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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Bill_the_Engineer Re:well (197 comments)

The parent comment was:

It is strictly illegal for anybody (including law enforcement without a warrant) to use ANY means to view something on your property that isn't clearly visible to a common pedestrian or vehicle going past.

I doubt the law is that draconian or even enforceable. I countered with:

So have they issued warrants against Google yet?

You know because they used a satellite to photograph the contents of the Jane's backyard and she did say "ANY means to view something on your property".

and the rest of the real engineers, do some actual work.

With the difficulty you are having with context, I sure hope you aren't a real engineer.

yesterday
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Bill_the_Engineer Re:well (197 comments)

So have they issued warrants against Google yet?

3 days ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Bill_the_Engineer Re:hype (291 comments)

I seem to remember those two existing prior to twenty years.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Idiots (205 comments)

During that 12 week class you spend about a week learning a couple of formulas that you realize will be very helpful when coding accounting software, but just as you're getting into it they switch topics and start teaching you about business management and then spend 4 weeks on "How to use Excel"...

If only they would offer a more specialized class after the introductory course is taken.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Idiots (205 comments)

This looks like MIT's marketing department is running their learning programmes now

This is nothing new. MIT is known for issuing press releases for their staff and students that read like something that never been accomplished before despite the fact that it's not only been done a long while back some of it is still in practice.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Hence, "Software Engineer" == MYTH (430 comments)

In your subject you claim "Software Engineer" is a myth and in your first sentence you called the term "software engineer" a bit of a misnomer.

I'm pointing out that you're mistaken.

To use your analogy: Automotive Engineers are a myth because all of your generalizations are based on automotive mechanics who aren't known for documenting their work.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Hence, "Software Engineer" == MYTH (430 comments)

Could you imagine if, say, aerospace engineers didn't document their work? Automotive engineers?

A "software engineer" that didn't document their work is a code slinger pretending to be an engineer.

I think you've confused software developers who work in the consumer applications sector (release fast, often and cheaply) with software engineers in the industrial, manufacturing, enterprise, and control systems sector.

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (739 comments)

That troll never gets old....

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Doctor, it hurts when I eat chicken... (430 comments)

I think you mentioned another reason documentation is lacking in FOSS. It gives an incentive towards paying for support.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

JavaDocs are only as good as the person writing the documentation. I've seen useless JavaDocs which were nothing more than a list of API calls, and I've seen JavaDocs that were so well done that it could have easily been published to a book.

about three weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

You'd think they would remember RIAA v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. which affirmed that space shifting (from media to hard disk) for personal use was considered fair use under the act.

about three weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Bill_the_Engineer Go!? (701 comments)

No Othello

about a month ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Bill_the_Engineer Re: minivan dead? (205 comments)

Those aren't SUVs. They're passenger cars with lift kits installed.

Actually they are a hatchbacks (aka station wagons) but the marketing people renamed them as SUVs to make them more hip and trendy.

about a month ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Infection via PHP web apps (168 comments)

hey'd probably get more money because they could hold a vast section of the internet to hostage

The problem is that more people use Windows at home than Linux. This is why Windows is the largest "soft" target.

Linux at home is not immune. Why? Because home users are less likely to be careful about their security and more likely to download malware. They also tend to tolerate software operating slower than normal because they incorrectly associate it with the age of the computer.

Computers running at an enterprise level (aka. the ones running the internet) are harder targets than what you would find running on a personal computer at the typical household regardless of OS .

about a month ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Again, they do the same sort of thing a CATV does, but by aggregating several discrete receptions across several discrete connections. This to my IANAL eyes is why Aereo should have been allowed to continue until someone changed laws regarding OTA reception and access.

The act used to define and regulate a cable system only specifies that the cable system sends video transmissions directly to the subscriber and makes no mention about the protocol or method used to send that video transmission over wire or cable. So the fact that Aereo used discrete transmissions versus multicasting isn't relevant to the act.

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

I don't know. That would be interesting to check out. Maybe one day...

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

Correct. I still have the Beta and Release CDs.

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Intel (236 comments)

They'd released the i860 (RISC, not x86-compatible) in 1989 and tech magazines were saying it would kill x86. Windows NT was originally written for the i860 and only later ported to x86, so even Windows looked like it might not be tied to x86 in the long term.

This is technically true. Windows NT was originally designed to be OS/2 version 3.0 and at first they targeted the i860 which never did well, so they changed to the MIPS platform. Prior to release Microsoft decided to make it their next Windows platform and the rest was history.

What made Windows NT unique at the time was the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that allowed Microsoft to target multiple processor platforms. At release, Windows NT supported i386 (called IA-32 at the time), Alpha, and MIPS.

about a month ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

Bill_the_Engineer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Um, that's EXACTLY what Aereo was doing.

Excluding the part where slingbox users are the end-to-end owners of their personal redirect service and Aereo being a for-profit company in the business of leasing access to an antenna, I can see how you can think of them being the exact same thing.

about a month ago

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Bankrupt municipality seeks revenue from speeding cameras on interstate

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "According to the Mobile Press Register a new speeding enforcement program was adopted by the Prichard City Council today that could generate at least $200,000 a year for the cash-strapped city.

The council, with a unanimous vote, endorsed a program that will add four additional patrol officers to monitor traffic speeds primarily along Interstate 165 and 65 within the Prichard city limits.

The program, administered by South Carolina-based iTraffic Safety, is set to start in January and will be monitored for three months before the city determines whether to increase regulations by adding speed cameras along the interstates. "I think we should try the officers first," Ephriam said. "There could be issues on whether the cameras can accurately depict speeders right now. There are things we have to address with potential liability with the cameras.""

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LibreOffice 3.4.2 for enterprise users released

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  about 3 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.4.2, the third version of the 3.4 family, targeting both private individuals and enterprises. LibreOffice 3.4.2 fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most enterprises."
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'Dungeons & Dragons' co-creator dies

Bill_the_Engineer Bill_the_Engineer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) writes "CNN is reporting that David Lance Arneson, who helped trigger the global phenomenon of role-playing games as co-inventor of "Dungeons & Dragons," has died at the age of 61.

A statement on the game's official Web site, wizards.com, said Arneson died Tuesday evening "after waging one final battle against cancer.""

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