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Comment Re:The missing part of this story's coverage (Score 2) 386 386

The telemetry shows that it was too high to be "peeping", and didn't linger over the guy's property before he shot it down. Might be fake of course, but more generally speaking my understanding is that it's something of a grey area just how low aircraft can fly over property before it becomes a legal issue.

If the shooter had thought to take a photo of the drone (there must have been a few smartphones around) he could at least try to press charges, but by shooting first he had left the drone operator with the only evidence.

Submission + - The Sarkeesian Effect movie débuts, bombs in Atlanta

AmiMoJo writes: The Sarkeessian Effect, a documentary about feminist writer/host Anita Sarkeesian featuring interviews with commentators such as Phil Mason (aka Thunderf00t) and lawyer Jack Thompson, had its first showing in Atlanta this weekend. Only 9 people turned up. 9 people, including the creator of the film.

Submission + - Unicode consortium looks at symbols for allergies

AmiMoJo writes: A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium suggests that specific emoji for food allergies should be added to the standard. The proposal (PDF), submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and may not be added to the standard at all but offers a peek into some useful new emoji. It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand.

Submission + - New telemetry suggests shot-down drone was higher than alleged

AmiMoJo writes: The pilot of the drone shot down Sunday evening over a Kentucky property has now come forward with video seemingly showing that the drone wasn't nearly as close as the property owner made it out to be. The data also shows that it was well over 200 feet above the ground before the fatal shots fired. The shooter, meanwhile, continues to maintain that the drone flew 20 feet over a neighbour's house before ascending to "60 to 80 [feet] above me."

Comment Re:Privacy in danger (Score 2) 426 426

For me the real problem is hidden EULAs. If I buy a car that is advertised as having certain features but then discover that I can't use them because I don't agree to the EULA, which was not presented before the sale, I'm returning it. Same with smart TVs and anything else with a licence agreement. If you advertise it has a feature, it better work without agreeing to being spied on or you had better make damn sure that the requirement is made clear up front.

Comment Yes, easily (Score 3, Informative) 426 426

You can disable all this stuff easily.

1. When installing you are asked if you want the default settings. Select custom settings and turn everything off. Things like Cortana that rely on having data about you won't work, of course.

2. Open the Windows Update settings and go into the options. Disable downloading updates from other machines on the internet. You might want to leave the option to get updates from other machines on your LAN enabled though, to save bandwidth.

If anyone is any doubt that you can disable all the "spying" stuff, consider that enterprise users would demand it or simply refuse to use Windows 10.

Comment Re:Hmmmmmmm (Score 1, Insightful) 31 31

Actually this is exactly the kind of research governments should be doing. Stuff that is commercially risky but could have massive pay-offs. If Japan can build a reasonably quiet and efficient supersonic passenger jet they could really boost their aircraft industry. Currently they focus on smaller regional jets, but this could be a big new opportunity.

It's similar to how they developed their high speed trains. The government did the basic research and development, and then it grew into a huge business where Japan lead the world for over 50 years.

Comment Re:fairly common to blacklist devices (Score 1) 181 181

Wow, so much rage. You should see a doctor.

The alleged buggy implementation of NCQ TRIM in the Samsung firmware is not a bug at all. It can be safely re-enabled now, no need to blacklist it. It works fine on other operating systems too.

Maybe you should try to understand this issue before going full ragetard on it.

Submission + - JAXA successfully tests its D-SEND low noise supersonic aircraft

AmiMoJo writes: JAXA, the Japanese space agency, has successfully tested it's low sonic boom demonstration aircraft D-SEND#2. The unmanned aircraft is floated up to 30,000m by balloon and released, falling back to earth and breaking the sound barrier in the process. The sonic boom created is measured on the ground. The project aims to halve the noise created by sonic booms, paving the way for future supersonic aircraft.

Comment Re:better late than never (Score 1) 76 76

Even with the loss of the generators and distribution panels there was still a backup option. They used pump trucks to inject water into the system for emergency cooling. They were in place and operating in time to avert a major disaster, but a critical valve was in the wrong position so the pumped water ended up in storage tanks instead of the reactor cooling system. The valve could not be checked because the monitoring equipment was damaged, and damage to the plant made physical inspection difficult.

The real heart of the issue is that there was both inadequate tsunami resilience and due to management being cheap, and mistakes made by operators due to lack of experience, understanding and proper procedures thanks again to management being cheap.

Comment Re:Does this law also apply to traditional media? (Score 1) 322 322

No, the right to be forgotten only refers to the usual way that communities forget past actions because they don't spend much time checking microfiche at the local library for dirt on their neighbours. Search engines fundamentally change how easy it is to access that information - it goes from being a case of searching millions of articles in decades of newspapers manually to typing in someone's name.

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