500 posts • joined 21 Mar 2007
Insert usual grumble about the term Drone
Seems to be an assumption that the only reason to fly a multi rotor is to take photos and make use of GPS functionality all the time.
I have a fat quad (450mm DJI) with Ardupilot, GPS et al and simply don't fly it, all my time is spent on a little 250mm machine with a £19 flight controller (Acro Naze) with expensive motors it was still sub £200, with cheaper motors it would be under £140.
Why prefer the simple machine, because I actually have to fly the thing rather than having the flight controller doing all the work (the quad copter equivalent of script kiddies), though the fact that hitting a rugby post at 30+ mph and the repair costing less than £2 may also have it's appeal ;)
I suspect activities such as the following may point to why multirotors appeal to people (more than simply ambling around under computer control anyway)
The Hubsan x4 is a fine trainer for anybody considering a larger machine, and a Blade Nano QX is an even better choice and are excellent in their own right as indoor entertainment.
No doubt we will now be requiring a multicore 32 bit processor just to flash the LED to indicate that there is a GPS lock.
No doubt everything will run on BASH and PYTHON scripts, require a harddrive, a couple of gig of RAM and an internet connection.
The cut and past coders are coming now APM is going to look like the MultiWii <shudder>
Used rotatable screens in the early 90s in the publishing industry (and they where old then)
As the solution existed it doesn't matter what method they patent as it is just an alternate implementation method of an old technology.
Re: @Version 1.0 - Knee Jerk Off
The Definition of a Hand-Held Mobile Phone
The Regulation includes any "device, other than a two-way radio, which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data".
By that definition my wife is a mobile phone as she isn't a two way radio, which provides interactive communication and as far as I am aware she is also capable of receiving data (though she is usually transmitting)
Maybe my memory is poor
But I seem to remember programmable shaders and GPUs long before nvidia had them (and I was using their products back in the TNT days)
Of course the patent people don't actually bother to look and see if Prior Art actually exists (because they don't understand what they are issuing patents for)
Re: Recent news on Page 2
Hmmm I think you probably have never done anything that would justify the time taken, therefore you are simply jealous.
Re: He needs the attention, but still...
My view on this is simply that there where (and still are) superior whistle blowing websites out there.
Non of their 'founders' found it necessary to change their mobile phone every couple of days and travel incognito and only stay in associates homes.
Additionally the other sites always seemed to release more relevant information than WikiLeaks used to reveal.
But then again the likes of Cryptome (for example) didn't have a narcissistic (oops sorry charismatic) leader, who tried to claim ownership of stolen material (sorry Julian it's not yours).
You also fucked over just about everybody that did support you, threw crap at the Guardian when you didn't get your own way and you are still bleating.
BTW you where a shit hacker and coder too
If you are going to print it try this version
Just the straight version for printing purposes, none of the parchment effects.
May not save paper but will be quicker and it will save a lot of toner
Re: Fe Fi Fo FUD, I smell the snake oil
Considering the number of cabbages that I get telling me that I can't fly multi rotors on the private land that they are in the process of trespassing upon.
It's shite like that which gets people like me threatened (and in some cases assaulted) because too many members of the public have a common ancestor than the rest of us mammals
Fe Fi Fo FUD, I smell the snake oil
Dear god almighty save us from idiots (like me if I have double posted this)
Firstly, oh look a paedophile has been mentioned, no the offender will not be flying a quad over your garden, most likely he is a family member or close friend. Maybe the offender is on the internet talking to your kids because you don't supervise what your kids are doing online.
But he/she is not flying a drone over your house
To the anti drone idiots. YES, you up at the top of this page
Have you ever encountered a quad copter or any of the variants, they are fucking obvious, if it's within 50 feet you then you can see and hear the big noisy flying thing. I will give you a hint it the thing in the air doesn't have feathers or fur.
