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Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49503159) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

*shrug*, in New York State they have six months for all felony charges except murder, where they have a year. It takes time for both sides (defense and prosecution) to prepare their cases. 70 days seems reasonable to me, particularly in the case of someone (like the subject of TFA) who isn't being held pending trial.

Comment: Re:vs. a Falcon 9 (Score 1) 64

by Bruce Perens (#49501071) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.

And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh. :-)

Comment: Re:Awkwardly enough... (Score 2) 264

by Shakrai (#49496895) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

If TFA is to be believed, his craft wouldn't meet the requirements of an ultralight aircraft:

103.1 Applicability.

This part prescribes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that:


(e) If powered:


(2) Has a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons;

From TFA: According to court documents, Hughes rented a car and towed his gyrocopter from Florida to an airfield in Gettysburg, Pa. He chose the location for its proximity to the Capitol -- about an hour away and reachable on the aircraft's 10-gallon fuel tank -- and the fact that it was an uncontrolled airport, according to a criminal complaint.

Comment: Re:Awkwardly enough... (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49496875) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

You do realize the link you offered lists about twenty things that he did wrong? Here's the big one:

103.19 Operations in prohibited or restricted areas.

No person may operate an ultralight vehicle in prohibited or restricted areas unless that person has permission from the using or controlling agency, as appropriate.

Comment: Re:Another load of Federal B.S. (Score 3, Informative) 264

by Shakrai (#49496763) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

But banning him from setting foot in the District of Columbia and talking about YEARS of prison time?

The banishment is part of his conditions of release and will expire whenever the criminal case is concluded. Nothing to see there. As far as "YEARS," well, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines don't have a specific section for this offense, so it falls under the other felony offenses section, which says that 18 U.S. Code 3553 is controlling.

Assuming he has no criminal record, my educated guess would be he stands a decent chance of doing no time. If he gets a prison sentence it will be 366 days, which is SOP is the Federal system because it gives the defendant a chance to earn early release. He'll also be required to forfeit the gyro-copter and any other property used in the commission of the offense, pay court costs, and possibly a fine.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49496499) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Quite the contrary. He sent them a message a full hour in advance, saying that they should expect him.

The White House knew he was coming and expected him

You've got a lot of faith in Uncle Sam if you think the left hand (whomever reads talks to the right hand (FAA, NORAD, USSS, and a few other agencies in the alphabet soup)

Heck, it's not even a Government address, it's BHO's campaign organization's address.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 5, Informative) 264

by Shakrai (#49496419) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

It's not a "ban" per say, it's a condition of his release pending trial. No different than the Judge telling you that you can't leave your house except for work, must submit to drug testing, or the myriad other requirements that are imposed on people who don't get pre-trial confinement. The alternative to accepting the conditions of release is to go to jail and sit there for a few months while the wheels of justice grind forward.

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 0) 588

By activist you mean corporate lobbyists. They are the ones pushing this computer programming b.s.

Hmm...I wonder if they're pushing for more women in IT, because they can pay women less?

This way they get more cheap workers into the workforce, without having to increase HB-1 foreign workers?

Sounds like an interesting conspiracy theory.

But on the issue of separate (but equal) education. Why stop at boys/girls only schools. I would think ALL groups would do better in similar group schools no? Whites and blacks and latinos and orientals all in separate but equal schools. Separate out of those, the boys and girls...and from those the separate out the straights and gays.

At this point, I'd guess they would show stats that all groups do much better at whatever....right?

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye