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Comment Does it have to be in China? (Score 1) 99

Chinese factories, who just were not accustomed to having this quality of finish, all of these little details that make a beautiful design

Have they tried some other country's factories? Like, to pick at random, the US? Just a thought...

How much more expensive would it make each unit, if they were made in a better place?

Comment Re:Officer fears for their life.... (Score 1) 164

Not a quadcopter that took 30 minutes to get to the scene, setup and send to the target.

Drones are both cheaper and faster-moving than human police. Of course, having a cop on every corner would do more to suppress crime, but that's way too expensive a proposition. Omni-present cameras and drones are the economical compromise...

Comment The REALY dystopia (Re:So...) (Score 3, Interesting) 164

How exactly is this not a dystopian sci-fi novel come to life?

The dystopian novels may concentrate on the methods, but the real reasons for gloom are the governments behind them. A vibrant democracy arming its peace officers with effective tools to help them fight crime is starkly different from a repressive dictatorship doing the same.

And, although the US is not any longer the vibrant democracy (republic) we once were, it is not the brutal police force, that is used by our overlords today to keep opposition at bay. Not yet, anyway — for now they still use the IRS and other "civilized" tools to suppress would-be challengers. Possibly, because their support among actual police is not all that high.

The Sci-Fi writers didn't see any of that coming.

Comment Re:Officer fears for their life.... (Score 1) 164

If the justification is that the officer fears for their safety

That justification, obviously, will not apply to drones. But there are other justifications — such as to disrupt a crime in progress. For example, I can see, how a sound cannon can make a would-be rapist go limp...

Submission + - Almost no real women on Ashley Madison

gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be their for "entertainment purposes"' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis.

A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

North Dakota Legalizes "Less Than Lethal" Weapon-Equipped Police Drones 164

According to the Daily Beast, writes reader schwit1, North Dakota police will be free to fire 'less than lethal' weapons from the air thanks to the influence of a pro-police lobbyist. That means beanbags, tear-gas, and Tasers, at the very least, can be brought to bear by remote. It's worth noting that "non-lethal" isn't purely true, even if that's the intent behind such technologies. From the article, based partly on FOIA requests made by MuckRock into drone use by government agencies: The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Representative Rick Becker’s bill would have banned all weapons on police drones. Then Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.

Submission + - Google recruits programmers based on their search habits

david.emery writes: Engaget reports that Google is soliciting developers based on Google's analysis of their search habits: http://www.engadget.com/2015/0... Seriously. If you search the right terms often enough, Google might interrupt your quest for knowledge with a question: "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?"

Does anyone else find this disturbing?

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 269

the US government gave away huge land grants

Only it was not the government's to give away in the first place. It was unsettled land and the government merely approved a claim. When you say "gave away" you lead the reader to believe, there was a monetary loss — an expense — to the taxpayer from the action. There was not, and your leading to that incorrect believe thus qualifies as a lie. Congratulations.

Improved designs became popular and mass produced

Yes. I referred exactly to that creation of popular designs — and their mass-production.

as governments built water supplies and sewers run to each house.

Except neither was government-provided in the 19th century. In fact, many houses use artesian water supplies even today. And many still use septic tanks to treat sewage. Yet another attempt to portray government as somehow necessary for running water debunked.

a demonstration line between Washington and Baltimore funded by Congress was built by Morse

Are you saying, commercial telegraph would never have gotten built, were it not for that $30000 appropriation?

Early commercial air travel was supported by US mail delivery.

Another lie. US mail used the commercial air-travel to deliver "air-mail" faster. It was not necessary for the air-lines' survival — although, characteristically, the government's involvement produced its share of corruption.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 269

And that is what are the non-direct costs on society of those people that fail

Those costs are imposed on society not by the failures themselves, but by the folks, who — out of greatness of their hearts — want to help them. And not just help them, but compel everybody else to help them as well.

in both the socialist and non countries

You are right that this is a problem in any regime. Free market Capitalist ones are just much wealthier and thus can afford to take better care of the losers. The hobos in New York have cell phones and are otherwise better off, than North Korea's "middle class"...

Oh and the US govt spending is around the 35% mark of GDP.

That enormous figure includes only the Federal government. Once you add the State and local government spending, you'll come to over 40% and up to 50%.(depending on the method used).

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 269

you try and organize a union, or oppose Koch (or Koch-Glitsch), and a bad case of lead poisoning seems to occur with great regularity.

Serious accusations — got any citations handy to back them up?

That's not mentioning the increase in deaths in the good ol' US or A, caused by lung problems ... attributable to fossil fuel emissions

Khm, you are posting in HTML. Do you not know, how to embed links with it, or do you just have nothing to support your accusations?

hordes of corporate lawyers to prevent anything ever being pinned on them.

Ah, but you know better and can see straight through those hordes. I get it.

The rest of your post is just unparsable, sorry.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1, Insightful) 269

A laissez-fair economy sucks as well

Does it? The US got nation-wide railroad network, flush toilet, telegraph, commercial air-travel, and massively-affordable personal car under laissez-fair economy. Was that wrong?

It makes the bullies and cutthroats rise to the top without any negative repercussions.

You mean, bullies and cutthroats like Che Guevara and Stalin? Or those like Warren Buffet and the Koch brothers?

Which of the two groups I listed has actually cut a throat in your opinion?

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 0) 269

But Communism != Socialism.

Socialism is simply Communism-lite. The difference is quantitative.

Socialism certainly does allow for a reasonably free market.

Socialism/Communism can be measured — the measure is the percentage of the country's GDP, that is spent by the government. The US is at about 50% these days (once you add up Federal, State, and local government spending), which is terrible.

Other countries have more or less. At some point — I'd guess, at 90%? — it can be said to become bona fide Communist.

It just makes sure that said free market doesn't fuck over the people

Yes, yes. I know, Hugo Chavez was great, was not he?

detrimental to society to simply hand over to the free market, such as roads and healthcare.

And the Internet, and food (can't be healthy without good nutrition, can you?), and transport, and just about anything else — that's exactly, how the above-mentioned metric goes up, yes.

There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.