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Comment: Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (Score 1) 193

by fnj (#47447203) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

could you quote the section of the US Constitution that establishes the right to privacy?

OK, this ring a bell? The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

That's the fourth amendment, in case you are at a loss.

It's kinda hard to have any privacy when jackbooted thugs can just bust in and rifle through your effects on a whim, no?

Comment: money is always going to be needed (Score 2) 551

by ILongForDarkness (#47446433) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Ex. power blackouts like NY had last year, or ~15 years ago when New England and Ontario had a power outage for a couple days. Most things will shutdown anyways in those scenarios but still are businesses really not going to want to be able to sell things because their card reader isn't working? Or how about your wallet gets stolen, credit card gets hacked etc? With cash you might/likely have some around the house. How many people have a spare copy of their bank card and credit card and will it work once you report the other one as missing? What you are just going to not buy anything for 3-5 days while you wait for another one?

Comment: Re:that's not the FAA's job (Score 1) 191

by fnj (#47438391) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Actually, sport aviation under ultralight rules does not have minimum altitude rules per se. And no, you are not allowed to shoot them down. Yes, they could get into trouble doing blatantly dangerous or intrusive things. And I believe they themselves would take umbrage if you operated your drones in any manner dangerous to them. They certainly have the law firmly on their side on that one.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 0) 191

by fnj (#47438329) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Maybe. But then perhaps its time for Congress to rewrite the mandate and take the commercial/hobby distinction out.

As a hobbyist, no offense but I tell you to STFU. The FAA has gone out of its way to allow hobbyists their niche, and there was nobody and nothing to ever tell them they had to. It is a special exemption, and one that has carefully laid out limits. I appreciate that. If you get your way, the whole goddam thing will just be closed down, because it's completely irrelevant to the mandate to regulate and oversee civil aviation. Nobody will be allowed to sling speeding weights through the air for any purpose, outside the bounds of customary civil aviation.

Let Amazon develop their tech ON THEIR OWN TEST RANGE PROPERTY under experimental rules. As far as I know nobody tells anybody what they can do under those conditions. After they have built up an adequate history proving safety under realistic conditions, then let them apply for type approval like anybody else. And if they are going to fly these hurtling objects down town streets, let them convince all localities they should be allowed to do so.

Comment: how hierachal is MS now? (Score 1) 200

by ILongForDarkness (#47437553) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

I've seen numerous talks/podcasts with MS employees and it seemed pretty flat. Many say things like my bosses boss (head of enterprise software) says we should XYZ for our customers. Maybe by the time you get invited to podcasts you are already pretty senior but a lot of them sounded like they were just a member of a team, ASP or C# say. If that is any indication of the hierachy though it probably is only 5-6 levels to the CEO which isn't bad when you have 130k employees basically breaking the company up with each junior manager managing 20 people, their manager managing 20 managers etc all the way up would do that.

Comment: Re:Void warranty (Score 1) 77

by fnj (#47426515) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Brake fluid, yeah. Coolant for the battery, yeah. Steering is electric so you lose there. The transmission has no gear change, so no synchro wear due to shifting. It does have gear oil - NOT "transmission fluid" (that's for automatics).

The gear oil is scheduled for change at 12 years / 250,000 km. Brake fluid and coolant once a year - that sounds incredibly conservative, but you have to understand this car could last you an AWFUL long time, so it doesn't make sense to push such paltry expenses.

Comment: Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 1) 77

by fnj (#47426407) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

In 2013 the Tesla S scored a Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) better than any other vehicle tested including every major make and model approved for sale in the US. It exceeded not only all other sedans, but all SUVs and minivans. In side pole intrusion, it was the only one scoring "good", night-and-day far better than the the Volvo S60.

If Roger Rodas had been driving a Tesla instead of a Porsche, maybe he and Paul Walker would still be alive. For one thing the car would not have burst into a raging inferno while Paul was stunned by the collision.

Comment: why new balls (Score 4, Interesting) 144

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

It looks like every world cup but perhaps a couple has had a different stitch pattern on the ball. Is there really that much need for innovation? I think it might be cool to have a "better ball" but doesn't the sport at some point lose something from the equipment changing so frequently? Comparing stats when the balls have different characteristics like how smoothly they'll roll, air resistance etc must be the explanation for soccer riots.

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