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Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 1) 644

Ok, forget about the semantics of FAA / State controlled etcetera etcetera airspace and all the legal implications.

How about, as a drone operator, having the common decency to not fly it over someone's property without their permission? If you don't possess that common decency / respect / common sense in fact then you can expect that you will possibly annoy someone enough to shoot down your toy.

Comment Re:Great Interview, However Some Really Bad Advice (Score 1) 124

This is not an issue of making anyone feel better. I am fully aware that Jamaican people are *part* of the problem. The influence of foreigners is equally as problematic, especially at a higher level where we are drawn into a bullshit "war on drugs" by the Americans when the only reason we have a drug trade is to supply the very demand for drugs created by the Americans etc etc.

Coincidentally, I can completely sympathise with you in your plight in your own country, I was married to a Serb for a few years! I even visited and spent quite some time there. Beautiful country, really loved it, but some messed up people and politics. Just like Jamaica and a real shame.

Zdravo Brate!

Comment Great Interview, However Some Really Bad Advice (Score 5, Interesting) 124

Mr. McAfee, I'd like to thank you for your frankness and the time you took to respond to the questions. However, in regards to dealing with corrupt officials in Third World Countries I have to strongly voice my objection to your advice.

I was born and raised in a Third World country (Jamaica to be precise) and am painfully too aware and experienced with corruption at many levels. Encouraging it is an extreme disservice to the citizens of this Third World nation, and, I believe, to any Third World nation. Educated and hard working citizens here are fighting a long, laborious, uphill battle against corruption. It is single-handedly the largest obstacle we face in the advancement of our society and country as a whole.

We take serious offence to any foreigner encouraging corruption in our police force or any area of government for that matter. Some of the advice you have given here could land a foreigner in jail for a fair spell under some extremely unpleasant circumstances and, frankly, I personally would have little to no pity for them.

I have lived and worked here all my life, been stopped for speeding, passed through countless road blocks had police officers and other officials demand bribes and never ever have I paid one. In every instance, the official in question invariably backed down with nothing gained for their efforts and, in some cases, faced serious punishment from their superiors. To add some additional perspective, I am white, so at first glance the authorities believe me to be a foreigner.

My advice to any foreigner in a similar situation would be to determinedly refuse to pay and the official WILL capitulate. Keep your wits about you, use your common sense and you wont have drugs planted on you or be placed in a compromising situation. Lastly, don't, under any circumstance, try to use your vehicle to run from a police or army road block. The police / soldiers will immediately shoot to kill or capture and they will chase you down.

Bottom line, if you want to buy, sell and take drugs, bribe cops etcetera etcetera while on some self entitled, booze/drug addled law-breaking jaunt, do it in your own country and stay out of ours. We have enough garbage to deal with as it is.

Submission + - NSA Chief: Don't Dump Essential Security Tools (

CowboyRobot writes: The head of the U.S. Cyber Command had come to talk about the state of cybersecurity in America. But Gen. Keith Alexander, who also directs the National Security Agency, took the offensive, delivering an impassioned defense of NSA practices Wednesday, in the wake of recriminations over the agency's collection and handling of Americans' phone records. The NSA director tried to dispel what he called sensationalized media reports about the NSA's activities, explaining that when the NSA collects phone records, it only sees the phone numbers, time of day and duration of each call. "There is no content and no names," he said, insisting NSA analysts are not collecting the content of America's communications. As for actions the NSA has taken to address insider threats, following the Snowden leaks, Alexander said the NSA has instituted "a two-person rule" requiring two authorized individuals to be present whenever specific kinds of information are to be transferred from servers or onto removable media.

Submission + - Student-built ship inspection robot hopes to save maritime shipping industry $$ (

Hallie Siegel writes: A team of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK have developed a prototype for a robotic ship inspection unit that is capable of conducting visual inspections of ship ballasts. Ballast inspection – which involves navigating hard-to-reach spots with no line of sight, often in the presence of intense heat, humidity, and hazardous gases – is normally done by human inspectors, and represents a significant cost to ship-owners who must pay for dry-docking and who face lost income when they cannot operate their ships during the inspection period. Because robotic ship inspection can occur while the ship is in operation, it could significantly reduce dry-dock time. The Ship Inspection Robot (SIR), which was developed in conjunction with Alstom Inspection Robotics and which uses magnetic wheels to navigate the I-beams and other awkward obstacles found inside ship ballast, is relatively compact and does not require any cables for power or communication, and thus offers significant mobility improvements over other robotic ship inspection prototypes. Project leaders anticipate that a per unit production cost could be as low as €4K, enabling shipping companies to operate several units in parallel as an additional time-saving measure.

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