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Comment: In my experience most mastery is at the start (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by WillAffleckUW (#48022885) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Most of the great works people do were based on work they actually did when they started (early doctorate or masters work, beginning music, that kind of thing).

Then they fine tune it.

But the mastery came early. It just got sanitized and polished later.

Comment: Mostly art (Score 1) 188

by WillAffleckUW (#48022873) Attached to: My toy collection is ...

While I do have a lot of old computers and game devices, and old RPGs from my game dev days, most of the "toys" I have are actually art pieces. Sculptures I bought at SF or Fantasy art auctions, to support up and coming artists who went on to do bigger and better things.

Haven't really thought of them.

The rest belong to my son, it's up to him to sell them now that he's an adult.

More attached to the few paintings I bought or was given as prizes at conventions.

Comment: Re:SB #1 is Seattle NOT Langley Virginia.... (Score 1) 241

by WillAffleckUW (#48020059) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Ummm.. Starbucks #1 is in the Pikes Place marketplace in Seattle Washington, not CIA HQ.... somebody got their wires crossed...

You mean Pike Place Market in Seattle.

There is no Pike's Place Market. There never has been.

And the first rule of CIA Starbucks is there is no CIA Starbucks.

+ - Government employees and politicians gets special status from TSA->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Government employees and politicians get preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration simply for being government employees and politicians.

Meanwhile, everyone else is stuck in an “aviation security caste system” based on dozens of watchlists compiled by the TSA, FBI and other law enforcement agencies, along with a secret formula the TSA believes can sort passengers based on hypothetical analyses and conjecture.

That’s the conclusion drawn by Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney for the ACLU, who reviewed a recent audit of the TSA, every traveler’s favorite government pseudo-police force.

The TSA doesn’t really have a handle on how many people end up boarding airplanes despite being on the so-called “no fly list.” The TSA uses literally dozens of different lists provided by federal law enforcement agencies to determine which travelers should be singled out for extra screening or should not be allowed to fly, no matter how much screening they receive.

But the keen legal minds at the ACLU caught another serious problem — keeping all those separate lists — and “blacklisting” some people while “whitelisting” others — is probably unconstitutional and is “stretching the concept of watchlisting to the breaking point.”

“Not only has the Transportation Security Administration expanded its use of blacklists for security screening to identify passengers who may be “unknown threats,” but it also has compiled vast whitelists of individuals — including members of Congress, federal judges, and millions of Department of Defense personnel — who are automatically eligible for expedited screening at airports,” Handeyside wrote. “These changes have made a broken watchlisting system even more arbitrary, unfair, and discriminatory.”"

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Comment: There are serious issues around drone use (Score 0) 50

by WillAffleckUW (#47998279) Attached to: FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

Using them during active filming on closed sets is a reasonable response.

Using them for fighting fires is a reasonable response.

Commercial everyday use is an unreasonable response and risk.

Private use to peep on people is an unreasonable response and risk. Just ask people in Vancouver BC. There they have rights of Privacy. Or in Washington State - we have rights of privacy too, in our state constitution.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson