Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re: wut? (Score 2) 113

Hey this case might be a preview.

This is a quote from another article. "William Gould, a professor emeritus of law at Stanford Law School, said the case demonstrates âoewhat a thin and sometimes artificial demarcation line there is between these two conceptsâ of employees and independent contractor. The determining factors are how much control the company has over the worker, and how much entrepreneurial opportunity the worker has, he said."

I'd have to say that Uber holds all the cards when the time comes to distribute the work. And that leads me to believe that it's just a matter of time before they are held liable for similar type accidents.

It's interesting to see that whoever issued the required permits allowing Yellow Cab to operate only required a million dollars in liability coverage. I wonder what kind of coverage those tour buses havr?

Comment Re: What about Private Property Rights? (Score 1) 81

Since you continue to imply this is a matter for the faa, instead of reading the article and discovering the truth, I'll quote you a little something. "The property the helicopters use as a landing pad doesn't have a land-use permit for the activity, which means the flights violate Summit County code, Martinez and county attorneys said." Now for the life of me, I can't see where Sheriff Martinez is trying to usurp the faa's authority.

So while I may agree he has made a mistake. I can't see why we're talking about the faa. He stated if they LAND the chopper where he told them not to, they would be subject to arrest. He did NOT say they couldn't take off and land somewhere else.

IMO Uber enjoys the role of badboy too much. Controversy seems to be a staple of their diet.

Submission + - The Tragedy Facing Middle Class Americans (

chasm22 writes: A short article by a former Nobel Prize winner(Economics) that points out the startling facts and conclusions resulting from the research work done by the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Perhaps the most startling fact is that the midlife mortality rates for non-hispanic whites has reversed years of declining mortality and has shown an increase in mortality rates. Americans were the only ones to show an increase and non hispanic whites were the only Americans to show an increase.

The article is a short read as is the research paper linked to in the article.

Comment Re:Deliverance? (Score 1, Insightful) 664

Typical prejudice. No better or worse than judging someone by the color of their skin. Ho, ho, ho. Redneck from Kentucky.

Well smartass, I'm from California and totally agree with his response. Yes, I own plenty of guns. I have a fishing boat and a couple of four wheel drives. And guess what? I've never voted for a Republican in my life and abhor most of the crap coming out of the NRA today. So open your eyes a little bit. I'd say the only person with a seriously misguided moral compass is the jerk who expects anyone to believe he wasn't flying over somebodies with the intention of spying on them.

How you got modded to funny instead of flamebait shows how widespread this type of prejudice is. Hey, I'm from Kentucky. I must be stupid. We're all just inbred hillbillies down here.Oh, except for the smart guy flying the drone.

F*cking idiotic attitude.

Comment Re:premature discharge (Score 1) 664

You have a cite for this? I live in Northern California. I can say this is absolutely not true here.

Rural, as zoning defines it where I live, is no more than one residence per 20 acres. In some areas of steep terrain, the density is even less.

There's a guy who lives not very far away who gives handgun safety courses. On Saturdays, except during the dry season, the firing goes on for hours. I have fired hundreds of rounds at a time whenever I find myself owning a new weapon.

I think perhaps you're thinking of the act of dangerous discharging a firearm. Without further knowledge of the area where this incident happened, that would be impossible to

If this particular incident occurred in a rural area in only reinforces my opinion that the pilot was intent on spying on someone.

Comment ONLY 22 seconds? Get it through your heads! (Score 1) 1

Kudos to the shooter for quick reactions. I freely admit the pilot would have had at least twice that long before I would have had enough time to shoot.

22 seconds of hovering over my house is 22 seconds too long! How freaking hard is that to understand? I don't even want you flying over my house period. But hovering? Get lost or get shot at.

Why is that so hard to accept for drone pilots. Why is it so hard to understand that I as a private individual don't want you flying over my property. You say you have the right to the airspace. I say I have the same right. I'm going to be using my right to send little pellets into suborbital flight. I don't see how that is more or less dangerous than you flying a drone over my head that you readily admit to having just experienced navigational errors.

I mean I'm getting pretty lathered up about this issue. I've flown rc heli's and I would never contemplate or go near someone else's property much less hovere over it. . Maybe I'm old school, but to me the very act is inherently wrong.

My advice to drone pilots still stands. Flyer beware.

Comment Patch and don't forget this... (Score 3, Interesting) 115

"The exploit leaves no trace it has been run on the local machine. If you use Firefox on Windows or Linux it would be prudent to change any passwords and keys found in the above-mentioned files if you use the associated programs. "

It's taken from the blog about the exploit and doesn't seem to be drawing much attention.

Comment Re:Commendably swift action by Mozilla (Score 1) 115

Is this the real person that divulged it? I ask because I can't quite figure out why we have this blog post .
It backs up the version you report.

However, if you go to this page you will find that they are giving credit to an entirely different person. A security researcher named Cody Crews.

It's interesting because everyone is giving Mozilla a big slap on the back for acting so fast, yet the fact of the matter is if MSFA 2015-78 is to be believed, we actually don't have the timeline between when it was first reported until it was patched. In this scenario, all we have is the timeline between the time it was found in the wild until it was patched. That would leave me asking this; Did Mozilla put off the patch until they discovered it was in the wild already?

Submission + - How the Media and You Are Misled by False Data (

An anonymous reader writes: Edward Morrissey writes at the Fiscal Times, "The most obfuscating and misleading arguments made in debate of any kind usually begin with the words, “Studies say .” People passionately arguing for a favored position will resort to these citations of assumed authority, and will often fail to comprehend the scope or underlying data ... Even on line, where writers usually link to the source data, the studies either prove to be limited in application, poorly researched, or entirely wrong. Sometimes that has serious consequences. A study published in the British medical journal Lancet more than a decade ago started a panic about a supposed causal connection between vaccinations and autism. It fueled an anti-vaccination movement that has resulted in the return of diseases once thought stamped out in the West ... The study was later exposed as a fraud, based on only twelve subjects handpicked by its author ... with the data even further manipulated. The Lancet later withdrew the study and admitted it was “an elaborate fraud.” By then, it was far too late to undo the damage done to uncounted children over several years. Most questionable studies, and questionable claims made from them involve less malice and intent to defraud but matter nonetheless for public policy. ... Claims of support from “studies” for extraordinary and yet oh-so-convenient claims need much more careful scrutiny – and perhaps much more pointed skepticism."

Submission + - Average U.S.Vehicle Age Hits Record High--11.4 years. (

chasm22 writes: The average age of a light vehicle in the US is at a record high of 11.4 years. It's not that Americans aren't buying lots of new vehicles, it's the fact that we're also keeping the older vehicles and/or they're being resold.

Slashdot Top Deals

The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud