* Posts by JaitcH

3863 posts • joined 12 Oct 2009

The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters


Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???


So GoPro finally admits it has a problem?

Of all the POV cameras I have used only the GoPro exhibited these problems.

Even the Oregon Scientific unit was better, and it used standard batteries, but it's problem was it it was unserviceable - simply dump and buy another.


Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???

@Lester Haines

The 'skeleton' back is useless in heavy rain as there are too many large openings.

And, when the water has entered, quite a bit has to accumulate before it overcomes the internal lip of the rare cover of the case. Only if you are taking pictures of clouds, with the camera tilted skywards, will these holes permit moisture to exit the case.

And, given the condensation is between the lens of the camera insert and that of the external lens, it is extremely hard even to permit a 'draft' to equalise the moisture.

Riding in the desert hardly equates with the extremes of space.


Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???

Fairy liquid doesn't work for prolonged periods. Might for 'fairies' though.


Re: Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???

How long are these video's and what cover were they using? If you use a 8 or 16-gigabyte chip, which obviates case opening they will mist but ONLY over the lens.

I used two GoPro's, daily, for years and they both suffered from the same effect. The humidity comes from within the camera.


Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator launch, a GoPro HD HERO???

AVOID the GoPro Hero cameras UNLESS you want pictures featuring condensation on the lens!

The heat from the camera causes condensation to form on the lens insert - even in locations as hot at SaiGon or as cold as Kapuscasing, Ontario, which effectively renders images unviewable.

If you must use a GoPro I suggest you use the waterproof case with a couple of vent holes stuffed with some breathable material. The holes should be at the lowest point of the case.

My employer has had eleven GoPro units for the past couple of years and there are now superior units available under the names of Sony, Liquid Image, ION Air Pro, Vio POV.HD, etc. Choose carefully and test at low temperatures! Unfortunately GoPro support is not good.

You should also choose SD memory carefully, GoPro doesn't function properly with many brands of SD memory.

Intel, Apple forging chip-baking deal?


"but it would also free them from reliance on Samsung"

Unfortunately, Samsung has taken an interest in a Japanese manufacturer making screens for Apple.

So much for freedom.

World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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All they need is the letter 'i' and a watch strap and ...

they have Apple beat - the iStrap Phone 2.

Who needs curved glass or some knight to design a winner?

Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

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Re: Who Is Doing The Street Cleaning

Great map - thanks for sharing. It puts the whole accident into realistic terms that make it better understood by many.

Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes


Don't cry for Boeing.

We have no need to pity Boeing over it's inability to keep it's 'plastic' plane in the air because the company has a large umbilical cord attached to the US Treasury as well having monopolistic manufacturing facilities for the Apache helicopters - the one the US Forces use for recreational killing of civilians and reporters in Iraq (see < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qWADMfQnQ >).

I am sure the paid Boeing hacks are already soliciting Congress people, as well as the Pentagon, angling for a contract for the investigation in to the use by transportation community to (better) understand the risks and benefits associated with high capacity lithium batteries including military aircraft.

No doubt the delay is occasioned by the time taken to develop a snappy acronym for the project. Perhaps < www.acronymfinder.com > can give them some ideas.

The contract need not be large - say USD$5-billion - enough to buy off the airlines who have all these plastic things stranded at airports around the world.

HP shareholders advised to give chairman Ray Lane the boot


Why stop at Lane ...

fire the whole damn lot of dummies and take loser Whitman with them.

Indian atomic boffins draw up plans for 50,000 TONNE magnet


Re: Good to know all that aid money is not being wasted, eh?

The UK even sends 'aid' to Israel.

Go figure.

Chinese officials wring hands over Google's Android dominance


"paranoia about Android-based technologies being vulnerable to legal attacks"

Since when have petty details ever prevented Chinese manufacturers from stealing foreign IP before?

The Chinese are clever but trying to avoid using Western tech is kind of late, given that so much of their telecoms infrastructure is international compliant already. They already bash out TETRA-compliant base stations and handsets for use in their cities, with many more advanced features than UK Plod has, but the underlying technology makes it totally compliant with other systems around the world.

UK injects £88m into Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

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Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

No site, based n earth, can take better definition pictures than Hubble.

The big difference? Airborne pollution. And, as you might expect, it's getting worse and affecting all parts of the world.

Still, spending a pittance on this is better than making bombs and bullets to kill people, many of whom are innocent.

Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin


Thank You, Firefox

Any Reg readers checking their Options will discover that Mozilla 'nuked' Java, with as much as a request.

I'm thankful, as both my wife and daughter, undoubtedly like many others, haven't a clue on how to disable Java.

What of Internet Explorer?

Sony: Can't beat Apple and Samsung, so let's be the Other Guy

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Sony has a couple of tricks few others emulate, and definitely NOT Apple

Rain proof/splash proof and waterproof features.

Put here in the Tropics iPhans have to carry their Apple toys in cheap sandwich bags as our typical 'shower' is very effective at killing protected electronics.

Sony, and a UK company, are two of the very few offering this essential feature which is so necessary in much of the world and, increasingly, the US of A with potentially climate change induced storms.

Anyone who has lost a cell handset through a brief exposure to water learns just how useful the Sony feature is!

Samsung's next smartphone to scroll by watching your eyes


And, I presume Apple, does nothing "gimmicky"?

@Anonymous Coward:

Little wonder you don't use your real name - and how ignorant you are of others needs.

I know a person who has spent most of his life with a stick, dripping spittle, picking away at a Saran-wrapped keyboard. He had/has no meaningful movement in his arms.

The day he acquired a rudimentary voice/text software package was the first day of the nest stage of his life, Dragon Dictating has improved by leaps and bounds, as has my acquaintance's abilities and work output.

To someone, what you call a gimmick, is another life-changing happening.

Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, the UK theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author has achieved more success than many fully able people. And he had technology make his life that more easy.

Now, with Samsung's technology, and likely quite unintentionally, yet other physically challenged people have gained yet more independence.

Some gimmick!

Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer


Can anyone explain why ...

the Apple cable that can be plugged in any which way needs a chip?

Much better to use a standard connector ... but Apple couldn't screw it's customers USD$39 for the thing. ($5 in China)

Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked


@DougS: The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...

not to do with the guys face, shaven or not, dressed or not. You seem to be ignoring the point of the pictures - the optics.

Look at the position of the U of T glasses is in front of the eye, which I saw at a Toronto demonstration. There position over the eye requires additional head movement to compensate for this. Other electronic optics don't suffer from this impediment.

The Google Glasses, I understand, project the image on to the eye - far more practical as there is no contact. If having a single lens on your face causes you so much angst, simply add a neutral lens to the other side.

I trialled some optical display glasses a couple of years ago and the over-sized temples (the parts that go over your ears) were so unwieldy that almost every tester found them uncomfortable due to the size. Google appears to have reduced the electronics considerably.

Likely you are upset that Cupertino isn't matching MS, Google, Oakley, etc. but no doubt they will become adaptable to your electronics.


The difference between Steve Mann's glasses and Googles version is ...

they are practical, don't have to be screwed to your head and don't make the wearer look strange.

Bank Muscat hit by $39m ATM cash-out heist


Re: The terrorists need new cash flow.

In Afghanistan they ship billions into the state bank and then officials do some creative printing and loan out all sorts of money to friends of the government.

Time that Switzerland really opened up the accounts for near failed states and their citizens.

Architect pitches builder-bothering 'Print your own house' plan


Great fun, but impracticable ...

Many regions of the world are wood-adverse.

Take the Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large wood-boring insect native to China, it will chow down on any wood remotely soft. Now, thanks to softwood pallets there are large colonies in the USA, Canada, Europe and elsewhere.

The only answer to these pests are hard-wood or concrete.

Then there is the bureaucracy. They are the architects friends who seem to have but a single purpose in life - to generate business for architects. Then there is the construction trade who think everything but everything is beyond the intending home building plebs. Seemingly only the building trade can employ unskilled labour and produce a building.

Unfortunately, these designs in wood are impracticable for my part of the world, well entrenched as it is with Asian Longhorned Beetle, so we create in concrete. I have constructed three buildings, now, one being my home and the other two what government calls 'mini-hotels' (which have over thirty rooms each.

Being a pleb builder, I studied very hard. I did unusual things such as making all 'techno-structure' (pipes, wires, etc) accessible with the minimal of bashing concrete - unlike professional builders who bury all such infrastructure under mounds of concrete. I used insulating concrete forms (ICFs), factory made rebar forms, welded window inserts into which windows (or doors) can fit knowing the frame is dead square.

