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Comment: Re:I can see how you could think it dangerous. (Score 1) 200

by roger10-4 (#47391189) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show
The other comments pointing out that the shells are launched from a minimum safe distance to prevent the shells from making it into a populated area are good points - and I agree with those (except perhaps the operators themselves) . However, applying statistics is a little off the mark I think. The alignment of a few unlikely events is usually what causes unexpected accidents.

Comment: Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (Score 0) 200

by roger10-4 (#47390665) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show
It's dangerous because the copter could have collided with the firework before it reached proper altitude. Subsequently, this could have altered it's trajectory such that it went somewhere it shouldn't (such as the spectators) or detonated at a lower altitude than it should. Maybe I'm just an old fuddy-duddy, but you don't add uncontrolled elements to a dangerous environment that is supposed to be highly controlled for public safety.

Comment: Definitely Dangerous (Score 2) 200

by roger10-4 (#47390611) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show
While it was cool, I can see how this could be considered dangerous. I don't know much about fireworks, but I can imagine that a collision between a UAV and the firework itself could potentially alter the trajectory of the firework leading it to go somewhere it shouldn't. You get enough senseless idiots flying these things around pyrotechnics, something bad will eventually happen.

Comment: Gee, really? (Score 1) 128

by roger10-4 (#47374895) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact
Of course the usage hasn't changed. Takeoff and landings are the most exciting parts of a flight. You're either a) not yet gone crazy because of being stuck in a sardine can with crying children and big, fat stinky people or b) you're getting close to escape from the same crying kids and fat, stinky oafs. Why would an electronic device be more interesting?

Comment: Re:So the conclusion is... (Score 1) 155

Yeah, you're probably right - most of them are there all the time. But it's likely they were there doing something not related to their 9 month "professor" salary. They could have been working on research funded by a grant, writing a book (make more money), writing papers/proposals (good for promotions), or teaching summer school (I'm guessing there is financial compensation for this, but who knows...probably depends on the school), etc.

Comment: Re:So the conclusion is... (Score 4, Insightful) 155

Check out - it's a better representation of salary data for academia (comp. sci. specifically). Salaries are comparable with the private sector. Keep in mind that salaries in academia are typically for a 9-month period. Professors have 3 months to do what they wish (more or less). Your last comment depends a lot on the advisor and perhaps the culture in a given institution. Certainly what you describe exists; to what degree I don't know. But I also know plenty of profs who genuinely care about their students and do not abuse them in this manner.

Comment: Re:PhD or not Phd? (Score 1) 155

No, that's not it at all. The article didn't say they *only* hire from those schools - it's just skewed that way and you have a better chance if you do get your PhD from one of those schools. I'd venture a guess that a top 10 school will probably consider an individual that has done some exceptional research as well. Furthermore, there are hundreds of other universities, the private sector, and consulting jobs for people that don't get their PhD from a top 10 university.

Comment: Use compiler warnings (Score 1) 116

by roger10-4 (#47019169) Attached to: Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple
It's remarkable how many organizations don't enable aggressive compiler warnings (or worse, ignore or disable them). One of the best practices I've learned is to turn on every warning that you possibly can and use the option that treats all warnings as compiler errors. The code from Apple may have been properly unit tested. However, if this was the result of a bad automated merge, unit tests are often not repeated on the resulting code base headed for system test. The GCC "-Wunreachable-code" option would have caught this type of error.

Comment: Re:Not terribly surprising (Score 1) 306

This, I think, is the general reason why CS isn't popular. CS *is* math and logic. It's also a difficult subject that not everyone can or wants to learn. You can't learn the awesome things in Computer Science without first understanding these core concepts. If you just want to make a pretty web site or fancy mobile app, you probably don't need a CS degree. The awesome stuff requires an understanding of the "nuts and bolts" (including sorting algorithms from the 70's).

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.