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Comment Re:Free Publicity For Amazon! Yay! (Score 1) 261

I'm guessing that Amazon plans to mail these out to customers when they sign up to a premium delivery service.

Or you could just print a QR code and staple or tape it down someplace. Maybe slip it into a plastic envelope. Then you could have one-time-markers that would help prevent spoofing.

Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 261

They may not even be using LiPos. The energy density of Li-Ions is very good these days. Lots of people are apparently powering their 250-size quads with LiIons, and maybe even some 450s. I aim to try powering my 450 with a 3S2P Li-Ion pack, but I haven't come up with a replacement for my USB power bank yet and there's where all my 18650s are right now. The ESCs will support it, and I think I can get enough current out of it. If I can come up with three more cells and two more servos I'll have everything I need to build another foam plane, too... save for the $11 motor/esc/prop combo

Comment Re:You are all hypocrites (Score 1) 122

when Uber greatly improves the taxi industry

For who? Certainly not the owner-drivers, for them it is an uninsured race to the bottom.

That is a problem that should be fixed. Insurance companies should not be able to deny you coverage while you are on your way to pick up a fare. Uber provides additional insurance while you are transporting them.

As for customers - Uber do not have any "taxis", they are a plain old (illegal) limo company "on a computer".

Oh, so it's better than taxis?

Taxi's can be hailed on the street,

Not in most cities.

taxi's have ranks and other infrastructure to manage street queues at popular locations,

Not in most cities, or at least, they don't function.

you can talk to a human to book a taxi or use an uber style booking app,

Most companies don't have a booking app, and it is not uber style in any case. It's just like making a phone call. It doesn't do any of the things that the Uber app does.

taxi's have appropriate insurance,

You said that already. Having trouble following your own conversation? Are you new?

taxis have regular mechanical inspections,

A problem best solved by demanding mechanical inspections at mileage checkpoints for all vehicles, taxis or not.

and yes, you can legally negotiate an up front price with a taxi driver.

In my experience, they always tell you that they can't do that in the USA. In other countries, I've had more luck.

Uber brings absolutely nothing to the taxi/limo industry that wasn't already illegal 30yrs ago.

having failed to make a valid logical argument you resort to the false idea that legality equals morality

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 1) 122

The Unions did a lot for the average worker. But now they've stopped doing that, and only serve their own ends. Since union workers get paid multiples of the minimum wage, they do campaign to raise it occasionally, but never enough to actually help anyone who is not in a union.

Unions have done a great deal for the average worker. But now we have reached a point where it is difficult to unionize the rest of the workers, yet they still need rights. It is time to move beyond the trade union, and work again to secure rights for all workers.

Comment Re:Not true (Score 5, Interesting) 483

This post, and many others in this thread have been modded "-1 Troll" just because they don't show Israel as an evil state bent on the destruction of human kind.

No, it's because it's self-serving bullshit posted by an anonymous coward, and therefore should be ignored at best, or alternately modded down as propaganda. Especially the line "The biggest complaint arabs have is checkpoints" when in fact Israel is bulldozing crops, removing water systems, etc.

Comment Re:Here are a couple of more objective news accoun (Score 1) 483

Actually, YouTube removed videos which were encouraging Palestinians to kill Israelis (and were actually faked),

And now they're meeting to talk about removing a whole bunch more content. What do you want to bet that they will only be removing things that should legitimately be removed?

Comment Re:Sorry guys, Israel doesn't care what you think. (Score 1) 483

But I do wonder why the West fixates on Israel the way they do.

By that, do you mean, I do wonder why western countries keep pouring money into Israel in spite of their poor record on human rights? It's because we're intentionally funding their bad behavior to keep down the muzzies. As long as we keep Israel going, we keep that region at war with itself. It's not because we give one tenth of one fuck about the Jews. If we did, we would have entered WWII a lot sooner, when we first knew about the holocaust. Instead, we waited until our "allies" had their asses pounded, then moved in and picked up the scraps... and the economic concessions.

And ironically, many of the perpetrators of those crimes are on the UN human rights council.

What's ironic is that the members of the UN security council are the nations which most commonly compromise the security of other nations. For example, by founding the nation of Israel smack dab in the middle of them, and then pouring money into that hole for decades.

Comment Re:Fraud versus negligence (Score 2) 170

We can forgive a company that makes a mistake, even one that in hindsight is really dumb and obvious. Harder to forgive a company that intentionally and with malice aforethought tried to defraud customers and regulators.

Ah, that's exactly what GM did. They hid a problem they knew was killing people.

Comment Re:Will they break the other record? (Score 0) 95

Did you simply ignore the Kickstarter that currently holds the number 1 spot, the Veronica Mars movie which not only was delivered but made money!

Can it have been as bad as the show? I had to hear a bunch of it from the next room and it was some of the most vapid, insipid, soul-destroying shit I've ever heard. A cross between the kiddie channel and the lifetime channel. It sounds just like pop culture blended with rape.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 211

200 parts per million might be insanely rich, but it also means you have to process over 300 pounds of ore to extract 1 oz of platinum. That's nothing to a terrestrial mining operation which might crush several tons of rock to recover a single ounce of gold, but remember they do that with mass-is-no-object machinery and consuming, from a spacecraft point of view, unthinkable amounts of power. In space operations mass and power matters a great deal.

Getting the energy into the ore is easy. Getting it out again is the hard part.

Comment Re:the main legit use i can see (Score 4, Informative) 261

The city where I live has three airports roughly 1/3 of the way around the circle, so each of those airports has a six-mile no-fly zone making huge areas off limits.

Really? How do you use an airport in a no-fly zone? What airports actually have is controlled airspace, which means that you need to ask for (and receive) permission from the airport before you can fly, and you need to be in constant communication with the tower so they can for example tell you to ditch your drone if it interferes with someone having an emergency. It's not a no-fly zone.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig