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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Kasar Re:I understand the FAA's position... (222 comments)

Border patrol in Washington has been using 10,000-pound Predator-B unmanned aircraft with 950-mile coverage ranges for a while, perhaps they don't need to be certified like the insignificant masses. The northern border patrolled from Washington to North Dakota was the claim in Congress in 2012. I only remembered because of a story that farmers were getting annoyed by the low-flying drones with lights and noises disturbing their cattle at night.

about two weeks ago

Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Kasar Re:We Are All Under Suspicion Now (232 comments)

The presumption of guilt is valid, with an unnumbered quantity of federal laws on the books it is commonly posed that every person over 18 years of age in the US is guilty of some federal crime. As has been the case in many totalitarian nations, someone just needs to point someone out and let the federal police figure out what they can be charged with.

about a month ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Kasar Re:Good luck with that. (317 comments)

The AARC is going to waste millions and go home with nothing.

This would be the happy result. I lack faith in our legal system these days to reach such a conclusion though.

about a month and a half ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Kasar Re:Closed Captioning (76 comments)

Sounds like they want to charge a premium rate for closed captioning, but I'm not sure how they could spin that as being a good thing.

about 2 months ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Kasar Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

You don't really expect people who are flying internationally on holiday to accept delays due to some poor people fighting over something. There are the people who get involved in such things, then there are those who fly over them and are supposed to be untouched.
Perhaps if conflicts and wars interrupted flight schedules and inconvenienced more people there would be less of them.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

Kasar Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

We have SEH and some others growing silicon in the US, though the profits go to the parent company.
US manufacturing seems to interest Asian companies more than any US ones, they exited the US in the 80s/90s and invested heavily overseas. Even Foxconn of suicidal worker fame has been talking about opening US facilities.

about 2 months ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Kasar Re:Hate to break it to you ... (176 comments)

The NDAA lets the US government send citizens to overseas prisons, without trial, charges, appeals, and not even a warrant needed.
It's one of the few areas where Congress and the President are in total agreement, citizens are the biggest threat to their power.

about 2 months ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Kasar Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

Credit card thieves like this are primarily harming banks, the cardholder gets some crazy bills and spends an hour or so on the phone or signing papers disavowing the charges, but they don't bear the cost. Why go after bankers, they're victims here.


about 2 months ago

New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Kasar Re:So they don't have to ask the NSA (206 comments)

It sounds like a government imposition of a policy many companies have resorted to with increased privacy laws and liabilities to companies for protecting data. It was known pre-Snowden that anything stored on cloud servers which included one in the US was subject to warrantless perusal by US authorities, so some providers made an avoidance of US mirrors a marketing point.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Shutters Its Public API

Kasar Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (59 comments)

Their licensing is off and on all the time, a movie you can stream today might seem to vanish from existence next week without a word and reappear sometime in the future when it's relicensed. Their search system used to take you to those pages to see that the movie is not available, then they stopped doing that so now the only time you see a movie page that isn't currently available is when doing ratings. If you don't see it, you won't miss it seems to be their angle.

It mostly means they're a really bad place for information about movies or what actors have done.

about 3 months ago

FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

Kasar Re:They're not trolls (144 comments)

Ignoring all feedback seems a given from the industry executive turned lobbyist who is running the FCC anyway.
Government appointments sold to the highest bidder make for some terrible outcomes.

about 3 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Kasar Re:Badly run company does badly... (288 comments)

Lenovo has talked about new assembly lines in the US.
Seems only the Chinese and Japanese think the US can support a growing manufacturing sector anymore.

about 4 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Kasar Re:It's sad what has happened to HP (288 comments)

The people who once made a career as engineers at HP around here were laid off when the lab went to all temps. I guess they've reconsidered that somewhat, but would you want to trust to that? Some must have, and now the pink slips are flying again.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

Kasar Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (475 comments)

Comcast has a lot of options for its customers. StreamPix is a wannabe competitor against Netflix, and is conveniently integrated in their X1 service so doesn't count against any cap they decide to impose.
Just drop Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and whatever else you have and go with theirs, then you can use your internet cap for other things. It makes a lot of sense, to Comcast Marketing.

about 4 months ago

Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

Kasar Re:Not the Opposite of Reality (282 comments)

Many of which are stuck with a government-mandated monopoly for cable.

about 4 months ago

Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Kasar Re:enforce existing laws? (490 comments)

They aren't required to be licensed, they don't have plates to identify the bicycle that blew through the light and cut off the 18-wheeler, so unless there's a cop right there, nothing happens. A ticket given to a person without a driver's license doesn't really matter either, no insurance rates to worry about and only tracked if the person's checked for warrants later.

about 4 months ago

VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

Kasar Re:Not causing headaches, preventing companies fro (62 comments)

There are many books a government might want their citizens to avoid, such as ones that encourage "to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them".
Documents like the DoI and books written by like-minded people could give people ideas that could be dangerous to our government.

about 4 months ago

Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Kasar Re:There's no information here. (134 comments)

Given that this administration (and the previous) called music piracy a national security issue, equating copying an MP3 file with counterfeiting, the bar for what is a threat to the nation is pretty low with these people.

about 5 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Kasar Who needs food banks? (440 comments)

It seems nobody has seen what putrid stuff food banks have to sift through. Some companies will "donate" anything they can't sell, like leaking cans and food with obvious mold. The food banks can't do anything with it either, but they are routinely dealing with potentially substandard food products.

I assumed the story would be something related to federal peanut farm subsidies that have remained ever since the peanut crisis when Carter was in office. Between diversion of food to energy products and $500 million paid annually to farmers to NOT grow peanuts, the government is the more common reason for any shortages.

about 5 months ago

Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

Kasar Government angry it was left out (148 comments)

These same companies went to Congress many, many times to get more H1B visas when even technical call center wages were being pressured up to median income levels. It was fine to intervene in market forces when politicians were getting checks, but not if they were left out of the "negotiations".

about 6 months ago


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