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Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 159

No, we don't have airports in city centers because airports are enormous and noisy.

For years Edmonton had a municipal airport close to the downtown used mostly by small planes, even with the small planes there were height restrictions on the buildings in the downtown. Now this is much more a concern with landing and takeoff rather than flying at altitude, but landing and takeoff are dangerous and that's a factor they consider.

As usual, the whole "drones will fall on my head" thing is luddite horseshit based on little to no evidence from the real world.

I'm not even sure how to respond to this, I offered specific reasoning based on economics and the reality of hardware failures and you just called it "luddite horseshit based on little to no evidence from the real world". You didn't even offer me an actual point to counter.

Did you mean the part where there will be lots of drones in the sky above cities? That's a question of economics and how the usages develop, I don't think assuming a big market is "luddite horseshit".

What about thinking that some will fall out of the sky? Surely the drones in Amazon's fleet won't last forever, how do you expect them to be pulled from service and recycled? Don't you think there's going to be companies looking at the slightly less reliable drones and thinking "rather than buying a new one I'll accept a 0.1% this drone will spontaneously fall out of the sky in the next month".

Or maybe you think the actual falling won't be a problem. If it's a low population suburb you're probably fine. If it's a downtown during rushhour, it might be pretty hard to find a safe place to drop a 20kg object.

If you're going to call something "luddite horseshit" then please be specific about what the actual horseshit is.

Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 159

Same is true of airplanes and the same objections were raised when they were new.

And we don't have major airports in the downtown core of major cities for partly that reason.

But even the cheapest airplanes are extremely expensive and contain at least one pilot who really doesn't want to die. If your plane is getting to the state where it might fall out of the sky you repair or retire it.

But say you have a fleet of 5 year old drones. You'll probably get another 3-4 years out of most before they fail completely so it's a waste of money to throw them out and buy new ones. Instead you'll just run them into the ground until they die, sure the threat of lawsuits might keep them well maintained but that's not the same guarantee as airplanes.

Comment Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 159

Hardware fails, drones will fall from the sky, and no one seems to be discussing this. If they fly over the roads they'll fall in traffic and cause accidents, if they fly over the sidewalks they'll hit pedestrians and cause serious injury. I'm sure the hardware is reliable but I don't think people will have a lot of tolerance for drone related injuries, is the tech really so reliable that they could be deployed large-scale without falling drones becoming a concern?

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 3, Insightful) 72

"Those that did the most real work and were good at it were passed over."

It seems they were not good at observation. If you are really good at your job, you WILL NOT BE PROMOTED. you need to be medicore at your job and good at ass kissing to get promoted. It has been this way from the beginning of time.

Too many people buy into the lie that if you are really good at what you do you will be rewarded. you are never rewarded, you are kept right where you are to do your job really well and make others look good.

Comment Re:Confusing all-around (Score 1) 72

But I don't see why they're only talking about negative behaviour since positive behaviour should also spread by the same mechanism. Perhaps upper management is more likely to spread negative things, or the cost of Enrons is too great to offset the benefit of really functional organizations, but I wish they had at least acknowledged the possibility.

Sure, but as the guys on the factory floor can tell you, "shit always rolls downhill." It is the first thing to look at. Don't presume that studies are intended to be definitive; they never are, they're always incremental. I agree they might not have asked the most important question first, but they did ask about one of the most commonly perceived aspects of the topic, which is a normal place to start.

Though I think that's also a bias on the part of the guys on the factory floor, the job of the manager is literally to tell you what to do, your default reaction will be to reject that. Even external things beyond the manager's control will end up attributed to them as the conduit.

I do get that the study could, and should, only look at one narrow question (ie do the negative behaviours spread). But I think my opposition is to their implication that it's the only relevant question and organizations should spread out management as a result.

Comment Re:Reminds me of catwalk models (Score 2) 331

The original goal of the fashion industry and catwalk models was simply to promote slim women - women who were a healthy weight. This was fair enough, and a decent goal - the happy medium. But the fashion industry didn't stop there. They became psychotic about thinness until the point where they now fetishize anorexic women who are very far from attractive and need to see a fucking doctor.

Yeah, I've heard two competing theories and I think they're both right, albeit more the first one than the second one. The first one is that when women are attractive people look at the women and not the clothes, so they wanted women who are more like a clothes hanger. Second, the influence of the homosexual fashion designer, who doesn't want to look at women anyway. (I know queers who like to look at boobs, so it's not all of them, but I also have met queers who seem to have a problem with women. It's a lumpy world.)

Or it's like the peacocks tail, guys don't like thinness because it's healthy, they like it because it's difficult to achieve. In our society there's a huge excess of calories and the standard person tends to be overweight. If you manage to be thin in that environment it suggests you're a higher quality mate because you've achieved a difficult task.

Supposedly a bit of fat tends to be attractive in societies with low food security, that would be completely consistent with this mechanism.

Comment Confusing all-around (Score 4, Insightful) 72

For one thing this isn't about sitting far away from your boss, the study was about managers being more likely to treat their subordinates the way their own bosses treat them when they sit closer to them. The /. summary actually seems to understand this a little better.

But the more confounding thing was when they were talking to the researchers.

The study demonstrated that when someone works near their manager, they also feel psychologically closer to them, and the opposite was true at larger distances.

"We saw that the more distant someone is, they’re less likely to identify with their boss or describe themselves in relation to their boss," van Houwelingen said.


"Distance is a very useful tool that can be used to stop negative behaviours from spreading through an organization," he said "It creates the freedom to make up your own mind."

But I don't see why they're only talking about negative behaviour since positive behaviour should also spread by the same mechanism. Perhaps upper management is more likely to spread negative things, or the cost of Enrons is too great to offset the benefit of really functional organizations, but I wish they had at least acknowledged the possibility.

Comment This pursuit is utterly stupid... (Score 1, Insightful) 331

All it does is make phones suck more. 99% of the buying public if you ask them... "do you want a thinner phone or a phone that will last 2 days on a charge?"
  all of them will say, "give me the longer lasting charge."

We don't want thinner, we want more battery capacity. The number 1 flaw with the One Plus X is that it's battery life utterly sucks. Well number 2.. Number 1 is that it's a 3G only phone in most of the United states as they were complete retards at OnePlus and did not set it up for the 700mhz LTE band.

Everyone I show mine to says, "Ohh that is a very nice phone it's so thin!" until I tell them about battery life.. then they say they would rather have a phone that is thicker so that it lasts longer.


Creator of Relay On BITNET, Predecessor of IRC, Dies ( 33

tmjva writes: Jeff Kell passed away on November 25 as reported here in the 3000newswire. He was inventor of BITNET Relay, a predecessor of Internet Relay Chat using the REXX programming language.

In 1987 he wrote the following preserved article about RELAY and here is his obituary.. May this early inventor rest in peace.

Submission + - Air Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols - legality questioned (

schwit1 writes: For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls "combat air patrols," daily round-the-clock flights above areas of military operations to provide video and collect other sensitive intelligence.

Civilians are not allowed to pinpoint targets with lasers or fire missiles. They operate only Reapers that provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, known as ISR, said Air Force Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command.

Comment I'm going for the Pi... (Score 4, Informative) 113

Because it can EASILY be integrated into a project that needs very thin and small space used. No I am not interested in desoldering the headers. Plus the built in storage is useless. I would rather swap out a microsd card to update a system than upload changes to it.

And nobody sane believes the advertised prices.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.