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Comment Re:Yep (Score 2) 272 272

No they were not. Those 'drones' as you call it and so readily believe what the media spoon fed you, were not the quadcopters everyone now imagines.

Those 5 aircraft were RC gliders that were operating from an established, air chart marked, field. they were fixed wing aircraft that had been in the air for many hours before the wildfire was a problem. There is no practical or legitimate way for those operators were to know of fires springing up in the distance and creeping into the area. There was no TFR in effect for that location at that time and this nothing illegal took place. As soon as the operators were aware of manned aircraft there, they descended and cleared the airspace even though they were taking part in what was supposed to be some kind of flight time record.

The media never bothered to look into the details and even when it is repeatedly pointed out to them, they never update the story, chosing to continue the fear mongering, which you apparently have bought into.

Comment copyright vs material (Score 1) 647 647

The mostly likely 'reason' is that the vast majority of porn s probably captured and snippets (who has time to watch the entire plot of the production) and tends to be a violation of copyright. If you cannot prove that you own the copyright , then you can probably be charged with that 'crime' until it is proven that you do have a legit copy, Even if you have the DVD with you, that fact that it is one your computer probably means you violated some standard or assumed to be present licensing agreement. So unless you starred in the production yourself, they will probably use that angle to charge you with something.

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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment Re:"Also revealed are MI6's London offices" (Score 1) 240 240

It is interesting and at least a sad commentary how there is such a disproportionate concern. Here some military site is shown in the open and people complain, even though (as another pointed out) a rail line and highway run right along the fence line. As a conspiracy theory, anyone have a guess what secret, strange flash can be seen in the middle of the base (@ 56 3'16.70"N 4 49'5.95"W)? Look at the elevation, there are plenty of surrounding hills from which people can take pictures, such as at least two on the Panoramio layer on Google Earth; http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1100160 or http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1100421

This was covered just last week on the Oogle Earth site [http://www.ogleearth.com/2009/03/sun_stupidity_w.html] There is a small, old dam in rural south Carolina that is quite obviously to have intentionally been pixelated [35 1'13.34"N 81 0'27.92"W], though there are plenty of user photos that show the thing and one can even use the new GE 5 feature to see old pics that clearly provide details.

As others pointed out, the only folks with an extreme interest in such a place and the means to do anything of note would already have their own eyes in the sky that can gather much more detailed data. More security theater, IMHO.

Comment Re:thats a lot of spare cash.. (Score 2, Informative) 57 57

It also provides closure for other cases. What if a lifetime sentence was really that long. If someone was accused of multiple crimes that carried that sentence and you are a victim (or family member of the victim) would you necessarily want the prosecution to stop after the first case and go "we got all we can get, why even bother proving the other cases anyway?"

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