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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 267 267

That's just BS. I know pre-teens that have sense. We just have this pathological aversion to allowing people to be responsible for themselves and it doesn't stop at the age of majority.

It doesn't help that we actively discourage any development of practical life skills or experience. The fact that we always keep our children locked up at all times is part of that.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 267 267

> But Social Media could. Why shouldn't we let it have a reset button just because life doesn't?

No it could not.

Once something is "out there" then it is out there forever. Even if you go out of your way to hunt it down and destroy it, there will still be hiding places available.

That's why it's absurd to even contemplate the "right to be forgotten". You can't these days.

It actually would be easier for society to adapt to the new reality versus trying to impose a technological solution.

Comment Re:Third Dimension (Score 3, Interesting) 960 960

Actually, given a drone's capacity to record or transmit video it probably qualifies as a surveillance device, and there's plenty of case law which says using surveillance devices to circumvent what would otherwise be private is indeed illegal. I doubt new laws are necessary at all.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 960 960

Except, they guy said he shot it while it was hovering IN his back yard. Not high overhead, not even high. "IN" his back yard.

Hint: also illegal to operate in close proximity to people, especially people who are on their own property, and don't want it there...)

Actually no, no it's not. Toy model aircraft aren't subject to any such law, FAA-wise. Yet, at least. If anything, we're talking about good old fashioned reckless endangerment, which has nothing to do with model aircraft in particular, but could be a charge in such a case (just like it would be if they were throwing lawn darts over the fence, or hit somebody in the head with a stray baseball).

The FAA has guidance about such matters. But flying a toy around like that has absolutely zero FAA restrictions in and of itself, with regard to people on the ground. It's likely to be a different story when such a machine is used commercially, but again, zero relevance in this case.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 959 959

That's part of the reason that we have civil courts and Tort law. Quite often the law won't adequately pursue wrongdoers. Then it's up to you to prosecute the perpetrator. Except that's a very expensive prospect. Most people don't have the resources to do this.

It's much more effective to just shoot hovering trespassers out of the sky. It will be interesting to see what a jury does with this.

Comment Re:Sounds like he was arrested for shooting. (Score 1) 960 960

In general anything that creates a hazard for bystanders would be a bad idea. So even if there isn't a specific ordinance against shooting bows-and-arrows in the city limits, I'm sure the authorities would take a dim view of your clout shooting into your neighbors' yards.

What there should be is a legally mandated remote radio kill switch anyone can trigger that will cause the drone to land, or in the case of the more sophisticated models to return to base. If the switch worked within say a 50' radius it'd pretty much only work on drones buzzing your residence.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 959 959

> So if your dog wanders on my yard, I can shoot it.

        Of course you can. Uncontrolled dogs are dangerous. They even get plenty of media coverage. They kill small children and other dogs and sometimes are rabid.

> Making up stuff must be awesome. Skip the law school, bro. Just tell the judge how YOU think it works.

        That's no problem as long as you bother to educate yourself regarding what the local law is.

      Assuming that you have to assume the fetal position and re-attach yourself to the state umbilical cord is not the only option.

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