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Comment: Re:just follow the rules people (Score 1) 229

by ShaunC (#47489411) Attached to: Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

I haven't run into that anywhere, but I do know about a nice new trend I'm seeing in Tennessee. A lot of intersections are now getting right-turn arrows. Just after the light in your direction of travel turns red, and the opposing lanes get their green left-turn arrows as normal, a new green right-turn arrow lights up for you at the same time. Really helps to alleviate congestion.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 1) 199

by ShaunC (#47438389) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

So, why not wait for it to be a problem?

FAA has historically taken this approach towards regulation and they catch flak for doing it that way, too. Many of the FARs exist because someone died doing XYZ in or with an aircraft, so they made a new rule that says you can't do XYZ in or with an aircraft.

RC aircraft have been a hobby for many years and most enthusiasts stick to a stringent set of (voluntary) safety rules developed by the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Now that "drones" have become popular, widely available, and relatively cheap, thousands of people are playing around with them and they aren't the responsible hobbyist type. You can get a camera capable quadcopter for under $100, they even sell one model at Wal-Mart. Many of the folks buying these couldn't care less about a voluntary code of safety, and I'm on the FAA's side here, there need to be rules with teeth to back them up.

Putting anything in the air for commercial purposes has always been heavily regulated and I for one don't see that as a problem.

Comment: Re:Serbian Crown (Score 1) 132

by ShaunC (#47428743) Attached to: How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

But then one of those examples just has abysmal reviews [yelp.com]

Last I heard, a big part of Yelp's business model was to cold-call your business offering to hide those abysmal reviews for a small extortion^Wservice fee. I guess this company didn't play ball. It doesn't surprise me that a restaurant which has been hijacked on Google Maps is also suffering from a bunch of negative reviews on Yelp, someone is clearly targeting the business.

Comment: Complete clusterfuck (Score 5, Interesting) 83

by ShaunC (#47425597) Attached to: Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

Microsoft identified malware that had escaped Vitalwerks' detection. Upon notification and review of the evidence, Vitalwerks took immediate corrective action allowing Microsoft to identify victims of this malware.

Yeah, if waking up one day to find that most of your business has been handed over to another company is what passes for "notification" these days.

I hope Microsoft paid them handsomely.

+ - US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)->

Submitted by ShaunC
ShaunC (203807) writes "Is there a glut of qualified American tech workers, or isn't there? Some companies like Facebook and Airbnb are now actively courting and recruiting high school students as young as 13 with promises of huge stipends and salaries. As one student put it, “it’s kind of insane that you can make more than the U.S. average income in a summer,” and another who attended a Facebook-sponsored trip said he'd "forego college for a full-time job" if it were offered. Is Silicon Valley taking advantage of naive young workers?"
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Comment: Re:kind of like a small town fireworks show? (Score 1) 200

by ShaunC (#47394787) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Hmm, interesting, they actually limit how many can be shot off?

Never heard of that, anywhere I've been it was always black and white, either fireworks are legal or they aren't. In the US most places where they're illegal it's because of injury and fire risk. They're illegal where I live but nobody really cares, it's about a 10 minute drive to the county line where you can stock up to your heart's content. The police do respond to fireworks calls when Debbie Downer makes a complaint, but unless you're doing something egregious like firing Saturn Missiles in the middle of the road or aiming stuff at someone's house on purpose, they usually just "remind" you that it's illegal and tell you to knock it off.

Comment: Re:Know your history (Score 1) 361

No one of power is fighting this. No one is backing down. Just what the fuck is going on?

The answer is fairly clear: NSA has sufficient dirt on anyone with the power to fight this that they're too afraid to do so. We know they've tapped Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, presidential candidates, etc. We've reached a point where it's going to take one or more of these officials to get so fed up that they're willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Whatever's being used to keep them quiet, they're going to have to air it up front and then start in with congressional hearings.

If I were NSA, my biggest fear would be an unfriendly Senator who discovers he has a terminal illness. Not long to live, no re-election to worry about, and done giving a fuck whether people find out he's secretly gay and loves snorting coke with illegal immigrants. That man, the one with power and nothing to lose, that's the one who can bring the whole thing down.

Comment: Re:That's nothing (Score 3, Informative) 63

by ShaunC (#47380805) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

And that's hardly anything new, either. Andrea Mitchell of NBC married Alan Greenspan in 1997; he was Chairman of the Fed at the time, and continued in that role until 2006. Nice little bit of "extraordinary access" NBC had there during Clinton's and W's presidencies.

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