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Comment Re: that's the entire point of facebook (Score 1) 80

I'm in the USA, we just passed a law encouraging ISPs to pimp us out to the highest bidder. Controlling opt-in pages isn't enough anymore, so I added TrackMeNot, a noise generator.

Ooh..thanks!!

I'd not heard or TrackMeNot before, I'll look into it.

I was guessing the only thing else I could do was set up and start using Tor for browsing and/or sign up for a pay VPN service.....

Comment Re:No, that's not illegal, in public. Same as driv (Score 1) 72

"Peeping Tom would be looking in someone's windows"

It's that, and more (and I deliberately included other, similar concepts because the legal expression of the concept varies). What's illegal is circumventing barriers which create a reasonable expectation of privacy. Like climbing a tree to see over a fence, or flying a drone over someone's residence.

Comment Re:"such an Orwellian model" (Score 1) 72

Perhaps you missed "the tree" part. You know, intentionally circumventing barriers which create a reasonable expectation of privacy. Drones occupy an even more unnatural position, being able to go places people can't.

I have no problem with your kid flying an unlicensed drone in your backyard if your neighbors don't, or if it doesn't have a camera which lets it look over your neighbor's fence.

Comment Re:"such an Orwellian model" (Score 1) 72

"Someone can already hide in a tree and view you with a long lens without your knowledge."

OK, let's use your analogy. That's illegal, generally classified as "peeping Tom/voyeurism/invasion of privacy/intrusion of solitude." So let's restrict drone operation in the same manner instead of simply letting them broadcast an ID. I like your idea even better.

Comment Re:Consider the source (Score 1) 72

"Getting the unique id is going to take lawyers and incur costs...special transmitter..."

Why? A suitable WiFi module used to beacon its already unique MAC address is cheap ($10, retail) and ubiquitous. Some drones are even controlled with WiFi, so there would be zero incremental cost. The drone manufacturer doesn't need to be directly involved in creating or tracking the addresses, just require the address to be included as part of the registration paperwork.

Comment Re:required by treaty (Score 1) 72

"If they're aircraft, and I can't see a way to justify that they aren't, then the registration must be searchable in accordance wi the Chicago Convention (the ICAO treaty) as amended. I see no reason not to require them to transmit registration information, as flying is no more a right than driving."

And if they can't fit 12" letters on their drone, then a WiFi "transponder." The reasonable range of a WiFi transmission pretty reasonably matches the range of a drone camera. Zoom lens ~= dish antenna. Seems equitable.

It's the height of hypocrisy for DJI to argue that an operator who is violating someone's privacy has some right to their own privacy. The drone operator can go out in the boonies and fly if they have an issue.

Comment Re:that's the entire point of facebook (Score 1) 80

...but my impression is that it's mostly media sharing - I'm not sure that's the aim you want to start out with for business use.

Well, the business is photography/videography...hence the Instagram thought of the first thing to try....

The thing with FB is, they require you to set up a personal account before you can set up a business account. And if you falsify on the personal one and they find out, you're off FB including the business account, which is the one I want in the first place.

So, was thinking of trying to set up a business only Instagram acct....but now, I'm rethinking that. Grrrr.

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