* Posts by Powernumpty

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: Small Survey.

With a masters you should be able to work out how significant your sample size is then.

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Re: Small Survey.

A large proportion of net users are not very IT literate, they just want to use programs, browse the web and print, they have no concept of telemetry, monitoring or computer privacy, they would be more concerned if you moved desktop icons than if the "telemetry was increased to 100%".

75 million sleeping people, when questioned, failed to say "yes" if they wanted to retain some of their rights.

So much of this is noise designed to hide the real issue.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: KU the pedants

I'm not convinced about Hutchison but like a lot of things I like to consider possibilities I welcome the reasoned arguments and proof either way.

Thanks for your well thought out "bullshit" response.

Just in case anyone got confused by my straenglish I believe the satellite power received at the surface to be low, hense the need for high gain dish antennas.

RF sources of even 100mw a few meters away would be more affective, just not convinced they would cause the sort of affect this lady experiences.

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KU the pedants

I'm not sure the transmissions from satellites can really be compared to local RF sources, inverse square law and all that.

We must at some level be affected by electrical impulses or we'd be dead. RF itself is not necessarily bad as many ancient radio ham can attest but the pulsed combinations and RF bath we live in just might.

The human body can be quite a good antenna at some frequencies, who is to know what affect the combined RF soup and local topology has on any particular spot and over a long time?

(Note. Some strange affects can be had mixing superhigh frequencies - see "john hutchison".)

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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

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Act one

I think it is act three, scene two, where the database is compromised, by then we are expected to recognise the players without long introduction.

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Business opportunity?

I would love decent stereo microphones placed in locations like "inacessible beach, Maldives", deep forest Europe/S_America/N_Amerca/Asia, pebble beach (with long draw waves) or even country park (but away from people enough to ensure privacy).

We are programmed to subconsciously respond to noise threats and hearing nature in a non alarm state is one of the most calming background noises to me.

I want to be able to spin the globe and pick a live streaming location from a map and scenario, some people might like to hear the background hum of a city, not my kind of thing but I could imagine it would help some people relax if that is their natural habitat.

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Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

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Creepy

Was not really using it so decided to close the account.

Too many steps, process more like a bank account than a streaming radio service.

Worse than facebook (or at least how it was when I left that).

Glad to be free of it and that domain is now in my web filter.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Many

A giraffe of exploits?

(you'd be sticking your neck out to say there are not more)

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Re: The masses are capricious...

I will post AC if the content is important to the subject but valuable as phishing bait.

Plus they have threatened to throw me out of the cross dressing, furries rubber ropes and and manacles flower arranging club if my identity gets out.

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Holes found in Pocket Firefox add-on

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Phocket

I had one user that installed pocket themselves, the result was not good.

It tended to send multiple requests like "User XYZ is looking at this site now, just in case he decides to save it" seemed just like the tracking Facebook uses with its "like" links in the form "Like link please for user XYZ, currently browsing site ABC" its all just tracking users.

I haven't seen that sort of traffic from a default Firefox install but I was not happy to see the stuff included.

It might be that they need to monetise all browsing, if not right now, later.

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Feeling a physical present: Ten summer games and gadgets

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Are these not winter games? - Outside, heard of it?

BTW Getting a drone stuck will do nothing for the female pilot cause, I'm off to watch some Goblin girls

(no really, it's a brand, stop it at the back).

http://sabgoblingirl.com/shop/pilot.php

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Still safe as houses: More CCTV for the masses

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Revised ICO advice -thanks for that

Followed the link to the ICO and was surprised to see how much the wording for private users has changed. Pretty sure when I last looked it was fairly laid back on private use as long as you didn't film others about their daily business but seems now catch a glimpse of a neighbour or anything beyond your fence and you are a CCTV data controller. Got me thinking about the remit of the new guidelines.

Does a shadow count? if my neighbour casts a reflection on my window does it mean I need to report in to the local ICO office with "my paperz"? Is Youtube going to be purged of those films where a member of the public walks past? is this the start of a clamp down generally on the private use of recording equipment and cloud upload?

From https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv/

"We do not propose to take action during the coming year against an individual for failing to register their use of domestic CCTV cameras following this judgement, except in exceptional cases. If the position changes we will update this guidance."

