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Comment Re:Why does anyone update? (Score 1) 34

So set the internet connection to Airplane mode. For those times you need the net, just boot linux off an external device. Or make it into a dual-boot (which you should be doing anyway, for your own safety). Problem solved. You're going to have to do it in a 2025 anyway (extended support ends) or 2020 (mainstream support ends).

They've already said this will be the last version they sell - so unless you want to rent your operating system ...

Comment Re:But ... (Score 1) 27

They're selling it with a bootleg version of Windows. Not too swift.

Operating System: Unactivated Windows 7 without license preinstalled for Test. Or wanna other OS, pls leave us a message.

So add another $100 or so if you want Windows. Or make sure you buy an external CD-rom to install Linux or FreeBSD - they don't install too well from a usb key.

Comment Re: Worst of both worlds (Score 1) 88

Exactly. It is highly disingenuous to compare modern drones to the hobbiest model and miniature aircraft of the past. The hobbiests tended to be pretty sensitive to other peoples' feelings and to general notions of aviation safety. Part of it was, I suppose that the cost of such aircraft was fairly high, but it was also part of the gentlemen's agreement that went along with entering the hobby. Now when any beer-swilling asshole with a spare $200 can go and buy a drone with video camera on it, it simply isn't the same hobby at all.

Comment Why does anyone update? (Score 3, Insightful) 34

Why not just wait? If you don't surf questionable sites, have an up-to-date av program, and everything's working ok, why not just leave well enough alone and let the suckers take the hit? You don't see businesses rushing to update for a reason - and that reason is the topic of this story - it often breaks sh*t.

Comment Re:Gun Registry (Score 1) 88

The problem is that there aren't convenient "air" borders between states, so this, like, say, radio frequencies, are an obvious place where the Federal government has a role. Perhaps you should review why it is exactly the Articles of Confederation were ultimately seen as near worthless and the Constitution that is in place tody was written.

Comment Re:Gun Registry (Score 1) 88

No liberty is absolute. Speech, for instance can be limited, either civilly (if you sign an NDA and then violate it), or criminally (revealing state secrets, or treason as some call it, is an example of how speech can be limited under criminal statute). The Founding Fathers intended liberties to expansive, but not absolute. In such a way, limiting some forms of gun ownership is no different than, say, laws against shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater.

Comment Re:Toys (Score 1) 88

When you violate my privacy because you're either a sicko or a moron, then I expect my government to do something to make sure you find a more appropriate use for your toys.

The real solution is, of course, to require each drone to have a unique signature that can allow it to be traced to its owner, so when the owner gets this bright idea that he should be able to hover over someone's house and take video of their wife or daughter sunbathing in the back yard, he can be tracked down and dealt with suitably.

Submission + - EU court being asked to rule on legality of surveillance by US, UK

BarbaraHudson writes: The ACLU, Amnesty International, Privacy International and 7 other human rights groups have filed this complaint with the top EU human rights court, claiming violations of law by the UK in conjunction with the mass surveillance programs uncovered by Edward Snowden. Pages 114-115 of the filing (pdf) contain the applicant's responses to 6 questions asked by the court.

From The Intercept

"Through bulk surveillance programs, the U.S. and U.K. governments intercept the private communications and data of millions of people around the world," said Ashley Gorski, staff attorney at the ACLU National Security Project. "Not only is bulk surveillance unlawful, but it has a deeply chilling and corrosive effect on political discourse and our personal communications. We are hopeful that the European Court of Human Rights will recognize that this mass surveillance violates fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech, and that the court’s ruling will help put an end to these practices on a global scale."

The complaint argues that the scale of the surveillance "is unprecedented in terms of (a) the number of individuals whose communications are potentially affected; (b) the quantity of communications content and related communications data that is actually initially intercepted, extracted, filtered, stored, analysed and/or disseminated by the U.K. intelligence agencies." It adds that the "the operation of sophisticated covert surveillance powers without adequate safeguards is ipso facto disproportionate."

(Warning: commenting on this will no doubt get you on yet another watch list)

Comment Re:Mayer is clueless (Score 1) 28

They didn't make any bones about it - their first step was to fire a ton of engineers. The "New Yahoo" was supposed to coat along on existing software, acquisitions, and inertia so that it would be more profitable in the short term, making it look more profitable. To bad all software has bug, the acquisitions sucked, and inertia only takes you so far against resistance.

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