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Comment Re:Millennials (Score 1) 91

The cheapness and ease of control of drones, I think, makes it reasonable that they've had their recent explosion in popularity and have generated a much larger following than the old RC flying clubs.

I've seen big RC helicopters, kinda wanted one, but never got around to spending the time to do the research such a big purchase would require, nor learn how to to hover and deal with the pendulum effect, etc. The ones I was looking at were gas powered and had metal rotor blades though I know they come in some less dangerous varieties.

On the other hand I recently went down to the toy shop and for $40 bought something I could easily fly around my house and have no problems letting friends children fly around my pets.

Note that I also have a couple tiny plastic RC helicopters, but I've seen few other people with the patience to build skill at flying them around the house.

Comment Re:Sensationlist click bait again (Score 1) 540

It's like he gave his son key to the gun cabinet and later blame the gun manufacturer when the kid hurts himself.

Well, if that gun manufacturer advertised guns as "great toys for kids!" and didn't tell you or your kid much, if anything, about gun safety, then I'd see that blame as entirely justified.

Apple did reimburse him all the money what else is left to grunge about

They've been doing this for years (google has too), and many people either didn't know they could be reimbursed or felt it was their fault for not reading to the end of every 300page EULA and checking back frequently for changes. The companies know this, and (I believe) they leave this loop hole open on purpose because it's so lucrative.

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

Actually, California CCPs are by governed by the county, so experiences will differ wildly based on where you are in California. My understanding is that San Bernandino was pretty liberal with CCPs.

Not that the law matters though; I Lived in the bay area for a few years and I know my dad and a couple of my friends, regularly wandered around with concealed carry there*. I'm actually pretty surprised no one returned fire in this situation, though the shooters were wearing body armor, so I'm not sure how much it would have helped.

*All white guys, i.e. they've never worried about being unreasonably searched by the cops. I had a black friend there who was tackled at gun point by the cops, for carrying what was basically a chair leg.

Comment Re:method to test your dice (Score 1) 247

I don't have any on hand, but I thought plastic dice floated. If not, use oil. But the dice should settle at the surface with the heaviest end down and the lightest end up and therefore show the side that they are most likely to when rolled.

However this method assumes that all the faces are even, some might be stickyer or wider than others, and therefore the only way to tell if they are fair/blessed/cursed will be to roll them on a hard surface or however you actually roll them.

Comment Re:Do-it-themselves (Score 1) 202

Excellent points.

I don't think sanity is an objective measurement. If I thought someone needed to be put to death for their actions, I'd think you're insane for not killing them. Your (in)actions in this case, would, to me, seem irrational, and to use the contested word, insane.

For this particular case, we might love to see a good Linux install for perfect encrypted communication, but for someone about to die in a blaze of glory in a couple days, this probably isn't their biggest concern. I think most people around here would call them crazy for not at least researching a good technical solution like we would have, but they'd call us crazy for playing with tech in the face of the coming apocalypse.

Comment Re:Do-it-themselves (Score 1) 202

Why would any sane terrorist

Ha!

Geesh, I think government officials have been reading too many best-seller spy novels and listening to too few tech geeks.

Tech Geeks aren't terrorists; as geeks, we can tell you how to set up a perfect system, but the terrorists will use what they use, and maybe for their purposes, their system works better. It's quite likely the terrorists are also reading spy novels instead of consulting with the nerds.

Comment Re:for the love of god (Score 1) 202

First, he didn't say it was useless, but to address your logic argument: if doctors just collected medical knowledge, but never helped helped anyone, then I'd consider them useless. If police logged all crime in a big data center but did nothing to stop it, then I'd consider them useless. Same for mass surveillance. If you collect terabytes of crap in a big data warehouse, but can only find information that would stop attacks in retrospect, that's useless.

I don't know how useful mass surveillance is, but from what limited information about it I'm allowed to see, we are a lot better at collecting it and storing it than we are on acting on it. Instead of focusing on how many terabytes of data we can vacuum up on our citizens, we should instead focus on the effectiveness of how that data can be used to save lives.

