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Comment Electriccal Fires et. al. (Score 2) 128

See http://www.skybrary.aero/index... "I ... can feel myself ... going ... Dave"

The pilot of an aircraft has many legal, emergency, and crew leadership duties which go beyond the actual piloting of the aircraft.

Being a pilot has been described as long periods of boredom punctuated by seconds of sheer terror.

The pilot shortage is a red herring, like any other occupation, if you pay people commensurate to their educational investment, skills, knowledge, experience, and continue their training. The airlines have had a pretty good ride up until now because they piggy-backed on the military as a pipeline.

Comment Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (Score 1) 142

Hmmm .. seems we can't even get thing to work reliably in ONE dimension ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

If you consider the amount money spent on technology over nearly sixty years, crap still happens with aircraft.

... wonder what happens when there is a data center outage like what happened recently to British Airways.

Comment Increases Liability and Plausible Deniability (Score 1) 112

IANAL, but there is a reason why any sane company has record retention policies and other deliberate forms of 'blinders'.

Once you begin to observe and collect some stream of information, it doesn't reduce your exposure, it might actually increase it. I can already see attorney's salivating at the opportunity for discovery. Nobody does anything perfect 100% of the time, and it is not uncommon for safety rules to conflict with one another, or actually have to break a rule to rectify an emergent and immediately dangerous situation. The equity considerations are enormous also - if an employee were fired or disciplined for 'X', their attorney could simply ask to see all examples of 'X' that occurred previously, and if the dispositions of those cases were identical. Or how about the qualifications and certification of the person that wrote those business rules in the first place. 'Ding! You are standing on the edge of a ditch!" "I am INSTALLING a railing to prevent people from falling in a ditch ..." 'Ding! Not certified for railing installation'. 'Ding! Load overhead! Ding welding arc exposure! Ding! Ding! Ding! ....'

I seriously doubt that the image recognition would function in an actual construction site. My Saws All is currently covered in sheet rock dust and is practically invisible. The visual noise environment is incredible - piles or random sized off cut, dust, lighting conditions which change minute by minute as work lights move, view fields blocked by staged materials, wind blowing sheet plastic, cords and lines criss-crossing, paint-overspray, reflections off glass shards and sheet metal scraps, on and on. I found their 'stage' fairly amusing, even a retail location doesn't have things arranged so neatly.

You basically create an enormous red light camera situation, where people slam on their breaks, accelerate unnecessarily, pay attention to the light and walk signal counters instead of actually driving - i.e. people alter their behaviors to fit being observed and issued a violation, not optimizing safety.

The aviation industry incident reporting system has a proven loop which actually improves safety - because it is distributed, anonymous, pervasive.

It adds nothing to actual safety - it's like a home alarm going off after the crooks are long gone.

Comment Re: Oglala Lakota Nation (Score 3, Informative) 292

What saved other tribes was opening casinos. I see they have casinos as well, why can't they make money like the other tribes?

Because casino's need customers, and they are literally in the middle of nowhere, with Rapid City ( 76,000 ) being the only city of any size relatively nearby. The other towns aren't even one horse towns, they all share a large dog. At least a four hour drive to any other cities the size of Rapid City.

Comment Re:Never heard of it before (Score 1) 236

> (A) "... The Civil and Environmental industries will never ever flip to Linux or anything else. ... (B) have old people in the industry that refuse to learn anything new at all"
Hmmm ... 'never'? I wonder why ESRI, the dominant player with ArcGIS decided to start releasing a Linux version? http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/a...
(B) Demographics - attrition will take care of most of the problem, competition, outsourcing the rest. See http://www.economicmodeling.co... . I heard this same pissing and moaning when aerospace moved from 2D to 3D Solid Modeling, and the transition happened in a relative eye blink.
(A) Nobody actually trying to get work done wants to deal with any OS. The need for model integration, remote teams, ,etc. practically dictate cloud based going forward. The size of GIS models and nano detail make for mammoth datasets. And guess what, nobody wants to deal with MS BS when building those systems or as an end user: Jon Hirschtick of OnShape ( https://www.onshape.com/ ):
"We have observed that most large-scale web successes rely on generic Linux-based computers—and lots of them. ... We chose a clean-sheet, full-cloud architecture because those other technologies, running desktop CAD on remote desktop servers, don’t solve the big problems that users have. They just move the problems and inefficiencies of desktop CAD software and file-copy workflows to a different computer. They don’t deliver the true big benefits of cloud. We’re not alone with this belief, by the way. Full-cloud has won over semi-cloud in many other industries, including Salesforce versus Siebel, Workday versus Oracle, etc."

