* Posts by imanidiot

1674 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Re: Do modern drones plummet?

Uhmm, that's not true. A quad (4 props) goes down if it loses a rotor, without question. A hex loses yaw control with one out and depending on which one either goes down or loses most control authority with 2 out. An Octo (8 rotors) is fully controllable with 1 out, can sustain some 2 out scenario's with loss of yaw and MIGHT keep flying with 3 out. Above that we're not talking common multirotor UAV systems anymore.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again.

Operating a drone. ANY drone imho over a person other than yourself is unacceptable. Yes, even the tiny little micro drones. Because there is no need, and no excuse, to ever risk the chance of hurting someone else with a toy. And if it's a professional tool, you'll have to make the arrangement to prevent people from getting "in the firing line". Just like we don't allow people without hard-hats and steel toed boots into construction zones or unauthorized people within reach of camera cranes/booms

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Re: Do modern drones plummet?

It has happened, and will happen again. See for example this video of a downhill skier nearly taken out by a drone.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Re: Bluetooth & wireless still alive?

I know how, but only if we switch off the engines.

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Sexploitation gang thrown in clink for 171 years after 'hunting' kids online and luring them in front of webcams

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I'm not calling for more. I'm not condoning it. I'm just saying they might get more than they might like in that 35 years.

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171 years collectively... IMHO they should have received that EACH. Let's see what their fellow inmates have to say about their crimes. I've heard child molesters receive a particularly "warm welcome".

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Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

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Re: Clowns at GCHQ and your pals, please take note!

We know there's a needle in this bale of hay, lets stack all these other ones on top to see if we can find it...

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Uhhhhhhm, what?

"Ondrej Vlcek, Avast's CTO, told The Register that there was "no indication that the second-stage payload activated" and hence no need to do a wipe and clean install as recommended by Cisco Talos."

Ohh, I have (currently) unactived mallware on my system, but this guy says it's fine so let's do nothing....

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Re: Mars

Going to the moon is almost as hard as going to mars. It's just that going to mars takes a lot longer. The moon presents it's own and very different set of challenges to overcome compared to mars (ultra clingy, super sharp dust for one). There is not much of interest on the moon, so going there would only be half baked dry run for going to mars at best.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: I prefer the Bose QC

I straight up compared the MDR-1000X to the Bose QC35's and still went with the Bose, despite the lack of "bells and whistles". They're more comfortable for me for one thing, and given that I've bought them mostly for long haul air travel that's a must.

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I prefer the Bose QC

I might be biased since I bought the Bose QC30 myself, but I prefer the noise cancelling on the Bose headphones. When testing against the competition in stores it just seemed miles ahead of the competition in terms of actually cancelling noise.

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: Weird timing

The small ones are steered mostly by shifting the weight left and right, combined with "powerslide" steering. Aim with the rudder and lean the way you want to go BEFORE entering the turn, then control the rate of direction change with the throttle.

I've actually flown a home-built hovercraft in university. Sadly it was a bit overweight, making it a pig to control. All of the inertia, and only small amounts of control. (fastest it's ever moved is a tad over 64 km/h according to a smartphone GPS. Which was all I or anyone else ever had the balls for. Stopping involved either coming off the throttle VERY gently and dragging the ass over the ground or turning around and thrusting to slow down while blind to where you were going. Releasing the throttle too far however meant the front of the skids dug into the ground and you'd be launched over the steering wheel.

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

Even the Chinese aren't stupid. Why build new ones if you can buy existing frames on the cheap?

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Re: Minor nitpick

Probably to leave a gap between the rotors for mounting and dismounting. You need 8 rotors to have a modicum of engine out capability (6 rotors allows semi controlled flight without yaw authority for a "one out", 8 rotors allows full albeit reduced control in a "one out" and depending on which engines possibly limited controllability in a 2 out scenario)

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Re: ...get into the drone when it arrives,...

It's won't let you out. Or land for that matter Unless you pay the additional disembarkation fee. Better pay before the batteries run out!

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Minor nitpick

That's 8 motors, and 8 props! (It's a coaxial octocopter meaning there's a tractor prop above anda pusher prop below each boom.)

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Props are fixed pitch. So no auto rotation (and they're to small to work for autorotation anyway.)

The best you could hope for is a ballistic parachute system. But given the diminutive size and weight of this thing I doubt it's equipped with one.

So thats a HELL NO, from me.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: More spying?

