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Comment: Re:fees (Score 2) 358

If your description was accurate, I (and every one else would agree with you But unfortunately you are LYING about what Verizon etc. are doing.

Verizon is not demanding the right to charge you more for faster speed.

They are demanding the right to IGNORE the contract they made with you to provide X speed whenever the people you ask content for refuse to pay them for X speed.

Which is total Bullshit. They can't charge me for X speed and then turn around and say "Sorry, but that speed only applies to other people who pay us as well."

NO. That is fraud on their part. They are trying to use hidden clauses in the contract with their customers to do a bait and switch - advertising (and charging) for 60 megabits a second , then go around and give you only 30 megabits/second.

Comment: the best part of my job (Score 1) 149

by gurps_npc (#49147779) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Is writing code to properly format improperly formatted data.

Take idiots that put "GMT" or "MST" at the end of a time when our system (and most others) can't handle that crap.

The data was created by someone else. They most likely had the ability to export it in the correct way, but were too .... inexperienced .... to do it the right way.

Instead of trying to teach/convince them to do it right, I simply write a script to fix whatever bit of stupidity they created.

+ - Back to the Future's Hoverboard is HERE!->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "A company has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to build something they call an "airboard". Basically it is a souped-up, MORE powerful version of Marty's McFlyh;s hoverboard. Software limits how high above ground it can go and it has "power" as the movie says, so you don't need to push it with your feet. Yes, it's a bit bulkier and more expensive than the movie version, but maybe they can fix that on version 2.0."
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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#49139643) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
No the 28k does not include agency overhead. It only include drone overhead. There is a difference. Drone overhead means only charges related to the drone - repairs, service, etc. Agency overhead, includes things like the janitor,

You are correct that they need to reference things, but a simple bit of googling reveals enough reference to show that 28k per arrest is a ridiculously expensive number. The agency averages $12k/ per person DEPORTED. That means to arrest, hold them in prison, charge, convict and fly/bus them back across the border costs less than HALF the cost of just arresting them using a drone.

Comment: Re:Wrong kind of metric... (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#49138049) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Yes, they presented it in a poor way. But no it is not meaningless, if the article had been written well. You are correct they need to give comparison, but not just that one.

Specifically, it could have said:

Drone cost to apprehend: $28,000

Piloted aircraft cost to apprehend: $15,000

Piloted Boat cost to apprehend: $10,000

Land Vehicle cost to apprehend: $1,000

Foot agent cost to apprehend: $1,500

If the article had done this then we could have easily said no drones, piloted aircraft only AND limit the # of pilots to the bare minimum, while increasing the land vehicles.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#49137961) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Whoops, in my other reply I left out the other stuff. The Border Patrol does not merely apprehend. It builds and maintains the fences. It supports custom agents. It runs undercover operations. It pays people to investigate claims. It also holds people prisoner, pays agents to testify, has lawyers to try prisoners, as well as a bunch of other fixed costs.

In fact, the cost is NOT simple, you are simply too ignorant to realize how complex the calculation is. Your math is way way off.

The drones are ridiculously expensive for the very little they do.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#49137905) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
Your math is comparing apples to oranges.

Specifically you are comparing the cost to apprehend PLUS all the fixed costs of the agency vs the cost to apprehend with a drone.

IN reality, the cost per deportation is estimated at LESS than 15,000 per deportation - including apprehension costs. Clearly the fixed costs of the agency are far greater than you realize. Effectively, the drone program more than doubles the cost to apprehend.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by gurps_npc (#49137295) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
You are correct that they SHOULD have listed that information.

But the actual cost per arrest to deport is about less than $1,000, from what I understand.

The average cost to arrest, try and deport an illegal immigrant is only $12,000 (source = )

So the cost of $28k is ridiculous.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir