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Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

all those little pellets are far too small on their own to accelerate back to anywhere near lethal speed by simply falling.

Unless you are firing directly upwards at 90 degrees from the ground plane then you dont just have terminal velocity to worry about, you also have the original momentum from the charge in the shotgun shell to worry about. Which can in fact reach lethal speeds, hence why shooting someone with a shotgun generally kills them. Given the hazard posed by the drone falling from the sky it seems safe to assume he did not stand directly underneath the drone to fire at it. Now, if he used bird shot yes it likely was quite safe (although likely still very illegal and irresponsible) if he used 00 buckshot then it was quite unsafe (140 ft/lbs can kill and theres 8-9 pellets there) if he used a slug then there's no way anyone in their right mind should be arguing that was safe to fire in a neighborhood.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

How do you know he wasn't using 00 buckshot? or lead slugs or even 3" 1oz copper slugs moving at 1550 feet per second?
Even if he is using birdshot (hopefully, but the police have no way of knowing that untill they've investigated) it's still irresponsible to fire it in a residential setting where kids play nearby.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 0) 1197

just pellets.

Ah yes, just good ole .330" pellets moving at 1,600 fps perfectly harmless.
3" 00 buckshot specs there since the article doesn't specify i'm just going to assume he's completely irresponsible since we already know he's firing into the air in a residential area where kids play.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1, Interesting) 1197

Shooting at the sky is bad. Falling bullets can kill.

This is a kind of overstated "fact" not really a myth but not wholly true. A bullet fired up at 90 degrees and then falling at terminal velocity is unlikely to kill a healthy adult. The problem is when they still have horizontal velocity as they fall that horizontal velocity can be quite substantial when the angle is 45 degrees or less. This man deserved his arrest, what he did was wholly irresponsible. Destroy the drone sure but firing a gun into the air without being certain of where the bullet, or shot in this case, will make its final impact is just irresponsible. Maybe someone should make a product that fires soft nets to capture these drones and bring them to the ground?

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Russian Man Extradited To US For Heartland, Dow Jones Cyberattacks 88

itwbennett writes: A Russian man accused of high-profile cyberattacks on Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Heartland Payment Systems and 7-Eleven has been extradited to the U.S. and appeared in court in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday. Vladimir Drinkman, 34, of Syktyykar and Moscow, Russia was charged for his alleged role in a data theft conspiracy that targeted major corporate networks and stole more than 160 million credit card numbers, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. Drinkman appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and entered a plea of not guilty to the 11 counts he faces. His trial is scheduled to begin in April.

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