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Comment: Re:They do what they're paid to do... (Score 1) 362

Oh stop it! We live in a society that has said accuracy does not matter. Kids are fine to spell however they want, do math however they want, and facts they don't like can be ignored. In fact students will receive A+ grades for getting everything wrong.

If you want to correct someone, that is fine. Don't attempt to insult them with lacking education however, when the government mandated education system is actually producing the problem.

Comment: Re:College Payment? (Score 1) 670

by s.petry (#49197161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Why bother? Some people want to wrap themselves up in an American flag.

But seriously, I don't think it is practical for you to judge for someone else if the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Everyone has different priorities and different ideas of what is a major disadvantage or merely a minor inconvenience.

If I lived abroad I wouldn't bother paying or filing. But that's me, I'm okay being a scofflaw about things I think are unfair. I'd rather give the money to a lawyer than pay some unreasonable fines.

Ahh, so if my answer does not match your opinion I should not answer the question stated explicitly in TFA. Glad to know how you think, or don't.

Comment: College Payment? (Score 1) 670

by s.petry (#49194255) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

In addition to having the tax burden, they are not going to have an advantage in college due to US citizenship. "State" citizenship is what matters, so your kids will be paying out of State tuition and be on a waiting list (if it applies) to that school anyway.

Tax evasion is a federal offense. While technically if they make no income they are not required to "pay" they may still be in harassed and even jailed if someone wanted to investigate why they didn't file. So much for visiting Grandma right?.

If you have no plans of moving them to the US then why bother? The cons don't outweigh the burden in this case, but they can change their mind at 18 and file if they wish.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 349

by s.petry (#49191279) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
Every single mission you mentioned required massive amounts of manpower to get into flight. Every single mission still requires humans to review data and make adjustments if necessary. I cautioned about using drones as an example, and should have included space missions in that warning. Sadly people can't make distinctions on their own when it may harm their fragile belief system.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 349

by s.petry (#49190663) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Wrong on just about every account. It is not a matter of the alternative, it's a matter of what happens when an incident occurs and how a human is still the fail safe. Under many circumstances I would agree that auto-pilot is better. Long boring drives where the weather is good and the car operates normally being one of those. Where the automatic goodies fail is always when the unexpected occurs. A deer jumps out of the trees in front of the car, road debris too small for sensors or human eyes destroy a tire, weak pavement gives way, a patch of ice on a stretch road, etc.. etc.. We see the exact same thing in flight, and interestingly people here attribute a crashing plane to the human even when the human had to intervene because the plane was crashing despite automatic controls.

One day all of these exceptions can be built into software making the computers reaction better, but we are not there yet. TFA is not talking about having untrained people in cars in a decade, it's equating with current technology. So are you by the way. Arguing that we have all of these things covered in autopilot is provably false. Google cars can't drive today in poor weather, and a blowing paper bag is see as the same thing as a concrete block to sensors.

As I said below you can't compare automating complex issues like this to figuring how the physics for how lift works. It is not the same thing and not the same level of complexity.

Comment: Apples to Elephant Comparison (Score 1) 349

by s.petry (#49189463) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Figuring out the laws of physics required for lift is not the same thing as automating a complex task that limited numbers of humans can perform. I gave the example in automation, and you simply plucked something out of the air to say "nuh uh".

Show me where automating flight has been perfected to the point where we no longer require humans. We have not done so, and that is the measure we need to make.

Comment: Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 349

by s.petry (#49186085) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

You should know better than to make false assertions when we have plenty of evidence countering your assertion that technology will ever be this good. Since the 1960s we have been automating space travel and airlines, and still need pilots and astronauts because when the shit hits the proverbial fan humans are required to intervene. Sometimes to correct problems with the technology, and sometimes to bypass it and fly by hand.

Drones require people to pilot them too, so don't try to go down a bad path.

I don't see this as a problem of litigation, I see it as the only sensible approach to having technology. Nothing, and that is an absolutely nothing, has ever been made by man which has been perfect. We try for "the best we can" but stuff breaks and the unexpected does occur. With an estimated 250,000,000 cars on the road chances are high that something will go wrong pretty damn fast. With motor vehicles already being the number one killer in the US annually, we want human intervention early and often. That means trained drivers behind the wheel.

As stated above, a half a century has not perfected "self driving" anything else. It's much better today than 50plus years ago but not even close to the point where you can fly without a human.

Comment: Re:Or maybe it was aliens (Score 1) 125

by s.petry (#49182053) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

Draws a crowd? Part of the message only. Stories like these generally cover much more than a singular issue like popularity. I see also the article demonizing certain cartels as part of the message. I'm not claiming the drug cartels are good guys by that statement. I'm claiming that the cartel pushing for prohibition of certain narcotics creates the black markets. Meanwhile the guys making some drugs illegal approves and sells their own drugs, which more often than not get used for the same purpose as what they prohibit.

I didn't read the full article because the headline describes itself as "one possible theory". I'm sure I could find other hidden gems in the full article, but today I lack the time to dissect and absorb a new conspiracy theory (not intended as derogatory).

Comment: Re:Secure is now illegal (Score 3, Interesting) 199

For posterity, nowhere does the article claim that the 1.2 Petabytes is all child pornography. The company claims that most of the data is not, but I guess that is a secondary issue. Holding the company responsible is idiotic unless they were complicit in the crime. Did they refuse to take action that the courts claimed they needed to with the data? Try to hide the data when cops came looking? I don't see any of those things, so IMHO this is a scare tactic attempting to get people to do what GP stated: "have companies snoop through all user data" which is asinine.

I'm of the personal opinion that people involved in child porn should be jailed for life without parole if they are found guilty. The rule of law can not be tossed out the window because of my emotion on the topic. That is called chaos or anarchy, and we are supposed to be civilized.

Comment: Popularity is Guided/Controlled (Score 2) 57

by s.petry (#49158501) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved

I have heard and seen numerous bands that don't get contracts or played on the radio because they don't fit the image and message that record companies "want", or don't play the games to get the contracts. That radio play time is what causes popularity, people know what they hear and can't know anything they don't hear. Take their title example "pop". The top female pop stars would not have become popular without a massive budget to advertise them and get their names out (telling everyone how it's a big star in the intro message). Until the VMA/MTV/(other award show) put up Miley Cyris and told everyone what a great artist she was who heard of her in the Music industry? Ariana Grande? Most of these people are only performers (actresses/actors) and purchase songs written for them that the producers tell them to play.

Read up on what most bands have had to do to gain popularity and the advertising required to make it big. Most bands, regardless of genre, have to give up control of just about everything. Producers change lyrics, change music, change production and the artists have no say. Smart musicians may build some elements of control into their contracts, but if they do the wrong things they receive no air time or advertising.

The study is wrong, because it negates the biggest reason for popularity. Advertising. The game is rigged, and most musicians know and admit as much.

Comment: Re:Offtopic but...wth happened to /. layout? (Score 1) 102

by s.petry (#49151993) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

I was rather surprised with the new layout, and last night was buggy as all get out. Now that the bugs are worked out I like the new design. It's not beta, or if it is they built in everything we said was missing and fixed the text layout we complained about.

If there was some sort of announcement system I'd have been understanding last night. That is something Slashdot has never been good about though...

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