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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

mbeckman Law never mentions passwords (322 comments)

The law never even mentions the words "password" or "login". The schools are lying when they say this law requires students to divulge passwords on administration demand. No person can ever be forced to reveal incriminating information, under the fifth amendment, and the SCOTUS has already notes that his applies to passwords.

4 days ago
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Finnish KRP Questions Suspected Lizard Squad Member

mbeckman Lost in translation? (62 comments)

Let me get this right: Ryan wasn't detained, but after being interviewed he was "then released."

Perhaps the Finnish language is to blame here, but by this translation he was clearly detained.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:Just use filters (114 comments)

1. While fixed-frequency laser pens are popular now, tunable dye lasers can operate at any wavelength. They're widely available on the surplus market from medical devices, and you can readily buy larger laser modules of hundreds of miliwatts. And even pen lasers now operate in shades of yellow, purple, blue and orange, in addition to green and red. Filters must be tuned to a small wavelength range, and each color range would require several filter layers. Blocking all would result in opacity.

Filtering is not an option. If we don't want to see wholesale banning of laser sales, we'd better get started with education.

2. Eyes of both pilots and drivers have been damaged many times. Laser exposure to the rest of the public is already part of the problem.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:What the problem? (114 comments)

Naval Lt. Cmdr. Jack Daly and Canadian helicopter pilot Capt. Pat Barnes suffered eye injuries hours after an aerial surveillance mission to photograph a Russian merchant ship that had been shadowing the ballistic-missile submarine USS Ohio in Washington state’s Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Navy recently turned down an appeal from the Defense Department inspector general to award Cmdr. Daly a Purple Heart for the incident. Cmdr. Daly, who retired from the service last year, continues to suffer eye pain and deteriorating vision.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:What the problem? (114 comments)

There are many reports of SERIOUS, career-ending eye damage to pilots due to lasers. Here's just one, why not google your heart out until you're convinced the threat is real. http://www.washingtontimes.com...

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:I'm sick of this (114 comments)

Even a minor eye injury could end his flying career.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:convex lens (114 comments)

Immerman and kyosuke: Yes, the beam is already diverged owing to imperfections of the laser collimating optics. That's not the same thing as adding deliberately diverging optics. As I noted elsewhere, divergence makes the problem worse for pilots, because the beam is still very bright but at distance becomes 6' or more in diameter, making it very easy to target aircraft.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:convex lens (114 comments)

ShanghaiBill: you misunderstand the problem. The beam is already diverged owing to imperfections of the laser collimating optics. That makes the problem worse for pilots, because the beam is still very bright but at distance becomes 6' or more in diameter, making it very easy to target aircraft. It's the temporary blinding effect that is so dangerous, where pilots are unable to read their instruments for a critical period during takeoff or landing. It's happened to me, and is like having a bright searchlight suddenly flood the cockpit, destroying night vision and rendering instruments unreadable. You can find youtube videos illustrating the effect.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:I'm sick of this (114 comments)

Dear sick: you are dumb and don't know what you're talking about. The risk is not pilot eye damage. It's pilot distraction or temporary blinding during a critical phase of flight. As a helicopter pilot, I can tell you that every phase of flight in a helo is critical, as we typically fly at 500' AGL by law and are constantly looking for obstacles to avoid. A laser that makes me not see and avoid the power lines ahead will kill me just as effectively as if it had been a photon torpedo fired from the USS Enterprise.

When an airliner is landing, this is also a critical phase of flight. Blinding the pilot then will make it impossible to read instruments, possibly if not probably resulting in the aircraft departing from the glide slope and runway centerline and into a collision with airport surroundings.

You're right that no aircraft in the US has been shot down yet by a laser, although some pilots have suffered permanent eye damage. This is where the part about you being dumb comes in. See, intelligent people try to be pro-active about foreseeable disasters and take action before anyone, even a dumb person, dies. So we're just looking out for you. Pity you're too dumb to realize that.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:but they ARE toys (114 comments)

Swell: try this experiment. Get on a busy freeway during nighttime rush hour. Now point two high-intensity flashlights directly to into your retinas for thirty seconds. Then try driving.

