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Comment Re:Model Airplanes/Rockets (Score 3, Interesting) 533

Just because there is a new toy that is out, that happens to have the name of a controversial military device it becomes a major threat.

First, before I get mauled, I'm not entirely crazy about this new proposal. Under a particular altitude and as a hobby I think we should leave unregulated, that said... The drone market is filling up. Drones have way more people in it than the model rocket and RC Airplane markets and I would dare say combined. Drones are also a lot more industrious than say the model rocket or RC plane. Drones are being used for photography, to move goods, be the ultra creeper you've always wanted to be, traffic reports, and so on which are all way more than what the model rocket and RC plane market have ever done.

So considering that the drone market has been able to do all of that and the others are a no go, yeah I can see why the FAA feels there is a need to regulated it. Now that's not to say the others can't do that, it just to say that they haven't, if and when they do, then I'm pretty sure they'll start regulating that as well. But let's be very clear that this comment isn't a voice of support or disdain at the regulation. It's that you can't very easily compare model rockets, RC planes, and what have you with the drone market simply because they are vastly different markets. People have found drones to be really useful and have started creating a lot of points where they intersect with everyday life. The same can't be said for those other markets.

For those who like rigorous formulae on why anyone does anything, I would say (and simply my opinion) that the FAA acts when a particular class of aircraft is used in X number of applications that has Y number of general public using those applications and there are Z number of opportunities to purchase that class of aircraft. (I know really rough formula there, I don't espouse to know what goes on inside the FAA's head) However this rough formula would say that as any of those values X, Y, or Z increases, the likelihood that there will be regulation increases proportionally. Drones are "X" used in numerous applications, "Y" are criss crossing the general public a lot, "Z" you can buy them pretty much everywhere. I'm pretty sure the same could have been said about bi-planes in the early days of aviation.

Again, I'm speculating here as to the logic because it would be wrong for us just to assume, "Hey I'm government and I just want to regulate anything and everything I can possibly." If that was truly the case one would think we'd have a modern Stamp Act. However, considering that we are talking about a public entity, we could forgo the speculation and render my entire comment useless and just simply write them an email asking, "Hey what particular factors does your agency feel led to the regulation of drones and not something like RC airplanes or model rockets?" Again, this just my two cents, I don't condone or condemn this new regulation, just speaking purely out of the these things you talked about model rockets and RC planes != drone market and for better reasons than it's named after the thing we use to murder (don't get me started on that) people around the world with.

Comment Re:What for? (Score 2) 118

To quote someone at some point, "It's not about what we can think of now, but what someone down the line will think up of later." But that aside, I can think of a few, though I can't specifically speak about the marketability of these.

LEO could be a staging point or a point of operation for energy production. Solar panels in space do collect more energy than those on Earth. The caveat being transmission from LEO or higher to ground.

Communications and all that fun jazz come to mind as well. While LEO may just be the staging point in global communications, cheap and less government entangled LEO could be the impetus to drive this industry. It's kind of a hit or miss, I won't lie. But companies seem to be all gung-ho when there is less red-tape involved.

Tourism as you pointed out. Let us not forget the almighty power of tourism.

Trash collection, if you can make a market out of it... Let's face it trash in space is a literal mess. Imagine some young hipster type pitching the idea of LEO clean up. Few might bite, but it still could generate some cash for someone.

Going out further. LEO could become a pretty busy place if it's a little more well kept and there are several services for getting your payload up there. That could include anyone wanting to build a company on go outside of LEO (those folks that want to mine the asteroid belt, come to mind).

However, I'll say that it is a bit hard to think of what value opening up LEO for the public would provide. But I would argue that the value is most definitely a non-zero value. So I hope my spattering of ideas provides some level of creativity but I'd side with you on the big shoulder shrug on what *exactly* it could provide.

Comment Re: If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 212

Please $5400 of that $400 is the filing fee. This guy is incredibly lucky. $5400 in a copyright case is basically $0 for the actual IP holder, since the majority of that left over $5000 will be going to the lawyers. If anything, this is what a slap on the wrist looks like. Copyright cases can quickly escalate into six digits given enough lawyer. Anyone who believes that a paltry $5k is worthy of some massive corp rage is totally missing the whole point that tons of other folks who have cried for fair copyright have been trying to make. $5k is more than a fair amount for clear infringement.

Comment Re: As always with C++, the truth is more nuanced (Score 2) 262

Agreed, however some of us inherit the problems and do our best to convince the uppers to allocate time to clean things up. Let's not forget that there are a whole slew of Lennart Poettering wannabes out there that have everything to prove using some of the most horrible coding styles that could ever exist.

Comment Re: Yay for price drop (Score 4, Interesting) 130

From the document, the major rationale for the expected price drop would be from an abundant supply of product. Not due to some new process that makes the product cheaper to build. So a lot of this is educated guessing. One that there are lot of new production coming on line for batteries. That's a true statement. Two, all of these new players will create a vast supply of batteries. That's a logical outcome that's typically true but not always. Three, this huge supply will drive prices down. Again that's the typical market assumption but it's not always a sure thing. So it is a one thing leads to another kind of paper. I don't disagree with some of the assumptions made, and the numbers seem conservative enough to not be in the realm of outlandish. So a pretty safe paper in terms of speculation, but not exactly hard truth so take with usual grain of salt here.

Comment Re: Programming? (Score 1) 132

Not hating on your comment but I'm going to toss out less and sass/sass script. Additionally CSS does support matching syntax, mathematic operations like every even/odd/nth selection, and has a pretty diverse query notation. So that said, not saying that qualifies it as whatever someone says is a "programming" language, but CSS has come quite a way from what a lot of people think CSS does. So just so we're clear, I'm not disagreeing with you here, just augmenting the idea of CSS here.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 361

If at some point in a discussion about GMO and the company Monsanto gets brought up as a point pro/con GMO, just remember this. Bringing up a company that is built around a product does not mean that the product in question inherits the attitude that the company that uses has.

Good example, if I'm talking about chicken and McDonald's and their woeful employee wage gets brought up, more than likely you have less a problem with chicken and more a problem with McDonald's.

I get that Monsanto has some serious legal ethics issues and that apparently the CEO goes to bed at night after his late night snack of kittens. However, GMOs didn't make their CEO some monopolistic asshat, he was already that before hand. GMOs are just his weapon of choice. It could have been self-microwaving hotdogs for all we know but we were destined to have this kind of caliber of a person grace the planet and this person choose GMOs.

You have a great point in that the whole problem isn't a scientific one, the problem is a political one. Much like climate change, a lot of people when the topic gets brought up start naming off political parties. Which that typically means whoever it is doing the talking has a lot more beef with the other political party (parties) than they actually do with the science behind the whole issue. It would be great to not hold people accountable if they didn't plant the seed and it came over by the wind instead. However, I will say, that a fair amount (I wouldn't say majority, but a lot more often than would like to be admitted) of farmers are on purpose planting seed knowing all about the agreements and what not. That comes from my experience with living not too far away from where a lot of growing goes on and having a few buddies that work on those farms. Again, though, we have a serious problem because the vast majority of those that aren't seriously trying to game the system are finding it difficult to mount a serious defense. However, again, that's not a problem with GMOs so much as a political problem.

So it is important and yet very difficult, because after all we are humans, for us to understand that there is a separation between the actual thing being debated and those who want to be complete dickheads with or about those things. Scotland banning GMOs is less an attack on the validity and safety of GMOs, and more along the lines of a big middle finger to companies like Monsanto. Knowing the context of why Scotland took the actions it did, helps us to cut through the "how do we make GMOs safe / how do we eradicate GMOs from the Earth" debate and get to the real heart of the matter, "How do we stop kitten eating CEO corporate greed? Or at the very least wean them off of kittens and reduce the full throttle amount of greed that engage in?" Because it is not unheard of for a business owner to actually take interest in their employees' lives and care about their impact on the local and national levels. That era may have passed us or may be only something in the domain of small businesses. However, I believe that this is truly the topic we should on a more broader sense be discussing.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's always been my reaction (Score 1) 355

I'll second the QT/C++ route. C++ skills are useful for more than just mobile development too! While I get that a lot of people don't like the syntax, I have to ask, which language is without sin let it cast the first stone. C++ in my most humble opinion is a really cool language and Qt (yes even with MOC) makes it even cooler. Java is alright I guess. The JavaFX seems pretty neat at the very least. C# seems like it was really popular a few years back, but now a day, I barely hear anything about it or the .NET platform for that matter. I'm surprised people are actually talking about it, but maybe I'm not hanging out with the right people or I'm just not in the right geographical region. Anyway, that's my 2 on the matter.

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (notepad-plus-plus.org)

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

Comment Re: Vote with your feet (Score -1) 351

Fuck yeah! And what more, most of the bitching is superficial bull. Don't like Pocket? Remove it. Missing your status bar? Add it back. Holy jeezbus, for the type of crowd that is "allegedly" populating Slashdot, there sure is a shit ton of whiny assholes up in here. Put your big boy pants on and freaking patch. If you can't bother patching or just too damn lazy, then don't be surprised by the "made for the masses" crap that's out of box. Tired of this whiny, "pander to me or I'm walking" junk that I see on here day in and day out, fuck the karma let it burn, grow up and learn to run a computer instead of it running you.

Submission + - Sourceforge hijacks GIMP For Windows project, adds malware to downloads (google.com)

David Gerard writes: SourceForge has taken over control of the GIMP for Windows SF project and is now distributing an adware/malwared installer for GIMP. They also locked out the maintainer, Jernej Simoni. Sourceforge claims it was "abandoned" and they're providing a service by "mirroring" the original, though it's unclear how much value malware adds for the end user, rather than for SF. (This comes two years after SF claiming its malware was just "misunderstood".) Since being busted, SF is now serving an .exe that matches that at the official download site. Other projects recently hijacked by SF include many Apache projects (Allura, Derby, Directory Studio, the Apache HTTP server, Hadoop, OpenOffice, Solr, and Subversion); Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and FireFTP; Evolution and Open-Xchange; Drupal and WordPress; Eclipse, Aptana, Komodo, MonoDevelop, and NetBeans; VLC, Audacious, Banshee.fm, Helix, and Tomahawk media players; and many others.

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