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Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 115

by BLKMGK (#48487091) Attached to: FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

I live near an airport and planes pass on approach. I'm interested in quadcopters, I might even graduate to planes someday. The planes that fly over my home are a good ways up, certainly not so close as to cause issues with noise, if I go closer to the airport the planes are still a fair ways up but common sense says yeah I might be interfering if I got stupid.

Where I'm puzzled is just how these "drones" are getting that close to the planes. The quad would have to be a mere dot in the sky to interfere, why would I be flying that high? Quads at least are battery powered, by the time I got far enough up to cause issues I'd be worried about battery and what exactly would I be seeing other than a postage stamp map below me? FPV of a plane going by? Are people simply flying these up high to come close to planes? 2-4K feet? Really? Are there YouTube vids? You know someone would be posting if they did this. Multiple reports in one area back to back seem to make at least that one pretty obvious.

The FAA wants legislation, that much is clear. They've talked about possible interference for awhile, now the possibility has skyrocketed? No reports of collision though right? Certainly not lots of them. Is that simply luck? So is this pilots being paranoid now that the idea of interference has been introduced to them? They seem to provide a great deal of detail about these vehicles despite passing them at high speed. How many of these reports have been validated? Anyone arrested? Is the FAA perhaps trying to make this claim in order to push legislation?

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm skeptical. Dulles airport I'm familiar with, same with National. National you can get VERY close to planes coming in at a nearby park - that is heavily patrolled by police. Dulles is surrounded by trees and while some of the runways parallel major roads they aren't exactly the sort where you could stop and fly something - unless you did it from the Air and Space parking lot like an idiot. Perhaps there's backroad access closer to Dulles but the high level of detail for something passed at a few hundred MPH, the heights involved for a battery powered device, and my familiarity with the area leave me wondering. Am I really that out of touch about the drone community near my hometown?

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 395

by BLKMGK (#48486349) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

You might want to note which post I was responding to. I was responding to the statement that "The US solved that problem long ago...." regarding the creation of emissions technologies.

My statement is accurate - the best diesels were unable to be imported here for a number of years because the Euro cars with better emissions equipment required low sulfur fuel which we did not offer. The US didn't solve the emissions issues the Europeans did, they were ahead of us. Our domestic manufacturers still seem unwilling to produce a decent diesel if it's not for a truck.

If you cannot manage to understand the posting order and responses, you're gonna have a bad time.

My question still stands - which Domestic US manufacturer has this cutting edge diesel tech that's ahead of the Europeans in production?

Comment: Re:I call BS, source: compare jetta (Score 1) 395

by BLKMGK (#48486267) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Uhh okay - so 3% difference in emissions, this seems to make arguments about awful diesels a bit moot. Now go look at the MPG. While looking at the MPG realize that the diesel ratings are usually inaccurate. Go check out Fuelly for real-world results.

What would be nice is a way to keep diesels in tune more easily. As they age they tend to smoke more and for those that are electronically controlled this should be solvable.

Comment: Re:Fast, but not Quick (Score 1) 395

by BLKMGK (#48486245) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

I just got my worst fill up ever - 31MPG. Traffic here is awful with a 12mile commute often taking near an hour. I think they've switched us to winter fuel too. Generally I'm 38 with bumper to bumper traffic and have never been on a highway trip long enough to drain the tank. I regularly get over 50miles on a fill! I'm driving it less with the delta between gas and diesel being as high as it is but I have little doubt that will be changing.

Comment: Re:Fast, but not Quick (Score 1) 395

by BLKMGK (#48486225) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Sure, I had a Chevy Sprint that got as good a mileage as my Jetta. It also was built like a beer can, had no airbags, the AC slowed it on the highways, and it wouldn't come near to passing today's emissions. Apples to Oranges - today's cars weigh tons more than previous generations, have real safety features, and if the same drivetrains were dropped into cars of yesteryear would get mileage ratings that would drop jaws.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 395

by BLKMGK (#48486193) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

So which Domestic manufacturer is making cutting edge consumer diesel in the US exactly? If I want to buy a diesel these days it sure as hell won't be from GM, Ford has them in trucks, Mercedes and VW aren't Domestic. Who exactly is ahead?

OP stated we solved this "long ago" and I'd still say that NO the Euro folks beat us to those solutions. We may or may not have surpassed them but if so our domestic market sure doesn't show any sign of it...

Comment: Re:Positive spin (Score 1) 170

by BLKMGK (#48322705) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Pieces of various weapons have apparently been found in junkyards around the Middle East (Jordan for one), some with UN tags and some without. A quick Google finds this but there's other information out there including some pictures if memory serves. A poor citation for sure but there have been others.

Here's a more recent article about weapons being found

Another Seems a few missles and chemical processing equipment were shipped out. the answer isn't so black and white it seems.

Worth noting is that Iraq DID use chem weapons during the first war, Desert Storm. I know someone who wrote a book about it after extensive research and the Govt. did all they could to shut him up. Look up "Gassed In The Gulf", it's pretty well referenced and many of the things he claimed were slowly proven in the years after.

Comment: Re:Is it open source yet? (Score 1) 124

It doesn't even do anything for me. It was working and then just stopped. No files synch for me and both the handset and the computer it's supposed to synch with are 'net reachable. Nothing changed in the config of the PC so I have no idea what happened. I've tried dorking with settings and updating every time something new comes out - doesn't help...

Comment: Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (Score 1) 124

Actually I'm pretty sure he never carries a cell phone. In the last episode one rings in his pocket, having been planted there, he's surprised, and he ultimately ditches it. One must wonder about his wallet though... Overall Forever hasn't been all that bad. Scorpion has also gotten a little less far-fetched but not much. It's still fun to suspend belief and just watch rather than trying to pick it apart.

Comment: Re:There is no invention (Score 1) 986

Oddly he has apparently marched into multiple patent offices and been turned down. That you think his reception would be any warmer elsewhere or that someone wouldn't outright steal whatever they could is amusing. Yeah this is pretty fishy but he's at least letting "experts" look at it and so far they've not managed to unravel it.

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 986

You do realize that he doesn't claim it makes energy from nothing right? It requires Nickel as a sort of fuel. I'm not claiming it's legit or that it's not just pointing out that this isn't the claim of free power but rather the claim that it runs on something that's apparently more neutral and has fewer downsides. Remains to be seen if it's legit or not but it's looking a little closer to being legit than it had before...

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.