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Comment Re:Garbage what? (Score 1) 22

Ironically, there's the possibility that removing the trash could pay for itself and then some. Plastics floating in the ocean tend to slowly intercalate metals - the types and quantities depending on the plastic and the rate depending on the surface area to volume ratio (very high for most pacific garbage patch trash). Plastic trash that's been floating around for a long time tends to become quite contaminated by these metals (as well as some types of persistent biological toxins), making it much more toxic to sea life than new plastic. But these same metal "contamination" problems could make the waste a potential resource back on land. Intercalated metals can be stripped out by a soak in a strong acid bath. And the ratios of metals found in the oceans are very different than those found on land, with some, such as uranium and lithium, being orders of magnitude more common than they are on land.

Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 56

Yea, because open-source software is famous for having well-designed, easy-to-use comprehensive instructions. ;>)

It often sucks, certainly. But there is one compelling advantage, in the case of unusual stuff such as this. The developers themselves are happy to talk about and answer questions around their tools. And open source tools tend to attract hobbyists that do things for fun, and are happy talking about what they do, and not just commercial developers that won't publicly say a word.

So with open source tools you're much more likely to find blog posts, forums and so on with information to help you along. There's a chance there's be people out there that had the same trouble you do, and wrote about it in public. With commercial tools - and especially tools with a userbase in the hundreds rather than tens or hundreds of thousands - there may simply be no public information out there at all beyond the docs written by the provider.

Comment Re:Holding the code hostage? (Score 1) 50

I'm not morally offended at his approach, but as a crowd-funding campaign, it does present a risk/reward ratio that I'm not willing to accept.

What would be more acceptable is if he firs developed the software and shows its worth, and then offered to open-source it for some specified amount of money. That eliminates almost all risk related the fact or quality of the delivery.

Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 400

I think I agree with everything you say, but there's an unfortunate catch, at least for my wife's kind of business. The ecosystem around Photoshop and Lightroom is so extensive and useful, that I really don't think she'd ever be able to edit photos as quickly or as well using the obvious OSS substitutes. It's possible she could come close, but I'd be very skeptical that we could ever justify the time it would take her to adapt her skillset and to adjust her workflow.

That's just an unfortunate reality of running a small business while also being a wife and mother: time is money, and both are often in short supply. So time-efficiency, as well as quality output to make happy customers is huge. So although I like to minimize all kinds of risk (e.g., that introduced by depending on proprietary OS's and apps), we probably just can't afford the time investment it would require.

Now it's possible that there are OSS substitutes for Photoshop and Lightroom (and the various 3rd-party tools, and user communities) that would make the switch practical. I'm just not aware of them. I'd be glad to hear any practical suggestions.

Comment Re:Fixed it for you. (Score 1, Funny) 403

When a woman gets married and has children, her whole life changes. Her husband is no longer the focus of her life, her children are. She loses interest in sex, and doesn't see why she should have to do it any more. If she wants another child, sure, but otherwise not. To her, it's just one more person who wants something from her at the end of a long day at work, and this one she can actually say "no" to. So, she does.

Meanwhile, the husband, cut completely off from one source of sex he is allowed to have, grows increasingly desperate and unhappy.

Okay, sorry for the tangent, but: how on Earth are people from the year 1958 managing to make posts on Slashdot that show up today? How are they even getting a bloody net connection back then?

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 166

Child molesters: If someone calls in a report of a known child molester or a person acting suspiciously, you need police out there to investigate, not a drone zapping people from the air. If someone is running away with a kidnapped child, my "car chase, fast response" example above applies. Now, if you're talking about trying to keep drones in the sky 24-7 tracking the movements of all known child molesters, that's something that should be mandated by a court, not police officers just going off and doing. That's as intrusive as a court-ordered ankle tracking bracelet, and should be treated with no less seriousness.

Drunk drivers attacking police officers: I can't even envision how your mind is factoring drones into this situation. Are you proposing that drones make traffic stops instead of police officers?

Or maybe I'm misreading your post. Was that sarcasm? I can't even tell anymore.

Comment So... (Score 4, Interesting) 166

... So we're talking about poorly regulated government officials using flying robots to spy on and electro-paralyze people from the air.

How exactly is this not a dystopian sci-fi novel come to life?

Don't get me wrong, I think civil use of drones can be a great thing. Even police use of drones - tracking vehicles during a car chase, fast response to a breakin or robbery, etc. But this is just ridiculous.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?