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Comment: As a pilot, you are ALWAYS responsible (Score 5, Insightful) 178 178

While learning to fly full scale airplanes it was drilled into me over and over, it is *always* the pilot/operators responsibility.

You either screwed up, or failed to ensure you were using reliable equipment, or failed to account for uncertainties in how you operate it.

Running what is essentially hobby hardware (radios, speed controls, batteries etc.) over top of people is just plain irresponsible.

"Oh, but I haven't crashed before."

Yeah, until you do.

Comment: Re: I wonder who's legally liable? (Score 3, Interesting) 97 97

The 400' exemption in the FARs is *specifically* for hobbiest use. Commercial use is plainly not 'hobby' use. The National airspace system, and all the craft operating within it, and the FAAs authority to regulate its use do not magically start at 400 feet.

Comment: Not sure this belongs in 'idle' (Score 2, Insightful) 287 287

Anti-scientific 'ban everything' movements are the flipside of the pro-CO^2 believers. People who think they intuitively know more than those who study that field in particular who have research to back up their claims.

It's a failing of our education system that more people don't understand science, the concept. You don't need to understand all the branches of science. You just need to know that 'my kid complains of headaches at school' does not mean you can pin the blame on WiFi without any further tests.


Ontario School Bans Wi-Fi 287 287

St. Vincent Euphrasia elementary school in Meaford, Ont. is the latest Canadian school to decide to save its students from the harmful effects of Wi-Fi by banning it. Schools from universities on down have a history of banning Wi-Fi in Ontario. As usual, health officials and know-it-all scientists have called the move ridiculous. Health Canada has released a statement saying, "Wi-Fi is the second most prevalent form of wireless technology next to cell phones. It is widely used across Canada in schools, offices, coffee shops, personal dwellings, as well as countless other locations. Health Canada continues to reassure Canadians that the radiofrequency energy emitted from Wi-Fi equipment is extremely low and is not associated with any health problems."

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