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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

bjwest Disney doesn't own the airspace. (131 comments)

Sorry Disney, you don't own the airspace. If you want to be outdoors in private, you build a fence. If there's a building or hill with a view of your property, oh well. Someone wants to fly over the property? Oh well. If you want privacy of that nature, film indoors or use a tarp of some kind. You have no right to stop people from exercising their rights, and you have no right to privacy if you can be seen from a public location.

This is one of the main reasons for the push to limit drone operation in the U.S. It has nothing to do with public safety, it has everything to do with corporate secrecy.


Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

bjwest Re:Pro Tip: (24 comments)

Holy shit! It's now racist to hate one black person, not for being black, but for any reason at all? Or is Condoleeza Rice the member of the Condoleeza Rice race?

2 days ago

Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

bjwest Re:If you are going to drag someone in (107 comments)

This worker was "dragged" halfway around the world to fill a position where there was (supposedly) no qualified U.S worker available. Is it OK to import an H1-B worker and a few weeks later lay off a U.S worker from the same or similar position at another location within the same company?

I vote no on that one. If there are lay offs to be done due to one division being downsized, then lay off the H1-B workers and relocate the U.S worker. This should be part of the H1-B regulations, but it never will be. Not as long as the corporations are the ones writing the regulations that are supposed to regulate them and protect us.

2 days ago

Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

bjwest Re:How many H1-Bs are they trying to get? (107 comments)

H1-Bs with the same qualifications as someone being laid off should be the first to go. Hell, H1-Bs should be required to be let go and someone being laid off retrained if they're anywhere near qualified (no requiring secretaries to be retrained as developers, etc).

2 days ago

Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

bjwest Re:Not good enough (320 comments)

a) false. You had to have your device set to allow automatic pushes...

Do you have to have it set, or not change it's default setting? Most iMorons are the same people who can barley find the Windows Start menu. Setting it to auto download is almost the same as making it unchangeable, and just as irresponsible as Windows auto run feature on by default.

5 days ago

City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

bjwest Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

Click this icon for the word processor, this one is the folder that contains all your work related documents. This icon is for web browsing, but stay off that unless you're on break. This is the menu icon down here in the lower left corner, just like you're used to, just look for the name of the program you need to run if it's not already on the desktop.

Click here, click there. It's all the same no mater what OS you're using. If it takes more than an hour to train the average employee how to to use a new OS with similar software, you need a new employee, that one's broken.

Now it may take a day or two to train the ones who create documents and a few days to a week to train those that write scripts/programs in it, but it is not going to cost more than the several hundred dollars (or Euros) it would cost for each user.

about a week ago

Hackers Break Into

bjwest Whos data again? (150 comments)

FTFA: "Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information..."

So we're consumers to government services now?

It was bad enough when the corporations changed from using customers to consumers, but no way in hell should the government use that term in reference to its citizens.

about two weeks ago

The Quiet Revolution of Formula E Electric Car Racing

bjwest Re:quiet = powerful (116 comments)

Unfortunately these cars won't do 200MPH...

Neither did the Grand Prix cars in the beginning. Racing and its popularity helped guide the auto industry to where it is now. I can only hope that electric car racing will do the same for the innovation in the electric market.

about three weeks ago

Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

bjwest Notified and ignored? (107 comments)

Did Namecheep notify it's users via email that their system was compromised and they need to change their password? If so, and they ignored it, oh well, it's your own damn fault. If Namecheep didn't notify it's users via email, then Namecheep is at fault and should be accountable for any damages, monetary or otherwise.

about three weeks ago

The American Workday, By Profession

bjwest Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Counting is logical and straight forward, the English language, spelling in particular, is anything but...

about three weeks ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

bjwest Re:Great way to waste your money (117 comments)

I fully understand that, however the parent was talking of doing away with the "extension cord" and have each structure generate it's own power via solar or wind. The only way to do that with todays energy storage capabilities, would be to abandon all cities not in a desert or mountain area where solar and wind power are prevalent.

about a month ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

bjwest Re:Great way to waste your money (117 comments)

Yeah, the buildings in Seattle could certainly use solar and wind to generate all the power they need.

Or are you suggesting the whole country move to the desert and mountain areas?

about a month ago

Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

bjwest Re:Bad actors? (149 comments)

Preventing the worst 1% of market participatns from offering via a specific platform will never shift the market share of the whole market by 1%.

No, but a regulation designed to affect 10 or 15 percent of the market participants, based on the action of this 1 percent, would have a great deal of affect on the whole Airbnb market.

People think businesses and CEO's only worry about short-term gains, but they aren't as stupid as you think. Consistent short-term gains require a long-term plan, and consistent gains are what's needed to build wealth.

about a month ago

Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

bjwest Re:What about bitrot (193 comments)

Or is the stuff already not really important to keep more than one copy around

It's Facebook. I doubt it's of any importantce even to the op. At any rate, the NSA has a copy for backup.

about a month ago

2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

bjwest Re:Proves point (140 comments)

Yeah, and Gene Roddenberry wrote about faster than light space travel back in the 60's, but that didn't make it possible.

Cell phones can, under ideal conditions, transmit 30 to 40 miles, while a low earth orbit is 99 miles up, and it would have to be directly overhead to be 99 miles away..>/p?

Fictional stories are fiction for a reason.

about a month ago

2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

bjwest Re:Proves point (140 comments)

That's kinda how they work, depending on the design. It's the cell phones that don't work that way.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

bjwest Re:The real question is... (154 comments)

Spending quality time with family does not mean constant interaction between all parties. Just being in the same room, while each does their own thing, is quality time. If something pops in your mind, you're right there to discus it. Likewise if there's something your children have on their mind, you're right there.

This is where the family room developed, and it's also exactly what the current "social media" crap is trying to emulate.

about a month ago

Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

bjwest Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

How do you keep your keys from scratching your smartphone?

Don't keep them in the same pocket?

I hold my phone in my left hand because I'm right handed, so I keep it in my left pocket. I use my keys with my right hand, so they stay in my right pocket. Up until I got my first cell phone small enough to fit in a pocket comfortably, my left pockets (both front and rear) remained unused.

about a month ago

Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

bjwest Re:At this rate... (140 comments)

What kind of honest lives? We probably can't rule out the possibility that they can, in the future, tape your sex act at home from all the way in space. So in that case we should stop having kids then? That would get rid of most of the human race pretty quick

Thinking sex between consenting people is dishonest, shameful and/or immoral has led to many of the draconian laws on the books today.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

bjwest Re:Tech solutions. Why tech? (123 comments)

It's not nice to point out someone's Lisp.

about a month and a half ago


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