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Comment Re:Drones (Score 1) 309 309

2. Our drones are effectively remotely piloted aircraft. Not "killbots". There is some chair jockey in a building in the Nevada desert who pilots the craft and fires the missiles and then goes home to be with his family after his shift is done.

True.

Just as an FYI though, it seems that being the pilot, is a job that comes with way more stress than was anticipated (or than the general public appreciates).
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/us/as-stress-drives-off-drone-operators-air-force-must-cut-flights.html

Comment Re:I have no fear of AI, but fear AI weapons (Score 1) 309 309

Seriously. How many people would rob a liquor store if they didn't have to be there in person and there was no chance of being caught?

Interesting angle that I haven't heard brought up much ... and me without mod points today.

Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 2) 446 446

This assumes people ever approach the ability to retire again.

Gone are the days of retiring with a pension to someplace warm, never to work again.

Welcome to the days of concentration of wealth and the need for perpetual employment, but combined with the "joys" of outsourcing, offshoring, reduction of pensions and uncertain future employment.

Comment Re:Yeah, Right (Score 2) 11 11

I know this is SlashDot and its not in vogue to bother reading the linked article, but at least try out the actual Headline:

Facebookâ(TM)s Oculus to Pay About $60 Million for Gesture-Control Firm Pebbles

and from the article itself:

...
Pebbles has recently integrated its technology into the virtual-reality headset developed by Facebookâ(TM)s Oculus VR, enabling users to interact with the device via hand and finger gestures. Unlike competing gesture-identification technologies, Pebblesâ(TM) enables users to see images of their own arms and hands in their virtual-reality display. In some other technologies, users canâ(TM)t âoeseeâ their bodies, or only see generic digitally-generated versions. Pebblesâ(TM) technology can show unique features like clothing, scars or items held in oneâ(TM)s hand. ...

This is much more like the guys who figured out how to make the VR "monitor and computer" deciding to buy the guys working on the VR "mouse and keyboard" because they need each other.

Comment Re:Basic Engineering! (Score 1) 163 163

Shhh this is Slashdot. Common sense goes out the window for most posters.

Bluntly the Region (much like Africa) has been in semi-chaos ever since it was "divided up" by European powers following WWII.

I would argue that the Palestinian people have gotten a raw deal in it all, but it seems like a lot of it is not being happy with what they are offered, deciding to roll the dice for more, losing, and then bemoaning what they lost. Life

Sadly Palestinian leadership (and that of the surrounding countries of Syria, Egypt and Jordan) have kept them locked into refugee camps for generations, perpetuating hatred for the sake of international propaganda value instead of allowing them citizenship and the ability to integrate into society.

Comment pfsense (Score 1) 173 173

pfsense routers using OpenVPN connection between the two locations (probably location B acting as a Client to location A server, with it set up to route all traffic through the tunnel to A).

Likewise you could also just set up an OpenVPN server at location B and use an OpenVPN client to connect from a machine on "A" to the "B" network for when you need to work on things there (but then you won't have the traffic routing from "B" through "A" before it hits the Internet).

Personally I used a small fanless box from NetGate (that came pre-installed w/pfSense and 6 NICs) to run our SoHo office of ~10 devices on the computer network + another 15 phones on a second network feeding into a second NIC. Load balanced WAN connections from two different providers, and OpenVPN server for remote connections for fixing things at home, and all the bells and usual bells and whistles (for me at least).

Comment Re:Decisions, decisons (Score 1) 107 107

Oddly I had the same decision to make with Time Warner Cable in my area and came to a similar decision.

Internet - DSL (definitely slower speeds than TWC claims they provide)
TV - Rabbit ears (OTA antenna for whats available), supplemented by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, still comes out cheaper than what TWC was charging, and gives me more content than I can consume.

Comment Re:One Must Fall 2097 (Score 1) 107 107

True enough, but its a short jump to think "Space Aircraft Carrier w/huge gun we don't see much" might mean "Space Battleship w/huge gun we see a lot more".

Especially if its an old memory.

"Star Blazers" (which your friends who know Macross would probably call Space Battleship Yamato), predates Robotech by at least 5 years and for many was the first introduction to Anime in any form.

Comment Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 334 334

At which point Uber might (I stress the word "might"), just get the appropriate liability insurance as an umbrella covering their "contractors", pay the required operator fees, chip the spent money out of the drivers pockets, claim they were always going to do this if needed to but hadn't realized they were required to, and use the garnished name recognition to take a major stake in the updated business model.

Not sure if they just plan to grow and become a conglomerate middle man, or if they are pursuing a growth phase pre-speculative acquisition, but either way the people in charge there now have show they have no willingness to follow existing laws unless forced to, in their pursuit of the large market share.

Submission + - Venus and Jupiter: Together at Last->

The Grim Reefer writes: Anyone who pays even cursory attention to the evening sky has surely noticed that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have been drawing closer together in the west in the evening twilight. At the beginning of June, the two planets were 20 degrees apart in the sky, about twice the width of your fist held at arm's length. Week by week, Jupiter and the stars behind it have gradually slipped lower in the evening twilight. But Venus, due to its rapid orbital motion around the Sun, has stayed high up.

But now the spectacle is taking an even more dramatic turn — one you just can't miss. For eight nights beginning June 27th, these two bright planets will be within 2 degrees of each other — close enough to cover both with the thumb of an outstretched hand. In the midst of that weeklong run, on June 30th, Venus and Jupiter will appear so close together — just 1/3 of a degree apart — that they'll look like a tight, brilliant double star in the evening sky. You'll be able to cover both with the tip of an outstretched pinky finger.

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Comment Re:ST only needed transparent aluminum for... (Score 1) 247 247

Also so the crew taking care of them could see them and make sure that they arrive still living. But don't let common sense reign in a scenario involving a crew piloting a stolen alien starship in poor condition.

and Time Travel ... can't forget that part of the scenario.

You will lose an important tape file.

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