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Comment: Slippery Slope (Score 3, Interesting) 181

This is a very slippery slope. Trying to balance the rights of individuals to remove incorrect information about themselves and trying to remove unflattering information about themselves. Having a process to verify the individual, the reasons for wanting the information removed, and is the public interest best served by removing the information.

I'm sure there are many public figures that would love a chance to remove some of the news items about themselves.

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Comment: Re:Boring (Score 1) 52

by CaptQuark (#47513789) Attached to: AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones
If I was going to attempt to break into your network or record video of your property, I would connect the camera and wifi equipment to a kite and fly it over your house. No noise, people are used to seeing kites, and I retain control of the kite and can bring it back quickly. I could do the same thing with a long pole from my car or a balloon.

Flying RC toys are just the trigger topic of the week to get people's ire up.

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Comment: Re:Closed Captioning (Score 4, Informative) 76

Close captioning doesn't take any bandwidth. Closed Captioning is encoded within line 21 of overscan information within an analog screen page. With 30 frames per second, that gives enough plenty of information with no added bandwidth. Digital TV encodes the information within the digital stream itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: Re: Two sides to every issue (Score 1) 401

by CaptQuark (#47397707) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

And contrary to Slashdot's opinion, lots of employers in IT are not bottom-feeding scum and they actually want to help people to relocate to the US without fear of being forced to move in case of visa expiration.

This still doesn't explain why the companies aren't searching for people to hire within the US. I guess it is cheaper to hire someone from overseas than someone with the same qualification from Billings, MT.

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Comment: Re:The smell of YOU! (Score 1) 415

by CaptQuark (#47397679) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory
If you read the report or the synopsis, it said the thumb drive was four layers deep inside a metal box which was inside a metal filing cabinet. Assuming there was anything else in the filing cabinet, the scent of the owner would be concentrated around all sorts of things inside.

Using your *no further descriptions needed* scenario, the person would have touched many other things with the same scent: his keyboard, his mouse, his desk, the door of the filing cabinet, the tin box, possibly the key to the filing cabinet, the door handle of the room, etc. I doubt the dog was following scent of the owner around the room. (If I was trying to hide something from the dog I would use a micro-SD card and stick it inside my mouse. The dog is probably trained to ignore the common items like the mouse, keyboard, monitor, webcam, USB hub, etc.)

Or perhaps the makers of memory cards and thumb drives have been asked to add certain chemicals the the PCBs or memory chips to make it easier for dogs to locate them. It wouldn't be the first time hardware manufactures have been asked to modify their products to help police track them. https://www.eff.org/issues/pri...

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Comment: Re:The Goggles! (Score 2) 268

by CaptQuark (#47343621) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone
The FAA's published interpretations show the multiple areas they are saying they can now regulate. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

Many of these changes are being published now because in March a federal judge ruled that the FAA has never published its restrictions of commercial use of hobby aircraft. [See FAA vs Pirker]. The FAA had previously issued "policy guidelines", but that was not enough to fine Pirker the $10,000 they wanted for commercial use of a hobby aircraft. http://motherboard.vice.com/re...

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Comment: Re:Not surprised, mixed feelings (Score 1) 268

by CaptQuark (#47343601) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

The only new restriction that the FAA is proposing is removing FPV flying from the domain of "model aircraft", which limits the pilots ability to perform these unsafe activities.

Not true. You have to actually read the FAA's updated "interpretation" to find the multiple areas they are saying they can prohibit. They want to preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model. They do acknowledge that standard eyeglasses are OK. Note that they are NOT prohibiting remote cameras, only the goggles which fit over the face.

Also, they are giving their interpretation that anything involving money removes the operator from the "hobby and recreational" exemption that congress granted. A pilot that gives a demonstration of advanced aerobatics and receives a payment is now not flying for hobby or recreational purposes. This is equivalent to saying a fly fisherman that demonstrates casting techniques and receives a payment is no longer a recreational fisher and now must be a commercial fisherman.

They also say if you take any pictures or video while flying, they have the right to decide what you do with the pictures or video can also change you from a hobbyist. Take a picture of you own [hobby only] garden to see where it needs watering, OK. Take a picture of your neighbor's garden and show him where it needs watering, commercial use. Take a picture of any commercial enterprise and post it online, commercial use.

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Comment: Re:A taste of things to come? (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by CaptQuark (#47252669) Attached to: France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"
I wish people would stop using the word "Drone" unless it is a truly autonomous vehicle. What this was is a Remote Controlled quadcopter operated by a fan that wanted to watch their practice session.

Arial photography is used in many situations. A traffic helicopter, a blimp at sporting events, small planes, balloons, and even kites have been used to capture pictures and video from the air. (Kite photography circa 1889 http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff... )

If the fan had been in a tall office building next to the practice field instead, would this have been news?

I agree that the use of toy helicopters to carry cameras is a new concern for some people, but stop using the word "drone" just to sensationalize it.

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Comment: Re:More Uses for Aluminium foil (Score 1) 125

by CaptQuark (#47239291) Attached to: MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls
The Simpsons did it.

Actually, many companies have RF blocking screens, wallboards, etc. but the price has been high. However, here is a link to a French company that offered RF blocking wallpaper two years ago. http://www.linformaticien.com/... (use Google translate if needed)

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Comment: Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (Score 1) 737

by CaptQuark (#46738435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
Obviously, you are not a farmer. Modern farming equipment and chemical fertilizers are helpful in multiplying the quantity of crops that can be grown, but are not necessary to grow enough to feed your own family.

How much food do you need to grow? For your own family, you can till and prepare enough soil with a pick and shovel. If you plan on sharing your harvest with multiple families, you probably need a horse or ox to pull a larger plow. Depending on the crop you select, you can probably plant enough seed or starter plants by hand. Harvesting is another time when you will need to some help to get all the crops in. If you grow grains, you will have to cut, stack, dry, thresh, and store the grain. This can be done by hand, or with hand tools (a flail to thresh grains) without needing powered equipment.

As a mental exercise, pick a 20' x 20' section of your lawn and imagine what you would need to do to turn it into farmable land. Dig up all the grass or till it under, test the soil for acidity and add lime or sulfur to balance the Ph, fertilize with animal manure, plant something (example wheat), irrigate it, harvest it with a scythe or sickle, thresh the grain, then store it. No modern equipment is indispensable, but it still takes a LOT of hard work.

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