* Posts by gecho

11 posts • joined 27 Mar 2013

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Re: Traffic Light Detection

All our detectors are pole mounted and most are camera based. Even if they are properly calibrated they get knocked out of position the several times a year the wind hits 90+ km/h.

They appear to be this one: https://www.econolite.com/products/detection/autoscope-encore/


Traffic Light Detection

A side benefit could allow traffic lights to detect cyclists better. Locally 95% of traffic lights have vehicle detectors installed, but are aimed so poorly they don't pick up cyclists. In a few spots I've discovered I have to cross the yellow line to trigger a green light. This could also enable cross traffic / overtaking warnings on cycling head units.

I believe there is a push to put this tech in all mobile phones as well to help cars detect pedestrians. Not just autonomous vehicles, but manually driven ones with automatic braking. So its not just cyclists being targeted. Dog tags soon after that. Maybe squirrels.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)


Orbit / Broadcast Longevity

I'm curious how long space dude will be able to broadcast. Like does the test payload have solar panels or just a battery. Eventually he'll be out of range (presuming NASA won't allocate any time on their deep space network for this mission). But will his orbit bring him back within range of Earth somewhere down the ... road.

2018's first spacewalk bugged by software


Speaking of Robotic Hand

I haven't heard anything regarding whether the Dextre add-on for the Canadarm2 is getting any use at all on the ISS. Maybe it is more of an experiment itself rather than a tool. The Mobile Base System that the arm can ride on doesn't seem to get mentioned much either.

Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality


I always wanted a pair of moonwalk shoes.

Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found


Burial at sea on a 3 hour tour? A 3 hour tour!

New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years


Re: What could go wrong?

Infinite monkeys with DNA synthesizers.

Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'


Piracy Ok Too?

Paying for movies and music isn't how many live their lives either.

SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months


Weight Savings

If the rockets can be reliably landed it would be worth the extra expense to make them lighter by using more expensive composites, thus increasing payload.

Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing


Re: How many edits do they get?

Pretty much every individual action needs to be submitted as an individual edit. Going from OpenStreetMap editing I found this extremely frustrating. Something as simple as adding pathways in a park could require dozens and dozens of individual edits. When multiple connected additions are made, the editing of most attributes is locked out, so you have to go back a few days later to change the path surface from the default value.

Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass


Or a very small tunnel boring machine.

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