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Comment: Visualing this? (Score 1) 131

by sycodon (#47431761) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

I'm having a hard time visualizing how this is going to work..

Will I see these things flying over my neighborhood at 300 feet and then drop down to my front door?
Will the package be left on the lawn?
If they have 20 deliveries to my 600 home neighborhood, will they send 20 drones or send a few drones multiple times?
What is the range of these drones?
Will they send a text or call and essentially say, "come and get it?"
Wind? Rain? Construction (cranes, concrete pumpers, other tall equipment. Trees?
Automated or manned? Will there be Job postings or drone pilots?

Comment: Re:Typical (Score 5, Insightful) 287

In 2013, 101 firefighters died in the line of duty.

In 2013, about 110 police officers died...mostly in traffic accidents. Only 33 due to firearms and even among those few actually killed by bad guys.

Firefighters risk their lives on every call and are protected by nothing more than a thick coat and helmet and their brains.

The Police face risks on every call but most a boring and not dangerous. They are protected by firearms, theirs and their partners, ballistic vests, and overwhelming firepower when needed.

The Police kill innocent people all the time. Firefighters rescue innocent people all the time.

Hats off to Fire Fighters.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 1, Informative) 401

by sycodon (#47416193) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Thick, aren't we?

These are things that were predicted to happen within a short time, yet have not. It is Alarmist information meant to sway public and official opinion. It is misinformation.

Pass these laws or you will never see now again. Make these changes or the Midwest will be ravaged by Tornadoes, etc.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 4, Interesting) 401

by sycodon (#47415905) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Just off the first page of a Google search.

Hurricanes will increase in number and intensity.

Tornadoes will increase in number and intensity.

New York will be under water.

  Britain will never see snow again.

Record low Hurricanes, Tornadoes, New York still hasn't flooded, and Britain just had record snowfall this last winter.

Comment: Re:Can't live with/without them... (Score 2) 349

by sycodon (#47408863) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

I can see it now.

One day, after you stop in at the local Ice cream shop or fast food place, you get an email:

You have consumed products that have been deemed harmful to your health. You premium has been temporarily increased by 1% for this month. Continuing these unhealthy practices can result in a permanent increase.


Your local Obamacare Health Oversight and Accountability Administrator.
A Healthy Citizen makes for a Healthy Nation.

Have a Healthy Day!

Comment: Re:real vs pretend (Score 1) 349

by sycodon (#47408791) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

The government scares me less because they don't want to maximize the money they get from me.

Tell that to the IRS

In theory, I have far more control over my government than my insurers.

You can change Insurers, but not really your Government.

Certainly I have more oversight, and there are laws governing what the government can do with my information.


Private companies don't have the same restrictions, and even if they did they have limited liability, an army of lawyers, and my only recourse will be to get $1.28 in a class action lawsuit.

And you can't sue the Government unless they agree to be sued.

Comment: Re:why must this be an either/or? (Score 1) 464

You are absolutely correct. You can have the windows and use heads up displays, or "helmet" mounted displays (Google Glass?) supplement additional information.

As a pilot, I can think of nothing more idiotic than to get rid of the front wind screens/canopies/windshields whatever you want to call them.

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