* Posts by Haku

1850 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: Take it down

"I was offended" - Steve Hughes

youtube.com/watch?v=ceS_jkKjIgo (2m24s)

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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China is doing it better (or worse, depending on your point of view)

VICE recently reported on the facial recognition tech in China, and it's a little scary, especially when you discover one company chose the name Skynet for its premier piece of technology...

Imagine using a pedestrian crossing when the green man isn't showing and suddenly you spot your face and name on a big electronic billboard to shame you into not breaking the law - that's happening right now in China and it's just the tip of the future iceberg.

(skip to 16:44) dailymotion.com/video/x6htdf1

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

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"These are all serious and genuine concerns, and the answer has been to deploy very expensive teams of support staff to go and visit this segment of customers to help reassure them and handhold them through the transition."

Somehow I don't think BT will be splurging on a crack team of 'pensioner whisperers' to help ease the minds of those who find technology baffling.

"Warning, costs will go up as well as up."

Yeah that sounds more like BT's m.o.

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Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

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Yeah they hate it when we do this:

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Re: The Government* response?

"At least a retired Muppet have a future as couch stuffing I cant think of a use for a retired politician!"

Mulch?

Or perhaps fertilizer, considering what most of them are full of.

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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Re: Killer Drone

You don't need to carry a whole chainsaw to be lethal, a razor blade is enough... to play fruit ninja with a drone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uoczdon9Vo

In slow-mo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVFrTTHp3bk

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Re: re: net gun effectiveness

Ahh the old Guns vs drones video, yes that's very entertaining but the pilots were flying their drones within a specific area for the shooters to fire at.

Had the shooters given the pilots no restrictions on where to fly then it would be a completely different, and probably less entertaining video as the drones would probably circle the shooters at high speed or simply go far enough away to really test the shooters accuracy.

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Re: Bit of a giveway

On the flip side of surveillance using drones, I heard of a SWAT guy that uses a micro sized camera quad weighing less than 40 grams (check out tinywhoop.com) to scan & clear rooms when entering buildings with potential hostiles - far better to send in a cheap & easily replaceable toy than a person.

Just like that scene in the old 1984 film Runaway with Tom Selleck where they send a Floater camera robot into a house to try find a rogue robot wielding a gun.

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I wouldn't judge the effectiveness of a net gun against a drone solely by looking at such videos on Youtube, because more often than not the pilot of the target drone isn't doing anything to avoid capture, and they're all 'slow' GPS assisted type drones, they'd have near zero chance against a good pilot flying a racing drone that does 100mph+ which can turn and dart off in a different direction faster than you can pull the trigger on a net gun.

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Re: An Interesting Indent.

"Won't somebody think of the children?"

Wouldn't having more drones be better for them? I mean they'd have to go outside to play with them instead of staying indoors with eyes glued to computers & consoles...

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Re: An Interesting Indent.

There is a drop in module for consumer hobby grade RC transmitters that runs on 868mhz (for Europe) and 915mhz (for everywhere else) and reaches 100km on full power, your average multirotor won't get that far but fixed wing craft can and do.

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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

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The problem with the internet is that essentially it's a reflection of humanity.

And having a faster internet connection just means you can access the droppings other human beings have left online at a quicker rate.

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RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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Cheers!

Thanks for my early years of computing with the ZX81 & Spectrum+.

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In a touching Monty Python tribute today, Microsoft's Office 365 makes everything spam

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Just spam? No egg, sausage or beans?

Context: https://youtu.be/AAyfLCBzyME?t=703

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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Re: Naming Confusion?

The Tesla Autopilot is like an enhanced cruise control, they could call it the Tom Cruise Control, switch it on and the ride feels like you're in a Hollywood movie, leading to excessive speeding, but side effects may include getting chased by Guido the killer pimp, and being literally driven to Scientology...

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I use "private" mode a lot, but not for privacy reasons

When I want to view a linked/embedded YouTube video on a forum I usually open it in an incognito window, that way it doesn't get added to my logged in YouTube account fingerprint, which (mostly) stops them suggesting videos I have absolutely no interest in.

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UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Facebook trying to claim they're a conduit like an ISP?

Funny, in the past 20+ years I can't ever remember any of my ISPs injecting adverts into my browser...

