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Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1128 1128

For the record, you can't generally do that in "neighborhoods" either. No state I know of allows legal discharge of firearms within 200 feet of a home (less than 2 acres in size) except in defense of your life. You can't just hunt ducks from your porch if you have neighbors within several hundred yards of you no matter what kind of ammo you use.

Comment Re:Totally orthogonal to the topic at hand... (Score 1) 574 574

I guess my point is if he really wants people to hear his music, he'll get it to as many people as possible. If he isn't touring anymore then it makes sense to keep the fidelity as high as possible. If he is still touring (I wouldn't know because I've never particularly liked most of his music) then it makes sense to get the audio to potential fans whatever way he can so that they will then get the "real" music at concerts.

By limiting his market he's seriously limiting himself because he will still have to realize that only a small portion of whatever market he goes for will actually enjoy his music.

His choice either way and I respect his insistence on quality but I think it's short sighted. Or others are right, he's just schilling for whatever player he prefers.

Comment Re:Totally orthogonal to the topic at hand... (Score 1) 574 574

The problem with the whole argument, though, is that most consumers don't buy high end audio and it's fewer and fewer every year. Why bother with high bandwidth formats when people are listening on shitty Beats headphones pumped out by the millions every day?

I'm all for keeping fidelity in the music but the market doesn't agree. People want cheap disposable music to go along with their cheap disposable electronics. I agree with Young on the quality concern but he's going to lose out on at least one, probably several generations of fans by doing this. His music will die with the current generation of fans rather than being heard by successive new generations.

Comment Re:Lies, I say ,,, won't win in the end (Score 1) 339 339

You are aware there's a difference between a miscarriage and a premature birth, right? Every translation I can find of Exodus 21:22 indicates "no serious injury" after the birth, implying a premature (but otherwise healthy) birth, rather than a miscarriage.

I know I'm nit-picking your post but your argument is seriously flawed for that particular portion.

Comment Combination (Score 1) 159 159

As with most things, I suspect there's a certain amount of this you can "learn" and beyond that is where genetics comes into play. Even as a kid when my twin sister went to bed I was allowed to stay up and read for 3 more hours until my parents went to bed. For about 6 years I was sleeping 3 hours per night but it wasn't enough and I'd come home after work and crash for a 40 minute nap. My former room mate used to ask how I got so much stuff done but he slept 10-12 hours a night, which is the opposite end of extreme. I now sleep about 5 or 6 hours per night (when exercising regularly 6-7 hours when I'm not regularly exercising) and it's perfect for me. Any more than that and I actually feel more lethargic. I wouldn't say I'm a "short sleeper" in a genetic sense but I definitely enjoyed the productivity I had when I was trying to be one.

Comment Re:Listen to the old guy (Score 1) 217 217

Unfortunately, when most people think of programmers, they think of the most common variety - web programmers. Unfortunately, what most don't realize is that web programmers in general are to programming what community colleges are to higher education (though there may be exceptions) .

A stepping stone that proves you can be trained at a fraction of the cost? Your elitist bullshit about 4 year universities is just that... bullshit. Coding isn't magic. Yes truly good coders aren't common but just because someone learns a practical skill doesn't mean they're incapable of learning more "sophisticated" skills as well.

Comment Re:I wouldn't expect this to be a problem for long (Score 4, Informative) 298 298

Bomber pilots and F-16 pilots don't have high resolution video of every strike. (They do with some missile strikes but not all) and usually get "visual confirmation" from other sources. Drone pilots have video the whole time and watch every second of it during strikes. Other drone pilots have to "confirm" but the shooter does see every bit of detail. Just because they aren't flying in the airspace themselves doesn't mean they don't get the impact of their actions.

As someone who grew up with an AF pilot father who flew both fighters and bombers and who now works with drone pilots regularly, I guarantee you drone pilots see far more of the damage they cause "close up" than bomber and most fighter pilots ever will.

Comment Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 5, Informative) 298 298

Go sit a mission sometime. It's not what you think it is. Mostly it's monotonous, boring work. When there is an actual strike, it's a big deal. It's not like a video game at all, though. I promise you that.

I have sat these missions (not as a pilot) and I don't really understand the "stress" they are talking about. Other than the shift work, which can take a toll on family life, most of the folks I know doing these missions don't feel especially stressed about it.

I suspect this is a political push to change the AF standards of training required to do the job. The Army gives their UAS pilots ground training only. The AF, as far as I know, still requires full flight training. Big time and commitment difference. The AF also requires officers to do this while the Army allows enlisted, which means you get them younger, cheaper, and typically can hold onto them better because they don't have the same civilian opportunities by getting out.

Comment Re:I do not consent (Score 5, Insightful) 851 851

So I can sell you sugar laced with arsenic? I can sell you rat labeled as chicken? Get real. You're very happy with the people telling your stores what they can and cannot sell you as long as it's some perceived benefit rather than some perceived slight.

Why in the world you would consider this a limit on your personal freedom I have no idea but we all have our crosses to bear. This may be one of yours, I guess. What exactly do you have a problem with in this decision? The lack of consensus in research or some concern you have over what the replacements will be (and their impacts) or just bitching for the sake of bitching?

Comment Re:You can close a paypal account? (Score 1) 116 116

Like I said, I changed as much detail as I could and then I did what they said would "close" my account. I have no idea if it's really closed but I haven't received any spam from them since. I don't provide anyone a valid phone number so that's never been a worry for me.

Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde