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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

Dolphinzilla Too bad they might no't be able to use them (108 comments)

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4660 yesterday, Rep,. Rush Holt (D-N.J) added a couple of amendments to this bill which prohibit local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies from purchasing or using unmanned aircraft based on privacy concerns....

So the next time a quad copter in the hands of a law enforcement agency could have potentially found a lost hiker, or monitored a wildfire etc.. I guess you're out of luck....

about 2 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Dolphinzilla Re:Such a stupid, wasted idea. (311 comments)

I could not agree more - this idea has so many flaws and will not and cannot scale. You know what would make sense - putting solar panels on rooftops. I'll bet there is way more surface area covered by building roofs than there is roads AND the power is generated where it is needed and oh guess what, infrastructure to get the power on to the grid is already there, oh wait, the problem with this idea is that since its not roads the GOVERNMENT likely would not pay for it. Oh well, I don't know if anybody already said it but I guess there IS a sucker born every minute. I hope the nice couple that supposedly invented this really believes in what they are doing so at least its not blatant fraud....

about 2 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Dolphinzilla Re:What about radar? (382 comments)

Actually air traffic control radars ARE radars, the transponder merely fills in the ID data (as a beacon as you said). Aircraft without transponders show up as unidentified targets with a heading, range, and speed. Transponders work are farther ranges because there is only a one way free space loss to the aircraft, when relying only on a radar "echo" the loss is both directions

about 4 months ago
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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

Dolphinzilla Re:In greece (303 comments)

you mean like I do with my cat ?

1 year,22 days
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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

Dolphinzilla If only... (303 comments)

Anyone want to invest in a cataract treatment center in Cairo, they're going to need it in a few years...

1 year,22 days
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

Dolphinzilla in other obvious news (1105 comments)

97% of pornography contains pictures of naked humans

about a year ago
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Injured Man Is First Person Saved By a Police Drone In Canada

Dolphinzilla Re:Actually, many lives have been saved with drone (187 comments)

actually a valid point - not to mention Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) missions, and convoy protection (stopping he convoy before getting to the roadside bomb) Global Hawk was used to provide surveillance of California wildfires to aid firefighters etc.. also likely saving lives. I think its awesome that the RCMP is using remotely piloted technology and it is cool it paid off in a tangible way of saving a life- but drones have save lots of lives in less visible ways

about a year ago
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Injured Man Is First Person Saved By a Police Drone In Canada

Dolphinzilla first, a matter of perspective (187 comments)

I can assure you hundreds and maybe thousands of people have been saved by drones of all sizes and shapes - but possibly the first time a drone used by the police has saved a life...

about a year ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Dolphinzilla Re:Brilliant (1232 comments)

that was way better than my list - Astroglide - LOL

about a year and a half ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Dolphinzilla Re:Brilliant (1232 comments)

maybe they should publish a list of homes with poisonous household chemicals, prescription drugs, swimming pools, razor blades, exposed A/C outlets, 6 foot ladders, ornamental samurai swords and anything else that might harm children... Do you not see how absurd this is ? IMHO this is utterly insane, it is NOT the same as publishing a list of registered sex offenders, protecting children from people is not the same as protecting them from objects. If your child goes over to a neighbors house its OK to ask them if they have guns and they are safe, in fact its YOUR responsibility as a parent !!

about a year and a half ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Dolphinzilla Re:great idea (1232 comments)

oh and lets make sure criminals know where they can go to break in and steal guns - on the other hand maybe a lot of criminals will get shot and killed, I can only hope that such irresponsible journalism has visible consequences.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Dolphinzilla great idea (1232 comments)

lets give everyone another reason to buy guns on the black/gray market and not register them - that is utter stupidity

about a year and a half ago
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West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought

Dolphinzilla Re:A single weather station? (247 comments)

slow news day at the NY Times I guess.....

about a year and a half ago
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New NASA Spacesuit Looks Like Buzz Lightyear's

Dolphinzilla Re:mud room (81 comments)

or they would be in the airlock itself and not actually exposed to space all the time -

about a year and a half ago
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Huge Pumice Rock 'Island' Seen Floating In South Pacific

Dolphinzilla OMG do something ! (104 comments)

Quick - something from the earth is oozing out and polluting the ocean - we must find a big corporation to blame. We must mobilize the media to identify the culprit and immediately begin aid operations to the millions of people and fish that will be affected by this disaster

about 2 years ago
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Koch Bros Study Finds Global Warming Is Real And Man-Made

Dolphinzilla I smell a Nobel Prize ! (769 comments)

I am thinking Bill Gates this time, he doesn't have one yet - in fact Nobel Prizes for everyone !

about 2 years ago
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program

Dolphinzilla Re:Apple doesn't give a crap about business anyway (405 comments)

my company still won't approve any iPhones or iPads for corporate use because of the weak security features (so the IT guys say), Apple really doesn't 't give a crap about businesses and hence Blackberry stays in business....

about 2 years ago
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Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

Dolphinzilla Falcon and the Snowman (263 comments)

I was thinking the same thing - this movie was based on actual events and they caught the guys by floating fake data from some old satellite program

about 2 years ago
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Chinese Crew Completes Manual Docking With Orbiting Module

Dolphinzilla Re:Nice Job China (119 comments)

You cite an industry that has oversight by the FAA for that reason, yes an airliner is a pretty powerful thing too, in the wrong hands it can take down a skyscraper. A rocket is a COMPLETELY different thing - when they go wrong there isn't some guy at the controls who can try and avert a school or a shopping mall, yes they have (most have) command destruct capability, but things can go wrong there too. A large booster loaded with solid rocket fuel, cryogenic fuels, or hypergolic fuels is not something your local fire department is prepared to deal with. Airlines and Space are completely different - airlines make money and are a necessary part of the global economy - the country went into gridlock after 9/11 when the airspace was shutdown across the globe. You know what happened when the Challenger exploded - shuttle ops were stopped, an investigation ensued, it was 32 months before we went back to space. Something like that happens to SpaceX they'll probably go bankrupt

more than 2 years ago

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Northrop Grumman to own Scaled Composites

Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  about 7 years ago

Dolphinzilla (199489) writes "According to Space.com and many other web sources, Northrop Grumman Corporation agreed on July 5 to increase its stake in Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites — designers of Space Ship One, Proteus, and whole lot of other unusal aircraft — from 40 percent to 100 percent"
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Slashdot Content Filter

Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  about 7 years ago

Dolphinzilla (199489) writes "As I was perusing Slashdot this morning it occurred to me how absolutely sick I am of reading about censorship, the RIAA, politics, and the war on this venue, I realize that a large portion of Slashdot readers like this and enjoy the back and forth chatter that it generates. But I doubt I am the only one who is tired of the constant deluge from all forms of media. My main reason for subscribing to Slashdot is for the technical/science content — so here is my thought — how about the Slashdot guru's give us the ability to filter the Main page content thus allowing us to only see the types of stories that we want to see ? Would any other Slashdot readers use this feature ?"

Journals

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Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Melbourne, Florida to Los Angeles, CA to Palmdale, CA to Los Angeles CA to San Diego, CA to Orlando, Florida - in 4 days, boy are my arms tired

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Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Give me a break - Accept it... George W. Bush is the winner by a very very clear margin - Kerry is the LOSER. Go back to your hash pipes and forget about it..... 130,000 votes is so statistically insignificant and represents bad research (not very surprising given the source)

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Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I love Slashdot - but I hate when it gets politically divided - America is about Freedom of choice - The fact is we would be in about the same place today whether Gore, or Nader was in office. Our economy would be the same, we still would have been attacked - and we still would have taken some kind of action against terrorists. You can fool youself that voting for John Kerry (or Ted Nugent for that matter) will change things any substantial amount - it really just does not matter that much - vote for who you like, just make sure you are making informed choices based on something other than media hype...

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Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  more than 9 years ago

OK this sucks - another freaking hurricane is coming and there is still crap in the streets from the last one - hopefully it won't come very close to Titusville....

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Dolphinzilla Dolphinzilla writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Just got reading glasses - +1.0 for those that know - getting old really sucks a lot.. Going outside now to continue work on my old Porsche 911 - its going to be "sweeeeet"

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