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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

What about government forms that require a signature attesting to the validity of the information, under penalty of perjury?

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

"in to" and "into" are not equivalents.

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:Your tax dollars @ work (310 comments)

No. Radio cars are police cars, dispatched via radio -- the usual every-day panda cars. The officers in the chopper just guided them to where the drone pilots were located. Still a giant waste of resources.

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

And everything that falls outside both lists is left to the States to decide.

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

Hopefully the drone pilots file an FAA complaint, that should be sufficient to get at LEAST a suspension of the officer's flight status. He caused an accident under Part 830 by intentionally entering another craft's airspace.

about two weeks ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

Cars on the ground can, with little exception, stop any time they feel like giving up the chase and turning themselves in to the officers. Aircraft have no such ability, and if you were being actively closely pursued by another aircraft it could even prove fatal to try and land. That doesn't even take into account the risks involved to the people on the ground below, who the police in this case endangered by engaging in pursuit -- the correct action would be to have the ATC track the belligerent until it landed, and arrest the pilots there. Following it at high speed, closely, it precisely what FAA regulations were intended to prevent.

about two weeks ago

AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming

apraetor T-Mobile has unlimited roaming (1 comments)

This is why I changed carriers to T-Mobile, despite crappy coverage in my area -- unlimited international roaming for voice & data.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

apraetor Re:Nexus 4? (259 comments)

I'll buy your argument, up until the last sentence. 4G was already a defined technology, which had been advertised to the public as having specific features. Verizon/ATT/TMobile/Sprint decided to redefine the term, but clearly didn't want to try too hard letting their subscribers know the "new 4G network" wasn't the same 4G we'd all been told to expect.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

apraetor Re:Yes (259 comments)

T-Mobile's Simple Choice unlimited voice/data plans include unlimited international roaming, as well.

about 2 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

apraetor Heard of "Retrovirus"? (251 comments)

It's available on Steam for cheap, and it is very much a 3-axis Descent-type game. The premise is different, and absurd, but it's fun and gave me a reason to acclimate to dual thumb-sticks again.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

apraetor Re:s3 (168 comments)

I don't see Amazon in the list of supported hosting providers.

about 6 months ago

Digital Electronic Starter Kits.

apraetor Try Velleman (2 comments)

I'd recommend including the K8055 board from Velleman; they also have some great general kits. The K8055 is a cheapo ADC/DAC board that gives you some channels to play with via USB. It comes with a DLL for Visual Studio, plus a LabVIEW module for drag-and-drop simplicity.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

apraetor Best free rpg: Path of Exile (555 comments)

It's free to play, but features an amazingly complex and interconnected skill tree. Any class can use any combination of skills; it's just where on the 2D skill matrix you start that changes.

about 8 months ago

Avast, me hearties! Antigua to legally pirate US copyrighted works

apraetor It's not piracy (1 comments)

You can't call it piracy when the actions are legally sanctioned by the WTO.

about 9 months ago

CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison

apraetor Given how things have turned out lately.. (1 comments)

..the NSA is never going to effectively convince folks they WEREN'T behind it, even if they really are innocent.

about 10 months ago

Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

apraetor Re:Uhhh... what did he just say to us? (337 comments)

Nope, the math doesn't wash if you're considering a universe with less than 3 spatial + 1 time dimension. Planetary orbits wouldn't be stable, for example.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?

apraetor Re:Let's see... (337 comments)

Google Plus hangouts also support sharing a single video stream, so you could watch movies together.

about a year ago

Car's black box leads to arrest of teen

apraetor chain of custody could well be intact (1 comments)

Chain of custody can be preserved when shipping evidence for analysis, it's not uncommon. If the car company wants to keep their black boxes proprietary it'd make sense they'd be willing to run a lab for doing such testing. A lot of toxicology testing is done by outside labs, too.. it's only on TV that the cops have the resources to do everything in-house.

1 year,1 day

DNI Office Asks Why People Trust Facebook More Than the Government

apraetor they do it so easily (273 comments)

I don't have any problem with persons or organizations having my personal details, so long as I /chose/ to give them said information or access. Hell, I'd probably be more than willing to give the government access, too, if they had bothered to consult me. What upsets me most is how ready my government is to evade the spirit, if not the letter, of law and constitution.

1 year,4 days

Is this YOUR policy? Would you like it back?

apraetor My solution for several hospitals I oversee (2 comments)

Use Terminal Services w/ thin clients for stuff like the nursing carts. Any valid user in that department can connect to their persistent session within seconds, and the carts get better battery life than full workstations would. Use tokens / RFID if you need speed over the couple of seconds typing a password takes (yes, it's annoying to do, but it also is required for most PHI policies). Mandatory disconnect or at least Lock screen after a short period, but since the session persists on the TS it's trivial to reconnect. Admin types can have regular workstations, still with similar security. For departments where several users need access to the same session on the same machine (radiation oncology comes to mind) you provision them with rights to unlock the common user sessions accordingly. Works great. --Matthew

1 year,29 days



Child Porn Suspect Must Decrypt Own External Hard Drive

apraetor apraetor writes  |  about a year ago

apraetor (248989) writes "I wonder how this stacks up against recent federal court rulings related to border searches and self-incrimination.

MILWAUKEE (CN) — A man suspected of housing child pornography on his hard drives must help the U.S. government decrypt them, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan Jr. issued the order last week, overturning an earlier decision that said the suspect, Jeffrey Feldman, was protected by his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.


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Apple sells apps that don't actually *do* anything

apraetor apraetor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

apraetor (248989) writes "This app, like many others in the Apple App Store, claims to do things which are patently untrue. In addition, the claims are things which the iPhone OS SDK outright bans developers from doing. For example, the app claims to repair battery capacity issues. Meanwhile, the SDK allows only polling the battery's current charge % and state (i.e. charging, full, discharging). An email I sent to Apple's App Store support last week has gone unanswered.

This app is such bs. It doesn’t actually *do* anything. The “features” it claims are all built-in to iPhone OS anyway. It relies on the naivety of users for sales; it is unfortunate that Apple, which purports to “approve” apps for customer protection, lets dishonest developers openly deceive those same customers for profit. The developer claims that the app “performs maintenance” to restore lost battery life, but the iPhone SDK documentation makes it clear that 3rd party apps can do nothing other than display the current charge of the battery, and the charge status.
“Magical battery-fixing junk”
This app claims to increase your iPhone volume.. yet another piece of Apple-approved deceptive advertising."


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