 525

by Ramley (#43324665) Attached to: Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

You want to get rid of the TSA?

Don't fly.

It's that simple. No, don't tell me you have to. You don't. You get enough people together and you all refuse to fly until the TSA is dismantled, and you know what'll happen? The airlines will get things changed in a hurry and the TSA will evaporate in a puff of invalid logic. It's that simple!

"Oh but it isn't and I have no choice and I need to fly and-"...

I can't agree with this more. ...and I've done my part, but not only for TSA reasons.

You can be guaranteed that if *we* all stopped flying to protest the TSA, the TSA would go away because the airlines would scream 'bloody murder'. You can also be guaranteed that this will never (absolutely never) happen, because people in this day & age put their (mostly petty -- a dying family member is not petty) needs before something as important and fundamental as this.

Wouldn't it be a good start if we all could pick a day (or a week, etc.) that no one booked a plane ticket in the name of TSA protest? It would send a message, at least, but wouldn't completely stop the craziness of what is happening today. When can we have a "no fly day"?

Comment: Maybe I'm Crazy, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 283

by Ramley (#43290857) Attached to: Real-Time Gmail Spying a 'Top Priority' For FBI This Year
This is Slashdot which has a deep user base of highly skilled technical talent, hates what's happening to the Internet (etc.) via the U.S. Government (etc.), and collectively has the ability to do something about it.

Personally, I often find myself reading articles like this, and becoming very frustrated about it to say the least. The older I get, the more I have seen the encroaching government rules/laws/lack thereof which basically invalidates some of the most important parts of the Constitution. It's gone waaaaayyyy too far at this point, don't you think?

All of this has to be somewhat obvious and common in terms of how you feel when you read this. I don't think I am in the minority here, but I might be crazy.

With the long-winded intro above... there must be something we can do as a collective. There are a lot of great minds here, and a lot of talent which can out-think, and out-perform anything the government can come up with without breaking laws.

What we're lacking is organization, and a plan to do something about it. That could be anything from making sure the world knows what's happening, to creating secure means of communication, to outing politicians, and getting the media involved, to a lot of things we haven't thought of.

I'm ready for the neigh-Sayers, and the "it won't happen because...", but doing something is a lot better than watching this all happen and feeling helpless.

How do we organize? How can Slashdot come together to do something positive which stops this atrocious behavior by our governments?

Before we hear about how silly this idea is or how it won't ever work, who has actually tried on a somewhat large scale in terms of people?

I may be alone, but I am so tired of hearing about all the incredibly ridiculous things our government is doing to the people who pay for them to be there.

Well, it was worth a try... I'm ready to be shot down, but if I didn't say something, I'd just be a lemming like a good percentage of the clueless constituency.

Rant over... :)

Comment: Re:Education (Score 2) 71

by Ramley (#43212521) Attached to: Internet Defense League To Be Deployed Against CISPA
YES! this is exactly right. Women's rights, abortion, etc... are very surface and personal issues that hit home to a lot of people, but aren't really going to change no matter who is elected. They are not the relevant issues, nor will they change easily.

It's a smokescreen to get elected, and make the other guy look out of touch. When will people figure this out?

In the U.S. we've got to stop electing the "cool" guy who would be fun (and interesting) to sit and have beers with, rather than a leader who puts the power back into the hands of the people.

The road we are going down undermines everything that this country was founded on, and made it stand out from the rest (good or bad). One must admit, to a point -- we had it good for a while.

This road we're on has been taken countless times before in other ways, and it has never, ever ended well.

Comment: Re:Battery? (Score 2) 412

I actually went to the website, and if you read the FAQ:

"Q. What does this pilot cost and what is the projected additional revenue expected?
A. NISD will spend approximately $261,000 on this pilot for the two schools and expects to realize $2 million in additional revenues."

Comment: Re:Holy Heart Failures!!! (Score 3, Interesting) 51

by Ramley (#42193845) Attached to: Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned For the First Time Ever

I always LOVED that car, and yes, I'm old enough for it to be the definitive Batmobile.

I'd love to pull a Bat-turn on I-10 one day.........again, but in that car rather than my own.

It's the definitive Batmobile to me also. I was old enough to still enjoy the (first rounds of) re-runs, and see it in an "antique" auto museum close to the area I grew up. I remember making a point of touching it, to see if it was a real car. Ah, the good old days.

Comment: Re:Because the 35 year olds have gained wisdom (Score 5, Interesting) 441

by Ramley (#42019373) Attached to: It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director
I'm 48, self-employed, and spend a good deal of time putting out security fires, and/or filling in the gaps that the younger, (very) less experienced guys didn't think through their solutions.

As one of my roles, I am the "go-to" guy for organizations which have development staff, but only have 1/2 of the required talent, if that makes any sense.

The more companies begin to understand / evolve online, the more open their eyes will be when they realize they've had their first SQL injection, etc. This is when people like us come in -- but the key to our success is keeping up with constantly changing technology, and doing it well.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.