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One of the dangers that this shows is straight from 1984... How can we trust history when it can be deleted or altered at whim. How can we be sure if the books we download are not altered in any way - At least in Non-DRM form, they can be archived to ensure the consistency of the text over the passage of time
After all, We've always been at war with... (checks kindle) EastAsia
Sergey Aleynikov, 39, was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Kevin Nathaniel Fox in Manhattan on Saturday to post a $750,000 personal recognizance bond to be secured by three financially responsible people, according to court documents."
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But we need to do something besides crop dusting. Look at the deadzone in the Gulf of Mexico if you have any doubt.
Because of high concentrations of pesticides - If you could spray more frequently, you would not need the high concentrations, therefore less run off... A UAV could be as cheap to operate as any other farm implement without needing specialized training to operate.
Postal/parcel delivery of perhaps the most important things, like organ transplants or something. Otherwise the use is over the top.
Have you ever tried to get next-day delivery to a rural area? There are many parts of the country still that are over 200-300 miles from any major airport. Private pilots are often contracted by the USPS to ferry mail back and forth to these areas.
Search and rescue, maybe. Would Steve Fossett have been found any sooner?
Quite possibly - Pilots are limited to how long they can fly per day. Because there is a shortage of qualified pilots, it limits the time and increases the expense of search and rescue operations.
For example, UAV's could be used for fire suppression applications - Whenever there are forest fires (or even the threat of), UAV's could be prepositioned and in the air in a matter of minutes.
Crop Dusting - UAV's could perform this function with better precision, for longer hours.
Search and Rescue
All these applications are prone to pilot fatigue and are dangerous commercial applications - I am sure there are many, many more applications where UAV's would make more sense and improve aviation safety.
"The decision today is one of the first in the country to award attorneys fees to a defendant in an RIAA case over music sharing on the Internet."
"In his ruling, Judge West found that the RIAA had asserted an untested and marginal theory that veered toward "frivolous and unreasonable" by suing Foster for contributory and vicarious copyright infringement when the only evidence against her was her name on the household Internet account. Much like the judge in Elektra v. Santangelo, West expressed skepticism that "an Internet-illiterate parent, who does not know Kazaa from a kazoo" could be held liable for children in her home downloading music illegally unless the parent had knowledge of the conduct or had giver her permission to do so."
This case was thrown out in July, but Foster's lawyer fees were finally awarded formally to her. Could this be a godo precedent for future cases that (1) IP Address != Infringing Person, and (2) RIAA getting slammed for attorney's fees in the future?"