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Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1171 1171

And if he climbed over that fence because some crazed nutter was chasing him with a gun and he was trying to run away?

Or perhaps he is the new neighbor and his kids favorite toy had got over the fence - he had tried to knock on your door (you didnt hear),
so he thought you were out and didnt want to cause a bother and just get it.

Dont worry, his wife and children should be quite happy after you explain it was just an accident.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1171 1171

You come out after a night with some friends in town, its dark and you wander over to your car in teh parking lot. The key doesnt seem to work well, and you just cannot get the damn door to unlock!

Unknown to you, your car is actually one row over, this just happens to be the same colour/model.
The real owner, angry after a run-in earlier that evening, arrives behind you, sees you 'trying to steal his car' and shoots you. Dead.
Police are called, but several people saw you trying to break in to his car.. He kind of feels bad, but hell, you shouldnt have been trying
to steal his damn car!

Have a nice day.

Comment Because birds dont exist.. (Score 1) 1 1

While it is always fun to bask in the glory of a paranoid protectionist society, it is sometimes useful to consider the realities of a situation.

Yes, Drones around the edge of airports are very very stupid.. however hitting a drone will not immediately slam an aircraft in to the ground
killing everyone aboard. If it hits most of the plane - little or nothing will happen. If one of the engines takes it in, that engine will be wrecked
in much the same way as sitting a large bird (which will also destroy an engine), and the aircraft will respond in much the same way.

Bird strikes happen, they are not even THAT unusual, and are well understood. Drone strikes are pretty much the same thing (at least for a
consumer scale drone..)

But lets all get desperately horrified at the prospect and make a whole new bunch of laws about it - dont worry if they are overly generic and
can be used in all sorts of unexpected ways - we can just trust the police to selectively enforce them for our benefit and never use them
for anything but good...

Ignoring, for what its worth, the fact that, of course, there are ALREADY laws that clearly apply - restricting the use of model aircraft, balloons,
and just about anything else in the region of airports and flight paths, which are more than able to be applied right now - no, what we should do
is rush out and make a new set of laws, because... well... just because! We will magically be safe because of them!

After all, a drone is nothing like a remote controlled helicopter, or plane, or model rocket, or... oh, wait...

Comment Re:I like this (Score 1) 106 106

and not raise my taxes.

I was kind of with you up to there.

Please, tell me, exactly what makes you think they wont also raise your taxes?
You think the Smithsonian budget is going to reduced by this amount?
You think they will somehow work harder and more efficiently because they have a bit more money to spend?
You think there will be new and more effective accountability?

What impresses me is that there are apparently quite a few people willing to voluntarily pay a new tax. Good on them? hmm... not too sure about that.

Comment Re:What's a Tufte test? (Score 4, Insightful) 132 132

It means that these people are trying to RAM smoke up your arse, but cannot make it look convincing enough even then,
so want help to polish the turd.
They are trying hard to pull a 'correlation is causation' scam, but dont even have the ability to do that it seems.

Perhaps they need to ban Icecream first.
Killer Icecream

The obvious problem here is that there is almost certainly a correlation between these locations and poorer communities,
which also have a very well established correlation with increased health issues.

The scary thing is that this is even being reported. Congratulations Slashdot. It almost but not quite makes it to satire!

Comment Re:Worst? Heh (Score 1) 574 574

Depending on bitrates and content that is not particularly difficult to do, given good equipment (high quality headphones), however any claim that stream is the worst medium is just laughable.
Both vinyl LPs (once used a few times) and FM radio are often significantly worse, not to mention AM radio.
Just about all broadcast TV and satellite radio are also compressed as much, if not more.

So I figure he is limiting his music purely to CD and the rare 'HD' versions of that?

He is of course just trying to get some attention for his disastrous and rather technically foolish Ponoplayer (I wont even link to it, google it if you need).

I will however leave you with this to read:
http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
On why his snake oil is a bad bad idea.. but hey, if you are going to tell a lie, make it a big one I guess!

Comment Re:Flame retardant payloads? (Score 1) 87 87

And if you picture it AS that, then you need a quick lesson in critical thinking.
"aircraft with 1-2 orders of magnitude more payload are used to control wildfires" is patently false - at best they make many many runs to try and wet down areas to control the flow of wildfires in locations where they think that may help.

That and the fact the a drone could, for example, dump a small load of retardant foam on your nice (almost certainly not flammable) roof, while the fire enjoys spreading like 'wildfire' throughout the inside of the building....

Perhaps it could make a small dent on a few outdoor bbq fires - you know, the ones where a garden hose does the job also.

It wont buy you any time, what it is most likely to do is delay useful responses and add to costs significantly.

Comment Re:Basic Engineering! (Score 5, Insightful) 163 163

As of 2014, 44 people in TOTAL have died from rocket/mortar/explosive attacks launched at Israel (almost all from mortar attacks, btw, which is not the issue being discussed).

In 2012, 263 people died in car accidentsin Israel.
Perhaps Israel should also nuke Detroit?

For reference Israeli security forces (NOT the army) kill more Palestinians than that per year in 'security checks'
Last years 'summer offensive' by the Israeli army (you know, the one to protect themselves from the horrific bloodshed caused by the rockets) killed over 2300 Palestinians. many women and children.

Tell me, what exact definition of civil do you use, because that certainly doesnt look very civil to me.

Or perhaps you mean the version of civil where their navy turns away sanctioned food and medical aid to the Palestinians?

Or the one where the bulldoze Palestinian towns so they can move their own settlers in?

I'm confused, perhaps you can let me know which version of Civil they are.

Comment Re: Oh slashdot... (Score 1) 503 503

And I can only assume that the author had never actually been to new Zealand.

Wtf makes him think new Zealand is an any way what he dreams of? I can assure him people there work damn hard, and life is most certainly not done easy street.

Perhaps he needs to climb down out of his ivory tower from time to time and visit the real world.

Comment Re: So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 1) 53 53

... And if you think the difference between lease and buy is exceeded by the difference between zero and 4 percent interest then you cannot do math.

The face is that leasing almost never makes financial success except in a short term use scenario. Lease companies generally make very good profits and there is a reason for that.

They also make a lot of money of people and companies who think they only need something for a short time but end up keeping it for a long time.. Very very common.

The only way this story makes sense is..

A. Slashdot is now it's own shill.
B. People who live on credit (and lease deals are almost always used as a form of credit) will go a long way to convince themselves it makes sense.

There are of course some situations where it does make sense.. But never because it is cheaper over a long time period.

Comment Re:Reminds me of hands-free cell phones (Score 1) 195 195

Yes! Absolutely!

While we are at it, can we please ban other passengers from cars, especially children! They cause all sorts of distractions.

I also suggest banning all roadside signage, 'loud' paint jobs on cars, personalised number plates, DEFINATELY in car entertainment, anything within visibility of the road that can create light glare.

Oh, and could we PLEASE remove all the cup holders, what the hell are drivers doing eating or drinking in their cars?

And while we are at it, how about teaching people to drive, and removing the licenses of people without the required skills?

I leave it up to you to guess where I am taking the piss, and what is deadly serious. it may not be as easy as you think.

Comment Re:Won't compare well to decade-old conventional t (Score 1) 134 134

No, no it doesnt.. or are you perhaps planning to use a vehicle with no gearbox?

HP is all that matters (not just peak HP of course, but HP across your used engine rpm range)
BECAUSE you have a gearbox... and therefore can choose run operate in the rev range you want.

'Torque is what matters' is the cry of the ye olde V8 lovin redneck.. but provably stupid.

Frankly, Scarlett, I don't have a fix. -- Rhett Buggler

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