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Comment Re:I hope... (Score 1) 193

The important point is: what's a drone?

That's probably not important at all. I am willing to bet your next paycheck that the word "drone" will be mentioned parenthetically in the requirements, if it's mentioned at all. The FAA Rulemaking Committee's summary cited in TFA refers to them by the TLA, "UAS" (unmanned aircraft system).

Comment Re:Cold War much? (Score 1) 57

So what you're saying, is that Azerbaijan was a former soviet republic; seriously? Let's move on from the cold war and call it what it is: part of Europe.

Part of Europe? Oh, yeah -- the part of Europe that is called the Russia and Caucasus region of Asia, though some might consider it part of the Middle East region of Asia.

Comment Re:"We want to make the best Mac in the world" (Score 1) 337

And if the rest of the Slashdotters are honest, they would agree that, with laptops at least, most people don't bother with plugging them into a terrestrial ethernet connection; but use WiFi instead.

Strange definition of "honest" you have there. I use a MacBook Pro at work, and the only times I use wireless are on those rare occasions when I need to use it at a meeting. Most (but not all) of my similarly-equipped colleagues do the same. I don't really mind the Ethernet dongle, though.

Comment Re:Best update ever (Score 1, Insightful) 181

Windows 10 requires SecureBoot, so you can't dual-boot Linux Mint with it. Since Microsoft made me choose between them, I updated to Linux.

Wrong. Win 10 does not require Secure Boot. I have Mint 17.2 dual-booting with Windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron. You just have to turn off Secure Boot and install grub in the EFI partition.

Comment Re:I can tolerate a really hot hottub (Score 2) 488

When a person is accustomed to 138 in the shade, his ideas about cold weather are not valuable....In India, "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.

Mark Twain, Following The Equator

Comment Re:What about Aaron Swartz? Michael Brown? (Score 1) 239

What about Aaron Swartz? Should he have been "willing to do the time"?

What about Michael Brown? Should he have been "willing to do the time"?

It's easy for you to say that these remarkable men should just "do the time", but the reality is a very different matter.

OK, that's the first time I've seen anyone group Michael Brown with people like Aaron Schwartz or Edward Snowden. What was it, again, that you consider "remarkable" about him?. Anyway, according to Baretta, willingness to do the time expresses willingness to do the time.

Comment Re:Lack of protection (Score 1) 239

The problem is how do you setup something where a civilian has full access when necessary to classified information of this level.

You don't. The issue isn't civilian vs. military or government. The issue is that regardless of an individual's security clearance level, access is based on being "read in" to the program in question AND upon having an established need-to-know. I have personally worked on a number of classified programs, but I only had access to information that was pertinent to doing my job.

Comment Re:As said in Yes, Prime Minister (Score 3, Insightful) 44

Heh. The first thing I thought of when I read the headline was a snippet from Asimov's "Foundation":

When Holk, after two days of steady work, succeeded in eliminating meaningless statements, vague gibberish, useless qualifications – in short, all the goo and dribble – he found he had nothing left. Everything canceled out."

"Lord Dorwin, gentlemen, in five days of discussion didn't say one damned thing, and said it so you never noticed. There are the assurances you had from your precious Empire."

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.