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Comment: Not always clever. (Score 4, Insightful) 68

by wcrowe (#49328827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happened To Semantic Publishing?

There is a fine line between "clever" and "annoying". Very often, what gets considered as "related" content, is only tangently related, and sometimes the way it is displayed makes it indistinguishable from the content of the current article. Add to that all of the surrounding clickbait, and it just becomes a confusing mess.

Comment: We could do better (Score 1) 140

by wcrowe (#49285771) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

As much as I hate to agree with Bill Gates, I do think we could do a better job when it comes to handling epidemics.

BTW, a "global epidemic" is called a pandemic, but perhaps that's splitting hairs.

Anyway, an epidemic can turn into a pandemic pretty quickly these days, so we need to be more nimble.

Comment: Re:I feel like a dope (Score 1) 529

by wcrowe (#49224463) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

I'm glad you pointed that out. On closer examination you are right. The only difference between what I got and the new model is the Force Touch trackpad, which (yawn) I can't say I'm really excited about. Otherwise, processor speed, memory, and flash storage and price are all about the same. I feel better now. Thanks.

Comment: Re:But drones are so kewl (Score 1) 280

by wcrowe (#49139903) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

Perhaps I am an idiot, but I did read TFA and it stated that the drones only cover a fraction of the border, and are grounded about 80% of the time. That doesn't sound like the drones are very effective.

I don't know if my suggestion would necessarily work any better, but the Border Patrol would know where the blind spots are also and could cover them using other techniques or technology. Actually, it seems like a system that tends to funnel smugglers into perceived blind spots might be effective because you know where they are likely to be.

Comment: But drones are so kewl (Score 4, Interesting) 280

by wcrowe (#49137083) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

At first glance I was prepared to say, "Expensive compared to what?" I was initially prepared to support the drone program. But when I read TFA and got some details, I think it would be fair to say that this drone program is something of a failure.

The border is always in the same place, and therefore the same areas are being patrolled. You don't need a drone to do that. Couldn't you practically accomplish the same thing with observation blimps at a much lower cost? Sure, it doesn't quite have the same "cool" factor, but I would wager it could get the job done.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown