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Comment Won't work long term (Score 1) 371

This may have a short term benefit, but by and large happy workers aren't productive, productive workers are happy. At the end of the day, we all like to feel like we succeeded somehow. SOME distraction and downtime that is work sponsored is beneficial, but there is a definite limit, more effective is finding ways to make the needed tasks satisfying to perform has a better long term result.

Comment IT not needed, so long as you want nothing new (Score 1) 233

IT was never needed beyond the initial set up. Computer programs run just fine for years on end, computer hardware lasts much longer than most companies replacement cycles. You only need IT when you want new features or functionality. Problem is users want more of it then ever, as computing becomes cheaper, more and more will be demanded to do more things.

Comment Junk DNA is not Junk (Score 1) 110

It seems pretty simple, if a gene was useful in the past at some time, it is possible it might be useful in the future. Therefore it is handy to write down old unneeded sequences just in case. How many you write down would be related to the desire to facilitate mutations or prevent them as the case may be. FYI this was actually hinted at by creationist who pointed out the probability of gene sequences spontaneously forming being astronomically low. Clearly biology was cribbing from previously useful sequences.

Comment Re:The drone may not have been tresspassing (Score 1) 1197

Right now, I don't think the law addresses that issue. In this specific case, according to the guy who shot the drone, he was waiting with shotgun ready in case the drone did pass over his property. I doubt he waited long before firing. It isn't clear if the "peeping tom" angle is legit or a smokescreen, drones aren't exactly stealthy and due to battery limitations can't really loiter that long.

Comment Re:Drone fear - Baker Beach (Score 1) 1197

Factually I think the height the drone is flying at makes a big difference also. If you take a picture of someone from a few feet away clearly pointing at them, kind of like google glasses do, yeah, that is annoying. If however they take a photo of the beach, and you happen to be in the photo over a hundred feet from the camera and you object, well, you should probably avoid ever going out in public if that is too much intrusion for you. So yeah, closely hovering over a specific group of people is one thing, but taking broad pictures of the beach and the people on it is clearly legal and ethical. If the drone is so far away you can't tell for sure if it has a camera, on public property no less, you should learn to deal with it.

Comment The drone may not have been tresspassing (Score 1) 1197

It is a currently unresolved legal issue I understand, but if the drone was over 80 feet up, it *may* not have been trespassing. Owning a drone myself, I am well aware of the temptation for misuse (you need to get on good terms with your neighbors, pro tip: boys love drone and often act as great ambassadors to the parents), still they are expensive and frankly likely the drone couldn't have been hovering for a really long time due to battery life. That said, I do look forward to better defined rules and regulations so everyone knows what to do and expect.

Comment Re:Prime Flaw in Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 208

Which exact frequency would they use? AM, FM or PM (polarization modulation)? Would they simply polarize star light in a certain direction with a giant field or something so they didn't have to generate to much energy? Are our detectors sensitive enough? Are any detectors or transmitters sensitive enough, the universe doesn't owe us interstellar communication. Why radio waves and not cosmic rays or neutrinos? We don't really know the answer to these questions I think, we just know we don't have the needed technology. We might find something, but it is so hard to be sure when you don't really know what you are looking for.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955