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Comment: Re:that's not the FAA's job (Score 1) 168

The FAA is concerned with you accidentally flying it into a restricted area like way up there (evidently 1000 feet) or near an airport or the White House.

It is not concerned with whether some idiot crashes it into someone's window or head. That's the concern of local police and states.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 1) 168

From the post:

"This is a troubling development in an ongoing saga over the FAA's rules which punish the safe commercial use of drones."

Nope. It's a completely appropriate action according to the FAA's mandate and charter. It's their exact *job*.

Whether it's an appropriate restriction is to be debated.

Hmmm. You're right! Let's begin the debate.

This is a troubling development in an ongoing saga over the FAA's rules which punish the safe commercial use of drones.

Comment: Re:that's not the FAA's job (Score 1) 168

It will induce drone makers to start donating to Congress (cynical, but difficult to actually disprove that's the reason for the regulation, not the ostensible surface reasons) and in short order, people here on Slashdot will be talking about the corrupting influence of drone makers on Congress.

Comment: Re:Absurd (Score 1) 175

The empire that keeps the trade routes open prospers. Those that lord over their own people falter.

Someone will get to the asteroids. Better a free people than the new economic core of empire, China, with its skyrocketting prosperity due to greater economic freedom than in the US.

We are seeing there's a hell of a lot more to freedom w.r.t. prosperity than just freedom of speech.

Some have a strange sense of propriety that all must kneel to get permission of the king before doing anything. That's not freedom...even in a democracy.

Comment: Spock: 'member (Score 3, Interesting) 272

Right after 9/11, in the heat to Get Those Guys and their network, the NSA went into vast recoding depositories to track back conversations, actual recorded calls. They admitted it and it kind of blew by in the moment.

Am I the only one who remembers this?

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 2) 302

Not only that, but they (and California even moreso) have crossed the linr from local government to quasi-national bloat and over-regulating government, placing burdens on their populations that were normally reserved (such as it is) for the top dog government.

Now they are plagued at two levels.

Europe is going the other way, introducing a power-inhaling pan-European government atop their own bloated national governments. Don't wanna be left out by their own dueling bloat levels.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 2) 428

We will. That has happened repeatedly in the past. It is no more logical for us to worry about humanity in 100 years than it would have been for people in 1900 to worry about us today.

Think of how much has been invented -- yet they would have been concerned about horse poop buildup and poop dust all over everything. 'Let's limit use of horses!" slowing the economy and leaving us with, say, 1980 level tech, "helping" absolutely no one.

So, to people 100 years from now. What did we do? Keep a powerful economy so you can have flying cars and autodocs, or weaken and hobble is so you don't?

We are the people in 1900 looking to hobble ourselves to "help" those way off in the future...of 2014.

Thanks for the "help".

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 4, Insightful) 245

I am not sure what planet you're yabbering from. They made a request. This is the opposite of hijacking.

From DC's point of view, it's called being nice. They need only send a letter agreeing to it, and they get good will. If they are tied up in exclusivity contracts, you have a quick conference call with those other businesses and explain the following: At this point, I would be in favor of an organized boycot of the upcoming Superman/Batman movie

Comment: Re:you need to be on the jury (Score 1) 415

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47398777) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

This training can be completely subconscious by the trainer, too. A little flinch, slowing down, anything, and the dog reacts because that's what he's trained to do, in addition to actually smelling something.

Various "intelligent" animals that count out the answers to simple math problems were traced to the trainer relaxing after the animal had tapped X times, and the animal saw it and knew it was time to stop tapping. Researchers could predict when the animal would stop tapping by watching only the researcher, not seeing the animal, and not even knowing the question.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.