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Comment Not a single test was ever done (Score 1) 227

As far as I know not a single test was ever done of a collision between a quadcopter and a manned aircraft.

All we need is a testing facility and frangible design of civil UAVs. After a collision with the speed of more than 150 - 200 km/h UAV should just fall apart as if made from sand. Problem solved.

Comment The problem is (Score 1) 227

that if a government bans civil usage of drones, the country inevitably and hopelessly falls behind in development of the technology. This is already happening. Chinese civil drones produced by the DJI company are much better technologically than anything US or European.

The US and Canada plans to increase no-fly areas around airport to 9 or even 20 miles for civil UAVs. It means basically banning civil drones. While there was not a single serious accident yet involving a civil drone. In the whole world, ever.

At the same time military drones, which should be banned in my opinion, always get green light, even though thousands innocent people were killed as a collateral damage.

Comment Re:Putin's tool (Score 1) 206

The far more apt comparison would be of Beria (responsible for millions dead) vs. McCarthy (responsible for dozens laid off). Quantity transcending into quality and all that...

The population of GULAG was never above two million: , while US prisons right now contain more than two million inmates:

I am not defending GULAG, it was certainly terrible. I just wanted to point that the scale, a quantity, was not that exceptional.

Comment It is impossible (Score 2) 110

The modern political system is based on surveillance. Actually it is the surveillance. Read "Code Book" by Simon Singh, ISBN 1-85702-889-9. All modern state history is basically the history of surveillance.

More than that, in future not just communication devices will be used for surveillance, but any device, a photo-camera, a mixer, TV-set, etc. It is happening already now.

But every cloud has a silver lining, - if you need a private conversation, - put on a light t-shirt and shorts, no watch, not smartphone, no MP3-player, not even a pen, and go with your partner to a park, to a beach, etc. for a private conversation. It would be good not only for privacy, but for heath too. And for environment.

I envision in future important business meeting outdoors while running, or swimming, or just walking. It is the only way to achieve a relative privacy, - an unpredictable outdoor location with no electronic devices around.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T