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Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York 339

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-the-tsa-wants-to-take-your-rc-helicopter dept.
New submitter FoolishBluntman sends this quote from CNN: "An unmanned drone came within 200 feet of a commercial jet over New York, triggering an FBI appeal to the public for any information about the unusual and potentially dangerous incident. The crew of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching John F. Kennedy airport on Monday reported the sighting. 'We saw a drone, a drone aircraft,' the pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers on radio calls captured by the website LiveATC.net. ... The unmanned aircraft, described by the FBI as black and no more than three feet wide with four propellers, came within 200 feet of the Boeing jetliner. The FBI said it was looking to identify and locate the aircraft and its operator. A source with knowledge of the incident says investigators interviewed the pilot and others on the Alitalia plane."

Comment: Re:SMS - most expensive data transmission (Score 1) 34

by simoncpu was here (#43022335) Attached to: Wikipedia Will Soon Be Available Via Text Messages
Dear American,

SMS is the *least* expensive way to send data in developing countries. Here in the Philippines, normal SMS costs only 0.02USD per message. It costs 0.49USD for 1 day unlimited SMS. Unlimited 3G/HSDPA costs 1.23USD per day. LTE is currently free because it's still being tested in selected cities.

Comment: Re:Java sucks. (Score -1) 270

by AlexLibman (#42816479) Attached to: Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

GPL is too restrictive. It should not be called "free software" by any rational definition of the term. Oracle retains far too much control. Languages that don't have a genuinely free implementation (Java, C#/VB, Perl, Ada, etc) should be avoided.

(Yes, same "--libman" (obviously excluding comment #42769199 - a second false-positive for my indexing script to ignore...)... Biased GNUtards will abuse their mod powers to limit me to 2 posts per day, which I why I post as "AC".)

Comment: Re:Two sides to the coin (Score -1) 147

by AlexLibman (#42815979) Attached to: Copyright Claim Thwarts North Korean Propaganda

Though it is nice to see when the evil tool is used for good.

You cannot achieve good ends by evil means.

(This is especially true in the modern world, where technology makes non-violent communication ever-easier.)

Benevolent ends are a cheap excuse that all sides can claim, thereby proliferating evil.

Socialist propaganda needs to be debunked, but never stifled by force.

No matter if it's North Korea or Barack Obama, or anywhere in between.

--libman

Government

Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000 605

Posted by Soulskill
from the come-to-america-and-let-our-robots-replace-you dept.
dcblogs writes "A bipartisan group of Senators is planning to introduce a bill that allows the H-1B visa cap to rise automatically with demand to a maximum of 300,000 visas annually. This 20-page bill, called the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 or the 'I-Squared Act of 2013,' is being developed by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.). It may be introduced next week. Presently, the U.S. has an H-1B visa cap of 65,000. There are another 20,000 H-1B visas set aside for advanced degree gradates of U.S. universities, for 85,000 in total. Under the new bill, the base H-1B cap would increase from 65,000 to 115,000. But the cap would be allowed to rise automatically with demand, according to a draft of the legislation."

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