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Comment Upstate (Score 1) 73

How about upstate? I've got fiber running on the pole outside my house. They dropped a spool off last year across the road, while they were doing work on the lines. The cable was clearly labeled fiber optic. The driver of the FIOS van (two bucket trucks were there as well) confirmed it was fiber, but couldn't/wouldn't tell me what it was for or who's data was running over it.

I suspect GE or SI, as they both have a heavy presence locally. More than a bit irritated that fiber is running about thirty feet from the house, and they're not about to use it for residential service.

Comment Re:Or politicians can go back to basic services (Score 2) 469

Promote motorcycles and make filtering legal.

Motorcycles, as a general rule, get better gas mileage than most four-wheeled vehicles (less pollution). Each motorycle weighs significantly less than a four-wheeler, reducing wear and tear on the road (less maintenance). Each motorcycle sitting in between lanes is one more car that's not taking up a lane (more room for four-wheelers). Anybody who's idiotic enough to filter illegally at a high rate of speed might just end up as an viable organ donor, which helps another section of the population (donor recipients). If they've managed to wreck most of their vital organs... they're less traffic overall.

Might be a challenge getting all the four-wheeled drivers to actually check their blind spots and switch lanes safely... but more motorcycles on the road might increase awareness.

Darn shame we can't do much about those horrible winter months in the Northern half of country, when we can't ride year 'round.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 151

It's a big universe out there, and the further we look, the older it is. Takes a lot of hubris to announce that something only exists in a given person's imagination, based solely upon one's knowledge, limited though it may be.

Bit like a slug under a rock being unable to fathom a jet airliner...

Comment Re: Duress print (Score 1) 224

If providing the wrong finger leads to tampering with evidence (an act of my own doing), then providing the correct finger and thus the evidence is incriminating myself, which *should* be covered under the Fifth Amendment. I say should, because I don't have faith in our legal system to give a crap about the Fifth, or any other Right, these days...

Comment Re:As an amateur radio operator AND a pilot... (Score 1) 300

Instead of copying and pasting the FAA's words, would you like to demonstrate where in our legal system it has been determined that the FAA controls from the ground up?

I'd also like to point out that the FAA does not control Class G airspace: it is defined by the FAA's own media as uncontrolled ( The FAA may place rules upon flight in the area (such as remaining 500' away from any person, vessel, or vehicle in non-congested areas, per FAR Part 91.119), but it is uncontrolled.

Comment Re:As an amateur radio operator AND a pilot... (Score 1) 300

The FAA would certainly like everyone to believe so. Some would disagree.

"The Court divides the airspace over the
United States into two zones. The upper zone is called navigable airspace.
Congress has defined it, "as airspace above minimum safe altitudes
of flight prescribed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority...,,22
In this upper zone the rights of the federal government are so complete
that this navigable airspace, according to the Court's opinion, is
"within the public domain."

  In Swetland v. Curtiss Airports Corp's, the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit stated:
"He (the landowner) has a dominant right of occupancy for
purposes incident to his use and enjoyment of the surface....
We can not fix a definite and unvarying height below which
the surface owner may reasonably expect to occupy the airspace
for himself. That height is to be determined upon the
particular facts in each case."

In United States v.Causby, the military was granted an easement by the government, which met the military's need for transitioning the airspace over the Causby property. In exchange for the easement, Causby was granted $2,000, which the Supreme Court had found to be the value of the easement, as well as the chickens rendered lifeless by the overflights.

If the FAA would like to control the airspace over my head, then I would be more than happy to grant them an easement; I also expect to be granted the value of the easement: the retail value of the radio control model aircraft & related equipment, which I may no longer enjoy unencumbered by the FAA's rulings.

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