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Comment Re:It's already known (Score 1) 286


The federal government has exclusive sovereignty of U.S. airspace. Congress delegated to the FAA the ability to define “navigable airspace” and the authority to regulate “navigable airspace” of aircraft by regulation or order. 49 U.S.C. 40103(b)(1). While it is clear that navigable airspace falls under the purview of the FAA, the boundaries of that airspace remain unclear.

According to Federal Aviation Regulations, “navigable airspace” is defined as “airspace at and above the minimum flight altitudes prescribed by or under this chapter.... For airplanes, the minimum flight altitude while flying over congested areas or open air assemblies of persons is 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle.... Over uncongested areas, airplanes can operate at an altitude of 500 feet above the surface. However, airplanes can operate even lower when over “open water or sparsely populated areas.” When flying over those areas, aircraft may not operate closer than 500 feet to any person, vehicle, or structure....

Comment Re:The blame can be shared (Score 1) 603

Why not a 5 for "insightful" on this one? ...it appears that politics infects /. too.

I believe it's the reverse.

I'd like to share a revelation during my time here on Slashdot. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually sentient beings. Every sentient being on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with scientific debate and falsifiable/testable science versus political agendas but you Slashdotters do not. You move to a discussion and you troll and ad hominem until every logical argument and actual fact is dead. The only way you can survive is to spread to another discussion. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Slashdotters are a disease, a cancer of this scientific debate. You are a plague, and we are the cure.


Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 286

The difference being that guns are designed and intended to kill.

That's why they work so well to protect life and property from those who would take them violently and why police carry them for the same reasons, duh!

It protects the smaller woman (or anybody less able to physically defend themselves) from the larger (and possibly more numerous) rapist(s)/attacker(s)/home-invader(s).

Privately owned firearms are used for defensive protection in the US on average (often without a shot being fired) anywhere from the bottom-end estimates of ~50,000-80,000 to a middle of ~2,500,000 and higher end estimates go to as high as ~4,700,000 times a year.



Comment Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 286

Drone operators need to be very careful. Shotguns work on people, too.

Drone shooters need to be very careful. Shotguns (and other nasty surprises) can be attached to drones, too.

I'm a staunch 2nd Amendment/private firearm ownership and castle doctrine believer, but can't we take a damned breath and give laws and regulations a chance to catch up before shooting at shit that poses no serious direct threat of personal harm?

Look, I get there may be some cases where discharging a firearm against a drone might be justified, but holy crap! People act like they're ready to set emplacements for AAA for some idiot that let his drone wander too far because idiot!

Get a grip already! Before somebody loses an eye!


Comment Re:Commercial "education" generally fails (Score -1) 312

Nonsense. Your entire comment is nonsense. Education is just a service and fine best for profit. The problem with the USA system I'd government in student loans - issuing then or backing them, thud removing risk from lending. Government removing risk from interest bearing loans creates a perverse effect of banks dropping lending standards, the same thing that happened with every other bubble created by government money and involvement. Housing, stock, bond bubbles are no different from this student loan bubble. It will burst but before it does the colleges will raise tuition (and they have and they are) all the time much above what a free market would bear.

The reason for the most expensive 'education' today as compared to any time before now is the ocean of money pushed into it through the student loans, by the banks who are guaranteed a return by the taxpayer or the Fed printing (doesn't matter).

There shouldn't be any government money in education, today education can be provided cheaper than ever before in history of the world, do the prices do not reflect the reality. The reason of course is that all the price signals are removed from the system by government manipulation of the money and interest, by the Governemnt violent control.

The actual free market is not allowed UB education and it should be allowed. Government should be removed from it and actually from everything.

Comment Re:It's already known (Score 1) 286

At no point, anywhere, does the FAA indicate the altitude below which you "own" the airspace around private property.

Of course not, the FAA has absolutely no authority over ownership of airspace above private property. You might as well assert that setbacks don't exist because the FAA does not indicate so...

Comment Re:Mature technology (Score 1) 223

Are you really suggesting the government shouldn't be subsidizing new things that make the world a better place when they do not provide immediate profit motive?

Grants and assistance/seed money for scientific research grant foundations, military research projects, space exploration, other pure research/science projects, sure.

