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Comment: Re:Another Side of The Coin (Score 1) 115

by jshackney (#48486817) Attached to: FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

Having spent many hours flying in your region, I can tell you the commercial aviators are talking to someone that is looking at a RADAR screen. Transponders are in heavy use, and someone is INSIDE the aircraft looking OUTSIDE. Drones have extremely limited field of view, and no identification system to allow for inclusion in the air traffic system.

Can't say much about the private flyers other than, I really wish they would take advantage of the ATC system more.

Comment: Re:Avionics (Score 1) 115

by jshackney (#48486687) Attached to: FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

Maybe as ADS-B gets less expensive, that'd be the way to go. However, at present, ADS-B pricing is utterly ludicrous for hobby. As it is, the ATCRBS is antiquated and cumbersome for drone use.

I know of one state that specifically regulates R/C, rockets, and kites within the vicinity of an airport. I don't see why the FAA couldn't address the issue and make a uniform rule across the country.

On a tangent: I have hit birds, had more RAs than I care to count (thank my lucky stars for TCAS), and just a few months ago, as I was coming down final for 34L at VNY, I had to maneuver to avoid a kite being flown within the final approach corridor. Every one of those involved me reporting it to ATC and filling out any requisite paperwork and/or being interviewed by ATC personnel after-the-fact.

And a final story, somewhere over Georgia a couple years ago, talking to Atlanta Center, there was a Lufthansa flight descending through the clouds that queried Center about a weather balloon flying at altitude. Center was not aware of the presence of the balloon and the Lufthansa pilot, expressing his concern (in a heavy German accent) says, "That was FUCKING CLOSE!" The particularly bad thing about a balloon is that one cannot see if a cable extends beneath it or not until it's too late. If it's not charted or not NOTAM'd, it's extremely dangerous.

People do stupid things. Unfortunately, we are in a world where stupidity has to be regulated.

Comment: Re:Best DOS game... (Score 1) 133

by jshackney (#47356305) Attached to: FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

Doom, that's awesome. That's pretty much when I started getting bored with games and the race for frame rates.

That was a fun game, though. Flight sims were more my thing. I enjoyed the heck out of F-19 Stealth Fighter (yeah, C64) and FPS:Football. Wish I could find a working copy of the latter. Also, been looking for a flight sim I had purchased, but never got to install (would like to see what I missed) as hardware evolved too rapidly and backward compatibility was super sketchy at that time. Wish I could remember the name of that sim.

Comment: Only if . . . (Score 1) 427

by jshackney (#47320729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I'd get one if it could do all of these things:
1) Tell time in at least three time zones at one glance (local, UTC, home)
2) Must be solar powered (those kinetic watches are crazy pricey) -- My last trip to a jeweler for a battery change was wasted with a 45 minute sales pitch for Melaleuca. No thank you!
3) Must NOT be crazy pricey (I'd rather spend $100 for a GOOD watch)
4) Must, absolutely must be light and comfortable (ideally of a size that would be considered large for a ladies' watch, yet smallish for a mens' watch)

I'd be flexible on these:
1) Be able to tell the time of sunset, sunrise, civil twilight, and anything else interesting as far as sunset/sunrise is concerned, but must be able to give LOCAL times without me resetting the location manually each time.
2) Exercise tracking ability (obviously GPS/calculator/etc/)
3) USB/Bluetooth/IR connectivity

Things I really DO NOT need:
1) An E-6B built-in to the face.
2) Fancy/flashy face and/or band

Comment: Re:Is the gold rush over? (Score 1) 768

by jshackney (#36438686) Attached to: Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

$35 (1968) is roughly equivalent to $73.80 to $107.00 (1980) using various indices

or, going the other way:

$850 (1980) is roughly equivalent to $277 to $403 (1968).

The value of gold was not allowed to inflate for several years (fixed at $35/oz. in 1934). John Seabrook wrote an article in 1989, Invisible Gold that briefly touched on the value of gold from the Gold Standard through the 1980s.

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