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Comment So, anyone remember where AOL came from? (Score 1) 99

The internet started to get popular, but Big Money didn't like the lack of control or some of the shadier practices that went on there.

So America OnLine (among others) was created, and aggressively sold to consumers. And it provided "internet". Sort of. It was a very walled garden. But you did start seeing "AOL Keyword: MOVIE TITLE" and such in advertising and on TV. In the long term, how well did that work out?

Yes, AOL still (technically) exists, but it is not the walled garden it used to be. It's now a pretty standard (if large) ISP. Providing access to the big, bad internet it was meant to replace.

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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.

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