82 posts • joined 12 Jul 2011
Re: Insert usual grumble about the term Drone
It is for me.
The less entertainment, the better!
Anyway, flying things around is not new - RC has been around for 80 years. Things flying themselves around - that's different.
Re: And for something more specific...
At spiffy prices!
Good if you've got a Hollywood budget and you are replacing an even more expensive helicopter.
For software, I'm suprised the article doesn't mention ArduPilot (and developments thereof) given LOHAN.
I put together a hexacopter from various chinese bits and pieces for less than £200, loaded up Ardupilot, and now have a fully autonomous (automatic take off and landing) UAV.
I generally use it to take panoramic photographs by allowing it to take off straight up, hover at 50m or 100m, point at 8 compass points for 15 seconds each, and then land. I use a compact camera on auto (using CHDK). Works pretty well.
More complex flight patterns work fine but the simpler they are the easier it is to avoid flyaways.
This one can also be pre-programmed without carrying a laptop into the field.
No licence yet though - volunteering 'for amusement only'. I do adhere to the flight rules - insurance won't cover stupidity.
**much soldering and manual reading required**
Re: HTFU ^ -1
Yes - Rule 5!
An olde-fashioned touring bike or a modern but strangely very similar cross bike would be rather less than £2000.
If I get to 70 something, then maybe...
Still, I don't ride that far on a commute, so its easy for me to say.
I'd be even more shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, if there were unpatched vulnerabilities in these home network devices which left them vulnerable to attack even without the default passwords...
Re: Still missing critical feature
Judging by the local council recycling skip, no.
Re: sounds neato
Yup, another Neato here. Dyson marketing off on another planet again.
One day I might take the lidar out and re-purpose it. Its the cheapest way to acquire one!
Re: Geography & Data
No, it isn't.
The one in London has no immediate utility value in Lincoln.
Re: Despicable management.
The PA was there to discover the booby trap. A security guard should know that.
A crisis caused by your competitors would come and suddenly etc
In such circumstances you'd have to find somewhere else for the money, whence you end up down the investment or commercial bank road, or charge customers.
Alternatively, some of your shareholders might get a bit greedy and decide they want to do something else with the depositors money, so that they can get better returns.
Nice idea in theory though.
Доверяй, но проверяй.
Trust, but verify.
Re: Causes cancer, prevents cancer...
I will live forever, or die in the attempt
The first dose of pesticide in the morning
Most vegetables are trying to kill pests in one way or another, so they all contain various poisons. OK, we've bred some down to lower levels, but they are still there.
So when you eat your super-organic broccoli, you are consuming a cocktail of nasties, organic or not.
Anyway, sometimes those pesticides are good.
**Reaches for cup of tea**
The environmental benefits aren't entirely clear either. It may well be better for the local environment to produce organically, but if the productivity is lower, it means we have to have more land in agriculture. Which is better - less land farmed, or more land farmed at a lower intensity? Not that simple.
Re: No, thanks.
"Google Groups" are mostly just a wrapper around Usenet.
Posting on Usenet using unobscured email addresses has never really been a good idea - and 'never' goes back well before Google or even the WWW.
Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..
I get the same - funnily enough, it is also someone in Florida, who I managed to track down to an actual address based on the email content.
Unfortunately I can't find their real email address, which they obviously have a habit of getting wrong.
The dot has no meaning in Gmail.
No leaflet here
I have definitely not received any leaflet in the post, combined with junk mail or not. Nor has anyone else I know in the local area.
Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"
"Very tiny" according to Ms Hodge. I'm not sure I'd call a couple of million shares 'tiny' if they are worth over £1m. That's just those in her name, as opposed to trust funds.
She may have no say in how the company is run, but she could always give away the shares if she doesn't want to benefit.
Anyway, the Islington children's care business was far worse.
Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"
Not just you.
Hodge and her family own a multimillion pound business called Stemcor (founded by her father) that indulges in just the same kind of tax avoidance that she criticises ("Transfer Pricing"). I believe her personal share is worth well north of £1m, although a lot more than that is held in trust funds (wonder why).
There isn't anything illegal about any of this, it is just a bit hypocritical when she goes off on one.
Golf club != Golf course
A golf club, like any 'club' anywhere, no matter what the premise for it, is a place to avoid.
A golf course is something different (and some manicured US style horror is not a golf course).
I'd like to seem them use that thing on the dunes of a links course in a good westerly.
Come for a jaunt round Machrihanish if you don't think it can be good exercise.
I'm from the government and I'm here to help...
Or, for the really adventurous.
It isn't infallible - our local area has tree loss in an arable field which has always been an arable field, so perhaps a change in crop has fooled the algorithm.
It doesn't seem to have coped very well with the moorland vegetation in the UK, either.
However, as a broad brush to spot the major problems - pretty good!
Odin the Wanderer
Sounds more like Wotan/Odin in his earthly disguise as the Wanderer.
He was also supposed not to meddle, but of course, did. Not that it always had the intended consequences...
Perhaps all those Norse Gods are really Time Lords?
Re: Register Red of course!
Ah but the Vulcan wasn't originally camo-coloured. Nuclear flash white, please!
I'd go for the all-over metallic silver look, though does the weight of the paint need to be taken into account?
Re: Complete failure
Surely to draw the middle of the pack you should be using some sort of non-parametric estimation for the density of the points and then calculating a 50% contour...?
