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Eric Schmidt: Google Glass Critics 'Afraid of Change,' Society Will Adapt

asynchronous13 google glass good; drones bad (331 comments)

Is this the same guy that wants to ban drones? Egads. Perhaps he should take his own advice.

about a year ago

Golf Channel Testing Out New Octo-copter Drone To Film Golfers This Weekend

asynchronous13 Re: I wonder who's legally liable? (97 comments)

The FARs do not ever specify 400' for anything. That comes from safety guidelines published by a big model aircraft club. It has no weight of law.

about a year and a half ago

Golf Channel Testing Out New Octo-copter Drone To Film Golfers This Weekend

asynchronous13 Re:I wonder who's legally liable? (97 comments)

I'll refer you to Public Law 112-95 - note the bold section.


  • (a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
    • (1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
    • (2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community- based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;
    • (3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a community-based organization;
    • (4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and
    • (5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation (model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport)).
  • (b) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to pursue enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who endanger the safety of the national airspace system.
  • (c) MODEL AIRCRAFT DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘‘model aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—
    • (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
    • (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and
    • (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?

asynchronous13 Re:CopterControl (228 comments)

Open Pilot is pretty good, but good luck getting one. They only sell in batches, so you have to wait for months or get really lucky on your timing. Right now there's nothing in stock, and nothing expected for 8 weeks.

about a year and a half ago

FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet

asynchronous13 Passenger Safety Threatened (449 comments)

Yet allowing in-flight devices and seeing passenger safety threatened as a result could threaten funding, power, and end several promising bureaucratic careers.

Sure, maybe they only care about losing funding. But maybe, just maybe they care about that whole passenger safety thing.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

asynchronous13 Re:R; apt-get install r-base (254 comments)

R -- I've heard good things about R, and it's a good tool for certain fields. But if the original poster is interested in going into an Engineering field then different tools are more appropriate (It's better to use the same or similar tools that your colleagues are using).

Matlab -- one of the industry standards for number crunching and plotting.

Octave -- a Matlab clone that is frequently good enough. (My company can't quite afford a Matlab license, and I get by with Octave when I need that functionality).

Maxima -- for CAS, I haven't used it much, I've heard that it works.

Python with NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib -- Highly recommended. The combination is almost as good as Matlab for number crunching, and it is more generically useful.

Orpie -- great command line calculator

about 2 years ago

Seattle Police Want More Drones, Even While Two Sit Unused

asynchronous13 Re:Makes no sense (144 comments)

It has nothing to do with privacy laws. The main uses are for aerial pictures and search and rescue. When there's an automobile crash on the interstate, a quick aerial photograph of the accident scene lets the police clear debris off the road faster and open the road sooner. Right now, they'll send out a hook-and-ladder fire truck and send a photographer to the top of the ladder to get the aerial pictures when needed. Privacy laws remain in effect, independent of the technology used.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

asynchronous13 Re:Debugging prototypes? (208 comments)

But for analog circuits it's not as easy. SPICE can give you a pretty good idea, but it's not perfect. Even more advanced programs like ADS won't give you the full picture. As the final step you will always need to actually make a prototype and just hope it works.

Sorry, but if your final step is to "just hope it works" then your design is incomplete. For example, I designed an optical to electrical amplifier in the late 90's as part of the fiber optic communication system on the ISS. It was a pencil and paper design, and the first prototype worked as expected. I can guarantee what the circuit will do for any input that is within spec.

With modern computer simulation tools a designer can absolutely expect an analog circuit to behave as the simulation does. If not, the model is incorrect, or the simulation tools are not being used properly.

about 2 years ago

GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

asynchronous13 Re:Unencrypted GPS (214 comments)

No. GPS on civilian aircraft is a secondary system. Even with complete GPS blackout (or spoofing), the pilot in command still has all of the primary sensors available for navigation.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple

asynchronous13 Re:In this case Apple's position is sane (414 comments)

You are barking up the wrong tree. You are correct that Apple did not invent the term "App", but that has no bearing on the validity of the trademark.

"Open Happiness" is trademarked by Coca-Cola. Certainly no one claims that either word was invented by the company. PespiCo would be legally liable for using that phrase in an ad-campaign, however, a company in a different market (Dell for example) could probably use "Open Happiness" for computer sales without issue.

Are you familiar with "The Container Store". It's a store where you buy, wait for it, containers!! And yes, "The Container Store" is trademarked. No other company selling containers can use that name. Similarly, Apple was granted a trademark for "App Store". Just because App Stores have more competition than Container Stores at the moment does not make the trademark any less valid.

more than 3 years ago

Police Using Apple iOS Tracking Data For Forensics

asynchronous13 Required by Law (208 comments)

All cell-phone manufacturers are required to have GPS data for emergency 911 response. This is required by US law. It seems disingenuous that politicians are now upset that this data is being recorded.

more than 3 years ago

Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

asynchronous13 Re:I did this (725 comments)

my g/f was shopping for a new TV. She found the model she wanted, on sale, and was just about to tell the sales guy "I'll take it" when she was interrupted by her phone. She needs to pay attention to incoming messages because she delivers babies. She excused herself and consulted the latest news about one of her patients on her phone. The sales guy must have assumed she was price checking -- he quickly said, "Let me talk to my manager" disappeared and when he came back offered an additional $400 discount!! She got the unexpected benefit of price checking without actually doing anything.

Places that do what it takes to make the sale will outlast the places that cry "waaaah, that's not fair!"

more than 3 years ago

The Hackintosh Guide

asynchronous13 Re:Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

Ok, that's fine and dandy, however when using the word "America" the singular refers to the USA, the pl refers to both continents.

No, the word "America" in the singular refers to the USA only in the common usage in the USA. In most of the rest of the world, this is simply not true.

more than 3 years ago

The Hackintosh Guide

asynchronous13 Re:Mac vs. PC (453 comments)

So is this a pedantic semantic argument? I guess so, but I don't see how you could possibly justify that usage of America.

How many continents are there? It seems like a simple question, but it really depends on where you are from. In most English speaking countries, we are taught that there are seven continents. In most of the rest of the world, including most of Europe, S.America, and Latin America, the answer is six. What we call North and South America, most of the world refers to as simply America. How could one possibly justify that usage of America? If you grew up in Brazil you would ask the same question but with entirely different meaning.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Hackers Create Wi-Fi Sniffing Drone

asynchronous13 Re:Yes but... (81 comments)

It's technically illegal to fly UAVs without visual contact in visual flight rules air space.

Not quite.

The FAA controls the national airspace with a white-list approach. Everything is illegal unless a specific category of safe flight has been defined. AC 91-57 defines the Model Aircraft Operating Standards and creates a specific legal exemption for vehicles flown for recreational purposes. This exemption also applies to UAVs, provided they are flown for recreational purposes. However, there is no exemption for operating a UAV for commercial purposes. Even flying an R/C aircraft is illegal if the operator attaches a camera and attempts to sell the resulting aerial imagery!

The FAA recognizes that people and companies other than modelers might be flying UAS with the mistaken understanding that they are legally operating under the authority of AC 91–57. AC 91–57 only applies to modelers, and thus specifically excludes its use by persons or companies for business purposes.
-- from FAA–2006–25714, Unmanned Aircraft Operations in the National Airspace System; Notice of Policy; Opportunity for Feedback (FAA link to pdf is down right now)

Technically, you or I could fly a 1:1 scale F-22 Raptor, but only if it were for recreational purposes.

more than 4 years ago

US Lawmakers Eyeing National ID Card

asynchronous13 Re:And what's the problem here? (826 comments)

It's not so much being afraid, as it is that we already have a National ID. It's called a passport. I see no good reason to spend time and money implementing an additional one.

more than 4 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

asynchronous13 Re:paper in your wallet (1007 comments)

Now I have an oh-so-sort dictionary (only 160 entries!) to feed to my favorite password-cracking program. The odds of my success just went from potentially being neigh-impossible to almost-certain.

Now tell me, if you happen to find a wallet with a similar password page in it, at which website will you direct your favorite password cracking program? What username will you pair with the password?

more than 4 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

asynchronous13 Re:Buy a Pre (684 comments)

From the fine print in Sprint's Simply Everything Plan: "Services are not available for use as a modem"

about 5 years ago

No Social Media In These College Stadiums

asynchronous13 Re:A Little Clarification (265 comments)

Yes, the file you linked to is indeed the policy for someone with Media Credentials. The SEC also released a policy for those with Tickets and Non-Media Credentials. See page 4 That's the one this article is talking about.

more than 5 years ago


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