Submission + - Doing Math Without A License

Rick Zeman writes: Mats Jarlstrom, a Beaverton, Oregon traffic light gadfly crusading against red light cameras and their timings was accused of the “'practice of engineering;” without a license while pressing his cause by doing simple math. So last week, Mr. Jarlstrom filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, charging the state’s licensing panel with violating his First Amendment rights.
“I was working with simple mathematics and applying it to the motion of a vehicle and explaining my research...By doing so, they declared I was illegal.”

Comment Muscle Memory - Chickens typing no heads. (Score 1) 97

This is on the whole, dubious, because once we are past our first few minutes with a highly repetitive task, the needed computation progresses embeds into progressively lower levels of neural systems, until they are basically reflexes. Musicians don't thing "I am going to play an 'A', now I am going to play a 'B'. This is true for both sensory and motor tasks. Maybe when I first learn to read, I first 'see' individual letters, but in the end my eyes detect entire word phrases, essentially by their outlines. With practice, the sensory motor loop may actually embed as networks of axons within the muscle fibers themselves - no brain intermediary required. Seriously - real neurons in real neural nets.

Comment Re:capitalist exploitation (Score 2) 98

You seriously do not understand the ecosystem. Many of the major projects have core teams which are FTEs of the company, and others donate funds for outside contractors that are key contributors. Far from being paid nothing, I've known several that began as unpaid contributors and eventually went direct, started their own companies to service their piece, or received federal grants ( from the US Army for instance ). Other projects start on a purely unpaid volunteer effort, become essential and evolve into well funded projects. Firefox was originally a commercial product, then donated as open source, and now has spun off some of it's projects. IBM, Google, and others have transferred many internal projects into the open domain. Far from exploitation, FOSS is almost hyper-capitalistic, in that it short circuits the rent taking inherent in closed source monopolies, it allows microscopic participants into markets alongside the giants.

Comment Supervisor for AI Bot (Score 1) 56

It isn't like the 'meat' in every organization hasn't been attempting to implement screamingly obvious increases in efficiency, for hundreds of years. So there will have to be a Headless Headless ( H^2 ) to filter the results from the Headless Bots:
H^2 Bot: "You must be new here."
H^2 Bot: "We have always done it this way"
H^2 Bot: "It will make the 'X' feel bad"
H^2 Bot: "That isn't your department"
H^2 Bot: "Their is a team working on that already"
H^2 Bot: "We tried that before, and it didn't work"
H^2 Bot: "Did you run it by the team?"
In other words, we'll need Pointy-Haired Bots.

Comment Lies, Damn Lise and Statistics (Score 1) 398

From Bloomberg "Just 157,000 people were unable to work in February because of inclement weather, compared with an average of 311,000 for the month, according to the Labor Department. In January, 395,000 employees couldn’t work because of the weather." The raw monthly counts are fairly meaningless unless you see the phrase 'Seasonably Adjusted'. ( https://www.dallasfed.org/-/me... ) i.e. "... outsized gains in construction ...", etc. And the real economic effect is Positions X Wages, and also what regions the growth is occurring in.

Submission + - Man Gets 30 Days In Jail For Drone Crash That Knocked Woman Unconscious (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The operator of a drone that knocked a woman unconscious was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, Seattle prosecutors said. The woman was attending a local parade when the drone crashed and struck her. Paul Skinner, a 38-year-old man from Washington state, was charged with reckless endangerment in connection to the 2015 incident, in which an 18-inch-by-18-inch drone collided into a building before falling into a crowd. The authorities said the 2-pound drone struck the 25-year-old in the head and gave her a concussion. Her boyfriend caught her before she fell to the ground. Another man suffered a minor bruise. The accident took place during during the city's Pride Parade. Skinner, who had turned himself in, plans to appeal the sentence. His attorney, Jeffrey Kradel, said the punishment was "too severe." His client remains free pending the appeal's outcome. A misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge—one that poses "substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person"—carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.

Submission + - Lessons from Canada's scientific resistance (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Andrew Nikiforuk, a contributing editor of The Tyee and author of Slick Water, has a smart piece outlining what the United States science community can do to combat expected attacks from the Trump administration on federal funding for research projects that examine the environmental impacts of industries such as mining and oil drilling. Nikiforuk seeks lessons from the years when the Canadian government, led by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, systematically reduced the capacity of publicly funded federal science to monitor the impacts of air, water, and carbon pollution from the country’s aggressive resource industries—by cutting budgets and firing staff. Great read.

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