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Comment: Re:30 day suspension of pilot's license for prev. (Score 1) 266

by ScentCone (#49496901) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
I don't believe you actually need a pilot's license to fly anything characterized as an "ultralight" aircraft, as these tape-and-balsawood gyrocopters appear to be. Doesn't mean the FAA can't fine your ass, of course, when you do dumb crap like flying a possibly deadly set of large rotors right past crowds of tourists at low altitudes in an urban area like DC.

Comment: Re:Video from the barge (Score 2) 110

by catchblue22 (#49490813) Attached to: An Engineering Analysis of the Falcon 9 First Stage Landing Failure

Is there a reason the rocket has to land upright unassisted? What about some sort of bungee-mesh around the edges to catch it if it topples?

Parachutes are too heavy for a nine engine rocket, and would either land in corrosive seawater or on land with a hard damaging landing. To be truthful, they have already accomplished the most difficult part, namely bringing a rocket from 140km altitude to a tiny location in the middle of the ocean. They have also already demonstrated the landing part several times. If you notice, those landings come down at pretty much the exact location they began at.

Comment: Re:the real crazy: (Score 1) 320

by ScentCone (#49489503) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

McCain-Feingold was not an attempt to "prevent people from gathering together in a group, pooling their resources, and using those resources to express an opinion about politics"

That's exactly what it was. How else would you characterize you being subject to felony federal charges if you (personally, or as part of a group) run an issue or party advocacy ad in the week before an election? It wasn't about the size or loudness of the "megaphone," it was about political speech, period. Unless you are part of one of the groups that the law allowed to continue. Which is the second reason why the law was struck down - unequal protection. The law abridged free speech, and applied the law unevenly to different parties. Unconstitutional right out of the gate on both counts.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 320

by ScentCone (#49489429) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested
The DC FRZ is indeed there to cut down on the need to deal with a bunch of yahoos buzzing very high-profile targets. But the who decided to fly his gyrocopter right past crowds after a low-level pass over an urban area is up for reckless operation charges from the FAA either way. That bit of idiocy is idiocy whether it's done around people in DC or around people in downtown Miami.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 320

by ScentCone (#49489405) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Being subjected to over paid messages is NOT free speech it PAID for speech

It would be great if you can point out where, in the First Amendment, it says that your rights to say what you want about politics is taken away if you do it by, say, paying a printer to copy your message onto 500 pieces of paper you want to hand out. Paid speech! Paid speech! The government must censor that, since it took money to reproduce the message and spread it around!

Do you even listen to yourself?

Comment: Re:the real crazy: (Score 1) 320

by ScentCone (#49485007) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested
We don't even have to get IN to whether or to what degree one ad or another does or doesn't feel "fair" to you. Because it all comes down to what you want: censorship. Until you just plainly say what you want, there's no point getting into the rest of it. And you won't come out and say it because you know that the control you want is not compatible with the constitution.

Comment: Re:the real crazy: (Score 1) 320

by ScentCone (#49484581) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested
There! Just like always, you run away because you can't reconcile your desire for control of other people with the constitution's limits on the government doing so.

You want the government to limit speech, but you don't have the personal integrity to say it out loud. What are you afraid of? Explain how you'd reconcile the censorship you desire with the first amendment. But you'll pretend, once again, that you didn't see anyone asking you to face the music. Pretty childish way of admitting you're wrong, but I guess it's one way for you to do it. Glad you've come to your senses.

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