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Comment Re:Take pictures and look at them later (Score 1) 60 60

>No. It could be done with a handheld camera, plus some platforms and safety harnesses, and plenty of extra hours of work. Inspecting the tail fins, and the top of the fuselage is far easier, quicker, and cheaper with a drone.

Hear that? The sound a $300 drone makes when crashing into a $50,000 piece of equipment. It might be quicker with a drone, but it's def. not cheaper.

Comment Yeah, but can you stop the NSA (Score 2) 66 66

Does anyone know of a SOHO package that can keep out the three letter agencies? I'm pretty sure even if these SOHO routers had stellar security does anyone believe they could keep out the NSA or a determined attacker from compromising your network? Even the best models basically just have a linux distro running iptables.

Comment Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 446 446

Yeah, it just seems to me that girls are under a lot of peer pressure to pursue social, status-raising activities. Sitting in front of a PC hammering-away Java for 5 hours a day isn't very glamorous, exciting, or social, and there's the "nerd" stigma associated with it.

Even women who are naturally inclined to pursue Comp Sci or engineering do so to pursue careers in finance or business, and make more money, not necessarily because they love computers. And moreover women who are employed by tech-companies usually work in the non-technical areas, like PR, marketing, sales, etc.

If Google wants more women in tech, they should make coding (a solitary and unglamorous pursuit) look cool, exciting, and socially positive. Maybe they need a Java Camel.

Comment Re:What alternative site can we visit? (Score 2) 613 613

Except it's 2015, there's hardly a structural barrier keeping women out of STEM.
In fact girls are overly encouraged to study math and science. Celebrities and the media
tell girls it's cool to study science.

The thing is that college and graduate level science courses are hard, require practically a single-minded dedication to succeed in, and have very little social prestige. And even then there are plenty of women who graduate with hard science degrees (chemistry, physics, math) from 4-year colleges.

But then they go off to work on Wall Street, where the money is, instead of going to graduate schools (for science) or going into a lab.

So enough of the 'it's 1955 all over-again' bullshit!

Comment Re:Who keeps posting this garbage? (Score 1, Interesting) 613 613

I think a lot of the SJW (prevalent on reddit and of course tumblr) has more to do with youth and inexperience. These are basically Millennial's who've been coddled their whole lives, or social-science academics, (and of course the internet) and seldom encounter a viewpoint that challenges their world-view. When they're in college and meet like-minded people, they become militant ideologues shouting down people with differing opinions that make them 'uncomfortable'.

You can see this every time college kids protest a speaker who ever said anything offensive or politically non-comforming.

But this is hardly ever encountered in the real-world unless there's a street demonstration that includes young white kids.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 258 258

Maybe in 50 years, but not sooner. I mean, think about the kinds of mass-produced items people buy today, then think about why 3D printing doesn't yet solve the problem of making those things cheaper: Smartphones, consumer electronics, cars, furniture, etc.

A smartphone has hundreds of components of varying complexity.

Can you 3D print a cpu? a PCB?, the hi-res screen? We're decades away from making 3D printing of those components cheaply available.

Could you 3D print a car's engine? Not from plastic. And you know what they call a 3D printer that uses metal? A forge, which most people wouldn't have in their house any way.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 258 258

Let's face it, there's a a lot "yeah but's" when talking about driverless cars and automation in general. You shoot down someone's pie-in-the-sky idea with purely practical concerns that would occur to someone not vested in "teh futurzes" and you're met with, yeah, but... (insert overly-optimistic impracticable solution here).

I mean, remotely controlled weapons platforms to defend cargo, even if it were legal it'd be an insurance nightmare. "Yeah, but..."

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"