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Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 1) 263

by budgenator (#48667355) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

When Russia sells petroleum to Germany, the transaction is completed in USD, ergo both parties need to have USD on-hand in order to trade. This is true for most commodities trade. ....
  if countries suddenly stopped using USD for commodity transactions, then the global demand for the USD will drop.

I don't agree, in most cases the U$Dollars is a standard measure of value rather than physical thingy like a briefcase full of FeRNs (Federal Reserve Notes). Even at that, when the shit hits the fan, money is only worth what you can buy with it and you can't eat gold or burn it to keep warm. If Russia and Germany are buying and selling from each other in a balanced basis, the amounts of currency in the float will be trivial.
Now what upsets the apple cart is when a Russian President like Vladimir Putin, decides he wants Russia playing its old games and prop up al-Assad in Syria, which pisses off the House of Saud who collapses the Oil market and starts to crush the Russian economy. Russia has enough Islamic countries in it sphere of influence (many on its boarders), that keeping them all from turning on either Russia or each other takes a high level of brinkmanship that's difficult to achieve and more difficult to maintain.

Comment: Re:Stupid rethuglicans restricting our rights (Score 2) 68

by budgenator (#48627067) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Garodnick was elected to New York City Council in 2005, winning 63 percent of the vote in the general election and defeating both the Republican and Libertarian candidates. In the five-way Democratic primary that year he won 59% of the vote. Daniel Garodnick

I've noticed that Democrats are more likely to "pass a law" on the "issue du jour" than they are to either rationally consider whether a new law is really necessary or to hold LE and the courts accountable for enforcing the existing applicable laws.

Comment: Re:Seems legit (Score 1) 68

by budgenator (#48626885) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

So that would preclude FPV . FPV is an acronym meaning "First Person View". A person referring to "flying FPV" is referring to piloting their model aircraft from a first person perspective onboard. This is accomplished by means of tiny video cameras and wireless RF links. The typical FPV plane consists of many components that must work well together to get the job done. In this case the drone may be out of sight (behind a tree), but the person flying the mulit-rotor vehicle may have a better view than if he was flying by sight.

Remotely controlled aerial vehicle must be under direct visual observation at all time per FAA regulations.

With respect to UAS used as model aircraft, the FAA reiterated the operating guidelines in AC 91-57, and further noted that to qualify as a model aircraft, the aircraft would need to be operated purely for recreational or hobby purposes, and within the visual line of sight of the operator.
The policy statement also clarified that AC 91-57 applied only to modelers and “specifically excludes its use by persons or companies for business purposes.” 72 FR at 6690
Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft

so if you fly behind a tree and lose the visual line of sight, your operating outside the FAA guidelines and I suspect that any system permitting FPV from a UAS affordable by a hobbyist or small or medium bussiness would only be capable of transmitting on a strictly line of sight basis and any obstructions in the LOS would cause losse of the video transmission.

Comment: Re:Should let them work inside parks. (Score 2) 68

by budgenator (#48626107) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Oh good grief people read the article,

No person may avigate a UAV within the limits of the city except:
        1. The police department in accordance with section 14-133.1.
        2. A person avigating such UAV pursuant to and within the limits of an express authorization by the federal aviation administration.

basically a grandstanding city Councilman introduced a statute making it illegal to operate a UAV anywhere it is all ready illegal to operate a UAV!

Comment: smuggly satisfied! (Score 1) 182

by budgenator (#48625023) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

While I don't support hacking into anybodies computers, I'd have to say that That after The Sony BMG CD copy protection rootkit scandal which involved a form of hacking on their part and cpyright infringement, the file sharing lawsuit against common people, the lawsuits from the artists to get a fairshare of damages Sony has won in filesharing, and the general asshattery involved in the entertainment industry, it's hard to be sympathetic to them; karma is a bitch when you are. North Korea on the other hand can only be decribed as a boil on the ass of humanity, so if it's destiny that some company would have to fall on it's sword to embarrase the sensibilities of Kim Jong-il, I'm glad that Sony volunteered.

Comment: Re:Quoted from TFA (Score 0) 200

by budgenator (#48610215) Attached to: NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Your confusing cost with wealth redistribution. Everything they spent either went into wages, or bought goods that paid somebodies wages and generated profits that were distributed to stockholders. Being an overt Commie redistributionist is a bad thing(tm), being a covert Republicrat or Democan redistributionist is a economic stimulis package.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 1) 173

by budgenator (#48609259) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Not necessarily, anyone can contact the software authors and negotiate license terms; it can become more difficult as the number of authors increase and probably exponentially more difficult. MySQL for an example had multiple licensening options, one was the GPL.
The reason what licensor actually said that counts is because the licensor is the entity that initiates legal proceedings to remedy perceived violations of the licence. Any way the terms of the GPL are essentially a non-concern until you distribute.

Comment: Re:The drought is bullshit (Score 1) 222

by budgenator (#48605729) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

You guys are all fucking zero-sumers, you want more water in an area that is desert, build a couple nuclear power plants and run some desalination plants. News flash, Southern California is in the horse latitudes, that means desert, just like almost every desert on the planet is in the horse latitudes.

Comment: Re:Thave us, Algore! Thave us! (Score 0) 222

by budgenator (#48605583) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Oh noes! We broke teh fuckin' planet! We broke the goddamned planet!

:: runs around the room, flapping my arms like a faggot ::

Thave us, Algore! Thave us!

We didn't break teh fuckin' planet; just Kaliphornia, and that was because Feinstein voted with the Republicans and Hell froze over. When you disturb the natural order there are consequences.

Comment: Re:EFF Says: (Score 1) 158

by budgenator (#48600391) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

If your an actor, hired to be in a historically based film protrayal of a particularly decadent period of Roman Civilization, when ruled by a Ceaser who was discribed as

sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversity, presenting him as an insane tyrant. Caligula

and produced by Bob Guccione, it's hard to be sympathetic to complaints that it turned into a porno.

Comment: Re:Windmills? (Score 1) 187

by budgenator (#48596359) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Could windmills have an effect? How much energy are windmills taking out of the system? Maybe the windmills interact in a butterfly type effect, short-circuiting some necessary precursor of tornadoes.

As a dyed in the wool denier, I can unequivocally say that windmills remove an immeasurable amount of energy from the planetary system and have no effect on the frequency of tornadoes or any other storms.

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