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Comment: Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 191

The main problem (well, perhaps not the MAIN problem) I see is that no-one signed up to have drone flights right over their houses.

That is true, and in the United States, the FAA already protects you from this invasion of your airspace. Since we are talking about rural areas (although I doubt a drone could be cost effective due to distance limitations in a rural area), the applicable FAR is Sec. 91.119 - Minimum safe altitudes: General.... (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

Obviously a rural area is the only place where the craft could legally (well, quasi-legally, assuming that by ordering you are giving permission to land on your property) land and still be more than 500 feet from a person, vessel, vehicle or structure.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 191

In a big city where a delivery is a 1-5 minute flight as the crow flies, as they say, or a 40 minute traffic fest. In major cities there is also the problem of where do you park even just to walk into the building for 2-5 minutes.

If you are UPS or FedEx, you just park in the middle of the street and block traffic.

Comment: Re: What Would be a Trivial Amount? (Score 3, Interesting) 196

Well, I can vouch for the fact that we have over the last 12 years replaced just about all of the water heaters in our rental houses. The water heaters which were replaced were built in the 70s and 80s. I guess I can expect something 30 years old to fail. In fact, it probably wouldn't have failed even after 30 years if we would have checked and replaced the anode. However, the new water heaters which we have replaced them with have already had problems within just a few short years. We have had to replace pilot assemblies, thermocouples, and one has a safety device with a well known calibration problem which causes it to fail and close the dampers so that you can't light the water heater. The suggested fix is to replace the water heater because the safety is not considered field serviceable. The safety device on that unit failed after about a month of operation. One month of use seems entirely to short for a water heater, especially compared to 30 years or more for the previously installed unit.

Comment: Re:The Canadian middle class is dying out. (Score 1) 197

by tompaulco (#49362503) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Seems to me those fancy trucks and SUVs you speak of may perhaps belong to the upper class? I think your confusing the 150K+ a year crowd with the middle class.

Middle class is more of a median income between that and the poverty line, most of the 30-60K people aren't out driving around in new 60K+ vehicles, most of us are the ones in the crappy older vehicles. and the rest are the ones on the bus

Seems kind of unlikely. At least where I live, the upper crust drives fancy sedans. The lower class drives fancy trucks and SUVs and the middle class drives cheap econoboxes.

Comment: Similar issue with my government (Score 2) 158

by tompaulco (#49360737) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE
When I was recently laid off and applied for unemployment, I discovered that signing up for unemployment requires MSIE. Well, a lot of sites say that, so i tried it in Firefox. It didn't work, the workflow just went in circles. Then I tried it in MSIE and found the same thing. However, when i read very carefully, I noticed that it said that it had to be a specific, no longer supported version of MSIE. I set the compatibility level to that version, and then it worked. But I am sure everybody that has been laid off from work knows how to override the automatic updating of MSIE and set the compatibility level back to an older version.

Comment: Re:One more view. (Score 2) 353

I have worked in Tech for over 25 years as well. I would say that it has been my experience that there are more males involved in tech, but that it is far easier for a woman to be promoted to management than for a man. Also, pretty much all of my managers in tech, whether male or female, were not very tech savvy.

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 1) 122

by tompaulco (#49356773) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
Oh I KNOW that they store it in a multitude of locations. What I want to know is what kind of technology they are using such that when their system crashes they manage to lose the data on ALL of the multitude of locations. That must be some pretty fancy technology.
Or they don't really store it in multiple locations.

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 1) 122

by tompaulco (#49356107) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

What happens when your house burns down?

I guess the same thing that happens when the Amazon location with your data burns down.

Amazon restores the data on the guy's servers from their backups? No wonder everybody is all tinfoil hat over Amazon.

Yes, exactly. just like Comcast offers service to the address of the house you are going to buy. At least until after you buy it.

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