Artificially distorting/masking the cost efficiency of one existing service/product versus a 'favored' new service/product through taxes and regulation that cannot otherwise compete only wastes the people's money with artificially-inflated prices (and in the case of energy prices is extremely regressive...it hurts the poorest and most vulnerable in society the fastest and the worst) and actually slows the advancement of the 'favored' service/product by mitigating the financial/economic pressure to improve.

Increases in electricity and heating fuel prices can be measured in human lives lost. How many lives a year every year is it worth to increase energy prices artificially for political/ideological agendas?

The only ones that come out ahead in the end with these schemes are the politicians and their private sector 'connected' cronies. Society and everyone in it pays the costs in lives lost, unnecessary suffering, and the slowing of human progress.


Comment Re:Good thinking (Score 1, Offtopic) 146

Before rescuing the planet from carbon emissions the Swedes might want to rescue their country first:

SWEDEN IN CHAOS: Number of âno-go zonesâ(TM) INCREASED as police lose control over violence

Sweden turns on migrants amid rise in violence and sex attacks

Sweden on the BRINK: Malmà in flames as vengeful thugs set cars alight

Those who are working towards effectively abolishing national sovereignty and erecting a structure for central global governance know that great changes only occur at times of great turmoil, war, famine, financial/currency system collapses, and anarchy/chaos.

There are some disturbing societal/cultural/political parallels to pre-WW2 Germany occurring in the US. The EU is on fire. Nationalism and populism is on the rise in many powerful nations around the world. The global financial markets are in dangerous territory. Russia and China are flexing their military muscles.

It's not going to take a whole lot at this point to send the world off into a global catastrophic collapse and conflict. What might well emerge scares the crap out of me for the whole of humanity.


Comment Re:Who's gonna pay "THEIR FAIR SHARE"?!?!?! (Score 0) 146

"My box mod is made from Reardon metal!"

I expect that quite soon, as regulatory capture and cronyism kills off small single-proprietor businesses and the few large 'connected' (tobacco co,s, mostly) manufacturers jack up prices for cheap (but legal!) junk as typically happens, that many people will just be paying somebodies' kid brother for one of the rigs he puts together out of used laptop batteries in his basement while he's smoking blunts.

Which would you prefer happen to be in the luggage on your or your family's next flight because TSA missed it? (gasp! inconceivable! right?)


Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 279

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Physics ain't done, son. Lots of stuff is deemed impossible before the next theoretical breakthrough.

When we have a fully-working model of the universe, then we can declare it impossible. Until then, avoid being too certain. The history is science is littered with fools who made certain declarations based on current, incomplete theory.

Based on what we know to date, FTL travel appears to be impossible.

Comment Re:Careless to use the tools? (Score 1) 57

The tools will contain portions that have to be placed on the remote machine, because you're trying to execute their payload in a privileged context on that machine.

But didn't this release also include command servers and user manuals? Things which would never be placed on a device which is the target of a compromise, so even if you assume usage of a "bundle", it's unreasonable to think they would be included in it.


There's no way any 'honeypot' or similar tactic is going to obtain the portions of the tools that are never uploaded to a target like user manuals and command server code.

This is simply a combination of CYA and an attempt at psychological manipulation to try to smoke out whomever hacked into NSA HQ and/or leaked these tools.

Hey NSA, it sucks when the hunter becomes the hunted, doesn't it? Your unconstitutional and criminal actions have now placed you at the top of every private and government hacker's dream-hack list both domestic and foreign, and even inside your organization among your own coworkers. Every last bit of dirt will be exposed for all to see. You are the greater threat to national security and will be dealt with accordingly regardless of what corrupt laws are in place to protect your illegal/unconstitutional actions because you are far-outnumbered and vastly out-resourced.


Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 240

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

Tor is a thorn in the side of despotic regimes. They will harass anybody who runs an exit node. Best case, they break down a door and find some pot in an ash tray, then lock this couple up for a few years. It's good for the police union, good for the prison industry, and good for the black ops programs funding their budget with drug smuggling.

Win-win-win (unless you're a subject of the regime).

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 122

his country is full of extremely stupid, gullible, and ridiculously-overarmed people, and a small subset of whom probably thinks it would be a good thing to bring harm to the First Lady.

Meanwhile, Jefferson often complained about the never-ending parade of people who walked into his office at all hours of the day to complain.

But he didn't have a Department of Education. Or bombing campaigns in sixteen countries (the Barbary Pirates not withstanding).

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