It's not eye damage we're worried about. It's collision damage from the aircraft careening into a parking structure during final approach, killing everyone on board.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:Just use filters (114 comments)

Too bad lasers blasted your eyes and you can't read. You would have read that we're talking about all-spectrum goggles. You should have paid attention to the t-shirt ;)

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:convex lens (114 comments)

But we're all buying from the same places. There is no way to reliably verify that a person is, say, a construction worker. Not without some kind of idiotic heavy-handed government licensing. You want that? Really?

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:convex lens (114 comments)

They don't.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:Just use filters (114 comments)

Actually, Googles will work, and are excellent for education. Goggles won't work. ;)

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:convex lens (114 comments)

That won't work because "the public" includes the many tradespeople and professionals that use lasers for surveying, construction, directional antenna alignment, and cat therapy.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Re:Just use filters (114 comments)

Googles won't work, and neither will a filtering windshield. They'll just obscure vision. The wavelengths are all over the spectrum. The only thing that would filter them all is a piece of steel. Tough to land that way.

Even if you could protect pilots, what about the rest of the public? As with any dangerous product, the answer is not to make the general public armor themselves, but to simply demand responsibility from the product owners. Your idea is like requiring police to wear bullet-proof helmets so that children can have unfettered use of guns.

As with firearms and drones, people too stupid to use lasers responsibly should not be allowed to use them at all. But also as with guns and drones, the answer is not prohibition. It's education. You should be required to demonstrate safe lasing knowledge before buying, just as you must to buy a handgun most places.

about a month ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

mbeckman Do not give lasers as gifts to children (114 comments)

And when you do let children use a laser you own, make sure you supervise them closely.

I have a great t-shirt from Meredith Instruments that reads "DANGER! LASER RADIATION! Do not expose beam to remaining eye."

about a month ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

mbeckman Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

DanDD, Those requirements are not enough. The current international standard for aircraft traffic separation, for both VFR and IFR, is "see and void". The video bandwidth and coverage technology in drones is not nearly the equivalent of a pilot's swiveling stereo human optics and visual cortex. TCAS doesn't cut it. As an IFR pilot using TCAS I can tell you that it's useless without the optical component. The closest technology weighs hundreds of pounds, and is only used on drones weighing 1000 lbs or more. This attempted integration of drones into controlled airspace is far too early for the technology available.

about a month and a half ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mbeckman Kulturayl futshocklings (368 comments)

Charlie stosser a skiker plossing. Being green. Ans a moloko man in the dustbin. Crater him.

about 2 months ago

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Man arrested at Oakland airport for ornate watch

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport for having an bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, The Alameda county sheriffs department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were Unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles." The man told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art."
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Fox reports EPA controversy; CNN et al ignore it

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "Fox News today reported that Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla, ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of an internal report calling into question the EPA's position backing CO2 as a primary cause of global warming. A report co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin states that the EPA ignored data showing global temperature declining for eleven years despite increasing CO2 levels over the same period. Inhofe may or may not have a solid basis for his concerns; that remains to be seen. But what I find disturbing is that Senator Inhofe's quite public announcement has been ignored by CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC. As of midnight Monday MDT, the story appears on none of their sites. While there certainly can be room for selectivity in a news site's front page content, it's hard to imagine what justification major networks can have for completely ignoring a significant investigation ordered by a U.S. Senator. Will Slashdot air this controversy, or bury it further?"
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Google Books "limited" preview showing ful

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "I was chagrined today to find one of my published book titles online at books.google.com in its entirety. I have to contact the publisher to see if they agreed to this, but I noticed many other titles also online in full text under Google's "limted" preview. For example, "2008 Writer's Market", a brand new $30 title published by Writer's Digest, is completely readable at http://books.google.com/books?id=eshfZhaj1pQC. The same is true of thousands of other titles. If this isn't the mother of all copyright violations, I'll be surprised."
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