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Comment Re:How else to learn? (Score 1) 140

When I was a kid we had things rough...

I remember boot tracing Apple ][ games to crack the disk encryption. Copy the read boot sector code, mod to drop to monitor rather than running boot sector. Disassemble boot sector, mod read boot sector code to write jump to monitor instruction over 'start game' or 'start secondary loader' instruction. If 'secondary loader' repeat: (disassemble, and add more 'self' modifying code) until 'file system' is working. Copy files over serial port to another computer with unencrypted file system.

One game even had the next eight levels available for undelete once at a monitor prompt.

Comment Re:"Marijuana is a gateway drug" (Score 2) 140

I wasn't born with my contempt for the law. It's a million pointless and/or unenforced laws that grew it over time.

My life's ambition continues to be 'invent a new crime' will be made illegal after I do it. Harder than it sounds. Damn 'Computer Fraud and Abuse Act' makes anything a federal judge doesn't like illegal, after the fact. Ips post facto, shmipspostfacto.

I realize that getting some bendejo judge to make something illegal after the fact technically completes my life's ambition. There is an implied 'get away with it' and a strongly preferred 'make a bunch of money'.

Comment Re: Rule of thumb (Score 1) 293

Really? No domestic or international commercial air traffic flies over your house? Where do you live that there's no such air traffic. That would be refreshing, I must say. Around here, we see and or hear hundreds of flights a day. The lower altitude stuff is not as common, but there's really no distinction from an FAA perspective.

Comment Re:Look a bit higher (Score 1) 293

"Plain sight," as in "you don't need tools to get to it." The sort of thing any FAA inspector could simply walk over and easily see/get to.

Otherwise, semantics. You can't fly your over 9-ounce toy, at all, unless it bears your registration information. The uniqueness of the registration between someone's multiple toys is neither here nor there. It's "you can't fly your toy without federal involvement and a way to track the toy back to you via a publicly searchable database." That's what matters.

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