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Comment Re:Not how they roll (Score 2) 121

" I cannot see any sane reason why our elected officials are not using official government email accounts supported by official government IT workers. "

Campaign finance laws prohibit using gov't resources for campaigning. Every Member of the US House is up for re-election every two years so it's become a never-ending campaign.

I wish that weren't the case, but it pretty much starts and ends with that.

Comment Summary really should have included the outcome (Score 1) 177

For those who don't RTFA they won't know that ...

In this case, the NYPD acknowledged the mistake, is retraining its officers and is putting in monitoring to limit this type of erroneous ticketing from happening in the future. In doing so, they have shown that they are ready and willing to work with the people of the city. And what better gift can we get from Open Data than that.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 455

That's right. The officer at his discretion can ticket you for not signaling a turn 500 feet before the turn, particularly if the driver is black and the county is making a lot of money from traffic tickets.

Ticketing based on color is wrong and should be thrown out. Ticketing based on arbitrary blood chemistry that doesn't cause impairment is also wrong and should be thrown out.

Fining people or jailing them shouldn't be easy. It's up to the police to prove you did something wrong. At least that's how it's supposed to work.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 219

The cell phone changed how we live, the rest has all been incremental. I'm not living any better since the iPhone came around, or Uber, nor will I because of a self-driving car.

The cell phone changed how we live, but those of us who grew up without it don't think it's all benefit. Used to be life and work were separate, now many of us are expected to be available 24/7.

Self-driving cars, on the other hand, I would love. I hate commuting. The years I lived near a train line were fantastic. My car didn't leave the garage for nearly a year and I liked it that way. Sure, I'd rather have ubiquitous high-quality public transportation, but a self-driving car would be a close second.

Note that the down side here is that as commuting becomes less tedious people will accept ever longer commute times, and we'll keep moving further out, driving down the value of public transportation even more. So yeah, there's that.

Comment Re:A new cult: Drone Danger Denial (Score 1) 401

Ever heard of FOD? Foreign Object Debris.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the piece of metal that took down the Concorde.

In case that's too hard, here's the picture. According to Wikipedia, it was 435 millimetres (17.1 in) long, 29 to 34 millimetres (1.1 to 1.3 in) wide and about 1.4 millimetres (0.055 in) thick. There are parts on civilian drones much larger than that.

So if that was a drone that bounced off the nose, there could be pieces littering the runway large enough to take down a jet.

Comment Re:Yawn. (Score 1) 476

He's over-reacting simply because he remembers how the Tina Fey/Sara Palin thing went down; a lot of low-information voters didn't know the difference what Fey said in character of Palin and what Palin actually said.

That's because what Fey said in character was damn near the exact text of what Palin said.

Comment Re:Base 10 (Score 1) 102

There are no uninteresting numbers. Proof: Assume N is the smallest uninteresting number. That property in itself makes it interesting. Therefore there can be no smallest uninteresting number, so logically uninteresting numbers cannot exist. QED.

I believe that's the ontological proof that you're a total nerd.

Comment Re:Starwisp (Score 1) 381

I think the estimate of dust particles is too high, because a bright laser has just been shining along that column of space. That should move or evaporate much of the dust.

The particles aren't just sitting there, they're already moving. The calculation above assumes that over a long enough trip the average odds of impact are roughly the same as if it's all static, but the particles that would strike wouldn't have been in the column when the craft started it's journey.

This opens the possibility that the craft could potentially be configured to minimize cross section in the direction of travel, if that would reduce the exposure.

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