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Comment: I Wish I Had One for Revenuers (Score 1) 29

by dcw3 (#46804137) Attached to: Drones On Demand

With the police out in force on Easter Sunday, I'm sure their purpose was to make us all safer. I saw no less than six vehicles pulled over in under an hour. Now, I'd be fine with this if they were pulling over those who were drifting aimlessly as they chatted, texted, read the paper, etc., or those who tailgated. But, it's way too easy to obtain their quotas by nabbing the people who break the "nine your fine, ten your mine" rule.

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 163

by CrimsonAvenger (#46804135) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

If you have a medical issue that requires several $90 office visits, and the choice is between paying that or feeding your family (or possibly buying gas to get to your minimum wage job so you don't lose it), how is that "can't be bothered?"

Of course, if you have a minimum wage job, you're not making enough for the subsidies to kick in, so you don't actually get cheap medical insurance under the ACA.

What you get with a minimum wage job is the same Medicaid you got before....

Comment: Re:Big Whoop. (Score 1) 62

by CrimsonAvenger (#46804101) Attached to: SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

the design of the NASA space stations were done by NASA.

Alas, no. The NASA work on the space stations was limited to design studies that were limited to 'this is what we want a space station to do, and this is the space we have to do it in".

When it came to the engineering part of the design, McDonnell Douglas did Skylab and various companies did ISS (hell, ISS had parts from other countries, much less from outside NASA).

Comment: Re:This is the state of gun laws (Score 1) 177

Giving real guns to children: YES.

Oh, hell yes!

Teaching basic gun safety to children is one of the best ways to ensure they don't do something stupid like accidently shoot someone the first time they touch a gun.

Note that, once upon a time (when I was a kid), it wasn't unusual at all to give a kid (for values of kid > about 10 years old) a .22 and teach him to shoot. Certainly that was true in my extended family. And I can't think of a single one of us who ever shot someone, accidently or on purpose....

Comment: um... (Score 1) 68

by Charliemopps (#46804049) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

A 15-inch-hole event was held at the Reynolds Plantation resort last week...

How about instead of screwing around with the size of the holes, you just stop naming your golf courses after something that's basically synonymous with the 200yr holocaust that was slavery? It doesn't help that if you're not white you have to call the course up ahead of time to make sure they'll let you in.

Comment: Re:This I do know: (Score 1) 6

by smitty_one_each (#46803893) Attached to: Q: Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?
Think of it as vectors. When active, you add your bit of force to the overall system, and can drive it. I'm confident that, had the Tea Party not risen up, for example, ObamaCare would have us much farther along the road to Single Prey-er. Doubtless you'll disagree, preaching paralysis as you do. However, I'll be able to look at the grandkids, when they ask, and tell them I didn't shovel s**t in Biloxi.

Comment: You already have a scouting drone for driving (Score 2, Interesting) 27

by SuperKendall (#46803191) Attached to: Drones On Demand

I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates.

You do, it's called the Waze user that is ten minutes ahead of you down the road, mixed with many road sensors reporting traffic flow rates.

If you are using navigation many mapping applications automatically route around traffic issues (including Waze). I personally just have it up while driving, not really using navigation but just to keep an eye on traffic rates and issues. I've turned off many a highway before to avoid a Waze reported issue and taken a pretty obvious alternate route you could see at a glance on the map.

For anyone that has not tried leaving modern mapping applications open with traffic status enabled, I highly recommend it - just get a decent car mount so it's easy to see the display. I recommend Waze in particular only because it's one of the best at taking in user reports as to police or road hazards (like chair in right lane! just one example of something I have reported in the past).

Comment: It is possible to know (Score 1) 162

by SuperKendall (#46803131) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

It's probably impossible to know until you are actually in the same situation.

It's possible to know because you know how it is from the side of people noticing things. I find artificial hands immediately obvious, as much so as a robotic hand would be.

I think either would fare just as well in terms of not attracting notice when covered by a glove. Why not, then you would just look a little odd in summer...

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas