* Posts by Khaptain

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Re: What theft?

"Erm, when you take an illegitimate copy of someone's music/film/art isn't that "copyright theft"?"

Wouldn't that depend on how that music/film/art/database was used thereafter ?

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FAO EVERYBODY: From the Legal Outreach Team at Bong Ventures LLC

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Re: I'm sorry I misconstrued it for comedy

Stuart, you did understand that it was satirical didn't you ?

The subtitle is usually the giveaway.. "From: Steven P Bong, Founder and Chief Disruption Officer. "

OK CDO's actually exist do but not formally...

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Framed?

"The numbers would certainly suggest so, unless you reckon that a sizable portion of the male population is sexually desparate"

35 Million accounts would relate to a lot of people making a lot of jokes with their friends email accounts, somehow I doubt it.

From what I glanced over in the DB, the age groups were definalty that of middle aged men, which would appear to correlate with the group most likely to use these kinds of services.

On top of that how many "jokers" would also accept to the pay the bills by credit card....

I imagine that in reality there were a lot of fake accounts, probably generated by AM themselves in order to build up the stats. 35 Million**** definately does not sound realistic though as it would require about 60% of all middle aged North American to signing up... I had never even heard of AM before the scandals started.

****Matchbook maths : North America = approx 350million people = 175million men = slightly less than 2/7 of which in the 40 to 60 year old group = 50 million men...

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Re: A few thoughts come to mind

@Strum

Then please define your definition of a society or a culture if is not something that is based upon common values.

"Poppycock. I'm old enough (and it's not that long ago) when blokes with mistresses were thought of as 'a bit of a lad'."

From what I remember being called "a bit of a lad" was not something to be proud of, it was generally given to the foolish kind of person.

If you think that fucking around on your spouse is fine, then great for you, that's your perogative.. If marriage vows mean nothing to you, then fine, again that's your perogative.. Trust does not appear to be very high up on your list of moral values.

For the record, any moral judgments that I make are made for myself not for others as you stated.

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Re: Moral Readjustment

"Time to change our culture so people don't feel they have to resort to deceit to get what they really want."

@Keith : How on earth do you imagine that that is even remotely possible.

Today's culture, at least as the media portrays it, is based upon, "I want it all and I want it now", "I deserve everything", "I have the right to everything".."me, me , me ,me ".

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Re: A few thoughts come to mind

@Nigel

Most cultures are based on shared values. One of the shared values that our society has always held in esteem is that of fidelity. If someone chooses, knowingly, to use an "infidelity" website in the hope of cheating on their spouse then it is very difficult to treat that person as anything other that what they are, infidel and/or untrustworthy.

Again, I won't become involved in a Pro/Anti gay debate other than to say that for a large percentage of the population, probably in the majority, over 50 years old, it is another of those moral issue which will never be resolved by the media shoving the idea that being gay is acceptable down their throats. Whether you want to or not that issue will not simply disappear. In any event societies acceptance of homosexuality has been on a sinusoidal wave for many thousands of years... What's OK today will be taboo tomorrow.

Porn is not illegal nor particularly frowned upon, at least not on the left side of the pond. A list of Porn Users would probably equate to a couple of Billion names, ie most adults have at some time looked at some porn..

Are the hackers too blame, yes and no. Yes, they did hack into a website and take the data , definitely guilty. Were they responsible for people connecting and creating accounts on a extra-conjugal affair website, definitely not. Those that created accounts should have known better than publishing their sexual desires on a "public" website..

AM et al are not data security firms, they make money from suckering people into believing that they are going to get laid without effort... Those that got/will get bitten are/were playing with a rabid dog, what else did they expect.

Just my 2cts worth.

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Re: Lets look at this

Just had a quick look through the members details dump, judging by the birth-dates it appears that the majority were middle aged men. 1955 -1977 seems to be a very popular group....

I only downloaded the smallest dump 700mb as it expands to almost 3Gb.. but it is easy to presume that the bad guys have all the space and server power that they require in order to exploit the data without any problem.....

Nothing interesting for me other than to see how easy the data can actually be exploited.... delete torrent, delete files, drop DB, now that I have seen what is possible..

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Re: Lets look at this

1 : 9gb , quite large but only really equates to a couple of HD movies. At the time of writing there are currently 6134 seeds and 5221 leeches. So it's already proving to be popular. Most teenagers are also well versed in torrenting.

The torrent contains about a dozen files which have gz, 7z + .asc extensions.. The files are named coherently for example CreditCardTransactions.7z..

It took me around 5mins to get 700mb of that file. ( having selected 4 of the files within to test the download speeds...its about as fast as my line can take)

2 : Anyone that has 7zip, PeaZip etc on their machine will be able to open the files.

3 : Agreed that without DB experience .dump will pose an initial problem. Although the number of people using MYSQL is large and it's relatively easy to import the dumps.. Google would allow most "technically minded people to find the details of how to load a dump quite quickly.

4 : That's not going to worry the spammers/hackers/script kiddies. From the 35 Million names, even a small percentage, let's say 10% would be fine.

I would agree that the average user won't be able to use these files but it doesn't take very much for them to be useable by someone with a modicum of knowledge.

What will pose a problem is having the capacity to load a DB with several GBs of data...

The dumps are just plain ascii dumps, there is no encryption and even Windows 10 Wordpad is able to open a 2Gb dump file... ( notepad++ failed,,, ggggggrrrrr)

By the way the torrent holds quite a few other files which are not DB related, floor layouts, Paypal account details etc....

I wouldn't like to be one of those that actually used this site in the hope of scoring a quick fling... I can only presume that they are currently biting their nails....

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Re: Stupidity statistic alert

"Half the population if of below average intelligence..." and they are easy to spot due to their poor grammar!

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Vlad, I also agree with Peter, anyone that signs up to any of these extra marital affaires Web sites is just asking for trouble. These sites are prime targets, especially when the tabloid press can get their hands on the lists.

Honestly though, if I was going to cheat my wife I doubt very much that this would be the way that I would do it. Keep private affairs private don't publish them on public websites.

Publishing your intentions on a site like this is like announcing that your going to commit a crime and then hoping that it remains secret...

Your infidel analogy was also flawed, I very much doubt that the infidels in question ever agreed beforehand not to be infidels. ie: got married and took an oath about remaining faithfull.

Unless your set of moral standards is very different..

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Mumsnet founder 'swatted by misogynist griefers'

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Re: is that Justine in the photo?

"It's Muriel Cleese, with a young John"

Isn't there a legal age for that kind of thing ?

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French say 'non' to Netflix, reveals entertainment report

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Some missing info here

Why was there no mention of Canal Plus, it is subscription based channel that has been providing services for the last 20 years or so..

Canal Plus have their own offering "Canal Play" which is in direct competition with the Netflix offering.

I am not saying that either is better but it should have least been mentioned in this "incomplete" article..

PS : I know this and yet I don't even have a television....

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Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

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Re: Stepped back

@Gis Bunt

I will ask you a question in return, if the difference had been so small do you really honestly believe that I would have written anything ?

I use one of my own sites as my home page, as I have done for several years and I become very accustomed to the speed at which it typically opens up on IE, Chrome and now Edge.

If I stated that Edge takes twice as long, I think it would be reasonable to assume that we are not timing in 10ths or 100ths of a second. The difference is so blatant that even the pedantic and mentally challenged would have no problem stating the difference.

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Re: Big Deal

Personally I do not use the "cloudy" feautures but I presume that the great unwashed will :

a : be very unaware of just how much cloudy stuff that will actually be using without knowing it.

b : have no idea how to switch it all off, ( there are a lot of tucked away switches to switch off)...

c : simply get used to it and accept it.

The Apple crowd already use a lot of iCloud , I can only presume that the MS crowd will also become accustomed to it. although not by choice more by attrition.

I am very much for the cloud IF and only IF I can see what is being held, in a readable/modifiable format.....unlike the dark unreachable box solution that is currently in use... I loke that fact that my contacts et al follow me around when I change phones but I do not like the fact that I cannot see how much other information is currently being held or that I have any real control over it ( other than to remain disconnected)...

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Re: Stepped back

@Gareth

UV = Up Vote

DV = Down Vote

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Stepped back

After two weeks of Edge I have now stepped back, or to the side at least, and made Chrome my default browser.

I have no idea why certain reviews state that Edge is fast, for me it is not, Chrome is at least twice as fast when opening any page. I have absolutely no "widgets", plugins or whatever to disturb the process.

My install was an upgrade rather than a clean install, shoudl that make a difference I do not knwo, I have also ensured that no cache is being trailed from anywhere.

But if one things distrubs me more than any other, it is that damned hidden address/search bar because it uses the same color scheme as the title bar, before it is clicked, it essentially remains invisible and one has to force oneself to know where to click.....aaaaagggghhhhh..... Visual is everything in a GUI....

There are also a lot of other PITAs, such as saving a page, I dont want a share button, I don't want to annotate, I would like a status bar....I do not like the way detach a tab.....

Grumble grumble, so now I have defaulted to Chrome ... Horses for courses and all that

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'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

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Re: I'm trying to think of a sweet beginning with Z.

There are a few "Zombie" variants available

http://www.niftycandy.com/weirdcandy.html

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Re: Well, it could have been worse....

What kind of sweets do you eat that are "Mackerel" flavoured ? I'll make a small wager that they are not very popular...

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: What I want to know ..

"If you swear in French, what is that called?"

Malpoli

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Pascal,

Honestly, would it make any difference, they can spout off any old crap about what they are supposedly doing and then proceed to do the exact opposite.

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Oracle to certify its database v.12c for Windows 10

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It could then be classified as a fully compliant malware machine.

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Have an iPhone? Mac? Just about anything else Apple flogs? Patch now

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Re: I patched my MacBook Air...

I've never tried rubbing my laptops with herbs and spices but if you confirm that it will help with protection..

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Re: I am happy with it

I have it running on 2 machines and everything seems fine, I don't like Edge because of the "semi-invisible " URL window.

There are already quite a few articles on the web into how to turn off the MS Spyware . I don't use a Live account, nor Onedrive etc... It also installs IIS which is a pain but easily resolved..

I don't like that Quick Access thing in the explorer but it is easy to point to "This PC" rather than quick access.. There are also some pointless file copy dialogs, on the whole it's pretty much BAU.

It's not quite as finished as Windows 7, but that will change with time, I like that it displays a taskbar on both screens. No major bugs, I don't find myself reaching for ctrl-alt-delete which is already a good thing.

Some things have been juggled about, some things are hidden but can eventually be found, not a major paradigm shift, it's kind of a bland update really...

I don't care about boot up speeds as my machines are on 24/24 with only a very occasional reboot.

I'm keeping it, I have now deleted the "windows.old" directory although I did clone my drive before upgrading, I will keep the clone for a month or so and then we'll see.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Jean Alessi was renowned for his gravel exploits.... he knew every gravel pit by heart

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Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

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Re: Multiple versions required

or while they are being shafted.

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Re: Pardon me?

@John

It was hypothetical John !

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Now if they had written this about Franco, it might have been a little bit more than simply shutting down the company...

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Multiple versions required

The Swiss version would be how to launder money without getting caught.

The American version would be how to invade other countries whilst retaining a white halo over one's head.

The Saudi Arabian version would be how to keep a smile on your face whislt having to deal with the infidels from the west

The Russian version would be how to avoid answering questions relating to missiles that have "made in Russia" printed on the side.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: "it needs to push carriers to push over-the-air updates promptly after fixes become available."

"The delay is the OEMs like Samsung, HTC and LG, who heavily modify, and change the source of updates from the Google servers to their own."

This is definately where the major problems lie, Google have no problem pumping out the base version...

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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"Please do not procreate and make an orderly exit from the gene pool."

Is that a mutually inclusive or exclusive request ?

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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I think you would be amazed to learn about how solid it is already.... I have used all of my existing applications flawlessly for the moment, it installs IIS by default which stopped from starting but that's it.

What this article fails to mention, becasuse they probably don't know, is what caused the endless reboots on the systems mentioned, it also failed to mention how many machines/hardware were affected.

And if you have a machine set aside for a "guineau pig" then why not start now, is that not what test machines are actually meant to be used for. Wouldn't it make more sense to know now what if any problems you might suffer, it would at least then give you some time to prepare a mitigatation plan.

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Re: Try turning it off an...

At the very least, some of them, can be deferred, you just dont get the choice of which!! I wonder if we switch deferring on , then switch it off after a week or so if it will return to updating immediately... it could at least provide a little safety barrier.

And why oh why can't the "Long Term Servicing Branch" be proposed to Joe Public ?

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

A few of the machines in front of me at the moment ( obviously these are not clean install they are for the most part at least 3 years old except for the W10 which is only 2 weeks old)

Win XP ( For a legacy door lock controller) 6 Gb

Win 7 (Windows Folder) = 22.5 Gb

Win 7 (Windows Folder) = 19.1 Gb

Win 10 (Windows Folder) = 18.9Gb

Win 2008 R2 (Windows Folder) = 18.3 Gb

Linux Mint ( Typical full install - no optimization) (Entire disk because there are only one to two small application installed ) = 7.9Gb

And to think we used to install the OS from a few floppy disks... 3 for Dos 6.22, 6 for W3.1, 13 for W95

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Job ad warns of boss who 'will incite anger and frustration'

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It's an advert to work for Coca Cola

It's the real thing.

