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Comment: Re:Additional extra smart Features - (Score 1) 558

by berryjw (#43864379) Attached to: 'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype
Hi there. Try this - look up the nearest outdoor range, and find out when they're having the next match, any sort will do. Go there, with ear and eye protection (your prescription lens glasses will pass in most places, any safety glasses will do). Watch how the day goes. Afterwards, consider how many times the same basic thing is happening, on any given weekend, across the country. If you want the condensed version, look up USPSA, IPSC, IDPA, Sporting Clays, Trap, Skeet, Cowboy Action, 3-gun, or just Shooting Match on YouTube. The super-condensed version is, I sent two people to a single day competitive handgun class with 1800 rounds of ammunition, and they returned with ~400. I'm not talking "militia's", just competitive shooters. Then let's discuss the above...

Comment: To add a positive note (Score 1) 217

by berryjw (#43740777) Attached to: I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...
A friend once received a letter from his grandfather, mailed from a nursing home in another state. It was addressed with only his first name, "The Donut Boy", and the city - no last name, no state, no zip. It was delivered to the donut shop we worked at. The USPS gets all sorts of things right, we just forget to talk about it...

Comment: Re:What about change? (Score 1) 95

by berryjw (#42935967) Attached to: Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars
Or, keep driving until you can take over, but this doesn't change my point. There's also the problem of the AI has only learned what you've taught it - missing a turn (for whatever reason) could leave it on roadways it's never seen. I'm fairly certain the coders aren't morons, but don't believe a 'learning' program would benefit most drivers. It would demand much more oversight than most users are willing to give.

Comment: Re:What about change? (Score 1) 95

by berryjw (#42935247) Attached to: Oxford Tests Self-Driving Cars
I agree, but a major construction project could quickly exceed the count. What my (warped) imagination sees is, pull out the drive on the way to work, tell the car to go to work. Now that you're not driving, the day's paper comes out, but half way into the sports section, the car announces it's confused and you should take over, whilst zipping down the road. Or any number of other similar situations. The point is, if there's *any* possibility of the program suddenly demanding a driver, it largely negates most of the reasons someone would want this feature, even if it can transition sanely.

Comment: Re:Just like DRM has prevented piracy (Score 1) 528

by berryjw (#42349355) Attached to: Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts
My response was directed more towards those who seem to think we can prevent this, than to the article. The site owner(s) may do whatever they wish, it's their site, and frankly, I don't care one way or another about what they host. But the early responses seemed to think this could/should be supressed, and that's about as productive as wishing Pandora's Box was never opened. Until we can look past the horror of what's on top, we will never find that underneath.

Comment: Just like DRM has prevented piracy (Score 4, Insightful) 528

by berryjw (#42346729) Attached to: Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts
I don't blame anyone for worrying about liabilities, but Pandora's Box is open, there's no closing it now. The specs for many, many firearms parts are readily available, and anyone who wants to take the time to translate those designs to 3D, is going to be able to print them, and distribute the designs. I'm waiting for someone to notice they can print 3D magazines, of any capacity they want. Yes, this is another opportunity to learn that all we do for good, can and will be perverted to bad. Are we willing to throw out the whole 3D printing movement as a result?

Comment: Re:Moodle, Moodle, Moodle, Moodle (Score 2) 120

by berryjw (#40983759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Software To Manage Student Grades?
Your message is accurate, but your delivery almost guarantees you will be ignored. There really is no reason to be rude... To the OP, you really should be looking at Moodle, or some other Learning Management System. It's not just about the grades, but modernizing how we educate. Keep in mind this is likely a radical shift for your district, but push for it anyway.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 350

by berryjw (#39931851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
Now, imagine you're working on the site of a ~5000 year old camp. The only materiel you can find to help piece together some understanding of the people who lived there is stone, and some smudges in the dirt. Yes, I was once a field archaeologist, and know first hand how durable some media is over time. We've lost countless bits of photographic evidence to time as well, and will continue to do so. Digital media has yet to exist long enough to see if the picture you paint is accurate, as I could recover ZIP media before the day was out ;-) Look at it another way - you are sifting through the contents of your grandmother's home, six months after the flood, and find several USB drives in the drawer above the mush that was her photo albums....

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 350

by berryjw (#39931669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
Actually, I lost my 5 1/4 floppy drive to someone who "borrowed" it to recover ~20 year old data. But, as you point out, I am a geek ;-) From a user perspective this may seem difficult, but from a business perspective, it happens all the time (how else can we account for the current use of COBOL?!?) Admittedly, many business interests just migrate old data to new media, but it's not uncommon to need access to data recorded decades ago on a medium otherwise forgotten. All this aside, my re-direction of the question was deliberate, and your answer is, "Paper hard-copy." There are other answers, including moving it from one medium to the next as they become available/common, and there is validity in using more than one of these as a hedge, but the debate should be which is most viable. In the end, however, I will certainly not miss the tons of paper digital media replaces, during the next move!

Comment: Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 350

by berryjw (#39930343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
I can't see the point of this. People no longer keep horses for transportation, we hardly write things down (I've seen graduate research indicating handwriting is ceasing to be relevant), even our books are moving to digital. The proper question would be, "What is the most reliable storage medium for my digital photographs, assuming I need to access them in twenty years?"

Comment: Re:Non-issue (Score 1) 95

by berryjw (#39498493) Attached to: Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot
Interesting argument, but I still disagree. Being purchased by Blackboard does not prevent those previously contributing to the code base from continuing to do so. Additionally, talent moves into/ leaves open source projects regardless, and Moodle is certainly large enough to draw new talent in on its own. Again, it's an opportunity. In an absolute worst case scenario, Blackboard further enhances their bleak reputation, while Moodle remains the same.

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