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  1. Driver1

    ***There have been court cases about incidents like this, and the shooter was required to pay for a new multi rotor in the end.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/06/29/court_rules_that_neighbor_has_to_pay_for_drone_he_shot_down.html

    If the FAA wants to classify them as aircraft to charge people for flying them in whatever bullshit way they deem, then shooting at them should be considered the same; discharging a weapon at an aircraft in flight.



    I just don't think the law has caught up with the times, as drones for personal use is a relatively new technology.

    That said, there needs to be limits on drone use as it pertains to invasion of personal property. People are going to have to contact their representatives in congress and get something passed that will give them defensive recourse against drone flyers.

    You each make good points. That said, I do agree that the state of the law needs to catch up with the current state of the technology & its rapidly-evolving use.

  2. Just throwing this out there: is it possible the current landing characteristics of your PD 190 are, at least partly, affected by the age/permeability of the fabric? How well does it flare anymore?
    Also, if the Unit - which is what, 30 - 35 years old? - has been well-jumped, wouldn't fabric permeability be an issue with that one, too? And if it's one of the 200 sq ft canopies, would that land much slower than your 190?

    Again, these are just questions, and I'm sure as heck not a rigger. I'm humbly open-minded to learning.

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    If you knew someone just shot your drone down, why in the god damn world would you go to that person's property immediately afterwords and confront them?



    a. "Hold my beer and watch this."
    b. You do know it was Kentucky, right?

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    Certainly they were advised by their lawyers that represented them that this was possible



    Change "certainly" to "hopefully, in writing, in detail, for the lawyers' own sakes". My experience is that when people with "that kind" of personality lose a dispute, they look for somebody to blame (never themselves), and then act it out as a way of mitigating their loss. That's why lawyers carry malpractice insurance.

  5. I doubt you're really Vegan. Your star system is very young, and its planetary accretions are unlikely to have matured sufficiently to have evolved sentient life, much less with advanced technology.

    What, you think we're stupid?

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    Wondering where you got the 9 million number.



    Oops. It was because when I quickly scanned the Wiki article, I didn't realize I was looking at the passage referencing the statistic for the year 1900. Sorry. :$

  7. SkyDekker

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    It's always, ALWAYS, good to go further into debt so we can give money to those that hate us.



    You aren't giving them any money.



    The reduction of economic sanctions is the functional equivalent. And it really kicks in immediately, before they ever earn an extra Euro from it, for it instantly makes them more credit-worthy, thereby giving them immediate access to financing.

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    I just do not see how doubling down on the course of action that created modern Iran in the first place, that has failed to change their behavior, and that undermines a general pro-Western sentiment among the younger and educated population, is supposed to make anything better.



    Why not? It worked with Cuba.

    That said, though, my analysis still tells me this is a bad deal on several levels, the day of which we will someday come to rue.

  9. Driver1

    Turn them all into a giant parking lot. Problem solved. :P

    If only it were that simple. :|



    I've been around long enough to remember the US militarists and their redneck, Nixon-voting toadies saying the same thing about Southeast Asia. There's a lesson in that. Couple of 'em, actually, if you squint.

  10. normiss

    The entire flag ordeal is just silly.
    Get over it already.



    There are about 9 million African-Americans in the US who, thanks largely to the way the Confederate flag has been co-opted by certain white racists as a symbol of their racism, feel viscerally about the Confederate flag just as, say, Jews feel about the Swastika, a 1,000 year-old symbol that was co-opted by the Nazis. So while it might be rational for you to wish, for ethically sound reasons, for people to get over it, that's simply not going to happen, at least probably not in your or my lifetime.

  11. Whether or not to show Dukes of Hazzard is a grey area, subject to reasonable discussion points on either side. Whether to show the Cosby Show is simply a clear No. To me, it's not even close. Just, fuck no.

  12. JerryBaumchen


    Apparently someone has disabled the NY Mag's website with a DOS attack. Fortunately, though, the article can still be accessed via its Google cache here:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Ah8OCTQDazgJ:nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  13. SkyDekker

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    How is it possible that someone like Trump is getting attention, let alone leading in double digits?! Are Americans really this lazy and stupid?



    Yes, but I think their Canadian cousins offer-up stiff competition. In October 2014, they elected Rob Ford - Yes, This Rob Ford - the drug- and booze-addled national laughingstock - to the Toronto City Council by a majority of 58.9% of the vote.

    Are Canadian voters really that lazy and stupid? Well, apparently... Yes.
    But... that's just one view from down here.



    The US presidency is indeed starting to be about as significant as a Toronto councillor.

    Or even as much as mayor of Toronto, Canada's largest city, with a residential population of 2.6 million. In August 2014, 1 month prior to withdrawing from the mayoral reelection campaign for medical (not political) reasons, Mayor Ford was polling just 3 points into second place, putting him in a statistical dead heat with the leader.

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    How is it possible that someone like Trump is getting attention, let alone leading in double digits?! Are Americans really this lazy and stupid?



    Yes, but I think their Canadian cousins offer-up stiff competition. In October 2014, they elected Rob Ford - Yes, This Rob Ford - the drug- and booze-addled national laughingstock - to the Toronto City Council by a majority of 58.9% of the vote.

    Are Canadian voters really that lazy and stupid? Well, apparently... Yes.
    But... that's just one view from down here.

    Democracy - where the people get the government they deserve.

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    Hillary is imploding.



    If she does (though I'd caution everyone not to underestimate her resilience), I think there are those who would quickly step in and offer themselves as the "normal" alternative to Sanders. Andrew Cuomo comes to mind, for one example.

    For part of the potential pool, here are lists of
    Current Democratic Governors, and
    Current Democratic Senators

    I really don't see it as being either Trump or Sanders. "Weird" tends to fly early on, when it's still fun, kind of like looking through the beer goggles; but when the hangovers wear off, "normal(ish)" tends to rise to the top.