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Comment: Ripe for abuse (Score 2) 168

by Breakerofthings (#49038243) Attached to: NoFlyZone.org Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free
From what I've read, once a homeowner enters his address, it takes a while for it to be incorporated into a firmware update and eventually downloaded to user's devices. So it stands to reason that it would also take a while to get an address removed from firmware updates. So, let's say I don't like drones AT ALL. I just don't like those damned things buzzing around all over the place at all. So I just enter the addresses of all of my neighbors ... hell, everyone within a mile of me, whatever. Now those poor fools can't fly their drones in their own yards ... and it'll take them months (?) to sort it out. Seems like it has the potential to cause far more grief than it prevents.

Comment: Re:So what's the alternative? (Score 1) 422

by Breakerofthings (#47104067) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
Perl. When things get to messy for a spreadsheet, I whip up a little perl. Easier to repeat the calculations for different data sets, as a bonus. Access to much richer libraries, and you can shell out to GNUPlot, Ploticus, Asymptote, or whatever. Or Python, if that's your cup of tea ... or Ruby, even R ... whatever scripting language floats your boat.

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