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Comment What is wrong (Score 1) 72

What is wrong with those rules ? They are still more relaxed than what we have everywhere outside city areas here in Denmark.
Max 7 kg = 15.4 pounds vs US 55 lbs
Max 100 meters = 328 ft vs US 400 ft.
We have LoS only - But can use spotter that can take over.
We must move away from other aircraft (which normally have to stay above 150 meters / 500 ft)
We don't have the clear conditions requirement, but still Line of sight

Comment Complicated (Score 1) 234

So the code is so big and complicated, that nobody could hire a group of cheap indian / chinese programmer to write something better in 6 months ? Must be a huge package, like MS Office.

Small programs like Photoshop could be 80% written by a couple of people in 6 months. Look at RC equipment, communication protocols are reverse engineered, and people are using arduinos as converters within a couple months. My FlySky i6 / TGY-i6 6-channel transmitter had its firmware hacked within a few months, now it does 10 channels, with the iA6B 6-channel receiver. And it has virtual switches etc. This is not new firmware, it is just reverse engineering, and changing. I have a $7 logic analyzer, so I also look at protocols on the wire/pins of chips.

Software is overrated in value. The value lies in the product, the marketing, the customers. OK, without software you would not have the other. But the software alone is worthless.

Look at my $7 logic analyzer. It s a Saleae Logic clone. Runs with the original software. And with many free 3rd party apps. People by SL to support them, and to get them to further develop the software. Or to be legit. But anybody could bundle some of the Open Source software with a clone, and sell for $50 instead of $150 like SL. But they would not have a chance. They don't have the name. If you get a clone, why not get the cheapest ?

Comment Easy (Score 1) 81

This should be easy. Controller could be Raspberry Pi, Arduino with HC-05, ESP wifi etc. Say $5.
12V, 10A relay is $0.50
buck converter, step down, 3A is $0.70.
Then you need a power supply. Modern PC power supplies are able to deliver all as 12V (PoE standard). The buck converter will accept 5.7V -> 20V or so. So voltage drop on line no issue. Or get a 12V, 6A PSU for $10.
10 pairs of JST connectors $2.49
So if you want 4 ports, the cost would be $5 + $2 + $2.8 + $10 + $2.49 + little time = $23 - with the PSU being most important, and being 72W it is scalable. If average device is consuming 1A, it is 5W, and it will handle 14 ports. Get a smaller PSU and stay under $20.

The issues is keeping the power inject/extraction Cat 5E. But if you want to to DIY cables, you could just cut the connector, put a new connector on, and solder an injection connector on, say JST-style on for power.

Comment Re:This is a solution looking for a problem. (Score 1) 223

There are more people killed while trying to take selfies every year than are killed by sharks.
So I think we need a license for all cameras and an extra license for using a selfie stick to protect people from death.

There are also young people taking nude photos of themself, and sending them to friends. I think we need to combat the ignorance by requiring every phone and camera user to get a license. And if you do not posses common sense, no phone or camera for you. It is for your own protection, and privacy of others.

Comment Re:License Plates and registrations ... (Score 1) 223

Who patrols the skies, warehouse buildings etc for license plates on drones ?
The difference between cars/planes and drones is, that cars drives where everybody can see their license plates. Planes needs it for radio communications, when landing at airfields. Drones are small, and a registration can't be read from a distance.

If I use my own airfield in middle of nowhere, using my own scratch-built plane, nobody checks the airplane registration. I am not sure if I ever saw airplane registration on paragliders where the pilot strapped a propeller on the back. And parachutes for sure does not have a visible registration (only small seruial number from manufacturer, and nobody knows who owns it).

I buy lots of stuff from China, and it is trivial to make a quadcopter. DIY wooden frame. 4x ESC+motor+prop = $80. Add GPS and Flight controller for $45. Battery for $10. And we are talking an autonomous drone for $135.

Comment Denmark (Score 3, Informative) 204

I have a plan with 12GB data over 4G (8-35 Mbit/s down 2-24Mbit/s up) (after which it is closed. $3 will double amount of data to 24GB).
12 hours outgoing calls (but unlimited to customers at the same telecom).
Unlimited texts (SMS+MMS) domestically.

And I pay DKK 79 = $9.65 + sales tax per month.

For internet access at home, I have 60/60 Mbit/s fiber. So I rarely use many GB,

Comment Almost there (Score 1) 121

What we have now in the marketplace is lots of routers with VLAN capable switches, which can all be running OpenWRT. For me it is not really important if the hardware is Open Source or not. I get a stable platform, and I can add USB and serial devices to it. And I can run whatever software on it that I want.
There are some complaints about the hardware accelerated switching whatever does not work well, but since since I am only on 60/60 mbps this is not big issue. I have a bigger problem with the built-in ssh performance not being fast enough.

Comment Re:Victory for common sense! (Score 1) 91

I have a non-protected SSID at home. Everybody can use my Internet connection. I have it set up for visitors, but it can be used from the street.
So getting my name is no better than getting the name of my provider/telco. We both allows 3rd parties to use our network, and are not responsible.for what our users are doing. The difference is, that the Telco knows who pays the bill. I do not know who uses my network. But in my household, I have 2 sons and a wife.

Who are they going to blame ? Should they search all our machines in the hope that it was not a 3rd party ?

They need to lure the pirates into installing software, or entering personnel data.

Comment Failure of Democracy (Score 1) 1307

Funny how Greece should be one of the first countries to show the failure of democracy.
So many people are dependent on the government for paying money out to them, or failing to tax them. So all those dependent on state money voted for keeping their income as it is, rather than going for a sensible solution.

Like I heard the young people in Greece say, nobody of the parent generation ever asked what they could do for Greece, they just bought more Porsche Cayenne cars for the money they received from the state, or cheated from the state.

Now they will be booted out of the Euro, to show an example (Italy and Spain had the downsize public sector, why not Greece ?). We will get Drachmer at an exchange rate of 1:1, and all bonds will be converted. Then devaluating the currency to 25% of original value to minimize debt. And at the same time, everybody in Greece will get the same number of money, but at a quarter puchasing power. So even worse than the EU / IMF suggestions. People get what they ask for.

Denmark was close to bankruptcy around 1980. Then we got a right wing government, who made lots of hard economic reforms (one called the potato diet, making loans more expensive, and resulted in cutting the trade deficit from 36 to 20 billions within one year), they stopped the insane 10% yearly salary increase, and cut it down to like 2-4% (which resulted in inflation getting lower than salary increase, thus increasing purchase power). Now all parties in parliament agrees (government and opposition), that the the yearly finance law must be in balance, or very close.

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