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Comment: Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (Score 1) 129 129

Any pilot will tell you that birds are responsible for avoiding bird strikes 99.999% of the time.

If drones move out of the way of airplanes autonomously, then great. They don't though. Hobby drones aren't really the issue here anyway, the real issue is the larger drones.

Also, some guy goes out and buys a drone, takes it up for a flight. Does he even know that he's within 4 miles of an airport? A lot of people have no idea where the GA airports are. Some really fundamental training on air space rules would go a long way towards safety I think. A few hours of ground school at the most, and passing a very simple exam. Could even be an online thing.

Comment: Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (Score 1) 129 129

Helicopters frequently fly at 300 ft. And I think a drone is more of a hazard to a helicopter than an airplane.

Also, I bet there are a lot of people who have no idea where airplanes might need to be flying low. One strange wind day, one aircraft with unusually low performance like a Cessna 150 or an old Cub, and one strange airport situation like a Class-D upwind extension and presto, you have airplanes at 300 feet where they normally are not.

Comment: Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (Score 2) 129 129

Historic precedent with airplanes would show this is not the case.

Companies incentivized to fly as often as they can have sacrificed airplane maintenance and pilot capability so that they can increase their profit. There are reasons that there are substantial limitations that commercial companies who want to fly for profit must meet.

With drones you'll see this as carring payloads barely within its capability envelope, drones flown hazardously above crowds, drones carrying hazardous materials, pilots without any understanding of human-carrying aviation airspace, etc. I could add a dozen more reasons why being paid makes things more dangerous.

Comment: Re:Why play games? (Score 1) 232 232

I try very hard to memorize my numbers, but since my running average in between credit card theft activity appears to be about 1 year, that's a lot of effort for nothing.

Seriously; I do not give out my credit card number to sketchy sites and try to avoid scams, yet it gets stolen anyway. For example, I am a Linode customer and they announced that they were hacked the day after I gave them my new credit card that had been updated as a result of a motel booking scam in which my credit card was stolen. Replacing my credit card twice in less than one month? Ugh.

Comment: Re:Wasteful (Score 1) 140 140

Processing new blocks will still be profitable because of the built-in "transaction fee" mechanism. Miners in the year 2100 may simply refuse to include transactions that don't have a fee of 0.000001 BTC, for example. At which point, there will be so many of them, that itself could be profitable. The profit is then not the fact that you minted 1 BTC, but the fact that you collected all the fees in the transaction block.

Comment: Re:Contradictory ... (Score 1) 878 878

I find the experience similar to yours, but I perceive there to be a great deal more "boring" code. When you get right down to it, really only about 5% of code is interesting in any meaningful way. There's a risk that poor workmanship will sneak in, but then again if your tests aren't good enough it really doesn't matter if you're drunk, stoned, stupid, tired, or cocksure, the product will suck.

The problem to watch out for is to think an idea is good when stoned, then tricking yourself into thinking it is still good when sober.

Comment: Re:C'mon Kids (Score 1) 138 138

> The hassle of managing encryption far outweighs the risk posed by unencrypted transmission.

Now that is absolutely not the case. PKI scales, and these days with a SIM card in most phones it is almost free as long as you set it up right. That part is hard, but it's a basically constant cost which gets less expensive over time.

Comment: Not All Vendors Are Alike (Score 1) 138 138

There's the implicit statement that all smart meters are deployed the same way. Since this experiment shows that one smart meter vendor is producing sniffable traffic. It does not show that all vendors are in the same situation.

Some vendors are better than others in this regard.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.

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