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Comment Only a few things grind my gears so far. (Score 3, Insightful) 256 256

Most annoying is that there is almost no differentiation between active and inactive windows. By default, active windows have a slight suggestion of a blue glow around the edge and ever so slightly darker text and markers in the title bar. I didn't notice it on my test machines because they aren't my day-to-day computers with 3+ monitors and tons of stuff running. Now that I've got stuff spread out on my laptop with two external monitors, it really stands out.

Second most annoying is that I've got 10 Win7/Win8/Win10 machines and the only one that was ready to install this morning was my main laptop. I really didn't want to use that as my test system but I also didn't want to wait who knows how long until one of my 4 Win7/Win8 disposables is allowed to update.

Third most annoying is that one of my older computers had an old Nvidia card and The Report says Win10 can't be installed because there are no Win10 drivers for that card. So I took the card out and it still says Win10 can't be installed because there are no drivers for the card that I took out. I found instructions for forcing a recheck which says it could take as long as 15 minutes to re-scan the computer. That was 5 hours ago. The timestamp on the report is unchanged. I guess I just have to wait until it decides to scan again on its own.

Fourth is that the update icon disappeared from one of my Windows 8.1 with Bing devices. It was there a few hours ago but not ready to update. Then it was gone.

So I've got one complaint about the product and 3 complaints about how it's being rolled out.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 272 272

My littlest quad with a camera is 4 3/4" from rotor tip to rotor tip. Takes 1280x720 video. Not very high quality but good enough to check the gutters this afternoon. Way less than 5 pounds. While I wouldn't want it to fall on my head, I strongly doubt its lethality. I've also got a non-camera quad that's 2 5/8" from tip to tip. I'm sure that size range will have cameras soon. I doubt it would even sting if it fell on my head.

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 272 272

Where are all these asshole multirotor pilots? I've seen a grand total of zero people flying multirotors in public areas. Zero. And I spent part of 2013 and most of 2014 wandering around the country (United States) visiting lots of scenic places where I would have expected to see at least one person flying a camera platform. I have yet to see one flying at a park, lake, canyon, city square, sports arena, concert venue, city/county/state fair, tractor pull, race track (horse, car, or dog), beach, or anywhere else. The only multirotors I've seen are my own which I fly over my own property. And that one time I flew one around an empty RV park where I was the only person in sight.

If this is such a huge problem, why haven't I seen anyone flying them recklessly? Heck, I haven't seen them flying in public places at all. The way people talk, it sounds like every open space is swarming with flying camera but all I've seen are a few reports of isolated asshattery.

Comment Re:"10-year" warranty (Score 1) 195 195

The idea of a 10 year warranty makes me more nervous than a normal 1-3 year warranty. There must be a reason they need to make that kind of offer. When I bought my last car, I could have bought a mid-range Hyundai with a 10 year warranty but I bought a Toyota, barely glancing at the warranty terms. Why? Because it's a Toyota. It'll run forever with regular maintenance. It's about to roll over 100,000 with nothing but regular maintenance.

Comment What about (Score 1) 51 51

What are the effects on the area downstream (for lack of a better term) of the ecosystenm where the energy is extracted?

I'm not saying it will be bad or good or negligible but I rarely see the effects of energy extraction mentioned in stories about wind/water/solar power systems.

Comment 'bout time. (Score 5, Interesting) 90 90

Nearby communities are not far behind in bringing broadband to their residents; they see high-speed Internet as an economic boon akin to rural electrification in the 1930s, one that could bring higher home values, better business climates, and easier access to the modern economy.

I've been saying that for a while. First was electrification, then telephonication, now internetification. High speed internet has become a basic service and necessary baseline for habitability.

If you're buying a house, you don't need to ask whether it has electricity, phone service, water, and sewage service. The last two might be self-service in the form of a well and septic system (hopefully not too close together) but you can be pretty sure they're in place or the home wouldn't be on the market. But you can't count on high speed internet. (Satellite and other services metered in 10s of gigs per month don't count.)

Last year, I picked the region where I wanted to semi-retire but I had to cross the entire area off my list because I couldn't get decent internet access unless I lived right in the middle of one of the little towns. Other areas were "up to" 6 meg DSL at best. I could have got 100mbit cable if I lived in town but, if I'm going to live in town, I'll live in a town with a Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc. A realtor said the first thing people ask is what kind of internet access they can get but, when I asked him what kind of internet access I could get, he had no idea. "I guess you could go ask one of the neighbors." Oh, sure. "Hi, I'm some random stranger. Can I come in and run some speed tests on your internet connection? I promise I'm not a serial killer."

So, instead of buying a cabin in the woods, I'm on the outskirts of a city within the sphere of influence of a cable company. As the rest of my generation retires in large numbers (in 20 years or so), those areas are going to continue to get passed over if they haven't got decent communications infrastructure in place.

And it's even more critical than electric/water/sewer. These days, it's possible for an individual to provide their own power. Solar panels, batteries, inverter, backup generator. Water can come from a well, sewage can go into a septic system. But creating a terrestrial internet connection 10 miles to wherever the local ISP is located can't be done by an individual.

Comment Re:Bah! Media! (Score 1) 173 173

How much did they move? A terabyte or so? I move hundreds of gigs a month in and out of my house and I'm just...counts on man.

Obviously, they should be paying attention to where these outgoing bulk transfers are going, but the volume of data on its own is small enough to barely make a blip in the stats of a large organization. If it went out ten megs here, 5 megs there as email attachments or whatnot, it would be easy to miss.

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