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Comment: Re:Stingrays (Score 1) 253

I don't believe you need a warrant to follow people. These are tracking devices, not tapping devices. There's a huge difference, legally. These are the equivalent of the cops following you everywhere you go, not listening to what you're saying, but just seeing where you're going and who you're associating with when you go out. Now they can just do it electronically.

Whether or not it's acceptable that the police have either capability is another matter altogether.

Comment: Re:Lock-in? (Score 2) 589

by bkr1_2k (#46927799) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Whether or not the help is installed locally or just refers to an online help is usually an install option, in my experience. I haven't installed libreoffice in a long time because I don't like it, personally, but I think it's probably still an option. Maybe not.

If you don't factor in re-training costs, it's never a fair comparison. Training, however, doesn't take millions or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars and once your workforce is trained, new employees can always ask existing employees how to do something. There's a minor productivity hit until people are suitably comfortable/trained but that happens every time a new version of any existing software (MS or other) comes out anyway. It's the cost of doing business.

I think in the long-term, I think open source still wins but you have to roll it out properly and not just expect people to figure it out for themselves. That said, I've seen MS be very supportive and also seen the exact opposite from them. It all depends upon who you have on the other end of your issue and sometimes how much money it means to them.

Comment: Re:no one would HIRE them, either (Score 1) 581

by bkr1_2k (#46727173) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Then you are going to keep getting overlooked. Save the "lessons learned" for the interview. Keep the resume relevant (current) and one to two pages with only your most recent experiences. When you get the interview, that's when you dazzle them with all the other stuff you actually bring to the table.

Comment: Re:Was it turned on??? (Score 2) 638

by bkr1_2k (#45282105) Attached to: Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

You haven't been reading the posts carefully then. There IS a law explicitly forbidding "entertainment" and non-informational displays (information for driving, not other crap) being displayed in front of the rear of the driver's seat. The law also explicitly lists exceptions, to include GPS and video (such as rear view cameras) that enhance the driver's ability to operate safely. Google glass may fall into that category but it very clearly also falls outside of that category.

Comment: Just a hunch... (Score 1) 638

by bkr1_2k (#45282013) Attached to: Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

I can't read the linked article but I'm going to assume that the driver in question wasn't stopped because she was wearing stupid looking glasses. She was probably stopped because she was driving badly and then the police realized (or she told them) she was wearing google glass and cited her appropriately. Really, nothing to see here. Unless she can somehow prove that she was using the glass display as a legitimate HUD for operating the vehicle, she was breaking the intent (if not the letter-which is arguable as well) of the law. Plain and simple.

   

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 1) 206

by bkr1_2k (#44775985) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

See my reply to the previous comment. If fishing just for food and nothing more, it would be very very difficult for anything but a massive population to overfish... a population that wouldn't be able to survive on the amount of water available, for example. Could you over fish a small pond? Sure. Maybe even a small lake if you had thousands of people fishing it every day, but there is no evidence anywhere I'm aware that any population of people has ever devastated a fish population just by fishing for their own food. I'll be happy to accept actual research that proves me wrong...

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 1) 206

by bkr1_2k (#44775953) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

Please show me any documentation that a population of people hunting/fishing for their own food and nothing more has destroyed an animal population. Theoretically it is possible for species that have a long gestation period and low offspring count but evidence that it happens just isn't available. In instances I know of there were several other factors involved, such as disease or introduction of other species (not just humans) that drove animals away or to extinction.

Comment: Re:Toy? (Score 2) 479

by bkr1_2k (#44775877) Attached to: Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

It is a device whose sole purpose is entertainment. It was not a training tool for his job, it was not a mode of transportation, it was not something he did for a living. It was entertainment. AKA, a toy!

All of the guns I own are toys because I don't use them to hunt for food or for protection. Does that make them less dangerous or less expensive? My snowboards cost me over $1500 (combined) but they're still toys. My bicycles, arguably a form of transportation, are used as toys.

The price of the toy is irrelevant, it's still a toy.

Comment: Re:Drones vs. Planes (Score 1) 206

by bkr1_2k (#44774215) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

I call bullshit on this AC post. If you're flying UAVs for a living and don't understand the concept of total system expense, you're speaking outside of your pay grade. You've either just started flying UAVs or you are deliberately ignoring a lot of factors that must be considered when discussing cost. Safety to the pilots and ground crew is an obvious factor that you're either overlooking or don't understand. If it's the second, you shouldn't be flying UAVs (which I suspect you're not).

I'll give you the complexity argument but that's the only part of it that you've gotten right. Human cost, be it training, re-training (a new pilot after one dies) ground support and many other issues make manned assets significantly more expensive to operate in a war zone or hostile environments (think storm chasing or fire fighting) than UAVs.

   

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