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Comment Publicly searchable database (Score 4, Informative) 131

It is worth pointing out that ham radio operators must already contend with this issue via the FCC license search database.


There is one argument I've heard against this registry that I think holds water, and that is the privacy concern. The FAA plans to make the drone registration database publicly searchable, and the search results will include owner names and addresses.

It is completely reasonable to conclude that since the FCC database is capable of reverse lookup (rather than by callsign only), the FAA database will do the same. It also reasonable to conclude that as of now, there are far more ham radio operators than drone operators.

I'm not making a case for or against this. I'm just pointing out a federal system in place which already has this.

Comment Re:Get Over Yourself (Score 0) 165

How do you feel about over flights from:

Helicopters: licensed, insured, operated by trained and certified personnel

Light aircraft:licensed, insured, operated by trained and certified personnel

Private aircraft: licensed, insured, operated by trained and certified personnel

Commercial/military jets: licensed, insured, operated by trained and certified personnel

Imaging satellites: licensed, insured, operated by trained and certified personnel

Comment Re:Backup for suitcase latches & zippers (Score 1) 220

This just proves they don't care about our personal security.

I am certainly no TSA cheerleader, but lets keep things in perspective. The TSA has never claimed to care about your personal security. Their mission statement is pretty clear.

Protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Comment Re:total bullshit? (Score 3, Interesting) 344

Isn't this why they have a staff to make these decisions and procedures in place as to how the "email system" should be?

Yes, there are IT staff responsible for this. So, what role did those folks have in allowing classified e-mail to leave (and re-enter) the network? Or are we supposed to believe that she just appended her signature block to and nobody noticed when Bashar al-Assad asked Clinton for her biscuit recipe? Did Clinton just use an auto-forwarder configured in an Outlook client?

Can someone clue me in on the technical background of this? FFS, I can't send a single e-mail from my corporate network without the legal bullshit automatically appended.

Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play? (Score 1) 576

I know when I travel to Asia, South America, or Europe, I need to present my passport at all hotels I stay at. When I worked in Belgium, Chile and China, I had to register with the Government and provide the local police station with my information - and inform them if I moved to a new apartment/house. In the US, I don't think that tourists need to provide their passports at hotels, nor do visa holders need to register with the local police station. So - how is what is proposed much different than 90% of the rest of the world?

It may not be terribly different than what you describe, but you're forgetting one thing: The US Government has a bad habit of coloring outside the lines.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 2) 194

Well no, even when travelling on business all my docs are on a web-server, often with images. Also, VNC is an essential part of my job, in that I cannot run the sims on a puny IT issued laptop, and need my desktop or datacenter to see waves and do any form of debug. But wifi as it exists makes this painful.

Jesus. Sometimes "on the plane" means you're on a fucking plane, and can't do some things.

Comment (Score 2) 368

Since it's illegal for any drones to operate over 4.9 Ghz range, and that's what the first responders are transitioning to,

Just for the sake of accuracy, I feel it necessary to point out that most (certainly not all) public safety is transitioning to 700 and 800 MHz radio systems if they are not there already. These agencies are generally located in urban and suburban areas.

Most wildland fire radio traffic occurs on HF and VHF frequencies, in the neighborhood of 30 MHz and 150 MHz, respectively.

No public safety agency operates voice communication on 4.9 GHz, although there can be microwave back-haul links and systems associated with public safety radio systems operating there.

Much of the traffic on HF and VHF associated with wildland fire operations is simplex, and a mess at 4.9 GHz would have no appreciable affect on those communications. So yeah, jam away.

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