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Comment Re:Will Edge be ported to Windows 7? (Score 1) 159 159

What! Windows 10 isn't sophisticated enough to figure out if it is running on a tablet?

It's less a "tablet mode" and more a "touchscreen mode", and no, Windows 10 isn't sophisticated enough to figure out if you're going to use your mouse or your touchscreen to interact with your computer before you do.

Well, that is something else entirely, then. They should call it touchscreen mode. Tablet mode sounds like you would want to use it on a tablet.

Comment Re:Early results... (Score 1) 159 159

I have yet to figure out this obsession some people have with screen space. Bitching about three friggin' toolbars?

Tablets have insufficient screen space. Wasting any of it is sacrilege. I would complain about three toolbars, too. I have zero toolbars on firefox, That seems to be about the correct number.

Comment Re:I found this bit quite funny (Score 1) 159 159

The fastest way to launch a program is to click on a shortcut.

That's what the "metro screen" gave us. It can definitely fit more shortcuts on the screen than win7's little "All Programs" scrolly section where you can hunt for the one you want.

I have to assume you are being sarcastic since it is pretty clearly impossible that the screen could fit more of the gigantic icons that constituted metro, than to fit a couple of words in standard font and which also allows nesting of structures.

Comment Re:Quick question (Score 1) 159 159

I know this is completely anecdotal and very short-term data, but for the three developers we upgraded to 10 last night they haven't had a crash yet or even had to reboot because Windows becomes too slow to use. We typically reboot three times a day, so assuming they can make it another couple hours before they reboot tonight, that means they will have cut the number of reboots per day by a third! That is signification since it usually takes us almost an hour to get VisualStudio, SQL server, IIS, etc. back up and running. For our typical ten hour work day, that's three hours per day wasted! If we can cut that to one hour, we've saved ten hours per week. I'm hoping 10 remains working as well as it has so far!

That's pretty bad. If I have to reboot at all during the day I assume something is seriously wrong with the computer. I am on Windows 7, which is fairly stable. At home, I don't ever reboot Windows 7. It runs until the stupid updates makes it reboot. It literally never gets slow or crashes.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 984 984

So you follow the drone, remaining on public property and filming with your phone. If it lands on private property, like someone's yard, you call the cops to come to that location. If it lands on public property, like a park, you film the person or people that recover it and call the cops to come to that location.

Yeah, that is the annoying thing. The drone operator thinks it is fine to fly over private property and film whatever he wants to film, but when chasing it down, you can't go on private property because it is trespassing when non-drone owners do it.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 984 984

Exactly. Everybody here is all about how you have no privacy in your back yard, and you should never expect to have any privacy, etc. But the DRONE operator, oh, he still gets to have privacy. We can't know who a drone is registered to or where they live. That is an invasion of privacy . It's okay for a drone owner to invade YOUR privacy, but drone owners need to have their privacy protected.
B.S. My hats off to the hero that shot down the drone. Hope they throw the pilot in prison after he pays the bail for the falsely arrested hero of this story.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 984 984

That is exactly clear view.

The legal example is a neighbor climbing a tree to see over your fence, and over the curtain that protected the ground-level view. That is legal.

A drone is more like the neighbor installing a tree that wasn't there before so that they could climb it and look in your window. In fact, the drone is more like someone putting in a 12 foot stepladder so they can climb up and look in your window.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 984 984

So the shooter will have to prove that the firing of his weapon was "immediately necessary" to prevent the trespass, and he would have to prove that the pilot *knew* he was trespassing.

How could he possibly NOT know that he was trespassing? As soon as his drone left his own yard he was trespassing. Is stupidity now an excuse for disobeying the law?

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 984 984

If a drone is hovering "in" your suburban back yard, then shooting it with a shotgun is wildly inappropriate, because you're shooting at an angle barely above the horizontal. We also have no idea if the guy's toy copter was hovering "over" his yard, or just near it. It's much more difficult than most people think to gauge a small quadcopter's actual position over objects on the ground. I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't personally operated a given machine for many, many hours who was ever correct about that sort of thing.

Well, the drone owner showed up at his house to retrieve it, so it was in the yard enough to fall in the yard when it got shot. I'm surprised the drone owner showed up. You would think he would take his lumps for his illegal spying and be thankful it only cost him a drone and not jail time.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 984 984

So he should have gotten a large net that is used to catch bats, wait for the owner to show up wanting it back to get their identification? The alternative is to call the cops and say there is a drone flying over your property. By the time they get out there, would it even be there, much less would they be able to do anything about it?

The police would say "stop wasting our time. Next time just shoot it down."

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 984 984

deadly force should only be used to defend people, not stuff.

How come it is okay for criminals to use deadly force to take your stuff, but not okay for you to use deadly force to keep your stuff?
What about the fact that criminals will often kill you anyway even if you let them have your stuff? Do you wait until after they have killed you before shooting back?

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