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Comment This mostly makes sense to me (Score 1) 548

While I'm sure there is a lot of room for abuse, I kind of applaud this action.

I think far too long the government has let banks and payment processors off the hook when it comes to enabling fraud.

A lot of fraud wouldn't exist in our modern world if it didn't have access to financial services. In some ways its the air supply of fraud.

Comment No, that's stupid. (Score 1) 324

Averting the consequences of climate change require people en mass to change their behaviors. No such change in behavior is required for Nuclear disarmament.
Plus many large wealthy company will have to be satisfied making slightly less money, they aren't thrilled about that.
Also some Jobs may be lost as a result of those diminished profits.

All of the nuclear weapon creation jobs are long gone. All the work around them is related to maintenance and dismantling them. Some people are benefiting from the dismantling, very few are suffering.

Comment Re:No way I could trust a self-driving car (Score 1) 98

I don't know about GPS units, but I've had Google Maps send me on a complicated route through the alleys of a small town because someone forgot to enter a permitted turn at the intersection of two major highways. I've had it tell me to drive through a concrete barrier because someone recorded the intersection as a cross intersection rather than back-to-back "T" intersections. I've had it give me a route four hours longer than necessary, because it thought part of the short route was still closed for the winter. And most recently, it give me a route that ended twenty miles short of my destination because it picked the park administrative headquarters in a nearby city as the location of the park, rather than somewhere actually, you know, *in* the park.

Comment Re:NO NO NO!!!!!!!! (Score 1) 297

No you could build an RC airplane that could fly over a tornado. All it would take money and a good engineering team. A turbocharged engine and a high aspect ratio wing is all you really need along with a good control systems.
I believe that someone did launch a glider from a weather balloon at an altitude above most tornados. I do not think it was in the US and well outside any urban areas but still probably a violation of regulations but I am not sure.

The law for RC aircraft places a legal altitude limit. So that statement was wrong in that it is illegal for both of them, no news station or hobbiest has flown over a tornado, and the story was not about flying over a tornado.

Comment Re:NO NO NO!!!!!!!! (Score 1) 297

The simple answer is that which needlessly endangers people and property.
Flying a drone in controlled airspace around an airport is a great example. Hitting a 5 Kg drone at 200 knots or sucking it into a turbofan could cause someone their life or an airline hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Flying a drone over crowds of people where it could hurt somebody is another good example. Ever been to an airshow? You will notice that the performers in the US do not overfly the crowd during maneuvers.
These rules are no different in nature than you can not drive 70 mph in a school zone or 150mph on the interstate.
Using it for pictures of a disaster area is another issue. Instead of flat out ban the FAA might want to consider a commercial RC license. Idealy they would take note for way Ham radio works and allow the AMA to do the testing.

Comment NO NO NO!!!!!!!! (Score 5, Informative) 297

"why it has been just fine for some guy to fly a drone above a tornado, but illegal, in the FAA's eyes, for a journalist to do the same. "

It is illegal for anyone without special permission to fly a drone over(sic) a tornado without a lot of special clearance. The "top" of a tornado will be well above the altitude limits on RC aircraft. It would also be in the realm of dangerous.
Flying over a disaster area is a different matter to take pictures is a different issue.

" A spokesperson for the FAA told me that the agency 'has proposed a civil penalty against an individual in New York City. The operator, who is a hobbyist, flew a drone carelessly or recklessly and violated air traffic rules as well. He ran the drone into a couple of buildings and it crash-landed 20 feet from a person (video).'""
  And this is a good thing IMHO.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 435

If the system can afford to STL then you should use STL. Even if you can not use some parts of STL because they are too heavy, use what you can.
I don't see the confusion. STL is great if you can afford the overhead. What part of STL is great do people not understand? If are talking just about PCs then you can probably always use STL. The reason that I say probably is there maybe some off the wall real time application running on a PC somewhere that just cannot use STL for some reason. I would not say always because goodness knows that someplace there is an use case I do not know about.

Comment Funny but... (Score 1, Insightful) 57

I fear the NSA a lot less than Russian Mafia and or the others that seem to be running things like the Target break in. I feel that many people do not have their threats in line with reality. Kind of like people that live in terror of nuclear power plants and flying but drive a 1982 Volvo with no airbags, traction control, or anti-lock brakes.

Comment Re:I love the idea, but... (Score 1) 465

Total spending on 2012 elections according to the FEC was 7 billion dollars.

There's roughly 231 million Americans over 18 according to the census, $10 from each of them would only get you about 2.3 billion.

Let's assume you could get $10 from everyone who voted for President in 2012, it would get you about 1.2 billion dollars.

That might be enough to elect enough candidates to create a spoiler bloc in congress capable of forcing an agenda.

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