Given that multiple stealthy webcam activating nasties exist and corporate espionage IS actually a thing, I don't get why corporations even BUY laptops with a built in webcam. Granted, mine's just internally unplugged instead of gaffer taped, but I get the sentiment. On top of that SOME corporate manglements simply cannot be trusted to not use a webcam against it's own people. Even if it is against the law.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Alternative explanation for the babypod thing

Some "doctors" smelled a money making opertunity and did some "research" they could quote and use to get free advertising air-time on "news" shows and "talk" shows.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Re: Club Fed

What makes you think you're not an inmate? You're just in the lowest security part of the penal system.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

They tried that sort of thing on me once. I just went home and enjoyed a cup of tea and a book, returning a 2 hours later from my "unsuccesful search". They never tried again funnily enough...

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Re: PC fail

@TRT, I don't even get why people try to come up with these elaborate stories. Surely they must be aware EVERYBODY knows what actually happened. Are they really that ashamed of themselves that they don't dare to just come out with it straight away...

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FBI probing Uber over use of 'Hell' spyware to track rival biz Lyft

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I guess nobody saw that coming...

The internal culture at Uber certainly WAS and probably still is rotten to the core. Companies where this sort of thing are happening are just screwed up internally from top to bottom. Replacing just management or just the underlings isn't going to do it. Once a culture like this sets in, it's very hard to get rid of.

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我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

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Actually, they agree on ALL fronts. The westerners just don't dare come straight out for it because they're rightfully afraid more sensible people might have a strongly differing opinion

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Did I miss the memo?

"sensitive United States data is constantly cycled through a hostile country"

When did the Cold War start again? AFAIK Russia and the US are still not officially enemies...

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Obvious 'innit g'vnr

" possibly gaining clues as to who has it."

World+Dog, possibly limited to the highest bidder for the moment.

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Re: Only

The fact the declaration has to be made to an outside entity who's sole job it is to be as suspicious as possible for any shenanigans?

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

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Surely: "Can't touch this"

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

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Re: If this continues...

I would, if there were ACTUALLY better alternatives out there. Apple isn't that much better. WinPho support is non-existent or gets dropped whenever they feel like it, plus development for it is pretty much dead. RIM/BlackBerry went bust. That leaves a host of Android based custom OSes that are either not trustworthy or not reliably supported.

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Re: Re. storms

That's a much longer answer than I was expecting. The short answer is basically: "Because then we'd have radioactive hurricanes to worry about instead of just hurricanes."

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Remember when Lenovo sold PCs with Superfish adware? It just got a mild scolding from FTC

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

Google, Apple and Microsoft are not in the habit of arranging hidden man-in-the-middle way stations for inspecting all your encrypted surfing traffic (are they...?).

With Microsoft I'm not so sure (Given how much of a spying mess Windows 10 already is). Apple probably has enough sense not to. Google might be evil enough but doesn't need MitM attacks. People give it all the data it needs anyway.

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: Nest in Garden

We have the same species this side of the North Sea (Netherlands), I've never experienced wasps attacking without provocation. Might happen in certain conditions, but most of the time people's reaction to wasps is just overly dramatic

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Re: Nest in Garden

European hornets, german and common wasps are not actually agressive like most people seem to think. Leave them alone and they don't care about you. These Asian hornets however need to be exterminated with extreme prejudice. Not only are they more agressive but they do massive damage to native insect populations.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Re: That's no moon....

But we all know the Death star had a trench around the equator to make it easier to lob proton torpedoes into the unprotected thermal exhaust port.

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China claims to have turbine-powered drone carrying 200kg payload

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Since multicopter rotors are typically fixed pitch they can't auto rotate even if they were large enough to do so. Without being able to control rotational speed, the rotors would either stall or overspeed.

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Re: What is a 'drone'?

Even earlier than that there was the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH. The version actually deployed also used a turbine.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: In two minds...

Having to settle like this is already a massive slap in the face for the troll and makes it more likely others will push back too. Especially if Kaspersky gets the word out about it. Even this simple settlement, although low in payout could be enough to make this particular patent useless for any further trolling.

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Still not happening

I wouldn't put one up if I got one for free (and I did get offered one by my 'leccie supplier when renewing my contract). I certainly won't PAY 170 Euros to put a another "data-breach waiting to happen" into my home. I have one of those dumb "clock thermostats" that does just fine. I really don't see the advantage of a Nest-like device.

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: "whether the technology to build/operate FABs more cheaply is evolving too?"

Alan brown:

"" the continued efforts to finally deliver the promised "Extreme UV" AKA Soft X-Ray lithography."

Are not required for Flash.

Features smaller than 20nm are a liability in NAND, resulting in slower cells with lower endurance and significantly degraded cold-storage performance thanks to electron migration. There are strong arguments to stay at 40nm for the same reasons.

That's why 3D and chipstacking became the standard methods. The problems with parallax are well-defined and surmountable. Neither technology will significantly benefit from EUV litho.

