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Comment Step 1 (Score 1) 98


Calling a multi-rotor radio controlled vehicle a drone is bad for the hobby. They are quad/hex/octo-rotors, they do not become a drone until they follow pre-programmed instructions, or make movements based on topography of the surrounding environment, with no input from human operators. It is like calling a radio controlled car, plane, or helicopter a drone.

Comment Re: My few cents... (Score 1) 144

+1 for rt

We have used it for years. And it is mostly awesome. My only complaint is that attachments, comments, and responses all live in the same column in a single table in the database. Making full text searches a tough nut to crack, especially as the system grows. We have stood up a replicant database with a solr search in front of it. To do full text searches of comments and replies without taking down the rt system (ours currently sits at about 12 gb of data)

Comment Re:Some would be well suited. (Score 2, Interesting) 299

In my personal experience, ex military IT pros are far too rigid for coming up with solutions that are outside of the norm. This is a good thing when you need NOC jockeys. Not so good when a service goes down at 1 AM and you need to get that service up, and an unconventional manor is the only way. It may be less than ideal, but it buys the time necessary to fix it correctly. I cannot say this is only ex-military that have this problem of rigidity, I have seen it in a lot of other people as well. Especially those who have come from a call center, where all they do is follow a flow. I would say it is more prevalent in those who are ex-military.

Comment It isn't really unlimited though (Score 1) 209

It isn't really unlimited though, After 5Gb they have the option of terminating your contract, throttling you, or cutting you off. It is there in your contract. Nothing is unlimited, most of the services that claim to be unlimited have break-over points where they shunt you onto 3g or severely limit your speeds. I would claim collusion, but they have way more resources and lawyers than I do.

Comment Re:Just Tack on a Fee (Score 5, Insightful) 626

Wait just a moment here... Where does all our current funding go?

I pay roughly 45% of my annual income in Taxes (split between state and federal), this is not including sales tax, fuel tax, property tax, and registration. With all of that added in (some via estimate) it is pretty easy to get that number to between 50 and 55%. I will never agree to a tax increase, ever. What we have here is a very poorly run situation, one where police are required to "tax" people from breaking silly laws and distracting the police from doing what they should be doing, stopping real crime.

In a world where it takes an hour or more for police to come to my home after it has been robbed, yet you can drive around and see 10 speed traps, there is something wrong. Tickets should not be used as a source of income for the police departments, there should be no incentive for them to harass what are otherwise law abiding, tax paying citizens. "There is a person across town who is being murdered, and here is the officer writing a citation to someone who has never committed a real crime."

Comment for nerds.. (Score 1) 405

Exhibit A: Someone who has never played golf.

Golf is one of the hardest sports to play, requiring a precision unparalleled in any other sport. It may not be as physically demanding as say football, soccer, hockey, basketball, racing, etc. In terms if difficulty, there aren't many that are equal. I challenge you to just go to a driving range, and hit 2 balls out of 1000 strait.

Before you belittle something, you should probably try it first. I used to be like you, until I started playing golf, never in my life have I been as frustrated.

At any rate, I don't think it is the difficulty of the game that is turning away players, it is the cost of greens fees for a decent course, the other assholes on the course, either slowing you down, or rushing you, basically not allowing you to have any fun. People take it too damn serious.

Comment Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

I have been saying this for years... literally Oldest I can find, unfortunately my comment history only goes back to 2007 (though I have been a member for much longer), but I digress.

I still say, allow fighting in schools again, allow kids to ball up their fists and duke it out.

I am tired of all the folks who say "Violence isn't the answer, violence solves nothing, booo hooo hooo hooo, whaaa whaaa, etc..." Humans by nature are a violent, conquering, species. We very much have a pack mentality, with that pack mentality comes the need to sort out who the leaders are. Historically, this happens around the age of jr. high school (ages 11-14 or so), this is one of the reasons that most school systems are broken into elementary, Jr High, and High schools. It separates out kids at the times they are most violent (and sexually curious, but that is for a different post), it protects the 10 and under crowd from those who are just starting to determine their pecking order, and protects the 11-14 crowd from the pubescent adults.

Kids need to fight, fighting makes us stronger, both mentally and physically.

Comment Re:No. (Score 2) 226

Kids have no interest.

Kids want to grow up to be a movie star, or a pop star, or a $sports star. That is what the culture in America idolizes, those who don't fall into this modicum are rejected as "geeks", "nerds", "freaks" , etc.

All you really have to do to get a good idea of this is to watch American television. Even our news consists mostly of the lives of those who are considered celebrities. Hell this morning there was a report that one of our state level representatives is getting married, nothing about policy, nothing about what she does, her stance on things, just that she is getting married to some lawyer. This is what we consider to be news..... It is only going to get worse, we praise the dumb, lift the idiotic, and work those with intelligence to death.

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