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Comment Re:Breakin' the law, breakin' the law (Score 1) 410

I guess the secret to ensuring that your favorite pastime won't be annexed by a bunch of rogue law-makers is to take up a pastime that *they* enjoy.

For example... many, many times more people are injured or die as a result of playing golf than as a result of playing with drones -- yet you *KNOW* that golf will never be banned or restricted in the way that drones are being -- simply because so many lawmakers are also keen golfers.

Remember... politicians and bureaucrats are primarily looking after their own interests ahead of ensuring the public's safety.

Comment Re:Fell like a stone (Score 1) 148

Oh yes, if this drone had been registered then it would have floated gently to the ground like an autumn leaf.

Sigh... what do you *really* think that registration does? Do you think it's a silver bullet that ensures these things fly safely, never crash and are 100% reliable?

Step right up son, there's a job waiting for you at the FAA!

The reality is that this was a professional-quality rig that suffered a catastrophic failure and whether it had been registered or not (which probably isn't even a requirement in the country where this took place) makes no difference.

It's great to see the levels of ignorance and "know it all-ism" on Slashdot hasn't decreased one jot recently :-/

Comment Re:"Drone"? (Score 1) 148

"There is always a kill switch on the controller, intended for those cases where the drone is out of control and at the risk of doing something really stupid. Of course this will cause it to fall out of the sky like a brick, so that has to be better than the alternative. It sounds like it was activated, but the reasons they give why are dubious."

What utter twaddle! Written by someone who clearly operates on the basis that "I don't need on steenken facts! I'll just make up some to suit my argument".

And yes, I can speak with authority -- I'm a well recognized name in the world of "drones".

Comment Re:"Drone"? (Score 1) 148

Actually, it's clear that the drone pilot was aiming for something "soft" to cushion the impact of his expensive craft and thus keep damage to it and its expensive camera payload to a minimum. It's just a rumor but someone said they heard him say "damn, missed" in a soto voice just seconds after the impact :-)

Comment Re:Not hoverboards (Score 1) 178

"More and more, govt seems to be there for NOTHING more than regulating everything, and charging you money for the "privilege".

Didn't you get the memo?

The job of government is to take your rights and sell them back to you as a privilege, subject to an annual (or other) fee and license.

And honestly, I am *NOT* kidding... just think about it!

Comment Re:This is really wierd (Score 2, Insightful) 184

Sorry but the OP is correct... this situation *has* been manufactured by the USA's long-standing practice of pissing in other people's pools.

If the USA (and other Western nations) just kept their noses out of other country's politics then there wouldn't be this rapidly growing anti-western sentiment within the Middle East.

Hell... the USA and UK invade Iraq on the fraudulent proposition that Saddam had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction -- and look how that turned out.

The USA has almost certainly killed more innocent men, women and children (conveniently categorised as "collateral damage") through their drone strikes than daesh has ever beheaded, shot or blown up.

The USA regularly executes its own citizens (hello Texas???) who the feel have violated their rules (rape/murder) -- yet complain so loudly when other cultures, religions or countries do the same.

Message to the US government: do not expect *anyone* to be pleased if you piss in their pool. Do not act surprised when those people decide to come piss in your pool.

I believe that what daesh and Al Quaeda have done is totally barbaric -- but then again, the same can be said for those Western nations who have engaged in acts of terrorism and murder against other nations.

Let he who is without sin ... as they say.

Why doesn't everyone just grow up and start acting like adults for a change????

Comment Re:It takes multiple fire fighters to control a ho (Score 1) 91

So people are so absolutely shit-scared of drones that they'd rather throw some gimp into one of these "jetpacks" and place him in danger of his life (at a huge cost) rather than just fly a low-cost drone and perform the same surveillance role?

And when the MJP fails and falls from the sky, it's not just the pilot who gets to see Allah but also anyone who is unfortunate enough to be standing beneath when it hits.

At least it has a lovely ballistic parachute which (in a firefighting roll) will open just in time to cover the wreckage and bodies like a decorative shroud.

Why are they wasting their money buying a skidoo with fans when they could buy a *real* jetpack with real jet engines?

Comment Re:end-to-end encrypt it all (Score 1) 111

If you truly believe that then surely any and *all* conversations should be recorded or minuted and submitted to the government for examination.

Having a chat with a buddy over a beer on a Saturday afternoon -- better write down exactly what was said and (e)mail it off -- or you're a damned commie spy and terrorist!

Sorry, but regardless the cost, the right to privacy ought to be an inalienable one that can not be usurped by a small bunch of paranoid politicians and bureaucrats who have proven themselves (time and time again) to be untrustworthy.

If we relinquish our right to privacy we deny our humanity.

Comment Who's going to police it? (Score 4, Insightful) 110

Even if a global treaty is struck to declare privacy a basic human right -- who is going to provide the oversight, who will punish those that breach the treaty and how will such punishment be administered?

Reality check: There's just no way this is going to work.

Aren't there global treaties that outlaw torture?

What happens at Gitmo, who is punished for the violations and how is that punishment metered out?

This, I am afraid, is nothing more than an exercise in futility. We have already lost our right to privacy and the only way it will return is probably by way of an armed uprising.

If our grandfathers and great-grandfathers could see just how many of the rights and freedoms they fought to protect have now been lost in the name of "safety" and "security", they'd turn in their graves.

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