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Comment: Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (Score 1) 482

by netsavior (#48636207) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
The DEA and FDA have unconstitutional power, thanks to a little bill Nixon pushed through so he could arrest hippies. Now it will take some serious congressional balls to "look soft" on the war on drugs, in order to reverse this unconstitutional affront to our system of checks and balances.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 586

by netsavior (#48623783) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
The reality is the contract the studio has with the film makers probably has a "if this isn't released for some reason" clause in the contract... it probably doesn't have an "If we want to give away free copies to everyone for a PR move" clause. Even if Sony wanted to it couldn't do that... because Sony itself created a world where it is stuck between a lawyer brigade and a hactivist group.

Comment: I recently moved into a community that solved this (Score 1) 604

by netsavior (#48618447) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
It's an "established" neighborhood that is probably a bit above my social class. My cross-street had the "shortcut" problem so the voters pressured the city to do the ultimate "dick move" to the short-cutters. 4 lanes became 2 lanes + bike lane on each side, and they added stop signs at every other cross street.

It went from "oh lets avoid traffic" to "why bother?"

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 604

by netsavior (#48618371) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
Almost nobody lives in Florida and commutes to Manhattan. Why is that? The pay is better in Manhattan and housing is cheaper in Florida.

oh but it takes 13 hours to get from jacksonville to manhattan. If it took 13 hours to get from long beach to culver city, people wouldn't try to live in Long Beach and work in Culver City, simple as that.

I am not saying crowded roads are awesome, but people make the decision every day to not work 13 hours from their home even if it doesn't "feel" like it.

Comment: This makes me wonder how long it can last... (Score 2) 170

by netsavior (#48548117) Attached to: Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack
In an "interconnected" world there is no such thing as "secure" only "more secure" or "less secure"

How long can a private company be on "everyone's radar" before they can no longer do business? This may not be successful, but eventually there will be cases of large corporations basically unable to do business because a relative few can wield a lot of "digital power" over a company with a large presence.

I am not going to overstate the power of "hacktivists"/DDOS/Botnet but suppose these actions continue, how much will it cost Sony to combat this kind of thing? $1,000,000 for every dollar spent hacking them? It seems like there is a limit.

If enough people want a corporation wiped from the internet, there doesn't really seem like a practical way to survive. Not fearmongering, or cheering against Sony specifically... just wondering.

Comment: Pen + Paper won't run facebook (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by netsavior (#48532609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?
Here is a revolutionary new way to sit in a lecture...

Sit in your seat, pull out a pen, pull out a pad of paper ("spiral notebook", "Legal Pad", whatever).

If the professor/lecturer says something important... write it down. If the professor is boring, doodle idly while you listen.

Leave the laptop, ipad, phone at home.

Comment: Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (Score 1) 203

by netsavior (#48386411) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
In a professional dangerous situation, companies tend to have an E&O policy (Errors and omissions). This is different from a typical liability scenario that you are describing. In an E&O policy, in order for your rate to return back to normal after a loss, you must mitigate the scenario that caused the loss, such as replacing riggings with safer models, increasing training, etc etc.

A loss is still expensive, and it does increase rates as I described.

Source: For the last decade I have coded and run automated professional risk assessment software for E&O at a Fortune top 10 company.

Comment: Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (Score 1) 203

by netsavior (#48386231) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
It is cheaper to hire people to do it, even if occasionally you have to pay a higher spike in insurance rates when a person dies.

Until human life is A LOT more expensive, or robot solutions are a lot cheaper, it will be cost effective to skinsource menial but complex and dangerous jobs.

We like to pay lipservice to all kinds of factors, but it all comes down to money.

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