* Posts by imanidiot

1812 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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Re: really?

@Michael Thibault

Hitting a moving target at 50m with a pistol, under pressure is already a challenge. Missed shots will probably be close enough that they'll still be passing through a vehicle. Any shoot through would still hurt like a bugger (I certainly wouldn't want to get hit) but most rounds will have lost a large part of their energy so are less dangerous at that point.

Also, the approach to installations like this is usually set up so that the field of fire behind the approaching vehicle is safe, so guards can shoot when they have to without having to worry about shooting the mother and child just happening to pass by.

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Re: really?

At 50 meters a decent shooter should still be hitting at least 50% on a man sized target imho. Further out than that though it drops of fast.

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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Pretty sure the BOFH mobile has already been a thing in the past.

Also, Crazy Dave is in no way a SFH (Salesdroid From Hell). He's wayy too bad at handling his booze for that. If he was a true Bastard, he'd be trying to drink Simon under the table, manipulate him into buying their magnificent PDU's that are rated for 20 amps but can actually go up to 30 then use the signature on the form to order enough kit to outfit the entire NHS three times a year for the next 30 years. Meanwhile his underling would be trying to use the PUBG humiliation to his advantage and blackmail the PFY into giving up even more of the (already long gone) company budget.

The BOFH and PFY would wake up in the middle of a giant warehouse full of the most craptastic and outdated kit this side of the galaxy, only finding a sales order taped to the door with enough fine print to make it a lawyers wet dream and pretty much inescapable. THEN they'd find they were 3 cities over at the back of some long abandoned industrial estate, their house keys are gone, as are their cars, wallets, shoes and phones. The closing comment of the story would be: "Of course you know this means war!"

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Well behaved ads on the Reg

Not quite. And I still don't like that 2/3rd of my screen is taken up by a clickable ad. I've quite often accidentally clicked on one of the side banners when navigating around and it's annoying! And I've seen annoying, moving ads here too!

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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Disparity

And here we see the difference between what people ACTUALLY do and what they secretly know they SHOULD do, and claim if anybody asks. People lie to themselves like this all the time. "Surely it's not that bad".

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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From what I understand you don't have to go into "other" Bletchley Park to visit TNMOC, you can go straight there and only visit TNMOC.(Actually, it seems you can't even GET to TNMOC from Bletchley Park or the other way around)

See: http://www.tnmoc.org/visit

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Rightious

And a well deserved <KZZZZZRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTTTTT> too. Even if you are a BOFH, there's kicking a down man and there's taking a running kick at an unconscious mans head. One's petty, the others just lame.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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Re: It's actually not _that_ dangerous

Let's be honest though: "Staplerfahrer Klaus" probably contains all the rules typically applied in smaller companies and a clear demonstration of WHY those rules are there. Plus it's a heck of a lot more entertaining than the typical "occupational hazard" instruction material.

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As I read it they're saying the air-con was left switched off by the installing contractor, but it was turned on to make said bonking more enjoyable/less sweaty. It was then left running when done with said activity. Thus causing the flooding. I presume the bonking was found out because there was a thorough investigation into WHO turned on the air-con unit. Thus access logs were inspected and security camera footage reviewed. One or both involved parties then fessed up to what they were doing when asked.

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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"production hell" but we'll soon fix it. You'll see!

They've been saying they'd fix it and be on multiple thousand units per week for MONTHS now. To me it sounds more and more like they haven't the foggiest whats wrong and how to fix it. Like they're just sticking their fingers in their ears and humming loudly.

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Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

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Re: This surprises me in what way, again?

@J. Cook

That is incomplete. "SCADA systems should be on their own isolated network without internet access."

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: "a space-faring publication"?

There was some talk at the time about continuing the project, but they'd already been waiting on an answer from the FAA for a year by that point and I doubt they've heard anything since (If there is ever even going to be an answer from the FAA).

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There's some hidden agenda here

The orbit is in the wrong plane/inclination too. I get a feeling they're aiming for something, and just not telling us what yet. Then in 2 years time they'll be all "Look, we landed a Tesla Roadster on a freakin' asteroid!".

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Re: Tyre (tire) pressure

Yes, you would be correct. Even easier would be to inflate them to 2 bar(a) on earth. Then they'd be at 2 bar(a) in space. Screw that confusing bar(g) crap, who gives a diddly about earths atmospheric pressure.

