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Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 541

by DutchUncle (#48220325) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
Not recognizing a clone, or rather recognizing it and not allowing it to work on the system, would be one thing. Breaking people's devices so they never work anywhere is another. They're not hurting the cloners; they're hurting the downstream accidental or incidental purchasers who were, themselves, defrauded by the device manufacturer or the parts supplier.

Comment: Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (Score 1) 243

by DutchUncle (#48208917) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
Sorry, I realize that could have sounded patronizing, but I didn't mean it that way. I really think that it's a question of the tool fitting the purpose. *All* of the archive systems I've ever worked with have been designed to *prevent* deletion, accidental or intentional, because they were designed to work with text and documents. (And since you brought up the word, I feel compelled to point out that I did not suggest that you're "stupid" for having different needs, just that maybe it's the wrong tool for your purpose.) Heck, if CVS is doing the job you need done, and you are careful not to destroy the wrong things, then by all means keep using it.

How easy would it be to create different repositories? Then you could save a day's shooting in a short-term repository until you had at least reviewed them, at some point copy over the ones you want to keep to a more permanent repository, and delete the whole short-term repository - admittedly crude, but much less work than rebuilding.

Comment: Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (Score 1) 243

by DutchUncle (#48192447) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

(2) permanently delete those files that I know I will no longer need.

I'm confused. The entire purpose of an archive database is to KEEP things, forever, so you can go back to them when you need to. If you have files that you expect to delete, maybe they shouldn't be going into the database.

Comment: They're not autonomous. Who talks to ATC? (Score 2) 77

by DutchUncle (#48168041) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones
My apologies if it seems I'm duplicating the post "Name" saying "Drone or RPV?". These things are not autonomous drones; they are actively controlled by people. There is no ATC of the things in the air; it's all about the various people wherever they happen to be on the ground.

There's a park near us where people fly RC planes. Fun to watch, and people keep them over the park, and there's no question they're controlled. The first time someone put up a multi-rotor, though, someone asked, "Is that a drone? Can it go by itself?" No. It's an RC plane just like everything else. And if you keep it over the open land in the park, and stay away from people's windows, you'll be fine.

Comment: Re:You have to have an inexpensive wedding for 200 (Score 1) 447

by DutchUncle (#48133345) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
Second the motion. My wife and I were in the wedding party of a dual wedding - two brothers marrying two sisters - held at a college chapel with the reception being a backyard open house (the mothers were both great cooks), with well over 200 friends, relatives, classmates, and random neighbors. Both couples still married 35+ years later. It's about the sort of people who have a large social circle.

Comment: Re:Greater Internet F***wad Theory (Score 1) 993

Maybe we think the internet's worked fine for 30 years ....

Yes. And maybe some people think it was *great* that their parents hit them with a belt, and it's *right* that plebes and pledges should be abused. OTOH maybe some people reach for other old behavior models like "chivalry", and feel that the world would be nicer if more did. One can disagree vehemently without threatening personal injury; one can be blunt and truthful about pointing out error without being an a**hole. Poor behavior is not harmless. The fact that we can't do much about it should not lead us to accept or encourage it.

Comment: The Monolith from 2001 has a major part (Score 1) 137

by DutchUncle (#48036365) Attached to: Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film
Different shapes in our iconography and languages turn out to be influenced by the True Shapes, as our world is but a shadow of the True Realm.

But where are the curves? Where are the non-right-angles (mustn't forget the pyramids)? Perhaps it's all a question of which True Shapes visited our world, like Babylon 5's explanation of all our religions as a proxy war between the law-and-order Vorlons and the what-do-you-want Shadows. (As opposed to Stargate's "chariots of the gods" theme of a proxy war between . . . other aliens.) Or maybe it's about how shadows falling on Earth's curved surface become non-Euclidean (what Tetris shape gives a shadow like a yin-yang symbol? Hmm . .)

Comment: Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 1) 242

by DutchUncle (#48021409) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert
Wasn't there a magazine article years ago suggesting that one should never make restaurant reservations under one's real name? Instead, use a name appropriate to the cuisine of the restaurant - or, if traveling, the local language. It's more likely to be recognized, and may get you more karma points in advance.

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