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Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1175 1175

all those little pellets are far too small on their own to accelerate back to anywhere near lethal speed by simply falling.

Unless you are firing directly upwards at 90 degrees from the ground plane then you dont just have terminal velocity to worry about, you also have the original momentum from the charge in the shotgun shell to worry about. Which can in fact reach lethal speeds, hence why shooting someone with a shotgun generally kills them. Given the hazard posed by the drone falling from the sky it seems safe to assume he did not stand directly underneath the drone to fire at it. Now, if he used bird shot yes it likely was quite safe (although likely still very illegal and irresponsible) if he used 00 buckshot then it was quite unsafe (140 ft/lbs can kill and theres 8-9 pellets there) if he used a slug then there's no way anyone in their right mind should be arguing that was safe to fire in a neighborhood.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1175 1175

How do you know he wasn't using 00 buckshot? or lead slugs or even 3" 1oz copper slugs moving at 1550 feet per second?
Even if he is using birdshot (hopefully, but the police have no way of knowing that untill they've investigated) it's still irresponsible to fire it in a residential setting where kids play nearby.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 0) 1175 1175

just pellets.

Ah yes, just good ole .330" pellets moving at 1,600 fps perfectly harmless.
3" 00 buckshot specs there since the article doesn't specify i'm just going to assume he's completely irresponsible since we already know he's firing into the air in a residential area where kids play.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1, Interesting) 1175 1175

Shooting at the sky is bad. Falling bullets can kill.

This is a kind of overstated "fact" not really a myth but not wholly true. A bullet fired up at 90 degrees and then falling at terminal velocity is unlikely to kill a healthy adult. The problem is when they still have horizontal velocity as they fall that horizontal velocity can be quite substantial when the angle is 45 degrees or less. This man deserved his arrest, what he did was wholly irresponsible. Destroy the drone sure but firing a gun into the air without being certain of where the bullet, or shot in this case, will make its final impact is just irresponsible. Maybe someone should make a product that fires soft nets to capture these drones and bring them to the ground?

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GhostX9 writes: SLR Lounge just posted a first look at the Samsung NX1 28.1 MP interchangeable lens camera. They compare it to Canon and Sony full-frame sensors. Spoiler: The Samsung sensor seems to beat the Sony A7R sensor up to ISO 3200. They attribute this to Samsung's chip foundry. While Sony is using 180nm manufacturing (Intel Pentium III era) and Canon is still using 500nm process (AMD DX4 era), Samsung has gone with 65nm with copper interconnects (Intel Core 2 Duo — Conroe era). Furthermore, Samsung's premium lenses appear to be as sharp or sharper than Canon's L line and Sony's Zeiss line in the center, although the Canon 24-70/2.8L II is sharper at the edge of the frame.

Comment Re:A few answers from the original AC (Score 1) 403 403

systemd is actually a lot of little utilities that each do one thing. If you don't know that, you're probably getting your information from biased sources.

The 'problem' with that line of thought is the systemd utilities are specific to systemd, they dont work with other systems. The unix philosophy isnt about just having lots of different commands, but that those commands work on a standard interface (hence the whole everything is a file aspect of unix even hardware devices). The complaint he's really trying to make is that those utilities are highly specialized and work only with systemd.

Disclaimer: I don't know how true the information on systemd in this post is. I'm just trying to better articulate a point the AC was trying to make.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.