In fact, most NAND production is done on old dry DUV tools. No need for immersion litho on NAND structures and the dry machines generally have a more robust uptime. I know of atleast one semicon fab using equipment produced in the early 2000s for NAND production.

The biggest hurdle slowing down NAND production uptick is simply available manufacturing for dry litho systems. Not many companies produce litho tools to begin with (only 3 players basically, Nikon, Canon and ASML. Of which ASML is the biggest due to better throughput performance per tool) I doubt all of them together manage more than maybe 500 tools a year in this segment.

If you really want to increase production 10 fold you need 10 times the machines already out there in the field. If there is a 1000 tools now (probably an underestimate) that means you need 10.000 systems. At current production levels it would take 20 years to meet that demand.

And that's just litho tools. The same constraints exist on all of the other equipment needed in a semicon fab. It's also not the kind of business where you can decide to increase production 10 fold in a year. I know for the tools I work on some of the critical supply chain path runs over 10 levels deep. Several of which are monopoly suppliers which won't like having to jump trough hoops just to get a small customer (for their business) some extra parts each month.

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Re: a matter of pride?

@jmch

What triggerfish just said. Not all people CAN get vaccinated due to various reasons. Not vaccinating has allowed diseases like measles or pertussis that would otherwise have been extremely rare or even extinct to make a comeback and become much more common than they should be, proving dangerous to people who are often already compromised to begin with. Especially the recent pertussis outbreaks can be blamed solely on parents not vaccinating their children when the could have. And many children had at best a miserable time because of it, some might have incurred permanent damage.

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: architectures that I can trust

What do you mean? I can hack your abacus with something as simple as a ballpoint pen. Just poke the operator in the ribs and while he's not looking slide one of the beads over. Or just poke him hard enough so he shakes the thing.

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Re: I guess I know what architectures to avoid...

@alain williams:

Pretty much only Intel chips produced before circa 2008. Anything after that most likely contains some version of the ME. AMD chips started having something similar circa 2013.

I doubt there is many chips out there that don't have a remote access vulnerability backed in.

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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Not really needed to go to your local gliding club to buy the maps. They are available for purchase through a multitude of online shops. And some charts are also available online for free. (US VFR maps see: http://vfrmap.com/)

1 in 4 million though? I think you mean 1: 250 000?

I do wholeheartedly agree on the advice to get some flying lessons though (glider or with a fuel-to-noise converter). It's a great way to learn WHY all that airspace regulation is there.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Re: Non-PC company

Yet here you are, complaining about it.

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Re: Non-PC company

@Lord Elpuss,

Unfortunately for you the US election system allows someone to WIN the election (And thus be democratically elected) with a minority of the popular vote because the PEOPLE don't elect the president. The electoral college does. The people only vote for the people who get to "represent" them at the electoral college.. Sucks for you. So stop your whining about the supposedly racist administration, and start whining about your " first past the post" electoral system that is broken beyond belief (and was designed that why by the supposedly fantastic and not racist at all "founding fathers". (And read up on why the system is broken. You'll find your democratic system is racist by design)

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Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash

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Re: Repair != Green

" Recycling glass bottles, however, is sheer environmental vandalism."

Real engineer here. Recycling glass bottles is actually better for the environment than producing new glass. Smelting glass is SERIOUSLY energy intensive. It's a long and involved process and requires very clean ingredients which in turn also cost a lot of energy to produce. (It's not just dumping a load of beach sand into a furnace). Glass barely degrades from being recycled though achieving the needed color can be a bit tricky. Clear glass is pretty much always new, as it's nearly impossible to keep contaminants out of recycled glass and the slightest shard of tinted glass will give a tinted hue to an entire batch.

Aluminium is another product that is highly recyclable.

Batteries (any variety) are actually far less gainful to recycle than bulk materials like glass or metals.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: if Apple made a plane?

@Mage,

No, no, the engine is replaceable. But to do so you need to de-install the wing. De-installing the wings starts by removing the captain side windshield. Followed by the autopilot altitude hold knob. Then work your way back from there.

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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uhhmmmm,

How about No. Let's NOT do that and just optimize Firefox to work as well as possible with ANY site. There is plenty of site-independent suckiness going on that could be improved without turning into an even closer copy of google Chrome.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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Re: You really have to wonder...

They're not the most technologically-advanced navy on the planet. A lot of their equipment is old and outdated. But it doesn't get updated because doing so would mean updating the entire fleet. And that is too expensive.US armed forces in general a a very capable force, but a lot of stuff is old and tired. It is kept running to the best of their abilities, but true update/overhaul is never really performed in the way many other forces around the world do.

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