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Comment Re:So 60 Minutes... (Score 1) 389

CA is a two-party consent state

I think Planned Parenthood does good work and I'm glad the asshats who tried to undermine it are getting prosecuted, but two-party consent is not the law the prosecution should be hanging their hat on. Why?

Because in general, two-party consent is bullshit (and CA's assertion of extraterritorial jursidiction over it is even more bullshit). If I'm a party to a conversation I should have the right to record it regardless of the consent -- or indeed, knowledge -- of any other party involved!

Instead, what these people should be prosecuted for is not the act of recording itself, but rather the act of slanderously misrepresenting their findings!

Comment Re:this is really getting tiring (Score 1) 221

Different people from different viewpoints are almost invariably GOOD for an organization. Those that don't have diversity tend to wither and die due to stagnation.

If they believed that were so, organizations which tout "diversity" wouldn't be so intolerant of diverse viewpoints (c.f. Mozilla, Grubhub)

Comment Re:DJI is very confused, or they intentionally lie (Score 1) 103

The FAA has been amusing itself by passing regulations intended to keep drones on the ground to keep the skies clear for flying buses and FAA-licensed pilots; it sticks in the FAAs and licensed pilots' craws that any child can obtain a bit of floating latex (and especially mylar); drones piloted by ordinary humans who haven't spent years learning the proper radio calls and paperwork to file must drive them batty. Might matter for commercial drones; non-commercial ones are unpoliceable, just like those mylar balloons they like to report as "drones".

As for pedantry, it's law; it's supposed to be pedantic. If the regs meant any electrical system, it would say so; it's pretty clear about "engine-driven" electrical systems. That means that a drone with a battery-powered electrical system is not covered.

Comment Re:What makes an engineer in the US? (Score 2) 531

you may have to serve as an apprentice (in my state, electricians serve a 5 year apprenticeship)

An electrician and an electrical engineer are rather different.

So whether you're an engineer or not depends on the state government, not a vendor or a school. This also provides more global skills.

Global? Ha. If you have a professional license it's good in one state. Other states _may_ provide reciprocity, or they may not. If the state you want to move to requires that your education took a slightly different course than it did, or had a different standard for professional supervision, you might be fucked.

When I was getting my degree (90's) the ACM wrote about the issue of whether software could truly be called "engineering" or not.

ACM broke with the IEEE over the issue of whether a professional engineering licensing program for software was appropriate; ACM felt it was not while IEEE felt it was.

A lot of P.E.s are certainly butthurt over the fact that others call themselves engineers without being P.E.s. Too bad on them; train drivers were called 'engineers' long before there was a P.E., and those who built and operated siege engines were 'engineers' long before that. I don't see why we should cede the term to Johnny-come-lately stick-in-the-mud State-worshipping credentialists like P.E.s

Comment No regulatory capture for you, DJI (Score 1) 103

Genie's out of the bottle, and neither the FAA nor DJIs weak-sauce attempt to corner the market by suggesting the mandating of a technology they just happen to have ready in their back pocket (probably protected with some bogus patents) is going to stop it. Yeah, they can hit you with a jillion-dollar fine for operating your drone with an open-source controller, but that requires they catch you first, and the FAA lacks the manpower.

Comment Re:Dedicated patent courts. (Score 3, Informative) 55

There's a huge difference between being the "de facto" standard due to rubberstamping in favor of the plaintiff (who usually gets to decide where they file their complains,) and being explicitly designed with the intent of treating cases fairly ie: not favoring the plaintiff by default.

Unfortunately, not really. Patent appeals are by design handled exclusively by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.... which results in them favoring a very expansive version of patent law even when SCOTUS tells them to cool it.

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