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Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 237

If you were handy, we'd do a little test. I'll take four different size multi-rotors up to 400' when you're not looking, and then we'll see how well you can tell where they are, which direction they're going, or if you can even hear them at all.

Then, I'll bring one in for a quick vertical landing at the same time a UPS diesel panel truck rolls up next to you to make a delivery, and you can tell me where the drone is, using only your ears.

You're speaking without experience, or deliberately trolling.

Comment Re:Americans...why ? (Score 1) 237

The massive amount of people killed each year

You mean the number that is far lower than the number of people killed through preventable accidents in hospitals? Or in car accidents? That sort of thing? The number that's been going steadily down for 30 years? The number half of which are suicides? The murders that are highly concentrated in just a handful of some sections of some urban areas that also feature high numbers of knifings, beatings, and other kinds of murders? Take those few urban areas (run, every one of them, for decades by progressive lefty legislatures/councils and executives) out of stats, and the murder rate in general (to say nothing of those that happened to involve the use of a firearm) are below 16 other modern western democracies including in Europe. In other words, "Americans" don't want to shoot anything/everything, but there are some urban areas in the US where politcal correctness and lefty politics have cultivated acute local crime problems. These are also the areas with the most draconian gun control laws, of course.

If you think your guns let you defend yourself against the government, you really need some help.

Which comment of mine are you replying to, exactly? Please be specific.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 0) 98

I was learning from a book. It's an item made of paper, it is of a rectangular shape with multiple pieces of paper of the same shape connected together in such a manner, that one can flip any piece of paper to look at either side of it and to move on to another piece of paper. On this paper there were various letters (similar to letters you would find in any online ad today) and also drawings. These letters and drawings were arranged in such a manner as to allow a person looking at them to sequentially retrieve pieces of information. The information retrieved from such a contraption was in a number of ways similar to what one can retrieve today by loading a page from any Wordpress site (or possibly even a Wiki site). Of-course on paper the hyperlinking could not be implemented in a feasible manner, so instead of clickable links there were textual references to other sources and that was definitely a shortcoming. On the other hand ad banners and kitty porn wasn't sprinkled throughout the pieces of paper (pages) and so it was easier to concentrate on the task of information retrieval.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 98

When I learned programming, there wasn't even an internet. Well okay, ARPANET did exist then, but that was nowhere near what the internet is now, and there certainly wasn't Google and Stack Exchange.

It's always amusing when I can't get wireless, so I hack on something that's on my laptop, and people start asking me how they can get on the wireless too.

Comment Big jump to "6 jobs at the same time" conclusion! (Score 1) 166

The first part of this article makes sense. The concept of accepting a career job with one employer, who you stay with through retirement, is pretty much over. (If nothing else, I think most people realize that doing so is a non-optimal decision, even when it's technically possible to do it.) For example, I used to work for a small manufacturing company doing I.T. for them. Honestly, I think there was a good chance I could have opted to stay there until either I retired, or until the company shut down. But swirling around in all of that was the fact that the owner of the business was at retirement age himself, and the other business partners were rumored to not have enough money to pony up to buy him out. On more than one occasion, I saw prospective buyers touring the facility, even though nothing came of it. Given that PLUS the economic downturn where half the staff was laid off, and I was forced to take a pay cut for a while -- I thought the smart move was to go elsewhere.

I have no doubt THAT trend will continue. Businesses will become more "fluid" in the whole hiring/firing process, as they realize it's a way to stay more competitive and efficient. (There's really nothing efficient about hanging onto your staff for decades when many of them are burnt out and just doing the minimum to hang on until their retirement day comes and they can collect a pension. Meanwhile, if you nudge those people out and force them to job hunt again, it pushes them out of their "comfort zone" they were coasting by in. Maybe it's "tough love" in a sense, but they're quite likely to do more useful work that justifies what they're getting paid when they land the next job.) And employees tend not to want to BE those people either. Many will take a look in the mirror and realize they're not that fulfilled staying where they're at for so long, and will voluntarily seek out something more challenging or simply something different that "changes things up" a bit and keeps it fresh.

All that is a BIG leap from assuming it means the future involves working a half-dozen "micro jobs" at once! That might be ONE way to earn a living for people who want to go about it like that. Plenty of online sites enable it as a possibility. (Even simply combing the "odd jobs" section of Craigslist, one can regularly find projects that last anywhere from 1 day to a few weeks. Software developers can do the same on sites designed to pair up available coders with people seeking to pay certain amounts for certain projects.) That doesn't negate the fact that there's huge value in retaining a steady, long-term workforce.

Comment Re:Two questions before I invest (Score 2) 119

If you want more things to worry about before you "book a ride", the space elevator could take days to reach the top, during which time you have to slowly go through the wonderful Van Allen radiation belts. But maybe we will put up something to drain them of their charged particles by then. (in before all the people whining that draining the belts would somehow permanently remove them, or that the charged particles are the important part of the belts, rather than being the crap that they accumulate)

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.