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Two armadillos?

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France wants you to put lights and beacons on your drone

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Re: 250g limit? Hmm.

What sort of drone are you wanting to build, FPV racing/freestyle or GPS based?

The rcgroups.com forums contain a wealth of information and friendly help from members for this sort of thing, which I also post there as Haku.

The sections you might want to look at are Aircraft - Electric - FPV and Aircraft - Electric - Multirotor Drones

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Re: 250g limit? Hmm.

I pretty much copied Drone Mesh's build youtube.com/watch?v=jORBxEsnEy0 with the same frame & stack, but my stack came with VTX & camera and used Cobra CP1407 3200KV as that's what the frame designer suggests is good for it.

This is what mine turned out to look like and fly youtube.com/watch?v=8z63gN9_wbE, it's crazy fast, I've got to do a lot more flights with it to get used to it's handling.

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250g limit? Hmm.

I recently built a very light FPV quad which uses 5" props and weighs 163g without the battery, if I pick the right weight battery it'll be under 250g total - and this thing goes like a rocket, a rudimentary test with an old 3 cell battery tells me it's going well over 60mph, I suspect it'll go 80mph or maybe faster with a new 4 cell battery but I'll need a radar gun to measure it...

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: What about the El Reg commentardiat?

Good point, frank ly, what constitutes "social media"?

There are many websites dedicated to specific interests / hobbies / jobs etc. which have dedicated forums to their specific subject, and most of them have a "general chat" subsection where any topic within reason can be discussed.

Does that mean there are potentially hundreds of thousands / millions of social media websites?

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Privacy activists to UK plod: Wanna slurp folks' phone records? Come back with a warrant

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Buttle. Tuttle.

Films like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Idiocracy & Brazil should have warning labels attached to them saying "This film is not a guide, it is a warning."

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Hackers pwn Baltimore's 911 system?! Quick, someone call 91– doh!

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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"it would be just as easy to take material to the council recycling centre and dispose of it legally."

Last time I checked, recycling centres have opening hours, public roads don't.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: new icon - a combination of mega fail and nuke it.

An iceberg warning sign icon would suffice.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: Loved the article on the BBC

Suddenly people are understanding what it means to blindly click that OK button when accepting terms & conditions.

Much like the organ donor sketch from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - youtube.com/watch?v=aclS1pGHp8o

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Virtual vs physical.

Can you imagine if instead of a free virtual space to keep in contact with friends/family & join various interest groups & setup business booths etc., Facebook provided a free physical space (building) which was littered with cameras & microphones recording every single move you make?

I bet people would still use it and complain their privacy is being invaded...

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Lets not drone on

@BebobWeBop, You're right for two reasons;

1) They're usually bought as a present for someone who's never flown one before - it's virtually impossible to get into flying quadcopters without crashing.

2) Competant quadcopter flyers generally don't buy them from a shop like Maplin which mostly stocks toy grade stuff.

Oh and don't call us flyers "less than adept monkeys", it's a bit rude.

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Re: Lets not drone on

Maplin drones - Sky high prices for toys that will inevitably crash to the ground.

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Openreach's "ultrafast" broadband means 100 megabits.

Does that mean those who are already on Virgin's 300 megabit connections are on "ludicrus" speed?

And the lucky few on the planet with 1 gigabit connections are on "I've told you a million times not to exaggerate" speed?

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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That settles it, I'm getting an emotional support elephant.

So wherever I go, nobody can address the elephant in the room without hurting my feelings...

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Artificial Stupidity.

Do you know why nobody is investigating Artificial Stupidity?

It's because unlike Artificial Intelligence where it's speculated that it will one day exceed Human Intelligence, an Artificial Stupidity could never compete with Human Stupidity.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Crossing borders.

With those American borders potentially slurping up a copy of your laptop harddrive, back it up to a large capacity MicroSD and factory restore the laptop to an empty OS, then stash the MicroSD somewhere safe & unsuspecting - should be easy, it's fricken tiny, you can even buy hollow coins to stash the card in.

Then after safely getting through those TSA gates of hell, restore the drive from the card.

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Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?

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Re: "Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter"

That was good, I liked the animated mouths going along with the singing.

