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Comment Re:Why have I never heard of this? (Score 1) 197

I disagree about Reddit, but I completely agree about Imzy: this is the first time I've heard of it. This reminds me of all the times I've read an announcement like this about some Google service that was being shut down, and that was the first time I'd heard of it. Obviously you're not going to have a lot of users of something if people have never even heard of it.

As for Reddit, it's fine. Reddit is a HUGE site full of many different forums (subreddits), so you can't paint them all with the same brush. Some of them are really horrible (/r/pyongyang, /r/The_Donald, /r/HillaryClinton) and full of vile people, others have IMO overzealous moderators (/r/politics), but there's literally hundreds of thousands of subreddits so there should be some on there to suit whatever odd interest you may have. There's one for my car, for instance, which sometimes has an interesting posting. There's /r/EarthPorn which has really nice nature photos posted every day and where I learn about great places to visit and hike. Every subreddit is totally different, with different moderators; some totally suck, others are pretty handy. It just doesn't compare with a site like Slashdot at all.

Comment Re:Off topic nonsense. (Score 1) 419

Typically international travel is planned months in advance. And if you look at the actual data there's a significant drop from September to October before the election - which would correspond to travel plans made either in early summer or even late spring. And then their data goes out to March 2017. But Trump didn't take office and get going with his actual travel bans until well into January 2017.

Do you think Trump suddenly appeared out of thin air in November and magically got elected then? He was on the campaign trail all through 2016, and he was formally chosen as the Republican candidate way back in July in the RNC convention. You're absolutely right about travel being planned months in advance, which is where it took a couple months to start seeing a significant dip after Trump's nomination. His nomination is the point at which everyone realized that it was possible he'd get elected, and where they realized just how horrible American voters were since they chose him.

Comment Re:Good (Score 0) 419

Because I'm pretty sure Trump wasn't elected until November 8, 2016.


Trump was elected in Cleveland in mid-July, at the Republican national convention. That's when the world realized that there was a very good possibility he'd win, and also when the world realized that Trump was not a joke candidate, but rather that around half of Americans actually liked him and were going to vote for him. They smartly started deciding that a country full of citizens stupid and racist enough to vote for this guy isn't a country worth visiting and spending your tourism Euros and Yen on. It took a couple months for the effect to really be seen though because people make their vacation plans and reservations months in advance.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 419

You can call it "collusion" all you want, but I object to the term "attack". Even if everything said about Russia is true (Guccifer working for them, hacked the DNC and released emails, etc.), in the end Russia did not vote for Trump. The American people did. And I find it hard to throw blame onto other parties as long as the information released was actually true, even if it only aired the dirty laundry of one side. If you don't want your dirty laundry aired, then keep your laundry clean.

Comment Re:You keep using that word ... (Score 1) 192

It's about making sure you can't free your drone from surveillance.

Actually, it's to put a system in place to be able to track drones back to users in order to dissuade you from considering using a drone to video record that which the authorities don't want the public to see. Criminals in government avoid accountability and the Chinese get tons of US data for which I'm sure they donated to the appropriate politician-owned "think-tank", private charity organization, etc etc...basically the slush-fund of those politicians that help implement such a system.


Comment Re:They should be limited PERMANENTLY (Score 1) 192

Odd. I've only ever heard complaints about them in the last 5 or 6 years, and yet they've been in use since at least the 50s, and I'm pretty sure back to the 40s.

Yes, yes, but those were just simple remotely-controlled miniature flying machines. Nothing to get excited about.

These are totally different! These are privacy-invading, aircraft-wrecking drones! They have **apps** ffs! Might as well paint a big "ISIS" on the side of the things! /s


Comment Re:You keep using that word ... (Score 5, Interesting) 192

There are plenty of people who deliberately operate their DJI gear on older firmware and alongside an older app on their phone/tablet ... with that device in "airplane" mode to avoid any internet awareness. Of course that also costs you all sorts of nice mapping features and other goodies, but it just comes down to your priorities.

Comment You keep using that word ... (Score 5, Informative) 192

That's not what "brick" means. And the summary's assertion that people will have to sign up by next week doesn't even survive the rest of the summary, where it's made clear that the issue only comes up if you decide to change the firmware and companion app you're using. If you don't change them, there's NO CHANGE. If you DO change them, they want to pair the user of the device with a known account. Because they need to CYA should somebody do something especially douchey with one of their flying robots.

Comment Re:Pfizer and Amphastar the only option? (Score 1) 249

Except that in this case, sodium bicarbonate is not a big profit center for Pfizer. I don't think they're sending out lobbyists to keep others from getting into this market.

Pharmaceutical companies don't typically enter the market depending on a single product to keep them afloat.

Bicarbonate of soda would be only one minor side-product for a competitor as well as the other, major, cash products they would need to offer to be competitive, same as the established players. Keeping competitors out of the market for medical-grade bicarbonate of soda is simply a part of the collateral damage caused by collusion between the pharma industry and government to suppress new competition.

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