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Where am I going to get my disco lights from now??
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Where am I going to get my disco lights from now??
Just like that bloody 'snoopers charter', politicians will also be exempt from this new Orwellian rule?
Along with Fair Use Policy, it can also now mean F U Pai.
We're being encouraged to re-use bags, but too often those damn self-service checkouts freak out when you put your bag for life in the bagging area and it cries out for human assistance.
Whilst annoying I guess the positive spin on it is it's an indication the machines aren't mature enough to take over, yet...
I think I'll only really start getting worried when robots have the manual dexterity to take a set of keys out of a pocket, select the right one and unlock a door, in complete darkness, with one hand - something that most of us are capable of doing, even after staggering home from the pub, drunk :)
I'm not suggesting the questions need to be particularly difficult to answer correctly, but it would help weed out those who are clearly 'communicating with the aliens'.
However it would be interesting, and give something for the examiners to chuckle over, to thow in some purely abstract questions such as:
26. In which year did man walk on the Sun? "____"
31. How long is a piece of string? "_____________________________________"
Like for example they have to be able to pass some basic tests, e.g. identifying the difference between a documentary and a Hollywood sci-fi movie.
I'd almost argue that the voters also need to be able to pass those basic tests.
In fact, forget the Vega+!
Captain S.T.A.R. in Disney's 1979 film The Black Hole
The 2014 remake of Robocop sees Alex Murphy get a black artificial body, though the actor is white so I don't know where that one stands in this discussion.
Ex Machina - one of the earlier version androids was black.
The 2013 tv series Almost Human had a black android as one of the main characters. I was annoyed they cancelled that after 1 season, I was enjoying it.
That was no accident, it was first degree toastercide.
You should see a doctor about that cough, I hear they're making great advances in diagnosis & suggested treatment using AI...
Oh no no no, that's just what the machines want you to think.
Blocking reality with AR.
Throw in facial recognition to block people I don't want to see and I'm sold!
Just like that Black Mirror episode "White Christmas".
Mobiles? No, tin cans & pieces of string*
*tin cans not included
I have a WD Black2 hybrid drive in this laptop, 120GB SSD / 1TB HDD, the damn thing randomly locks the computer up for literally 1-5 minutes until the drive light goes off and then everything continues as normal.
When I've had Performance Monitor running and displaying HDD usage the line goes to 100% during that time, I have no idea why this happens, I've searched online but found nobody else with the same issue, it's a pain in the arse but it does boot quickish.
A real, physical result of the increased demand for SSD over HDD, but with a 1TB SSD costing 5x that of a 1TB HDD there's still a significant demand for HDD.
A GPS jammer just makes it 'disappear', a GPS spoofer could send them on a wild goose chase round the M25 on a loop.
I'll be sure to make & use one when I 'borrow' vehicles with GPS trackers.
That's right up there with people who genuinely use the phrase "think of the children" - they're only using that 'rally cry' to hide whatever their actual agenda is.
Exile was awesome on the BBC Micro, and then again on the Amiga.
I used have a little one I Blu-tacked to the top right corner of my Amiga 2000 keyboard, worked ok as an all-in-one unit but never found trackballs to be as easy to use as mice.
I also had a Genitizer graphics tablet for my Amiga, loved using that thing because it was so quick & precise compared to a mouse, and quite funny watching other people use it for the first time as they'd pick the pen up and move it as if it were a mouse to move the pointer further in the direction they wanted to go, only to find the pointer instantly jumped to the relative position of the pen on the pad.
As long as we're travelling down Nostalgia Road, remember hand scanners?
Friend: "I've got a new VR game!"
Me: "Is it another shoot em up?"
Beat Saber was fun though, but gets repetitive quickly, I lean towards open world games.
"Don't take it personally, they're trying to legislate most forms of aviation into non-existence. It's safer that way."
In a (probably not too) distant dystopian Britain:
"M'lud, the accused was caught trying to sell a whole ream of photocopier paper on the black market, of which we all know is capable of being turned into 500 paper aeroplanes."
Good point, although if they're going to charge us for every craft over 250g we own that could mean some people forking out a small fortune, I would prefer a blanket cover as in you're personally registered to fly any craft within the weight limit, rather than get stung for each and every single one of them.
Also, in the instance you give/sell/lose/destroy your craft, how do you deregister it?
And if you build one up out of separate parts, at what point does it become classified as a drone? Technically you might be able to call it 'spare parts' and not have to register if it has everything except one of the motors is missing.
I wouldn't try reading the comments on that BBC article unless you want a headache - basically the general public who post there are morons and have no real comprehension of the drone subject beyond what (lies / distorted truth) the media have spoon fed them.
Some people (including me) are of the notion that the term "drone" refers to an autonomous craft which utilises a GPS receiver whilst flying so it can without user interaction hold its position, do waypoint missions, return to launch point and avoid obstacles with the use of proximity sensors, which makes it easy for any newbie to pick up and try to fly and quickly get into trouble if they're not careful - aka just about all of the DJI range
But "quad"/"quadcopter"/"multirotor" is what more describes FPV (first person viewing) racing/freestyle quadcopters where the user has to be in full control all the time as there's no autonomy involved beyond the craft using a gyroscope to hold its angle when you let go of the pitch & roll control - this level of flying usually requires the operator to have spent many hours practicing to get competent.
Red Dwarf series 5 episode 6, Back to Reality, when they spot a couple of posters, the 2nd one saying:
"Be a government informer, betray your family & friends, fabulous prizes to be won"
It's not just that people don't know the laws regarding drones, many people don't seem to be even aware of the existence of drones and the various guises they appear in.
I've often been out flying a micro FPV quadcopter weighing less than 150 grams and curious people wonder what I'm flying, so I lend them my 2nd set of goggles to watch through the quad's camera while I fly it - almost all the spectators are wowed by it and didn't even know this sort of technology exists, the parents are usually then pestered by their kids "dad, can I have a drone?"
So quite how well the enforcement of new laws will go when the public are generally unaware of what a drone is could be very testing for the pilots.
Makes total sense.
All you people slinging bad puns around like there's no tomorrow, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
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
"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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"At least a retired Muppet have a future as couch stuffing I cant think of a use for a retired politician!"
Or perhaps fertilizer, considering what most of them are full of.
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.
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.
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.
"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...
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.
And having a faster internet connection just means you can access the droppings other human beings have left online at a quicker rate.
Thanks for my early years of computing with the ZX81 & Spectrum+.
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...
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.
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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