603 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
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.
Re: don't forget train ticket barriers....
Ah yes... the underground...
I soon realised I had to wait for the person infront of me to actually GO THROUGH the barrier...
since By default you swipe as you are already walking into the gate.
So of course, there oyster card has expired, but muggins behind swipes his ticket.
voila, they scoot through on your ticket.. leaving you then wondering for a second why your ticket isn't working before realising what's happened.
it look a few times for the penny to drop. I'm pretty sure this is an accepted way of using the underground without paying...
So now I wait until punter in front has actually got gate to open and has departed before my ticket is fed into the thing.
I still often wonder how foreigners manage not to get lost on platforms with more than one line - as LU still seem to expect that simply specifying that the next train is for 'BARKING' will endow the perspective passenger with the magical knowledge that it is on the hamersmith and city line, and that they need to memorise every single stop on the circle line and wait for a train with one of those on the front to get on the circle line....is it so fucking difficult to put: "H&C: BARKING' or "CIRCLE:EMBANKMENT"
don't forget train ticket barriers....
For 18 months I have been travelling down once a week from ipswich to heathrow.
I get a return ticket (£116 a week !!!!!)
On getting to the automated barriers at liverpool st, it refuses the ticket.
After 2 or 3 weeks of this, I realised it was not just a shit ticket - but an inherent problem - so started queuing up with the season pass holders for the one human at one side of the 10 barriers right away rather than wasting my time trying the fucker in the machine, and have to show that to him every week.
Around 1 time in 3 he still insists that I try it - which of course I have to do even after telling him it won't work... and it doesn't work.
ah... you are thinking - why don't you sort this at the source!
well... after about 6 months, I remembered one monday morning while getting my ticket.
"Er.. see these tickets you give me. I get them every week. They never work in the automatic barrier at liverpool street"
train grunt: "Oh"
"Yeh.. I mean I'm not talking about now and again, I mean every week for 6 months. I'm assuming since they work for most folk, that your system has some sort of bug in it and is screwing up tickets which end in heathrow somehow"
<pause> i am silently stared at.
"er... I just though maybe you'd like to know the details... maybe you could pass them on to someone. you know - it's probably affecting other people and other routes going by the number of other people I see having their tickets refused by the barriers"
<pause> I am still silently stared at.
"right then... er... goodbye"
that was 12 months ago.
they still don't work.
To be fair the train ticket grunt is still about 4x quicker at issuing a ticket than the asthmatic automatic ticketing machine - which seems to have cornered the market in 1980s dot matrix printers and takes around 1 minute (which is a loooong fucking time when you are waiting there) to print out 3 ticket parts.
Re: Still too expensive
"Oh dear, oh dear.
You know that a .Mov is an Apple format?
Try opening a wmv file with a Apples default player....same result."
funny enough, 15 years in the video industry means, yes I do know that.
Show me a camera that saves to wmv format numpty ?
Re: Still too expensive
users don't use operating systems, they use applications.
when you are using photoshop, facebook, etc it doesn't matter a fuck to most users what the OS is.
most have only the absolute minimum knowledge of a file system, etc - all they need to do is click on an app to start it.
The reason osx sells is because of the 'ilife' (as was) suite - that's what users USE.
microshaft, still don't get that. I couldn't believe when I got a windows 8 laptop last year*, that it still couldn't open a .mov file from my camera with mediaplayer.
out the box users get all the basic apps they need - email, browsing, video editing, photo editing, messaging and can even get into music editing.
out the box windows users 9x out of 10 get a piece of shit laptop which has been loaded with crapware, none of which is actually useful and slows the thing to a crawl - leaving the user having to work out how to get rid of the shite, or end up paying for norton AV and god knows all what... and still leaving them trying to edit their videos with the world's shittest video editor.
None of this was anything to do with what OS is on the machine, and everything to do with the diametric apposite approach each company takes to packaging and marketing there product.
stu (100% osx since 2007)
*it now runs osx.
Re: Broadcast TV is a dinosaur
I mean sending a tv program over the air by broadcast to everyone.
So they all have to watch it at the same time.
Then later we invented video recorders, and then HD recorders to try and get around these limitations technology imposed (the fact that the only way to get a tv program was to broadcast it).
But you still have a situation where every program got sent out - once. unless you set your own device to record it you are stuffed. or you hoped for a 'repeat'.
what the hell is the point of that ? It makes no sense now that there are more efficient ways of getting you that tv program - on demand, when you want it.
So no need to BROADCAST it to everyone. No need to hope you knew it was on and recorded it.
'oh I've missed reading the latest dawkins book. never mind it might be repeated in a few years' - makes no bloody sense at all does it ? And yet we've been programmed to treat TV media differently from books... and expect a program to be transmitted to our house at a certain time, where we either have to watch it then and there, or be responsible for recording it ourselves to watch later.
I've not watched broadcast tv since 2000 when I got my first tivo. From 2004, I stopped having any mechanism to watch broadcast tv (live or locally recorded). I was tv programs and films when I want, though netflix, amazon prime, or downloaded.
broadcast tv is ridiculous if you stand back and thing about it - but one we've got used to thinking is normal and makes sense, when it makes no sense at all.
Broadcast TV is a dinosaur
Put it out its misery once and for all and kill it.
It's an anachronism from the 20th century we've grown up with through technological limitations.
I bought a smappee (smappee.com) 2 weeks ago.
Don't buy one - they are utter shite.
most of features don't work, support is terrible and app is flaky.
and I wonder if they'll cover what happened in Africa ?
Re: Quick bit of reasearch found
that's the 'female' robot out of WallE yeh ?
I mean, that's good going an' all.. just wondering what the relevance is.
Daily Show Reviewed the Google Glass
I especially like the bit about explorers.
Hows is it legal ?
Because it's Paypal - they have an almost complete monopoly and can do whatever the fuck they want, unregulated (they are not a bank).
don't like it ? go somewhere else.
what's that ? there IS nowhere else ?
sure, you can reopen your account.
that is class.
I like the fact he keeps going and keeps going - does he really think that as he pisses this customer off more and more and yet thinks he's gonna keep the guy.
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