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Comment: Re:Business model? (Score 1) 105

by xdor (#48854115) Attached to: Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

I agree. Iridium bet everything on this strategy and lost. Their biggest reason: the unexpected proliferation and success of land-based transmission towers.

The only thing different here is this is Google: and recently Google seems to be in deep with the US government. Maybe they want to spread the US topology further without having to be bothered about political barriers.

Comment: Free for Everyone Who Works for It (Score -1, Flamebait) 703

by xdor (#48771191) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

The flavor of this sentence has a slight taste of contradiction. At least this isn't deception by omission, like that last one:

If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it, though your health insurance plan may not keep you.

Nothing to see here folks! Move along!

Comment: Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (Score 1) 129

by xdor (#48570965) Attached to: Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

The FAA is helping protect people like you: people who went to the trouble to get your license and have now been relegated by auto-pilot tech.

If technology is a threat to a bureaucracy, the bureaucracy will ban the tech whenever and where-ever it can.

Comment: Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (Score 2) 132

by xdor (#48377175) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Yet these morons flying drones near airports are going to ruin it for everyone.

No, the FAA already ruined it for everyone by redefining the rules against congressional legislation. They've also ruined it for business by not having any sort of a plan to allow them to be used commercially.

IMO people like you who think good behavior will let you have nice things when your government is suppose to work for you are the problem.

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 1) 94

by xdor (#48272781) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

I'm positing the farmer owns his own airspace: and if he wants to contract someone to fly his field with 20-pound drone or a paper airplane I believe he has the right to do so without anyone's permission.

And if the drone flies off course and crashes into the neighbors house/barn/cattle: the contractor is as liable as anyone trespassing and destroying property with a vehicle.

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 1) 94

by xdor (#48272733) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

You may want to up that privacy fence. FAA rule 103 allows ultra-lights (unlicensed light-frame aircraft/no pilots license needed) to fly up to 1200 feet (and lower) right over your property and look right in your window no questions asked, no permission needed.

But contracted semi-autonomous/para-drones can't take pictures of a land owners own property with the land owners permission -- without first having an FAA permit, according to the FAA's spiel. And you can't get one! Permits are only granted to law enforcement and big foreign oil concerns flying the backside of Alaska.

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 1) 94

by xdor (#48262233) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

I believe there is a concept called "enjoyment of the land". The FAA has to pay land-owners for navigation right-of-way if flights (usually near airports) routinely go below 500 feet. Obviously not a legal coat hook, but sure seems like an indication the land owner owns that space.

Heck, now that I think about it I want the FAA to compensate me for limiting the use of my own airspace by threatening to fine me!

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 1) 94

by xdor (#48262127) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

Which is why most companies won't sign-off on it (and I'm not inspecting pipelines with mine). Though farmers (even incorporated ones) probably have a better chance of this playing out in court in their favor than any other venture.

Still haven't heard if the FAA's appeal was ever in court.

FAA Fine Dismissed

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 2) 94

by xdor (#48261875) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

Yes, I noticed that. Maybe as a reminder that the rest of the world is moving on with this whilst the US government manages to (at least verbally) stifle innovation.

And as one of the thousands of people who own a UAS in "the land of the free" who can't use it for anything but recreation, I never miss an opportunity to disparage FAA policy and pseudo-policy regarding drone use.

Comment: Re:FAA is not allowing Drone use in farming today (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by xdor (#48261443) Attached to: Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

Agree. Either by design or ineptitude the FAA couldn't put together a workable process for commercial UAS

For farmers (private land owners) below the navigational airspace (500 feet above obstacles) IMO this the land-owner's property and non of the FAA's domain.

i.e. the FAA is blowing smoke to threaten people out of working their own land until they can contort it into a regulatory money pump.

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