Honestly though it does actually sound a lot like the real world for many.....Anyone that has worked a largish company/multi-national will instantly recognize many of the criteria. ( All that's missing iare the endless meetings and the "open space, shared desktop, softphone loto"....)

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It's happened, folks: An actual exhibition about cats and the internet

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Re: Pussies and Porn

Are you confusing felines with xhamsters by any chance ?

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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

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NSS

No Shit Sherlock

Nubiles Stifle Sentient

Nothing Strange Spotted

New Substance Solicited

Never State Self-evident

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: if only it would find my applications when I type , gggrrrrrrr

"Do you 'have' any applications called gggrrrrrrr?"

Definately, at the moment I have lots of them because that is the sound that I make wheen I can't find any of them.....

I also have an application that is called "c**t", although some might know it as Cortana because I blame the problems on it ( I refuse to call it a he or a she, inanimate things should never be given a gender, I hate the French for giving everything a gender, why is their no neutral like in German)

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I almost like the W10 menu, if only it would find my applications when I type , gggrrrrrrr.....

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Want to avoid a hangover? DRINK MORE, say boffins

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Hangovers are for a reason

They are a reminder that what we are doing is not necassarily a wonderfull idea...at least not in major quantities. Major being pints,shots, glasses more than one can really handle

Most drugs also have similair side effects, ie too much and you will be made to pay for your vice..

Hangovers, cold turkey etc help to keep us alive...a little bit longer. If this pear juice really works then a lot of people will probably end up dying quicker.....but maybe that's not such a bad thing....

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

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And what of the secretary/assistant that is typing for the Boss/someone else, will their biometrics then become associated with the bosses, that could make for some very uncomfortable situations.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Re: There's plenty of good holocaust jokes

@ThomH

Where do we currently stand on the sinusoidal line that society bobs up and down upon, and where exactly on that line lies the "tasteless school of humour", I am convinced that it stands at the opposite side of the slope to that of PC brigade.

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Re: There's plenty of good holocaust jokes

Nothing rantish there Wolfetone, you have stated fact rather than fiction... The PC brigade are a result of societies failure to address it's current issues and until it does the PC brigade will keep growing as will it's detractors.

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If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: Guess I'll stick to 7 until 2020...

I know a guy called Linus who did just that....

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

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Amongst all the altruism you also have to find staff that won't whistleblow about the "dubious" goings on "within" the establishment.

Status Quo

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Definition Required

Can someone please define what a "Computer Scientist" is and does. Hopefully it is more interesting than simply analysing WireShark logs, if not then I can can easilly imagine that low pay + boring jobs are not being fillled.

From what I have understood the medias portayal of the "exciting" life of the FBI, CIA, CSI etc is far removed from the real world scenario.

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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Nope he is just busy trying out Windows 10, he wants to add a routine in the kernel which mimmicks the W10 start menu, then he could really piss people off.

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James Woods demands $10m from Twitter troll for 'coke addict' claim

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If you wanna get down, down on the ground

Speak to James

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: 40mm Glock

just read one WDRB websites article and ironically the guy was held at the (wait for it)

Bullitt County Detention Center.....

The article reads as though the drone pilots were indeed looking into peoples property. The pilots stated that they wanted to photograph a friends house, so why didn't they take off next to the friends house instead of flying over everyones back yard. It would be interesting to see the film, if it so happens that they were filming people next to their pools then things might heat up yet again, especially if this guys daughter appear on the film.

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Re: 40mm Glock

A 40mm Glock would truly enter into the realms of a hand "cannon"...

For anyone that doesn't know, calibers are expressed either in mm or in inches.

A 40 is actually a 0.40" = 10mm. Although a 10mm should never be confused with a 0.40" because it is a much more powerfull caliber.

The original 10mm was deemed too powefull for the majority of cops, they found it uncomfortable to shoot. So the .40 was invented to replace it, although the diameter is the same, the charge is much weaker, a 0.40 still packs a punch though...

Anyway I agree with this guy, the drone had no right to be in his backyard. This drone shit will soon have to be vorrectly regulated by laws before it gets way out of hand.

If that drone had lost power and dropped on someone's head and killed them would the owners be liable for the death. Especially when they intentionally flew it over someone elses property.

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