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Comment Re:Why? (Score 4, Interesting) 161

I've got a green laser. It's cool to shine it outside at night, because it creates a very visible beam.

It's also very tempting to shine it at things, to see how far away I can see a reflection. Aircraft a certainly a tempting target, being both moving and fairly far away.

I haven't and won't, because I understand the potential risk, but I do understand the temptation. And there are a lot of stupid people out there.

Comment Re:Buy an rf jammer, become a drone collector (Score 3, Informative) 1197

Nice line for a laugh, but this actually won't work.

GPS chips are cheap, and most of the drones beyond the very basic level have them. In the event of loss of signal (And it's a digital, frequency hopping signal that you *might* be able to jam, but you won't be able to take over.) most multicopters will ascend to ~100 feet, fly slowly to their launch point, then slowly land.

Comment Re:Ikea (Score 1) 71

A good manual saves 80% of helpdesk time. A really good manual saves 90%.

Ikea manuals are really good. They even allow their products to be less logical in construction, resulting in lower production cost and lower transport cost on top of the lower helpdesk cost. The manual is a one time investment, the others are continuous.

The problem is that very few people read manuals, and the sort of IT-ish people who read /. are among that few. Software (And software meant for end users, like Windows and Office...) used to come with manuals that ran to hundreds of pages, and documented every feature. Most of them never left their shrink wrap.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. -- Abigail Van Buren