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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.

Comment: Re:Meaningful Competition? (Score 3, Insightful) 97

Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.

I don't see how a government takeover will enhance competition. Mostly it will increase the cost of cable TV, at least until some other group decides that watching prime time TV is a fundamental human right.

I have a TV antenna in the attic, let them raise the cable TV rates.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by careysb (#47898263) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

You can't put the genie back in the bottle. Every recording method and device is suspect, not just drones. 1984 has been privatized and the price has come down to the level that a typical home owner can afford it. And, not everyone that can afford it is a peeping-tom.

Canada seems to be ahead of the curve compared to the U.S..


Comment: Douglas Adams... (Score 2) 147

by careysb (#47495657) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

"Let's be blunt, it's a nasty game" (says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), "but then anyone who has been to any of the higher dimensions will know that they're a pretty nasty heathen lot up there who should just be smashed and done in, and would be, too, if anyone could work out a way of firing missiles at right angles to reality."

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton