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Comment Re:in Soviet Russia..... (Score 1) 159 159

I findi [sic] it slightly amusing and frightening that in a Democracy, the powers that be try to make you get out of your air-conditioned car, jump on a bike, and go your way to work.

Democracy isn't a system that enables absolute freedom. It's a system that allows one faction to impose their will on another faction. Taken to its extreme it becomes a tyranny of the masses.

Comment Re:What the fuck Slashdot, where is the LINUX OPTI (Score 1) 258 258

Sounds like you bought the wrong device. If Linux was a requirement for you personally, you would not have bought a Surface Pro 2. But you bought one, so I think it's fair to say that Linux isn't a priority, at least not at the time of purchase.

I'm partial to the Yogo 2 if I'm doing x86. Or the Acer Chromebook 13 if I'm doing ARM. the 13 is a bit too big for my tastes, but it has my company's chip so I have my own reasons for choosing that one.

disclaimer: what's true for me, may not be true for you.

Comment Re:What the fuck Slashdot, where is the LINUX OPTI (Score 1) 258 258

Linux is no longer an option.

but seriously, doesn't "Never" or "Only if I'm forced to" also cover people switching to Linux instead of upgrading?

PS - I made the switch to Linux instead of switching to Win95. It's been 20 years, I've given up waiting on the rest of the world, or caring too deeply on how they choose to waste their time. (because I've figured out how I'm going to waste my own time)

Comment Windows 7 is the end of the line for me (Score 3, Insightful) 258 258

I don't need any version other than Windows 7. and I will never need to upgrade. By the time 7 is totally obsolete, the arguments of having access to certain Windows-only applications will no longer be valid.

disclaimer: what's true for me, may not be true for you.

Comment Re:U and I (Score 1) 687 687

I don't need arrow keys, so get rid of those too.

I use tab key, because it's inconvenient to type space exactly 8 times. (or 4 times or whatever your preference. given that 1080p can comfortably fit 120x54 terminal, using 8 space tabs doesn't seem like a big deal.

Comment Re:Sounds like two illegal acts (Score 1) 1175 1175

Or you could call the cops instead of firing your gun at anything you see. If you're not in immediate danger, not the imaginary sort you suggest of a drone dipping down and poking your eye out or something. Go inside, and call the police, simple. Is it annoying in convenient? Yes. But that's kind of why one ought to file a police report, to make a record of such a nuisance.

Should the model operator be fined by the FAA? I think so. It can't be open season on model aircraft.

Is it illegal to fire at a model aircraft? Definitely

Is it possible that it is illegal trespass? Under 400ft, and not necessarily a right of way issue, so maybe. Hard to say since none of us appear to be actual lawyers that specialize in FAA regulation or property rights.

Comment Re:Drones (Score 0) 1175 1175

Oh come on. A drone buzzing around your backyard recording your private doings is not analogous to a satellite.

Yes, yes it is.

As for banning cars that take pictures for Google, that's not remotely analogous or applicable

Yes, yes it is.

nor the case of tourists taking a picture in front of your house

While I find it annoying, I see no legal option for me to block this, at least on a federal level. Some states regulate photography, so it might be possible in some jurisdictions.

No one is going to fly a drone over my property, recording what I'm doing, possibly carrying a gun, and who knows what else.

possibly carrying a gun? aren't you paranoid and full of hyperbole? You know, it might have radioactive isotopes or biological WMDs.

You know who could possibly be carrying a gun? My mailman. But I'm certainly not going to do anything about it without proof. And I would call the cops, not shoot my mailman.

Sheesh, some people's heads are just full of nightmares, I don't know how you get out of bed in the morning.

Comment Re:Is a UAV an "aircraft"? (Score 1) 1175 1175

It's the special rule for model aircraft. The FAA puts some limits and exemptions on them, but they still don't permit you to fire on model aircraft.

Also, you don't have to file a flight plan for sport flight of full size aircraft. So your assumption is not entirely correct.

FAA's regulations are a maze of classes and exceptions, and I'm not an air lawyer, so I could be entirely wrong about everything I've said today on the subject.

Comment Re:Is he in the right? (Score 1) 1175 1175

AMA and FAA currently define it under the special rule for model aircraft. If it's a toy, then you can't fly it outside. That's the law.

Make sure you sign up for the AMA before you fly your drone around outside. And it is preferable if you go to local AMA sanction fields to fly model aircraft, instead of harassing your neighbors.

Comment Re:Kentucky Man (Score 1) 1175 1175

hrrm. FCC prohibits jamming, and FAA prohibits interfering with aircraft. How many federal agencies do you want on you ass at once?

Maybe your drone should have stock tips for the SEC to join in, and deliver medicine and cigarettes so the paramilitary DEA and ATF can fill your house with flammable tear gas.

Comment Re:Drones (Score 1) 1175 1175

Ban satellites too, surveyors can go back to the good old days of taking poles and sights out into the field. And ban cars that take pictures for Google maps. And ban tourists from taking pictures in front of my apartment. Technology bad, boooo.

Sorry, but there is no Constitutional right to live as a reclusive hermit that is never seen or photographed. Your right to privacy seems to only extend to situations where the courts determine it interferes with the Fourth Amendment, and that's on a good day.

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