Comment Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (Score 1) 137

Because in the 70s you had to take bills from your parents (who had like $40 laying around) and you have to take that money to someone, who can clearly see that you are too young to be making any sort of financial decisions. If you can execute that transaction, you clearly know what money is and that you are doing something wrong.

Now you click the wrong buttons in a game, which your parents said you could play, and you've spent hundreds of dollars. You don't have to have any idea what money is to click a button.

Comment Re:The goal of 1st world countries (Score 1) 401

There were experiments on paying everyone a basic payment conducted in some US and Canadian Towns in the 60s and 70s. It worked

According to other people, all such experiments failed miserably.

It wasn't politically acceptable though.

Yes, everyone construes the results based on their political ideology, but that includes you. Point out some specific examples and maybe we'll take an interest.

A robot won't displace 1000 workers

You can't stress that point enough these days. Cleaning, gardening, construction, landscaping, etc are not going away for the foreseeable future. Manufacturing even seems to be approaching a limit.

All of the jobs shuffling paper, ticking boxes, talking to people will be automated. Even things like...

Ahahaha! Don't we all wish! My grandparents predicted this would happen. I doubt it though. Every time I see a 'ticking boxes' job get automated, the replaced human has to be moved to verify the input, and a new hire is needed to audit the output. If the output is contentious, then all interested parties will need to hire new humans on both ends of the box ticker bot. I hate shuffling papers and ticking boxes, and though our tools continue to improve, I feel like I'm going to be ticking boxes, or paying someone to do it for the rest of my life (40years or so).

Comment Re:Do something about your hoarding problem (Score 1) 983

best solution

Well that's one solution, but the optimal solution varies by person. Assuming laziness is the problem: how much is your time curating your data worth vs. cost to back it all up? For me, it's only worth it I when it start nearing the size of the typical external hard drive, until then, cu-ration is an unnecessary hassle.

20TB is actually pretty easy to generate. It's not super common for an individual to do so, but a hobbyist video producer could do it easily. I also know a few semi-professionals that generate TBs of data and really have to start calculating future_value/storage_cost and deciding to delete the data is often more punishing to get wrong.

Comment Hiring overpriced men? (Score 1) 427

For unskilled labor, you are absolutely right.

For skilled labor though: pay is largely determined by how well you can convince management of your worth. In technology, management or really any white collar area, there are few metrics that really measure how well employees are performing, and management has to go with their perceptions to decide who is on target and who is falling behind and those perceptions can be clouded by all sorts of things that have nothing to do with how much an employee actually deserves.

You can not tell me overpriced employees don't exist; I know plenty who will readily admit to being those overpriced employees. I have no idea where you work, but I think if you take a moment to contemplate it, you'll realize that no one is paid anywhere near what they are actually currently worth to the company.

I have seen one small company where gender was a known factor in deciding which employees were more valuable. Being a small company, salaries were all over the place and they had plenty of overpriced men and a couple overpriced women (I got a lot of this from the accountant who told me nothing about this if asked in court). Luckily this does not seem to be the case across the industry.

We are also assuming throughout this discussion that men and women perform at the same level in tech careers...maybe we _should_ be seeing a pay disparity in one direction or the other and it is shocking that we don't.

Comment Not Stupid (Score 1) 61

The entire concept is stupid

I disagree. This concept is extremely important to me. Just because an idea is stupid to you and 5mods does not mean it doesn't work for the rest of us.

To me, the ephemeral message is getting us back towards normal face2face interaction, by default, nothing is saved. There is nothing stopping your friends and co-workers from putting their phones on record or even following you around with a video camera. What's important is that by default, our failed jokes and Freudian slips are simply forgotten, instead of being added to your permanent record that a potential employer, divorce lawyer or even automated government spy tool might get access to for your detriment.

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