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Comment Parts Spec (Score 4, Interesting) 87

I think it would be interesting for the Maker community to come out with some part specs for this. Think a standard body and motor mounting structure that have interfaces to take different wing configurations, tail configurations, even wheels and whatnot. Kinda like an API for a plane model where you have a few basic standardized parts and you can then print out all manner of different things to try that just basically bolt onto those standards. They could probably do much the same for the quatro/hexa copters as well. Hell, there's probably a ton of applications that would benefit from a library of standard parts that you can build on.

Comment Re:I want to hate Anonymous (Score 3) 234

I wish I had mod points for you. This statement is so very much the truth, I also believe in the rule of law, however I also believe in ethics and morality. It's a large reason I left the military after two war tours. Just because I was given an order didn't make that order right or just despite the lawfulness of it. It's also why I believe in civil disobedience and standing up for what's right.

Comment Re:About time (Score 5, Insightful) 306

I know I'm responding to an AC here, but I think this needs to be said. Every cop is culpable for the actions of these bad cops because almost none of them stand up for what's right. What happens to these guys is they're put on paid vacation for a couple weeks until everyone forgets that they did something, no matter how heinous or egregious the violation was. When the rest of the police force stands up and starts throwing the bad cops out to the curb, then I'll stop lumping them in together. Until then, they're all in cahoots as far as I'm concerned and I'll avoid dealing with them by whatever means I have.

Comment Re:Clunky is right (Score 2) 106

I don't actually, I wasn't even trying to be funny. I was showing the absurdity of an argument like that, saying that something is unimpressive merely because you can do it cheaper and smaller a different way doesn't make that way necessarily better. This is the first use of this, much like anything else it can get smaller and faster as time goes on. How much fun would it be to have a small 3D printer on your desk to rapid prototype boards? Things like this eventually lead there.

Comment Awesome (Score 5, Insightful) 531

If this does nothing else but push the science of rocketry and space travel further then I'm all for it. If they succeed though, I can't wait to see what comes next. Haters be damned, I love that people still want to explore and see what's out there. You can't move the species forward by taking no risk at all.

Comment Re:Tennessee Theocracy (Score 1) 796

People often ask me why I decided to home school my children and love to say they'll be socially stunted. Here is the reason, when you can't rely on teachers or textbooks to teach actual science or the search for knowledge then they stop being able to teach. I want my children to be critical thinkers, ones that believe in the scientific method and have a strong curiosity of the world around them. Here's also a fun little thing for you, despite all the wonderful anecdotal evidence out there I bet that most of the time you couldn't separate a home schooled kid from a public schooled kid if the home schooled kid isn't one of the religious nutjobs(of whom there are far too many).

Comment Re:I did it; here's what you need to know (Score 1) 504

You're right that it's starting to change. About 4 years ago I landed an exempt position that normally requires a degree, but because I had demonstrated my skills as a tech they were willing to take the risk. I've since moved up very quickly by working hard and making sure that I'm better than my peers with degrees, most of whom seem content to rest on their laurels and do the minimum. Two years ago, the company changed the policy that you have to have a degree to get into a position like the one I started in as exempt. There is a waiver process, but it's almost impossible to get through. Our management hates it because there are more people like myself in lower positions that they would love to promote up, but their hands are tied. Whereas we frequently get people now that have degrees, but have no experience and quite frequently expect to be paid more than their actual worth. That's not to say that some of the recent hires aren't good, we do have some that are, but it would be nice to promote those people that have demonstrated talent and are itching to move up, but have no degree. The one nice consolation is it really grinds some people's asses that a guy with no degree is promoted above them, but I'm lucky enough to have gotten in before the company came down with that stupid policy.

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