Whenever I hear Bohemiam Rhapsody I cannot help but think of The Muppets take on that great song - youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

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"Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter"

Still my favourite gawdy christmas light show set to rock music - youtube.com/watch?v=pWBjl-jPcVM

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YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

@DontFeedTheTrolls, you're absolutely right, in fact I've never tried to get subscribers to my channel, I just checked one day and went "holy crap, I've got hundreds of subscribers!" then went about the rest of my day like nothing happened :)

Whenever I see someone plead "like and subscribe" on their YT video(s) I get this vibe from them that comes across as "Acknowledge my existance! ACKNOWLEDGE MY EXISTANCE!!!"

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Solarflare, that's almost exactly the same reason why I have so many subscribers & views, a few of my random videos got a heck of a lot of views.

It does make me wonder why my subscriber count doesn't drop, it's not as if I'm particularly consistant with the content & timing of my uploads, they're generally about whatever hobby I'm into at the time.

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Yes, moving the goalposts at this point has just widened the gap between the currently successful and those who are almost/want to be successful.

To be honest I've never seen my YouTube account as anything other than an online video depository for random videos I want to share with maybe a few individuals, I have no interest in turning myself into a brand / 'personality' and think the whole situation of people (generally young) desparately trying to build up a following is quite amusing.

The thing I've observed from various channels I frequent (tech stuff such as EEV Blog, AvE, Techmoan, multirotor reviewers/educators etc.) is that the successful ones have seen the decline of YouTube ad revenue coming from a mile off so they're on the Patreon platform which for some is generating them more money direct from subscribers than advertisers on YouTube, in fact one multirotor guy recently quit his job and is doing YouTube / Patreon full time now.

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*checks YouTube channel stats*

Total viewing time: Over 55,137 hours (6.2 years).

Nice!

Number of subscribers: 972.

Awww.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Re: Crow(d)funding

"First deliveries expected in 2027."

Will they be delivered by drone?

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Re: Arm Laser Turrets!

"the concept of ballistic backdrop"

When watching Star Wars etc. I do sometimes wonder in the space battle scenes where all those stray laser blasts end up...

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Not everyone is paranoid about spying drones.

Mainly because most don't know the actual level of sophistication of drones or even thier existance, but I'm sure the news media will be more than happy to continue with their misinformation & paranoia over this rapidly growing hobby just to gain more page views from clickbait headlines.

I had this friendly encounter a few weeks back: youtube.com/watch?v=1zkW0s92_Q0 (goggles recording)

When they eventually got to the bottom of the field where I was flying from I let them use my spare set of goggles to watch me fly like this over the field and they were emazed at it youtube.com/watch?v=NRqw3ePK7tA (recording from a miniature 4.5 gram 720p camera+DVR stuck on with foam tape)

This was with a quadcopter that's 13x13x6 cm weighing 110 grams, well below any sort of registration requirement based on weight.

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Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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Online fraud.

Banks must be secretly rubbing their hands with glee, another reason to reject fraud claims - they can basically say your credit card details got ripped off because you've been been buying things online with it using a computing device with an 'insecure CPU'...

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Registration.

Only the responsible will register, those who don't are either unaware of the need or they plan on doing something bad.

The list will not help the police when an unregistered owner does something bad, they'll likely target the innocents on the list because they live in the area of the incedent, meaning drone owners will have to account for their whereabouts at all times.

Also, what if a registered owner is flying their drone in a certain area and an unregistered owner causes an incedent with theirs in the same area and at the same time - the registered owner will need strong evidence to prove their innocence, whilst the unregistered owner will likely get off scott free because the police don't have them on the list...

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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

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BBC news headline "Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple"

Does that mean Apples are rotten to the core?

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Ow, stop hitting me!

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Good stuff!

Those NCIS & Castle clips have it all wrong, this is how modern day hacking scenes should be played out, as demonstrated by The Shatner:

Blinking and beeping and flashing!

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Re: Good stuff!

Hollywood movie? Don't be silly, they'd just be wasting their time and money, nothing can top the film "Hackers" for its computer hacking realism!

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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Here's one good reason for anyone over 18 to be on Snapchat.

It's to 'shout': BLOODY KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

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