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Comment: Re:Clear and present danger (Score 2) 91

Not to mention that there must be hundreds of websites detailing construction and programming of said devices. Dozens of forums. Even advertisements. Perhaps more surprising is that there is more than one manufacturer of small, GPS control multirotored devices available from such nefarious outlets as An interested person could learn themselves some valuable skills just by using the Internet and even better, contribute positively to the economy by spending money.

I guess I'll go and turn myself in now. That will cause me to spend more money on lawyers, allow the government to expand the incarceration industrial complex, contribute to generation of more laws and in general, help this great country of ours.

It's the American way.

Comment: Re:kinda illegal already, by a rule referring to a (Score 1) 91

Actually, this model is pretty widely used. The FAA and the ARRL (American Radio Relay League - amateur radio) work closely together and the ARRL is even responsible for first line enforcement. I'm not sure the AMA is a good example at all since it really doesn't make any broad rules of conduct other than some weak ethics rules. Remember, AMA enrollment in the US is, and has been, below 50% for a very long time. The FAA works closely with a number of industry and private groups including 'hobbyist' pilots (and then goes on to ignore everyone including themselves, but we are talking about the FAA).

But various government agencies do often work with outside groups on an effective basis. Sometimes for the benefit of society, sometimes not.

Comment: For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 2) 85

by ColdWetDog (#48930823) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Along with Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and not many other countries, the U.S. doesn't require its plastic to contain an encryption chip, so stealing cards remains an effective, nonviolent way to get at the cash in an ATM.

"Can I make a suggestion that doesn't involve violence, or is this the wrong crowd for that?"

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 5, Insightful) 394

Just like that zone of lawlessness inside of peoples minds that the pesky 5th amendment creates, think of all the criminals going free because we can't force them to incriminate themselves! This is a situation that the DOJ and other alphabet agencies have brought upon themselves by thinking they are above the law in the first place.

Or the Fourth Amendment. Or the Second. Or the First.

The situation is clear. We must take care to ban this subversive document now. For the children! For the Feds! For great justice!

Comment: Re:low-tech countermeasures (Score 1) 234

by ColdWetDog (#48915297) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

High-pressure, wide-spread water canons should take out low-flying drones pretty quickly. The only advanced tech bit would be the targeting system.

Cool! Let's turn the White House into a giant fountain. That should spruce up the neighborhood nicely.

Really, the problem isn't the drone. It's the White House. If it wasn't there, then all of this whining and wailing would never see the light of day.

We just need to move the White House away from everyone who could possibly want to hurt it's inhabitants. Given our new found relationship with Cuba, I'm going to suggest we move the complex down to Guantanamo Bay.

Comment: Re:yes, programming, like poetry, is not words, un (Score 5, Insightful) 205

by ColdWetDog (#48910995) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Pretty much this. The whole push to have 'everyone' code is because it's trendy and is a definable skill, unlike 'learning how to think' or reason. And it segues quickly into 'jobs' which makes everybody happy. Further, there is this odd belief among many people (including a whole raft of Slashdot posters) that software can do anything and the world should be viewed through the lens of a Von Neumann machine.

Coding is a subset of human activity, not a superset. Even modeling, as championed by TFA is only a small part of human learning.

But schools are in a tough place. They are supposed to teach everyone, from the next Albert Einstein to the kid that will be sweeping the floor. They're supposed to push the latter child farther and faster than they could possibly go while not slowing down the new Einstein. All the while acting as in loco parentis, cop, judge and diaper changer.

For only $29.95 per child.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.