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Comment: 1968 (Score 1) 388

by careysb (#48804853) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

For me, it happened in 1968. I had just started a 3 year curriculum for computers. Started out with FORTRAN 44 on a teletype connected to an IBM 360. Within a month all of us (students) had outpaced the teacher's knowledge. From there it was a matter of reading the manuals we could get our hands on and as much lab time as we could fit in.

Comment: +1 Lightroom (Score 1) 259

by careysb (#48597583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

+1 for Lightroom. I manage over 50,000 photos taken over the last 17 years and I can find images very quickly. I think a task like this would be difficult without a database backed approach but that, of course, comes with trade-offs. Of course LR can write out any meta-data changes to the image files or an XMP file. I used to be an Adobe fanboi but with their new subscription model, not so much. I still think LR is the best tool out there.

Comment: Only non-intrusive ads allowed (Score 1) 699

by careysb (#48548987) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

I use Adblocker Plus and it works wonders. It eliminates tons of crap. However, some site ads still get through. I'm assuming that the hosting site has directly incorporated a sponsor's ad into their site structure, thereby bypassing Adblocker's filter. This works because the site owner now has a stake in not pissing off their readers and will only incorporate non-intrusive ads in their site. This is exactly the opposite of what DoubleClick does.

Comment: Toy vs. Drone (Score 1) 116

by careysb (#48481281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

Okay, so please enlighten those of us who don't understand the difference on how these RC "toys" are not drones?

RC toy:

  - Requires line of sight control.

  - May have a camera+recorder, but you cannot see the camera output in real time.

  - May require low level control of pitch/roll/yaw

  - You control it by looking at the toy in the sky.


    - Can fly out of line of sight.

    - Transmits video in real time.

    - Can accept high level commands, such as position and heading, and handles pitch/roll/yaw itself.

    - You control it by looking at the video.

I think your categorization is somewhat useful, but more and more "toys" are including the capabilities you put under "drone".

Comment: Quad-Copters or Hexa-Copters or ... (Score 1) 116

by careysb (#48481207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

The word "drone" has fallen into the category of common usage. People know what you're talking about when you say drone but you get a puzzled look when you say quad-copter. The problem is the military has dibs on the word drone and it's not a pretty one. And with all the FAA brew-ha-ha I think they'll ultimately have to classify them by weight. A very lightweight drone is a toy.

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