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Comment Re:Change the law (Score 4, Informative) 1430

It is specially ironic considering how dems went after Trump after he insinuated wouldn't accept the election results.

Don't take me wrong, I'm terrified about the prospect of the orange sexist taking office as much as anyone else, but he won the elections. These talks about having the EC changing their vote, or recounts are delusional.

It's not ironic at all. The democrats weren't the ones that started the recount process, it was a third party candidate after reading a study that showed a marked discrepancy in votes between paper districts and e-voting districts. Regardless of the outcome of a recount, if a recount is what it takes for people to finally accept the results of the election then that's a good thing.

Comment Re:Look a bit higher (Score 1) 307

if we'd hovered over his house to ogle his teenage daughter

I never read anything that indicated the drone was 'ogling' the daughter.

I have two UAVs and use them for real estate aerial photography and to take pictures of people's houses for them (It's something that people do up here in Nova Scotia). I have to sometimes fly over other people property to get the correct viewpoint or angle and I only need permission to take off or land on somebody's property. If they have an issue with anything I'm doing they have the right to contact the RCMP. This has happened to me twice. On both occasions I showed the officer my documentation and insurance and the matter was dropped.

I think that people should be required to register their UAVs in the States, it will go a long way in ensuring that people understand what they can and can't do with their UAVs. People should also STOP calling them 'drones' because of the negative connotations with that word, it's instantly associated with spying which is NOT a good thing.

Comment Re:Fuck It (Score 2) 113

I do pretty much the same thing. Any call coming in that isn't in my contact list goes directly to VM. My mobile provider has a nice VM to text service so I get to scan the text of the message and if it looks legit I'll either listen to the VM or call back. All spam numbers go into my blocked list. The number of spam or robo calls I get is pretty low now.

Comment Re:Money from people who want to sell? (Score 2) 241

Could someone wrap up in a few words how you could scam money from people who want to SELL something?

The most common scam aimed at sellers is the potential buyer (scammer) sends you an email that they want the item but they're out of town and will have their shipping company pick the item up. You're selling a guitar for $500, they tell you they'll send you a check for $550 to cover the guitar plus the $50 to give to their shipping company when the pick up the item. They send you a check for $650 and an email that the check was accidentally sent for the wrong amount. They ask you to cash the check at your bank and then Western Union the remaining $100 to them. Your bank will most likely 'clear' the check in 3-5 business days so you THINK the check is good because the money is in your account. You send them their 'extra' $100. 4 days later you check your bank account to find that the $650 deposit was reversed because it was in fact NOT a good check.

Comment Re:It might be correct course of action (Score 2) 130

Yes, companies ARE required to keep private medical information secure but whether or not the company THOUGHT their secure location extended to the directory where the patient data was is irrelevant. The data was unencrypted and freely accessible via an anonymous ftp server. The company should be penalized for allowing this to happen, NOT the user who found the exposed ftp server and informed the company that the records were freely available.

Comment Absurd! (Score 1) 134

This is getting ridiculous, what else would a phone do but make actual phone calls. The methodology Apple uses in the iPhone to make a phone call can't be THAT much different than every other phone manufacturer that they should be singled out for violating some insanely broad patent. Apple should use some of that cash it has stockpiled and stomp the trolls into the ground.

Comment Flying should be more expensive in general (Score 1) 103

Blame all the discount travel sites. Putting a plane in the air is expensive but nobody wants to shoulder that burden, instead they want discount flights where more and more people are packed in like cattle cars, every option costs more and more money and then people do nothing but complain about the quality of their flight or the service.

Comment Re:Discriminatory? (Score 1) 173

I worked for a manufacturing facility in CT that had several offices as well as an actual manufacturing plant. During the summer and other peak usage times, the local power company would give us massive reductions in cost or provide credits of tens of thousands of dollars, JUST to turn off half of the fluorescent lights in the offices for at least 4 hours.

Where I live now, the local pulp mill can generate power with residual steam that normally runs the paper machines. During high load times when the power company pays them more, they will actually STOP producing paper because its more profitable to generate electricity on those days.

Comment Re:Nine years of pair programming? (Score 2) 186

I was a long term contractor at a rather large international company that recently outsourced all their IT, which included application development, to an India based company.

I've had to deal with the client and the new support company several times over the last year and I agree that the mindset is completely different. They tend to work in teams of 2 or 3 with only one person doing any actual work at any given time. I'd love to say that the this results in either increased productivity or a better code base but I haven't seen any examples of that.

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