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Comment: Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (Score 1) 485

by oursland (#47422041) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
I believe you may have understood bluefoxlucid as you're actually agreeing with them.

The point was that: "Algorithms do not necessarily have an intuitive relationship with real world, but are abstract in nature. This means people do not have an intuitive mental model as they do with real world objects. Developing a working mental model of the abstract takes time, effort, and practice. Some people are uninterested, unwilling, or incapable of developing a useful abstract mental model to work as programmers."

This abstract nature of thinking is certainly not restricted to programming and is necessary to develop for any math influenced field such as Mathematics (Abstract and Applied), Physics, Chemistry, and the rest of the Sciences. Heck, even the various humanities require other forms of abstract mental models to be effective in, but because majoring in Literature doesn't make it rain for the average practitioner, there's not a lot of clamoring for making these forms of complex thought more accessible to the layman so they may be employed.

Comment: Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (Score 1) 485

by oursland (#47422007) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

We can't all be rocket surgeons.

And that isn't fair. For some, this is an injustice to be eliminated until everyone is equal in every way.

It would seem that in the 60s and 70s kids were told "you can be anything you want when you grow up, if you work hard enough". Somewhere in the 80s and 90s it got reduced to "you can be anything you want when you grow up" and now people want something without investing all the time and effort into it.

Programming is hard and is the result of hard work and many hours of focused effort. If people want to succeed at it they need to stay in, put down the video games, and work for it.

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
-Abraham Lincoln

Comment: Re:Tethers don't matter, insurance does! (Score 1) 87

Yes, if you really think about it, we've done quite a bit in our history with objects on strings, and yet a 20' string tied to helium balloons by the dozen doesn't require a pilots permit, and flying a kite doesn't require a license.

You don't have a clue what people are doing with these things, do you? Flying a unmanned aerial vehicle is nothing like tying a helium balloon to a string.

And naturally, the first question born from this insanity is why the hell aren't we forced to buy kite and balloon insurance these days...I'm rather shocked the greedy bastards let that one fly....literally.

You're not required to buy insurance for a lot of things, but you'll be personally liable for all damages without it. In the case of transportation, the risk of damage and injury is so great that the government has opted to mandate all vehicle operators be insured.

Comment: Tethers don't matter, insurance does! (Score 1) 87

Each public flight should be insured with the insurance agency knowing the risks of each flight. Tethers do nothing but add an additional liability as they add weight, may get caught up in trees or power lines, and will potentially cause damage in the case of a vehicle crash.

Comment: Re:Not surprised, mixed feelings (Score 1) 268

by oursland (#47343643) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted.

This isn't new and is how it has always been. If 15 years ago you attempted to use your RC for aerial photography, the FAA would consider that a violation. The rest of your examples are also no new.

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