Private property, without the permission of the owner, no?
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Re: If that's what the law requires...
One might predict that a local club be formed to negotiate flying rights in bulk, with common requirements such as insurance, being a member, some sort of formal training, and an internet-mediated sign-on only required if you're doing things outside the normal.
This seems to work to allow paragliders, hang gliders, and sailplanes to operate in Dunstable, practically on the end of Luton's runway and well within the ATZ.
"the average Facebook user would require more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year."
Which, given that the average user is worth only a few dollars a year to Facebook is surely a good deal for someone. I'm just not quite sure I can work out for whom.
 Turnover 2018: $52B (https://www.statista.com/statistics/422035/facebooks-quarterly-global-revenue/)
Number of users 2018: 2.3B (https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/)
Average turnover per user = $23. Which curiously, doesn't seem to have changed since I looked at it a few years back.
Re: Manage Expectations?
They would perhaps do better to start with an already up'n'running biosphere, say one of those vases full of plants and water living insects, wrap it up really really well, and see how it gets on.
We already know that plants germinate in space, that they germinate in human temperature, and such: what you need to know here is whether they grow up in the right direction at one sixth of a g, and with a fortnightly day/night cycle with no seasonal affect.
Stage two - is there anything useful in moondust that plants can live on, other than using it as a structural support for the roots?
There's a lot of science here, important for those of us old enough to have seen Apollo landing, and wondering why we haven't got colonies all over the asteroid belt by now...
Re: That is no deepfake
Without having seen the video, but just from that still image, I'd agree: bit more red gain (everything red in the image is enhanced) and the whole picture is expanded and cropped.
No need for deepfake tech there if you have a vision mixer to hand, as you might expect at a broadcaster...
It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos
Re: A 'proper' use for the buttons
And they're not the only culprits. Tried booking a seat at a Cineworld recently? On *every* stage of the booking process, a nice friendly button that looks as if it should take you to the next stage, but instead tries to have you sign up as a paid/paying member. The thing you actually want to press is an unadorned line of text...
Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year
This July, Google will weep for there are no more worlds to banhammer: 'Bad ads' to be blocked globally
Re: The problem is...
There's the problem.
With *very* few exceptions, the purpose of TV is to persuade you to keep watching long enough to see the adverts. The purpose of most sites on the internet is to do the same.
Nobody seems to know whether the adverts actually do anything other than to trigger make a cup of tea/press the fast forward button/kill the page but there's a mindset that doesn't even explore options other than adverts.
(which is why, incidentally, I'm about to move from WhatsApp to Signal. The threat of inline adverts alone...)
So what is new? Older long term workers cost more than newbies and since the company is run by has-been counters the older workers have to go - simples.
Fixed that for you.
Isn't it time for a shift in business ethics? So that the responsibilities of the company formally extend to their employees, and not just to the shareholders? It's interesting to watch the behaviour of some of these companies, from the standpoint of someone for whom a job leaving school could have a reasonable expectation of a job for life within the same company (though with no guarantee or expectation of it being the *same* job).
I don't recall the details - it's been a few months - but I couldn't get anything to stick in the EFI module. It reported everything fine, but after a reboot it forgot. I have rEFInd booting from the external USB stick, but it's not really a major issue now since most of the time she simply suspends the OS (Mint) by closing the lid.
Re: Might I add...
There's an apparently increasingly common snag with this: 'bugs' in the UEFI system that prevent the installation of Linux without jumping through major hoops. Acer, I'm looking at you - my wife's machine, a cheap and cheerful goes-all-day-on-a-charge laptop won't boot anything except Windows from an internal drive; I have to keep a tiny USB stick with a bootloader on it to allow it to run the Linux which has completely replaced W10.
It's quite happy to boot from that external drive...
Re: Something's fishy
They might hope that they are rather better at it than the Candiru fish, of which only one documented case has been recorded and which is considered somewhat unreliable: "When subsequently interviewed, Spotte stated that even if a person were to urinate while "submerged in a stream where candiru live", the odds of that person being attacked by candiru are "(a)bout the same as being struck by lightning while simultaneously being eaten by a shark.""
AC is obviously the same age as me. I recall trying to keep my eyes open, then being woken to see the actual landing. Our black and white telly was not a problem...
My late grandfather used to remind me that he had been born at the end of the 1800s, before anyone had flown a powered plane, and lived to see people walk on the moon. In his life he never travelled faster than a local train...
Re: They just need to make the penalty so outsized
But I think previous research has shown it's not the size of the penalty that stops criminals; it's the risk of being caught. And it looks rather as if the risk of being caught is close to zero.
If the culprit is smart enough to wear gloves when handling the drone, how do you tie it to him? Do the comms systems keep track of 2.4GHz channels once the connection is turned off? And even if someone finds a way to force a drone to return to launch: "Ow, office, I was just walking to the pub when this bloody thing fell on my head!"
Without catching the culprit in the act and either having a return to launch observed or active control, it's going to be damn near impossible to prove it.
Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!
I rather think the biggest error on AF447 was the two pilots not knowing what each was doing; one of those sticks should have overridden the other (I don't claim to know how to implement this!)
I'm glad I was on that plane on its flight down to Brazil and not the return flight that night...
Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid
Re: Security overdone
People may not be aware that in general, embedded chips are *dumb*. All they can do is respond - by modulating an RF exciter signal - with a longish number. Basically, beep, 999-123456789 and that's it. Certain variants can store a tiny amount of data - a few bits - and others can be programmed with a complete number (one or more times). Which presents a beautifully simple security hole...
Also, multiple chips close to each other can be *very* difficult to read reliably, though you can use a handful of exciter frequencies. In practice it's nothing more than tattooing your ID number on your arm.
Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...
@Giovani - you need one of ours - they have a rotary lock which as far as I know no cat has succeeded in defeating. We also supply a modification which prevents cats holding the latch down and prying up the door (it's a rare thing, apparently). I don't work on the cat flaps but on other products in the range.
As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...
I can tell you the little buggers are frequently less than cooperative, and our alpha testers find the cats behaving in ways we would *never* have imaged. Including one who gives the device a smack before attempting to use it - a born engineer, that cat.
Re: Had a similar experience but with the light itself
Back in the days of Umatic professional video cassette recorders (in the broadcast world), it was common for kind people to offer to 'help' junior to fix one by making sure there was a nice bright bench light shining into the works.
There are a surprising number of IR sensors to tell the mechanism where it is, and quite fascinating things happen when they get confused...
We're not thinking this through...
What we do is, we *launch* it using a 'leave your engine at home' laser/light sail drive, adding engines as it gets further away so we don't melt the sail.
Then the locals, seeing the blue-shifted reflection of their sun coming down their throats, send out some young buck who will catch the probe in a spare airlock, while simultaneously diving toward's Barnard's star at to match velocities... oh, wait, that's the way the *Moties* do it. We have to think of something else.