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apple: no

microsoft: maybe

dell: if you're a developer, ok for now

weird small linux manufacturers: duuuuuude try a drag of this one, maaaaaaaan, it'll make you see the bits in your miiiiiiiiiind

"This is the 'E' key. You can tell because when you press it, it goes 'eeeeee eeeeee eeeeeeee'..." --describing a squeaky bassoon key to my partner.

The Esperanto for 'Long time' is 'Longatempe.'

Ok, so the Harley Quinn show is a mix of the animated bits of Tank Girl and The Tick basically

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Oddly, drones over 0.55kg must be registered, though ultralights up to 254 pounds do not.

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Also you must keep your drone within visual line of sight of you, or of an assistant who is within sight of you.

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Recreational drone flight is limited to at or below 400 feet above ground in uncontrolled space. If you want to fly in controlled space near an airport, you have to request permission through -- I shit you not -- the FAA's "DroneZone" web site.

There's general don't harass people, don't fly unsafely, don't get in the way of emergency services rules.

Oregon has additional rules against weaponizing a drone...

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Another possibility is drones -- what in my youth we called "remote-controlled airplanes" ;)

Modern drones are available in both helicopter and fixed wing I think, and often offer a live video feed so you can fly from a first-person perspective.

I haven't looked up the regs and limitations yet on where you can fly...

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My read of the FAA regs is that I would be clear to fly an ultralight, as long as I did so safely.

This puts you in a slow airplane that you're only allowed to fly over open areas in uncontrolled airspace, so you're mostly only a danger to yourself if you try a maneuver you can't pull off!

There's no license required and it doesn't fall in the categories called out as requiring you to apply similar safety standards as the medical cert.

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So I looked more into the medical certificate requirements for flying and there's a problem: bipolar disorder is an instant disqualification.

I wouldn't qualify for the medical cert for a private pilot's license, wouldn't be legally allowed to fly with just my driver's license for a sport pilot license, and might or might not be legal to even fly ultralights, technically.

So that's a bummer.

Guess flight simulator is where it's at.

aviation, dreams, bureacracy 

In that class of aircraft, you're going at most 50-80% faster than highway speeds at cruise, and you're doing it without having to stick to a precise lane because you're in the air.

Takeoff and landing are where precision matters, and there you're going maybe low highway speeds in the Cessna or a smaller plane.

So I think I could handle it if I'm properly trained. :D

Ah well, after other things. Priorities!

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The easiest way to get my feet wet would be to take a quick 1-hour flight lesson in a Cessna 172 at a local small airport. It'd run a couple hundred bucks, and I wouldn't have to commit to long-term training to do it.

Basically they take you up, show you how everything works, give you a go at the controls, and that's about it if you're not trained for takeoff/landing yet, I think. ;)

But that would give me a better idea of if I'm as comfortable at the controls as I am in a car.

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Ultralights would be a cheap way to practice solo flight, but I can't find anyplace around Portland that offers training or rentals.

Light sport aircraft cover the kind of flying I'd want to do (short and moderate distances under visual flight rules, under 10k feet). But the type of plane is restricted and I can't find any for rent or training locally.

I can find *lots* of Cessna 152 and 172s for rent, though, and I'd need to go for a private pilot license to fly them.

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May eventually pursue real-life flight training to do recreational flying. Just reviewing the landscape for future planning...

There's three main groups of aircraft with different licenses needed in US:
* ultralights require no license, but are limited by physics & law
* light sport aircraft need sport license with modest training requirements, but no night or instrument flight
* private pilot license needs 2x the training, but allows bigger planes & can go for instrument rating

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"Element Worklet" by Jason Miller jasonformat.com/element-workle

Interesting idea. We really need simpler ways to use Web Workers. The current system is too hard to make portable. (How do you "ship" a custom element that automatically uses a background thread? Answer: not without a ton of extra effort.)

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fuck all y'all, i now have a president who's less shitty

LESS SHITTY IS ENOUGH TO CELEBRATE

but there's more work yet to do

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