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Comment Not exactly true.. (Score 1) 52

"drones must weigh less than 55 pounds, be registered and marked, fly under 400 feet, stay in the operator's line of sight,"

First off, remote controlled aircraft less than 55 lbs don't have to be registered or marked until Feb 20 (for the grandfathered owners) and flying under 400 feet is a suggestion.

Comment Re:Ham radio has been doing this already (Score 4, Informative) 44

AMPRNet is significantly older than 2012. I had nodes running on an STB 4COM (RS232) running under Desqview on a 386 if I remember correctly. Nodes were 1/2 duplex at 300baud with many hidden transmitters, running on 2 meter. If I remember an old FTP to UCSD of a wopping 300k took 8 hours:-)

So yes,, it's by no means new.

Submission + - More verification users need to implement strong crypto. (

fred911 writes: “In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Submission + - 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independance ( 1

fred911 writes: On this day in 1996, Barlow sat down in front of a clunky Apple laptop and typed out one very controversial email, now known as the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace,” a manifesto with a simple message: Governments don’t—and can’t—govern the Internet.

Comment Boo Hoo!! (Score 5, Insightful) 166

"overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations"

  Including extra-legal warrantless, domestic, mass surveillance. Go cry somewhere else, the US intelligence
complex made this bed, now go lie in it.

  We need more end to end encryption to be used as a daily matter of fact, because it's been proven time and time again you aren't trustable.

Comment Re:Love - hate affair (Score 1) 231

" it shows the power of multinational corps - they're above the law."

No it doesn't. It shows they are following the law. Just because a cop makes a request, doesn't make it a law. The law doesn't lie or distort fact to obtain results. The law is set by courts and enforced by courts, cops are just minions who are currently out of control.

Comment Re:cost and benifit (Score 1) 74

Absolutely. I too have never ran any virus package on any of my machines starting from the days of Win 3 and winsock. I have never had an infected machine. I scan every six months and receive the same results.

For button pushing users I support, the only packages I would trust were the packages distributed by Kaspersky or Panda. Everything else I've ever seen is excellent in the over use of your funds and resources.

Submission + - Chinese company unveils world's first passenger drone at CES (

fred911 writes: The Chinese startup company Ehang unveiled yesterday at CES what it claims is the first passenger drone, capable of carrying one person for about 20 minutes. According to a report in The Guardian: "The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and is fitted with air conditioning and a reading light. It is designed to fit, with propellers folded, in a single parking spot."

Just an observation but is this a new model using props as landing gear? Looks questionable to me.

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