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Comment: Re:Security theatre. (Score 4, Interesting) 357 357

Try China. They have x-ray machines and wands at every subway station and, of course, airports. I sent my bags through dozens of times traveling around Beijing, I got 'wanded' dozens more times.

It was very obvious that almost all of the machines and wands were turned off. Camera in my pocket? Wand doesn't even beep. Dark screens on the x-ray machines, staff not even looking the few times when the screens were actually on, they never stopped or questioned anyone. They obviously didn't care, either.

I kind of liked their "we don't give a crap" attitude. It was very...China. Made me like the place even more.

Comment: Re:How does one tell the difference? (Score 1) 103 103

by boristdog (#49743647) Attached to: Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years

It's actually pretty easy to look at rocks and tell what has been worked on by someone and what hasn't. It takes a little practice, but I've gotten pretty good at it and I'm not even an anthropologist. I just like to figure out what is an artifact and what isn't when I wander around my ranch.

Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167 167

My grandpa used to complain about the "college boy" engineers who had never worked in a machine shop. "You can't be a good engineer if you aren't a good mechnic first!" was one of his favorite phrases.

The man held a whole bunch of patents on aircraft engines and electronics, so I'm inclined to agree with him.

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem? (Score 5, Interesting) 174 174

by boristdog (#49548055) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Amen, brother.

I have a side business renting a cabin on my ranch for weekend visitors. The cabin has no internet access, and it's in a valley so there is no cell signal. Many people complain about this when they first arrive, but after they leave they ALL tell me how it was REALLY nice to be unplugged for a few days. Even the 20-somethings.

People forget how awesome life can be without gadgetry.

Comment: Re:So about 8' from my front door? (Score 3, Funny) 67 67

by boristdog (#49519553) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

You are probably not the target market for this since you live in a densely populated area.

I live in an area where the spacing between houses averages over a quarter-mile in any direction. I would love for a drone to deliver my packages instead of the lazy delivery driver just saying "address doesn't exist" or "cannot find address" because they don't want to drive down my road.

It might annoy my donkey, though, but I'll risk coming home to an annoyed donkey in exchange for actually getting my packages.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers