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Comment Re:No. Not ever. (Score 1) 83

Social media, noun, websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

Users create and share content here. From the front page articles to the comments (which are the real reason any of us are here, let's face it, or else you wouldn't be reading this).

Twitter is pseudonymous and yet everyone regards it as social media, so I'm not sure where you got your definition.

Comment Re:25 to 30 feet above the trees? (Score 4, Informative) 644

If news helicopters are flying that low, they are violating FAA minimum altitude regulations anyway (91.119).

(c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

(d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface—

(1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and

(2) A powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section.

Comment Re:Thanks again Slashdot editors (Score 1) 32

They didn't mention the time because it depends where you are located. The article says the planets will be ~5 deg above horizon AT SUNSET and of course the sun sets at a different time depending where you are on the planet. It would have been nice if the summary had mentioned timing with the sunset, though.

Also, Western is capitalized because it is the proper name of a direction.

Comment Solution (Score 1) 152

I learned long ago to keep my media sound turned off on all my devices. Facebook is certainly not the first site or app to want to play sounds without your explicit permission, but you control the hardware so if you must browse Facebook, you can at least turn off your sound and simply turn it back up when there's something you really want to hear.

I know it's not an ideal solution but sometimes you have to live with the solution that you can actually control. Bitching about the ideology doesn't help as much as most of us wish it would.

Comment Re: It's a trap (Score 4, Insightful) 879

I think the point my AC friend here is trying to illustrate is that so much of our country is lost in this same mindset as Trump. Clinton (and really any democrat, or even most of the republicans for that matter) is seen as nothing but the enemy to them. What's interesting to me is that most of my Democrat friends seem to actually support their candidate (Bernie or Hillary, but not both) and most of my Republican friends seem to oppose Trump but not actually support anyone. To me, the latter is impressive given the fact that they had so many people to choose from. My personal opinion is that no matter who wins, it will be another 4-8 years of not really doing much because congress and the house will continue to oppose the president strongly no matter who they are -- which may actually be our saving grace. Just peruse the comments on any article like this one on any US news website and see how many people are attacking each other (very offensively and aggressively, I might add) to see what is going on here.

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