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Comment: Re:Just wondering (Score 1) 225

by duke_cheetah2003 (#49795265) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

They use a set of well known frequencies, usually 2.4Ghz WiFi or the old model aircraft band. Now you can "adjust" these if you know what you are doing, but off the shelf, this is what you generally get.

If they operate on the same frequencies as WiFi, seems like it might be a little difficult to discern between a drone's comm WiFi and background WiFi in whatever area they operate. Hell, you could mimic a SSID in the area to further hide behind.

Comment: Re:Computerize them. (Score 1) 289

by duke_cheetah2003 (#49779837) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

I don't understand why drivers are even needed any more.

For the same reason you still have plenty of humans working to build cars... the auto & rail labor unions are rather strong.

For now. But that won't last, automation is going to take over this stuff, and very soon. Especially when people see it's safer to have computers operating these things than humans. Unions have pull now, but they will lose eventually, they always lose to automation. Always will.

Comment: Automation (Score 1) 289

by duke_cheetah2003 (#49779819) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Union is lucky honestly, trains are prime targets for automation. Would seem like it'd have been a lot smarter to just do away with drivers and tele-operate/automate all train engines. The days of having a human on board are very very numbered. I think the cameras is a waste of time and money. Just automate/centralize it already.

Also calling them engineers is stupid. Train operators long ago diverged from what engineers are. They're operators.

Comment: Re:You realize... (Score 1) 186

On the other hand, humanity going extinct would be exceedingly bad for humanity.

Are you suggesting nature gives a f about us? We will go extinct, and probably by our own doing. Everything that has a beginning has an end.

Personally, I think the whole debate against human activity being 'unnatural' is stupid. We are a product of this planet, what we do is natural, we aren't some extra-terrestrial interfering with our planet, we're natives living here, influencing our world. For better, or for worse. And a lot of in between.

Comment: Re:stable (Score 1) 226

This. My first thought upon reading TFS was, how did this ever pass peer review and testing to get into the "stable" kernel? They do still perform peer review and unit testing, don't they?

Testing? Who does that anymore? That is the user's job.

MMO's and Microsoft have made it so.

Comment: Crappy Research (Score 3, Insightful) 186

From TFA:

Under CCMA there is no limit on the number of notifications that must legally be forwarded to ‘offending’ ISP customers, which has led to a 69.6% reduction in infringements at Bell Canada, with Rogers, TekSavvy, Telus and Shaw all reporting notable reductions in piracy (or, theoretically, greater uptake of VPNs).

I'm willing to bet after the first notification, people just move to a VPN service to hide behind... Fix the inaccessibility issues involving movie and show availability, and I think you'll see piracy drop a lot faster than trying to punish people. People really just don't care, they just want their movie or show, so make it accessible and affordable. Market is just waiting on you guys to fix the issues IMHO.

Some people also don't want to go to a theater with a bunch of other people and pay astronomical prices for a bag of popcorn. On the other hand, some people really like that theater experience. So offer us both, simultaneously, an online release and theater release, so the shy people can enjoy the movie with the need to wait 6 months or steal it.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 2) 369

by duke_cheetah2003 (#49643117) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

Personally I'd like to see the environmental nightmare of the Keurig and Tassimo curl up and die.

Enh, I've always used a filter basket and normal coffee grounds with my Keurig. I love the thing personally. I have an older one without DRM silliness. They really are nice appliances when used intelligently.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"