Even crazier, according to the local 'construction experts' was my use of large-diameter plastic pipes as concrete forms instead of using tatty-looking things made from wood and nails. I simply split piping longitudinally and used packing bands to hold them together whilst the concrete dried. Strangely several 'professional;' builders are now copying my technique in the area.

My first mini-hotel used containers (surplus or 'hot' units costing me USD$300-400 delivered) and it took an engineer to explain to the planners that a container will support many, many times their weight and that my height of five-seven containers wasn't a challenge.

I wish Wikihouse every success, however I fear they will best succeed in places such as Africa for 'advanced' countries throw up to many obstacles to make this practical. I must admit, there are many authorities in Canada, outside the larger cities, who will happily accept DIY home plans, and offer technical help in making the plans meet 'code'.

'It's common for freelancers to farm out work to cheap coders'


Michael Chertoff

has zero credibility, especially after he backed the SEE-ALL AIRPORT SCANNERS which have recently been withdrawn from service by the TSA.

Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent


One benefit is ...

that even legislators will be able to see the stupidity of accepting some / most of Apples 'patents' which will eventually lead to the much needed revamp of the whole system.

'Brit Bill Gates' was powerless to stop HP's Autonomy acquisition


The problem with HP lies within it's ...

board of directors who must number amongst the most inept in American corporate history.

They have totally abandoned the principals of the founders Messrs. Hewlett and Packard. The resultant mess and corporate meandering totally vindicates the concept used by the founders from the beginning.

iPrefs-seeking shareholder Einhorn drops Apple lawsuit


Apple loses, again - American corporate law prevails

The simple fact is David Einhorn and his hedge fund Greenlight Capital won - and Apple capitulated - after the SEC gave them the boot.

Judge slashes Apple's pile o' cash Samsung judgment


At last, justice prevails

After all the trials and tribulations of the first trial, at least a semblance of justice is entering into these proceedings.

The trial made a mockery of American 'justice' notwithstanding how warped it is.

Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'


For the technically minded ...

Check out:

< http://www.uk.amsat.org/ >, < http://www.360app.co.uk/ >, < http://www.screaminspace.com/ > (terrible web site contrast), < http://www.sstl.co.uk/Missions/STRaND-1--Launched-2013 >. Also: < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/26/radio-amateurs-asked-to-collect-strand-1-telemetry-data/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/strand-1/strand-1-videos/ >, < http://amsat-uk.org/2013/02/07/isro-plans-sarl-and-amateur-radio-satellite-launch-for-february-14/ >.

You can use SkyGrabber software < http://www.skygrabber.com/ > (works with PC card or Dongle) and an appropriate antenna.Orbit map: < http://www.uk.amsat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Initial-Pass-of-STRaND-1-640x451.png >.


nobody can hear the cries for help

you must be confused and thinking of the Apple product that kept on dropping calls.

No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls


Gyproc/plaster board/drywall has gone high tech

Innocent looking is often the cause of signal reduction as you can get it with rear lines in water proof, steam proof, foil covered and even ballistic - the latter capable of stopping bullets - kind of handy if you live in an American 'hood which have a high frequency of bullets.

Then there are the metallic 'tinted' windows such as the Royal Bank Building in Toronto which is also a very effective attenuator.

But you do have peace/freedom from cell rings.

India launch puts Canadian microsats into orbit


If India has rockets for rent, how come Cameron is ...

sending them aid money?

No wonder the UK is broke.


Re: Canada

How little you know about Canada.

In some places population densities exceeding one live body per square kilometre seem crowded, and objects from space don't come down vertically but leave a long trail of debris.

In southern Ontario we have the Southern Ontario Meteor Network since so many make landfall around there. Go visit < http://astroengine.com/2008/10/25/rare-meteor-fireball-captured-by-seven-canadian-cameras-videos/ >, < http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/12/14/science-meteor-meteorite-toronto.html >, < http://www.universetoday.com/91816/meteorite-alert-remote-cameras-capture-slow-moving-fireball-near-toronto/ >.

BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

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Re: Blocked worldwide

Just China.


"impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"

This USED to be the case but now the BBC has a new slant on things following the F.O. financing review - I even noticed it before I read about it is a UK document.

The broadcasters should bear in mind that radio receivers are predominantly FM and ASEAN has a target date to make all broadcast TV digital.

Satellite receivers in both China and VietNam require 'operating licences' and, in China, a demonstrated 'need' for viewing overseas broadcasts. Visitors to China will notice a sparsity or satellite dishes and even WiFi access.

VietNam only allows satellite reception from it's own satellites, which also include crap such as AXN, NatGo, Discovery, etc. Cable TV systems (soon to be trimmed to three national systems and four regional from the present forty systems) are fed through the Ha Noi 'monitoring'/censorship centre with a 15 MINUTE delay (the world ends at midnight - 15 minutes later in VietNam).

As from later this year VN subtitles re to be provided on all foreign broadcast services in to the country.

Access to BBC Vietnamese is easy and has minimum censorship here, locally.

BBC, CNN have been eliminated from 'free view' on cable although Deutsch Wella, Australian Broadcasting and a French news channel continue. I guess they are 'politically reliable'.

We have fibre optic cable feeds in larger centres and more remote areas can easily obtain satellite dish permits. A unit of the Cong An (Peoples Police) goes around checking on the direction of dishes to make sure you are pointed at the VN satellites!

Dalek designer Ray Cusick passes away aged 84


My salt and pepper shakers ...

though only two or three years old and made of nicely finished stainless steel, are Dalek imitations - bought in Singapore!

Darleks are celebrated the world over! Still!

BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony


"monstrous libel on a public figure based on the flimsiest hearsay"

This applies to Savile, too. No judicial authority has ever made a finding as to his culpability.

We have plenty of Plods proclaiming their thoughts, an ex-Plod holding himself out to be an expert on child abuse and we have a group of adults who saw fit to withhold their allegations until Savile was in no position to defend himself.

I make no judgement about what Savile may, or may not have, done but only of the wagon train that rolls out more and more accusations. There are legal procedures that could be implemented, should the government wants so to do.

If this is British Justice it sure has fallen pretty low.

Cheap iPhone mini 'makes sense' for world domination


Re: A modest proposal V2.0 - Exchanging for body parts?

Selling body parts is illegal in China.

Although the Chinese government does, 'harvesting' spare parts from all the people they execute, by lethal injection [for the living] but safe as houses for the spare part recipients.

The CN government doesn't like competition, either.

Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?


Old media, and a new player

ELP has the new LT-500 model laser player, the perfect thing for zero wear on your old 33.5RPM discs/disks, and the perfect instrument to play noise caused by dust. Only $8,000 - a bargain.

And you will need a wet LP cleaner, with a vacuum system, to clean the records - only $140!

No needle was as good as this.

iPhone-maker Foxconn not gonna save Sharp


Whoops! There goes another ...

Apple screen supplier.

It might have to buy screens from Samsung yet. How humiliating would that be?

Success for Einhorn: Judge blocks vote on Apple's Proposal 2


California Cool tossed by East Coast Partypoopers

That noise emanating from Jobs box in Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, is most likely the response to East Coast people interfering in his former fiefdom.

Good to know Apple still has to kowtow to some laws.

What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz


A certain Pin/Chip reader manufacturer ...

who manufactures motorised card reader/writers had a test ROM that allowed for duplication. The cards have no logo's (i.e. blank) and are intended for test and production purposes.

A technician friend works there and I made my own machine and he supplied the ROMs. Cost was around $320 - using my own PCB. The quick copy procedure is called a 'Yes' card. The version that takes longer yet to copy, with multiple read/writes of the 'master' card, which is because it has to test some code in a card being copied.

My wife has a copy of my card, the codes are contained in a small safe in our house. In the event of my death she will be able to continue to transact ATM business.

Banks seemingly don't do sophisticated checks as I was in the UK last year and used an ATM and then, receiving a SMS/text from me, my wife used her card in an ATM physically thousands of miles/kilometres away successfully within minutes of my use. Obviously banks believe in fast travel.

Even more susceptible are the PIN/chip readers in stores - they are designed to be remote programmed. The 'floor' levels are often changed at busy seasons. Leave the power off on a terminal overnight and see what doesn't happen.

We can also clone cell SIM chips, the easiest is a 'virgin' chip that has never been used, which can be obtained quite easily.

So much for security. As long as the banks are satisfied PIN/chip is secure. their smugness will allow us to continue copying cards. I even told a bank manager cards could be copied - he said that his information is that they are totally secure.

