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Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 293 293

Sure, people kill people. But it's a lot easier and quicker to do so with a tool designed for the job.

The evidence from the natural experiment that the United States has conducted vis-a-vis the rest of the developed world is stark: having large numbers of firearms, particularly handguns, in civilian hands results in far higher murder rates than would otherwise be the case. And yes, we have murders here in Australia where I live (you have four times as many per capita than we do), but we haven't a mass shooting since 1996 when we banned semi-automatic weapons and made it harder to get pistols. So, frankly, it's you who are living in a fantasyland if you think every Tom, Dick, and Harry having a gun makes you safer.

Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 545 545

Beta was unfinished, everyone knew that, so the grousing that somehow it was "clearly inferior" or would break Slashdot was completely misplaced. Slashdot made it clear from the start that this was being put out for feedback purposes, not because it was feature complete. They said it wasn't feature complete.

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 4, Insightful) 542 542

It's possible to have capslock functionality without giving it its own key. What about Alt-Numlock for that tiny subset of situations where it's necessary?


(Yay I posted an XKCD at last! That means I automatically get +6 Insightful!)

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1018 1018

In other words, if a stranger wanders onto your property, you shoot them and ask questions later.

If a stranger wanders onto your property carried along on the back of a foot long drone, then I think any reasonable person would assume an alien invasion by really tiny people (or ants) is in progress and do their patriotic duty and start shooting.

In the words of the wise: "How can you be expected to teach children to read if they can't fit inside the building?"

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1018 1018

Depends on what you shoot at it with.

Shooting at the sky is bad. Falling bullets can kill.

And that was one of the charges. I think the facts of the particular case are important rather than the principles at stake. Of course he had an expectation of privacy and below a certain height (I think it is 500 feet or so) the other person was trespassing with the drone. Did shooting it out of the sky reasonably endanger anyone... How far from the property line was it? What direction did he shoot? This was a shotgun, so pellets generally have a shorter range than a rifle or hand gun. The fact that only the drone was damaged and no one was actually hurt should count for a lot.

Comment Re:Windows 10 sucks (Score 1) 280 280

I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of my PC (a 8600/300 w/64 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. About 30 minutes. About 10 minutes. About 5 minutes. About 5 hours. About 4 minutes. 11 seconds...


Comment Re:So far so good.... (Score 1) 280 280

I wouldn't worry about negative push back for saying you like a particular release of Windows. Windows 7 was fairly well received around these parts too.

Windows 10, at least going by features, seems to be the first Desktop Windows that's genuinely exciting since Windows 95. While there was a major architectural change with the move to NT for 2000 and XP, it didn't seem to impact the end user experience as much. And 8 was genuinely interesting, but was ultimately a tablet operating system.

So I'm looking forward to using it. And hoping desperately the reliability isn't as bad as it sounds.

Comment Re:Ad Blockers (Score 1) 357 357

Maybe, but that's not going to help here. Despite the headline, the article is about the publisher of the content delaying the loading of the page to screw advertisers, not the advertisers trying to screw the readers.

If the publisher is delaying the page loading process, then it doesn't matter if you have adblock or not, you're going to see delays.

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? -- Woody Allen