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Comment conventional wisdom and uncommon sense (Score 1) 33

Conventional wisdom says you should be in a major tech center to get funding, but the article offers an encouraging counterargument. "Never rely on conventional wisdom if you're an innovator. Money follows real innovation."

A guy in a town we lived in, once upon a time, shot a buck white tail in the middle of town square, and got 30 days for discharging a firearm within meters of a Girl Scout cookie stand.

I tell you that to tell you this: Most deer hunters shoot their quarry in the hill and dale, but you certainly can bag a deer near the center of civilization.

It's just not the percentage bet.

Comment Re:Money corrupts (Score 1) 119

Regarding professional athletes, enough information has been revealed to suggest the problem is systemic, and in many cases, it became necessary to use performance enhancers just to level the playing field.

Cheating in the Olympics extends now to even the site selection process; major league baseball didn't even have an agreement with the player's association in place to test for many PEDs until the release of Jose Canseco's book; and US football has seen the size and speed of its athletes increase to the point they no longer even resemble ordinary people.

It seems absurd that scientific researchers need follow in these footsteps, yet we find the same cheat-to-get-ahead mentality in our best and brightest people. Though science can do without the shackles of religious belief, it ought still be burdened with a basic morality.

Comment Who reviews the reviewers? (Score 1) 119

With this flaw in the review system having been previously discovered, it highlights the desperation of researchers who seem willing to jeopardize their integrity, and probably their careers, for the short term gain of getting published.

This is indicative of a systemic problem in the way research is funded.

Comment Re: Why are these fucking Americans hacking banks? (Score 1) 109

Of course they would... there's no need to steal money, per say, for black budget spending when you can essentially print your own money.

TPFTDL: $52.06 billion in 2013, according to an imperfectly legitimate Edward Snowden release of government information.

Years removed from the lessons of Iran/Contra, governments have learned to just fund the cloak & dagger bunch... saves on eventual, inevitable, embarassment as you're employing folks who have proven eager to scam the funds they need clandestinely.

Comment Re:Probably A Good Idea (Score -1, Offtopic) 215

Ever notice how rapists place themselves in positions of opportunity, whether their taste runs to grown humans or saplings, regardless of what the career choice pays in salary or benefits.

No offense, Catholic Church, as your protection of the shield at all costs is legendary, but wow, what better job exists to bugger young lads than clergy... even Scout Leader is less imaginative.

The Indians not named so by Columbus are inclined towards rape as an acceptable breeding alternative because they're a third world nation with a billion mouths to feed. Even the worst of the First World nations protects their women better.

Comment FTA: (Score 2) 37

And, in the best professional decision of my life, I converted myself into a tech columnist in 1991. As a result, I got to bear witness to a historic parade of exciting, revolutionary innovation — from slow, clumsy, ancient PCs to sleek, speedy smartphones; from CompuServe and early AOL to the mobile web, apps, and social media.

Walt should be revered for his foresight, and/or, his willingness to bet it all on the fledgling computer revolution. Nice.

Comment Re:Don't forget about open source projects. (Score 1) 286

Though it is disappointing some of our more favored platforms are data-pimps too, it shouldn't catch you completely by surprise. The marketing model for "free" internet services is more and more data-mining, and less advertising.

Perhaps the EU restrictions on unfettered data collection will trickle down if the big players are made to comply. We can hope.

Comment Forgot the clothesline (Score 1) 147

I wonder if they remembered overhead phone, and cable service lines, and assuming they did, why this software didn't recognize clothes lines as an obstacle.

It seems unlikely researchers will be able to anticipate every obstacle an unmanned delivery vehicle would encounter in a simulated model.

Ultimately, it will come down to an equation: additional loss of packages and UAVs + UAV cost and maintenance is less than or equal to conventional human delivery services.

Comment Hear hear! (Score 1) 112

This will be an interesting test of the power of State versus Federal authority, but anything that slows the rapid repeal of privacy rights is welcome news.

A strong federal government is important in a lot of ways, but the State's right to redress grievances in court is another important check & balance.

Comment Re: Darwin at work (Score 1) 200

As long as it's the victim that's at fault it makes sense.

Of course, the thing about cellular phones is that their use by either the driver or the pedestrian can lead to an unfortunate vehicular altercation.

Mobile personal computers aside, there are many forms of distraction... the person in the four thousand pound machine would seem to have the burden of attention placed upon him, fairly or otherwise.

It's mostly fair, since many drivers eventually become pedestrians.

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