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Comment Re:Just ducky (Score 1) 484 484

Windows 8 was just fine after adding ClassicShell and forgetting about Metro. Awesome fast boot times compared to Windows 7, and equally stable.

I just finished upgrading one of my macines to Windows 10. Painless, and so far I like what they've done with the place. Time to desktop is slightly slower but still good.

I did go through the advanced setup options and disabled most of the stuff that shares my data, location and wifi credentials (WTF?!) with MS

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 484 484

This remark is particularly funny:

My views of Microsoft and Google are pretty much diametrically opposed -- I have enormous faith in Google and Googlers doing the right thing with respect to protecting the data I share with them

Right. Of those two companies, only one has pretty much built their entire business model around harvesting your data 6 ways from Sunday, and the other one hasn't.

Comment Re:Uncontrollable? (Score 4, Interesting) 66 66

No. This is innovation because they are using 3d printing (ohhh!); any problems of a practical or fundamental nature will be fixed at a later date. Maybe.

I wonder: how many different drones for different missions would you really need? And can't they achieve the same by building a tested, stable, flyable drone platform, then adding attachments (3d printed or from stock) according to each mission's needs?

Comment Re:Drone fear - Baker Beach (Score 1) 1176 1176

It's kind of the same reaction that Glass wearers got. People object to being filmed in certain places like bars or beaches. If I went round the beach taking pictures of random people, I would be expecting some strongly worded objections as well. And even if the family was clearly flying the drone for fun, those people would still object to the footage being posted to YouTube as "Our outing at Baker beach".

Personally, I don't want to be filmed either... but I don't think it's necessary to be an a-hole about it.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 318 318

someone WILL recognize you or figure out who you are, given enough incentive.

Worse: face recognition software is getting better all the time, and it's only a matter of time before search engines and social media start tagging images. Once something or someone puts your name to your likeness online, all (or at least a good many) images with you in it can be found by typing your name into Google.

What legislators can do is to make it very clear that private life stuff should stay out of the workplace, and not affect job applications or performance reviews. Put it on the same level as discrimination, outing a homosexual against their will, etc, for which such laws already exist. These laws have not eradicated discrimination and homophobia from the workplace, and neither will they put an end to employers misusing info gleaned from social media sites, but they have helped.

Comment Re:Why even use an electronic safe? (Score 1) 147 147

Cheap ones, yes. They are especially vulnerable to tampering, just like cheap keyed locks and cheap electronic locks. Sometimes these locks can simply be opened by bouncing or hitting the safe just the right way. The more expensive locks can be defeated but it takes more time, patience and skill. You get what you pay for, and high security dial locks go from $100 to over $1000 (just for the lock).

Comment Re:Why even use an electronic safe? (Score 1) 147 147

It really depends on what you are keeping in there. Mechanical spin locks take time to open and have an extremely low Wife Acceptance Factor. Good for cash and valuables but not so good for jewelry or shared stuff, or for guns you keep for home security. Keyed locks have the disadvantage of requiring you to carry the key, and like spin locks they are not so good for stuff you may have to get out of there in a hurry, but good for cash, jewels and documents. Electronic locks are great if you need your safe open in a hurry, or where you want convenience: good for guns & car keys you want to keep safe from your kids or an amateur burglar.

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