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Comment Re:More power to her. (Score 1) 605

I believe that many of the same people who would resort to shooting down a drone as their 1st reaction wouldn't hesitate to do the same to a person at the slightest provocation.

Well, that's a rather pessimistic view. I'm sure some would, but I would hope not many.

And those people are far more dangerous than suspected peepers.

Fair enough. Which kind of raises the point that without the drone, said peepers probably wouldn't be bold enough to be physically looking in their windows. And if they had access to a good telescope angle, why bother with the drone either.

It's like the Greater Internet Fuckwit Rule: anonymity emboldens the behavior. To which a prompt retort of buckshot that hurts nothing except the drone...well, you could do a lot worse as far as responses go. And it's effective.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 1) 282

..... US degenerating to a communist state, Hillary seizing all the guns

Wait, this whole list is going to happen in the next 8 years? Damn.

ISIS bioterrorists deploying global anti-human microbes, launching dirty bombs and mass-executions, and North Korea nuking us all......

What people don't seem to think about is that biological attacks are probably worse than nuclear. A nuke kills a lot of people in a limited area and makes that area uninhabitable for...what, 50 years or so? (as long as you're not like right next to the sarcophagus at Chernobyl the place isn't really a deadly toxic wasteland anymore) Versus infect say a few thousand people with some virulent disease, and good luck keeping them contained.

Dammit, now I'm wondering where the closest biological weapon research facility is to Syria. I bet it can't be that far away. And this is ISIS we're talking about; they'd use it in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Translated for Realists (Score 1) 282

6. Pocket Supercomputers for Everyone: Someone Else's data collection.

How so? If you want, you can install a Gapps-free ROM on a Nexus phone.

Here's another one:

12. In the future, you won't be allowed to run what you want on your own hardware that you bought and paid for.

Except the "joke" is that "in the future" is more like "3 to 5 years from now when they finish tightening the noose." TPM, SecureBoot, AppStores, and whatever they call that thing where Intel motherboards have an extra secret chip that decides what you're allowed to run on a per-instruction basis.

Comment Re:Sounds quite boring tbh (Score 1) 282

5 years my ass. It'll take at least 5 years just to get people to start buying them, and then another couple for the insurance prices to come down. Then a few years after that they'll finally be really dependable enough to take a nap in while they're in motion.

5 years is crazy optimistic. I'd say 10. More likely 15.

Comment Re:Ads (Score 1) 290

Yahoo always requires a phone number.

I stopped using Yahoo Mail right about the time when they started every couple weeks, dropping all my incoming emails for 3 days at a time :P Had been using that account for like 9 years at that point.

I mean, damn, guys, if there's ONE feature I require from my email service...

Comment Re:Voicemail, The Vinyl Records of Communication (Score 1) 290

and a text is laborious to compose with T9 and switching to multitap for unknown words.

Are you kidding? Even after using Swype for the last year I bet I could get pretty much equivalent speed with a solid T9 physical keypad. No having to go back and correct the wrong predictions. When I got a physical-full-qwerty keypad on my previous phone the keys were gummy and required harder presses so I was definitely slower on that than the previous-previous T9.

Also, why the hell don't smartphones have a "delete forward" button? It's so annoying to repeatedly try to tap one character over from characters like 'i', 'l', 't', etc. instead of just one keypress deleting the other direction :P

Comment Re:crap shilling article is crap (Score 1) 290

One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

Plus those times when you're composing an email and, as you're busy figuring out how to phrase it, you realize how to solve the problem on your own. Efficient! :)

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