These unique "unpredictable numbers" aren't so unpredictable. My SecureCard is so secure I have a list of numbers in a file on my Note 2 which I can use to fool the HSBC computer. Usually it makes a request for one or two entries, just as with the real 'Secure'Key. Go figure.

What is secure is the password to the file!

Google reveals Glass details in patent application


"is getting more than a little press"

which means that Google is learning from Apple who can spin air in to a story to keep their name in the papers.

At least Google has working models.

Microsoft legal beagle calls for patent reform cooperation


In other words ...

MS wants the crooked, bribe-accepting politicians to skew the rules their way.

WHAT the world really needs is a global patents law so every country handles things the same way. And this doesn't mean the American way, only.

US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'


This is called ...

moral turpitude and is a United States legal concept in the that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals". It appears in U.S. immigration law from the nineteenth century. In other common law jurisdictions it is dated or obsolete.

I wonder where murdering your own citizens or innocent children overseas with drones fits in this?

Better charge Obamarama, Bush and the CIA.

Apple files 'iWatch' patent application


And is it waterproof?

Many people, when washing their hands, include, in the process, their wrists. This means the proposed device should be waterproof. Then there is the concern caused by deluges of water be it bog standard UK rain shower or tropical downpours.

And Apple has taken the opportunity to include a power connector with a different form factor. Another $40 attachment?

And what of burning batteries? Perhaps they could put a logo on the case adjacent to the battery so overheating batteries will brand the sign of the Devil (Jobs) on a users wrist as it fails.

Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking


And, meanwhile, in the Far East ...

many governments have decreed all cell phones shall be sold unlocked and without any restraints! And governments generally own one of the networks in most countries.

And no Carrier IQ (remember that).

New SIMs (plus start off air time) costs USD$5.00; replacement SIMs USD$0.15 (15 cents) with old number retention. No monthly top ups - my SMS phone has not had any money added since the original USD$50 for almost 6 years!

John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net


Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the US IRS

The term "Christian entertainment television series" best sums up all these 'religious' entities.

At least many governments are waking up and denying Scientology a religious status.

As someone who lives in the Far East I am amazed at how much electrical energy is consumed, primarily in the Philippines, as this mob broadcast using multiple 500, 000 watt transmitters, beamed at China and other nearby countries and how the funding just keeps on flowing in from their sucker supporters in the USA.

The joke is that it is extremely hard to buy domestic receivers with AM bands any more - FM with MP3 players be far more popular!

Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim


More grist for the ...

Discovery Channel Zombie shows.

Next they will have it recorded live.

Sexual harassment case costs Oracle $AUD18,000


"I bet the make up sex was hot." - pretty pathetic line of patter

Not far removed from the cave man with his club, either.

My company has a blatantly discriminatory HR policy: Employees: Single mothers, must speak English. Three (Western) male owners/partners have employment contracts: No personal relationships with staff. All staff: No fraternisation (or smart talk) during work hours.

In return: Company pays well over the average salary; 50% cash under the table (non-taxable); company pays all deductibles (tax, social insurance ad pensions); we supply twice annual dental checks/treatment. We also pay 50% child care/school fees.

Worked for fifteen years and most employees are over the 10-year point in service. Very low staff turnover. And we have employee harmony!

I actually know someone who now works in a middle management position at Oracle Australia and to my knowledge their employment standards are pretty well enforced. She has worked for Oracle in three countries so she has a pretty wide experience in Oracle.

Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs


Muggers are going to love them ...

In Bangkok, the bar girls outside on the sidewalk get 'volunteers' to join them in the bar by snatching peoples glasses.

A simple 'granny' cord, bought at a sports store, slipped over the ends of the temple tips (arms of a frame), stops all but the most aggressive troll.

Should work well on Google Glasses, too.

The MS glasses might have larger viewing areas but the contrast between the real scene, in front of the wearer, and the superimposed images will be tricky at times.

Wonder what Apple is dreaming of?

Oakley glasses are massive with all sorts of junk hanging off the temples.

We've slashed account hijackings by 99.7% - Google


Perhaps the should patent it and sell it to HSBC-CA

HSBC-CA uses a very 'secure' system: DoB and Mother's surname. If you forget them, simply look up your genealogy on a certain massive web site and give them a call.

And the last 10-digits of your plastic is all that is required to open up InterNet banking - the cards, of course, contain the full account name just to make it that much easier to hack the accounts.

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