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Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 3, Informative) 217

Go to a con sometime.... you will encounter every geek stereotype you can imagine. While one might legitimately argue that the characters on BBT are exaggerations of what the the average geek is probably like, if what I encounter whenever I go to a con is any indication at all, I would say they are probably not more than a standard deviation or so away from the norm,

People who attend cons are self-selected groups, and trying to determine a "norm" from such a group would be a mistake. It is also a positive feedback loop, where edge-of-the-curve geeks flock because they create an environment where they're comfortable.

It's like going to a smoking lounge in an airport, counting heads, and saying that "smoking is the norm".

Comment Don't they all? (Score 1) 38

DARPA-funded research into on-chip liquid cooling has resulted in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) liquid-cooled device that can operate at 24 degrees Celsius, versus 60 degrees Celsius for an equivalent air-cooled device.

So do most FPGAs need an external heater to get them up to 60C before they'll operate, or don't they all work at 24C?

Or do they mean that this one WILL only REACH 24C WHILE running?

Comment Re: Unionize (Score 1) 347

HRs regularly know each other and know the high upfront costs of H1B. They rarely steal from each other on H1Bs (regular employees are different matters).
As to global conspiracy, it is illegal for HR to notify others of the fact of how you were fired, laid off, or simply quit. However, they can and do, tell each other if you are re-hirable inside the company. In essence, they are telling each other that you were fired if you are re-hirable.

Comment Re:Why should the FAA allow drones without COAs? (Score 1) 183

Then why aren't you calling for the same (or, really, much more) stringent regulations on the millions of casual noobs, instead of the comparative handful of people who happen to regularly use the technology as part of the bucket of professional tools?

What makes you think I'm not calling for regulations on noobs? The fact that I'm explaining why commercial pilots have more stringent regulations on them doesn't mean I'm not in favor of regulations on others, too.

The vast majority of reckless behavior involving these devices is at the hands of idiotic beginners

That doesn't mean there shouldn't be regulations on the commercial pilots.

Comment Re:You don't own the sky (Score 1) 183

What about people who live near an airport? Are they entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of their property?

You mean people who bought a house next to an airport because it was cheap and then complain that there is noise from airplanes? Like the people who buy houses next to the railroad tracks and then complain about trains going by?

Hopefully a combination of laws and common sense will apply to drones: basically "thou shall not annoy your neighbors with great regularity".

As common sense, that's not a bad rule. As a law it would be atrocious. I'm annoyed by the cooking smells coming from my next door neighbor's house. Should that be illegal?

Comment Nope; kill off all guest worker programs (Score 1) 347

Seriously, kill ALL guest worker programs. Foreign companies representing foreign gov, and nations, will ALLWAYS cheat on these. Instead, we need change green card programs in which we cut the number of ppl from each nation in half, and then apply that total count to bringing in ppl on needed skills as green card. By bringing them here, most will stay and keep the skills going. In addition, for anybody brought on needed skills, they need to be paid at least average for that position and location.

Comment but does that excuse VW and others from cheating? (Score 3, Interesting) 203

Seriously, the neo-cons have been gutting EPA and any form of gov that they hate.
HOWEVER, that does not give VW, Audi, Mercedes, Samsung, etc license to cheat at will.

I prefer that we block these companies from selling in the states, but next up, would be fines so large that they can fund these groups.

Comment Re:You don't own the sky (Score 1) 183

The disparity in our opinions are likely lead to stupid laws like having to have a flagman 50 feet in front of a horseless carriage.

You're right. In this analogy, your position would be that any horseless carriage on the street is violating your right to peaceful enjoyment of the street and that no horseless carriages should be allowed anywhere but on someone's own private property because they're scary.

I'm certain there can be compromise, but it is doubtful if you continue to insist you have a right to invade my space.

I'm certain that no compromise is possible as long as you keep trying to claim every molecule of air over your head as your private airspace and that any incursion whatsoever is stripping you of your basic right to life. As long as you keep using phrases like "invade [your] space" when you are talking about the airspace over that tiny part of the planet that you claim ownership to, then no progress can be made.

This issue has been long decided. The FAA regulates from the surface up, not from some arbitrary 500' limit that you want to impose. An aircraft in the space over your head is not destroying your life.

Comment Re:It's the driver's responsibility (Score 1) 278

This thread started with "They believe their right to walk into traffic" so OF COURSE it's about people being run over.

I didn't say it wasn't about people being run over. I said it wasn't about drivers claiming the right to run people over just because they were violating traffic laws. Please read the words before you reply.

Comment Re:Why should the FAA allow drones without COAs? (Score 1) 183

how is that Clearly Something Else Entirely?

I'll answer your question because it doesn't have the inane hyperbole of the previous guy.

It's different for the same reason that the guy who charges you $50 for a short flight from your local county airport to the nearest big city so you can catch an airline flight has to have a commercial pilot license while your friend who does it as a favor to you doesn't. And why the guy who is flying that commercial airline aircraft has an even higher level of certification and ongoing standards.

That reason is that there is a financial incentive to the pilot and profit involved. Lots of people here rant on a regular basis about the awful profit motives of greedy capitalists and how money is the goal, but here we're turning a blind eye to that.

The guy you pay to do your gutter inspection doesn't get paid if he doesn't do it. He gets paid more if he does ten in a day than if he does one in a day. He's got more incentive to overlook safety issues. Is the aircraft completely airworthy? Are there weather or other hazards that are being dismissed because "it will probably work out ok?"

Second, as a consumer, it is assumed that you don't know his skills or abilities and are trusting that he's got them. You know your own skills, and have a good idea of your friend's, but you have no way of judging a stranger's piloting skills until it is too late.

That's why it is established legal precedent that a commercial pilot of any aircraft has a higher level of training and certification than a recreational pilot is required to.

And why is my own use, or that other safety-minded, business-reputation-at-stake adult's use of a small quad

What makes you think the profit motive hasn't degraded the "safety-minded" nature of the guy you're paying to do the job? And "business reputation"? Just how much do you really know about the internal operation of a business? How many shoddy workmen are still in business -- and if your belief that a "business reputation" would protect you from them, how are they still in business?

a twelve year old noobie kid who says, "Sure, mister, I'll get some pictures of your rain gutters for free!

It is your decision based on your knowledge of the twelve year old kid, and YOUR RESPONSIBILITY if things go wrong. When you pay someone you 1) don't know them from Adam and 2) expect them to be the ones who take responsibility for any problems.

the guy who does it every day and cares about his reputation

If every businessman cared about "his reputation" and that "reputation" had any enforcement properties attached to it, we wouldn't need laws about commercial service providers at all, and there would be no shoddy or incompetent workmen selling services to the unsuspecting public.

You will lose an important tape file.