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Re: The Redmond giant was not available for immediate comment.

Stop being so cynical, they do want to answer but their PC is stuck in some boot loop since upgrading to 10.

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Blacklists miss 90% of malware blogged IP love

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Static- tistics?

Are the IP's dynamic?

Zombies on changing addresses may not be on any list until they activate that day.

I have one domain that mainly gets spam, 99% of the junk gets trapped by fail2ban so the list is (currently) quite effective for that botnet.

Changed the handshake time too (block those who send before), a fair amount of zombie spam doesn't even get to try.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Good old ms

Putting the "ten" in untenable.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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3%

You take W10, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: tenforums.com

I tried this at home, seems pretty thorough if somewhat painful to remove all the tasks and registry entries completely.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-7-to-10-gwx-how-to-remove.html

10 is completely virus like now, appalling behavior on domain registered machines.

I try not to wish people ill, but, I wonder if cleansing by immersion in lava is a way forward for the MS goons who thought this was a good idea?

I really don't think 10 is suitable for business, would you be comfortable knowing your doctor, bank manager, accountant, insurance company and everyone else you deal with uploading your full private information constantly to MS?

It's a joke and I hope they reap what they sow.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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I've come to the conclusion

That "certainty is only for imbeciles and deities".

I don't class myself as either (despite what colleges say) so I dispair a little at the rush to call the guy names.

We quite possibly are surrounded by all the information required to transcend this reality and the only thing stopping us is our own certainty that it couldn't possibly be, because that would be mad!

Look at the flat earth stuff, oh how I laughed until I realised it could be used as an exercise in pulling apart my own beliefs, why do I think the earth is round? suppress laughter for a second and you can transport yourself back through childhood and see those key lessons being taught in a "because it is" mode, you may find the sparks of curiosity strangly bright even from this distance, it's a shame how much genuine interest we suppress to be normal, fit in, pay taxes and breed.

I'm not sure how much David Ike stuff I follow but he has been calling Edward Heath a child murderer for years, strange nobody has called him out on it in the courts.

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Microsoft changes 'Outlook Web Access' to 'Outlook on the web'

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Long view

Hotmail to Outlook on the Web, come on that has to be worth a few mil.

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Drone delivery sparks Ohio prison brawl

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9ft Airzooka

Couple of them cross firing one after the other should take down a fair number of domestic drones.

No projectile to leave the boundary, reduced chance of causing fire.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Windows 10 woes

"Edge will often freeze for a second or 2 when clicking on some website links whereas IE11 seems to perform fine."

Eww, Windows user

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Three-mile-high pyramid found on alien dwarf world, baffles boffins

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Alien

Visual Reporting Point

if coming in from the forth dimension you turn [_#~..

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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Enable vector 2

For years IT people have been dealing with PC security but at least felt they could take some steps to reduce the risk, filtering at the firewall, chose antivirus and antimalware, install local policies, decide (to some extent) what software was installed.

Then came phones, at first they were simple devices that didn't do too much, now they are multiprocessor, gigs of ram, computers in your pocket, but most that "control" stuff has been stripped away and people even get offended if you dare to infer that facebook, messaging or a million cool apps are anything other than business critical. BOYD has fucked up a lot of business security, seriously someone needs to stand up and properly weigh the value of handing over critical data to companies that are more interested in harvesting your information and contacts than protecting your livelihood.

I don't just mean Google, most of them are at it and the BYOD moniker is just a smoke screen for data rape.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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Go

My guess

It' a bear, sick of being asked.

The bike tracks are just misdirection, "Bear n' Brown" I'll call him.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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System looking for dodgy films

fingers itself.

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Sony eyes enterprise drone biz as next big little thing

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Makes Sense

Sony were late to the high end DSLR market but seem committed, I wasn't sure they would be a runner in a few years but I was wrong to doubt them (it seems).

Their imaging technology is pretty widely used by others so it makes some sense to use that tech directly in another market.

The next phase of common land mapping probably includes 3d photogrammetry from UAV so streetview cars will be seen as laughable old technology in a few years.

There are a few things I've wanted to try with aerial craft like groud based antenna gain mapping, high end photographic (hobby) images, WiFi wap mapping etc so if the average geek is wanting to try things out I imagine there are many business uses waiting for the right platform.

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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App for that

Considering the technology available to the considerate there is little "I didn't know" excuse for flying quadcopters or other aerial vehicles where it is already prohibited.

GPS, Google earth, notaminfo.com and the rest. I have KML outlines of various airspace classes on this google earth install (http://3dairspace.org.uk/airspace.html). I think part of the problem is the vendors (no names) gifting out "Drones" to non RC aware (or interested) individuals. One of the computer mags I read did a feature on DJI's and the thrust of the article was "anyone can now get in the air, it's so simple!". Virtually nothing was included on the primary considerations before even connecting the battery, once "anyone and everyone" has access to plastic/metal birds and the "first battery charge time" as the limit to their safety learning period it all gets a bit hairy.

Somebody should create an app that uses your location to guide what sort of flying you can or cannot do, any NOTAMs within a set distance, hell if you wanted to add a second layer of check to the over 3.5kg (for example) craft have them require an activation code from a mobile phone in the same area.

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Oi, #tubby! You are what you Tweet, boffins find

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Causal

Now if pigs were better swimmers maybe there would be competition on the coast for crabs and lobster?

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Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

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Re: Attack mode?

Although I don't agree with the "screaming" tone the RTH idea is one that occurred to me, return to home triggered by a special code would be safer that most other options. These devices are above people and places so any return to home should be in a swift and controlled manner, it would also allow "advice" to be given to the "grateful" owner.

Shooting holes in lipo batteries above fire prone areas seems somewhat flawed to me.

I do concede we probably need someone's expensive drone taken out of the sky by a concerned citizen and the resulting news story (pub dicussion) for some people to get the idea it may not be a good idea to fly some places.

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Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

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That's the thing about icebergs

If you cut the tip off more just floats up.

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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New insults?

He was dressed like a duvet full of coconuts, smelling of canal no.5.

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

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A call for battery Uber?

I am visiting country X and I want five batteries for a quadcopter Y for the duration of my stay.

Pick them up charged (or not as required) on arrival and return on departure with use/depreciation costs to be paid.

Or have new batteries purchased on arrival and percentage refund as they are returned to the vendor on departure. Obviously would be easier if Lipo's could be fitted with a deep discharge indicator.

There could even be a battery charity that passes used batteries on to those less able to purchase.

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Ideal solar system for SECOND EARTH found – and it's just 186 light-years away

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Where do we get such certainty we are not cohabiting already?

Depends what ancient text we read but many seem to have no problem describing "other worldly" beings, visitors on flying craft (virmana?), intelligent help from oversize, undersize or other-formed individuals.

Imagine a race had mastered genetics and had no reservation in manipulating some small copies of themselves, send them out in craft capable of travelling great distances with enough supplies for mini-me's to last years, have them land on some planet supporting life, dig in to the rock to avoid the worst local predators then get teaching the most promising wildlife. Ideally if you could get the local monkeys to keep you in fresh water by inventing a sacred rock "lingam" above your living area that needs constant fresh water. Keep teaching various religions and help the monkey move on.

Ellora caves was quite a good back in the day, they left loads of illustrations in carvings but the monkeys got so full of their own importance they could no longer see the meaning.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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You should be ashamed

Poor Pluto, argued over for years, promoted and demoted as a planet depending on the current whim then we get to see it and all we can do is make fun of it's markings, it's planetism that is what it is, in its worst form. All planets are beautiful no mater how big or small, how unique their markings.

Shocking display of behaviour, I hope no other celestial bodies out there get to read these comments or we could find them heading for the nearest black hole.

Mrs Trellis

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Password verifiers

Then chose something like "OMG seriously? day one and I have to remember another password!",

That is roughly what you were thinking when challenged for the new password, the two are already linked, make a phrase out of it and fit that phrase to the complexity rules.

"OMGsrsly?D@y1"

Say it to yourself a few times, you could even write the longhand down as part of your first notes.

Passwords are hard if they don't flow or have no links to the situation. If you build passwords from long phrases the compressed result can be pretty good and you can have the seed in plain sight. Try not to choose phrases like "looking forward to punching X!" unless that is all you can think about, in which case you probably won't need to write it down.

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Re: Quite agree.

Yeah that bloke is weird calls everyone Marie.

Wish I'd have known that the first time as it would have saved buying that dress.

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Been hacked? Now to decide if you chase the WHO or the HOW

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Maybe

We should start to worry when the knocking stops, that might mean they are no longer trying to get in.

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Brandis' metadata retention recipe doesn't prohibit USB drives stored in a garden shed

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Oz shed may not be that bad

Cardboard box, few brown recluse, probably more secure than an office that hosts a previous generation boss who can't handle passwords or decent locks.

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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Joke

Re: White fibres stuck to its skin?

So all this exitement is about one lousy shark!

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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Re: Meanwhile...

something ceases to be recognised as a crime once it makes enough profit.

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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Terms?

Flatuvation?

Poly Pump Projection?

Combustive Recoil Transit?

Percusive Elevated Motovation?

Kick Arse Travel?

This reminds me there are people out there enjoying their day job.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

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Childcatcher

Could they not

Just have a facebook profile and "like" your emergency?

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Re: Ugh.

No, no, stop resisting the remote updates silly! we need to know where you are keep you patched for your own good and not to forget that of your children. In fact to allow better service on these update stations we should provide them at fixed intervals along all roads so that we can collect send data at all times of day and night.

Remember nothing bad can come of it and the companies together with government just want to see you safe.

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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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OS all growed up

About time we saw the OS as just another driver, something that will exist between the software in use and the end result we are looking to achieve. For any particular bit of kit I might try a few variations of drivers but some companies need to learn we don't favour the drivers that lock you in, turn features off then charge for the limitations.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Can't help feeling

Simon Pegg would have sorted it!

oh wait did you say sports club?

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

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More than meets the eye.

I don't think we get the whole acidification process but we are encouraged to laugh at those who question global geoengineering practices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=245&v=uv0Ko2OU4Ec

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This box beams cafes' Wi-Fi over 4kms so you can surf in obscurity

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Re: Missed a trick........

Straight gear driven high speed motor with a cheap gearbox on the baseplate and flexible body as a sound cavity? you are probably right.

Try belt drive, low speed, large battery on base no flexible shell.

The motors themselves are not overly loud, the tyres on ground OK, the noise mainly comes from plastic gears on gears and the high pitched PWM motor control.

You could have a large flat motor horizontally mounted, belt driving soft tyres with everything just slowly spinning. I think it is possible. I'd play more but where I live the neighbours would implode as none of this fits into the categories of TV, Fags or Footy.

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Re: Missed a trick........

The RC camera is really low, the distant vision even from the middle of a normal car is suprisingly good. Half the reason cats hide under cars is because they can see people coming from a distance (feet/legs) but the person won't see them, if you are trying to travel seeing but unseen, it should work and people "know" there is nothing interesting or dangerous moving under cars so they mentally filter that area out. If you did see something fleeting it would be easy to rationalise it as an animal.

Before anyone draws darker conclusions from this knowledge I bought an end-of-line RC car and stuck a Mobius actioncam (B Lens) on it for the first tests, I ended up (between crashes) driving under a parked car a couple of times and was both suprised it didn't seem to affect it and the video was not what I was expecting at all.

The main thing I wanted to try was the WiFi hotspot (internet) video and control link to test various RC radio systems at failure distance without crashing a plane or quad, the hiding it under cars thing was to try and avoid some oik nicking it mid test.

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Re: Missed a trick........

Deploying bridge now.

I had this idea back along, equip a small RC car with an IP camera in FPV mode, have it connect via open wireless points and control it through redundant links (433MHz, WiFi, GSM ), have it drive round the urban roads at night mostly hidden under parked cars. Not sure what the legit reasons for personal use would be but it could be an urbex challenge to go from one end of town to the other mostly on the public roads undetected.

Move slowly enough in the areas covered by CCTV to not trigger motion detection, or have a tuna dispenser and move surrounded by arguing cats.

Obviously the Police will have them soon enough, that small animal you thought you saw the night your car was GPS tagged...

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

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I'm alive!

Yeah you are, but sorry but you've got no mates, nowhere to live, most of the little monkeys want to eat you and you won't have immunity to current versions of diseases.

Anyway, got to go the buns have arrived.

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