If they are using the typical gopro or a mobius camera then they are making a hell of a lot of noise right next to you because it needs to be close due to the cameras being a bit crap for that soet of thing
Anybody else snooping is a professional and 50 metre range is no use to you, but then the camera isn't likely to be attached to a quad (between 5 & 20 minute flight time for what ordinary enthusiasts can afford.) It's probably poking out of their bedroom window or shubbery.
Signal jammer, what are you going to do jam 5.8GHz, 2.4GHz, 1.2GHz 900MHz (appx) and 433MHz ? Well in Europe that would be illegal, and you would have neighbours/police paying you a visit.
In the states your neighbour would shoot you for interrupting his WiFi, baby monitor, kids radio controlled whatever (car, plane, quad), video sender, home security system, remote controls.
Get the idea? (probably not)
For those who didn't read the product details.
You must configure those RF sources that are deemed to be OK, people have enough trouble setting a new password on their WiFi router and as for moving to a non interfering channel so will this work?
There's so many things wrong with this crap it's not funny meanwhile it's FUD all the way.
Summary of the product:
It's crap designed to take money off people and give almost nothing back.
Dollar must have devalued a lot
That's a hell of a high price to pay for an APM
He's a journalist why would you expect him to have any sort of technical competence?
As for his personality, this is his mealticket,
As for anonymous although they have done some interesting and even useful things for the most parts they're just a group of Kevins (as in Harry Enfield) shouting I'm not your slave and wanting everything their own way regardless of the lack of logic they apply (which is such a waste)
Enough idiots with quadcoptors
God it's bad enough without some company hiring the damn things to self-obsessed halfwits.
Yes I do have a couple of quads but unlike some I can actually fly the damn thing (still haven't been arsed to put a camera on any of them though)
Actually in the UK it's the lack of a church that defines a hamlet.
Corporate versions of PGP provide employers with the ability to decrypt employees encrypted messages
Hmm on the Alfa analogy
Every Alfa owner I have known has loved the cars but ditched them as they spent more time getting fixed.
Then again having seen other peoples suffering with HTC phones possibly it s a suitable analogy.
Although my wife and I both had the original HTC Desire and really liked them but between the poor update policy (and sense bugs that where never fixed) and the final insulting android release that didn't leave enough space to install even the most minimal apps it was time to switch.
Re: Here's what I think happened
Fraid not my phone got many reboots last night along with sim card changes etc and no joy.
Phone was left to charge about 2:30 and at 7:00 connectivity had returned (without a further reboot) at the time I thought I had a duff sim and didn't trust it. It wasn't until I phoned EE that I found out it was the network itself
Re: The story I have heard is below
Ah well that adds to the huge pile of absolute bollocks i hqve heard today (on several subjects)
Re: Still no EE in the North West Cumbria
If you are in Dundee don't bother with O2 (and more so with Giff Gaff) as the only service my daughter finds reliable there is 3
The story I have heard is below
The mobile reseller Ovivo closed down yesterday without notice <<< Danger Sign
Apparently they where using EE as their provider and when they shutdown their kit it buggered up EE
I lost service somewhere around 19:00 and found that I had service again around 07:00 this morning, though I was blaming a faulty SIM card (due to EE having no obvious status page) as my wifes phone/SIM (T-Mobile) continued to work regardless (yes I exchanged SIM cards and the fault followed the card)
As I'm just outside Belfast I suspect the issue was more to do with routes to wherever the authentication servers exist rather than the actual mobile network
Shall we play a game
Lets call it Name the idiot that annoyed the admin.
It's funny how people expect storage on a phone to be sandboxed yet they don't expect it on a desktop or laptop for example. The developer should be looking after the saved data properly even if a sandbox is in place.
Yet there's so much whining going on now that Google are restricting the ability to write to SD card, however and whenever a developer wants.
No doubt sandboxing of data is on the way (now that KitKat permits automated cleanup of directories after an app is uninstalled)
If I released such an application then the data would be encrypted right from the start and the encryption key would NOT be easily available.
