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Comment: Re:RF? Heat? (Score 1) 150

by Wycliffe (#49796073) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

You would need very expensive jammers to be effective against drones. The power needed to jam every direction in the sky increases exponentially by distance.

Jamming would never really be a viable solution in a city except during an actual attack. It would cause more damage then it could ever hope to prevent. It would have to block the radios and GPS used by planes, helicopters, police, firefighters, and anything else remotely near the jammer, to actually be effective at blocking a radio controlled drone.

Nonsense. Get directional GPS antennas and point them straight up into the sky and surround the whitehouse. While you're at it point some EMP guns straight up in the air too. Nothing is suppose to be flying over the whitehouse so you don't have to worry about disrupting civilian planes, etc... Making them powerful enough to go a few thousand feet straight up but not powerful enough to interfere with LEO satelites would be simple. If you used a directional antenna (again pointed straight up and surrounding the whitehouse) to block all signals then the only drones you would have to worry about would be ones that navigated via visual cues which would be considerably harder to do.

+ - Wikipedia is now selling t-shirts->

Submitted by Wycliffe
Wycliffe writes: Wikipedia is now selling t-shirts and other wikipedia branded merchandise. The link is on the sidebar and also
there is a banner on top of certain random pages. If this goes well maybe wikipedia can stop with the money campaign
every year and maybe even have more money to do other stuff without resorting to ads.

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Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 304

by Tom (#49794361) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

There's litigation insurance that covers losses on suits the policy holder initiates?

As long as you had a reasonable expectation of winning, yes it does. I have one. They decide beforehand if they're going to cover this case or not (if it's a bullshit case where you don't have a snowballs chance in hell, they don't have to), and after that it doesn't depend on winning or losing anymore.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Re:Android IS a huge financial success. . . (Score 1) 317

by IamTheRealMike (#49790685) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If you're the sort of person who believes any and all business is merely a way to make profit and nobody who creates a company ever actually cares about the task they perform, then sure. Reality is more complex than that.

Re: China. iOS is in the minority in China. Even at the time of the iPhone 6 launch iOS market share was only 20%, but iOS market share always spikes around the time of a new iPhone launch, then falls back down in the other quarters. And China is a special case - Google isn't willing to play ball with the communist government so the services that make Android most useful are all blocked there. Apple cooperates so they can sell iOS as is, getting a built-in advantage. Despite this, Android still dominates.

+ - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5

Submitted by tresf
tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 317

by Andy Dodd (#49790221) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Two options:
1) The "workaround" of installing GMS from an alternative source. (In theory, the only legal option is installing gapps backed up from your own phone, but Google appears to be willing to let the "separate gapps packages" slide...)
2) The approach Cyngn has gone, which is to go through Google's official GMS licensing scheme.

Comment: Re:Android IS a huge financial success. . . (Score 1) 317

by IamTheRealMike (#49790039) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

From their perspective it'd be much worse than higher search rev shares. If Android did not exist, Google Maps would have been wiped out overnight on mobile when Apple decided to go it alone (against the wishes of their own userbase, no less). Android was never about making direct profit, it was always about ensuring Google was able to deliver their services directly to users. They were quite open about this from the start. And judged by this standard it has been an incredible, epic success.

iOS is on the way down anyway. Outside of English speaking countries and Japan it's in the minority everywhere. In some countries, especially European countries like Germany and Spain, the iPhone has been crushed.

Comment: Re:Five stars for.. (Score 2) 223

by Maxo-Texas (#49788699) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

There was of course a lot of cgi in the movie but ...

the cgi was there to tell a story- not to render action scenes.

An action movie with rendered action doesn't connect emotionally.

When those guys swinging around on poles showed up- i had a gut reaction.

Making an action film and then using cgi for the action scenes usually lacks just enough realism that I don't have an emotional reaction to the action. That emotion is why I'm willing to put down good money to see a movie.

MM:FR was decent. As everyone else says- so little acting and so few words- but combined with incredible action scenes and a lot of genuine stunts. I probably won't ever see it again but I don't feel like I wasted my money.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 742

by Tom (#49788521) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

stronger government regulation and nationalization, your support for large amounts of spending on "education and public services" have been driving politics again and again in German history

Obviously, you are entirely ignorant about recent politics in this country, which copied every neo-conservative idea coming out of US think tanks and added a couple of their own on top of it.

You never learnt the history of social security systems either, or very badly. When Bismarck created the foundations of the social security systems still in effect in Germany, his intention was so right-wing that Republicans would immediately support him as president: He wanted to undercut the growing influence of unions and socialist parties, by creating a stripped-down version of their vision. Now that the working class was not fighting for survival anymore, he could pretend it's a non-issue and catch their votes on other topics.

After WW2, it was the USA that, let's say "strongly encouraged" western Germany and other european countries to adopt what we call "social capitalism", a blend of the cut-throat capitalism of the US and the socialism of the communist countries. A mostly capitalist system with strong social security protections in place. Again the purpose was purely political: America was afraid that especially in war-torn Europe where many people had lost everything, a pure unleashed capitalism with its income gaps and class divides would drive too many people to embrace socialistic ideals, widening the sphere of influence of communist Russia. The purpose was, again, to give people just enough to make the political alternative less interesting.

As for "disastrous results", let's talk about the Wirtschaftswunder and how Germany, #16 in the world by population, became the #1 export nation for many years and has never for the past 60 years not been in the top 3.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.