AGL != MSL
Eh, it's kind of like your Android phone not making root readily available. It's there to protect the unwashed masses from themselves. Serious hobbyists (or bad actors) don't have much difficulty getting around the restrictions. I don't think anyone seriously thinks that "geofencing" software will keep a terrorist from flying a drone into restricted airspace. What it will do is keep the "hold my beer and watch this!" crowd from flying their drone into the glide path of a 747.
remember, Facebook != Internet
It is to many people, particularly those that came of age after the internet went mainstream, as well as those that are older and less technically adept.
Like it or hate it, Facebook is the Internet to a lot of people. Try having a brick and mortar business these days without a presence on Facebook. There are countless people that will go looking for something on Facebook long before they think of a simple Google search. Why do you think Google has invested so much effort into social media despite their many failures? They're terrified of people like this.
At the rate things are going the "dark web" isn't going to be warez, criminals, and black hats; it's going to be anything that's not on Facebook and Twitter.
I was actually thinking about their "complex" (understatement) relationship with the Kurds.
The EU isn't a defensive alliance; that's what NATO is for and Turkey is already a NATO member. One that's keeping us from forming a coherent policy against ISIS, incidentally, since our natural allies in the region and only proven effective anti-ISIS force happen to be Turkey's sworn enemy.
When USENET, IRC, and other mediums that were hard to censor were the rule rather than the exception? Now the "go to" places are all for profit enterprises, Facebook, Twitter, Google, et. al. They may profess to follow Western ideals, they may even actually believe in them, but when push comes to shove they'll always do what's necessary to enrich the bottom line.
As an aside, I wonder why the EU is hesitant to consider admitting Turkey? Or why the United States insists on advocating in favor of such a course of action.
Now we have the worst economy in the euro zone
Not even close my Suomalainen friend. Not even close.
Mumble, mumble,...@#$!...what moron wrote this code!
Oh, I did,...let me read that again.
A friend of mine once described the above phenomena as "source code is like shit, you can't smell your own"
I notice I do it more often than I did 20yrs ago. Some say it's old age but I think it's probably due to regularly working on multiple VM's via a laptop as opposed to the old days of a stand alone dev box sitting under the desk.
Disclaimer: I currently manage a large and ancient cvs repository, over the last decade or so I have constructed and maintained an automated build system for about a dozen active projects and a couple of dozen legacy versions that services a team of 25-30 devs plus offshore subcontractors. I have had similar head banging moments wrt compiler optimizations. What I have learned from those experiences is that optimisation often has no noticeable impact on the end customer, so unless a developer can convince me that a specific optimization is critical to an application's performance, I always have them turned off and ask our devs to do likewise.
The moral of the story is; if you are ever on safari and need to claim some pack mules, either bring them back with you or describe them as "breakfast" on the expense claim..
Anecdotal example: My brother-in-law arrived at the scene of an accident near his home, a car full of young guys had run a red light and t-boned his wife's car, fortunately nobody was hurt and the incident was caught on a red light camera. He approached the cop who was talking to the other driver and then without any warning 'king-hit' the other driver square in the face. The young man fell on his arse and started bleeding. Apparently he had been telling the cop how the "stupid old slut" in the other car had caused the accident. The cop's response was brilliant, he said something like - "I heard what he said, but you can't do that in front of me. Again".
You realize nobody actually uses Kelvin to talk about air temperature in any context outside of the laboratory, right?