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Comment: Re:$25 Million? (Score 3, Insightful) 39

by ColdWetDog (#48628067) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

Careful throwing numbers around. We have absolutely no idea how accurate that figure is. Could well be 'Bollywood Accounting', could be something made up by a bureaucrat flunky. Could even be real.

It does presage an era where there are potentially a large number of groups, both government and private, with the capability of launching commercially and strategically significant payloads into LEO or geosynchronous orbit.

(Raises pinky.)

Comment: Re:hooray for the government (Score 1) 60

by ColdWetDog (#48627477) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Further, not everything landing at an airport is as large or as robust as a commercial jet aircraft. A light plane could easily be severely damaged by a small UAV. Likely, no - I've been in small planes hit by birds - we've survived but it's not a given.

UAVs have no business anywhere in a controlled airspace unless they are under control of a qualified operator AND other pilots know it's in the air. Now, that doesn't answer the question whether somebody should (or shouldn't) be allowed to play with their Phantom II in the neighborhood park. Those things, with the operator using a modicum of common sense, are pretty safe. The problem is the phrase 'modicum of common sense'. We all know that some random jackass is going to lose control of the thing, turn a poodle into poodle-chops or knock a Vespa into oncoming traffic.

While the cretins in /b/ might think it funny, the rest of the planet might take offense at that sort of behavior. Hence, regulation.

This is why it's hard to have nice things.

Comment: Re:hooray for the government (Score 1) 60

by ColdWetDog (#48627369) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Guns are an externality. If 5% of the population is walking around with a concealed weapon, the muggers and stranglers won't know that I don't have one and I'll enjoy the deterrent despite not contributing anything.

UAVs are potentially an externality because they can do physical damage anonymously for the cost of the UAV.

One of these objects is not like the others ....

Comment: Re: Never attribute to stupidity (Score 1) 470

by ColdWetDog (#48625879) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

You know, we could regard this as the act of war it is.

FTFA:

We didn't go to war with North Korea when they murdered American soldiers in the 1970s with axes. We didn't go to war with North Korea when they fired missiles over our allies. We didn't go to war with North Korea when one of their ships torpedoed an alliance partner and killed some of their sailors. You're going to tell me we're now going to go to war because a Sony exec described Angelina Jolie as a diva? It's not happening.

The proper response to this will be left as an exercise for the reader.

Comment: Re:An enormous natural disaster waiting to happen (Score 1) 112

by ColdWetDog (#48618337) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Tasman sea (where it is going first) still has 'cyclones' I believe.

It's supposed to be able to deal with a 100+ year storm (185 km / hr winds IIRC). Not that I want to sitting on untold tons of explosives and and things that spark when they break in a hurricane / cyclone, but that's just me.

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