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Comment 400ft - 55lbs (Score 1) 160

Amazon said its drones fly under 400 feet and weigh less than 55 pounds."

There are several issues with that, the first being that 55lbs from 400ft is a lot of mass traveling really fast...

But assuming they somehow make them perfectly reliable, you have the issue of other air traffic and obstacles that aren't on charts under 400ft.

Yes, yes, someone will quote the rules about altitude and airplanes. Someone forgot that helicopters exist, and that airplanes do sometimes fly lower as well.

A lot of light helicopters do not have any technology to avoid other traffic other than the Mk1 eyeball, and an Amazon drone may well not see one in time either.

It'll be interesting to see, but given many years of flying experience in helicopters, I shudder to think the first time a 55lb drone hits a helicopter. A big helicopter (think S-76) would probably survive it, a Robinson R22/44 would likely not.

Comment Re:the main legit use i can see (Score 1) 160

Note they have no legal constitutional ability to enforce this rule but they are doing so anyway and will arrest people regardless if they have FAA approval. Amazon won't be exempted.

New York City?

In any case, of course they have the legal authority to enforce it... They are the FAA and they regulate all airspace in the US from the ground to outer space, out to 3 miles (or 12, depending) from the coasts.

Check out CFR 91.1 and 91.119

The rules are simple, and not... at the end of the day, the FAA is chartered to regulate and control the air space in the USA, from one foot up to space.

Comment Re:the main legit use i can see (Score 1) 160

There is a great deal of misunderstanding of the whole 400ft thing...

Way too many people have read one thing, somewhere, and run off into left field with it...

The FAA regulates airspace in this country, from the ground to outer space, period.

If you pickup in a helicopter, to just 5 feet, you're flying, you must have a pilot certificate, and you must be either in an airworthy aircraft, or on a maintenance test flight.

The airspace starts from the first foot.

Comment Re:often ahead in the wrong direction, certainly d (Score 1) 471

I'm from Chicago but have lived in Los Angeles the last four years. It's great, and I can't imagine going back. Mistaken policies and willingness to change and try new things are FAR preferable to fees and taxes associated with cronyism and the general crookedness of Chicago. [Disclaimer: I absolutely love Chicago, I just happened to relocate based on circumstances.] There's a whole shit ton of sour grapes regarding California.

With all due respect, you moved from one ship hole to another, you don't have any reasonable basis for comparison...

Come down to Texas, see something new...

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 747

This lets the desktop environments have more advanced features then they would with init systems that don't do this delegation.

First, is it the regular user account or the DE itself which essentially gets its privileges escalated? Either way, that sounds inherently dangerous -- if you want the DE to be all powerfull, just login as root (there are good reasons not to login as root of course, but if systemD is doing it for you anyway, why even bother with the distinction between root and user accounts).

Comment Re:C!=C (Score 1) 164

When my kids were born I arranged to work from home 2 days per week, and wrote code while the kid was sleeping. We saved money on daycare, and I treasure the memories of spending time with the babies, but I doubt if my kids are really doing any better because if it.

Of course they are doing better because of it...

Because YOU are a better Dad... YOU have empathy for them, for your wife, and you have memories of your children at that age, you'll always be there for them in ways that Dad's who WEREN'T there won't.

Comment Re:Even though I got preview night tickets... (Score 1) 126

$4 billion is nothing, that was so cheap I'm shocked that is all it sold for...

King Digital, the company that makes Candy Crush, sold for $5.9 billion to Activision...

Star Wars has far more chance of being around in 30 years than Candy Crush does, IMHO...

It is a long term play, a brilliant purchase, Disney will be just fine...

Comment Re:The movie's not out yet and I'm already tired (Score 1) 126

Yep, you've got your white female and black male lead, shocking...

That being said, I'm interested to see Rey kick some butt... Daisy Ridley apparently worked out for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 months, to get into shape to be able to do most of her own stunts.

If they are going to make all that money, I like it when they can handle it, and it is much more fun to watch her do it than some stunt double.

Comment Re:The movie's not out yet and I'm already tired (Score 1) 126

To today's generation, no, it isn't a joke...

Yes, I remember the launch of NES, I had one of those robots they sold the first year (and only ever had 2 games, blah!).

No, games didn't "update", they had to work well enough at launch.

But today, game companies expect to be able to update their games, many games are not finished at launch and need months of patches to get finished.

I'm not saying it is good, I'm saying it is what is. If you never connect your XBox One or PS4, you're missing out on various game updates of various levels of importance.

Day one patches are a thing, even on consoles. Should they be? No. But they are.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 393

I'm going to call a solid bullshit on that one. You can't attend an accredited College in the US without at least obtaining a GED. Which would be a rather simple matter for someone smart enough to skip high school entirely.

This is actually true... A GED can be done in an afternoon, you simply go take the test, and if you're not completely stupid, you'll pass.

You are in the hall of the mountain king.