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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

Mononoke Re:FAA's side on this (236 comments)

They already have rules like these. Model airplane flyers have abided by them for years. What the FAA is trying to do is ignore those standing rules because there's money involved and they want their licensing fees.

about 9 months ago

Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run

Mononoke Re:Liberal tears make the best lube (165 comments)

Yup. I'm on his mailing list. I didn't win the AR-15 he allegedly gave away, but the emails are often humorous:

Dear patriot,
Well, I did it again.
Every gun grabber called my office yesterday screaming and crying because I posted this to our website.
Yes, I find liberal tears to be the best gun cleaner.
Now that's funny.
But you know what would really have gun grabbers dabbing their eyes with their petticoats?
If I were to run this campaign for U.S. Senate.
So let's give them something to cry about.
Today is the last day to accept donations for this period, so I need you to act NOW...

about a year ago

Google Supercomputers Tackle Giant Drug-Interaction Data Crunch

Mononoke The answer (50 comments)

is 42.

1 year,18 days

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Mononoke Re:Quality entertainment (965 comments)

Which is why you may not see any. Corn doesn't have nuts.

Well, not any more.

about 2 years ago

Google Redesigns Image Search, Raises Copyright and Hosting Concerns

Mononoke Another example of feature creep (203 comments)

GIS worked just fine before they decided to "improve" it. Now I cannot turn "Safe search" off, and now I cannot quickly search for a particular image size.

If I'm really fast, I can get to the links at the (ever moving away) bottom of the page and find my way back to the old GIS, but only if I'm fast enough.

Please, Google, put these coders on a project that NEEDS improvement, and give us a useable GIS back. Thank you.

about 2 years ago

Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

Mononoke Re:One word: Lawsuits (253 comments)

Not that you asked me, but I'm using the Roadhawk DC-1: http://www.roadhawk.co.uk/roadhawk-dc-1-car-black-box-camera/prod_18.html

The Roadhawk is the best implementation of a black box camera I have seen. It has enough on-board backup power to write the necessary EOF so that the actually crash video isn't corrupted (that's where the dod-tec apparently fails). It stores incident (accelerometer triggered) video files in a separate folder so that aren't eventually written over. It creates 60 sec. standard MP4 video files that can be played anywhere, yet those same files when read with Roadhawk's Windows software also show accelerometer graphs, speed of travel, and GPS maps. "Incident" files get written as 20 sec MP4 files with the triggering incident at the 10 second point in the file. Yes, they sell to US customers also.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court Blocks Illinois Law Against Recording Police

Mononoke Re:The problem is presentation, not recording. (225 comments)

I think most cop shops are afraid of something happening like occurred with the video of Rodney King's beatdown, in which the news snipped off crucial sections in which King repeatedly lunged at police. In addition, they tended not to mention his 100+mph evasion attempt, his prior criminal record or his extensive drug use. We all know how that turned out.

So the beating was justified then? Wow.

about 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Mononoke Re:It's got Office and that's good enough for some (357 comments)

It's a problem if your clients are not smart enough to do that. Last week I had a presentation with an "embedded video" and all they brought on their USB drive was SHORTCUT to the video file that lived on their office server. They of course blamed my platform (MacBookPro running Windows 7) and made certain the entire audience knew it was my fault.

As I write this I'm playing a PPT sponsor loop at a fundraiser, and half of the fonts used in the presentation are missing. No one has noticed yet.

more than 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Mononoke Re:It's got Office and that's good enough for some (357 comments)

...if it means I don't have to fart around with reformatting at teh last minute in Keynote, Page and Numbers on an iPad, or any of the other feeble attempts at Office compatibility to do a presentation, then that's just fine by me.

Just wait until you try to open an Office document that uses a font outside the small subset of fonts included with the Surface. Hell, just opening a PPT on any laptop other than the one it was created on often requires last minute editing to get everything on the screen.

more than 2 years ago

Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling On College Campuses

Mononoke This is nothing new (208 comments)

State University systems can own thousands of acres of land not actually being used as campus land. A large portion of the University of Texas's income comes from leases operated on UT-owned land. In fact, there is an entire entity solely dedicated to handing this for UT: University Lands. It's unlikely that Pennsylvania is looking to lease Campus Commons areas. More likely they are simply making it possible for unused land owned by the system to bring in funds for the State University System.

more than 2 years ago

Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP

Mononoke "Ad-supported internet" (73 comments)

Ads don't support the internet. Users support the internet. Content attracts the users. Ads support SOME of the content.

Of course an advertising organization would twist this.

more than 2 years ago

Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed

Mononoke Re:Even murderers get released on bond (747 comments)

If you've violated probation, you've shown to the courts that you cannot be trusted. No bond is the correct action here.

more than 2 years ago

Witness Ridicules 'Hands-On' Reviews of Surface

Mononoke Re:Oh please, get a life. (206 comments)

You had to cut&paste from Office to tell us this?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network

Mononoke Triage (331 comments)

Replaceable: Ignore it.

Irreplaceable: Load it and get the hell out.

Next time: Planning and preparation.

more than 2 years ago

The eBook Backlash

Mononoke I've been conned (418 comments)

...into thinking that it is much easier to a nice selection of books with me in a tablet than it is to carry them any other way.

more than 2 years ago

Why is the EFF at the RSA Security Conference? (Video)

Mononoke Keep your friends close (34 comments)

and your enemies closer.

more than 2 years ago

White House Wants Devastating Cuts To NASA's Mars Exploration

Mononoke Going to Mars is an ego trip (422 comments)

Yes, I know we would advance technology by solving the problems inherent in making the trip, but there is still plenty to explore (and plenty of science we don't yet know) here on Earth that can be done with much less money.
Mars exploration makes good headlines, but it's not the best use of our limited budgets for science and exploration.

more than 2 years ago

The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

Mononoke Re:Perspective (438 comments)

As far as I can tell at ATT's wireless site, they don't care where you got the phone so long as their sim card fits and the phone works on their network.

more than 2 years ago


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I'm so tired of PC laptops!

Mononoke Mononoke writes  |  more than 11 years ago I rent LCD projectors to the unsuspecting public.

Every time, I have to babysit the PC laptop owner while he hooks his POS laptop to the projector. Why? Because for some reason NO version of windows can handle the addition of second display. Some windows versions seem to think they need special drivers just to put an XGA signal out the port. Yes, I know, you can just 'Next' out of the dialog to proceed, but it scares the customers like crazy.

Then, once the OS is happy, you still don't get anything out of the laptop. Why? Even though the OS knows there's a display hooked to the external VGA port, the laptop has to be told to use it. What kind of stupid crap is that? Even better: Every brand of laptop has its own different key combination for 'activating' the VGA output. Of course, almost no laptop owners (including most /. readers) know what key combination their laptop needs. Some use Fn/F5, some Fn/F8, they all have different cryptic icons on the function keys. Stupid PC laptops.

Of course, it's always my fault, or the fault of my projector. It's even better when I hear about it 2 weeks later when the whole crowd was left with the impression that my equipment was to blame. Stupid PC laptops.

"What about Mac laptops?", you may ask. No Mac laptop user has ever had any problem with my projectors. They simply hook up to my projector, and it works. No problem. Yet people still claim that PCs are just as user-friendly as Macs. Wrong, they are.

Stupid PC laptops.

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