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Comment How high is up? (Score 1) 168

I have a quad-copter with a 4MP camera, that is good enough to do roof / solar-panel inspections. It weighs less than one pound.

How high a roof?

If a strike from 5 lb drone falling 10 ft can be lethal, how safe is it to be caught standing unawares beneath your 1 lb drone as it falls 30 to 40 ft?

Comment Wait your turn. (Score 1) 244

They're giving it away free and they pushed a little "install me" button on current Win 7 and Win 8 installs. I'm actually surprised it's not higher. This 5% should be seen as a failure not a success.

The roll-out was always meant to move forward in manageable stages.

It was clear from the beginning that distribution to low-end tablets and other systems with very limited resources would be delayed.

Comment Barriers To Entry. (Score 1) 349

But this was also true if you put a 15 year old -- or a 10 year old -- in front of a 1987 Macintosh.

Given the unlikely chance that his family could afford one ---

In October 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh 512K, with quadruple the memory of the original, at a price of US $3,195.

$7,338, adjusted for inflation.

Apple released the Macintosh Plus on January 10, 1986, for a price of US$ 2,600.

$5,661, adjusted for inflation.

It offered one megabyte of RAM, easily expandable to four megabytes by the use of socketed RAM boards. It also featured a SCSI parallel interface, allowing up to seven peripherals---such as hard drives and scanners---to be attached to the machine. Its floppy drive was increased to an 800 kB capacity. The Mac Plus was an immediate success and remained in production, unchanged, until October 15, 1990; on sale for just over four years and ten months, it was the longest-lived Macintosh in Apple's history.

In September 1986, Apple introduced the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW, an application that allowed software developers to create software for Macintosh on Macintosh, rather than cross compiling from a Lisa.

This is another way of saying that the barriers to entry for an MS-DOS developer were low.

In August 1987, Apple unveiled HyperCard and MultiFinder, which added cooperative multitasking to the Macintosh. Apple began bundling both with every Macintosh.

Updated Motorola CPUs made a faster machine possible, and in 1987 Apple took advantage of the new Motorola technology and introduced the Macintosh II at $5500, powered by a 16 MHz Motorola 68020 processor.

$11,554. adjusted for inflation.

The primary improvement in the Macintosh II was Color QuickDraw in ROM, a color version of the graphics language which was the heart of the machine.

Macintosh. CPI Inflation Calculator

To understand the significance of Windows 95, you only have to sense the emotions inspired by the rediscovery of the videos which shipped with Win 95. Edie Brickell - Good Times

This was not Charlie Chaplin. This was not "1984."

But, for hundreds of millions of quite ordinary people, this was their introduction to multimedia, the PC and the Internet.

Comment Re:Please don't camp anywhere near me. (Score 1) 146

I go camping to get away from that shit.

Good lord, yes.

How can you be self-employed and not have contingency plans in place for the times when you may forced off-line by illness, accident or other special circumstances? Such as a wife and kid who are demanding more uninterrupted face time than your smartphone.

Comment Language Skills, D, People Skills, F. (Score 1) 264

You mean an idiot? Instead of expecting people to exercise their language skills, we're just enabling stupid people to be more stupid...Emoji are stupid, and people who use them are stupid by extension....

The intellectual play of combining words and pictures is centuries if not millennia old and really needs no defense. Rebus

Comment Don't know much about history. (Score 1) 576

There are always multiple wars going on in numerous places in the world, constantly. Many of these are being interfered with, instigated, or supported by the US and its allies.

I've got news for you, kid.

It has always been like that and you don't need an imperial power to drive the action, all you need is a sense that you are losing ground against the other.

What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

Comment Not invented here. (Score 1) 264

It wasn't so very long ago when the geek was drawn to to the creation of intricate typographic art (aka ASCII art) and emotions.

The central idea of using of letters, numbers and symbols, dots and dashes, bits and bytes, to send simple cartoons or more complex and engaging images over low bandwidth connections is, after all, at least as old as the telegraph.

But it seems forbidden to build a full, working, global vocabulary of images at higher resolution --- in both black & white and color --- and drawing on sources from outside the geek community. The western geek community and the US, specifically.

Comment Williow Witching. (Score 1) 45

Check out "". It came out before MIAOW.

What is it about the geek that compels him to bury his most interesting projects somewhere south of the The Ark of the Covenant? Never leaving behind the faintest clew to what it does or where it might be found.

Traditionally, the most common dowsing rod is a forked (Y-shaped) branch from a tree or bush. The dowser then walks slowly over the places where he suspects the target (for example, minerals or water) may be, and the dowsing rod dips, inclines or twitches when a discovery is made. This method is sometimes known as "willow witching".

Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 1) 744

The people who like systemd tend to like the features.......the people who dislike it, the architecture


6) The user asked for a feature request to be added to machinectl, that would retain that environment variable
7) Lennart said, "sure, no problem." (Which shows why systemd is gaining usage, when people want a feature, he adds it)

If I had to place a bet on the fate of architectural perfection vs. responsiveness to users, I'd have to go with the users.

Comment Show Me. Don't Tell Me. (Score 1) 726

For the last generation or so laws that target Holocaust denial are almost entirely about targeting critics of Israel.
I've read that 97% of the inhabitants of Gaza are antisemites. Authoritative poll.

The thing I least love about Slashdot is the instant mod-up of unsupported assertions. The defining quality of the geek to my way of thinking is fact-based decision-making.

Comment Twice nothing is still nothing. (Score 4, Insightful) 29

Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) has two members in the Croatian parliament, neither of whom won their elections as ORaH candidates.

The party was formed in 2013. Its leader is a former Minister of Environmental Protection and Nature and Social Democratic Party MP Mirela Holy. She won the seat in the Sabor as a member of Social Democratic Party from which she left after some disagreements over party leadership. On 23 July 2015 it was announced that an independent MP Mladen Novak is joining ORaH. He is a former Croatian Labourists --- Labour Party member who left the party after it started negotiating to join Kukuriku coalition.

Sustainable Development of Croatia

Between January 1990, when political parties were legalized in Croatia, and March 2015, 264 political parties were registered, out of which 118 have since been struck from the register.

Social Democrats 61 seats. [Center-left]
Croatian Democratic Union 44 seats. [Center-right]
Croatian Labourists - Labour 6 seats.

List of political parties in Croatia

Comment TVA. (Score 2) 64

This from Winged Cat struck me as more than a little strange:

"Government funding" not being a realistic path, given their demonstrated history with regard to projects that might actually give cheap power to the masses.

The are vast regions in the US that have benefited enormously from governmental investment in electric power.

Even by Depression standards, the Tennessee Valley was economically dismal in 1933. Thirty percent of the population was affected by malaria, and the average income was only $639 per year, with some families surviving on as little as $100 per year. Much of the land had been farmed too hard for too long, eroding and depleting the soil. Crop yields had fallen along with farm incomes. The best timber had been cut, with another 10% of forests being burnt each year.

TVA was designed to modernize the region, using experts and electricity to combat human and economic problems. TVA developed fertilizers, taught farmers ways to improve crop yields and helped replant forests, control forest fires, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. The most dramatic change in Valley life came from TVA-generated electricity. Electric lights and modern home appliances made life easier and farms more productive. Electricity also drew industries into the region, providing desperately needed jobs.

Tennessee Valley Authority

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton