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Comment Re:Look a bit higher (Score 1) 235

The over .55, under 55 pound RC aircraft must carry a registration number in plain site.

Nope. It just has to be easily accessible. It can be inside a battery door if the cover doesn't screw on.

If you own four of them, all four must carry that number.

Yes. Which drives home the point that this is not a registration number for your model aircraft, but for the operator.

Comment Re:"Shitposting" is fraud, not speech (Score 1) 609

How are my examples different, because I didn't use an employee's name? Well let's say a high-ranking employee named John Smith at the hypothetical company is making the donations out of his pay. If the company fires John Smith, money you spend at the company will cease to fund the activity in question as a result. Now tell me if you would continue to support my hypothetical ISIS-funding supermarket, and at what point you feel a line is crossed between an acceptable and unacceptable boycott.

I will now go on record specifically supporting and endorsing the right to cease doing business with Oculus over Palmer Luckey's donations. Throughout this discussion I've supported freedom of association in business relationships for political reasons so this should be no surprise to you, this particular situation is no exception.

Your move.

Comment Re: Yup (Score 1) 235

Unless you own the land outside the city you plan to fly on I wouldn't suggest that either.

Some of us live in areas with substantial public lands which are not wildlife preserves. Now, to be fair, my local BLM land is also a MOA, and in theory people aren't supposed to fly model aircraft in special operational areas. But on the flip side...

There is a reason there are rc clubs with private airstrips and tracks.

...a famous rc club strip in the Mojave is also in a MOA. And aircraft are allowed to use MOAs without permission at their own risk, so it seems like so long as I obey all the usual restrictions (max 400' AGL, LoS or in communication with a spotter with LoS) that's not a problem.

I could also just go fly at Highland Springs reservoir, which (like my house) is within the 5 mile circle around the local airport, if I just notify them ahead of time. One is not required to ask permission either, although they'd surely let me know if there were going to be firefighting aircraft in the area, at which point I wouldn't be permitted to fly. The only place around an airport where you're really not allowed to fly is within a certain relatively short distance around the air strips of controlled airports themselves. You can fly RC around private airstrips (as in, for real aviation) with permission, but you are required to keep a certain distance from actual aircraft in operation.

Comment Re:"Shitposting" is fraud, not speech (Score 1) 609

Now you're just resorting to name-calling. I'm not in charge of any blacklist. I just have the freedom to choose who I do business with for political reasons, and I am willing to exercise it, and see no reason not to. Many others happen to think the same way.

It's laughable to call no longer patronizing a business nasty or evil. Hurtful or punishing, perhaps in a small way, but I might find the offending action they've taken hurtful or punishing, or even nasty and evil as well. There are plenty of companies I have no problem with that I haven't given any business, am I being nasty and evil to Lamborghini? If a company uses the money I've given them to do things I find abhorrent, and I simply wish to cease indirectly funding this activity, how is that nasty or evil?

Furthermore at what point is it OK to stop funding harmful activity indirectly? I assume it would be acceptable to you to stop patronizing a supermarket that was found to be making donations to ISIS (for the sake of argument - if they could legally get away with that). But at what point would it be wrong to change your business practices? If they were funding the KKK? A local communist party or neo-nazi party? Is there some Overton window or legal definition that the activity must fall within where you draw the line, or would you indeed find it wrong to stop patronizing my hypothetical ISIS-funding supermarket?

Comment Re: Look a bit higher (Score 1) 235

Oh, for pete's sake you can't shoot people for trespassing on your property either, but that doesn't mean your property is fair game for anyone who wants to tramp around on it.

That's a pretty great analogy, though. I wouldn't argue that invading someone's privacy or even just noise polluting their airspace isn't being a dickhead. I'd only argue that shooting down a drone with a shotgun when you could start a fire is being a stupid dickhead. It's also unnecessary. Odds are someone is just GPS drifting. If you think otherwise, gather some evidence like an adult. Nine times out of ten, the drone pilot is your neighbor, not a bunch of houses over. The further you get away from home around other people's houses and thus potential sources of interference with both your TX signal and with GPS, the greater the chance you're going to wind up leaving it in their yard or on their roof.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 247

For one thing, I think you're taking quite a lot of advantages in your own background for granted that are not likely typical for immigrants from many African or Asian countries.

People who are raised to expect things to be handed to them are at a disadvantage in the real world where you have to go get things. So yeah, what you're saying is absolutely true on one hand, and yet not the whole story on the other. Also, the advantages that we enjoy from our own backgrounds aren't necessarily the types that get you a job. They can help keep you out of prison, and don't think for a second that I want to diminish the value of that, but it's not exactly the same as helping you succeed. Once you're successful, it is pretty much exactly the same, because the goal then is to hang on to what you've earned.

Immigrants have access to programs designed specifically to help them. Locals (of the "proper" color) are not subjected to abuse to which others are. Those things lead to different ends.

Comment Re:"Shitposting" is fraud, not speech (Score 1) 609

So it seems you're actually interested in equating the collective effect of freedom of association with industry and government employment blacklists. They're simply different things. One is enforced by a centralized authority and makes it impossible to be hired regardless of the politics of a company's customer base, the other is simply an effect of decentralized freedom of association and as I've said, would require strict controls on freedom of association to prevent. It doesn't prevent someone from working with a customer base that agrees with them - Palmer Luckey could get a job managing a Trump hat production fac- uh, final assembly plant right now.

Branding the intent of those who choose not to fund people who contribute to political efforts they find abhorrent as evil, hatred and an attempt to hurt is (like,) just your opinion (, man). I, for one, think the things that Brendan Eich and Palmer Luckey support are evil, hateful and hurtful. What now?

Comment Re:Look a bit higher (Score 1) 235

This is already the law, if the machine is over .55 pounds. So even small toys must be registered.

No, you are not even close. You have the number right, but none of the other facts. The drone operator must be registered, and he puts his UAS number on all of his remotely controlled flying machines over .55lb. Over 55lb, models require FAA registration just like an airplane, with a tail number and everything.

The FAA has just recently set up the guidelines for becoming a commercial drone pilot; prior to this if you wanted to engage in commercial activities with a drone, you were legally obligated to get a N-number just like a real airplane and put it on there in such a way that it was legible from the ground and all that jazz. Now that obligation has been relaxed in favor of a testing, registration, and background check process which appears to be heavily slanted towards the operation of fixed-wing drones and helicopters (as in, with a swashplate, not just any unicopter) as the test covers a lot of material that's quite irrelevant to operators of multicopters. There's only one type of registration and it covers you for anything you might want to fly. I believe (I'm a bit shaky on this news stuff) that within the size range, you only have to put your UAS label on the model, and you don't need a tail number.

Also, you are I hope aware that there are now FPV drones under .55lb?

Comment Re:Difference between drones and RC planes/chopper (Score 1) 235

There's a fundamental difference between these so called drones and RC planes or choppers. Drone operators aren't interested in "piloting" . The sole purpose of flying a drone is to take videos or photos and once that's the intention it changes the whole flight.


I used to do aerial photography and video with my RC plane. The flight intention changes once you slap on a camera.

...yeah see, there's the problem. You can do the same stuff with an RC aircraft. So what, does that mean we should aggressively control everything that's not attached to a control line? Wait, you can use a kite for aerial photography, we're going to have to think this through a little more...

FPV is showing up on everything now, because FPV is now cheap. So if you want to argue that FPV should be the differentiator you're just shooting yourself in the foot.

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