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Comment: Re:Sadistic (Score 2) 397

by Tarlus (#46565701) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

Hunting is not for everybody and not every person should be expected to understand the appeal. As a person who has hunted for most of his life, I will say that while I greatly enjoy the process of doing my research, learning the patterns of the animal, learning the lay of the land and practicing my skill set in such a way as to be undetectable when on the field. It is far more easily said than done and can be a tremendous challenge, depending on what it is you are trying to hunt. Most hunts you may not even find your quarry and you will wind up empty-handed.

All that said, I have never enjoyed nor will I ever enjoy killing things. But I do not waste them and I find it to be a far more ethical and healthy alternative to beef. It saddens me to say that not all people who hunt share my perspective, and there are some murderous sons-of-bitches who just like to kill things and create the negative stereotype you perceive, but please understand that does not describe the majority of us.

I wholeheartedly agree that the use of drones tips the scales unfairly and hope to see every other state government take queues from Alaska.

Comment: Re:Whats the poing of hunting as a sport? (Score 1) 397

by Tarlus (#46565547) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

As a responsible outdoorsman I will not attempt to sway your beliefs nor argue about pointlessness or justification, but yes, it is a far more involved process than simply pointing a gun and pulling the trigger. If you have ever attempted to hit a target the size of a paper plate from hundreds of yards using a rifle, you would understand that it requires a great deal of practice, fine-tuning, muscle control and serious consideration of your target and surroundings. Factors such as wind and trajectory have to be considered. Unless you can guarantee 100% that your shot will take the animal then and there, you have no business pulling the trigger. (Regretfully, not all outdoorsmen emphasize ethical and responsible hunting, though all who I associate with do.)

Comment: Re:As a canadian.. (Score 1) 390

by Tarlus (#45301923) Attached to: Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Once upon a time, BlackBerries were at the top of the game in part because of their capabilities with enterprise services as well international data rates (great for traveling professionals). They were once the best phone to effectively manage centrally using the company server.

But then iPhones and Androids set the standard for modern smartphones - including usability, Exchange/ActiveSync, and most importantly, no more need for BES. It was great for its time but it's a horribly dated approach now. Troubleshooting BES issues and supporting clunky, clumsy, inconsistent BlackBerries has become one of the greatest headaches in my time in IT.

RIM had their chance to get their shit together and move forward with the times but I have yet to use a BlackBerry that wasn't incredibly frustrating to operate and troubleshoot.

We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.