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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by dcw3 (#49148765) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

This would be the "penny wise, pound foolish" option. Even if that figure was accurate, which it's not even close, doing so would cause a wave of additional immigrants looking for that handout. Oh, and while we're at it, why not just pay everyone who's unemployed, and already in the U.S. that minimum wage?

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by dcw3 (#49148747) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

You can "be sure", but you'd be incorrect. This isn't a classified program, and the people working on it don't have to hide what they do at all. There are too many individuals working it, and if you were correct that tidbit would quickly leak out. Just like with so many other conspiracy theories, when more than a handful of people are involved, everything inevitably comes to light.

Comment: Re: Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by dcw3 (#49147703) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

You're implying that there's less overhead with a fed? That's flat out incorrect. Yes, individual contractors typically make better wages, and the overhead is there. But, don't get me started on the size of govt. offices, and the overhead they bring. As for CEOs, they're a tiny fraction of the cost of doing business...though I won't argue that any of them are under-compensated (trying not to stroll off-topic). I've seen numerous govt. IT shops replaced by fewer than half as many contractor personnel.

FWIW, I've been on both sides for the last 38 years.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

by dcw3 (#49088629) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Could We Actually Detect an Alien Invasion From Outer Space?

that's pretty arrogant to think that because we homo sapiens think it's impossible, it must be completely impossible everywhere.

Not really. It's pretty ignorant to think that a well understood law of physics can be transformed somewhere else. Now, if by some circumstance we got that law wrong, then the possibility could exist. But unless there's some chink in the armor of that law that was missed, the GP is absolutely correct.

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 2) 131

by dcw3 (#49081119) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

how about a honda civic compared to a ford mustang? (also a good analogy since the foreign product will be junk, at first, based on inappropriate chunks of existing technology from other projects, but eventually will surpass others in reliability...)

I love people perpetuating myths. Have you looked at any recent data? American vehicles have also recently been showing better quality numbers than Euro cars. The Dodge I'm driving today (2012 model), isn't anywhere near the crap they produced twenty years ago. And FWIW, I've owned everything from Mercedes, Saab & BMW to Infiniti, to nearly every flavor of US make, in my ~40 yrs of driving. Just anecdotal here, but most of the foreign brands broke as frequently as the domestics, but were more expensive to repair, with my Infiniti being the exception (most reliable vehicle I've owned), though they wanted ~$500 to replace a headlight ballast.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?