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Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

rot26 And knowing is half the battle (48 comments)

In related news, the FAA has just cleared 4 companies (Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc.) to use drones commercially

I guess now we know who pushes those "news stories" about all the near-catastrophic near-misses with all of the non-(Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc.) drones.

about a week ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

rot26 Re:Computers used for evil (253 comments)

Goodbye freedom. Welcome Freedom 2.0

about a month ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

rot26 Re:Computers used for evil (253 comments)

I think the core of what you're saying is true, you're just overgeneralizing. It's not just "white males" who tend to have decision making positions, it's "fit, good looking, tall white males" who discriminate against EVERYONE who is not a fit, good looking, tall white male. Of course, not 100% true, but true often enough to hurt and anger in other than just AA's. And possibly even more prominent since it's rarely against the law to discriminate against people who are short or fat, or can't run 2 miles in 14 minutes.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

rot26 Re:Scum (253 comments)

Now my real issue are the companies who make job requirements so select, in essence they are trying to get the same guy that left.

Nah, they're posting the job to meet EEO requirements. They already know who they're going to hire, and the posted job description consists of HIS EXACT SKILLSET, often down to the version of tools, plus a few "required" skillsets for other stuff NOBODY has ever heard of. 100% effective as far as I know.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

rot26 Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

Leaning passable people skills is more akin to learning passable football skills. If you have some talent, you can certainly learn to do better with practice and coaching. For those without talent, no matter how much you practice you'll never be any good, and as for finding a coach, good luck.

And as for "talent" wrt people skills what that really means is "good genes" just as with sports. F'rinstance, try teaching people skills to somebody with Aspergers.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

rot26 Re:What the hell (168 comments)

If you are turning north from I-10 onto I-65, or if you are on I-65 and turning east or west onto I=10, you have already failed at taking the quickest was from anywhere to anywhere else.

about a month and a half ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

rot26 Re:And,,, (549 comments)

Cataracts happen at more common energy levels. Not as hard to deal with these days, but for the megawatt radar techs back in the 60's and 70's it was a pretty big problem.

1 year,14 days
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World's Smallest FM Radio Transmitter Created With Graphene

rot26 Re:*world's smallest VCO (60 comments)

Big fleas have little fleas on their backs, which bite 'em. And so on and so on, ad infinitum.

1 year,25 days
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Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

rot26 Re:HP-32SII (328 comments)

inb4 ebay blah blah blah ... it probably wasn't ebay since ebay was started after I bought it. carry on.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

rot26 HP-32SII (328 comments)

HP-32S or HP-32Sii

Should be allowed into any certification exam. Made until the early 2000's, so it should be relatively cheap and readily available. Will last the rest of your life if you don't do something stupid.

Engineering cred. I bought mine used on ebay a couple of decades ago and it's still selling for as much or more than what I paid for it.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

rot26 Re:I read this on Techdirt: (510 comments)

Off topic but I'm curious: how did you get a five-digit member number? How long ago did you FIRST open your account? 5 digits would mean that unless someone intervened you would have to have been a slashdotter for something close to 15 years. Since by your comment I would guess you're no more than 17, you would have started reading /. when you were two? Set us straight here, lad.

about a year ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

rot26 Re:Blunders Ahoy! (158 comments)

The truth hurts, newbie?

about a year ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

rot26 Re:Blunders Ahoy! (158 comments)

Low ID's don't mean anything any more. They're obviously selling them or giving them to "friends" now. Go find a low ID and check out the history.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

rot26 Re:Maths (473 comments)

Did you say sax and violins?

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

rot26 Re:Queue The Anarchist & Druggie Comments In.. (318 comments)

Heroin is actually good at what it was designed for by Bayer labs back in the early 1900's. Pharmaceutical grade heroin of known potency and knowledgeably prescribed dosage is very safe, you can take it your whole life. Addicts die because they are forced to buy on the black market without medical supervision.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

rot26 Re:I find it more interesting... (318 comments)

note to self: discontinue using "low-hanging fruit" metaphore.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

rot26 Re:I find it more interesting... (318 comments)

considering from the standpoint of police resources, they are going to go after the sellers and big buyers first

In your imagination. Being essentially lazy publicity seeking morons, they always go for the lowest hanging fruit, i.e. the ones they can round up with the least effort. That MAY be the biggest dealers, but, ah, probably not.

about a year ago
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Skype: Has Microsoft's $8.5B Spending Paid Off Yet? Can It Ever?

rot26 Re:No. (147 comments)

but have they tried Murmur, or Mumble, or Hrrumph?

about a year ago
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Meet the Programmer Behind Social Fixer

rot26 inevitably... (64 comments)

Prepare for this to quit working in 3... 2... 1...

about a year ago
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Former Lockheed Skunkworks Engineer Auctioning a Prototype "Spy Rock"

rot26 Re:Let's see what happens... (119 comments)

You probably have a good imagination, it would seem.

This guy has a plan and it has nothing to do with actually succeeding with the auction... for the intended audience (maybe just one person) this is a shot across the bow, in a public forum, and the most important information (to the right person) is what is not said. 90% of this story (if it's not a hoax, which it probably is) will never be told, which may be the whole point here.

about a year ago

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