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Comment (Score 2) 368 368

Since it's illegal for any drones to operate over 4.9 Ghz range, and that's what the first responders are transitioning to,

Just for the sake of accuracy, I feel it necessary to point out that most (certainly not all) public safety is transitioning to 700 and 800 MHz radio systems if they are not there already. These agencies are generally located in urban and suburban areas.

Most wildland fire radio traffic occurs on HF and VHF frequencies, in the neighborhood of 30 MHz and 150 MHz, respectively.

No public safety agency operates voice communication on 4.9 GHz, although there can be microwave back-haul links and systems associated with public safety radio systems operating there.

Much of the traffic on HF and VHF associated with wildland fire operations is simplex, and a mess at 4.9 GHz would have no appreciable affect on those communications. So yeah, jam away.

Comment Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 5, Informative) 311 311

digital and carts are different.

When you're describing vendor lock-in, I fail to see how the comparison is not relevant.

Does google make me use google play to load an MP3? no but apple makes you use iTunes

They do? Are you high? I just took one of the tracks from that U2 album Apple pushed. Track 6, Volcano. I took that track, an m4a, copied over to a Windows box, and played it in VLC. VLC runs on OS X along with a host of other MP3/media players. So, wtf were you saying??

can i use chrome in IOS??? No!... (not really anyway)

So no...fine, user lock in without Chrome. Give me a break.

can I keep ticking off things I can do in other OS's that I cant do in osX or iOS?? yes

You better keep trying, because your first two sucked ass.

Comment Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 2, Insightful) 311 311

, it seems they have decided that user lockin is more important than anything else

This is getting tiring, and along with "walled garden", it is really stale and worn out as an argument. What company (that turns a profit) isn't interested in customer retention? What other products and services are portable in the manner you imply compared to Apple? Jesus, this has been going on for ages with tech. Did your Atari 2600 carts work in that fucking ColecoVision your weirdo friend had? No... they didn't. And that same song continues today.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 3, Insightful) 311 311

It's simple. As long as a significant portion of Apple's revenue comes from having a closed, "walled-garden" ecosystem, Apple will be disinclined to participate anything that might result in the demise of that ecosystem. After all, it's hard to be in the same boat as everyone else supporting WebAssembly etc., when that same technology will ultimately result in the death of on-platform app stores.

Are we really ready to celebrate concepts like WebAssembly? I may be old (get off my lawn) but, to me, binaries injected into the browser from all corners of the internet does not a utopia make.

Comment Re:"had to" (Score 1) 268 268

sBesides, California burns so much because it doesn't burn enough: Forest fires are part of the ecosystem. If it doesn't burn now, it'll burn more and hotter later. No amount of fire retardant is going to stop that, short of paving the entire thing and putting up a giant parking lot.

We're working on it...

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

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:did they damage the car? (Score 1) 461 461

You can't unintentionally confess to a crime. e.g. He can't be called to testify against himself,

No, but a statement to investigators that he drove the vehicle while his license was revoked establishes probable cause for arrest and/or citation. Which is what TFA says. The police arrested him. Whether or not such a statement can or will be used in court is a separate issue. PC for arrest is established.

Comment Re:did they damage the car? (Score 3, Insightful) 461 461

Obviously if a car belonging to someone has moved, it must be that person who moved it, right?

Well, sure. If he told the investigators that he drove it there... which is not entirely out of the realm of possibility. But that doesn't fit it with the "every cop is an incompetent boob running around crushing the liberties of the citizenry" theory, does it?

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