Did you not go to high school?
There are thousands of jet aircraft in the air above the U.S. at any given time. There are satellites taking pictures of my house, cameras on many stoplights, in every police car and on everyone's phone. Dozens of planes overfly my house daily on takeoff or landing approaches. I don't see that delivery drones erode my privacy any more.
As for the capability, I bet it could use some refining, but in our lifetimes we're going to see automated flying become more prevalent. Already pilots of modern planes going to/from large airports don't *have* to do much. They can punch a few buttons, turn a few dials and the computer can perform takeoff, level flight, maneuvering and landing all automatically, and more smoothly than most pilots. If you have a bumpy landing it's probably because the first officer wanted some practice. I figure increasingly the pilot will be there just to make the passengers feel good, and in 10-20 more years you can put a flight attendant there instead and save some money on the pilot training. I don't know how long it will take for people to knowingly and willingly ride drones, though.
Hmm, I'm losing my steam and getting distracted. Point is, stop freaking out over delivery drones. They won't be 100% everywhere all at once, and fuck yeah I'd take a pizza from one.
It's comin' right at us!
Ah, some of the stuff is coming back to me now. I audited declarations and filled out Form 390 Part A'a and Part B's and ensured dangerous goods were loaded safely. For example, you can't put too much dry ice on a plane lest it suffocate the pilots, and really we kept it out of the main cabin, anyway. Some classes of goods couldn't be placed near others, and there were limits on amounts per vehicle.
It seems like there were three Radioactive classifications, and we didn't transport the most intense one. I don't think it was required to keep the radioactive stuff away from the pilots, but we did it anyway because pilots are whiny pansies. Same with infectious agents.
It's all in Title 49 CFR for U.S. domestic transport, and IATA publishes international regulations.
But that was over 20 years ago I did this stuff.
USDOT requires hazardous materials being transported to be marked. One of many reasons is that if there is an accident first responders are alerted to the presences of hazardous material and can take the correct action. For example, you don't want to hose down a shipment of alkali metals with water if the container catches fire. I used to audit hazmat paperwork for aircraft and trucks. I don't recall the amounts, but radioactive materials had to be declared, and there were handling restrictions and limits on the amounts.
I find it somewhat unlikely that there are trucks full of radioactive stuff secretly roving unmarked about the U.S. streets.
OTOH, I know nothing about Mexico's hazmat regulations.
Eventually, projects get complex and you do need ide not to tame language but to keep being productive without having to cross check documentation of different modules. But have fun managing to write ~150 entities relating project in plain text.
1-line-in-20 is usually just lack of knowledge of how to do something right in one language paired abuse of highly specialized construct in another.
I have seen people complain how terrible i.e. (regxex, xml, etc.) is in java, but their problem was solved by single utility method call instead of about 15 lines of usage of raw engine.
Eventually you will need to start using raw engive anyway when you need advanced features - and then oneliners end everywhere.
Also, in my experience those line savers are inconsequential - "Hip" oneliners generally solve non-problems, they only make it look "Clever".
And "Clever" or "Hip" code is major pain to support once hype dries up.
The site still throws up poorly designed pages, imposes goofy requirements, and loads slower than would be optimal. It does, however, appear to get the job done
I'm sorry, are you talking about healthcare.gov or slashdot.org here?
Some years ago I was listening to a radio program where they mentioned some company in Australia(?) planning to dismantle the urban POTS and replace it with something newer. But the reasoning wasn't just for upgrading: It was because they couldn't get the parts anymore.
Some of the manufacturers had stopped making the relays and whatnot that the POTS used, so the options were to convert to a new set of POTS hardware (an expensive Red Queen's race), get a huge order of compatible components custom-made (ditto), or upgrade-and-cannibalize the urban network to get them enough parts to maintain the rural POTS for another couple of decades and hope the entire system could be upgraded before they emptied their supply.
But this is not even technology.
This is fashion statement as form matters more than function.
That is a bit anti-nerdy.
Tyrell: Would you... like to be upgraded?
Batty: I had in mind something a little more radical.
Tyrell: What... what seems to be the problem?
Tyrell: Death; ah, well that's a little out of my jurisdiction. You...
Batty: I want more life!
Some pinball machines also have bugs in their software...
And pinball for me it is also, that's why I have them at home
"Lack" implies you have deficinecy.
You can not say you lack third arm, because you would not have third arm.
Telling people they "lack faith" implies you think less of them for not being religious. Not a way to win hearts and minds, but good way to get people adversarial (as your exchange nicely illustrates).
If people come to conclusion that "there is no god" is rational answer with no contrary evidence, you can not disreard it as a belief and be done with it.
Simply put, using word "lack of faith" makes you insulting asshat.
As reciever of packages, I have to agree.
Both Fed-Ex and UPS failed to call on cellphone or write email or basically have any attempt at contacting sendee at all.
FedEx, street address. There are no nameplates on house to show who lives in flats, because there is supposed to be some amount of privacy. Fed Ex Employee sees he can not get into house nor can he ring bell and enters "undeliverable address" a continues on.
Sendee had to call them up.
Package is returned to business even if support on phone claimed it will he held on for picking it up on in person for whole month. Turns out FedEx office is 45 minutes drive away, upon arrival dead adresee was infromed that package was returned to sender with invalid address after day.
Fuck fedex. How much is a phone call?
UPS Failed to transcribe address properly to computer system. And misspells phone number too. They are quite happy with undeliverable address even if it contains way too obvious typo. No phonecall, not even email. Customer is obviously supposed to babysit tracker.
They attempt to return it in one week, no one with single braincell noticing anything. It took very angry phonecall to get it back. Then I learn that they only do deliveries between 9:00 and 17:00 and only in working days and cant guarantee time of arrival. How fuckign useless is that? Am I supposed to take day off to get package?
Of course, they have their facility also 45 minutes drive from city.
Next time I ecnounter eshop that will not use standard mail, i will mail them and go do my shopping elsewhere.
National mail system?
Never-ever had a issue. I can pick package up pretty much anytime, 5 minutes walk away from me.
UPS and FedEx? Here, they have reputation of intentionally "loosing" packages or "delivering" them. I have defninitelly learned my lessing.
Have you ever put your cellphone into your poket?
No where in TFA does it say just what the hell CyanogenMod is, or what an Oppo N1 is. I watched the video and it appears to be a cell phone, but it doesn't say anywhere in the article what it is, what it does, or why it's special.