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Comment Re:That's fine but... (Score 5, Insightful) 303

"when done properly" is the key phrase there. Flying is HIGHLY regulated by the government. For one, you need a medical certificate to fly which needs to be updated every few years (depending on what class it is). Also, you need a certified AP mechanic to sign off on your aircraft. With a car, your drunk neighbor can basically build a car for you, and as long as you acquired a driver's license.... even 50 years ago.... you can drive it. As long as you are 18 (in Wisconsin at least), you don't even need a driver's education course. All you need to do is pass the test, which is ridiculously easy, and you get a license for the rest of your life. Now, I have flown in a few aircraft that were slightly "questionable", but they were definitely airworthy. It is a bit scary pulling out the throttle and having the knob immediately pop off hehe. Also going into the clouds for the first time and having your VOR about 15 degrees off (I think I got a few more gray hairs on that one). My point is that the reason why flying is so safe is because it is extremely regulated. If everyone's car went through the same maintenance procedure as a Cessna 150 built in the mid 50s, then we would have almost no broken down cars on the highway. If the drivers were put through the same sort of training as pilots, we would have far fewer accidents.

Comment Re:That's fine but... (Score 3, Interesting) 303

I can barely understand how some people are allowed to drive vehicles on a 2D plane. I don't even have my certificate, but I've had two near misses in a Cessna 172 because one pilot, not announcing his intentions on the radio at a small airport, decided to fly in at about 500 feet and cut me off in the pattern on my final; and another helicopter pilot who flew about 50 feet under me just as I took off. Both times I was flying alone and as a student. It was absolutely terrifying. There is no possible way that any of this technology will be standard. If people can't drive cars, they sure as hell can't fly.

Comment Re:Firefighting (Score 1) 735

I think you are right here. I was a full-time EMT and a volunteer firefighter. EVERY fire district throughout the nation is different. At my fire station, we were on call 24 hours a day and were only required to show up if we could, since we were volunteers.

As an EMT, when I went home that pager was turned off. I just spent the whole goddamn day seeing nasty shit, and they can go to hell if they were to require us to be on call. We were already extremely overworked and I highly doubt the union would allow it. Basically - At the station = "On-call." At home = "Go to hell, you have guys at the station."

Comment Re:WoW was ruined (Score 2, Informative) 238

I think that the the person who you replied to has a different type of mindset; one which is not too uncommon. If they had to work so hard for something, then it should not be handed so easily to those who don't put in nearly amount of effort. What was once difficult becomes easy for the newcomers due to the changes in the game. It basically boils down to a matter of pride.

The only thing I can compare this to is the Marine Corps. I was punched, kicked, tackled, thrown, slammed on a table repeatedly, forced to drink water until everyone in the platoon puked, etc... not to mention the mental abuse. I've never been punched in the face until I joined the Marine Corps. BTW, I joined in 2002 (I don't care if you believe or not, that shit still happens).

It would upset me if someone is handed that Eagle, Globe, and Anchor for doing anything less.

It is a much more... less PC... way of thinking. It has more to do with pride, and "I had to go through this bullshit in order to acquire whatever, so you should have to do the same.... blah blah blah."

I'm not saying that you are wrong, I'm just trying to point out a possible explanation to why people might get upset when someone who does far less work achieves something much easier than the work that they put into it. I'm sure many people could relate to this in many different situations. (I don't play WoW btw).

Comment Re:local community colleges (Score 1) 195

I am in the same position as the OP. I'm not able to afford college (even community college) anymore, but was just recently in school up until a few weeks ago. I would have loved to have some sort of computer club, or at the very least an IT organization available. Unfortunately, they didn't have any such thing at my "technical school", and the only way to get one would be to start my own. That could be one option, but as it was for me, might be way more than you could handle. I haven't looked in a few months, but I was not able to find any sort of local computer club that is designed for beginning programmers to help mentor, etc. Surprisingly, my school (and where I live) is about 5 miles from the Microsoft campus. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I couldn't find anything that wasn't an internship or didn't involve one of the large universities around here. Like the previous advice given, I figure the best way is to join some sort of open source project. Good luck!

Comment Much more that 160 char now. (Score 1) 504

I'm not sure if this is a recent change, but I use T-Mobile in the US and am able to send text messages up to 1000 characters. I confirmed this a few days ago by texting my wife (also uses T-Mobile). I used all 1000 characters and she received the entire text in one message. I don't remember being able to send such large messages in the past, so perhaps this is somewhat new.
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Submission + - Unpaid bills? Good luck starting future laptops (ap.org)

astrojetsonjr writes: AP Technology has a story by Peter Svensson titled Unpaid bills? Good luck starting future laptops

NEW YORK (AP) — As wireless carriers begin to subsidize computers that come with wireless Internet access, they're faced with a quandary: What do they do if the buyer stops paying his bills?

The company can cut off the computer's wireless access, but the carrier would still be out a couple of hundred dollars. The buyer would be left with a computer that's fully usable except for cellular broadband.

LM Ericsson AB, the Swedish company that makes many of the modems that go into laptops, announced Tuesday that its new modem will deal with this issue by including a feature that's virtually a wireless repo man. If the carrier has the stomach to do so, it can send a signal that completely disables the computer, making it impossible to turn on.

"We call it a `kill pill,'" said Mats Norin, Ericsson's vice president of mobile broadband modules.

Laptop makers that use Ericsson modules include LG Electronics Inc., Dell Inc., Toshiba Corp. and Lenovo.

There are positive benefits, like being able to turn off stolen laptops, but the ability for the black hats to extort owners is far higher. Thanks Ericsson, something else to worry about.

Comment Re:So the music writers, don't get it... (Score 1) 291

SO be it. Give them what they want. Take down all music related content everywhere that isn't on their own sites. That means: Discussion boards about their music, Fan sites about their music, album reviews, links to amazon, etc. All of it.

Boycott these people up the wazoo... and just to make it fun... pick on someone specific to make and example of them.

What will there be to boycott then? Nothing...

I agree with you. Those unfortunate fools don't realize what they are doing to themselves.

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