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Comment Why shoot the drone down when (Score 1) 176

You can simply have it.

Put a transmitter on your drone that rolls through known frequencies (1.2, 2.4, 5.8GHz, 433MHz, etc.). Fly your drone close to the enemy drone, roll through the frequency list and take control ownership. Have your drone proxy transmitter events from the ground so your buddy can fly the enemy drone back to you.

Nobody is encrypting control transmission (yet). I believe it is illegal to encrypt traffic on amateur radio bands...

Comment Privacy in danger (Score 4, Interesting) 492

Why does it seem like manufacturers feel that they automatically have a right to your usage data after you buy their product?

Car manufacturers are already making big plans on creating new revenue streams with all the usage data they are collecting on our vehicles. Now, MS is taking the same approach (at least Windows 10 is free). What's to stop other vendors from doing the same? How about that new electric razor you bought; do you really want all your usage information to be sent back to the manufacturer, when you shaved, how you shaved, where you shaved? As more and more products are shipped with internet capability, manufacturers feel that they have a right to collect usage information weather you like it or not.

I'm not liking where this is going...

Comment Re:BBC - hammered by its own Political Correctness (Score 1) 207

I think Clarkson crossed the line when he challenged BBC in a public forum. BBC felt that it couldn't back down, which meant its only recourse was to fire Clarkson. It's unfortunate because I'm a Top Gear fan, and I rather like Clarkson's sometimes rude demeanor.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 3, Insightful) 608

> Of course, being banished to Russia, is fine too..

Banished? Snowden wasn't banished. If he comes back to the States, the US government will kill him in the fastest, swiftest trial you'll ever see.

I lived in Russia for 5 years. While I'm not a huge fan of the government, the people are amazing and friendship is for life. It's a pretty good quality of life for those that don't know. I don't think Snowden is missing much from the states, except peanut better, ranch dressing and cream cheese (oh, and good chips).

He'll likely get a pardon when the american people are ready to oust those congressional folks that are pushing this high surveillance agenda, primarily those older folks like Mich McConnell that come from old power.

Comment Re:The perception of "drone" is powerful (Score 1) 272

Thanks for proving my point so quickly.

I don't have any problem with a drone flying over my property, if it's 300-400 feet up. I mean, I don't have a problem with a helicopter flying 300ft over my property, what's the difference if it's a drone or kite or bird or anything else?

Comment The water is getting warmer, frogs (Score 1) 157

This happened because auto-makers think it's OK to remotely communicate with your vehicle at their leisure. They think it's OK to download usage information and other private forms of data from your vehicle without your knowledge. Maybe they're even downloading GPS data, creating profiles out of their customers, and selling it all to a third party. All that said, I don't agree to be a future product and revenue stream for an auto vendor. I value my private data.

There should not be any listening services running on my new car at all. Any wireless connectivity must be sourced FROM the vehicle only. If I want the auto vendors to have all this private data, they'll make a button that I can push to give it on my terms.

Do we really want all our electronic things to be communicating our usage information (and god knows what else) back to the vendors?

Comment The perception of "drone" is powerful (Score 1) 272

The mainstream public is a bit ridiculous when it comes to drones - they think they're so important that another person would waste their time and spy on them using a drone. First off, you're not that important, get over yourself. Second, do you have any idea what kind of footage a drone would have at 100 ft away? Keep in mind that while it's high-def, there's no zoom. A drone would need to be 10 ft away to get a clear image of your face.

If you ask these same people how they feel about low flying aircraft or someone walking down the street with a mobile phone, you would get a more accepting response. But why? Lower flying planes could carry hundreds of pounds photography gear and could zoom in on your eyebrow lashes. The person walking down the street with a mobile phone could zoom and get some real up-close shots of you while you're in your garden.

Is it possible that the drone flyer is just making a video of the general area or just having fun flying a remote controlled toy?


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