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Comment: Re:So DON'T GIVE CHASE (Score 2) 295

The US was beginning to move in that direction several years back. My memory is a bit foggy - it seems like California was leading the way, and maybe a couple of New England states. Time frame would have been the latter half of the '90's. Then, 9/11/01 happened, and cops were given carte blanche. At some point, fleeing and evading the police was made a felony, so that a cop could just shoot to kill anyone who attempted to flee.

IMHO, giving chase is often justified - but no one can justify chasing a bad guy into and through a school zone, or a hospital zone at insane speeds.

Comment: Re:So (Score 1) 295

The cop decided to take the risk of exceeding any given speed, not you. YOU are only guilty of the speed at which you were driving. The cop is entirely responsible for his own actions.

Question - have you never witnessed police speeding for mundane reasons? No siren, no lights flashing, they're just driving along. I've seen them fly through villages with speed limits of 35, doing double the speed limit.

Cops routinely break the law in most of the US, all on their own initiative.

Comment: Re: So (Score 1) 295

You ain't very bright. I stated that they gave chase, not that you were running. I used 80 or 90 mph as an example, precisely because those speeds are only a little bit over the legal speed limits in many places. So, you meet a cop on the interstate, doing around 80 - in many places that is just ten mile over the speed limit. The cop drives across the median, does his U-turn, and gives chase. HE EXCEEDS 100 MPH, so he tells the judge that the "chase" exceeded 100 mph, in an effort to make the arrest sound much more serious than a similar arrest in a 35 mph zone.

As for "running away from the cops" - well, maybe I have done that. You don't do it in the family car though. And, "speeds over 100 mph" are meaningless terms on/in any vehicle capable of outrunning a police car. The term "speeds in excess of 175" might make sense then, except very, very, VERY few police cars are capable of that.

Youtube has a number of videos attributed to "Ghost Rider". You might find them interesting. Note that not all of those videos are of the "real" Ghost Rider, but some of the false attributions are as good as the real ones.

Comment: Re:So (Score 5, Interesting) 295

*sigh* I just wasted moderator points - just posting to negate the effects . . . .

Since I'm here, I'll point out that cops do the same thing on the ground. They chase you, maybe you're doing 80 or 90, but the cop exceeds 100 mph catching up to you. The police report states that the chase exceeded 100 mph, and the judge looks at that, and throws several books at you.

It would be great if cops were trustworthy.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by Runaway1956 (#47404623) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

"Did you consider the possibility that there really is something wrong with the part? Not everything is a false positive."

"So what? It isn't hard nor a skilled task. Train people to do it."

Well, DUHHHH! Maintenance and tooling has so many manhours available each week. They have so much work to do that they never catch up. You are suggesting that they have the added responsibility of TRAINING some clown off of the street how to do a moderately complex job? What world do you live in? It is the job of MANAGEMENT to hire and/or to train QUALIFIED PERSONNEL to perform QC tasks.

It is never the responsibility of tooling to fix the fool who cannot read a caliper - that is the job of either HR or the clowns in charge of QC.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 2) 401

by Runaway1956 (#47399005) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

No, none were making parts for us. The plant in Mississippi was kind of a sister plant to us - they made similar products, many of them going to the same customers. When that plant finally closed, their tools and equipment came to us, and we took over their production, in addition to our own. The products made on those machines weren't especially profitable, but we made some profit on them, whereas the management in Miss. consistently lost money on the same tools.

The plant in St. Louis was intended to feed us metal parts, but it never did. Damned near half of everything they sent us was out of spec, we rejected the stuff, and bought from another supplier instead. That plant was a money hemorrhage. The other plants were totally unrelated to our production, and I can't really say what they did, how, or why - all I know is that every time anyone mentioned money, or raises, we got speeches about all the plants always losing money, blah blah blah.

Comment: Re:Context ffs (Score 1) 200

by Runaway1956 (#47397495) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

The discussion seemed to me to involve the concept of destroying an aircraft with a quadracopter. The idea was pooh-poohed because jets have multiple engines. I proved that not all jets have multiple engines.

If someone were intent on destroying an aircraft, why would he necessarily restrict himself to large commercial aircraft? I could easily set up a command post near an airport, put my copter in the air, and wait for a single engine craft to make a flyby, or try to land. If I'm really good, and really lucky, I crash the small jet, and it goes into another, larger jet, or into a fuel depot, or even into the boarding lobbies.

OR, I can hover around, waiting for an aircraft to take off, and nail it when it is pointed in the direction of a downtown area. Even a small jet can cause considerable damage if it crashes into a high rise office building.

OR, I can hang around a military base, and crash a jet taking off, bringing it down in rush hour traffic, similar to what happened outside Oceania Airbase in Virginia several years ago.

In the hands of an imaginative terrorist who thinks outside the box, this could be a very useful tool.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 4, Interesting) 401

by Runaway1956 (#47396627) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

That is a common problem, nationwide today. When companies go bankrupt, it seldom has anything to do with the employees. That is especially true when there is no union to protect incompetent or lazy employees. Companies tank every day it seems - and management always cites problems caused by employees. That is true in high tech, low tech, and everything in between.

We just experienced a takeover. Call it hostile, or not - fact is, management ran the company into the ground in a number of ways. A decade of neglect in maintenance resulted in a number of machines that require overhauls costing nearly half of their new purchase price. The new owners certainly don't WANT to spend that money, but they are spending.

Quality control? The company's weakest point - we simply don't have people qualified to read micrometers or calipers. They find parts that don't guage, and immediately QC calls on maintenance and tooling to "fix it". Well - fuck me running - I can't fix an incompetent fool who can't read a precision measuring instrument! But, the new owners are almost as bad as the old - they won't HIRE qualified personnel to read those instruments! They seem to believe that a ten dollar employee off of the street can do the job of a thirty or fifty dollar trained and experienced person! The QC people aren't even the best of the people available - the jobs are put up for bid, and the people with the flappiest gums get the job. Bidding? Might as well just admit that nepotism rules, and not bother with the bidding process.

To put things in perspective - the old owners had plants in 5 different states. Each of the other plants consistently lost money. Our plant consistently MADE MONEY, despite mismanagement. Quarter after quarter, the accountants posted profits from our plant. In effect, we carried four other money losing plants for years. The owners could never bring themselves to unload the money losers, instead taking the profits we earned to shore up the other plants. They followed that policy until bankruptcy put them out of the game completely.

How much more incompetent can any group of managers be?

Comment: Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (Score 1) 200

by Runaway1956 (#47392381) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

If you prefer a commercial or private jet example, this should work.

I think that twin engine jets are most common, there are triple engine jets out there, and quads aplenty in the larger craft. But, yes, there are single jet engine aircraft.

Comment: Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (Score 1) 200

by Runaway1956 (#47391773) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Not all jet aircraft have multiple engines. And, with single engine aircraft, the odds of having a suitably-competent pilot at the controls is somewhat lower than with huge passenger or cargo carriers.

Basically - GGP is overly optimistic, GP seems pessimistic, and you defend GGP's optimism.

Let's just say that when the shit hits the fan (literally, in this case) bad things can happen. I'd rather not be aboard any aircraft in flight when something is sucked through the turbine(s). The ultimate catastrophic failure of a turbine COULD take the wing off. Highly unlikely, but it COULD do so. That's a ride that I would like to take a pass on, thank you very much.

Remotely related to such a failure (note the word "remotely", and let me stress that word) I had a small engine start knocking on a job site many years ago. Little 20 horse Briggs and Stratton. Before it could be shut down, the piston came out THROUGH the side of the engine, sailed about 150 feet, and impacted a concrete building. The impact caused some chipping in the concrete. Had there been a window right there, with someone looking out the window - we would have had a serious injury, and a possible fatality.

Catastrophic failures are pretty unpredictable - that is why they are "catastrophic".

Comment: Re:GoPro (Score 2) 200

by Runaway1956 (#47391603) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

I suggest that you visit Youtube, and do a search for Isle of Man TT. There are a lot of videos, and the very best are shot from helicopters. The second best are shot from beside the roadway, by professionals. Onboard video shot with GoPros are decidedly lesser quality in most cases, but the are still better quality than professional equipment was when I was a child. All that quality, packed into a unit easily mounted on a person's head, or on the forks of a motorcycle.

GoPros are damned good!

Comment: Re:Does anyone here REMEMBER K-12 computer science (Score 1) 63

by Runaway1956 (#47386949) Attached to: Does Google Have Too Much Influence Over K-12 CS Education?

Most of the schools that I am familiar with classify such classes as "computer science". My eldest son sat through all of his high school's "CS" classes, and got top grades in everything. He is barely computer literate. That is - he can install Windows on a machine. And, he excels at gaming.

The youngest son stated quite clearly all through school that the so-called "CS" classes were a waste. He spent his school hours on computers teaching himself. He would whip out that pathetic excuse of an "exercise", and instead of joining an online game, he would study programming. You know - something related to "computer science". I can claim credit for teaching that youngest son ABOUT Linux, but he taught himself Linux while sitting in front of a wasted computer at school.

A motivated student can't ever be held back. IMHO, these CS classes are designed to hold people back. Familiarize the student with Microsoft-centric programs, and stop education right there.

Comment: Re:Interessting in any case (Score 2) 109

by Runaway1956 (#47381115) Attached to: Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

I read something about this - quite a long time ago. Two years, maybe even three? Can't really recall now.

It wasn't JUST the humming of the power grid that was being used, as I recall.

Anyway - how hard would it be to force a generating plant to INTRODUCE a unique identifier, if one didn't exist already?

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