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Comment Re:Did KDE survive KDE3-KDE4? (Score 1) 512

KDE used graphics features that should have worked but didn't everywhere. It was single handedly responsible for pulling up graphical support on Linux desktops and resulted in Compiz and all the other comparable Windows and OS X stuff that came about. Without KDE 4 Linux desktops would still have looked like bloody Motif.

Compiz predates KDE4 by about 2 years.

Comment Re:Large enough to help in some other way... (Score 1) 20

Most of that picnic-table sized area are the wings. The fuselage is maybe 10-12 inches across (there is a closeup photo in the article). The spare lifting capacity after batteries is one or two orders of magnitude too low to carry a human. On the other hand it won't do much damage if it hits someone or someone gets too close to the props.

Once you're at the size needed to safely lift a human the requirements for same landing and take off around trees, buildings, animals and people are much more stringent and would need a human operator, at which point a small helicopter will be cheaper and easier (at this time anyway, maybe one day ...).

Comment Re:A solution in search of a problem.. (Score 2) 111

You put the keycard (these days its more often chip based I think, but anyway) in the cradle by the door and it has the same effect (turn on/off thelights etc), usually except for one power socket which is used for the fridge. Two guests get two keycards so one is always in the room with them. Simple ... works this way across the world.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 622

Once I've entered the destination and it's gone to the map display the destination isn't shown any more, but the trip time is. So misfingering on a list of destinations or an autocomplete error is easy to miss, but the approximate trip time is always visible as a check ("hang on, that can't be right?")

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 4, Insightful) 622

Agreed, I almost always have my GPS muted, just using it as a moving map with live traffic information (Google Maps FTW) and ETA. And I look at the ETA and journey time before I start to see if it looks reasonable.

That said, the Belgian woman was lying and using "GPS made me do it" as cover. No one is that stupid, for one thing you can't drive for two days straight without breaks and rest, which would be a dead give-away to anyone with enough cognitive function to actually be able to drive. Not to mention signposts in several different languages along the way


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