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

Actually it doesn't. The orbit is inclined out of the plane of the solar system, meaning it will pass 'over' or 'under' Mars in its orbits. It DOES get closer to earth so might at some point get another kick that way, but that would probably send it further out of plane and further out into the solar system. It's unlikely this car will ever end up on Mars unless someone goes to recover it and land it there.

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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Scumbags

"Waymo's lawyers are hoping that it will stick in the jurors' minds when they consider the relationship between the two: that they were both driven by greed, and to hell with the law and whatever else got in the way."

And this right here is why everybody hates lawyers.

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Re: Sound like we need a failure review of the failure review board

NASA doesn't have the budget to keep a mission "on hold" indefinitely. NASA kept listening until somewhere in 2008 IIRC then declared the mission lost and moved on. It took until at least end of 2014 before the satellite came back online. NASA did it's due diligence, concluded the mission was over when the time window for a likely reset was over and got on with other missions.

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Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: Cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

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Re: Raise their orbit

But how do you stop the ISS inhabitants from loading anything and everything into the gun just to see what happens?

"Come on Ivan, you've had your fun. It's my turn to shoot a bag of excrement at Washington!"

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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Another RoHS victim?

Sounds like another BGA chip going wonky due to bad thermal management compounded by RoHS lead free solder.

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: Brace Position

@Aladdin Sane,

More like helps preserve your teeth by preventing you from slamming face first into the seat in front of you. And better transferring any forces from a crash through the seat, minimizing injury. There is plenty of research on the brace position, and most of it is public. There is no reason to be spouting crap like that. The "the brace position is designed to kill you so the airlines don't have to pay for disabilities" bullshit conspiracy is believed by enough people already. Let's not add to it.

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

Launched in 2000, Thus designed with tech from the late 80s to early 90s. They'll probably need to score some Pentium Is running Windows 3.11 or maybe Windows 95 (or, you know, spin up a VM in the local data centre...)

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Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

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Re: old lessons well learned

not.known@this.address

There is only ONE correct way to write a date nowadays. yyyy-mm-dd. I've encountered too many fuckups where mm-dd-yy and dd-mm-yy got confused/swapped. And writing out May/Mar sometimes gets confused too (Plus makes sorting difficult sometimes)

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Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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Re: Nano

A few are in various stages of development nowadays that don't require bolting (TerraFugia, PAL-V, AeroMobil) but all of them still have the driving+flying license+aircraft certification+needing a runway problem that has plagued flying cars ever since someone thought of the idea.

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

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@karlkarl

Uhmm, Intel in <u>Israel</u>..... Really? *Checks memory of visit to a Chipzilla plant* Nope. Not really.

Chipzilla has 2 plants in Israel, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_manufacturing_sites. They're mostly making exactly the same stuff also coming out of the fabs in the USA for 45 and 22 nm nodes. Those plants exist to have a backup that is not in the same general geographic region as the other plants, whereas both Hillsboro and Chandler could potentially be affected by the same large natural/political/man-made disaster.

The location has nothing to do with it.

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

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It's almost like

Firefox is determined to drive away every single user they have. No user ever said: You know what I need in my browsing? More adds, especially adds in the browser itself!

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PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner

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Another reason private PC sales are flatlining

Cost. RAM prices have just about doubled over the last 2 years. Graphics card prices have almost tripled and high end cards are hard to even get because crypto-currency miners are buying them all in bulk before they even reach the consumer distributors.

I specced a high end of mid-range machine 2 years ago for roughly 1200 euros, including all the bells and whistles. Decided I had better things to spend my money on back then. Did the same yesterday. A clean system with comparable spec nowadays blows past 2000 euros before I even start adding in peripherals like a printer and such. And most of that is in the graphics card and RAM.

I'll have to bite the bullet some time in the future. My single core Athlon 64 is starting to wheeze a bit. As are the pATA drives. Not a bad run for a system I bought roughly 12 years ago though.

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Re: Not rocket science

Tablets ARE going the way of BYOD, it's just that manglement types in big corporation are a bit "300 baud" on the uptake (on a good day). So by now they are wondering if they shouldn't maybe give this whole tablet malarkey a try

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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

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Re: UPS is feeling the pressure

You don't care, but the company selling you the goods certainly does. And the company selling you the stuff (and free shipping) is actually UPSs customer. Not you.

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Re: Horse carts vs delivery trucks again.

@d3vy:

Hell, if you live in a city centre tower block all you need is a designated drop off point, like the roof or nearest shop (like Argos or loads of corner shops are now designated pick up points)

The problem with that idea is that it's impossible to ensure the package gets to the correct person. Theft of parcels is already problem. Imagine the difficulty in getting parcels to only the rightful receiver if you have to drop it off in a public place. It'd be a thugs dream. Camp out, claiming to wait on a parcel, wait for something interesting looking to arrive (size/weight-wise) and either just grab it if no-ones around yet or jump anyone who comes to pick it up.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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NO IT IS BLOODY WELL NOT!

"Simply put, electronic surveillance is extremely useful for figuring out what those who would seek to cause harm to a country are up to."

Time after time with all recent events it's been shown "those who would seek to cause harm" are well aware of the possibility of being tracked. They communicate face to face, they communicate through 3rd parties. They communicate in their own code. They communicate through written word delivered through a (to them) trusted 3rd party.

Bombing cell phones with Predator drones in recent times has made "terrorists" (though recent data suggests "we" might be bombing more innocents than proper targets) very wary of using a cell phone to begin with. How is putting in a backdoor in a messenger app going to help if you've already made your target afraid to even touch ANY phone to begin with!

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What is.GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom

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The same here

Pretty much the same rules come into effect here in the Netherlands and here too most people seem to be completely unaware of the impact the new regulations are going to have. Especially (sports)clubs and volunteer orgs seem to be completely unaware of the iceberg they're bearing down on. In the Netherlands I personally blame the government. There seems to have been NO information provided to smaller companies and organisations, even though this would have been rather easy through the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce/Merchants Register).

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We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

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Cut costs. Or corners

How long till they find out they cut a bit much?

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Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy

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Don't leave it to Facebook

Facebook has already clearly shown they're not very good at deciding what is and isn't fake or just not particularly convenient for a certain group of people but totally true. Leaving it to Facebook to decide what to show to people makes for a rather dangerous precedent imho. It might not be government censorship, but it's a dangerous power to let a large organisation like FB have.

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Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC

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A fool and their money

If someone is stupid enough to sink their money into a company just because they put a buzzword in their name, by all means let them.

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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It would be comical...

If it wasn't for the hundreds of thousands of US government workers who now have to wonder how they're going to pay the bills on time. The next pay check might come to late, and banks don't really care about shutdowns. This situation sucks for all those who do anything actually useful. Let's hope the "people" at the top levels can figure it out soon.

=> I wonder if those guys are flying...

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There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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Yes, well, however...

Doing it legally would requires having lots of paperwork and proof and probable cause and all that. Which means having to do actual work...

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Never do this

@Sebastian P. No, no, between roughly May and October it's lukewarm and rainy. Mild difference.

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

@Boltar, a lot of cities worldwide aren't that hilly either and traffic congestion is mostly a problem within cities and sub-urbs, not outside. Of course infrastructure has to allow for safe cycling. Cycling on a normal road without a bike path section is of course not safe, but again, mostly because motorized vehicle drivers don't expect a cyclist to be there in the first place. I'm not saying biking is an option for everyone. I'm not saying it's an option everywhere. But it's often an under utilized option if it IS there.

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

@Tom 38, come to the city center in Amsterdam or Utrecht for instance on a Tuesday morning and count the amount of people on a bike wearing lycra. You MIGHT count one or two bike couriers or amateur race cyclists, but most will just be dressed in normal clothes. Take it easy on a bike and you don't even have to be sweaty either. I cycle to work (20 minutes to get there, 20 minutes back in the afternoon) regularly. I've never had to shower when I get there. I MIGHT when I get back because that's when I get my heart-rate up and push myself a bit, since I am going home anyway).

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

Cold and rainy pretty much describes the weather in the Netherlands between October and April/May. Yet it is a popular and oft used method of getting around. So claiming cold or rain is a problem for bike adoption is mostly just about mindset, not any real problem.

