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Comment: Great way to lose customers (Score 4, Insightful) 274 274

I for one have no interest in such targeted advertising, and until they become ubiquitous I'll avoid any store that has these.

Can you imagine where this will go? Shelf notices that you're overweight and you picked up a candy bar? Screen says, "Are you sure you want to buy that?" This will work great until someone puts a sticker over the sensor bar.

Comment: Re:Self Destruct? (Score 1) 219 219

by treerex (#42184719) Attached to: Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone
"Otherwise, crashing from sufficient altitude is usually sufficient."

Except in the two cases where Iran claims to have captured our drones, presumably while they were flying.

I understand the safety concerns. I would argue that you have similar safety issues with ordinance as well, and there are well known ways of dealing with those.

Comment: Self Destruct? (Score 1) 219 219

by treerex (#42179959) Attached to: Iran Claims To Have Downed Another US Drone
One has to wonder why these machines don't have some form of self-destruct mechanism built in for situations where they are legitimately shot down or otherwise captured.

Or perhaps it's a nefarious CIA plot to sneak a Stuxnet-like virus into Iran's C&C infrastructure:

Tech 1: We have successfully downloaded the ROM from the drone into our systems. Allahu-Akbar!

Tech 2: Huh. Why have our radar and air defense systems suddenty gone off-line?

Comment: Re:Check out Confluence (Score 1) 196 196

by treerex (#42031547) Attached to: How Can Wikipedia's Visual Editor Top Other Word Processors?
Amen times 100. Our admins recently upgraded our Confluence install and now all I have access to is the WYSIWYG editor, and I hate it. I used to write a lot of longer documents in Emacs with Confluence wiki markup and then paste the text in when I was done... now that doesn't work so well. Editing any non-trivial document is a RPITA now. And people wonder why I still work a lot on the command-line : I don't need someone else's thoughts on how I should work getting in my way. P.S. Get off my lawn.

Comment: Re:I see this man is not an Engineer (Score 1) 406 406

by treerex (#39048085) Attached to: AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

And now that we've been paying AT&T for 4.5 years of unlimited service, they are taking it away because our devices made it easier to consume the data. [...] Now AT&T is calling foul? AT&T should either stop grandfathering the plan forward or leave us alone.

Amen. Are so many people grandfathered into the unlimited plans that they feel the need to throttle us? Really? Piss off.

"Ninety percent of baseball is half mental." -- Yogi Berra