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Comment Re:2nd amendment (Score 1) 101

Responding to trespassing tends to grant a fair bit of leeway on property damage and personal injury.

It's still not clear that the FAA is even allowed to consider a drone to be an aircraft, and therefor under their regulatory purview, as this contradicts other parts of the same regulation. AMA is playing it safe and telling all us hobby pilots to register our UAS, but the legality of what has happened is still contested. (perhaps mainly by armchair layers). I think without settling the matter in court and establishing a ruling, we won't really know for certain. If you haven't guessed, I'm in the camp that does not consider hobby RC UAS to be aircraft. (which is true)

Also, I have to point out that flying FPV is still legal. But as most people interpret the regulations it's limited to hobbyists, things get complicated if FPV were to become a competitive televised sport and people start having sponsors. (likely violates FAA at that point)

Comment Re:CSS (Score 1) 266

Who rarely seems to provide it. I very briefly remember websites that offered "Screen", "Print", and a few other options for high-visibility. It was probably too unwieldy of a system so it seems that there is only desktop versus mobile profiles.

If javascript was less of a requirement or at least worked better in lynx & links, I'd probably go back to one of those old fashion text browsers. 90% of my web usage is reading text anyways. (my usage is probably not universal among all web users)

Comment Re:Linux is cheapest (Score 1) 504

Yup, basically we pay 6-figure software and hardware engineers to do sysadmin work instead of 5-figure IT workers. And the engineers usually take twice as long as a competent IT person.

Someone ought to do a cost-benefit analysis, but the way budgeting and accounting is they won't care how much it costs as long as we can drive the IT budget to zero.

Comment Linux is cheapest (Score 1) 504

My IT department won't support developer's Linux desktops, and we usually end up having to recycle old Windows hardware to skirt around the policies for developers to have two machines.

This amounts to a Linux machine costing the company zero in tech support, almost zero in hardware costs. About the only cost is the electricity.

PS - yeah, I know it's not fair to use my company's braindead policies to win this argument. But sometimes you have to turn your weakness into a strength.

Comment Re:Another attempt to start anew... (Score 1) 252

Not true at all. Apache is regularly used with shared modules — though it is possible to compile modules in, nobody really does that in practice, and some functionality is only available from vendors in a form of precompiled shared library.

I'm not saying it's not possible, only that it's undesirable. It's undesirable to wrestle with ABI and version hell when you have to distribute your software across 1000 nodes of a cluster. It's certainly not the biggest difficulty in clustering, but why take on something that doesn't offer value and usually reduced performance and reliability in the field?

Comment Re:Another attempt to start anew... (Score 1) 252

I admit to not knowing C++ well either, I've only used it for a decade, that's hardly enough time to become familiar with C++. I generally hand off C++ projects to my coworkers who have invested far more of their time in learning and tracking C++ than I have.

Rob Pike has some experiences with programming languages that I find valuable, so for me I am willing to take a look at what he has to say on the topic in the hope there might be some gems.

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