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Comment: Re:Delivery drones (Score 1) 72

by burne (#49358439) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

"There are thousands of cars and trucks driving around, literally filling and overcrowding the streets. Now, what would they all be doing?

Carrying a thousand packages each.

Now imagine not thousands of cars and trucks on the road but literally millions of drones buzzing around, each with a single package.

Imagine the sound, the inevitable crashes, the energy consumption. (I'm lousy at math and making unsound assumptions but the figure I got was ten thousand times more energy to deliver a pound a mile away.. Keep in mind that the price of energy rises, and rises, and rises..)

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 5, Informative) 760

It hurts revenue generation for the police force

Top Tip: In Finland the police isn't depending on 'revenue'. Policing Finland as a preset, defined budget. Any fines levied are a surplus to the states income, and police forces do not benefit in any way from their law enforcing activities. Finnish police has to account for security, safety and crimes solved, not for income from speeding tickets.

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

Drop in a LED (or worse: 'realy sheep shinese HID') and have your car impounded because you used replacement parts that weren't part of the original certificate of road-worthiness, and hence you made your car not roadworthy and thus illegal to drive in. Since you were driving at the time the fine officer stopped you...

(that cool headlight set will cost you several thousand dollars and a six months not having access to your car..)

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 2) 840

wrong, we over 50 were taught to fix shit, starting at age 10 in my case.

I wasn't taught anything. I started to disassemble things early on. That was satisfying for about a year. Then I started trying to reassemble what I disassembled. Often things that were broken started working after me reassembling things and replacing broken parts.

When I was 8 my aunt gave me a broken radio. I discovered disco and a few years later punk and electronika. When I was 10 a neighbour gave me a broken TV, and a few weeks later a broken shortwave receiver. I was watching SSTV from half a world away a few months later.

I can't repair my current computer, phone, tablet, tv, etc. I can order the right part and swap that, but swapping sub-assemblies isn't 'repairing'.

Fixing shit is in my competence-envelope but current technology is mostly unfixable, unless you have unlimited facilities available.

Oh, I'm under-fifty.

Administration: An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. -- Ambrose Bierce