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Comment: Re: Privacy? So what (Score 1) 295 295

Apple's got you covered. According to their Plan For World Domination you are supposed to replace your Apple hardware every time a they come up with a new product or model.

Security through consumerism. Then you have to buy new connectors and cases and a new desk or outfit to go with your new shiny. Thus, it helps with the local and global economy and even generates more traffic on the Internet (all of those rantings on various support boards and all of those lovely adverts). Given Apple's push towards recyclable packaging products, it helps those companies as well.

What's not to like?

Comment: Re:And you all thought that Bill Gates was bad... (Score 1) 253 253

As you pointed out, OS X has a single digit market share in most places. So who in the hell are you talking to all of the time? Besides, if you are exposed to this weirdo OS all the time and you have an IQ higher than my Labrador Retriever, you should have been able to figure most of this stuff out.

It's for the 'rest of us' after all.


Comment: Re:diluting the market (Score 4, Interesting) 249 249

Huh. My 2000 GMC 3/4 ton pickup would like to run you over. Still runs fine, only mild rust despite spending 14 years in a 'precipitating marine environment. Yep, it's had various bits replaced but that's how a piece of equipment runs for 20 years.

Comment: Re:Running around naked (Score 2) 104 104

At least in the US, public nudity should be considered a violation of the Geneva Convention, the Smoot-Hawley Act, general concepts of decency and a Crime Against Nature.

There is a reason that cultures uniformly (pun intended, I suppose) develop social norms that include clothing.

Comment: Re:Weight Ratio (Score 2) 268 268

This might not have been a 'five pound drone'. The most annoying part of the reporting on this incident has been a lack of clear description of what sort of device it actually was. According to the Ars article it was flying 800+ feet above ground at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level. That implies a class of UAV more sophisticated that the $1000 Phantoms. TFA implied that this was a professional class drone which could have weighed in the 10 kg range.

That sort of object hurts when you ingest them.

Comment: Re:Why fight forest fires with airplanes? (Score 1) 268 268

Except that most of the forest fires happen on Federal land. Especially in the western US, the Federal government owns huge tracts of land. If you don't do anything then you are liable for damages when problems on your property start interfering with others. The government does have some immunity to suits like this but has been successfully sued for damages caused by forest fires.

People are starting to think along your lines but old bad habits die hard, especially when you have to pay for them yourself.

Every program is a part of some other program, and rarely fits.