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Comment Re:progressive thinking (Score 1) 78

Well, yes, some of those peoples are still around, which matters to racists and fascists, who believe that races and peoples have rights and share collective guilt. None of those people are still around, which is what matters from the point of justice and liberty.

It was the peoples who owned the land. They were very much territorial. In some cases, land was owned by a smaller group like a tribe or tribelet. The land was taken from them collectively, so any redress must be to them collectively. You might not recognize the value of the collective, but they do.

The truth is that the land you currently possess was taken from the prior owners by force. It's quite possible that they or their descendants are still around, and if you actually believed that taking property by force is wrong, you'd give it back to them. You don't, but you sure to like to claim the moral high ground that you're not even vaguely close to approaching. There's no way you can in good conscience sit there and rant about property rights you clearly don't believe in, and also be taken seriously.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 46

When I was a kid and turned on a BBC Micro, it was ready to use instantly.

And for its time, it was awesome. And today, a pocket calculator makes that BBC Micro its bitch. But the truth is that most of us never turn our computers all the way off, so it doesn't matter much what the power-on-to-usefulness time is unless we're experiencing a lot of crashes.

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 200

Hint: The delay is completely impractical

While that's true, you probably could come up with a semi-autonomous solution that was smart enough to run a drill by itself if you told it where to drill and how far, that sort of thing. At this point, complete automation of the process is an unreasonable goal, but we already have automated mining equipment on this planet.

Comment Re:Best attempted on Earth first! (Score 1) 200

I am 100% for robotic automation of labor but it seems like this is a task they should master on Earth before they try it out on Mars. So the question is, will SpaceX dominate Earth's mining industry?

It's already mostly automated on earth. If you have millions and millions of dollars in the bank, and a whole lot of land to carve up and do something with, you can call Komatsu up and they will sell you dump trucks and bulldozers and front loaders that drive themselves. I'm pretty sure the drilling for the blasting is still done by a human operator, though obviously that's done by machine.

They're going to have to come up with one robot that can do all of that stuff, and a smelter and a factory, and drop them all on Mars. That's a shitload of mass. I anticipate it happening eventually, but not rapidly.

Comment Re:Remote shutter control messes up clasification (Score 1) 100

The fact that the person controlling the drone is required to be able to see it while piloting seem not to matter at all.

No, it doesn't matter at all, because the legal requirement does mean that people won't be doing it.

Also, why not use criminal intent as a basis for determining criminal behavior instead of just forbidding the entire setup :/

Yes, that's much more relevant.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 261

the best decision would be to match what users prefer

Absent user-selectable themes, the best decision is to use the simplest, clearest, most discoverable interface with the least amount of decorative gewgaws. This has been taken dramatically too far in many cases, where people aren't even drawing borders around buttons any more. The existence of a button frame is not decorative. It is informative.

Obviously, the best solution is to present a fluid, themeable interface. Then if the user adds a bunch of baroque bullshit, it's on them.

Comment Re:Too bad for men. (Score 2) 107

There is nothing magical about a Personal Locator Beacon (this one was highly reviewed. I am not getting kickbacks. I am not getting referrals. I do not own one.) The $300 buy-in price translates to less than $40/year if it lasts ten years, which it might.

On the other hand, it would be totally fucking useless even if it sent a ping straight to your local PD saying you were being raped, because by the time they show up, it will be over.

Comment Re:Money drives innovation (Score 4, Insightful) 46

If we want innovation in software, we have to be willing to pay something for it.

I couldn't give a toss for innovation. They can blow their innovation right out their arseholes. What I want is iteration. I want them to go back over their work and fix their mistakes. I am willing to pay far more for a bugfixed OS than I am for a new scheduling API for example. And I won't pay anything for the developer to add spyware to the system.

Comment Re:Plenty of devices support GLONASS (Score 1) 172

Most recent phones support GLONASS. Even an older device like the Nexus 5 does so. You can use an app like GPS Test (by Chartcross, for Android) to see them. They're the higher numbered satellite (60s, 70s). The support is built into the GPS integrated receiver, from Qualcomm and others.

And not just that, but most drones' GPS receivers support GLONASS as well. By far the most common GPS chipset is the NEO6,7,8M. NEO6M is the only of these which doesn't support GLONASS and it's also by far the most rare, most common is NEO7M and NEO8M is most common for new sales since the price is virtually identical to the 7M.

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