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Comment: Re:Fee Fees Hurt? (Score 1) 207 207

The USA's famous "right" to free speech only applies to dialog between you and the government.

Other citizens don't have to put up with your bullshit and your right to free speech isn't being violated in the slightest when they tell you to STFU.

And the government can tell you 'Murcans to exercise your 'free speech' in special fenced areas.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 0) 805 805

Drone pilots more removed from the action than infantry? Hell yes.

More removed then the rest of the Air Force? Hell no.

The way a drone strike works is a drone loiters on station for weeks on end. During this time the drone's pilots figure out who is in the house when, so they can avoid blowing it up when the local equivalent of the Girl Scouts are in the living room. Which means drone pilots know when their target takes the trash out, whether the teenage daughter has a boyfriend who sneaks in sometimes, etc. This makes for attacks that are much easier on the civilian population then normal bombing, because you can skip the night when the girl and her boyfriend are enjoying themselves, but it makes for very stressed out drone pilots.

OTOH, an F-16 would only be able to loiter on target for a half-hour at a time, and the pilot would be spending his time there focussing on the attack, so he has no fucking idea that the terrorist mastermind he's about to attack has a daughter up to hijinks. He'll drop the bomb, write on his paperwork that the building was totaly destroyed, and dance the Dance of Successful Combat Missions.

So why is it they keep blowing up weddings? And then blowing up everyone who comes to help?

Cowards. But thats become the American way.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 2) 805 805

It's not as easy to sneak onto a military base (where, you know, base housing is located) as the TV/movies would have you believe. You do know that, right?

Grandparents included, I bet they don't all live on base. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews etc, you can't keep them all under armed guard all the time. Any relatives who live overseas get big giant targets painted on them. Oh and this info was all recently leaked. It shouldn't be too hard to find them.

Its ugly but thats how you have to fight against an opponent who acts like this. Its basic Sun Tzu; in response to an enemy who takes shelter in an impregnable position you attack something (outside of that position) they MUST defend.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 805 805

Drone pilots are actually burning out due to extreme crisis of conscious issues. They work 9-5 killing people, then go home to their families; they're not living in a constructed fantasy of good versus evil fueled by the fact that other people are living in the same fantasy and mutually trying to kill you under the impression that you're the invader. They see themselves as terrible assassins, not righteous heroes fighting a murderous enemy.

Well good then because they are terrible assassins.

Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 0, Troll) 805 805

Drones with weapons aren't autonomous.

Drone pilots don't seem to have much of a conscience either. They are far removed from the action, the consequences, less involved.

If I were up against drones my first response would be infiltrators who would target the drone pilots families, the shops they go to, the people they owe money to, people who owe them money etc etc. Go Kaiser Sose on them. If they want to hide behind drones let them face the consequences.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 177 177

Your mom, your wife, your baby and you. Makes it 4, of which one of you can't take photos.

You aren't getting it. My mom is in another country, she hasn't met the baby and wants photos of us all as a group. Its nice for her. Understand now?

Not everyone who uses a selfie stick is using it to just get a narcissistic photo of *themselves*.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 177 177

If there are 4 of you, then there is no reason that one of you can't take a photo of the other 3, and for the all of you photo, call a bystander. This is if y'all are outdoors, maybe touring some place. If you are indoors, it's not all that difficult to set up the timer mode on the camera, and in 10 seconds, get the shot of all of you.

The only people for whom they're really useful is a single person, or a single person and his/her kid, w/ the kid too young to take a pic. But even then, using the timer mode, or holding it at arms length makes it easy, particularly since you can see how you look before clicking!

2 plus a baby, can we please use a selfie stick without being labelled narcissistic?

Comment: Re:Actually, you can use a selfie stick... (Score 0) 177 177

I think Disney will clarify their statement -- "You can still use a selfie stick, as long as it's bought from a country overseas at a cheaper price."

I was thinking more -- "You can still use a selfie stick as long as its a Disney branded one that you bought inside the theme park (at outrageously inflated prices)."

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 0) 177 177

Selfie sticks are, at best, narcissistic nonsense, but the person who whipped one out on a rollercoaster was risking injury to himself and his fellow riders. How much of a grip can you have on a stick with a weight on the end while hurtling through twists and turns? And if you lose your grip, the best case scenario is that your phone falls and shatters below. Worst case scenario is it hits into someone and injures them. All because he "needed" to get a photo of himself.

Great work on Disney's part shuttig down the ride until that selfie stick was confiscated.

Selfie sticks are not always narcissistic nonsense. My mum loves to get photos of my wife our child and myself. Its not always practical to get some third person to take a photo of us as a group. Thats where the selfie stick comes in.

UNIX enhancements aren't.