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Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

Shall we also outlaw cameras, someone could use one to photograph you in you back yard. Maybe binoculars and telescopes too, and ladders, periscopes, mirrors, windows in other peoples houses, imaging satellites, light aircraft, tall people and trampolines.

I'm sure I missed a few things, but you'll be much safer in your backyard if we get all that stuff banned.

Actually unless you work for the government using those things to view people who have an expectation of privacy is already banned and can get you a prison sentence. Sorry to burst your bubble of fun.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

The answer to problems like this is a realistic way to respond that's already achieved mainstream acceptance. The fact that you would have to take matters into your own hands it more than depressing it can cause situations to escalate and then even more crackdowns and restrictive laws could put in place. Or you could even find yourself in trouble for doing nothing wrong. It would be nice if all you had to do was call police and they had the wherewithal to do something rather than be totally incompetent.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

Yes it is quite common to ban cars from public gatherings. Has been since the invention of cars. Since you can't drive cars among people in crowds legally you get rightfully branded a jackass for doing it. Try driving one 15 feet over people's heads and you will get that banned too

Further operating a drone in a crowded public area right over people's heads is already illegal. And it should be as you can easily injure people, same as with a car.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

Ok drop a 5-6 pound / 2.2-2.5kg weight from 15 feet or 5 meters on to average people and see what happens. Chances are you will injure people pretty badly even with light weight crumple style construction. Get an unlucky toss at someone with a pre existing condition and it can cause death.

Further its bullshit that larger propellers cannot cause substantial lacerations. You don't need nearly any strength when the blade tips are traveling at full speeds which can be several hundred miles per hour. All it would take is an idiot running it into the neck of some unlucky person to kill them.

but please, mr drone expert, post a video of your high tech neck massager throwing blades from your neck like popcorn while you try to stop lauging because it just tickles. I'm sure the ad revenue would make it worth your while.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 2) 72 72

Jackasses seem to keep ruining it for everyone. For example i was at an art show and it was pretty packed, some jackass drone operation was flying a larger model, around 4kg / 10 lbs or so, up and down the isles probably 15 feet over people's heads. It was large enough that a simple slip up, if not outright killing someone would have caused a few trips to the ER. It's that kind of jackassery that ruins it for everyone.

It's finally starting to be a greater danger to be injured by an idiot teenager looking for some hits on his youtube channel than being hit by a stray firework.

it is unlikely to be a teenager because large drones are very expensive. i find it more likely that an overconfident adult is going to hurt someone. but hey... i think there are some kids on your lawn, right over there!

It depends in where you live. Not far from here there are plenty of idiot teenagers that have affluenza. Although it is rather redundant to say idiot and teenager. Certainly I was an idiot at that age it's to be expected.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 72 72

It was city property with a permit for the show. It was being done illegally and obviously with little oversight. If you can't understand the danger of flying an upside down lawnmower with no safety guards over a crowd of people, which by the way is against the current FAA regulations, then you are part of the problem.

Comment: I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 5, Interesting) 72 72

Jackasses seem to keep ruining it for everyone. For example i was at an art show and it was pretty packed, some jackass drone operation was flying a larger model, around 4kg / 10 lbs or so, up and down the isles probably 15 feet over people's heads. It was large enough that a simple slip up, if not outright killing someone would have caused a few trips to the ER. It's that kind of jackassery that ruins it for everyone. It's finally starting to be a greater danger to be injured by an idiot teenager looking for some hits on his youtube channel than being hit by a stray firework.

Comment: Re:Whoever says the pope is getting into a politic (Score 1) 305 305

In regards to your first point, it is ENTIRELY political.

Climatologists are the guys we should be listening to about what is happening and what, if anything, we can do about it but the decision about how we prioritize our resources to improve our collective world is *entirely* & *essentially* a POLITICAL problem.

Scroll up that's exactly what I said. Perhaps you don't live in the USA but here the majority of people are nutters who deny basic science facts and instead believe wholeheartedly that their made up fantasy is what the world is. I need to suppress the urge to break the nose of people who say its hubris to think humans can change gods creation - these are the same nutjobs who don't believe in evolution (as if that affects the truth of it). At least this is a step in getting those extremely stupid people to change their tune, if only a little.

Comment: Whoever says the pope is getting into a political (Score 3, Insightful) 305 305

Whoever thinks the pope is trying to pick sides in a political debate is either genuinely insane or has trouble forming simple logical concepts. Because on the scientific overall concept it's not even a debate. The best methods for combating climate change though, are still only scientific. Politics dosent even enter in until you try to implement those methods.

Go ahead and mod me down but I'm really sick and tired of people thinking what they believe makes a crap in a biscuits difference to reality. Even though the popes statement may be lacking its a great step to get hundreds of millions of stupid people to start acting responsibly and be aware of the issue. It's just so ironic that it is a belief in faith, with no foundation in factual reality, that brings awareness to the factual reality we as a species are facing.

Comment: Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 2) 272 272

Actually that's the entire point. Sure movies have it dead wrong. But the general idea is to gently boil off material over the entire side giving it a small kick. Several would be needed in all likelihood and hopefully at least one orbit ahead of time. At the very least several AU of distance would be needed.

There are much better ways of handling it though and the insignificant chance of a deadly object we can deflect with that method is likely dwarfed with the chance of incompetence and mishandling.

Simply drilling into it and fragmenting it would be disastrous at close range, perhaps even makng it more deadly and is as likely to completely reduce it to dust as exploding a whale with tons of dynamite.

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