You could then draw the axes through the centroid of this and turn it into the crosshairs of doom.
Of course, however you present it, it is still nonsense (tm).
I still use one. Why not?
I also have an N900. Great and terrible, at the same time. A reminder what could have been...
All these government project cock-ups have a single common factor.
Paris, because she knows all about the cause of cock-ups.
It may still be Google but at least they don't know who you are (in theory).
Thanks for the link - yes, that's the one.
Even some of Williams' arrangement is similar, although of course it isn't an exact copy.
Of course, Korngold was inspired by Sibelius (part of Finlandia) for some of that...
Re: he does steal them quite well. :-)
All art is 'borrowed' to some extent.
I think Williams acknowledged Korngold, and he can hardly do otherwise of Steiner (an early film composer) and ultimately Wagner for the leitmotif idea. The rest (Prokofiev, Walton, Holst, Dvorak, etc) aren't around to complain...
Brahms was told that he'd ripped off Beethoven in his 1st Symphony and his only response was "Any ass can see that". That doesn't mean it isn't worth listening to.
Almost all of John Williams scores are derived from classical or earlier works.
That isn't unusual for composers though, and as long as you do it well, nobody really cares. I'm getting downvoted below for suggesting he "steals", which of course he does, but in a good way.
For instance, listen to the "Cloud City" theme in Empire Strikes Back, then the opening violin solo in the Sibelius Violin Concerto. You'll find Holst, Stravinsky and Walton in the original film, too.
Composer of the main theme? Well, arranger, maybe...
See if you can find the main title to King's Row (1942), music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
He'll have to find some more themes to steal...
...though to be fair, he does steal them quite well. :-)
I'll stick with the Wagner Leitmotifs though (where do you think the idea of associating characters and actions with themes came from?)
Fair point, but...
A sharp bend after an 80km+ straight? Especially just after exiting a tunnel. A bit odd, don't you think?
The carriages clearly did separate. There have been a number of other derailments of high speed trains where the carriages stayed coupled and entire, and there was little or no loss of life. This was obviously in a dangerous environment (concrete cutting) but they look (from pictures, not tabloid reports) to have come apart very easily. Looks like the resuts you would get running a commuter train at HST speeds.
And quite obviously there was no working automatic protection...
Governments operating within the law should have nothing to fear from whistleblowers.
After all, if they've got nothing to hide, they've got nothing to fear, right?
Re: they are doing it all wrong!
Have you tried flying a quad in a 30 knot wind whilst your boat is going up and down in an 8m swell? Good luck with that. I also suspect you'd get motion sickness in about 5 seconds.
Of course, you might have been joking.
This is the kind of thing you need, but it might take a few goes...
It clearly isn't the politicians that come up with these ideas. Someone 'persuades' them by telling all sorts of horror stories.
Who is the ringleader in the civil "service" at the Home Office? That's where the problem lies.
The 17 years bit is interesting tho'.
Any species specific predators or parasites would have a hard time matching their emergence, what with it being a prime number.
Doesn't stop all the generalists having a cicada munching party, mind.
Really? Define "waste of money".
I have a cheapo £100 weather station and it is accurate enough for me. There is no way I can put it in a suitable grass field with no trees or buildings around it, so what's the point in using a £20k one? I'm not doing it for research (and indeed, some of the expensive climate stations aren't exactly located properly, either).
The rainfall figures are pretty accurate, and it shows pressure changes during interesting events even if it isn't calibrated to the nth degree.
This looks interesting for the pollutant measurements - but not really for 'weather' as such.
I don't think it is the Home Secretary that is ever in charge, that is the problem.
Civil servants come to whoever is the current incumbent with all sort of scary stuff which frightens them into making these decisions.
The previous government were just as bad (if not worse) on the snooping, but I expected this one to tell them to sod off rather more. Sadly I was wrong. Hopefully some of the more libertarian members of the Tory party will decide to vote against.
Nope. Which is why I still use it!
Re: They should clearly axe the obsolete standard
200 million plus radios for the tip (for example, I have 6 FM radios in use at home).
A large increase in energy consumption.
For what, exactly?
Re: The wasp is a relative of species which today are parasites on both spiders and their eggs.
Parasitic wasps are really really nasty. I believe John Hurt played the part of the spider/caterpillar in a film once...
Yes, in the sense that North has nothing to do with the magnetic field.
No, in the sense that the axis of the Earth's rotation does in fact wobble around a small amount...
Re: "...stream music over-the-air directly to audio equipment - without the need for Wi-Fi."
Lol, very good. My N900 has an FM transmitter...sadly restricted in range not by technology but by regulations.
It is compatible with more devices than this will ever be.
I have a PIR linked up to a solenoid valve and a sprinkler. Cats soon get the idea and avoid the area - so the area changes regularly...
Suprising how fast they can move and how high they can jump.
Rainy? You've obviously never been the the UK if you think most of Washington is wet. I thought it quite pleasant.
Did someone from Kitsap design their local link to Seattle?
Nokia is dependent on Microsoft
Microsoft would probably like to acquire Nokia
Where's the incentive for Microsoft to deliver something decent? Surely if they delay a bit, they'll be able to buy it all cheaper?
Yes, you are right. I'm sure I saw it as colder when I checked a week or two ago. Maybe I got confused with April, which was definitely below average, but still led to a red dot on the map:
My personal weather station was below average for May, though.
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