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Comment Re:Why Microsoft wins (Score 1) 183

Repeating what A.C.s 1 & 3 said, Chrome is all about forcing you to upgrade. The Goog has an administrative background service which prevents you from ever receiving the UAC prompt because they update that frequently and they don't want to train users to blindly click through UACs that were not initiated by user action. Mozilla Firefox does this too. All of which would be better handled through Microsoft Store, Chocolatey, or some other unified package update interface.

Comment Re:DAB is awesome (Score 1) 303

DAB is not HDFM. DAB uses MP2 @
DAB also transmits 9-12 channels in a single 1.5MHz transmission that must be simultaneously received (expensive), then the stream you want can be decoded from the digital data. HDFM uses normal 200kHz-wide channels or subchannels of normal radio transmissions. This guarantees battery life is always going to be worse for portables decoding DAB and DAB+ than HDFM, and both will be a lot worse than demodulating simple FM directly.

All that aside, I could care less about what they do to commercial radio as long as they leave AM weather and emergency radio alone. Were I Norwegian, it would bother me that the government is effectively forcing the use of a patented codec because the out-of-patent codec allowed by the DAB standard sounds like shit compared to FM.

Comment Re:The latest fad (Score 1) 121

I'd say it is warranted to credit MS with making serious effort to maintain backward compatibility. A win32 binary (not driver) which if implemented to spec on Windows XP w/ VC++6.0 probably still runs in Windows 10, at least until they kill off win32 in favor of UWP. Win32 and COM's fanatical (and much appreciated) adherence to ABI versioning means most software packages will run for a very long time via MS's compatibility shims. How many commercial or FOSS projects can you think of which provide those kinds of version compatibility shims? The only one I can think of is glibc and very few projects appear to target versioned symbols. Microsoft's backwards-compat-OCD exceeds what is possible with static linking.

Comment Re:Linux supported Kaby Lake features in March (Score 1) 276

I would bet that 2.6.x still has a significant install base under the names RHEL5 & 6, centos 5 & 6, oracle linux 5 & 6... And aside from that middle brand, these are people who are probably paying for vendor support, which makes them more equal than other linux users.

Comment Re: Adblock (Score 1) 212

It'd be nice if this proper OS existed at the present time because I'm not going back to Amiga despite its lack of viruses. I'm reading between the lines here, but I infer you are setting up Linux or a BSD variant as this hypothetical proper OS, all of which have their fair share of vulnerabilities and are even harder for non-technical end users to configure correctly to avoid problems.

Comment Re: Unsurprising (Score 5, Insightful) 441

Sometimes you don't want to put a 450 kg warhead through somebody's window when an 8 kg warhead will do.
Sometimes you don't know how many targets there are until you're near the target.
Sometimes you need to use additional missiles if the first wasn't sufficient and can't afford the non-trivial flight time for a second launch.
Sometimes you want to go home without blowing things up and without wasting 1.6M USD.

There are advantages to having a reusable launch platform in the area, whether that be a UAV or a strike fighter.

Comment Re:Pilot still needs a UAS license? (Score 4, Interesting) 124

Nevermind, it's not clear from the summary, but all of the articles mention this. Yes there is still licensing, no the rules are not as strenuous as a full pilot's license (no medical, etc).
FPV flight is still dead without a waiver. Interestingly, you can fly above 400' as long as you are within 400' of a structure (eg, for remote visual inspection of tall buildings).

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