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Comment So get certified (Score 2, Insightful) 272

I think this is a good move. Make people take some basic safety classes and tests and pay a fee to become certified. Pull their certification if they are jerks or are operating unsafely. People that are serious about the hobby are usually the people that are polite, careful, etc, and they are the people willing to put in the effort to get licensed. People that are serious about flying drones are usually the people most annoyed by the crazies that are doing things recklessly and ruining the hobby for everyone else.

Comment A university has $23 billion USD? (Score 1) 35

Really? How is a university planning to fund a $23 billion purchase? Are they going to leverage themselves into an insanity level? Are they an extremely rich university? Something doesn't add up. Maybe they are just a shady front for a shady investment group?

Comment Disposable Workers (Score 1) 273

"Gee, how do we create a legal category for workers that don't have any of the hard-won protections of being employed, but also don't have the flexibility of being contractors? Something like non-skilled dependent slaves that can be hired and fired several times a day, depending on the market?"

Comment Think business, not technology (Score 4, Insightful) 77

Companies that make these devices are driven by business interests, not technology concerns. Which is what their shareholders expect and require. So the question isn't "Can someone hack this?" the question is "Given 0.001% of these get hacked, and our recourse is to return the $50 in a refund which is our highest liability exposure due to terms & conditions, that equates to five cents cost per unit. So if we are selling 10 million of these per year, we should not spend more than $500,000 on security engineering. That pays the full run rate for two full-time engineers. Hire them and see what they can do". We sometimes forget the economics side of things in technology arguments...

Comment Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 177

At the heart of the matter, it comes down to being fair. If you want to require people that drive customers commercially to go through additional training, insurance, licensing, inspections, etc. then you should require Uber drivers to do that as well. If you don't want to require that, then taxi drivers should not be required to do any licensing either. But you can't enforce licensing on taxis and ignore it with Uber drivers.

Comment We know what Baidu is, thankyouverymuch. (Score 4, Informative) 94

Baidu isn't just "a computer research and services organization", they're the Chinese version of Google. They're a massive company with eight billion USD in revenue last year. The headline is either misleading or completely clueless.

Comment Re:Energy Conservation (Score 2) 557

Depends a lot on where you are located. Natural gas is the standard in my area, it's abundant, cheap (about 1/10 electricity), and everyone knows how to service it. Geothermal is an interesting investment and something to consider, but when it's the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and your heating system goes down and it's near zero outside (actually happened to me once), it's nice to have a standard system that every technician in the area knows how to service.

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