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Comment Re:Two issues (Score 1) 490

Exactly. There is a strong argument to be made that the pool from which the prevailing opinion should apply is all eligible voters, not just those who happen to vote. If too many don't care enough about a law to vote, why would we want to have that law?

Furthermore, passing a new law should require well over simple majority, and every law should sunset automatically in a few years (2? 5?). This gets rid of the baggage of stupid, useless and harmful laws from accumulating without end. Add to that the renewal of a law that had sunset should require even higher majority margin because if it was a good law everyone will want to keep it - bad or even neutral why bother keeping it. (which is another argument for keeping initial period short - people will remember what it was like before the law) Once renewed a law could remain on the books longer, perhaps double or 4x the previous valid time.

Comment Re:Model Airplanes/Rockets (Score 1) 533

Fact 1: Your opinion that there is no difference between index cards and computers is ludicrous. Any such opinion that violates basic facts is too stupid to ever be considered.

Fact 2: The government has no authority to transfer costs incurred by a party to some other party.

Opinion 1: If the cost of the system is making lookups possible by local authorities, then local authorities should pay that cost.

Comment Re:Whiners, LISTEN UP: (Score 1) 533

"Here, read this, especially the part about the FAA wanting to educate drone users, not punish them"

Sucker. They got you good.

This is the same path followed by the vast majority of regulations - start light, easy and cheap, and of course highlight how it is for the benefit of those being taxed. Then there are only two paths: drop any attempt at the regulation or raise the tax, tighten the rules, increase the enforcement. CB radio, now FRS and GMRS; cars; guns; the various building/construction trades; and on and on and on.

Comment Re:Weight (Score 1) 533

"Unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds and more
than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff, including everything
that is on board or otherwise attached to the aircraft"

Okay, then if it is hovering (already past takeoff) then I attach the payload I am good?

What if I fly by and hook the payload?

What if it snows or ice forms on my 0.50lb "drone" ?

Stupid regulation by stupid people for stupid people.

Comment Re:Model Airplanes/Rockets (Score 1) 533


I would love to issue an edict that everyone had to pay me $5 every 3 years "because reasons."

We've simply figured out step 2:

1) impose fee by edict
2) be a government entity
3) profit!

Everybody claiming it is "reasonable" or "run at a loss" must still think 1) we live in the age of file clerks and index cards, and 2) the FAA is actually going to do something. Or perhaps said "thinkers" are even more cynical of government efficiency than am I and yet are still wiling to excuse the FAA for it.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 3, Insightful) 197

Except that you need to track their consumer Windows versions in order: Windows 3.1 - Good, Win95 - Bad (Then OK with SP2), Win98 - Good, WinME - Very Bad, WinXp - Good, Visa - Bad, Win7 - Good, Win8 - Bad Bad.
(Don't put WinME out of order and don't mix in Win2k if you aren't also going to include Windows NT)

Submission + - Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested And Benchmarked (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel recently released its latest generation of NUC small form factor systems, based on the company's new low-power Broadwell-U series processors. The primary advantages of Intel's 5th Generation Core Series Broadwell-U-based processors are better performance-per-watt, stronger integrated graphics, and a smaller footprint, all things that are perfectly suited to the company's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) products. The Intel NUC5i5RYK packs a Core i5-5250U processor with on-die Intel HD 6000 series graphics. The system also sports built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, M.2 SSD support, and a host of other features, all in a 115mm x 111mm x 32.7mm enclosure. Performance-wise the new 5th Gen Core Series-powered NUC benchmarks like a midrange notebook and is actually up for a bit of light-duty gaming, though it's probably more at home as a Home Theater PC, media streamer or kiosk desktop machine.

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