<sigh> Oi you stop shouting nonsence from the shallow end </sigh>
So I'm a moron for having a life, oh dear seems a little knowledge and a lack of useful things to do has made you think you have a valid opinion
Strangely enough the unaptly <sic> named Superhub, provides me with reasonable cover around the house, and generally works.
Why would I waste my time and money switching it to modem mode and installing an unnecessary wireless router?
If I want US Netflix I will stick with using a VPN service.
Firefox is a non standard option, therefore Dell will charge for the install.
As for installing it on all Dell machines, have you see the whinging that people do when they have something installed that they don't want, they start filing class actions on the manufacture for wasting their storage space.
I point you towards Samsung phone users complaining about the ANT drivers being installed (they're threatening court action)
Anyway if somebody needs Dell to install Firefox for them then they probably shouldn't be allowed to own a PC in the first place.
Please don't whinge about large rollouts as if you haven't got a suitable infrastructure to rollout required software to users then you probably shouldn't be involved with those machines in the first place.
2 months on 4G (or is it really 3.5G?)
I switched from T-Mobile to EE (well it's not really a switch) and I have to say that my coverage has improved and I happily get 4G connectivity in work and at home (previously I was lucky to get 3G at all in work)
However elsewhere it's all 3G and I can't see 3G being switched off for years, as for good old GSM I can't see it ever leaving.
Pity about the cover
Without the cover it looks excellent.
With the cover it's a case of Oh well!
See the iMitten string comment
Probably see a lot more iPads in the windows of Crack Converters when the criminals from the Met.
I also assume that they will only want white ones
Re: Wrist Tether ?
Well the apple users could have two iDevices and have them tethered like the idiot mittens of old
I the rest of the report is read
It's not only based on insurance claims, drop & submersion tests (and other slightly testable things) but their analysis of the construction and materials used.
I dunno about anybody else but I would pretty much expect my phone to expire if it was submerged, and would view it as a bonus if it could do a Lazarus impersonation.
We haven't killed any of them for almost a week
Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992
Funny enough I found my PC-1500 in the attic a couple of days ago.
I also have one of the Ti portables which I will have to find (wish I had the cassette interface for it)
Re: Not DRONES just Radio Controlled Pests...
Can't use internal combustion engines in quads as they're steered by varying the motor speeds therefore electric motors have to be used (please don't mention an on board engine driving a generator)
Also unless the recipient lives within a couple of miles of an Amazon warehouse it sin't happening as the range simply doesn't exist.
As for ditching the parcels in the garden, that's bad enough at the moment with the alleged couriers we have to suffer.
Proof of delivery may be interesting with amazon answering saying well as you didn't have a garden we fucked it onto your roof, by the way can we have our quad back.
The Masters device ?
Is it just me or should The Masters Tissue Compression Eliminator not be reassigned to Captain Jack as it does look remarkably like a teenagers drawing of cock & balls ?
I like the road signs
They show where Apple are going, in this case it's straight towards
Wait for it.....
More of the same!
Which is what all the fan boys and media types want
Re: Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing
Oh dear you are relying on HoPo for information.
Sorry you are about 5 months behind the story
Has anybody ever seen an Oracle rollout that actually worked.
Actually has anybody seen an Oracle all encompassing solution that actually worked never mind at rollout.
Sorry just bitter about at the amount of tweaks we had to carry out because you have to do things the Oracle way (catering for the things that the back end just can't quite manage to do)
I have to say that I hope that they ditch the Indian team as they don't seem to understand that I am I am not phoning because I wish to buy additional service or because I am generally wishing to increase the size of my VM bill.
When I say I do NOT want these additional services, I am not being coy, I honestly don't want some irrelevance that only costs me £3.50 per month for the first 3.742 months of the 700 year contract you wish me to take
Apart from that (and the very expensive land line costs) VM have been OK.
The Scottish folks who have had to fix the upset that the Indian team causes have been very good and I hope nobody annoys them
Re: Of course they would say that
Today the fingerprints are NOT passed onto the NSA (et al) and are stored securely
Couple of updates later the fingerprints ARE uploaded to the NSA for secure storage.
Wonder if every ios future update will be checked by the security types for what happens to the data
How can Corel relive their glory days when they didn't have any.
Apart from a brief period when Corel Draw was the choice of backstreet vinyl cutters everywhere?
Corel was where tolerable software went to die (a bit like Computer Associates)
If using a spektrum receiver you would want to use Preset Failsafe rather than the default Hold Last Command failsafe mode.
With my APM 2.5 RTL (return to launch) is triggered on signal loss providing Preset Failsafe is used (otherwise the bugger simply lands wherever it happens to be)
Can't speak for Futaba kit as it's too expensive for me
Threadlocker isn't CA
Although they are from the same family they are not one and the same.
BTW one of the reasons that threadlock tubes are deliberately almost empty is because it will spontaneously harden if there is no air in the bottle, in the case of CA it's water that will cause curing.) Electrochemical reactions also causes threadlock to cure (also unlike CA)
Only DSMX does the frequency hopping, DSM2 simply selects appropriate channels on startup and sticks with them (I have seen the problems this causes once flying things get near electrical substations and other sources of noise)
Radio 4 Today broadcast
According to IDS his it was all the IT vendors fault as they did not understand what universal credit was.
Additionally all he did was say how the previous government stuffed things up, that was 3 years ago, you have been making your own mistakes for over 3 years, grow up
From my peripheral experience of the NHS disaster that's because the customer (DWP & Mr IDS) didn't know what they wanted and couldn't actually define what the system was supposed to do.
When they could define it then some empire building uncivil servant decided they wanted something else and the IT supplier was forced to implement frig thin to include these arbitrary changes.
Yeah the provider didn't understand the system because you move the goalposts every 20 minutes and the difference between what you need and what you want (a profusion of petty fiefdoms)
Probably didn't look too hard
Probably only went into the local Tesco Metro.
I managed to pick up a Nook from Sainsburys in mid May, here where still many available for ages after that in several Tesco and Sainsburys branches as I considered picking up a couple simply to play about with the hardware.
Maybe they heard of quantum entanglement
and therefore mistakenly believed that destroying one copy would cause all other copies to vanish as well
So how can the rest of the world vote the NSA away, or GCHQ for that matter.
Having spent 3 says trying to get shitty Oracle products working via a content switch, where the Oracle support team where telling us not to do completely normal things because their products couldn't cope with it.
Re: Only a matter of time.
Wondering about which time warp you fell through regarding locks and cars, the shitty wafer locks are long gone.
It isn't a lock problem it's a nature of cars problem, they have windows, doors made of folded sheet metal and often a fabric roof. 'Tumblers are easy to deal' what a glorious almost politician like generalisation with well lets see you deal with an Assa Flexcore with anything other than a power drill or breaking the door in question
In the UK immobilizers have been compulsory for years (and most of Europe) unless you have something very old (or shit) nobody is stealing it unless they have the keys or something that attaches to the management port and even then it's only for entry (unless they have fucked up real bad)
Even Ford started using the Tribbe system in the early 90s, yeah you can punch the lock out but the immobiliser takes stops the car from moving (as I suffered back in 95 but the car didn't move)
If a car hasn't an alarm then they just spread the door, it's the work of seconds, but the car is still not going anywhere (if it has an immobiliser)
Hence you end up with a house break in and potential torture (as described by another comment)
A fair example of the tools available for car entry are shown here http://shop.multipick-service.com/?language=en and you will find that the electronic options are limited to particular mfgr / mode / and date of manufacture
David Thewlis, Ray Park or Andy Serkis
I went for Serkis but only if he plays him with aspects of Gollum
Matt Berry was missing from the list though, Dr Who with an aspect of Douglas Renyholm would have me watching every week
Only locked in the US?
So do they not thing that shipping the phone overseas and then unlocking it doesn't circumvent their DCMA legislation?
Dear US Verizon subscribers
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