Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment Re:And the purpose of this exercise is? (Score 0) 383 383

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, did you just compare damage to a 'bridge inside borders' to a bridge over the ocean?

Of course, I am not a bridge engineer

- correct.

Large container freighters can be loaded in a port, unloaded in a port half world away in 10 days. Then the existing train / truck network can pick up the containers and move them further.

The only bottleneck there is a port and ports are much easier and faster to build than additional bridges to increase throughput.

And what you say about damage is downright silly, because the same concern applies equally for a bridge inside our borders. In fact, by your standards, the docks where those boats load their cargo should never have been built, because if one of the minimum-wage immigrants carrying cargo on his shoulders out to a small boat in waist-deep water dies of a heart attack

- ha, talk about silly.

A burning bridge stops all cargo from being moved, while a burning ship only stops that ship. Shipping docks are a scalable solution, while a bridge is a fixed throughput solution that cannot be scaled without building a second bridge.

Container ships can be easily redirected where they are needed at the time when they are needed, while a bridge cannot be moved where it is needed.

Also obviously you haven't seen Russian infrastructure, which is nonexistent in that part of the world and beside that there is no American/Canadian infrastructure to use a bridge like that either.

At the end if this project goes ahead it will never be for any economic reasons, only for political ones, so at the end there will be a gigantic price tag on this bridge to nowhere.

Comment Re:Stuck signal sets (Score 1) 161 161

First of all, we dont believe that you actually stopped at a red light.

What would be the best way to prove that I do stop?

Secondly, do what motorcyclists do and hit the pedestrian cross button.

Please see my reply to zugmeister. Do I need to paste a Google Maps URL showing the problem?

Comment Re:shooter should have talked to owner first (Score 1) 453 453

If the shooter had gone and talked to the drone owner,

And how do you think the shooter could have found the drone owner? The only way to start that conversation is to shoot down the drone, so the drown owner would come out of hiding and make himself known.

Comment Re:Another kook (Score 1) 453 453

If someone broke into your house, barges into your bathroom and pulls up a chair to watch your daughter take a shower, snapping photos as he's doing it, would you think that throwing him out would be a form of defense?

Harm was being caused to his daughters, and he used the minimum amount of force possible to stop the harm. I call that self defense (as "self defense" is the proper term for defending others).

Comment Re: Might want to reconsider paying the fine... (Score 1) 453 453

My understanding is 1000 ft above the highest obstacle within a horizontal distance of less than 2,000 feet;, rotary wing, ultralights and weight-shift controlled can operate lower.unmanned aircraft are not supposed to be operated above 400 ft

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 453 453

From your link

The rights of landowners over airspace are quite limited; in United States v. Causby et ux.,[79] Justice Douglas reasoned that, should it find in the plaintiff/respondent's favor and accept the "ancient doctrine that at common law ownership of land extend[s] to the periphery of the universe — Cujus est solum ejus est usque ad coelum[,]" "every transcontinental flight would subject the operator to countless trespass suits."Additionally, the Air Commerce Act of 1926 gave the United States government "exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States.", Trespass, Trespass to land, Airspace
which doesn't really support your claim.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 453 453

Model Aircraft Operations Limits
According to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 as
(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;
(3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a community-based organization;
(4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft;
(5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control towerwith prior notice of the operation; and
(6) the aircraft is flown within visual line sight of the operator.

18 U.S. Code 32 - Destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities
(a) Whoever willfully—
(1) sets fire to, damages, destroys, disables, or wrecks any aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States or any civil aircraft used, operated, or employed in interstate, overseas, or foreign air commerce;
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years or both.

That's potentially quite a bit more than " I might get a civil offense for it. Meh... I can pay the fine". Merideth wanted privacy, well the problem is it took 3 clicks on google to find William H Merideth, 488 Earlywood Way Louisville, KY 40229-4020 , 502-277-1686, punching that address into google Earth we can see his house, his white pickup and red sedan in the driveway, the pool and spa in the backyard that's over-stuffed with clutter and from the looks of the grass back there he's probably more worried about what HOA will say than his daughter's sunbathing; privacy outside is mostly illusion. So this guy thinks it's OK to shoot down remote controlled aircraft to protect his privacy, what's next manned ultralight aircraft, general aviation aircraft?

Comment Re:And the purpose of this exercise is? (Score 0) 383 383

You are clearly not taking into account the upfront capital costs and bridge maintenance and repairs and changing political situations. Do that, amortise all those costs (real ones, not fake and improbably low ones) and try to answer the same question. A damaged boat doesn't prevent other boats from moving in the ocean and a boat can be used for other purposes if the political climate shuts down one route.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

Working...