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5-Pound UAV Flies For 50 Minutes, Streams HD From Over 3 Miles

Stupendoussteve Re:Specs are overrated (115 comments)

If it can remain in a relatively stationary position in sustained 40mph winds, it is by definition going 40mph. To stay stationary it would have to match the speed of the wind, and if it can do that then in calm winds it would still be able to go that same speed (and groundspeed at that). It is the same reason a fixed wing aircraft can hover or perform STOL maneuvers.

If it were moving with a tailwind, it could travel significantly faster over the ground than their specifications even mentioned.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

Stupendoussteve Re:like Windows? (397 comments)

Off by default in WIndows 8, otherwise configurable in the Recycle Bin properties.

On is a reasonable default for the masses, and configurable for those who actually know what they want to do. Don't forget some people use the Recycle Bin for storing things they want to keep.

about a year ago
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Apple Mobile Devices Cleared For Use On US Military Networks

Stupendoussteve Re:Samsung? (94 comments)

Most likely due to Samsung Knox.

about a year ago
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Apple Nabs Java Exploit That Bypassed Disabled Plugin

Stupendoussteve Re:Not a bug? (97 comments)

I don't think this was a flaw in that safe files list. It mentions it could be executed automatically, not that it was executed without warning.

Safari has the "Open 'safe' files automatically' option which is turned on by default. I think this is more likely the issue.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Nabs Java Exploit That Bypassed Disabled Plugin

Stupendoussteve Re:So... (97 comments)

Kind of.

The issue was not Java applets embedded in webpages, they were still disabled. It has to do with a (stupid) feature in Safari, "Open 'Safe' files after downloading." Apparently the Java web start files were on the safe list and would auto-execute.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Nabs Java Exploit That Bypassed Disabled Plugin

Stupendoussteve Re:Java and flash... (97 comments)

Or Google's Native Client.

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

Stupendoussteve Re:Commonly used? (354 comments)

If you disagree with everything they've done so far and where they're going, it seems the perfect time to do so, when it's not commonly used. Maybe they'll blow everything else out of the water, I'm not holding my breath but wish them the best.

It's still a GPL project.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies

Stupendoussteve Re:Not that simple (Re:Online Advertising Response (369 comments)

Blocking all third party cookies breaks things that a lot of people like and use, like Facebook/Twitter login, disquis, etc. This is a better solution than the current wide-open default, while still allowing you to block everything if you choose.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Store Sends User Information To App Developers

Stupendoussteve Re:"Flaw"? (269 comments)

It certainly does explain it.

The system they slapped together included Google Checkout, which is used for shipping physical goods to physical addresses. Everything goes to the developer because the developer is selling you the product, not Google. Unfortunatley it appears they kept the location features, even though it was unneeded for the new role.

Play Store is essentially a different interface to Google Shopping.

about a year and a half ago
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Russian Univ. Launches Course Based On ReactOS Led By Alex Bragin

Stupendoussteve Re:Actual Operating System (90 comments)

Why wouldn't they do this on ReactOS directly?

Looking at Windows source for inspiration seems a little dangerous.

about a year and a half ago
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64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

Stupendoussteve Re:Purpose though? (588 comments)

Surface Pro is full Windows 8, no reason you shouldn't be able to. Windows RT has artificial lockdowns to try and force you to use Windows store or SCCM sideloading.

about a year and a half ago
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What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

Stupendoussteve Re:VisiCalc (704 comments)

And then Windows came along and integrated Lotus 1.2.3. with Miami Vice.

about a year and a half ago
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Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?

Stupendoussteve Re:BSD License (339 comments)

Apple doesn't hide the BSD improvements either. Go visit their Open Source page. You can build Darwin if you put in the work.

about a year and a half ago
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Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?

Stupendoussteve Re:Apple bites the hand that created them (339 comments)

Have you ever visited Apple's Open Source page? You'll find they do share code, even purely BSD code.

http://opensource.apple.com/

Though I'm not really sure what your point is, nor how you got +5. Apple is not even mentioned in this story, what "stupid bullshit" are you talking about?

about a year and a half ago
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Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?

Stupendoussteve Re:Not Bill Gates' Microsoft (339 comments)

The gestures are there on other systems, but they "work". I've not used a non-Apple product yet that isn't jerky when running even simple jestures like two-finger scroll (including my ThinkPad).

Apple's Metro doesn't get crapped on because it isn't mandatory. Launchpad is not forced on anyone, it will pop up when you buy something from the store but the Application itself is still in the Applications folder and easily accessible. You do realize that every gesture in OS X is configurable? They default to natural scrolling or swiping from the edge of the trackpad, but you can change this from one Preference Pane.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Stupendoussteve Re:Apple angle? (561 comments)

Windows 8 does not run on ARM, Windows RT does, but it doesn't really matter anyway. So far the courts have been pretty permissive about locked down Apple and Android devices, I see no reason why this would be different.

The new tablets and phones have been marketed as appliances, complete in and of themselves and not user serviceable, therefore there is no need for users to have access to extended functionality. While users do jailbreak them and find ways around, the courts so far seem to support the appliance idea. Most of which are running ARM.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Stupendoussteve Re:Solution (561 comments)

MacBook air doesn't have a touchscreen, or the iPad form factor.

People will buy this.

about 2 years ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Stupendoussteve Re:Apple angle? (561 comments)

The Surface Pro isn't out yet, this story isn't about it. We have no idea if it will allow secure boot to be turned off, though I believe it will because they're marketing to corporations, and their own guidelines for the Windows 8 branding say it must be user configurable on x86 hardware.

about 2 years ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Stupendoussteve Re:Another reason not to buy Surface (561 comments)

If Microsoft follows their own policies for the Windows 8 badge, it must allow users to turn it off (just not on ARM).

about 2 years ago

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