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Comment: Re:Wrong kind of drone? (Score 2) 280

by mark_reh (#49137757) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

Don't be silly!

Have you ever seen the view from a tall building? How about from an airplane? From 18k feet you can see a lot of ground. Predator drones can stay up for many hours (maybe even days at a time).

Parrot drones fly at rock-throwing altitudes for about 10 minutes at a time. How many thousands of them (and people to operate them) do you think it would take to view the same area as one predator flying at 18k feet?

Comment: What kind of counterfeits are they worried about? (Score 2) 207

by mark_reh (#49100563) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

The part being copied would have to be something that is unavailable otherwise and/or very costly to be worth the time/effort to counterfeit it with a 3D printer. It would have to be something for which the market is very small but very willing to pay, because if the market were large, 3D printing wouldn't make sense- you'd fabricate the counterfeit in a way that's more cost effective for producing large quantities (and would probably give a higher quality result).

Maybe parts for exotic sports cars? But who isn't going to inspect and quickly know they're looking at a fake? What exotic sports car mechanic is going to risk his reputation by buying and installing counterfeit parts?

Jewelry? Too much scrutiny applied there, too.

Nope. Anything that costs a lot is going to be scrutinized. Anything that doesn't cost a lot isn't worth counterfeiting, especially not with a 3D printer.

Comment: I drink your milkshake (Score 1) 168

by mark_reh (#49038769) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

If there's a drone directly over my property it probably isn't looking into my home, but my neighbor's.

If someone wants to look into my windows with a drone they are probably going to do it from some distance away from my property, thus affording a better view. Unless you can get your neighbors signed up for this you're screwed.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams