615 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
1985 on holiday in spain, aged 14.
On previous holidays I had discovered that the 2p was an exact match for the 25 peseta….
So here I was on holiday, having brought with me my bag of 100s of 2ps…
and the machine the hotel pub had was GnGs…
I must have played it for hours and hours over 2 weeks, and I remember actually finishing it - it's the only arcade game I've EVER finished to this day.
poor bastard owner who came back, picked out the full heavy coin box thinking 'awesome' only to discover it was full of british 2p…. but hey ho.
4k video editing
Thats the real USP - for still photos, etc there's no real need to see every pixel 1-to-1 for your work, but with video editing there is - shifting about a zoomed window just doesn't cut it.
We've already got the first of the true consumer 4k cameras out with the go pro 4 black, more will undoubtedly follow.
For now, my workflows are all 1080p which my current retina MBP and iMac 27 both allow space to view 100% within FCPX with room for the interface, but even the go pro 3+ shoots in 2.7K - which can't be viewed in FCPX full size as its about the same resolution as the whole display.
So they'll be a quick pick up from pros shooting 4k now, and over the next year as more consumer 4k cameras come on the market, it's going to become more and more attractive to these folk.
Lots of things are hard.
But they were a shit lot harder when you were trying to do them with a slide rule…
which was how these antiques where made.
you can refurbish all you want, but micro-fractures, etc in metals and alloys are bound to form and be undetectable after 50 fecking years !
And is it so 'hard' now ?
Now we have computers to do the grunt work and 75+ years of experience ? The success of space X says - NO it isn't. It's a piece of fucking piss. It needs good people and lots of cash - but its not more difficult than engineering the latest retina iMac.
the 'its not rocket science' line is 75 years old and it's passed its sell date.
Using stuff that was knocked out before we'd even invented transistors and that's been designed on A2 paper draft boards is fucking mental.
Space X must be gloating away. And maybe NASA is thinking whether their 'we'll take the lowest bidder' approach is maybe a bit fuckwitted after all...
That in 2014... they felt they had to (or could) use 55 year old engines...
I mean WTF....
I do. I cycle around 1000 miles a year.
the cars for for grocery runs, long trips, etc, etc
I get 17/18 on little 3 mile trips to the station and back, but on longer motorway driving 25 is the norm.
But again, its an irrelevance unless looked at within the whole 'pence per mile' idea.
I do 4k a year - so 4-500 quid difference a year between 25mpg vs 50.
then factor in the fact my depreciation is about 1000 a year.
that's 1500 quid a year without servicing, etc)
your brand new pugget will have cost you 5-8k the first year alone. But... ooo you've saved 400 quid on fuel. yippee doo.
I dunno. maybe, but I have 2: my other one is a 2000 BMW M Roadster.
And I've had no problems ever with that either.
And even when the odd things goes wrong and needs fixing, its costing you less to service than the main dealer rates your paying for your brand new pugget tin can. So you can afford to have to replace the odd component and still come up tops.
On the other hand the amount of things that have gone wrong with mates cars that always buy new is as long as my arms.
Saying the above, having had both now for 10 years nearly, I'm ready for a change, and plan to punt em both in for an SLK 350 2005/6. Again - it'll be a 8/9 year old car, which was 40k new, but I can pick up for 12k. And I expect to get another 10 years of pretty much hassle free cheap motoring for less than the cost of a brand new piece of tin crap.
What a horrible plasticky piece of crap.
I run a 2001 4.4 v8 x5.
It's got everything from double glazing, 12 airbags to TV and 300hp.
It cost 70k fully specced up in 2001.
But I bought it in 2006 for 15k.
8 years later it's every bit the same as it was when it came off the production line.
My depreciation costs are less in 8 years than nearly ANY new car you buy will be after a year.
It does 25mpg. So the fuck what ? It doesn't go wrong. My COSTS are less than this thing would be per month.
Now you may hate bmws, you may hate 4x4s. Hopefully you will however realise that is not the point....
Even smart people who are aware of stuff like cost per mile, etc still seem to fixate on mpg.
If you really want cheap transport :
1. Don't buy new
2. Don't buy new
3. Don't buy new
4. Buy a 5 year old luxury car. From the body work, interior fitting to the large low stressed engines they are run and run and run. BMW, merc, Porsche, top range Audi whatever...
Oh...and finally I'd swear blind that by NOT causing another car to be manufactured my old x5 is a damn site greener than this thing too.
No jailbreak yet
So there's yer problem....
Youtube does pay creators
I'm a wee fish on youtube - but I've had about 480,000 views so far - will probably hit 500,000 by xmas.
Most of my videos are 'monetized' where I've been bothered enough to not use copyright music.*
It makes me about 50 quid a year.
It obviously makes youtube/google a lot more, when they are prepared to give me 50 quid - at 1%, maybe they make 5000 quid a year out of me advertising wise.
that's a pretty good deal for them - which is why google have billions and I have 50 quid....
However, if they now say 'you get FA now if a viewer pays us the advertising revenue we are losing... then I want 1% of that too... basically I should still get my amazingly generous 50 quid.
If I don't - f&ck of youtube, hello Vimeo.
(safe for work)
*which I don't get either - so basically here I've still created 90% of the content, just not the music, but google take this as sufficient reason to keep all the ad revenue there... wtf is that about. makes no sense. If the music companies weren't so much up there own arse they would actually REWARD me for using one of their tracks in my video. fuckwits.
So they are saying they died out BEFORE big whales, which could then become big ?
Or that they died out at the same time as whales were already big (and could then propogate over the world).
I mean... what are the theories for why they died out ?
1. climate ?
2. lack of food (but surely even medium sized defensless whales would be pretty easy eating).
3. dislike of whale meat ?
4. only eat fish, and all the fish eaten by the whales ?
5. left earth before first vogon fleet ?
6. shark-ebola ?
was the car of my late teens I dreamed of wanting.
The westfields always had a bit more panache about them imho.
21k for a 660cc caterham is silly money though. If you want to do this sort of thing - get a bike engineer kit or buy one someone else has stuck together. You can pick one up for 8 or 9k.
Infinite Monkey Cage
If you've never listened to it - worth a listen. podcasts available too.
Re: The company also bumped up the hardware specs on the Mac Mini with faster processors
"I was waiting for the new models to consider getting an iMac; now I'm wondering if I should be trying to buy the previous generation (where do you get those from now)?"
apple reburb store.
I was hoping i also might get a bargain 'last gen' one to replace my core 2 duo job I have just now which is my 'entertainment centre' at the moment in the living room.
Re: 400 feet rule
FPV does yes - and if FPV then you are under 722 for sure - therefore 400 feet maximum.
But as I say, still not safe from colliding with 'real' aircraft was my point.
If you are not flying in an autonomous mode, and not flying 'remotely' (which I interpret as FPV), then I interpret 722 as not applying at all -since it only applies to 'UAS's which are defined as
-remoted piloted or autonomous aircraft.
FPV org has a similar view to me:
So you have 393 to adhere too. So you've got to stay 50m away from other people.
But if you have eyes like a hawk and want to fly up to 2500 feet (which i did a few weeks ago) with your quadcopter - provided you DONT fly FPV, and DONT let it fly autonomously, this is within the law of CAP393 I believe since CAP393 specifies no maximum AGL - simply that the operator must be able to clearly be able to see the aircraft 'visual line of sight' to control it.
I mean, yer not gonna make a habit of it probably - so just an anal point really.
The main thing is dispelling this 'you don't need to worry about aircraft below 400 feet' rumour.
Also stating the obvious - that you are subject to exactly the same airlaw as any other aircraft - and therefore if you live in an area which has no CLASS G airspace, then I believe you will be breaking the law flying ? i.e. this would include london in it's entirety.
400 feet rule
Aircraft can fly lower than 400 feet... I can fly 5 feet above the ground if I want. provided I do not fly within 500 feet of any person/building/structure.
As a paramotor pilot I regularly fly much much lower than 400 feet.
the 400 ft limit - just for CAP 722 UAS is a weird one and has really more to do with the history of UAs than now.
Arguably, provided your quadcopter cannot fly autonomously, and you do not fly 'remotely' - i.e. via FPV - then it is simply a regular old RC plane. And therefore covered entirely by CAP 393 - no specific height limit - you are covered by CAP 393 'visual range' - and it is left to you to interpret that appropriately based on conditions, weather, aircraft type, eyesight, etc, etc.
great article - a nice beginners guide
I've been flying quads - big and small, off teh shelf and made from scratch for about 3 years now.
The X4 is indeed a great little item. And I have a few of them (I also fly the big boys).
But I'd recommend you get one of these babies.
1. it's only 18 quid inc postage (mine took about 10 days to arrive)
2. they have 'headless mode' (like the big boys have)
3. it has rubber feet and a better design than tha hubsan protecting the frame and motors from damage even when smashed into ground repeately.
4. it comes with prop guards making it pretty much indestructable (so far anyway!)
headless mode basically means it has a built in compass - so when you activate it pushing forward on the stick for example will always make the quad fly forward by the direction it was originally pointing in when activated (and usually it would be the way you are facing).
so even if the quad rotates/yaws around, forward is still forward. i.e. you don't need to try and keep it pointing away from you and/or learn to fly it coming towards you in reverse, etc.
Plus, it is more stable that the X4 - I've been flying mine all week in my hotel room - it's fecking awesome - in headless mode you can chuck it around the sky like a mentalist.
I can tell you it works fine on the old hudl.
no no no
it's a pun. must be.
something is waay too long. and has been so, for waay too long.
My bet in the ipad - it is very very long and thin.
I heard a rumour that is one will in fact be very very short, but fatter... with the screen innovatively on the fat side. In fact today, I can exclusively reveal that someone in the office just showed me one of these new 'Ipad-shorts'.
they are an absolute revolution !!!!
The old one was over 9 massive inches long!!!
Length: 240 mm (9.4 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches)
I have just measure the prototype I have been shown and here are its measurements:
Length: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches); Width: 169.5 mm (6.6 inches); Depth: 240 mm (9.4 inches);
it's a game changer I tell you!!!!!!!!
Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better
At least on east coast mainline 'abelio' backwater the wifi is nothing more than a hotspot for train mobile 3g connection. So it's as shit as the 3g coverage... which on the eastcoast mainline is utterly pathetic - there are about 3 or 4 spots during the 75 min journey between ipswich and liverpool st where you can get 3g.... most of the time it's between GPRS and no signal at all.
doesn't stop the wankers actually trying to CHARGE for the crap wifi right enough... on top of your 70 quid ticket.
I'm a veteran of leccy bikes
Got my first one in 2008 - which I still use weekly.
I also converted my mountain bike for offroad leccy use (1000w), and have a little folding leccy bike that is great for commuting and keeping in the campervan.
As others have pointed out, the time of 2000 quid leccy bikes was 6-8 years ago. there is no reason why a good leccy bike should cost any more than a good bike + 400 quid for motor/battery.
There are lots of kits out for DIY, and there are quite a few companies who will sell you one ready to ride in the UK.
Or of course there is the cheap chinese jobs which are ok if you just want an occasional electrified bike based on a <100 quid frame. Horses for courses.
My 6 year old one is a Trex 7.2FX by cytronex. Frankly I wouldn't recommend a cytronex, as I have since replaced all electrical parts with my own (new hub motor, wiring, controller and my own lipo) after numerous techincal issues. But the idea of starting with a good hybrid bike is definately the best approach imho.
As others have stated the UK law is every so slightly more sensible than EU law in not requiring 'pedalec' only mode - which is just bollocks. I like to let the motor work on its own sometimes on straights/uphills, and then other times, I put effort in. that's the way I like the ride - WTF point is there in forcing pedalling - it's moronic.
The 15mph is also far too low imho. If it was more like 20-25mph I think we'd see a bigger uptake on electric bikes - power to weight (inc the rider) they are the best suited form of transport for electrifying - and yet it's held back by moronic laws like 250w/15mph/pedalec(EU).
fat and live in a hilly area ? tough shit - your 250w motor won't get you up the hills and will pull you along at walking pace. what the hell sort of intensive is that to people.
There seems to be no logic whatsoever to the 250w rule any more than the top speed or EU pedalec thing other than to protect incumbent industries as far as i can see.
Also - remember that most companies offer the bike scheme now enabling you to save tax, etc.
I've got 5 of the things - 2 3+ blacks, 2 HD2s and an HD.
I've been using them for years for my adventure sports - paragliding, paramotoring, sky diving, scuba diving, snorkelling, motorcycling, mountain biking, etc.
There really is nothing to touch the quality of the optics on the 3+ (and now probably the 4) - pin sharp edge to edge at 170 degrees is awesome. Plus protune records in insanely high bit rate (40+) giving amazing artifact free footage.
The 3+ is a pro tool, the 4 will be too. TV programmes are full of gopro footage these days, from TopGear, to movies. It's the defacto POV.
I can shoot incredibly 3d footage with the 2 3+ next to each other (I make a wee 3d mount you can download from thingiverse if you want it), and mounted on a gimbal (I'm stu of stubilizer 'fame') the results take some beating.
here's Skye from the air:
Shooting at 2.7K in protune allows post edit cropping and still leaving crisp 1080p footage too.
Battery life is a bit pants (I use external lipo solution I built), but the 4 seems to have bigger batteries.
I am tempted by 4k - (both my macs are 3k screens) but for now, I'm gonna stick with my 3+s I think.
I think the budget one is the killer though - that's only a slight premium over the far inferior quality chinese jobs (SJ4000, etc) - with the great optics and decent sensor/ambrella chip I think they might have really chopped off the cheap chinese market.
I'm off to Menorca next week - and will be packing the gopro as always - this time, for some snorkelling footage (red filter on lens). :-)
Re: Windows control app support still missing?
You can control them from a PC relatively easily.
Have a look on the net.
The gopro runs linux, and the wifi interface presents a basic webserver.
You can use this to start/stop video, stream video, etc pretty easily with a basic script.
has anyone checked that Dolphins are not simply magnetic ?
I don't get Britain these days
We seem to not care about our rights anymore.
We have no freedom of speech - jail sentences for slogans on tshirts, for 'preaching hate', etc
We are happy to have our every move monitored (highest per capita CCTV cameras in the world)
We are happy to have our every move recorded (tescos clubcard, facebook ,etc)
We have let terrorism laws be re-purposed into use from everything down to stopping photography.
We are happy to have our internet censored and restricted, our phone calls recorded.
Even torture is seen by most of the plebian as a good thing, its benefits being extolled in films and on tv.
And we are happy to accept that it is all for our own good, that the government is wonderful, and that 'you've got nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide'.
I just don't get it. I really don't.
Utterly utterly mental.
I reckon if Teresa May came out in the press tomorrow with a new law requiring all muslims to wear a star on their jackets, it would pass with no more than a murmur.....*
*does that count as Godwin...
I still have my favourite music on my phone, but I also like listening to Blinkbox Music sometimes:
1. it's free. no CC required.
2. you can mark your favourite 'stations' to be downloaded in the background
3. you only get an ad every 3 or 4 songs so not too bad.
I like that I find artists 'like what i like' that I've never heard of. I then might go and buy there stuff from somewhere.
As your stations are kept updated and downloaded, it works on the train from norfolk (i.e. pre-mobile network), and the underground fine.
great reading that - and accurate.
I was just left wondering why the hell anyone goes into a SHOP to buy something like a phone anyway these days. I suppose it is just these segments that do surely ?
The last time I bought something electronic from a shop I think was about 1998.
love em or hate em
they made me 10 grand over the last 2 years in shares.
App store bring down
Can't be the tech. I dunno if they still use WebObjects though, probably not.
They used to in the early days - and web objects was awesome imho.
I'm biased as I cut my teeth on nextstep, openstep, EOF, and then web objects.
It shat all over J2EE well into the 2000s but just didn't have the market presence and wasn't core, so got more or less binned by apple (the WOF bit I mean... obviously openstep became OSX).
I'll be getting one
or an iwatch - I'll wait till tomorrow to decide.
I think you're missing the point.
1. they aint watches. they are a device that fits on yer wrist - so it gets compared to a watch, and frankly would be stupid to not tell you the time. But that's hardly the point of it.
2. For me anyway it's about custom apps, fitness apps, augmented screens, etc. I fly paramotors and paragliders and use a HUD build around a MOD Live at present running an app of my own devising that gives me all the info I need for flying on my HUD. I can see this 'watch' being useful for those kind of apps: make use of the gps, data, etc, etc on the parent device, but serve up just the basic easy to read info on the wrist app - so for example show me my alti, speed, closest airspace, wind speed, direction to home AZ, etc (as my MOD does), but far handier for more folk to wear than building a custom HUD into their helmet.
Same goes for stuff like cycling, running, etc. hence why it has pedometer, heart rate, etc build in. You don't want to be running along, taking your 5" phone out to see all the time - but a glimpse of the 'watch' is perfect. Clearly is you 'don't see the point of gadgets for running' then you're not the market.. but it doesn't mean there isn't one.
I am the only one that misread that ?
A fraction of the price
well yeh.. if the fraction is 8/3rds...
Sense 3d handheld scanner is just over 300 quid, has been out for over a year and does the same thing.
Wow, just wow.
The Morgan is like something Homer designed.
And the rest are pretty hideous too.
How the hell does Jay Kay still make enough money for these - who the hell is still being Jameroqui albums in 2014 ???
I'd suggest are an order of magnitude more competent than any other news org.
there's tv coverage, and website news is 2nd to none.
packaging lipos, etc
Make sure you don't get caught out with lipos, etc if this is going in hold luggage Lester. The rules are pretty strict now.
Or is it getting shipped ?
It might be worth trying to get someone like BA on board to 'sponsor' it a bit by providing assured hold transportation, etc ? It's flight related, GB first, etc, etc... they could be interested ? Let me know if you want to pursue and I'll find out some contacts (consulting at BA headquarters at the moment)
i don't get it
I fucking despair.
that, and the 10 million for a 'homer builds a cooler' kickstarter.
the world is full of fuckwits.
Nearly a year of living with my 3d printer now
Firstly, unless you are gonna learn CAD (solid works student edition for me), it's a waste of time.
printing out things other folk have built is not particularly useful - you might as well get them printed my shape ways or i.materialise, etc.
But once you've learned to build stuff yourself, if you are a DIYers or hobbiest, you really do find them useful.
ABS is actually remarkably solid for most stuff you'd want to use if for - from brackets, to door handles, to project containers, etc - I can print off a caribiner that will hold my weight in 30 mins for example - now that would be stupid - I'd buy a caribiner… and there is the issue - don't print out things you can BUY, you print out things you need that don't exist, or (as in the case of my Stubilizer project) prototype stuff.
If you are not a DIY/hobbiest or someone in need of prototyping - then don't buy one. If you are - you'll be wishing you bought one years ago. I've put through about 5kg of ABS in the last year - and had a lot of fun, learned new skills and build some cool stuff.
Time and time again thought you meet folk that ask 'have you printed a gun', and 'can i download and print something'… both of which is to entirely miss the point.
Daily show got it spot on
not a single mention of em....
I've seen alt.binaries.amazon-women.admirers.... no thanks.
Re: Western morality
'Hamas' do not fire missiles.
How can they, when the government of Palestine is not allowed an army ?
So what you have on one side, is a group of nutters, backed into a corner like a dog - don't be expected if it bites.
But they are not 'Hamas'. they are not the government of Palestine carrying out the wishing of the population. They are a bunch of nutters.
On the other side, we have a GOVERNMENT sanctioned army, killing civilians.
The equivalent would be Britain sending airstrikes on Dublin because the IRA bombed Manchester. It would be utterly moronic, immoral and pathetic.
And it's what Israel does every time. That, sir, is the difference.
Though clearly a pretty horrible thing to do, I can't help being a bit depressed by the coverage this gets in the western press.
This morning 6 children were blown/burned to bits by Israeli airstrikes.
It gets almost no coverage at all.
perhaps that also needs to be videoed and posted on facebook before the western media gives a shit....
Conscious IE users
I'd like to know the percentage of users out there who use IE as a conscious decision they have made, and not just because they were steered that way and/or it is the default in win7/8.
How many actually DECIDED to use IE after trying the rest ?
How many even KNOW there are other browsers ?
Most are unaware what a browser is.. it's just 'the internet'.
ActiveX on the one extreme and on the other, the moronic 'click here and download that file again if you want to download it because we didn't believe you the first time' on the other are two good enough reasons to consign IE to the bin.
It's painful enough using it for the 2 minutes it takes me to download chrome... to actually USE it...you'd have to be a madman.
ken arsehole monroe
ok.. I want to get some publicity from this crappy story.. what can I do…
aha … THINK OF THE CHILDREN !!
staklers…yeh yeh that'll do it.
Soya latte !!!,!,
Come and ask for that in Glasgow you big Jessie .
I just called me niece, who is 6.
She couldn't explain the difference between abstraction and encapsulation, and failed to name even one GoF pattern.
And frankly, her design diagram showing the main components of her bicycle and their interactions, was laughably inadequate.
Yup, it'll be basic 433mhz am signals.
2 quid gets you a set of tx/rx. another 2 quid gets you an arduino.
listen to the codes, repeat. job done.
this is how we can use arduino's to 'learn' to control remote power plugs, etc.
It's nothing new though.
Obviously fancier ones have rolling psuedo random codes, etc but I imagine many of them when reset start from the same seed too - so you just need to find the seed value to sync up.
I just use PTGUI.
chuck 100+ stills at it and it works a treat.
He does seem to be redesigning the wheel somewhat....
Interestingly my LG updated its firmware (700megs) a few weeks ago.
It came up and forces you to agree to the new privacy agreement, or no more smart tv.
I wonder if this is legal ?
I've never used the smarttv part tbh - it's plugged into my macmini and that's what I use all the time, so I gave it a 'yes' for an easy life, and knowing it won't be able to track anything.
however, it does seem a bit rich, effectively disabling your tv if you don't agree to changes in privacy conditions after an update.
here's someone detailing the same issue:
was it Douglas Adams that said something like 'the terribly sad thing about americans, is that they LOVE bacon, but they don't realise they are doing it wrong - it could be soooo much better'
summit like that anyway.
google is turning u a blank, so please correct quote and attributer commentards.
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