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Comment Re:If I'm going down, I'm taking you with me (Score 1) 455

"People use "free market" to mean "unregulated", but in fact a free market that operates the way people assume a free market should requires regulation, particularly of information. "

I'm having one of those 'where are my mod points when I need them' moments - this is such an important principle that gets lost in so many discussions of 'free markets' and such. How can customers 'vote with their dollars' (or their attention/market share) f they don't know what they're voting for? Food labeling is a big victim of this kind of non-transparency. E.g., you can't label a product as containing GMO anything, because customers might not want it! How in the bloody hell is that 'free market'? The whole point is to enable customers to buy from and reward the firms they like, and not to buy from and reward the firms they find, for lack of a better word, evil.

But no - the only metric any customer (did I say customer? I meant 'consumer' - barf!) is supposed to use to evaluate any and all transactions is the bottom line in dollars and cents (euros, rubles, renminbi, what have you). Other information is being stripped away from the transaction, and the result is crap products, slave labor, grotesque pollution, etc., usw.

Comment Make 'empty' cartridges just like new again! (Score 1) 268

I have had an Epson Stylus C86 for years. First, I buy ink cartridges at PrintPal for a fraction of the price of Epson carts, and I've never had a problem with them. Second, when the printer tells me a cart is empty, I pop it out, gently shake it to make sure it's not really empty, and if not, I just hit it with my handy-dandy cartridge zapper that I picked up for $5.99 on eBay. Voila! The cartridge appears full to the printer. Seriously, it's a little plastic gizmo with contacts that match up with those on the cart, and it resets the counter to zero in a matter of a second or two. I wonder how much money that little thing has saved me over the years...

Comment Re:premature discharge (Score 1) 664

"Discharge of a firearm in most rural areas is still illegal where your life isn't in danger."

Where in the world did you ever pick up this notion? What about hunting - are those deer, as pesky as they can be, a threat to your life? In most rural areas, we discharge firearms for any number of reasons, least of which is 'life in danger'. Hunting, target practice, varmint control, whatever. You so utterly do not have clue one as to what you are talking about.

Comment Re:IT WAS CRIMINAL (Score 2) 664

Arrant bullshit.

The asshole that flew the drone into someone's property was the criminal.

The 'air' over your backyard party, or looking into your bedroom window, is NOT public space, and you do not know what your are talking about.

You believe that you have a right to spy on your neighbors with a drone? You're delusional. Anyone can fly anything into0 your backyard and just hover there and evesdrop? Where does this way of thinking even come from. You are out of your mind.

Comment Only 22 seconds (Score 1, Insightful) 664

Only 22 seconds? Like that makes a difference? What is the suggested amount of time to allow a drone to hover over your party and spy? I can't believe this is even an issue. If you fly your drone over my property and hover around, it will be shot out of the sky. What right do you have to spy on your neighbors? None. This is total bullshit, and I can't believe /. is churning it. Except, yes, I can. Because, you know, drones are vaguely techie things. Ooh, shiny!

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 485

It should be noted that no updates will go out to regular users until they have been vetted through several rings of testing, including over a million people in the Insider Program. Not quite a guarantee that there won't be any problems, but it's not quite so reckless as it's often made to sound.

I was in the Insiders Program since last October. It was fun testing the new builds as they came out, but... I'm sticking with Windows 7. No doubt I'll get 10 on my next computer, and I know how to make it work the way I want - for now I just prefer the look and feel and performance of 7.

Comment Re:Drones (Score 1) 1197

Oh come on. A drone buzzing around your backyard recording your private doings is not analogous to a satellite. As for banning cars that take pictures for Google, that's not remotely analogous or applicable, nor the case of tourists taking a picture in front of your house. And it's not a matter of 'technology, boo'. It's a matter of civility, and as a matter of fact you do have certain rights and expectations of privacy.

No one is going to fly a drone over my property, recording what I'm doing, possibly carrying a gun, and who knows what else. It's private spying and snooping, pernicious and threatening. No one has a right to do that, and I have a right to blast it out of the sky. A right that I will cheerfully exercise should some idiot send one over my way.

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