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Comment Re:Stupid comparisons (Score 2) 345

This is partly why one of the more common statistics is fatalities per passenger-mile.

I am fairly certain the 747 wins by a significant margin here as most 747 airframes were used more frequently than the Concorde (more flights per week) and typically flew longer distances (747 was a transpacific workhorse, Concorde was only used for transatlantic flights.)

Comment Re:Yes, comments are too hard to police. (Score 3, Insightful) 226

Well, at least in the case of The Verge, they are disabling comments to hide their complete lack of professionalism.

If they publish an article which is blatantly WRONG - there's no way for their readers to see that the content is wrong.


Comment Re:65 VW Bug (Score 4, Insightful) 373

Yeah. Automotive electronics are designed to be pretty EMP-resistant from the beginning because the ignition coils produce what amounts to small EMPs - and they're connected to the power rails!

Automotive engine compartments are one of the most electrically noisy environments out there.

As far as a "hacker-safe" car - buy a car WITHOUT those snazzy remote management features like uConnect/OnStar/etc. All of the remote compromises out there have used those "it's not a bug, it's a feature!" attack routes.

Comment Re:Sounds Great (Score 4, Informative) 66

Um, no, a 1000 unit vial (10 mL of U-100) costs $25 for regular and NPH insulins. (If you're paying more than this, blame the pharmacy. This is one of the few cases where I root for Walmart - they've managed to get Novo onboard with selling Novolin R and N for $25/vial)

Unless you're purchasing Lantus or Novolog/Humalog (which most diabetics including myself are), which are MUCH newer than 1978 and still have active patents. (Some of Lantus' are about to expire or recently expired, but Novartis played some legal games to manage to block generic Lantus from the market until late 2016...) Even after "generics" of the "designer" insulins launch, the FDA's rules on "biosimilars" are going to slow down this market. (IIRC, generic Lantus IS available in India at significantly reduced prices.)

Comment Re:Faa rules for RC planes (Score 1) 1197

I don't see a single one of these that the pilot definitively violated. "Don't fly near people or stadiums" is the only thing he might have violated, depending on where in this guy's yard it was. (I don't consider shotgun range to be "near enough to be dangerous" - well for danger to people from the aircraft. Obviously the shotgun is dangerous).

What if he was taking pictures of the neighbor's house, at the request of the neighbor? (In fact this is what he claims he was doing.)

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 2) 1197

To play devil's advocate:

The drone pilot claims he was asked by one of the people in the neighborhood to take some pictures. I've done this before.

In the case of the guy with the shotgun - can he confirm that the camera was indeed pointed towards him, as opposed to someone else's house (that someone else who could have given permission and possibly even requested the photography)? Same for the 16 year old who waved at it - did she know for sure that she was seen on camera, or was the camera aimed elsewhere and it's just coincidence the pilot moved the thing for a different camera angle after a bit?

That said, if you're trying to take pictures of friend A's house, and want to get an oblique (from the side view) shot which requires you to be over the neighbor's property but with the camera aimed at A's property - you should probably chat with A's neighbors just to give them a heads up what you're doing.

Comment Re:They just crossed the HAM homebrew Rubicon (Score 1) 138

I wouldn't be so sure about that. The most likely reasoning for this device getting nixed was that it was likely relying on Part 97 rules for access to additional frequencies/power levels, and it was hams themselves who went after it. As in "don't put this crap in our band". (Since encryption for the purposes of obfuscation is a no-no for Part 97 operation.)

Comment Re:Encryption is fine on any medium (Score 1) 138

WRONG. The FCC Part 97 rules themselves explicitly forbid encryption for the purposes of obscuring the message.

(Spread spectrum techniques can be considered encryption, which is why SS is only allowed if you publish your spreading algorithm. Encryption for the purposes of "data whitening" is OK as long as the key you're using is published somewhere.)

Comment Re:Encryption across radio waves is illegal? (Score 1) 138

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act assertion is absurd. I can not see in any way that this could result in a violation of that. (It could be used as a tool as part of OTHER activities that are violations, but its use in and of itself would not be a violation.)

However, the "ham" part of the name indicated that it was probably using an amateur radio (ham) service. This service requires operators to be licensed, and has its own rules very different from that of the ISM bands.

In many cases, ham bands and ISM bands overlap. The ham bands sometimes extend outside of the frequency range of the ISM bands, and also licensed ham operation is subject to different rules than ISM devices. Key differences:
1) Licensed amateur radio operators can use MUCH higher power levels than ISM devices. They can legally interfere with ISM devices (although doing this is frowned upon by most hams) - In most of the ISM bands, the military is the primary user, amateur radio is secondary (In some areas, military radars operate in the ham/ISM bands. IIRC there was an interesting situation a few years ago where no one could use certain brands of garage door openers near a military base because the big radar was interfering.), ISM devices are tertiary. Lower-class users must accept interference from higher-class users and can't interfere with them. http://www.qsl.net/kb9mwr/proj...
2) Operating under Part 97 (ham) rules instead of Part 15 (ISM) rules means that you can't use encryption for the purposes of obfuscating data

I suspect that something about this device made it require operation under Part 97 rules to function, but encryption is a no-no under such rules. Also, it seems like they intended to sell this/encourage its use by unlicensed operators despite the device being a Part 97 device.

Comment Great, just great... (Score 1) 55

"Finally, the spam filter is better than ever at rooting out email impersonation—that nasty source of most phishing scams. Thanks to new machine learning signals, Gmail can now figure out whether a message actually came from its sender, and keep bogus email at bay."

As if that crap didn't false-positive on me way too much already.

186,000 Miles per Second. It's not just a good idea. IT'S THE LAW.