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Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 524

Plus a large proportion that said yes did so because they were told the money saved by not being in the EU would go to hospitals, farming, and such things only to find out the day after the vote that the leave side never had such intentions.

It was never intended to be a binding vote until the leave side won and then all of a sudden it was.

I don't really blame Scotland for wanting to leave the UK. The only thing that kept them in the UK from the first referendum was the fact that if they left then they would be leaving the EU without a chance to get back in. A couple of years later the UK votes to leave the EU. I'd love for the EU to offer Scotland the ability to stay in if they left the UK and make the same offer to Northern Ireland too.

Comment Re:Fake histories are just as good (Score 1) 283

Why would it be better if they supported xenophobic nationalism? That's what got Trump elected and the US into the mess it's into now.

Make up Trumps, Bannons, and the rest of the group to have browsing history going to sites like various Catholic Churches, black gospel music sites, charity sites like Habitat 4 Humanity, looking up wikipedia pages on green energy production and organic farming, and things like that. Sites that low profile and completely against what they preach for.

Comment Just imagine (Score 1) 165

Imagine what NASA could do if it didn't spend 65 cents of every dollar filling out Freedom of Information requests from industry lobbying groups with patriotic sounding names!

From the summary:
"This means that only about $7 billion of the rocket's $19 billion has gone to the private sector companies, Boeing, Orbital ATK, Aeroject Rocketdyne, and others cutting metal."

Comment Re:Terrorists don't know about connecting flights? (Score 1) 278

Or this has nothing to do with security? It's funny that only airports that don't have American carriers were targeted by this ban. So now if I have to go to one of these cities I can take one of these foreign carriers and not have access to my electronics or I can take an American carrier to have access to my electronics on the long part of the flight with a short connection flight. Wonder what a lot of people will do.

If they were really worried about a fake iPad holding explosives they could have worked with the airports to ensure that additional testing was done and to make sure that the electronics were turned on. It's not like you can fill an iPad with explosives and still keep it working. And notice that I said work with, not take over the security. But all their measures have done is put the dangerous device into the cargo hold where it still is dangerous. You just don't know what it's next to when it blows up, if it exists.

Comment Re:Incoming (Score 1) 275

Operating the system to call up to open the main door isn't just a matter of pushing a couple of buttons. What if the translation system/operator input the ring number wrong? You need the robot to be able to either call for the correct ring number or look it up using the system (but the name is not always there). There are a lot of different entry systems. Do you program the robot for all of them or do you build an AI (better)? The process of gaining access to a building by ringing up a person isn't a straight-forward push 3 or 4 button exercise.

And now that you've got this robot moving around drones doing deliveries are removed from the equation. So you have a self-driving car and a robot once you get to the building.

Comment Wrong Focus (Score 1) 160

As a community we have had the wrong focus with the fight over open versus closed software. It doesn't matter. While I prefer my software open source there are times when it just won't be made unless a commercial entity sells it under a closed source model.

However the important fight that we have long neglected, and continue to do so for the most part, is for the open access to our data. I don't care how I created my data. It is mine and I should never be held hostage to access it. When an application is released it should include a document that explains how the data is stored so that other applications my access it. That way if work stops on the application for any reason (the person on an open source project stops working on it, a company goes out of business, ...) then it may be possible that other applications exist that support the format. By having the file format available it makes it easier for other developers to write import/export routines.

There should be laws that protect people from determining the format of data files in order to provide support in their applications. In addition if they publish the details of the file format they will be protected from civil lawsuits.

Too many companies use the format of their data files as a way to lock in customers and with every new release they change the document format. The data is mine, not the company's. I should be free to use the program of my choice to work on my data. And if someone sends me a file I shouldn't have to be required to own a copy of the application just to view the file.

Make a better application and I will buy it but only if I can move my data over to it.

Comment Re:Why not say where worker are expensive (Score 2) 275

It's one thing to deliver a pizza, other food, or small parcel to a house where the person can come to the door easily. But currently when delivering to a large building you let the person in to bring it up to your door. If you use drones/robots/self-driving cars or some combination of them they will have to get a lot more advanced to get to that level. People aren't going to want to go down to the lobby to wait for their orders. And if you keep the person to deal with the building you might as well have them do all the work.

Some tractors already drive mostly by themselves today. The operators handle the turns and let the tractor drive the straight part while they are able to focus on what they are doing (seeding, applying something, harvesting, ...). When they get near the end of the row the operator takes control again for the turn and repeats the process. It's the overseeing what is happening to ensure nothing is going wrong that is being automated now. The automated driving of tractors has been done already. The operators don't really have to handle the turns when in the cab but do it more out of habit.

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