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Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 187

Actually, I cannot conceive of any situation in which I'd want drones to fly over my property, whether loitering or whizzing.

Well, it doesn't really matter what you want. It has been established by the courts that you don't control the airspace above 83 feet of altitude. Here is a reference for that: https://supreme.justia.com/cas...

Furthermore, this AB and other State's laws, are preempted by the federal law mandating the FAA to control all airspace from 83ft and higher. Here is a reference for that: http://www.americanbar.org/con...

So, as long as the UAV operator has been certified by the FAA, it looks like you will have to tolerate unmanned (or manned, for that matter) aircraft hovering over your property at and above altitudes of 83ft AGL.

Comment Re:They just don't want to get sued (Score 1) 262

most Arabs are already prevented from entering the US

Fixed that for you. Not all Arabs are Muslims, as not all Muslims are Arabs. At the same time, all they need to do is undergo a little bit of additional screening and get a redress number. It's not that bad.

For what it's worth, I voluntarily accepted additional pre-screening and am now a member of Global Entry and TSA Pre, and it only makes my life easier. It saves a lot of time when entering the US, or passing airport security. It saves the CBP and TSA a lot of time, knowing that I'm a low threat to security. And the information I had to give up was no more or less than what I already provide on a international flight to the U.S. anyway. Oh, except the fingerprints, but they government already had them (which is also true for most Arabs, as they at least once applied for a U.S. visa).

In fact, if the U.S. embassy would just add a little option to the visa application that said:

[ ] Send all information to the TSA and CBP for expedited services.

A lot of problems would have been solved. DHS handles visas anyway, and CBP and TSA are both subdivisions.

Comment Re:Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142

No you don't. It would take you an hour or more to read them all for many flights, maybe more.

Perhaps you need to learn how to select NOTAMs.

This is a list of the current NOTAMs for a simple flight from Dallas to Austin. There is zero chance that you read all that before such a flight.

I do, and you can easily skip 80% of those based on the first few characters. There were only a few relevant ones in your long list, mostly crane obstacles.

For my VFR flight, I don't care about lights being U/S, SID/STAR issues etc, so I skip reading the entire NOTAM as soon as I see the subject. But that does not mean I don't check the NOTAM for relevance to my flight. I know a guy who flew right into a presidential TFR, and shit like that won't happen to me if I can avoid it.

Comment Re:Rocketry pierces both these levels all the time (Score 1) 142

Our club routinely gets 5,000-15,000 foot waivers for medium-to-high-power launches, and it doesn't stop nimrods from flying over the launch area in general aviation aircraft.

That's because you get a waiver, not a TFR. GA is allowed to fly in airspace where there is no restriction and it's up to you to avoid manned aircraft.

Now, if you get a TFR for your hobby and someone still flies in there, you have the right to complain.

Submission + - Netflix hoping for free network access from ISPs->

sabri writes: Netflix soared on Wall Street today after their earnings announcement. They also stated that they hope to get more free network access arrangements (aka "free peering"):

Netflix hopes the Charter peering pledge could serve not only its own interests, but establish an industry-wide practice for internet TV. Hastings said he hopes free peering will spare the emerging industry from the sort of battles that continue to plague the cable TV industry industry, in which stations go dark whenever distributor and content owner haggle over a “retransmission” price.

Some may argue Net neutrality, while others would accuse Netflix of freeloading. What's your take?
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Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 4, Insightful) 467

Personally I just hope she gets what her positive contribution to society warrants.

Positive contributions? If anything, this woman provides fuel to businesses and corporations that are hesitant to have women climb the corporate ladder.

First she sues her former employer, and loses on all counts.

Then she implements the most stupid HR policy I have ever seen: "we don't negotiate with job candidates because men negotiate better than women".

And the final straw was her not-so-brilliant PR move in upsetting her user base.

Not exactly the strong female CEO that Reddit needs. In fact, Ellen Pao is exactly the opposite of Marissa Mayer. Marissa is, so far, pretty successful in leading Yahoo. I don't work for Yahoo or ever have, but I'm a fan of Marissa Mayer. Silicon Valley needs more women like Marissa, and less like Ellen.

Comment Re:Cheap hardware. Smart Software (Score 1) 86

Note that their datacenter disciplines are not actually proven to be the best, but boy do they think so.

They are proven to be the best for their specific type of operations. I'm quite sure that their SOPs won't work for the banking or healthcare industry for example.

If Facebook goes down, a bunch of 30 year olds are going to complain (teens use other social media these days, and grandparents won't care and try again later). If the Sutter Health (norcal hospital chain) network/DC goes down, people's health will be affected.

Different operations and requirements, require different budgets and ways of working. For hyperscalers as FB and Google, RAID makes sense. Where RAID in this case is Redundant Amount of Inexpensive Devices.

Comment Re: It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 307

Depending on the features the ISP needs, there may not be a suitable upgrade yet. For example half-duplex vrf isn't available on Cisco ASR9K (Cisco's IPV6-and-RFC-compliance-first platform) and on Cisco ASR1K it doesn't support IPV4. As far as I know, ALU BNG also doesn't support IPV6 in HD VRF.

Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson) supported IPv6 since 2010 on all their SmartEdge series BNGs...

Comment Re:Johnny can't get a job (Score 3, Informative) 133

it seems like, since UofP started, a lot more Unis have upped their game for online-classes to get their standard degree.

I hate to spam, but here is something you need to look at if you're looking to get an accredited online degree: www.wgu.edu. Western Governors University is affordable: $3000 per 6 month term, where you can do as many credits as you can. I got my MSc in 18 months, for 9k. Everything was online, except graduation, which was a big party in Utah.

5 Stars, strongly recommend.

Comment Re:Give firefighters shotguns (Score 1) 176

The FAA already has that authority.

Yes, you are right.14 CFR specifies that the FAA has authority over everything that is man-made and flies.

People are ignoring the rules, or just aren't aware of them. This not evidence that we need more regulations.

The FAA has authority to create rules, but the current set of rules need to be applied to newer technology. In short, the rules are limited to:

restricting operations to 400 feet above the surface; requiring that the devices give right of way to, and avoid flying near manned aircraft; and using observers to assist in operations;

(source: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/...)

What we should have is a set of rules which make a clear distinction between a "drone" and a toy aircraft. For example, I have one of those tiny Hubsan x4 quadcopters. The maximum distance it can fly is 300ft according to the spec, but by then I've already lost it as it is so tiny. A friend of mine has a $2000 GPS-equipped quadcopter with a call-home function. That would probably fit in the not-so-toy specification.

At this time, no skill-test is required to fly a heavy drone. All I'm advocating for is that we get people certified in rules and regulations, and make RC pilots aware of the NOTAM and TFR systems.

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