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

Todd Palin Re:Pecions? (222 comments)

A pecion is a person with bulging pectoral muscles.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Todd Palin Re:Define technology (230 comments)

We discovered a remarkable thing at the hobby shop. They used to make Jetex brand jet motors that used a solid fuel pellet inside a steel housing. They were ignited with a short length of Jetex fuse, which usually came with the pellets, but we bought the fuse separately in six foot lengths. A six foot fuse took three or four minutes to burn. This allowed our dry-cleaner bags to get to several hundred feet before igniting. We often would include a cherry-bomb in the payload just to make sure people would see it when the gas ignited. We tried to mix air in the gas mix to achieve an actual explosion, but never got it mixed right. It was always an almost silent fireball, but it was pretty good sized.

Somehow no one ever got burned and no houses burned down. The guys at the hobby shop never asked us what we were doing with all the fuse. Times have changed, I think.

about two weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Todd Palin Re:Define technology (230 comments)

In the fifties we didn't have digital options so we relied on other technology. Natural gas is flammable AND buoyant which makes for great UFO reports. Nitrogentriiodide is always good for a laugh. Manganeseheptoxide is always fun. There were always cherry bombs and M-80s which have some surprising uses, especially when combined with simple string bombs. You would be amazed at the alternative uses of glo-fuel. You can even get into trouble with birthday candles and dry-cleaner bags if you are hard up. (more UFO reports) In the fifties and sixties there were numerous UFO reports in southern Michigan, not all of which were my work.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

Todd Palin where is the video? (51 comments)

OK, it is a pretty cool project, and the illustrations were good, but is there no video of the flies "rolling like Spitfires". How do they know it happened if there isn't video? How do we know it happened?

about a month ago
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Think you can drive better than an autonomous car? You're wrong.

Todd Palin It depends on the criteria for "better driver" (3 comments)

From the article it appears that the criteria is accident rate. My accident rate will be very near zero if I let my garage drive my car. Of course, the car will be much less useful, but that isn't the criteria, is it? If a self-driving car is less useful, and I'm pretty sure it is because of the self-driving nature, then I might argue that it isn't a better driver than me. Until a self driving car can do EVERYTHING I can do as the driver, I reject a simplistic notion that it is a better driver than I am, despite stats showing a lower accident rate.

about a month and a half ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Todd Palin Re:Gotcha covered... (259 comments)

You only can have the extra dimension until you open the box at which point the dimension collapses into the ordinary three dimensions. Next time don't open the box to insure the dimension stays intact. Be warned, however, that some theorists believe that you can't see the extra dimensions, so the extra dimension you purchased might still be alive and well. It might be best to just close the box and hope for the best. Perhaps you can re-sell it on Ebay. How would anyone know you had opened the box?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Todd Palin Re:same as vote by mail (190 comments)

Oregon has had vote-by-mail for about two decades. Opponents suggested vote selling and other vote frauds would occur. Every investigation into these things since then has shown only an incredibly tiny amount of abuse. Vote-by-mail works very very well in Oregon.

The problem with online voting lies in other issues, like the lack of a paper trail for recounts, fraudulent logins, and the potential for wholesale fraud with software/malware manipulations. These are real potential issues, but don't suck vote-by-mail into the argument. Mail voting works. Oregon gets a high turnout in even minor elections because it is so painless, and that is a very good thing. Democracy is alive and well in Oregon, largely due to vote-by-mail.

about a month and a half ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Todd Palin What a surprise. (582 comments)

Wow. What a surprise. Russia is involved in the conflict in Ukraine.

about 1 month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Todd Palin Re:Slashdot Users (242 comments)

Post under a pseudonym? Check

Use encryption for email? Check

Don't use Facebook? Check

Use DuckDuckGo? check

Use Tor? check

about 2 months ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

Todd Palin Re:Why are you so angry? (77 comments)

OK. The proposed regulations are complex, so let me give you one example to illustrate my point. The proposed regulations require the RC pilot to notify any airport within five miles before flying an RC aircraft of any kind, even if the aircraft is a childs toy being flown in a suburban backyard. This requirement presumably really means ANY airport. Almost any town of 15,000 people has a small airport. Larger cities have multiple small airports in addition to maybe a major airport. Most of the small airports are little more than a grass strip and a few hangers. Many of them won't even have somebody answering the phone. How many people even know if they are within five miles of an airport? Most are, but few really know.

The bottom line is that most people won't be calling, even if they knew who to call. That would make them criminals. Would the average park flier call? I doubt it. Criminals all. What if they tried to call and got no answer? Still a criminal? Maybe.

I'm not saying people will quit flying if the regulations are enacted. Most will just become criminals and continue flying.

I stand by my statement, idiot or not.

about 2 months ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

Todd Palin Why are you so angry? (77 comments)

Waddgodd simply asked a question and you go postal. This is not the work of a "screaming idiot" Calm down. This is a serious issue that is not well served by rants such as yours. If I had to pick the screaming idiot here I wouldn't pick Waddgodd.

You say you operate illegally, and then you go off on the "douchbags" and "idiots" that also operate illegally. Take a look at yourself.

The regulations might need to be revised, but making the entire RC hobby illegal is the wrong approach. If you really have been flying for 30 years you would think differently about this.

about 2 months ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

Todd Palin comments are now underway on just this issue (77 comments)

You can visit the FAA comment site to comment on proposed rule changes that address this issue. The comment period ends on July 25. The proposed rules will cripple drone use by civilians and also cripple most RC aircraft operations in the USA. The proposal is simply draconian. Check it out:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!d...

about 2 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Todd Palin Re:Expanders (418 comments)

Use Quick JavaScript Switcher. When you see that a blank box is probably offering you a video you can choose to switch JavaScript on if you think you want to watch the video, or you can leave it off if you suspect it is an ad, or if you just don't want to be bothered by a video. Much of the time the video is just BS anyway, so read the text and move on.

about 2 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Todd Palin use your tabs (418 comments)

Mute the sound and go to another tab for however many seconds. You don't have to watch it or listen to it. Use ad blocker for the rest. You don't have to be bothered with ads if you don't choose to be bothered. There are some serious annoyances in this world, but internet ads aren't a big deal.

about 2 months ago
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Genetically Modifying an Entire Ecosystem

Todd Palin Re:Pandora's box (52 comments)

What could possibly go wrong?

about 2 months ago
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Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Todd Palin lawsuit? (35 comments)

This sounds like a perfect lawsuit to me. Their failure to limit the damage seems negligent. Perhaps a hefty class action suit is in order.

about 2 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Todd Palin Re:n/t (278 comments)

Data and modeling are two different things. The data shows irrefutable evidence of global warming. Modeling is a new-fangled way of trying to put data into a context and then extrapolate into the future. Modeling is improving with every software revision and computer advance, but errors in modeling DO NOT refute the basic data showing global warming. Modeling is only as good as the programer that writes the program. Its results are subject to the context and assumptions of the programer. So, the models are imperfect, and they always will be. Anyone that thinks otherwise is an idiot.

about 2 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Todd Palin Re:n/t (278 comments)

The science is undebatable. Politicians and idiots are the only ones debating, but I guess that is redundant.

about 2 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Todd Palin Re:Makes perfect sense. (376 comments)

Cancer? Maybe. Stink? Metaphorically perhaps. Addicts? Probably. Think there is nothing wrong with the habit? Yes. Fail to see how their behavior affects others? Yes. Think they should be able to behave obnoxiously without regard to others? Yes.

about 3 months ago

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Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about 6 months ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "Researchers at Penn State university are trying to reconstruct images of faces based only on the DNA sample of the individual. As far out as this sounds, they did a pretty good job at matching the actual appearance of the faces. This is a pretty good start on a whole new use for DNA samples. Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."
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Dubious patent approved for yoga class recording

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about 9 months ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "The Washington Post has an article describing another dubious patent:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent on a technique for videotaping yoga classes. The patent claims the concept of an "image capturing device" being set up in "a studio having a front area and a rear area" and containing an instructor and a "plurality of students." In other words, if you run a yoga class, and you film it using the parameters described in the patent, you may owe royalties to the patent's owner, a company called YogaGlo."

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