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Comment: Re:You have a broken sense of responsibility. (Score 1) 184

by Sowelu (#47866783) Attached to: Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

"It's absurd that you talk about "responsibility", but then hold responsible everybody but the person who actually was irresponsible."

I'm not sure you read my post very well. "Shares some responsibility" is not the same as "holds all responsibility", and that's a terrible analogy. It's closer to interrupting the signal of a model plane, and those are entirely legal and socially acceptable. A pilot generally shouldn't fly it somewhere dangerous, but if you kill that signal, you are making a flying object a lot more unpredictable than if it was under user control.

Besides, beyond the danger, there's just the property damage aspect if it gets lost or goes down in trees or a lake. Is it okay to run down the beach cutting peoples' kite strings, just because hey, they can snap by themselves in a heavy wind?

Comment: Re:Great, crash the drone into things. (Score 2) 184

by Sowelu (#47866675) Attached to: Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

The summary and article say it has a mode that can knock anything off any network. I'm not really sure how that works technically--maybe deauth packets like these always operate outside typical wifi encryption? The implication is that you don't even need to have the access code to a wireless network yourself, to kick someone off of it.

Comment: Great, crash the drone into things. (Score 2) 184

by Sowelu (#47866593) Attached to: Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

So a guy goes out in a field with a recreational drone, connected to his laptop by his very own wifi. Someone else decides they doesn't like drones, and punts the drone off the network (and effectively keeps it from reconnecting). It's now no longer under manual control.

Yes a drone should have enough automatic control to keep it from cratering when that happens, but you never know. If the drone falls out of the sky and brains some little kid, or keeps going in a straight line and crashes into a building, whoever severed that manual control is going to share some responsibility (at least moral responsibility).

Comment: Party games (Score 1) 382

by Sowelu (#47776405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that already know each other...it's a lot of fun to see the evil scheming side of people, but it makes terrible first impressions.

Comment: Re:Dominion & Munchkin (Score 1) 382

by Sowelu (#47776299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

My problem with Pandemic is that if you don't work as a perfectly aligned team, you lose horribly. No personal scores equals no autonomy, with the end result that one player pretty much dictates everyone's actions. Okay, you probably make your decisions as something like a committee, but it feels like a joke to pretend that each player really has "their own" cards and pieces.

Comment: Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (Score 3, Informative) 131

by Sowelu (#47733455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

I can second Anker batteries, mine worked fine. I can't say I'm as thrilled with their wall-wart router, but that's probably more on me. Two data points isn't too useful, but if I had to recommend someone, I'd say "Anker didn't suck for me". No bigger help than looking at their Amazon reviews though.

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