Re: Interesting dilemma
The ICO told them to delete the data, then fined them when they could no longer produce it.
A bit Kafkaesque if you ask me.
Surely the ICO wouldn't have an agenda here, would they?
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I take vegetation monitoring pictures of a large wildlife site from 25m. Much of it is rather wet and inaccessible.
If any plane is flying at 80ft, 4km from the small airfield nearby, then they've got more problems than my drone. Electricity pylons, for a start. I very much doubt there is anyone there 24/7 to call, either.
Anyway, if the powers that be get their way, no purchased drone will be able to take off in the restricted zone, because they'll be hard-coded not to. Although mine will, because I built it. Perhaps that will make it an illegal item?
What a joke this is.
It seems that all they really want is a list of people to arrest next time someone sees a UFO at Gatwick.
It is a shame they stopped that service, although it could get quite rough.
I remember watching a film in the "cinema" which was in the bow. Wind was F7 and it was rather choppy.
It was full at the beginning and less than a quarter full by the end, and not because the film was bad...
Watching motion on the screen whilst swaying side to side is a good test of any drugs (although I didn't take any, being brave or stupid).
My Mk 1 build made quite a dent losing power at 50m, as it was hauling a Canon camera at the time. As per the regulations, there was nobody anywhere near.
Fly a drone? Gonna crash. Some operators seem to forget that. Don't forget your hard hat.
It is of course Gordon Brown's fault for removing tax relief on dividends in 1997, and thus screwing all UK pensions.
He thought he could get away with it as returns were good at the time, but then came a crash. And later, another crash...
20 years later, and defined pensions are a thing of the past.
Then again, you could be a Wagnerian (although some may say this is just early Prog Rock).
4 tracks, 15 hours. Though I suppose you could have a break after each act if you are a lightweight. :-)
Whether the heavy mob would drag you out of the opera house during a performance to return you to your padded cell is yet to be tested. One day...
You jest, but one particular DEFRA application form that I had to deal with once was the worst Excel spreadsheet disaster I've ever come across. How farmers were supposed to deal with that horror I've no idea.
There was a course (££) on said form for land agents but that was mostly about how to work around the broken bits.
I don't think the bizarre EU driven rules helped, either.
The criteria appear to have been selected to support an agenda (whatever that is). The best sort of statistics, obviously.
This isn't exactly new data, the Corine data set has been available for years and the urban part isn't exactly hard to examine.
I imagine most parts of suburbia under their criteria are 'not densely built on' because they have, shock horror, gardens.
You could go to the other extreme and look for areas with no modern human structures visible (shrinking very rapidly due to wind turbines) - and there isn't really that much.
"Urban" land cover by most definitions is between 5-10%
Flying into a plane engine deliberately would be very difficult, although not completely impossible.
You are right though, none of the bad things can be stopped by technical rules or import bans as the technology is used everywhere.
Maybe the idea is to add anyone to the monitoring list who buys drone parts without also having a licence, but given you could use a mobile phone as a flight controller with a suitable USB interface board, I'm not sure that will really help.
There is no evidence that a consumer drone could bring down an airliner.
I would guess drones are the new UFOs when it comes to airline pilots. Try identifying something 30cm across at 400 knots. How long can you actually see it for?
Don't bet on at least half of these sightings not being geese, plastic bags, etc etc etc.
I'm in the same boat - built in about 2013, dropped into a field from 50m after a power failure and rebuilt with a collection of parts. Thinking of replacing the old 16-bit flight controller with a new one, just because.
I'm not about to fly it anywhere stupid, because crashing happens. I just take monitoring photographs of a wildlife site miles from anywhere. As there is no useful mobile signal there, what good would an app be?
None of the legislation will 'apply' to the idiots anyway.
Indeed. I ALWAYS have a paper map and compass in the bag, even if I'm using a phone (with spare battery) for convenience.
Though I don't normally have to count steps on a compass bearing in a whiteout any more, or do a box search for a summit cairn (Scottish winter can be 'interesting'), I do at least know how to do it.
Also, if you are following a bearing in poor visibility, you do actually need a proper compass. Electronic ones are rubbish and I've never seen a sighting compass on a phone.
Anyway, business speak or not, OS maps have always been a promise of adventure to me. Even the ones in SE England.
Maybe, but this is a UK website.
You could go up to the Jungfraujoch on a train if you want steep cog railways, to a height of 3454m, but we aren't in Switzerland either.
The weather in the Cairngorms is Oceanic rather than Continental, so the temperatures are slightly less extreme than in the US. I suspect there are actually more days of terrible weather in the Cairngorms than on Mount Washington, and they are spread throughout the year.
I don't think a few mph of windspeed either way makes much difference if you are out in it (although the anemometer on the railway actually measured 194mph in 2009).
Two climbers died on Cairngorm at a height of only 2400ft or so on a main path because they were unable to make the last few hundred yards to the car park into a wind-storm. Due to the oceanic nature of the environment, snow is often thawed and then refrozen into ice, which makes finding shelter extremely difficult.
Anyway, the expensive train set on Cairngorm is a bit of a white elephant, but an amusing one. I would normally walk up, though.
I'm guessing the point was that, yes, a human pilot can make a split second decision to land on the Hudson and pull that off, but a human pilot can also decide to press on without enough contingency fuel and crash into a mountainside. Or just decide to crash into a mountainside for the hell of it.
So just because an autopilot can't land on the Hudson (if that's even true) doesn't mean that it wouldn't be better overall.
This isn't going to work that well (other than as a first pass) as many flowers are very similar, and a large number of plants require you to look at more than the flower to separate them.
Portable DNA sequencing is the future, and it will probably reveal all sorts of interesting data about plant sub-species and population relationships.
You can already mow a meadow, whizz up the cuttings, and identify all the plants from the juice. Great Crested Newt surveys can already be done by taking a water sample and sending it off to check for environmental newt DNA instead of (much more expensive) trapping and night-time searches.
It surely won't be that long before your smartphone (or a similar sized machine) will able to do sequencing in the field.
There are plenty of better options if you really wanted something like this for nefarious use. 550g is quite a low payload as far as some UAVs / multicopters / model aircraft go.
However, the most recent incidents seem to involve people with no regard for their own safety, so why go to all that trouble?
Besides, almost everything can be used for ill. You can deliver a lot more than 550g with a car or a truck (ask the IRA) but we haven't banned them yet. Mobile phones make excellent triggers but we haven't banned those either.
I'm more interested in doing useful things with new technology than worrying about what anyone else might do with it.
The problem with pork is a parasite, Taenia solium:
Best avoided if you can't cook it properly and/or the farming environment isn't controlled.
This is the main reason for several religions banning it. Probably sensible at the time...
It is definitely inclined at some angle. Possibly as much as 30 degrees.
You can see one of the antennas resting on the surface in the bottom right of the image.
Perhaps it bounced along until it hit a rock?
Worry is that the solar panels won't get enough power. Maybe they'll try and bounce it again with the harpoons, the drill, or the flywheel after they've done some science.
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