The biggest problem outside biking cultured countries is that drivers just don't know how to deal with bicycles. They don't watch their mirrors, don't signal clearly, don't block off the curb-side when turning right (on right-hand traffic) to prevent cyclists getting in their blind-spot, don't watch before opening a door, etc, etc. I regularly use a bicycle in the Netherlands. I wouldn't even THINK about doing so in the US. I'm not suicidal.

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: This one, every time

Probably the user intends to say they want to download/save the video, not actually physically print it to paper. For some old farts, putting something in the archive means taking a piece of paper, putting it in a manilla folder, walking to the archive desk and handing it over to a clerk who then hangs it in a drawer somewhere. Thus archiving means having a piece of paper, thus printing. The modern equivalent is storing the video file somewhere on the file system of the company/organisation. So I'm assuming by print he means save. Thus a simple question would resolve it: Do you mean you want to save the video file?

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National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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Too many cooks spoil the broth

The problem with education and especially "improving education" is that it has become a businessmodel for all and sundry types that have no business being involved in education and have no idea what is actually important. The focus is on particular narrow skills, while the broad, base skills upon which everything else is built get ignored. STEM education is pushed towards very specific skills of dubious usefulness and ignores the basics like structural thinking, abstraction, mathematics, critical thinking, finding+sorting+judging+selecting information, etc, etc.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: Not sure going straight up is safer.

Vertical ascend in a helicopter leaves no margin for recovery, vertical decent in a helicopter is dangerous due to the risk of settling with power and/or vortex ring state. For a multi-copter the added efficiency for flying above transition speed also means it's more efficient to have some forward speed during ascend, giving you better flight time and better controllability. The difficulty in seeing what is directly above from the ground and from an inboard camera would also mean it's probably better to have forward speed during ascend. I'm not so sure the chosen remedy here is better than having a pre-made plan of where your obstacles are going to be and then checking on the day if those obstacles are still roughly the same spot. The lack of a pre-flight check here is the problem, not the chose ascend path.

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

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Why the internet connection

What is on this equipment that NEEDS an internet connection?

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

There is basically no demand for passenger 747's. Boeing will be happy to build you a batch if you order more than 5 or so at at time, or pay through the nose for a custom "private jet" version, but almost all of what is in the order book is freighter versions.

I think Airbus just gambled and lost. There is little to no demand for A380 sized airliners and demand will never pick up. A350/Boeing 777 class twins are large enough and much more economic to operate for most airlines who struggle to even fill those.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Do we really need much more pixels?

This is what I was thinking. Much of the Screen-door effect comes from the hard-edged nature of the individual pixels. So maybe what we need is slightly blurry pixels instead of hard edged ones.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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If it's far away the window only covers a tiny portion of the camera's view and thus only a small increase in bit-rate is observed. Only if the drone gets sufficiently close does the bit-rate increase become large enough to be noticeable.

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

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Re: Trivial? Hmmm.

You seem to have a weird/wrong/misunderstood idea about what "SCADA people" and the systems they work on actually do. Working out the complex stuff like process flow, yield optimization, process interactions and dependancies, etc, etc IS the work of "SCADA people".

In my humble opinion however, SCADA systems should simply never be connected to a smartphone app or other hard to control access mechanism. If it needs a SCADA system it should be monitored onsite or through an audited, checked and rechecked remote login option to get a secure laptop or something bridged into the system. Most of the stuff that is vulnerable doesn't really need a direct internet connection to begin with, but it's done "for convenience".

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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" he is legally empowered to take it from you."

I might be wrong here, but isn't only the police allowed to actually confiscate materials. All this person could do is prohibit you from continuing to fly and give you a fine.

Also, if these locations are indeed so close to airfields it would already be pretty much prohibited to fly anything there anyway.

Also, also, the wording covers all remote vehicles including those annoying nitro powered cars and boats (Which are usually much more annoying than planes to begin with), leading me to believe it might not be specifically targeted at drones

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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

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They do have a next gen 360 degree camera in the works, and from what I've been told it's a brilliant product currently led down by a less than optimal toolchain. But that it was rushed to market so the toolchain is still improving. And one of the reasons the GoPro is so popular with the pro's is good support and a good toolchain with better tools and easier corrections for everything compared to the competition.

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