I believe the licensing and regulation are required.
We have already had a news story of an idiot flying a drone within feet of an airliner "just to watch it land". Aircraft engines are NOT designed to digest a flying camera platform and perform normally. I have to agree that requiring a license to operate (with emphasis on controlled air space) should be mandatory. The flight paths of airliners within 5 miles of major airports are well within the reach of commercial-quality drones. Consider the risks here - a car accident rarely wipes out hundreds of passengers at a time - improperly digesting a drone can bring an airplane down. Think of the impact in the Los Angeles landing corridor through downtown.
Since DSL or Cable Modems are the only choices in many of our "competitive" markets the term doesn't have the correct meaning. Dropping cable broadcasting service and just using cable data services is what is going to be part of the future.
*if* the cable companies don't screw it up by trying to force people to have their broadcast crap with their data service. I confused the hell out of my telco when I ordered DSL service without phone service. They really didn't like that. Said I couldn't do that. So I told them which tariff the regulation was in, and I got it. I wonder how many DSL service only users are out there...
But in a market with a fiber option - bye-bye cable and telco companies!
The bigger their haystacks get, the harder their jobs will be.. so make sure that every BOMB e-mail you send references the Anarchist Cookbook, and your recipes call for Smith & Wesson oil, and you need to go to the hardware store for a gallon of MEK or Fertilizer and Diesel Fuel..a laugh RIOT will ensue as we force them to read and store every email and their data center keeps catching on FIRE and we create chaos and mass extermination of careers come next election time.
If your job is dependent on finding the needle in the haystack - but you don't know what haystack it is in, then it makes perfect sense to combine every haystack in the world into a single haystack. By definition, you are 100% guaranteed that the needle you are looking for is now, in fact, in your haystack.
You can then spend the rest of your career looking through the haystack - as long as you are "working on it", you are doing your job.
The odds of finding are something just less than zero divided by infinity - but that's totally irrelevant. A high paying job has been saved, a massively expensive data center has been justified, and the Bureaucrats love you.
No matter what happens, you can find the data to prove that you knew it would.
Our Philosophy The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis strives to provide the best possible police service to the citizens of St. Louis. Our Mission Statement and Core Values serve as guides for the work we do everyday to protect those who live, work and visit the City of St. Louis.
Core Values Service, Integrity, Leadership, and Fair Treatment to All
Our Mission The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis is to protect, serve and assist citizens when conditions arise that may affect the well-being of the individual or the community. Cooperating with others in the community, officers will work to prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and achieve a peaceful society, free from the fear of crime and disorder. Members of the Department will strive continually for excellence and maintain the peace through service, integrity, leadership and fair treatment to all.
A Statement on the Value of Human Life The primary responsibility of this Department and each of its members is to protect the lives of the citizens we are sworn to serve. It is also the duty of each member of the Department to honor the established principles of democracy upon which this country was founded. Among these is the most profound reverence for human life, the value of which far exceeds that of any property. In view of this, it is essential that every action of this Department and of each of its members be consistent with that responsibility.
For these reasons, it is appropriate that this Statement on the Value of Human Life embodies the spirit of the Department and sets forth the principles and policies which guide the conduct of every Department employee.
In recognition, therefore, of the commitment of this Department to the preservations of human life, and because of the public trust which empowers sworn police officers to lawfully exercise force, even deadly force when required, in carrying out that commitment, it is hereby declared to be the policy of this Department that (1) the use of deadly force will never be condoned as a routine response; and (2) police officers will exercise the highest degree of care in the applications of such force.
The government is made up mostly of lawyers. Who are NOT going to pass any laws preventing other lawyers from making massive amounts of money so they can make massive campaign contributions to the lawyers still in the government, or provide cushy high-paying jobs to those who leave government service.
Only Shakespeare's approach will ever be able to fix this.
The Good Old Days (tm)... when the county coroner could be counted on to document "hit in the head 39 times with a hammer" as "really determined case of suicide" ... when the local newspaper would properly report on a black field hand found with a 9" knife in his back as "died of natural causes".
All these damn people with their instant videos of police pulling women from their cars and beating them, of police threatening and confiscating (and accidentally deleting evidence), of "theft at badgepoint"... well, this just has to stop. The people are just out of control.
Well, not exactly. They are out of YOUR control Mr McCulloch - the world has changed. Get Over It. As real reporters used to say - "The Truth will out". Just happens instantly now.
Introduce a "retro-fit" (pun intended) kit to remove all electronics and put a Holley Carb back on OUR cars...
Then we need long-life 12v batteries - plug in the gear, and ship it UPS to friends around the country (or overseas). Ship it back and forth while you enjoy driving the car - then put it back in when you take the car in for service.
Let's see 'em figure out how we were driving across the Atlantic.. or travelling cross-country at 500MPH ...
If you read the articles on the equipment, there are ways of detecting it right from your phone.
*my* PD doesn't know how to change the timezone on the stingray they have - so when my phone goes from correct time, in 4G mode, standard 2 bar signal to 4-bar, 2G, PST...
Many of the software toys they use can only support 2G; so your service will "downgrade" to that. If you study your phone in your usual spots, you know how many bars you should have there, and what mode you should be in.
And if the time zone suddenly goes way off and then comes back...