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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

Dare nMc Re:Still not legal, right? (92 comments)

Term Drone encompasses so many things. I would think stage one is a glider drone: So a cargo plane takes off with a series of pallets with fold out auto-gyro style blades built into each palette. The plane flies over the small warehouse, and instead of landing and taking off, it unfolds and shoves out the pallet and it lands in the truck hub, and is loaded on a truck and away it goes to the destination.
Stage 2 is you order something light weight and small but time sensitive, DVD's, repair parts (auto/home)... If you order after all the trucks are all out delivering, drone is sent and lands on the delivery truck, and the driver takes it to your house.
Stage 3, is the warehouse is located at altitude, so they must only fly down to the customers, they are power launched, and only have enough power to sustain flight while loaded and maybe return, maybe just land on delivery trucks to be hauled back up.

about two weeks ago

A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

Dare nMc Re:Well (274 comments)

Economic theory agrees with you. The cost of living in a high rent location is a benefit to the employee, for the most part wages in Iowa for the same job should be the same as in California for the majority of jobs that don't require a resource not available in the other location. Of course a company considers the whole cost, so if the founder is worth $20 million but is willing to work for $10 million in California but won't move to Iowa for less the wage savings of others, then that $10 million savings spread out to extra wages to other employees could justify the location. Like you say, if he is worth that much to inspire the employees, his remote inspiration (at least in his/her mind) wouldn't be enough to make the move work.
So in this case is Jimmy Wales the foundation that thinks he is required to be hands on for wikipedia to work...

about two weeks ago

France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Dare nMc Re: Why (395 comments)

>modern diesel engines emit more NO2 than they used to.
While it is true that Modern Diesiel engines produce more NOx than they used to, it doesn't matter, because now they are using DEF to remove N02 converting it to water and pure nitrogen.
> standards seem to be worse for your health
that is completly wrong especially in the US, the exhaust standards significantly restrict (like 50x reduction in the last 10 years) emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM), formaldehyde (HCHO), and non-methane organic gases (NMOG) or non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) emissions.

about three weeks ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Dare nMc Re:Sanity... (504 comments)

>defend the rights of pedophiles

small correction, should be "Defend the rights of accused pedophiles" Once proven guilty of a crime, the law (mostly) and most people then (and only then) support taking away many rights of the individual. We are different than many countries in the stage of protecting the accused from things like self incrimination... But the apple decision (and my support of the direction) is more driven from the lax oversight of subpoena's. If that process was rare, and rigorous enough, then I would support a method of pulling phone data... based on sufficient evidence. But it appears were talking over 20k requests per year for these records from just one company, that tells me this is likely being abused, and now is the time for it to be closed.

about 3 months ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Dare nMc Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (326 comments)

Pretty sure a airbag broke my finger, but saved my life (or at least quality of life) while I was seat-belted. I rolled my car at over 60 mph and hit a 6 ton bolder upside down, the bolder cut open the top of my car right above the drivers seat. The car normally had about 4" from roof clearance to my head. Something kept everything that came past the windshield and through the roof separated from my head, and it was allot. The only thing that could have done that was the airbag, or a guardian angel.

about 3 months ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Dare nMc Re:No (264 comments)

When you give everyone guns they will find someone to shoot. And if you listen to the NRA, then you know that just isn't true. So your statement can't be true either.

I think the issue is more the "giving" part. Because the police departments were given the military weapons, when they have a 1000 people protesting, they look at the tools on hand, a pistol, a machine gun, and a assault tank. They are then given the task of breaking up the protesters, stopping and apprehending looters, and not taught how to do that. Had they not been given the military weaponry, they would have had to gone to their accounting dept, local legislators... and said we need military weapons to handle rioters. Then the question would be asked, are military weapons the correct path, or should we buy batons and shields instead? If they needed the M-16, the accountants would likely point out, we need money for training... to go with them. When someone gives the weapons to the dept, even if they do ask accounting for riot shields, their response is more likely to be, can't you use the weapons you have? The civilian equivalent would be if I want a old bard torn down, and I offer 2 teenagers a couple AR's and box's of ammo in exchange for tearing down the shed while I leave for the weekend (and don't allow them to sell the weapons), and then hand them the weapons, it is allot more likely to be real ugly when I come back on Monday. While it is true If I instead give them $5000 to do the same job, they could go buy the AR's, but are much more likely to rent the correct tools, or buy a sledge hammer.

about 4 months ago

The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Dare nMc Re:The just bombed a school (402 comments)

>deliberately targetted the school Israel just bombed.

