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Comment Re:Tactile is right (Score 1, Offtopic) 125

With my old flip phone I could dial without ever taking my eyes off the road. Same thing with the car radio. I could navigate presets or change tracks on the cd player all by touch. Touch screens look cool, and are highly configurable but cannot be operated with out looking at them. Another nit that I have with car touch screens is that I cannot customize the display. Why can't I put navigation and radio preset options on the same screen? Currently I have to flip through four screens to set the navigation system to take me home, and then back another three to find my favorite radio station. It shouldn't be this hard people.

Comment Re:F Disney (Score 1) 164

I have been to Disney World, and I have been to some of our most beautiful National Parks. Both are wonders to behold. Disney World may be expensive, and superficial on some levels, but they don't cheap out on the details. It is an immersive experience, and I commend the people who design and maintain it.

Comment Re:They're fucked on crowds (Score 1) 164

I think they need to fairly radically re-think the nature of their attractions and have fewer of them, but make them much higher capacity to minimize queuing, using continuous loading cars and long, serpentine paths to essentially make queuing part of the ride itself. An attraction the size of a football stadium, but enclosed with a serpentine path for the ride should be able to accommodate 20,000 or more people at a time. It could also make the ride longer, which would help with fewer rides overall.

Actually I think WDW does a good job of keeping you entertained while waiting. The queues for most of their rides are themed. Space Mountain, Star Tours, and the Toy Story ride are all good examples, helping to set the mood/theme for the ride with lots of attention to detail. They are far and above almost any other amusement park that just put you into a long line, that snakes back and forth 8 or 9 times.

Submission + - Amazon Proposes Dedicated Airspace For Drones (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has published two new position papers which lay out its vision for future drone regulation. Under Amazon's plan, altitudes under 200ft would be reserved for basic hobbyist drones and those used for things like videography and inspection. Altitudes between 200ft and 400ft would be designated for "well-equipped vehicles" capable of operating autonomously out of line of sight. They would need sophisticated GPS tracking, a stable data uplink, communications capabilities with other drones, and sensors to avoid collisions. This, of course, is where Amazon would want to operate its drone delivery fleet. From 400ft to 500ft would be a no-fly zone buffer between the drone airspace and integrated airspace. Amazon's plan also makes room for "predefined low-risk areas," where hobbyists and other low-tech drones can fly higher than the 200ft ceiling. "Additionally, it is Amazon's view that air traffic management operations should follow a 'managed by exception' approach. This means operators are always aware of what the fleet is doing, yet they only intervene in significant off-nominal cases."

Submission + - Two Years Later, White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition (whitehouse.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to Whitehouse.gov demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks about the NSA and U.S. surveillance practices. The petition swiftly passed 100,000 signatures — the point at which the White House said it would respond to such petitions. For two years, the administration was silent, but now they've finally responded. In short: No, Edward Snowden won't be receiving a pardon. Lisa Monaco, the President's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said, "Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it. If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Submission + - Dice announces plans to sell Slashdot Media (arstechnica.com)

cjm571 writes: DHI Group—formerly known as Dice Holdings Incorporated prior to this April—announced plans this morning to sell the combination of Slashdot and SourceForge. The announcement was made as part of DHI’s 2Q15 financial results.

Comment Re:Untie the bonuses from the schedule... (Score 1) 186

If the task in front of you is so revolutionary that it has never been done before, then you really are building a prototype. This belongs in the realm of R&D which has its own theories and methodologies for handling project scheduling. However, most software projects are built using a set of known technologies. If you properly decompose your system design, an experienced developer should be able to estimate the amount of time required to code each part with a reasonable margin of error. So you are not asking for the time to build the entire data entry screen, but how long to mockup the interface, then add the data validation, then server interaction, and then the middle ware component that writes the data to the database. So not all that different from most construction projects, which all have their own creative aspects such as architectural design elements, floor plans, and color pallet for the furnishings, along with the more mundane aspects like the amount of time required to weld the support structure, and let the concrete cure.

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