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Comment: Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (Score 1) 173

by fnj (#47447203) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

could you quote the section of the US Constitution that establishes the right to privacy?

OK, this ring a bell? The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

That's the fourth amendment, in case you are at a loss.

It's kinda hard to have any privacy when jackbooted thugs can just bust in and rifle through your effects on a whim, no?

Comment: Re:that's not the FAA's job (Score 1) 189

by fnj (#47438391) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Actually, sport aviation under ultralight rules does not have minimum altitude rules per se. And no, you are not allowed to shoot them down. Yes, they could get into trouble doing blatantly dangerous or intrusive things. And I believe they themselves would take umbrage if you operated your drones in any manner dangerous to them. They certainly have the law firmly on their side on that one.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 0) 189

by fnj (#47438329) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Maybe. But then perhaps its time for Congress to rewrite the mandate and take the commercial/hobby distinction out.

As a hobbyist, no offense but I tell you to STFU. The FAA has gone out of its way to allow hobbyists their niche, and there was nobody and nothing to ever tell them they had to. It is a special exemption, and one that has carefully laid out limits. I appreciate that. If you get your way, the whole goddam thing will just be closed down, because it's completely irrelevant to the mandate to regulate and oversee civil aviation. Nobody will be allowed to sling speeding weights through the air for any purpose, outside the bounds of customary civil aviation.

Let Amazon develop their tech ON THEIR OWN TEST RANGE PROPERTY under experimental rules. As far as I know nobody tells anybody what they can do under those conditions. After they have built up an adequate history proving safety under realistic conditions, then let them apply for type approval like anybody else. And if they are going to fly these hurtling objects down town streets, let them convince all localities they should be allowed to do so.

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 77

by fnj (#47426515) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Brake fluid, yeah. Coolant for the battery, yeah. Steering is electric so you lose there. The transmission has no gear change, so no synchro wear due to shifting. It does have gear oil - NOT "transmission fluid" (that's for automatics).

The gear oil is scheduled for change at 12 years / 250,000 km. Brake fluid and coolant once a year - that sounds incredibly conservative, but you have to understand this car could last you an AWFUL long time, so it doesn't make sense to push such paltry expenses.

Comment: Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 1) 77

by fnj (#47426407) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

In 2013 the Tesla S scored a Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) better than any other vehicle tested including every major make and model approved for sale in the US. It exceeded not only all other sedans, but all SUVs and minivans. In side pole intrusion, it was the only one scoring "good", night-and-day far better than the the Volvo S60.

If Roger Rodas had been driving a Tesla instead of a Porsche, maybe he and Paul Walker would still be alive. For one thing the car would not have burst into a raging inferno while Paul was stunned by the collision.

Comment: Re:Seems appropriate (Score 4, Insightful) 350

by fnj (#47418845) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

[boot up in single user mode so syslog and ntpd are not running]
# date 0417212012
# su - victim
[pigs copy incriminating files at will using cp without -p]
[could change the date numerous times for different files]

Yeah, that's REAL hard. They just planted files with an mtime, ctime, and atime of 2012.

How can timestamps be "out of sync with the rest of the system"? Every file in the system has different timestamps as it is.

Comment: Re:The Future's So Bright (Score 1) 412

by fnj (#47410703) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I can't wait for this generation to saturate the industry. Fewer bugs, better features, from less nonsense to code programs with. They might even be better as people, with clearer heads. Python might even help you think more clearly.

You want to know what is really funny? What you said works perfectly if taken absolutely on the level.

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"