I am not a fan of Israel, but that was the one for me as well. When you here the propaganda from the Pro-gaza/hamas reporters. They acknowledge that Hamas put a rocket launcher at the UN school when UN security was no longer present and that the students were hidden in the shadows from satellite imagery. So they were able to force Gaza parents (or they voluntarily sacrificed their children) to place their students into a school stacked up next to a rocket launcher, all for a PR blitz to show how Israel "targeted" a school. When you stack up children next to your military equipment, thinking it is a no lose situation, either your children protect the rocket launcher, or the enemy kills your children and you are happy to be able to use them for PR, it is clear Hamas has no morals. Now I realize this is Hamas doing this, not all of those in Gaza, but they are overwhelmingly OK with Hamas doing this on their behalf.

about 4 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Dare nMc Re: 666 (753 comments)

>the economy is actually more stable after we left the gold standard.

of course it is, and it had all signs of getting worse if kept on the gold standard. That fiat currency problem is so born out in human history, that most religions of any size has rules against being a lender or a borrower, or hoarder of money because banking with a fiat currency guarantees endless bust/boom cycles, with a regulated banking and flexible money supply the inevitable crash in money supply can be reduced or illuminated.

    It is odd that proponents of going to a fiat currency, thing that a gold standard is a fix to fractional reserve, but in reality it is what originally cause fractional reserve banking. IE it is a pain to carry gold, and to try and verify it's value over each transaction (people slugging gold coins, trimming edges...) The fix was banking, take your gold in and trade it for a paper IOU that is easier to trade/carry... Then the bank realizes it can loan out that gold in it's vault for money, and you have fractional reserve banking. Same is true of bitcoin, also since it is a pain for me to walk to the neighbor, hand him a USB chain, then force him to get online and verify it for a cost. So it will inevitably have offline paper IOU's as well (or rather already existed, and are coming back, see Casascius coins)

about 5 months ago

Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Dare nMc Re:Something missing from the summary (77 comments)

Although it would be interesting to know if the Tesla was braking when it crashed, Base model Porsche 911 stopping distance from 60 is 98 feet, the base Tesla is 150 feet. I haven't seen numbers for 100 to 0 on the Tesla, but in the 911 it is reported as 250 feet so I am guessing the Tesla base model is going to be over 400 feet (M*V*V, means 100mph is 3* more energy than 60mph). So if he had slammed on the brakes from 100mph, 200 feet before the crash, the tesla would have still been doing 70 at the crash, while had he stolen a porsche 911, he would have slowed from 100 to about 40 mph in the same 200 feet. (Although Tesla does offer a performance braking package that will stop from 60 in 120 feet, only 22% further than the Stock Porsche.)
So if were going to speculate had the thief stolen the better handling, better stopping Porsche, he probably wouldn't have even crashed in the first place.

about 5 months ago

Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Dare nMc Re:Whoops (239 comments)

Did you do this search from the EU? Appears only the EU google requests are being tampered with. I am really curious how far and fast google expands this blacklist to all references to the event in europe, or does the resident need to keep requesting... Because this was leaked as a bad. example, its doubtfull google can get away with many of these types of leaks going forward.
I am guessing plenty of proxy plugins for google europe will become popular, rendering this law mute anyway.

about 6 months ago

What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Dare nMc Re:The answer nobody likes... (286 comments)

> Under no circumstances should you trust a cop, EVEN if you are innocent
That is only true for things worth hiring a lawyer over. As long as your confident your being hassled over a minor violation not worth a lawyers time, you might as well try the cheapest easiest time to present your case. Talk the cop out of the ticket, you don't have to try and talk the judge out of it, or get a lawyer involved. Anything under a few hundred dollars, no jail...
This does mean you have to recognize, and shut your mouth when being talked into something. Hard to recognize signs like, anytime a cops asks the same question twice... And even then, it can be very helpful to get on the record what other people did, to the officer right then. Don't answer questions at the scene of a accident... about what you did, they can't be used to help you in court. But it is very helpful if you can get a cop asking the right questions of other people. IE bashed a mugger, or saw a mugger bashed, you don't just claim the fifth and sit in the car while him and his buddies walk away, you tell the police I saw a knife in his pocket, and he ran after me... When the cop asks what you did, that's where you change the subject to what they did, and refuse to talk about that.

about 6 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Dare nMc Re:No. (566 comments)

I know what your saying is often true (except I have no idea what your talking about, when you say "taxpayers paying for educating foreigners" If that exists, it is a small edge case) But to say that my viewpoint differs, because I have worked with many H1B workers (most from India), and all of them I have worked with are really good human beings, who truly deserve the opportunity they get here, and US taxpayers paid nothing for their education. Similar to the problems in Mexico, it is a real shame that their home country has so much corruption in their governance that screws up the chance for them to do these Jobs in India. It is also very difficult for the spouses of these employees, they are often educated as well, but cannot apply for Visa's, because they have to give up the spouse visa, leave the country and apply. Even doing things like babysitting... for others is not allowed; really putting the pressure on them. Really degrading for them to not be allowed to do anything but house work. Of course the problem comes with those who would abuse these well intended rules.

about 7 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Dare nMc Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

My guess is your assumption of "few times" is the issue. I know I use my truck, as a truck practically every weekend. So cost of renting every weekend > cost of 2 vehicles > cost of 1 vehicle. And honestly none of that entered me though process, the want of a vehicle prepared for my needs (front and rear hitch, air bag suspension, air compressor, tool box, convenient gun holster...) Out weighs the consideration of cost of fuel, insurance, parking spots; even if they were less. Although the idea of preserving that vehicles life, now setup, by reducing miles used does make me keep my eye out for a deal on a chevy Volt (or similar.)

about 7 months ago

Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads

Dare nMc Re:What we really need (98 comments)

>deploy this technology and risk the lawsuits from the first death/mishap.

Insurance can take up the banner. Google shows the car is safer, then requires proper insurance that covers them. If the statistics pan out, insurance companies will charge less, despite the risk of a bigger pay-out from a jury on a single case.

about 8 months ago

How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

Dare nMc Re:Micro transactions. (192 comments)

> The real problem is that the indirect fee also applies to DSL and satellite customers,

That is interesting, it seams like Netflix needs a surcharge to customers using Comcast or other providers that make them pay up. Netflix tried shaming them by showing the worst providers, didn't work.

I think the worst problem is for possible Netflix competitors, Netflix was big enough to make agreement and pay for preferred access. A new competitor cannot compete with Netflix until they make the same agreements.

about 8 months ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Dare nMc Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

that the police officers here followed the pickup for over five minutes â" and "five minutes is a long time" - without any indication of drunken driving or even bad driving.

Basically they had reason to investigate the call, but did they have reason to investigate un-related offenses? IE the concern of drunkenness didn't pan out, but we pulled him over anyway. Then they continued to search, for a cause completely un-related to the first tip. At some point you have to draw a line.

about 8 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Dare nMc Re:Don't tell them that... (332 comments)

2 mistakes in your post:
>extremely diluted quantities of a harmful substance
Urine is not considered a harmful substance.
> to boil off contaminants
No, distilled water is water that was boiled, then the steam is condensed to water then it is distilled water. Campers will boil water to make it microbiologically safe, but that is not distilled water, you can only distill by condensing the steam (FYI I am pretty sure RO water is also considered more pure than distilled water as well, definitely cleaner than boiled water.)

about 8 months ago

'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Dare nMc Re:power cars? technically no (174 comments)

> insulation or one of the various waste-heat-recovery systems that transfer some amount of the heat remaing in outgoing exhaust gases into incoming working fluids?

Several reasons this isn't done in the engine intake. The main power conversion in a ICE is through the thermal expansion of the gasses trapped in the cylinder, so heating it before the intake valve is closed only reduces the density of the air taken into the cylinder (PV=nRT so at the same Pressure and volume, the higher the temperature, the fewer molecules, less O2 available to burn.) Once the air is trapped in the cylinder all heat added will then be converted, so a cold intake, then a hot block helps contribute to efficiency. But then metals have limitations on the allowable temperatures (for at least the last 40 years Ceramic engines have been on the verge of a breakthrough making higher temp more efficient engines a reality, maybe next year.) Also combustion properties of carbon fuels create emissions problems when combustion occurs at too high of temperatures.
Power stations will harness the waste heat from Ng Generators, and pump that into a sterling engine, then take that waste heat into another conversion, then take that waste heat as warm water for buildings, etc. But that takes too much space, weight, and cost (I assume) to be put into a mobile vehicle (other than used as a heater in the winter.) Although I would hope Cruise ships, etc would utilize this waste heat as well.

about 8 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Dare nMc Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

> 2nd amendment favors the rich because they can arm themselves to the hilt

I don't think that is the general case. It is true for Ted Nuegent, where he has a 1000 acres, probably 100% coverage of networked game cameras alerting him of entry, and all the weapons he can get, and probably a dozen fully armed "friends" around him at most times.
But in general I would think the normal rich are more on the lots of gun restrictions, they have more stuff to lose and more exposure, and less likely to need to take by force. After all they can hire the off duty police, who get through all legal challenges... But all of that can be upset by anyone who can come up with a a couple grand and waits for the right time, to call them out on what some wrong. And the distrust of the poor can be great amongst them, well at least the rich republicans.

I would say the line is also pretty high where a person making minimum wage can (would require good budgeting) come up with the money to get a AR and ammo, but your going to have to be a billionaire to justify spending a millions to get to those weapons you list that the "poor" can't touch.

about 8 months ago


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