And yes, I know "Weird Al" gets "authorization" for his parodies, but the record will show that's out of respect for the original artists, not due to any legal necessity, as evidenced by the hissy fit over Amish Paradise.
Someone mail the Beastie Boys (and their lawyers) the collected works of "Weird Al" Yankovich, a DVD of Spaceballs, and a nice, dog-eared paperback of Bored of Rings. At the very least, it should keep them busy for a week or two while adults discuss this...
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Seriously, though. Questioning Diffie's credibility on cryptography? What's next, New Egg will call summon the ghost of Dijkstra and Fenster will claim he's not a real programmer, because he didn't like using computers?
If the Polk County, FL Sherrif's office has the resources to send deputies to Colorado to arrest a guy, they obviously could stand for some budget cuts. Money's tight everywhere, after all, and they obviously have a surplus.
Why is law enforcement so uninterested in getting warrants?
I'd assume that, considering the warrant application goes before a judge in a courtroom type setting, there is a penalty for perjury on a warrant application.
Note that I'm not saying that I believe law enforcement is lying about why they want to track someone, just saying they'd be a lot less willing to track someone on a "hunch" if there was a possibility of being penalized later because the court decides their assumptions were more like fabrications.
Of course, that's the whole point of the warrant process: to make sure extraordinary measures are only used in cases where they are warranted.
By "basic safety protocols weren't followed" he means oil-soaked rags were piled up and placed under a tarp on top of an asphalt roof on a cloudless, 90-degree day. Next to propane tanks.
Then the company tasked with the cleanup (as he said, same one that blew it up), hired laborers without any background check to come into a "secured" federal facility and haul the computers to storage. Cabinets were broken into, purses stolen, anything remotely valuable on desks vanished. This happened the weekend after the explosion, before employees were let back in to leave their personal effects. Then, they brought in another group to move out the furniture/filing cabinets/etc. and bring them to temporary storage. Those cabinets were all broken into while in storage. Unsurprisingly, this was followed by a sudden rash of identity theft.
THEN, after all that, they were awarded the contract to repair the roof.
Unmanned aircraft can only operate in controlled airspace with a Letter of Agreement from whoever in the FAA owns that airspace. And then, only one UAS can be operating in that airspace at one time.
That being said, the Falcon is just a big R/C plane. It's not the sort of UAS that would operate in controlled airspace anyway. It most likely flies well below what the FAA is in charge of.
As to FEMA's authority... Go read the executive orders that empower them sometime. They can do anything they want, including drafting civilian "consultants" and forcing them to perform services without compensation during an emergency. They are a very scary group of people who I wouldn't want to ever have anything to do with.
After just finishing up a little over five years working "with" (note I didn't say "for") the Federal Government, I can kinda understand. If there's no line item in the budget for a replacement fax machine, they are being honest that they can't do anything about it until October. Someone could, quite literally, make a federal case about it.
I remember throwing $600 graphics cards in the trash because we didn't have a budget for shipping them back for repair/replacement, but we DID have a budget for buying new ones.
Well, if our government actually worked like it was supposed to, Congress could hold that member of the Executive Branch in "Contempt of Congress" for lying to them... But Congress is totally cool with the NSA doing this, so that would be silly on their part.
As a "paywall", I agree, these subscription channels are doomed. But they don't have to be a paywall.
Instead, you could have something like "Geek and Sundry Insider" that gives you early access to content, back-stage and/or making of, etc. to dedicated followers of the FREE channel who would like to show their support and get a little something more. I pay $5/mo for one "channel" of content here, so I don't see how paying $2/mo for additional access to a great YouTube channel is that far fetched.
Mike Rogers: See, I never just did things just to do them. Come on, what am I gonna do? Just all of a sudden jump up and give your data to the NSA like itís something to do? Come on. I had a little more sense than that. [short pause] Yeah, I remember saying the NSA could have your data...
Reminds me of my hometown. They rolled out fiber a few years back. For some reason, the local cable company hasn't raised its rates there since, even though they've gone up a dozen or so times elsewhere in the country...